60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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Fly to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, Drive to San Ignacio
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive
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Placencia, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
Ferry
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San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 8 nights
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive to Changuinola, Fly to Panama City
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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San Ignacio, Belize

— 4 nights

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal. Step out of San Ignacio to go to La Democracia and see The Belize Zoo, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project, delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech, and hunt for treasures at San Ignacio Market.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Ignacio road trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to San Ignacio is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brussels to San Ignacio, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Placencia.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:

Placencia, Belize

— 3 nights
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Outback Trails. Go for a jaunt from Placencia to Dangriga to see Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and step off the mainland to explore Pumpkin Caye.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Placencia trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from San Ignacio to Placencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Placencia, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Placencia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:

Caye Caulker, Belize

— 2 nights
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get a taste of the local shopping with Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique, and then admire all the interesting features of Shark Ray Alley. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with Belize Diving Services.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker itinerary planner.

You can fly from Placencia to Caye Caulker in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to San Pedro.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

San Pedro, Belize

— 3 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Spas & Wellness. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Belize Chocolate Company, kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read San Pedro vacation app.

You can ride a ferry from Caye Caulker to San Pedro in 1.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Outdoors · Shopping · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

Roatan, Honduras

— 8 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coconut Tree Divers and Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Karma Jewelry Design, relax and rejuvenate at Spa Baan Suerte, stroll through Arch's Iguana & Marine Park, and explore the activities along Half Moon Bay.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Roatan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Roatan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. March in Roatan sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Roatan

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 26 — Apr 3:

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Curi Cancha Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, experience the excitement of El Trapiche Tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Roatan to Monteverde by combination of flight and taxi takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Carara National Park. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours and view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jaco day trip planning app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Uvita (Uvita Waterfall & Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge), Rainmaker Park (in Parrita) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planning website.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 16:

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Pura Aventura and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero), Samara Beach (in Playa Samara) and Playa Guiones (in Nosara). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online visit planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 22:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Diving and Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. Take a break from Playas del Coco with a short trip to Cataratas Llanos de Cortes in Bagaces, about 1 hour away. Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rio Celeste and Rio Chollin. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, trek along Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip simple and quick.

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 3:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature Observatorio and Playa Cocles. There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Puerto Viejo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip app.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 7:

Panama City, Panama

— 5 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gatun Lake and Panama La Vieja. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Cinta Costera, examine the collection at Biomuseo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San José, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City holiday maker website.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Panama City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In May in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay May 7 — 12: