31 days in United States, Mexico, Caribbean & Central America Itinerary

31 days in United States, Mexico, Caribbean & Central America Itinerary

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New Orleans, United States
— 4 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
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Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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New Orleans, United States

— 4 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, visit Garden District, examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Audubon Zoo.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read New Orleans trip itinerary maker site.

London, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to New Orleans is minus 6 hours. Traveling from London in March, expect nights in New Orleans to be much warmer, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 4 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Tulum (Casa Cenote, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). Spend the 7th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, get to know the resident critters at Xaman Ha Aviary, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip maker website.

You can fly from New Orleans to Playa del Carmen in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Orleans in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Playa del Carmen, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Havana, Cuba

— 4 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), make a trip to Old Havana, and explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Havana trip planning app.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Havana by flight takes about 5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Havana are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Varadero, Cuba

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then stroll around Josone Park.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Varadero trip builder.

You can drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. March in Varadero sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Tours

Mexico City, Mexico

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mexico City tour website.

Traveling by flight from Varadero to Mexico City takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Cuba Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Varadero in March, expect Mexico City to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 19th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then soothe aching muscles at Yoga con Cyn.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Manuel Antonio takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 1 night
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 21st (Sun): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip builder site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 5 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, experience rural life at Finca Loma Verde, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bridgetown.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Bridgetown, Barbados

— 5 nights
Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of Barbados. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bridgetown: Saint Philip Parish (Bottom Bay & Foul Bay). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Harrison's Cave., enjoy the sand and surf at Dover Beach, admire the natural beauty at Hunte's Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Andromeda Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bridgetown trip maker app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bridgetown in 12.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bridgetown due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Bridgetown are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bridgetown

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Cuba travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.

Barbados travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Caves
Little England
Plan a vacation on the small Caribbean island of Barbados and experience its rich history and vibrant culture. Affectionately called "Little England," the island retains a noticeable British influence in its lively culture, visible especially in sport, religion, and the charming British style buildings with a Caribbean flair. On a tour of Barbados you can lounge on sandy beaches, participate in world-class surfing, roam the World Heritage-listed capital, or explore the lush island interior. When on the island, don't forget to sample its world-famous rum and the signature local dish, the flying fish.