60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America visit planner

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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 6 nights
Drive
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive to Belmopan, Fly to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 8 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Change things up with a short trip to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, view the masterpieces at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary maker website.

Manchester, UK to San Jose is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Manchester to San Jose. Traveling from Manchester in January, expect San Jose to be warmer, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

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 find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: El Castillo (Arenal Eco Zoo & Butterfly Conservatory). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app.

Take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 12:

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
Step out of Drake Bay with an excursion to Quebrada Cuervo in Loma--about 40 minutes away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 13th (Thu) at Cano Island.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Drake Bay trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Drake Bay in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Yoga con Cyn, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 4 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 find plenty of places to visit near Jaco: Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and make a trip to Mirador de Jaco.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 3 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip builder website.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Four Seasons Golf Club (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Golf · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:

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.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, examine the collection at Biomuseo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, and wander the streets of Cinta Costera.

To plan Panama City vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can fly from Tamarindo to Panama City in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tamarindo to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 6 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Salvador: Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque) and Santa Ana (Santa Ana Volcano & Izalco Volcano). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, and stroll around Bicentennial Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Salvador vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to San Salvador takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in San Salvador when traveling from Panama City in February, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:

Copan Ruinas, Honduras

— 4 nights
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Sculpture Museum, contemplate the long history of Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon, see where the action happens at Mayan Ball Court, and experience rural life at Finca el Cisne.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Copan Ruinas sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Copan Ruinas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from San Salvador in February, plan for little chillier days in Copan Ruinas, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:

Antigua, Guatemala

— 4 nights
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Palacio Nacional, &more). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Antigua trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Antigua in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Antigua when traveling from Copan Ruinas in February, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tikal National Park driving holiday app.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

San Pedro, Belize

— 5 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
When in San Pedro, make a side trip to see The Estuary of Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker, approximately Caye Caulker away. Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read San Pedro trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to San Pedro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:

Roatan, Honduras

— 8 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Bananarama Dive Center, admire the natural beauty at Carambola Gardens, meet the residents at Manawakie Park, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Roatan online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February in Roatan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 22 — Mar 2: