60 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

60 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 45 min
3
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  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
+2
Ferry + Taxi + 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
+10
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train + Foot + Bus:  5 h 30 min
11
Varadero, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
12
Havana, Cuba
— 9 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Chapultepec Castle and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5. Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to Xochicalco (in Miacatlan), Spanish Language Institute - Day Course (in Cuernavaca) and Puebla (Puebla Cathedra, Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), &more). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, steep yourself in history at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City visit planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Mexico City is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in March, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Puebla, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, Xochicalco, Spanish Language Institute - Day Course
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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 discover tucked-away gems like The Amazing Cozumel Race and Cenotes Sac Actun. Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (Gran Cenote, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more), Punta Sur (in Isla Mujeres) and Cozumel (Palancar Reef, Submarine Tours, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In March, Playa del Carmen is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tulum, Cozumel, Punta Sur
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Xcaret ©
Xcaret

6
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gatun Lake and Ancon Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Butterfly Haven (in El Valle de Anton) and Gatun Locks (in Colon). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and take a stroll through Cinta Costera.

To plan Panama City vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Playa del Carmen to Panama City in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In March, Panama City is a bit warmer than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical), Zipline (in Jaco) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll through Playa Biesanz, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Manuel Antonio takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. 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

Jaco, Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Horseback Riding Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Zipline

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Lake Arenal. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get outside with El Salto, and stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Apoyo and Islets of Granada. Change things up with a short trip to Masaya Volcano in Masaya (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mombacho, admire the masterpieces at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, and stop by Tio Antonio Hamaca.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Granada tour planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Little French Key. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Manawakie Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, and get outside with Sunyata Charters.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Roatan day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to Roatan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 27°C. 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
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline

1
night
Utila, Honduras

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Utila Cays Diving and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Utila holiday website.

Traveling by ferry from Roatan to Utila takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Utila are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Utila

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

5
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Ray Alley and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, cast your line with a fishing tour, stroll through Mexico Rocks, and view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Utila to San Pedro in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up 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
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

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 Casa Santo Domingo Museums. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango), Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Palacio Nacional, &more). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua, look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to Antigua takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from San Pedro in April, expect Antigua to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cueva de Saturno and Cueva de Ambrosio. Step out of Varadero with an excursion to Pharmaceutical Museum in Matanzas--about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, tee off at Varadero Golf Club, stroll around Josone Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Beach - Playa Coral.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Varadero day trip planning site.

Getting from Antigua to Varadero by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Antigua to Varadero. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Antigua in May: high temperatures in Varadero hover around 36°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time 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
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio

9
nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Paraiso and Sirena Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Havana: Cayo Largo (Sea Turtle Hatchery & Punta Mal Tiempo). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Fusterlandia, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, and make a trip to Old Havana.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Havana tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. May in Havana sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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