60 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

60 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 7 nights
Fly to San Pedro Sula, Bus to Copan Ruinas
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 4 nights
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 4 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
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Contadora Island, Panama
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 5 nights
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 4 nights
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti
— 2 nights
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Fort-de-France, Martinique
— 6 nights
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Saint Francois, Guadeloupe
— 6 nights
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Montserrat, Montserrat
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico — 6 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 Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza), Cozumel (Zona Arqueológica del Cedral & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Tulum (Gran Cenote, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, admire the masterpieces at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen day trip tool.

Belfast, UK to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Playa del Carmen is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Belfast in July, expect Playa del Carmen to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Roatan.
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Roatan, Honduras — 7 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at West Bay Divers, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Sandy Bay Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Baan Suerte.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Roatan online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to Roatan in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Roatan are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Copan Ruinas.
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras — 4 nights

The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, contemplate the long history of Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon, examine the collection at Sculpture Museum, and catch a live event at Mayan Ball Court.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Copan Ruinas trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Roatan to Copan Ruinas in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Roatan in July: high temperatures in Copan Ruinas hover around 33°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Guatemala City.
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Guatemala City, Guatemala — 4 nights

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guatemala City: Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at La Aurora Zoo, see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Merced, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo Popol Vuh.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Guatemala City itinerary maker website.

Traveling by shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Guatemala City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in July, things will get a bit cooler in Guatemala City: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 4 nights

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Leon is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, contemplate the geological forces at Momotombo, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and steep yourself in history at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Leon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Guatemala City to Leon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, Leon is somewhat warmer than Guatemala City - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Contadora Island.
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Contadora Island, Panama — 2 nights

The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Ejecutiva and then kick back and relax at Playa Larga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with Coral Dreams and then kick back and relax at Playa de las Suecas.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Contadora Island trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Leon to Contadora Island. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Leon to Contadora Island. While traveling from Leon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Contadora Island, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama — 5 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Step out of Panama City to go to Isla Taboga and see Playa Restinga, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, snap pictures at Bridge of the Americas, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, and stop by Casco Viejo.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Panama City online visit planner.

Traveling by ferry from Contadora Island to Panama City takes 2.5 hours. In July in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Montego Bay.
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Montego Bay, Jamaica — 5 nights

The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay boasts an international airport and a major cruise-line terminal, so it regularly receives a big influx of visitors to the island.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montego Bay: Original Mayfield Falls Jamaica (in Pennycooke), Negril (Dee's Tropical Paint Parties & Seven Mile Beach) and Tryall Golf Course (in Sandy Bay). Spend the 6th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Rose Hall Great House, indulge in some personalized pampering at Fern Tree SPA, play a few rounds at White Witch Golf Course, and look for gifts at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Montego Bay route builder.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Montego Bay takes 5.5 hours. August in Montego Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Ocho Rios.
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica — 4 nights

A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ocho Rios: Blue Mountain Peak (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Green Grotto Caves (in Runaway Bay). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Dunn's River Falls and Park, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and walk around Konoko Falls.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ocho Rios trip planner.

Getting from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Ocho Rios, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Port-au-Prince.
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti — 2 nights

Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, gives most visitors their first taste of the country, along with all of its rugged and lively charm.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Parc de Martissant and then admire all the interesting features of Marche de Fer. On your second day here, take an unorthodox tour of Atis rezistans and then see the interesting displays at Musee du Pantheon National Haitien.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port-au-Prince trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Ocho Rios to Port-au-Prince in 8.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Fort-de-France.
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Fort-de-France, Martinique — 6 nights

The political capital of Martinique, Fort-de-France has a thriving commercial center and a number of historic sites.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Savane des Esclaves (in Trois-Ilets), Aqua XS (in Le Robert) and Anse Dufour (in Les Anses d'Arlet). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at An Mao The Legacy of Ancestors, admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Balata, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pitons du Carbet, and learn insider's secrets on Le Visio Tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort-de-France holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Port-au-Prince to Fort-de-France in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Port-au-Prince in August: highs in Fort-de-France hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Saint Francois.
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Saint Francois, Guadeloupe — 6 nights

A modern seaside resort town, Saint Francois attracts visitors with its well-preserved landscape and coastline, along with its large number of luxury hotels.
Venture out of the city with trips to Room Escape Games (in Baie-Mahault), Bouillante (Zoo de Guadeloupe (Parc des Mamelles) & Plage de Malendure) and Les îles du ciel / Base Hydravion ULM du Gosier (in Le Gosier). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe des Chateaux, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Grande Anse, take an in-depth tour of Memorial Acte, and get impressive views of La Soufriere Volcano.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saint Francois trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fort-de-France to Saint Francois takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Saint Francois are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Montserrat.
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Montserrat, Montserrat — 3 nights

The Caribbean island of Montserrat can divide its history into two main parts: before 18th July 1995, and after.
Montserrat is known for sightseeing, wildlife, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Montserrat Volcano Observatory, kick back and relax at Woodlands Beach, admire all the interesting features of Jack Boy Hill Viewing Facility, and get impressive views of Soufriere Hills Volcano.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Montserrat holiday builder.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Saint Francois to Montserrat in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Zipline · Beaches
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.
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Honduras travel guide

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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.
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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.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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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.
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Panama travel guide

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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.
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Jamaica travel guide

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Waterfalls · Beaches · Nightlife
The third most populous English-speaking country in the Americas, Jamaica remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, with the British monarch its official head of state. Jamaica tourism thrives thanks to the island nation's reputation for natural beauty, outstanding cuisine, and lively music scene. The country's landscape is as diverse as its population, its tropical climate supporting varied ecosystems that include everything from savannahs to rugged mountain slopes. For most visitors, a holiday in Jamaica is a largely outdoor affair, with hiking, fishing, golfing, camping, snorkeling, horseback riding, and kite surfing among the most popular things to do.
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Haiti travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Zipline
The culture of Haiti has always been the reason for people to visit, and it will be the reason people visit in larger and larger numbers as the nation heals from the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake. The interesting tale of colonialism, revolution, and political struggle has left Haiti with a wealth of historical sites and cultural influences. Sightseeing in Haiti offers perspectives on the many stages in the country's history, with colonial forts standing in ruins and monuments memorializing the revolution. The music, the art, the folklore, and the cuisine of Haiti all deserve to be explored in person.
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Martinique travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gardens
The mountainous island of Martinique offers travelers everything from stunning natural landscapes, to vibrant towns and enticing cuisine. The island's varied scenery includes numerous scenic beaches, lush forests, and a majestic volcano that towers over the St. Pierre harbor. A range of activities await you on your Martinique holiday, allowing you to spend your days lounging on the sand and enjoying the azure waters, sampling gastronomic delicacies, or frequenting the shops, clubs, and cafes in the capital city of Fort-de-France.
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Guadeloupe travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gardens
Butterfly Island
Experience a lively mixture of French and Afro-Caribbean culture on your Guadeloupe vacation. The archipelago consists of two main islands connected by bridges spanning a mangrove swamp, and a number of smaller islands to the south. The island of Grande Terre is mostly flat and arid, offering numerous scenic beaches and lively small towns, while Basse Terre features verdant jungles and mountainous terrain, crowned by a tall volcano. On a tour of Guadeloupe, you can enjoy a variety of beach activities, partake in hiking through a national park, and bask in the vibrant atmosphere of charming towns and villages.
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