31 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

31 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
Ferry to Roatan, Fly to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly
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Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Bus
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 day
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Visit Little French Key and Mayan Day Passes for some beach relaxation. Shop till you drop at Diamonds International and Shawn Jackson Gallery. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach.

Plan trip to Roatan with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Sydney, Australia to Roatan is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Roatan. In April, Roatan is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Utila.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:

1
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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 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bando Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iguana Research & Breeding Station, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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You can ride a ferry from Roatan to Utila in 2 hours. May in Utila sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Utila

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

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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.
On the 6th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at 12 Belize, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts, then see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Utila to San Pedro in 7 hours. In May, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

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Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): look for gifts at Diamonds International, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Belize Zoo, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Downtown plaza and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Belize City travel tool.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May in Belize City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Belize City

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Ek Balam and Punta Sur are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 3D Museum of Wonders and La 5ta Hacienda. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Puerto Morelos), Playa Delfines (in Cancun) and Gran Cenote (in Tulum). There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Reef, and view the masterpieces at BALAM Art Painted on Feathers.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belize City to Playa del Carmen. Traveling from Belize City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Playa del Carmen, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 14:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and then explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Antigua online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Playa del Carmen to Antigua in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Antigua. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in May, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Plastic Bottle Village and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bocas Town trip itinerary maker app.

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 May, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Bocas Town: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Panama City.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

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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.
Head to Multiplaza Pacific and Albrook Mallfor plenty of shopping. Avenida Balboa and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Cinta Costera, contemplate the long history of Iglesia de San José, explore the activities along Gatun Lake, and get outside with Ancon Hill.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip itinerary app.

Fly from Bocas Town to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town in May, expect nights in Panama City to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Playa Biesanz. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Jaco) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip builder.

You can fly from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

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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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Proyecto Asis. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 28:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.