61 days in Central America Itinerary

61 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America Trip Planner

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Train to Nuevos Ministerios, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Panama City
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chitre, Panama
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 6 nights
Bus to Belize City, Ferry to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at ChocoMuseo and Volcán Pacaya. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arco de Santa Catalina and La Recoleccion. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, stop by Joyeria C'Santos Antigua, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and admire the natural beauty at Caoba Farms.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner.

Malaga, Spain to Antigua is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Malaga to Antigua. Traveling from Malaga in August, expect Antigua to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Lydia Beech Art Boutique and La Galeria Centro de Arte are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Conchal and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal), Playa Potrero (Potrero Beach & Costa Rica Sailing Center) and Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, look for gifts at Dolores Shop, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and let the kids burn off some steam at Nanny Garden.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to Tamarindo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at Samara Beach and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Nosara (Pilates Nosara at Bodhi Tree Resort, International Animal Rescue Costa Rica, &more). It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall and kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Liberia, Costa Rica

— 5 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
You'll explore and learn at Museo de Guanacaste and Church of La Ermita La Agonia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Get out of town with these interesting Liberia side-trips: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Miravalles Volcano, Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours, &more). There's more to do: look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Liberia travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 5 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.
You'll explore and learn at Art House and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Curi Cancha Reserve and La Amistad International Park. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Puntarenas in Puntarenas (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore by horseback at Finca el Rodeo, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Sarah's Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Liberia to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Visiting Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Tee Times Costa Rica. Take a break from Jaco with a short trip to Costa Rica Color in Montezuma, about 4h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get outside with Costa Rica SUP'ers, and stop by Carton the Surf Shop.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco holiday website.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 5 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.
Onirica Art Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Proyecto Asis. There's much more to do: take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, stop by Souvenir Leo, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos planning site.

You can drive from Jaco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Panama City, Panama

— 3 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama La Vieja and Plaza de Francia will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Biomuseo and Iglesia del Carmen. Step out of Panama City to go to Isla Saboga and see Isla Saboga, which is approximately 4 hours away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Iglesia de San José, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and stop by Cinta Costera.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Panama City trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City. In September in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chitre.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chitre, Panama

— 3 nights
Chitré is a city and county, the capital of the Panamanian province of Herrera. On the 25th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museum de Herrera, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Juan Bautista, then make a trip to Iglesia Santa Librada, and finally don't miss a visit to Parque Belisario Porras. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Stella Sierra Regional Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nata Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chitre day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Panama City to Chitre takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Chitre

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

San Ignacio, Belize

— 6 nights

Cayo Town

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and MayaWalk Tours. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Barton Creek Cave. Venture out of the city with trips to Maya Center Mayan Museum (in Dangriga), The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia) and Yaxha National Park (in Peten). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, shop like a local with Back to My Roots, don't miss a visit to Belize Soul Project, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Ignacio trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Chitre to San Ignacio in 31.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chitre to San Ignacio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

San Pedro, Belize

— 5 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belizean Arts and The Gallery of San Pedro. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castaway Caye Watersports and Belize Sailing Center. Go for a jaunt from San Pedro to Caye Caulker to see The Estuary of Caye Caulker about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Toucan Gift Stores and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro online trip maker.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from San Ignacio to San Pedro in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daytime highs in San Pedro are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Roatan, Honduras

— 6 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shawn Jackson Gallery and Roatan Underwater Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Blue Island Divers and Mayan Day Passes. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the activities along Half Moon Bay, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and walk around Gumbalimba Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Roatan sightseeing planner.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours