58 days in Central America Itinerary

58 days in Central America Itinerary

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58 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cayo, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
3
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
4
Placencia, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
8
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
9
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
14
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
15
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Montreal, Canada

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by Belize Chocolate Company, view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, and make a trip to Shark Ray Alley.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro road trip site .

Montreal, Canada to San Pedro is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in January, things will get much hotter in San Pedro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Spas

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum and Xunantunich. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring the underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Blue Hole National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Caracol, make a trip to House of Culture, explore the fascinating underground world of MayaWalk Tours, and identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Cayo road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Cayo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. In January in Cayo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours
Caracol ©
Caracol

3
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Altun Ha. Take a break from Belize City with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Belize, identify plant and animal life at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Belize City tour planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cayo to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. January in Belize City sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Placencia.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
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Zipline
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Museum of Belize ©
Museum of Belize

4
nights
Placencia, Belize

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Explore hidden gems such as Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Silk Caye. Change things up with these side-trips from Placencia: Glover's Reef Marine Reserve (in Hopkins) and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve (in Dangriga). Spend the 17th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and view the masterpieces at Lola Art Studio.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Placencia travel planning tool .

Placencia is just a stone's throw from Belize City. In January, daily temperatures in Placencia can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in Placencia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: stroll around Gumbalimba Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International, take in nature's colorful creations at Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails, and contemplate the waterfront views at Half Moon Bay.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Roatan trip planner.

You can fly from Placencia to Roatan in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Roatan sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

4
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Ana Volcano and Iglesia El Rosario. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Salvador: El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan) and Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Los Ilustres, and explore the engaging exhibits at Tin Marin Children's Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Salvador online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Roatan to San Salvador by combination of flight and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Roatan in January: highs in San Salvador hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

El Imposible National Park, Santa Ana Volcano, Lake Coatepeque
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El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Lake Coatepeque ©
Lake Coatepeque
Santa Ana Volcano ©
Santa Ana Volcano

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arco de Santa Catalina and Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, Catedral Metropolitana, & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Antigua day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In January, Antigua is little chillier than San Salvador - with highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

3
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Step off the beaten path and head to Copan Ruinas and Hieroglyphic Stairway. Step out of Copan Ruinas to go to Santa Rosa de Copan and see Parque Arqueologico Rio Amarillo, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Pyramid over Rosalila Temple, and go for a walk through Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Copan Ruinas trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Copan Ruinas, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Parque Arqueologico Rio Amarillo, Mayan Ruins of El Puente
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Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Hieroglyphic Stairway ©
Hieroglyphic Stairway

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pura Aventura and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo), Llanos de Cortez Waterfall (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). Saddle up on the 9th (Sun) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel route site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Copan Ruinas to Tamarindo takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, then stroll through Playa Hermosa, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and finally look for gifts at Cata Chocolate. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Four Seasons Golf Club, then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planning site .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:
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Shark Diving
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), and then identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara day trip app .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Spas
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

3
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Curi Cancha Reserve and Horseback Riding Tours. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and admire the masterpieces at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Proyecto Asis and Rio Celeste. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory, Rio Celeste
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Food Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Uvita) and Dominical (Nauyaca Waterfalls & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store). Spend the 23rd (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cinta Costera and Biomuseo. Get out of town with these interesting Panama City side-trips: Gatun Locks (in Colon) and Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo (in Portobelo). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Soberania. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the activities along Gatun Lake, head outdoors with Ancon Hill, and delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Panama City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February in Panama City, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, Gatun Locks
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Gatun Lake ©
Gatun Lake
Ancon Hill ©
Ancon Hill

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