60 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

60 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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60 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
8
Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + foot + bus + foot + bus:  4​h 45​min
10
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
11
Varadero, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Havana, Cuba
— 9 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

6
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to Spanish Language Institute - Day Course (in Cuernavaca), Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan) and Xochicalco (in Miacatlan). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario).

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City trip planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Mexico City is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Mexico City. When traveling from Amsterdam in March, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Puebla, Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, Xochicalco, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle

6
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palancar Reef and The Amazing Cozumel Race. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Punta Sur (in Isla Mujeres), Cozumel (Submarine Tours & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Tulum (Gran Cenote, Tulum Archaeological Site, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Xcaret Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun, and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen online travel planner .

Fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in March; daily highs in Playa del Carmen reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Cozumel, Tulum, Punta Sur
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Climbing Tours

6
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore hidden gems such as Gatun Lake and Butterfly Haven. Take a break from Panama City with a short trip to Gatun Locks in Colon, about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Panama Canal, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and see the interesting displays at Biomuseo.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Panama City trip planning app .

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to Panama City in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, Panama City is somewhat warmer than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butterfly Haven, Gatun Locks
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Gatun Lake ©
Gatun Lake
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Cinta Costera ©
Cinta Costera

5
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Zipline (in Jaco). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Manuel Antonio using our trip planner.

You can fly from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Horseback Riding Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ecotermales Fortuna and Lake Arenal. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, head outdoors with Salto, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Islets of Granada and Catedral de Granada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mombacho, stop by Tio Antonio Hamaca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Granada sightseeing planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Masaya
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Mombacho ©
Mombacho

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to West Bay Beach and Zipline. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Little French Key, stroll around Gumbalimba Park, get outside with Sunyata Charters, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Roatan trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to Roatan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. April in Roatan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Utila.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Zipline
Little French Key ©
Little French Key

1
night
Utila, Honduras

Utila ©
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 21st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Utila Cays Diving and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Utila trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Roatan to Utila in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Utila are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Utila

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Utila Cays Diving ©
Utila Cays Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Utila to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
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 Cerro de la Cruz. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango), Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Palacio Nacional, & more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Antigua travel site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Pedro to Antigua in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from San Pedro in April, things will get slightly colder in Antigua: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Santo Tomas Church, 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

2
nights
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cueva de Saturno and Coral Beach - Playa Coral. Change things up with a short trip to Pharmaceutical Museum in Matanzas (about 56 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, walk around Josone Park, stroll through Cayos Blancos, and delve into the distant past at Cueva de Ambrosio.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Varadero tour builder .

You can fly from Antigua to Varadero in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Antigua to Varadero, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in May; daily highs in Varadero reach 36°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

9
nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Paraiso and Photography Tours. Explore Havana's surroundings by going to Cayo Largo (Sirena Beach, Sea Turtle Hatchery, & more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Fusterlandia, admire the landmark architecture of Havana Cathedral, make a trip to El Capitolio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana.

Plan trip to Havana with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayo Largo
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Photography Tours
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

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