60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Utila, Honduras
— 2 nights
Ferry to Roatan, Fly to Panama City
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Bus to San Jose, Fly to San Salvador
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 6 nights
Fly
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Taxi to Cocales, Bus to Retalhuleu
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Retalhuleu, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Placencia, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive
15
Hopkins, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
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Roatan, Honduras — 7 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea Divers and Zipline. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Manawakie Park, enjoy breathtaking views from El Faro, head outdoors with Sunyata Charters, and enjoy the sand and surf at Grand Roatan Beach Club.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Roatan trip tool.

Los Angeles, USA to Roatan is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Roatan due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in June; daily highs in Roatan reach 89°F and lows reach 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Utila.
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Utila, Honduras — 2 nights

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bando Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Utila Cays Diving.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Utila journey planning site.

Ride a ferry from Roatan to Utila in 2 hours. In June in Utila, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama — 5 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Family-friendly places like Panama Canal and Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) will thrill your kids. Explore Panama City's surroundings by going to Portobelo (Black Christ, Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Casco Viejo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, and see the interesting displays at Museo Panama Viejo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Panama City trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Utila to Panama City in 10 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Utila to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In June in Panama City, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 5 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Uvita Waterfall (in Uvita). There's much more to do: cast your line with Jackpot Sport Fishing, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Manuel Antonio Hot Springs.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and shuttle; or drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco, Costa Rica — 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Zipline and Off-Road Tours. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's still lots to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and head outdoors with Costa Rica SUP'ers.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco online route planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then relax and rejuvenate at Hotel Belmar Wellness Center.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 7 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online tour builder.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 6 nights

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Attractions like Cinquera Rain Forest Park and Volcan San Salvador make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional El Boqueron. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, shop like a local with Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and contemplate the long history of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Salvador trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tortuguero to San Salvador takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Salvador can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Antigua.
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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.
Family-friendly places like La Aurora Zoo and Museo Popol Vuh will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, &more). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua day trip planner.

Fly from San Salvador to Antigua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Salvador in July, with highs in Antigua at 77°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Retalhuleu.
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Retalhuleu, Guatemala — 1 night

The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. On the 16th (Sat), let the kids burn off some steam at Dino Park, then get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, and then laugh and play at Xocomil.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Retalhuleu trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Antigua to Retalhuleu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Antigua in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Retalhuleu: highs are around 91°F and lows about 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala — 1 night

Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal and then get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango trip planner.

Traveling by car from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, Quetzaltenango is cooler than Retalhuleu - with highs of 71°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.
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Lanquin, Guatemala — 1 night

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 18th (Mon), head outdoors with Aventura Grande, contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lanquin trip site.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Quetzaltenango in July: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 93°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Placencia.
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Placencia, Belize — 4 nights

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Placencia is known for wildlife, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Laughing Bird Caye National Park, head off the coast to Pumpkin Caye, relax in the rural setting at Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours, and get your bearings at Placencia Municipal Pier.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Placencia tour planner.

You can drive from Lanquin to Placencia in 7.5 hours. When traveling from Lanquin in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Placencia: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hopkins.
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Hopkins, Belize — 2 nights

Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
On the 23rd (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Glover's Reef Marine Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): look for gifts at Golden Gifts, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, and then hike along Outback Trails.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Hopkins day trip planner.

You can drive from Placencia to Hopkins in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can fly to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 6 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Plan a San Pedro trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Hopkins to San Pedro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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