60 days in Southern Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Southern Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Southern Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Huatulco, Mexico
— 6 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h
2
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  18​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
10
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
11
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  3​h 15​min
12
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

6
nights
Huatulco, Mexico

Huatulco ©
A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
Get in touch with nature at Cacaluta and Playa Entrega. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Punta Cometa. Step out of Huatulco to go to Mazunte and see Laguna Ventanilla, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Playa San Augustin, look for gifts at MOH - Organic Market Huatulco, take in the dramatic natural features at Isla Cacaluta, and take in the dramatic scenery at Magic Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Huatulco online trip itinerary planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Huatulco is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Huatulco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in November: high temperatures in Huatulco hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in Huatulco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mazunte
Highlights from your plan
Cacaluta ©
Cacaluta
Playa La Entrega ©
Playa La Entrega
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Puerto Escondido ©
Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. On the 18th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Carrizalillo, kick back and relax at Playa Zicatela, and then stop by Central Surf Shop. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Coral and then kick back and relax at Playa Bacocho.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Escondido online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Huatulco to Puerto Escondido takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Puerto Escondido are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Zicatela ©
Playa Zicatela
Playa Bacocho ©
Playa Bacocho
Playa Carrizalillo ©
Playa Carrizalillo

7
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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 Butterfly Conservatory and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Paradise Hot Springs. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Escondido to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Spas. Take a break from the city and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Curi Cancha Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza) and Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde journey website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Puntarenas, Piedra de Fuego
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Zipline

5
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Playa Avellana. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Hermosa and Pura Aventura. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco (in Playas del Coco). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, and look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip maker .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

5
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Relax by the water at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Barrigona Beach. Take a break from the city and head to SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY & Nativa Gallery), Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a taste of the local shopping with Koss Art Gallery, hunt for treasures at Samara Farmers Market, and kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Jungle Butterfly Farm
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

1
night
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 13th (Fri), stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Teresa travel planning website .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

6
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Biesanz. Step out of the city life by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Birding Spots Manuel Antonio in Quepos--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio vacation maker .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Uvita Beach
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

4
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Chiquita and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Cocles and Punta Uva Beach. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Limon to see Veragua Rainforest Park about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, stop by Cho.co, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Veragua Rainforest Park
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Tabyana Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Little French Key and West Bay Beach. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International, deepen your understanding at Steel Pan Alley, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Roatan tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Roatan takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. December in Roatan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

6
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Shark Ray Alley. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Belizean Arts. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mexico Rocks.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro online journey planner .

Fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Get in touch with nature at Actun Tunichil Muknal and Green Iguana Conservation Project. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum. Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Kaj Expressions, and shop like a local with Sak Tunich Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Ignacio trip planner .

Getting from San Pedro to San Ignacio by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, Sak Tunich Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Horseback Riding Tours

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