59 days in Caribbean, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

59 days in Caribbean, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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59 days in Caribbean, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: Kabul, Afghanistan
Fly:  29​h
1
Havana, Cuba
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Varadero, Cuba
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Trinidad, Cuba
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Cancun, Mexico
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Santa Ana, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
+5
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
10
Leon, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Granada, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Kabul, Afghanistan

6
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sirena Beach and Sea Turtle Hatchery. Take a break from Havana with a short trip to Playa Paraiso in Cayo Largo, about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Fusterlandia, steep yourself in history at Plaza de San Francisco, make a trip to Old Havana, and get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Havana trip planner .

Kabul, Afghanistan to Havana is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Kabul to Havana due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Cayo Largo
Highlights from your plan
Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

4
nights
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Josone Park and Cayos Blancos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varadero: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar & Puente de Bacunayagua). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, stroll through Coral Beach - Playa Coral, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and tee off at Varadero Golf Club.

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Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Varadero are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

4
nights
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Trinidad de Cuba and Iglesia de San Juan Batista. Get out of town with these interesting Trinidad side-trips: Cienfuegos (Palacio de Valle, El Nicho Waterfalls, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, take in the dramatic scenery at Parque el Cubano, get a taste of the local shopping with Deustua Galeria Taller, and enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Trinidad tour site .

You can drive from Varadero to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Trinidad when traveling from Varadero in January, with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Trinidad de Cuba, Iglesia de San Juan Batista, Topes de Collantes
Highlights from your plan
El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls
Trinidad de Cuba ©
Trinidad de Cuba
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

7
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Cenote Santa Cruz. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, & more), Valladolid (Catedral de San Servasio & Convent of San Bernardino of Siena) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cancun trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Trinidad to Cancun takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Trinidad in January, Cancun is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Valladolid, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Puerto Aventuras Marina
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and Museum of Belize. Change things up with these side-trips from Belize City: Belmopan (Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing and Jungle Zipline & Blue Hole National Park) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Altun Ha, stroll around Memorial Park, make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Belize City trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Cancun to Belize City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belmopan, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, The Belize Zoo, Altun Ha
Highlights from your plan
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha

5
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Spas. Change things up with a short trip to The Estuary of Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker (about 30 minutes away). Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by Belize Chocolate Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip planner .

Traveling by car from Belize City to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, The Estuary of Caye Caulker
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

5
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional El Boqueron and Iglesia El Rosario. Go for a jaunt from San Salvador to Suchitoto to see Lago Suchitlán about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the San Salvador route planner .

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to San Salvador takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from San Pedro in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Salvador, with highs around 38°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Santa Ana.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lago Suchitlán
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Parque Nacional El Boqueron ©
Parque Nacional El Boqueron
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park

4
nights
Santa Ana, El Salvador

Santa Ana ©
Santa Ana is the second largest city in El Salvador, located 64 kilometers northwest of San Salvador, the capital city. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Coatepeque and Montecristo National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Ana: Axul (in Concepcion de Ataco) and El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Santa Ana Volcano, delve into the distant past at Tazumal, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Ana Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Ana trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from San Salvador to Santa Ana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Santa Ana sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Axul, Tazumal, El Imposible National Park, Montecristo National Park, Lake Coatepeque
Highlights from your plan
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Lake Coatepeque ©
Lake Coatepeque
Santa Ana Volcano ©
Santa Ana Volcano

5
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arco de Santa Catalina and The Plaza Central Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Iglesia de San Francisco, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, take in the exciting artwork at Belfinart, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find out how to plan a trip to Antigua, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Santa Ana to Antigua in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Ana in February: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Leon.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
The Plaza Central Park ©
The Plaza Central Park
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

4
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cerro Negro Volcano and Church The Recollection. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leon: Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve (in Las Penitas) and Chorotega-Nicarao Museum (in Chinandega). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, stop by Juanmarcos Design, contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, and get impressive views of Telica Volcano.

Make your Leon itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Antigua to Leon by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in February, expect Leon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Chorotega-Nicarao Museum, Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas

3
nights
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
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 Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia and Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach, look for gifts at Bordport, and enjoy some diversion at Surf Ranch Skateboard Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Leon to San Juan del Sur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Leon in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Juan del Sur: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Beaches Fun & Games

Side Trip

Bordport
Highlights from your plan
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Zipline
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

4
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Islets of Granada and Mombacho. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo), Puerto Salvador Allende (in Managua) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced and examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Granada trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Masaya, Puerto Salvador Allende
Highlights from your plan
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Mombacho ©
Mombacho

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