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 + foot + bus:  30​h
1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Drive:  15​min
9
Belize City, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
10
Cayo, Belize
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
+4
Fly + foot + bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
12
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visit Playa Hermosa and Playa Conchal for some beach relaxation. Shop till you drop at Koss Art Gallery and Lydia Beech Art. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Flamingo (Scuba & Snorkeling & Stand-Up Paddleboarding), Samara Beach (in Playa Samara) and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Art & Gallery (in Playas del Coco).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tamarindo is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Tamarindo, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tamarindo, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Playa Flamingo, Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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.
On the 7th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then stroll through Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip generator.

Drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio National Park.

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
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

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.
Visiting Zipline and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Visit Playa Biesanz and Uvita Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio National Park side-trips: Dominical (Hacienda Baru & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store).

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio National Park vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In February, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Quepos, Uvita Beach
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Precolumbian Gold Museum and Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Get some cultural insight at Galeria Namu and Jade Museum. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose travel planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio National Park to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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.
Get outdoors at Rio Celeste and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Arenal and Proyecto Asis. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 42 minutes away).

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory, Rio Celeste
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
On the 24th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Leon sightseeing planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Leon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Leon

Beaches Outdoors Museums
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Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

6
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get some historical perspective at Casco Viejo and Plaza de Francia. You'll explore and learn at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and Biomuseum. Take a break from Panama City with a short trip to Gatun Locks in Colon, about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Panama Canal, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gatun Lake.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Leon to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Leon to Panama City is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen
Iglesia de San José ©
Iglesia de San José

6
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Let the collections at The Gallery of San Pedro and Red Flower Gallery capture your imagination. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Hol Chan Marine Reserve will get you outdoors. When in San Pedro, make a side trip to see The Estuary in Caye Caulker, approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. On the 9th (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: stroll through Shark Ray Alley, stop by Belize Chocolate Company, view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, and admire the landmark architecture of Ocean Essence Day Spa.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro holiday planner.

You can fly from Panama City to San Pedro in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Panama City in March, expect nights in San Pedro to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Belize and St John's Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Kayaking & Canoeing. Take a break from Belize City with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, about 42 minutes away. On the 14th (Wed), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha Ruins, look for gifts at Diamonds International, make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument, and look for all kinds of wild species at Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Belize City vacation builder.

Belize City is just a stone's throw from San Pedro. In March in Belize City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Belize City

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
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River Rafting & Tubing
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Museum of Belize ©
Museum of Belize

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Caracol and Xunantunich. Head to The Orange Gallery and Back to My Rootsfor plenty of shopping. On the 21st (Wed), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project, explore the fascinating underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal, take in the dramatic scenery at Rio On Pools, and get around town with MayaWalk Tours.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cayo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Belize City to Cayo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. March in Cayo sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Cayo

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Caracol ©
Caracol
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
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 Tabyana Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Head to Diamonds International and Waves of Artfor plenty of shopping.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Roatan vacation builder.

Do a combination of car and flight from Cayo to Roatan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Roatan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): stop by Uxibal and then see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Merced, then delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Antigua tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Roatan to Antigua takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Roatan in March, with highs in Antigua at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
The Plaza Central Park ©
The Plaza Central Park

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