29 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

29 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 3 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (Casa Cenote, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder website.

Montreal, Canada to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in March, with highs in Playa del Carmen at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

San Pedro, Belize

— 4 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at The Gallery of San Pedro, and stop by Belize Chocolate Company.

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

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 when traveling from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Playa del Carmen in March since evenings lows in San Pedro dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Roatan, Honduras

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: have unforgettable encounters with Blue Island Divers, get outside with Sunyata Charters, sample the tasty concoctions at Roatan Island Brewing Co., and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Roatan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Roatan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 3 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, see the interesting displays at MonseƱor Romero Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Calvario, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read San Salvador road trip tool.

You can fly from Roatan to San Salvador in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. March in San Salvador sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Antigua, Guatemala

— 3 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.
Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo & National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, steep yourself in history at Casa Popenoe, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Antigua trip maker tool.

You can drive from San Salvador to Antigua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Salvador in March, with highs in Antigua at 30°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip planning website.

Getting from Antigua to Manuel Antonio by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 4 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.
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, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Xalteva, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, then contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, and finally shop like a local with Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Granada road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Granada

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Panama City, Panama

— 4 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Spend the 31st (Thu) exploring nature at Soberania National Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, and explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Panama City road trip app.

Fly from Granada to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Granada to Panama City. In March, daytime highs in Panama City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.

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.

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.