60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
Bus to Belize City, Fly to Roatan
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Roatan, Honduras
— 7 nights
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Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
Ferry to Roatan, Fly to San Salvador
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 6 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tulum Archaeological Site and Tulum Tower. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paradise Beach and Climbing Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Aktun Chen (in Akumal) and Tulum (Scuba & Snorkeling & Gran Cenote). There's much more to do: Head underground at Ecopark Kantun Chi, see Off-Road Tours, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary site.

Minneapolis, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Playa del Carmen. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in December, with highs in Playa del Carmen at 80°F and lows at 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Ray Alley and Secret Beach Belize. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read San Pedro trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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San Ignacio, Belize

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Take a break from the city and head to ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and Blue Hole National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and Cahal Pech. Change things up with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia (about 1h 20 min away). On the 12th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project and view the masterpieces at Cappello's Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Ignacio trip builder website.

Fly from San Pedro to San Ignacio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Explore hidden gems such as Little French Key and Roatan Divers. Take a break from the city and head to West Bay Beach and Tabyana Beach. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Sunyata Charters, see Off-Road Tours, and play a few rounds at The Black Pearl Golf Course.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Roatan road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to Roatan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, daytime highs in Roatan are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Utila.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 19:

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Utila, Honduras

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 20th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Utila online trip builder.

You can ride a ferry from Roatan to Utila in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Utila

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

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San Salvador, El Salvador

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia El Rosario and Monseñor Romero Center. Get outdoors at El Imposible National Park and Parque Nacional El Boqueron. When in San Salvador, make a side trip to see Playa El Tunco in El Tunco, approximately El Tunco away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, see the interesting displays at Museo del Ferrocarril y Parque Tematico, look for gifts at La Piskucha, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Salvador trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Utila to San Salvador in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Utila in January, expect nights in San Salvador to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 26:

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Antigua, Guatemala

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Volcán Pacaya and ChocoMuseo. Step off the beaten path and head to Iglesia de La Merced and The Plaza Central Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana & Palacio Nacional). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Merced, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and get impressive views of Volcan de Agua.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Salvador in January, things will get slightly colder in Antigua: highs are around 74°F and lows about 53°F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

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Bocas Town, Panama

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Starfish Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bocas Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to Bocas Town takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Antigua to Bocas Town due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Antigua in January, plan for much colder days in Bocas Town, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cinta Costera and Biomuseo. Step out of the city life by going to Soberania National Park and Metropolitan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Avenida Balboa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San José, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Panama City online road trip planner.

Fly from Bocas Town to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bocas Town in February: highs in Panama City hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa el Coco and Playa Escameca. Visit San Juan del Sur Beach and La Flor Beach Natural Reserve for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get outside with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure.

Plan a San Juan del Sur trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Panama City to San Juan del Sur in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Juan del Sur. February in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Proyecto Asis. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 15:

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Jaco and see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, and stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

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Mexico City, Mexico

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapultepec Castle and Paseo de la Reforma. Coyoacan and Museo Nacional de Antropologia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Mexico City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Mexico City are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

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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.

Honduras travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.

El Salvador travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Churches · Ruins
El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America, has plenty of historical and natural attractions to explore on a rich and varied itinerary. The coastal beaches attract surfers and sunbathers, while the main towns showcase colonial and indigenous cultures in their traditions, architecture, cuisine, and historical sites. Tourism in El Salvador has been stuttering for decades, first because of the Salvadoran Civil War, and now because of gang-related activities and a high crime rate. The vast majority of the country, however, remains unspoiled by the narrative that dominates international headlines. Travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination, with natural and manmade highlights uncluttered by tourists and overdevelopment, find such a place in El Salvador.

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.

Panama travel guide

4.1
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.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
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

4.3
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.