35 days in Mexico, Jamaica & Havana Itinerary

35 days in Mexico, Jamaica & Havana Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Merida, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Havana, Cuba
— 11 nights
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Kingston, Jamaica
— 5 nights
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 5 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, stroll around Bosque de Chapultepec, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City online vacation builder.

Cardiff, UK to Mexico City is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Cardiff to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cardiff, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Oaxaca, Mexico

— 5 nights
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, examine the collection at Oaxaca Textile Museum, make a trip to Zocalo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Oaxaca trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Mexico City in March, expect nights in Oaxaca to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Merida.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Merida, Mexico

— 3 nights
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Step out of Merida to go to Uxmal and see Uxmal, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Mayapan Archaeological Zone, admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo, see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Merida trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Oaxaca to Merida in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Oaxaca in March, Merida is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Havana, Cuba

— 11 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Havana: Varadero (Delfinario & Cueva de Saturno), Matanzas (Ermita de Monserrate, Pharmaceutical Museum, &more) and Cayo Largo (Punta Mal Tiempo & Sirena Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Havana trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Merida to Havana takes 5 hours. Traveling from Merida in March, expect Havana to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kingston.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kingston, Jamaica

— 5 nights
The country's capital, Kingston offers all the excitement of a lively and storied city, while also housing the services and facilities travelers need to get around and see the rest of the island.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hellshire Beach (in Portmore) and Reach Falls (in Port Antonio). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Bob Marley Museum, look for gifts at Chocolate Dreams, walk around Emancipation Park, and explore and take pictures at Devon House.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kingston trip planner.

You can fly from Havana to Kingston in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Havana in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kingston, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ocho Rios.

Things to do in Kingston

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

— 5 nights
A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ocho Rios: Montego Bay (Doctor's Cave Beach & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Rose Hall Great House (in Rose Hall). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Dunn's River Falls and Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, walk around Konoko Falls, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ocho Rios trip planner.

You can drive from Kingston to Ocho Rios in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ocho Rios

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.

Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

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Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline
A trip to Yucatan Peninsula takes visitors to the southeastern section of Mexico, an area that housed the legendary Maya civilization before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. Much of the region's population traces its origins back to this old culture, and in many of the smaller settlements residents continue to speak the Maya language in addition to Spanish. Yucatan Peninsula tourism thrives largely thanks to the popularity of Cancun, a modern resort town on the so-called "Mayan Riviera." Away from the white-sand coastline, this part of Mexico treats visitors to some of the finest examples of Mayan pyramids and temples, offering a glimpse into the continent's pre-Hispanic history.

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.