60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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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

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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 PTYlocal. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Casco Viejo and Iglesia del Carmen. Step out of Panama City to go to Colon and see Gatun Locks, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, examine the collection at Biomuseo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa.

Plan trip to Panama City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Panama City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in March; daily highs in Panama City reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Playas del Coco.
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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 Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja 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 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.
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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: Playa Mina (in Playa Conchal), Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Avellana, stop by Diamante Boutique, 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.
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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 Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Jenstones Gallery (in Nosara). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Carrillo, kick back and relax at Playa Carrillo, and take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip maker site.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.
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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.
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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 Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. Visit Playa Blanca and Playa Mantas for some beach relaxation. Step out of Jaco to go to Esterillos Este and see Playa Bejuco, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Jaco online travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Uvita Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Venture out of the city with trips to Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park, stop by Villa Vanilla Spice Tour & Shop, walk around Parque Nahomi, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning site.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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 Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal. Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site.

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.
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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 Playa Puerto Viejo and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Punta Uva and Playa Cocles. Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica (in Cahuita) and Veragua Rainforest Park (in Puerto Limon). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Redfrogteam Biological Station.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Roatan.
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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 Diamonds International or Shawn Jackson Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tabyana Beach. And it doesn't end there: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Roatan Rum Company, and walk around Gumbalimba Park.

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 12.5 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.
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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 6 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.
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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 MayaWalk Tours will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and Caracol. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cayo: The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia) and Half Moon Caye National Monument (in Glovers Reef Atoll). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech, stop by The Orange Gallery, explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cayo route planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Cayo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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.
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