60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly:  15​h 30​min
Panama City, Panama
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​min
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  17​h 45​min
London, United Kingdom

6
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Casco Viejo and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panama City: Colon (Gatun Locks & Fort San Lorenzo). Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Panama Canal, look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Culebra Nature Center, examine the collection at Museo Panama Viejo, and snap pictures at Bridge of the Americas.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Panama City day trip planner .

London, UK to Panama City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Panama City. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Panama City to be warmer, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Panama City

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

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Colon
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
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Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks

4
days
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Precolumbian Gold Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro), Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Poas Volcano, get interesting insight from Tours, stop by Chieton Moren, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For maps and tourist information, use the San Jose online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Panama City to San Jose in 2.5 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. In July, San Jose is slightly colder than Panama City - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Museums, #Nature

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J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Souvenir Museum, Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, Poas Volcano
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

3
days
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. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online travel route planner .

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Jose in July, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Nature Observatorio
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©

7
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing 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 when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

4
days
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Pack the 31st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. Make the 3rd (Fri) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on MidWorld Costa Rica, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

4
days
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Elena Skywalk and Art House. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, stop by Souvenir Rosewood, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, then identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo holiday planner .

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. In August, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
days
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and then stop by Soy Nica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): stop by Masaya Crafts Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Apoyo, and then make a trip to Nicaragua Spanish Lessons.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Granada trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Granada are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Granada

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Masaya Crafts Market, Apoyo
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Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Catedral de Granada ©
Catedral de Granada

4
days
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at West Bay Beach and Sandy Bay Beach. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stop by Made in Roatan, and head off the coast to Little French Key.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Roatan trip planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to Roatan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Roatan sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

7
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 19th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, head outdoors with La Gaviota, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and tour the water at your own pace with Kitexplorer San Pedro.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our San Pedro trip planner .

Fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline

2
days
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha Ruins and then meet the residents at The Belize Zoo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Belize City road trip app .

Belize City is very close to San Pedro. August in Belize City sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Belize City

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

The Belize Zoo, Altun Ha
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Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo

4
days
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Xunantunich and Caracol. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Blue Hole National Park. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, and admire the sheer force of Rio On Pools.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cayo online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Belize City to Cayo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Cayo

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Caracol ©
Caracol
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

5
days
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
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.
Volcán Pacaya and Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, La Merced, & more). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua travel planning website .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Cayo to Antigua takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cayo in August, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Tours

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Guatemala City
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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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