60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  30​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 30​min
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
Cayo, Belize
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
Belize City, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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 Playa Cocles for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Playa Chiquita and Nature Observatorio. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to go to Cahuita and see Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and experience rural life at Finca Tierra.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

6
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rio Celeste and Ecocentro Danaus. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and head outdoors with Salto.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Lake Arenal ©
Lake Arenal
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

4
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and La Playita. Explore hidden gems such as MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. Spend the 1st (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique, and stroll through La Selvita.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online journey maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jaco Beach and Piedra de Fuego. Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Carara National Park. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the sheer force of Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bejuco, and get lost in a book at Jaco Library and Learning Center.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jaco route planning app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Dantica Gallery, Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, Playa Bejuco, Carara National Park, Piedra de Fuego
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Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Jaco to Santa Teresa by combination of ferry and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma Falls
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

4
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Hermosa and Zipline. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shark Diving and Playa Ocotal. Step out of Playas del Coco with an excursion to Horseback Riding Tours in Rincon de La Vieja--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and stop by Sea Hag Clothing.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playas del Coco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Playa Ocotal, Zipline, Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Zipline

4
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Cesar Adventure. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Cesar Adventure, Playa Conchal
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Casco Viejo and Gatun Locks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cinta Costera and Gatun Lake. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Jose Church.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Tamarindo to Panama City by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tamarindo to Panama City is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll set off for Cayo on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Panama City

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©

6
nights
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum and Caracol. Step out of the city life by going to Green Iguana Conservation Project and MayaWalk Tours. Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Blue Hole National Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Xunantunich, take in the exciting artwork at Sak Tunich Art Gallery, Head underground at Barton Creek Cave, and look for gifts at Rubba Dub Soap Shop.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to Cayo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Cayo is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Panama City in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cayo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Cayo

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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
Caracol ©
Caracol
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

5
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Altun Ha Ruins and Museum of Belize. Step out of the city life by going to The Belize Zoo and Zipline. Get out of town with these interesting Belize City side-trips: Caye Caulker (Red Flower Gallery & The Estuary of Caye Caulker). On the 31st (Thu), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River, look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize, don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument, and get outside with Cavetubing5star.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Belize City route planning tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Cayo to Belize City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Caye Caulker, Altun Ha, The Belize Zoo
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Zipline

5
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Ray Alley and Rum Punch II. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, indulge your taste buds at Moho Chocolate, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get outside with La Gaviota.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro day trip site .

San Pedro is just a stone's throw from Belize City. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Tabyana Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gumbalimba Park and Rusty Fish. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at West Bay Beach, head outdoors with Three Sisters Charters, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum.

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You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Shark Diving

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