60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 1 night
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Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 11 nights
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Panama City, Panama
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Cancun, Mexico

— 3 nights
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Take a break from the city and head to National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Swim with Dolphins. We've included these beaches for you: Xcacel Beach and Playa Marlin. Go for a jaunt from Cancun to Puerto Morelos to see Nature & Wildlife Tours about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chacmool.

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London, UK to Cancun is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, things will get warmer in Cancun: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

San Pedro, Belize

— 6 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Take a break from the city and head to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Secret Beach Belize. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Belize Food Tours. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at The Gallery of San Pedro, stop by Belize Chocolate Company, and get interesting insight from C & S Golf Cart Rental.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro online day trip planner.

You can fly from Cancun to San Pedro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in San Pedro are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the ferry ride to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Caye Caulker, Belize

— 1 night
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the vivid underwater world at Turneffe Reef, explore and take pictures at Shark Ray Alley, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Estuary of Caye Caulker.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by ferry from San Pedro to Caye Caulker takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Belize City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Belize City, Belize

— 3 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Get outdoors at V.I.V. Tours and Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cavetubing5star and The Belize Sign Monument. When in Belize City, make a side trip to see The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, approximately La Democracia away. There's still lots to do: walk around Billy Barquiedier National Park, look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize, don't miss a visit to Independence Monument, and examine the collection at Luba Garifuna Cultural Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Belize City online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Caye Caulker to Belize City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Antigua, Guatemala

— 6 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Volcán Pacaya and Ravenscroft Riding Stables. Discover out-of-the-way places like ChocoMuseo and Association Aprode. Take a break from Antigua with a short trip to Auto Safari Chapin in Escuintla, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, browse the eclectic array of goods at Caoba Farms, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Antigua road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Belize City to Antigua takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belize City in November, things will get little chillier in Antigua: highs are around 27°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Granada, Nicaragua

— 2 nights

La Gran Sultana

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Parque Xalteva, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Xalteva, and finally ponder the design of Parque Colon de Granada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go all around town with City Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, and then get impressive views of Masaya Volcano.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Granada trip planning tool.

You can fly from Antigua to Granada in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

— 4 nights
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa el Coco. Discover out-of-the-way places like Marsella Valley Nature Center and Playa Remanso. When in San Juan del Sur, make a side trip to see Playa Redonda in Playa Redonda, approximately Playa Redonda away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Costa Dulce Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and get the adrenaline pumping with Flyboard Nicaragua.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to San Juan del Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Safaris. Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Change things up with a short trip to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park in La Virgen (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: walk around Bogarin Trail, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, Head underground at Venado Caves, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Bat Jungle and Rafael Elizondo Nature Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Valle Escondido Preserve. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center, explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, and stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Playas Gemelas. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Playa Ventanas (in Ballena). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at La Playita, and take the plunge with Skydive Costa Rica.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio vacation planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Boquete.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Boquete, Panama

— 2 nights
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): indulge in your favorite hot beverage with Boquete Tree Trek Eco Adventure Park, explore the striking landscape at Los Ladrillos, and then explore the striking landscape at Los Cangilones de Gualaca. On the next day, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then settle in for a delightful tour with Boquete Outdoor Adventures, and then head outdoors with Arte Hostal.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Boquete trip planning website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Boquete in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manuel Antonio to Boquete is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Side Trip

Bocas Town, Panama

— 11 nights
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Bocas Butterfly Garden. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin Bay Preserve and Starfish Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Bluff (in Bluff Beach), Aamvecona (in Changuinola) and Wizard Beach (in Isla Bastimentos). The adventure continues: get outside with Tajada de Sandia, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Random Art, and admire the masterpieces at Plastic Bottle Village.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bocas Town vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Boquete to Bocas Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Bocas Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Panama City.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Panama City, Panama

— 5 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Soberania National Park and Panama Rainforest Discovery Center. Get outdoors at Adventures Panama and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion in Gamboa (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, explore the activities along Canal de Panama, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and delve into the distant past at El Arco Chato.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Panama City travel route planner.

You can fly from Bocas Town to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Bocas Town, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Panama City, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.

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.

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.