60 days in Mexico, Santiago de Cuba & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico, Santiago de Cuba & Central America Itinerary

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Fly to Holguin, Train to Santiago de Cuba
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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
— 7 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 1 day
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Monterrey, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 8 nights
Shuttle
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Bacalar, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus to Belize City, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 14 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Managua
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Managua, Nicaragua
— 7 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

— 7 nights
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and Catedral Del Santisimo Salvador De Bayamo. Step out of the city life by going to Playa El Verraco and Salto del Guayabo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago de Cuba: Bayamo (Paseo Bayames, Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes, &more), El Cobre (Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre & El Cobre Basilica) and Guayabo Falls (in Holguin). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Escalinata de Padre Pico, head off the coast to Granma Island (Cayo Granma), stroll around Plaza de Marte, and stroll through Comandancia de la plata.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santiago de Cuba trip itinerary builder tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Santiago de Cuba is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In June, Santiago de Cuba is warmer than Dublin - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Cancun, Mexico

— 1 day
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.
On the 10th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cancun trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Santiago de Cuba to Cancun in 7.5 hours. June in Cancun sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Monterrey.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Monterrey, Mexico

— 4 nights

City of the Mountains

An industrial powerhouse and a major transportation hub close to the Texas border, Monterrey offers visitors a blend of culture, art, and history.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Senora de Monterrey and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MARCO). Escape the urban bustle at Cola de Caballo Centro Recreativo and Mochilazo. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parque la Huasteca, admire the masterpieces at Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Mexicano, examine the collection at Museo del Obispado, and get outside with Abuelo Expediciones.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monterrey trip planner.

Getting from Cancun to Monterrey by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Monterrey

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 8 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecopark Kantun Chi and 3D Museum of Wonders. Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and Corazon de Mexico are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Akumal (Scuba & Snorkeling, Aktun Chen, &more), Tulum (Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, Cenotes Sac Actun, &more) and Multum Ha Cenote (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Xpu-ha Beach, kick back and relax at Riviera Maya, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen holiday builder.

You can fly from Monterrey to Playa del Carmen in 4 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. June in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Bacalar.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Bacalar, Mexico

— 2 nights
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Malecon de Chetumal. Get a sense of the local culture at Zona Arqueologica de Dzibanche - Kinichna and Zona Arqueologica Oxtankah. When in Bacalar, make a side trip to see Museum de la cultura maya in Chetumal, approximately Chetumal away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Pyramid of the Masks.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bacalar itinerary maker site.

You can take a shuttle from Playa del Carmen to Bacalar in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in June, expect nights in Bacalar to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Antigua, Guatemala

— 14 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Arco de Santa Catalina. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Casa del Jade and Finca El Pilar. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Plaza Fontabella, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more), Mixco Viejo (in San Juan Sacatepequez) and Fuego Volcano (in Alotenango). There's lots more to do: get a taste of local nightlife at Antigua Cigars, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural La Azotea, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Jose, and contemplate the long history of Real Palacio.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bacalar to Antigua in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, Antigua is slightly colder than Bacalar - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Managua.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Managua, Nicaragua

— 7 nights

Bride of Xolotlan

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa La Boquita and Hervideros de San Jacinto. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mi Museo and Iglesia Parroquial de Santiago. Change things up with these side-trips from Managua: Granada (Parque Colon de Granada, Nicaragua Butterfly Reserve, &more), Volcán Masaya National Park (in Masaya) and Reserva La Makina (in Diriamba). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita De Managua, get outside with La Mochila Del Vago, and tee off at Nejapa Golf & Country Club.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Managua route planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Antigua to Managua. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Managua

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Escape the urban bustle at Rancho Tipico Don Juan and Mulguri Adventure. Visit Playa Matapalo and Playas Gemelas for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Parque Reptilandia, &more), Rio savegre Waterfall (in San Gerardo de Dota) and Magic Ananda (in Uvita). There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, delve into the lush surroundings at Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, and admire the sheer force of Los Campesinos Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Managua to Manuel Antonio takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Panama City, Panama

— 6 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de la Merced and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. Step out of the city life by going to El Palmar Beach and Panama Rainforest Discovery Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Portobelo) and Fort San Lorenzo (in Colon). Spend the 26th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Temple, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, explore the ancient world of El Arco Chato, and stop by PTYlocal.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Santiago de Cuba Province travel guide

3.8
Castles · Cemeteries · Landmarks
Santiago de Cuba Province is the second most populated province in the island of Cuba. The largest city Santiago de Cuba is the main administrative center. Other large cities include Palma Soriano, Contramaestre, San Luis and Songo-la Maya.HistorySantiago de Cuba province has been the site of many battles, both during the war for independence and the 1959 Cuban Revolution, where much of the guerrilla fighting took place in the mountainous province.Prior to 1976, Cuba was divided into six historical provinces. One of these was Oriente province, which was, prior to 1905, known as Santiago de Cuba province. The present day province comprises the south-central region of Oriente.EconomyThe province is rich in material resources such as iron and nickel. The economy, however, relies mostly on agriculture, with large plantations growing bananas, cacao, and coffee dotting the landscape. Industry is growing around the capital, as is tourism. The natural beauty of the area is attracting many tourists from both the rest of Cuba and from overseas.

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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.