39 days in Caribbean, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

39 days in Caribbean, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  13 h 15 min
1
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 45 min
2
Varadero, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Vinales, Cuba
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12 h 30 min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 45 min
11
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  13 h
12
Palenque, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

1
night
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba

Cayo Guillermo
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo, and then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cayo Guillermo trip tool.

Manchester, UK to Cayo Guillermo is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cayo Guillermo is minus 5 hours. In August, Cayo Guillermo is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, Head underground at Cuevas de Bellamar, then see the interesting displays at Pharmaceutical Museum, and finally explore the activities along Valle Canimar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Artecru, then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, then walk around Josone Park, and finally have a few drinks at Mi Casa Beatles.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Varadero trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cayo Guillermo to Varadero takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Varadero when traveling from Cayo Guillermo in August, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Matanzas
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Pharmaceutical Museum ©
Pharmaceutical Museum
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

2
nights
Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sirena Beach and then stroll through Playa Paraiso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Rico, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Mal Tiempo.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo vacation maker.

Getting from Varadero to Cayo Largo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Punta Mal Tiempo ©
Punta Mal Tiempo

5
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
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: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Havana trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Cayo Largo to Havana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral

2
nights
Vinales, Cuba

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
On the 3rd (Thu), trot along with a tour on horseback, then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, then head off the coast to Cayo Levisa, and finally Head underground at Cueva del Palmarito.

You can plan Vinales trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Vinales, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cueva del Palmarito, Cayo Levisa
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Levisa ©
Cayo Levisa
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm.

Find out how to plan Monteverde trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Vinales to Monteverde with the Route module. The time zone changes from Cuba Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Jaco) and Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Parque Nacional Marino Ballena). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Uvita, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Highlights from your plan
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 13th (Sun), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero route builder website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, Head underground at Venado Caves, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and head outdoors with El Salto.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online day trip planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

3
nights
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Explore Vara Blanca's surroundings by going to Sarchi (Else Kientzler Botanical Garden & Mariposas Sarchi), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and La Virgen (Tirimbina Biological Reserve & Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca online trip builder.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sarchi, La Virgen, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Los Chorros Waterfalls, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's much more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, and delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Panama City road trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vara Blanca to Panama City. The time zone difference when traveling from Vara Blanca to Panama City is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Portobelo
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

2
nights
Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo, and stroll through Aluxes.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Palenque day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Palenque in 13 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes ©
Aluxes

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