60 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

60 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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60 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
3
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Puebla, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Tulum, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  5 h 30 min
9
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
10
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  8 h 30 min
11
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
12
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
13
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
14
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Dublin, Ireland

4
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) in San Jose del Cabo (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke, cast your line with a fishing tour, and cool off at Los Cabos Tarzan Boats.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas tour builder tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Dublin in September: high temperatures in Cabo San Lucas hover around 35°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
Highlights from your plan
A-maze-in Cabo Race ©
A-maze-in Cabo Race
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, don't miss a visit to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, and explore the striking landscape of Los Arcos.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

3
nights
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende ©
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Get out of town with these interesting San Miguel de Allende side-trips: Queretaro City (Templo y ex-convento de la Santa Cruz de los Milagros & Museo de Arte Sacro). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, get a taste of the local shopping with Fabrica La Aurora, make a trip to El Jardin, and walk around El Charco del Ingenio.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in September: highs in San Miguel de Allende hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Queretaro City
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery ©
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

5
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

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. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from San Miguel de Allende in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Puebla, Mexico

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puebla: Zona Arqueológica de Cholula (in San Pedro Cholula), Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula) and Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala (in Tlaxcala). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), explore the world behind art at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Popular Santa Rosa de Lima.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puebla online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Mexico City to Puebla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. September in Puebla sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

San Pedro Cholula, Tonantzintla, Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala
Highlights from your plan
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Tonantzintla ©
Tonantzintla

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Tortugas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cancun tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Puebla to Cancun by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Puebla in September: highs in Cancun hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Punta Sur
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

5
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Zipline, Xcaret, &more). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote, and admire the landmark architecture of Sfer IK.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tulum travel route app.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Santa Rosa Wall, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip builder.

Drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. September in Cozumel sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Chankanaab Reef ©
Chankanaab Reef
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

4
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 find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Iglesia Santo domingo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, examine the collection at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Antigua travel route planner.

Getting from Cozumel to Antigua by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cozumel in October; daily highs in Antigua reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
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: look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Island Divers, head outdoors with Sunyata Charters, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and wander the streets of Flamingo Cultural Center.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Roatan road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Antigua to Roatan in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Antigua in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Roatan: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Salto, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route planner.

Getting from Roatan to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Hacienda La Central (in Turrialba), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, identify plant and animal life at Top Travel Costa Rica, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in San Jose, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Hacienda La Central, Irazu Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Iglesia de San Pedro (in Isla Taboga). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, and wander the streets of Cinta Costera.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Panama City online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Panama City. Traveling from San Jose in October, expect Panama City to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trips

Portobelo, Iglesia de San Pedro
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park

5
nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Havana: Cayo Largo (Sea Turtle Hatchery & Sirena Beach). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, don't miss a visit to Paseo del Prado, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, and contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Havana trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Havana takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Panama City in October since evenings lows in Havana dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cayo Largo
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral

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