60 days in Central America Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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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
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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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
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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 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 35 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 don't miss a visit to Panama Canal.

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 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 Palo Verde National Park. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Dantita. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco sightseeing planner.

Getting from Panama City to Playas del Coco by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Panama City to Playas del Coco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. 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 Scuba & Snorkeling. 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). Saddle up on the 14th (Thu) and explore with a tour on horseback. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Diamante Boutique, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to 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 Carrillo. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Guiones and Playa Buena Vista. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Nosara (Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary & Jenstones Gallery) and Playa Garza (in Garza). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the galleries of Koss Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Carrillo, 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.
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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 Horseback Riding Tours. Do your shopping at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Fruity Monkey Poop. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este) and Playa Blanca (in Herradura). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park, snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge, admire the sheer force of Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mantas.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car 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 Playa Biesanz. 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). Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, walk around Parque Nahomi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park.

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 Proyecto Asis. 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 - Arenal about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Chollin, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 Playa Punta Uva for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Veragua Rainforest Park and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Cahuita to see Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, stroll through Nature Observatorio, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

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 Karma Jewelry Design. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rusty Fish. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach, view the masterpieces at Shawn Jackson Gallery, take advantage of the amenities at Sol y Mar Beach Club Roatan, and tour the pleasant surroundings at West Bay Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Roatan visit website.

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. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough 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 Fishing Charters & Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Ray Alley 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 ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and MayaWalk Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cayo: Half Moon Caye National Monument (in Glovers Reef Atoll) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Caracol, explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave, stop by The Orange Gallery, and delve into the lush surroundings at Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

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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