60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  25​h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  2​h
9
San Ignacio, Belize
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
San Pedro, Belize
— 11 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

6
nights
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 Bahai Temple and Panama La Vieja. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cinta Costera and Capilla San Jose. Go for a jaunt from Panama City to Portobelo to see Nature & Wildlife Tours about 1h 55 min away. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Soberania. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Casco Viejo, head outdoors with Ancon Hill, don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City online trip itinerary planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Panama City is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 17 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Auckland in September; daily highs in Panama City reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Bahai Temple ©
Bahai Temple
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Hermosa and Playa Dantita. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Take a break from Playas del Coco with a short trip to Llanos de Cortez Waterfall in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Panama City to Playas del Coco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Playas del Coco is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Hermosa, Playa Dantita
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Koss Art Gallery and Lydia Beech Art Boutique. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Avellana and Samara Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Belen Waterfall (in Playa Samara) and Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY & Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Nosara, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

7
nights
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.
Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Rio Celeste. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Fishing Charters & Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Biesanz and Uvita Beach. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Uvita Beach, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jaco Beach and Playa Linda. Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Costa Rica SUP'ers. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and view the masterpieces at Zukia Art Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jaco online itinerary maker .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jimmy T's Provisions, Playa Linda
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Horseback Riding Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Get a sense of the local culture at Roatan Underwater Museum and Shawn Jackson Gallery. Relax by the water at Tabyana Beach and West Bay Beach. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, contemplate the waterfront views at Half Moon Bay, and get your game on at Native Encounters Excursions & Entertainment.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Roatan journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jaco to Roatan in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Popular historic sites such as Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and Queen Street Baptist church are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Altun Ha and St John's Cathedral. On the 11th (Fri), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef) and examine the collection at Luba Garifuna Cultural Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Belize City vacation planner.

Fly from Roatan to Belize City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. October in Belize City sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Belize District, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
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Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Zipline
Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef) ©

5
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Caracol. Your inner history buff will appreciate Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring the underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project, view the masterpieces at Sak Tunich Art Gallery, look for gifts at Kaj Expressions, and admire the masterpieces at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Belize City to San Ignacio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cayo, San Antonio
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Caracol ©
Caracol

11
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Belizean Arts and Aria Kat Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Shark Ray Alley will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Pedro: Caye Caulker (The Split & Red Flower Gallery). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, get outside with Rum Punch II, kick back and relax at Secret Beach, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Pedro trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

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