60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America itinerary planner

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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Bus to San Jose Terminal MEPE, Fly to Roatan
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Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly to Belmopan, Drive to Cayo
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Cayo, Belize
— 6 nights
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Drive to Cayo District, Shuttle to Belize City Goldson Intl Apt, Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol

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Panama City, Panama

— 4 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Shop till you drop at Multiplaza Pacific and Machetazo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja. Step out of Panama City to go to Colon and see Gatun Locks, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: stop by Cinta Costera, examine the collection at Museu da Esmeralda, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Panama City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, things will get much hotter in Panama City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

— 4 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and Playa Hermosa. Visiting Palo Verde National Park and Rincon de La Vieja National Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Dantita in Las Catalinas (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Playas del Coco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dolores Shop and Buena Nena. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Conchal and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo), Playa Mina (in Playa Conchal) and San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Avellana, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip tool.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

Playa Samara, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Relax by the water at Samara Beach and Playa Garza. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Guiones and Playa Carrillo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Nosara (Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary & Nativa Gallery) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll through Playa Buena Vista, browse the exhibits of Koss Art Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, take a pleasant ride with Tokpela, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Explore hidden gems such as Jaco Beach and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Do your shopping at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Fruity Monkey Poop. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Bejuco in Esterillos Este (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park, get lost in a book at Jaco Library and Learning Center, and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, stroll through Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park, walk around Parque Nahomi, and stop by Jungle Avenue.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 30:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rio Celeste and Rio Chollin. Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for La Fortuna de San Carlos using our trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 5:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 5 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Visit Puerto Viejo Beach and Punta Uva Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Veragua Rainforest Park and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through La Ceiba, and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 10:

Roatan, Honduras

— 5 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
For shopping fun, head to Karma Jewelry Design or Diamonds International. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, walk around Gumbalimba Park, and look for gifts at Roatan Rum Company.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Roatan day trip planning app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Roatan by combination of bus and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 16:

San Pedro, Belize

— 6 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Take a break from the city and head to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Belize Chocolate Company. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Pedro journey planner.

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 22:

Cayo, Belize

— 6 nights
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Visiting Green Iguana Conservation Project and Half Moon Caye National Monument will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and MayaWalk Tours. Take a break from Cayo with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Caracol, explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, delve into the lush surroundings at Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and gain insight at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cayo driving holiday planner.

Getting from San Pedro to Cayo by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 28: