60 days in Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Honduras Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Honduras Itinerary

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly to Roatan, Ferry to Utila
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Utila, Honduras
— 3 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 11 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 5 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Tamarindo Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo online tour itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to San Jose.
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San Jose, Costa Rica — 4 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Photography Tours and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela) and Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Jose day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. June in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 6 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Bring the kids along to Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Kokopelli (in Sierpe), Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Zipline, &more). Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and relax and rejuvenate at Raindrop Spa.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 6 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.
Attractions like Zipline and El Trapiche Tour make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, trot along with a tour on horseback, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and tour in harmony with nature at Eco Tours.

Planning Monteverde trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 8 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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour builder tool.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua — 3 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Laguna Charco Verde and Chico Largo Adventure. Spend the 2nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. It doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion and head off the coast to Isla Ometepe.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe trip maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Isla de Ometepe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 3 nights

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Family-friendly places like La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and Costa Dulce Beach will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, soothe aching muscles at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, and head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur by combination of ferry and bus takes about 3 hours. In July in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 5 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mombacho and Islets of Granada. Venture out of the city with trips to La Laguna de Apoyo (Apoyo & Volcano Divers Nicaragua), Montibelli Private National Reserve (in Ticuantepe) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). Spend the 9th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, shop like a local with Mombacho Cigars, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada trip planner.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 3 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Climbing Tours and Cerro Negro Volcano will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, shop like a local with Artesania de Leon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Leon sightseeing planner.

Getting from Granada to Leon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Leon are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tegucigalpa.
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras — 2 nights

Capital of Honduras, the 400-year-old city of Tegucigalpa boasts an impressive ensemble of colonial buildings flanking old stone streets, which lead to hillside parks and lively squares.
On the 15th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Suyapa and then stroll around Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Honduras National Gallery of Art, browse the exhibits of Museo para la Identidad Nacional, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castillo Bellucci.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tegucigalpa online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Leon to Tegucigalpa by car takes about 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Leon in July: high temperatures in Tegucigalpa hover around 83°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Utila.
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Utila, Honduras — 3 nights

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas & Wellness. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Utila Cays Diving, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iguana Research & Breeding Station, and kick back and relax at Bando Beach.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Utila attractions planning website.

Getting from Tegucigalpa to Utila by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Tegucigalpa in July, expect Utila to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Roatan.
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Roatan, Honduras — 11 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Family-friendly places like Sea Divers and Little French Key will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get outside with Sunyata Charters, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and walk around Gumbalimba Park.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Roatan trip itinerary builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Utila to Roatan in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.
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Honduras travel guide

4.6
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.
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