60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly to Chetumal, Ferry to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 7 nights
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 30 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica and Walking tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zocalo and Chapultepec Castle. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: highs in Mexico City hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

San Pedro, Belize

— 4 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Explore hidden gems such as Shark Ray Alley and Mexico Rocks. Do some cultural sightseeing at Belizean Arts and The Gallery of San Pedro. Change things up with these side-trips from San Pedro: Caye Caulker (Turneffe Reef, Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique, &more). The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Mexico City to San Pedro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in January: highs in San Pedro hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Roatan, Honduras

— 7 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roatan Divers and Mahogany Bay. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mayan Eden. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Half Moon Bay, soothe aching muscles at Fisioterapista-Massagista Roatan, kick back and relax at Little French Key, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Roatan day trip website.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Espadilla Norte. Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Jaco) and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding (in Herradura). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Reptilandia, and take in the waterfront at Marina Pez Vela.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Roatan to Manuel Antonio in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Corcovado National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visiting Cano Island and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Drake Bay online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 2 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba, then get to know the fascinating history of Nature Park Walk, and then kick back and relax at Playa Manzanillo. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, and then stroll through Tarantulas Way.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Bogarin Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 30 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get outdoors at Samara Beach and Playa Avellana. Get some cultural insight at Church of La Ermita La Agonia and La Galeria Centro de Arte. Venture out of the city with trips to Nosara (Playa Guiones, Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary, &more), Playa Samara (Kingfisher Sportfishing, dondeJavitours, &more) and Bagaces (Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve & Cataratas Llanos de Cortes). Spend the 4th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Las Baulas National Marine Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Hermosa, kick back and relax at Playas del coco, play a few rounds at Four Seasons Golf Club, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip planning website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.