31 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

31 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
2
Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
5
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
+6
Bus + Foot + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  6 h 15 min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  13 h 15 min
7
Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h 15 min
8
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
9
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle + Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Visit Little French Key and Tabyana Beach for some beach relaxation. Shop till you drop at Diamonds International and Shawn Jackson Gallery. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Day Passes, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Plan trip to Roatan with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Sydney, Australia to Roatan is an approximately 23- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Roatan. In April, Roatan is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Utila.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Little French Key ©
Little French Key
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Utila, Honduras

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bando Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iguana Research & Breeding Station, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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You can ride a ferry from Roatan to Utila in 1.5 hours. May in Utila sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Utila

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Iguana Research & Breeding Station ©
Iguana Research & Breeding Station

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 6th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at 12 Belize, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts, then see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Utila to San Pedro in 4.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Shark Ray Alley
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): look for gifts at Diamonds International, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Belize Zoo, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Downtown plaza and then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Belize City travel tool.

Traveling by car from San Pedro to Belize City takes 2.5 hours. In May in Belize City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Belize City

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

The Belize Zoo
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
Diamonds International ©
Diamonds International

5
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Popular historic sites such as Ek Balam and Punta Sur are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 3D Museum of Wonders and BALAM Art Painted on Feathers. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Playa Delfines (in Cancun), Gran Cenote (in Tulum) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Puerto Morelos). There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Columbia Reef, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic natural features at Santa Rosa Wall, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at La 5ta Hacienda.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belize City to Playa del Carmen. Traveling from Belize City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Playa del Carmen, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cozumel, Playa Delfines, Ek Balam, Gran Cenote, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay May 9 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colegio de San Jeronimo, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, then see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and finally explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Antigua road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to Antigua in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to Antigua is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Playa del Carmen in May: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo
The Plaza Central Park ©
The Plaza Central Park

1
day
Bocas Town, Panama

The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Plastic Bottle Village and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bocas Town trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Antigua to Bocas Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Antigua to Bocas Town due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Antigua in May, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Bocas Town: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Plastic Bottle Village ©
Plastic Bottle Village

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Head to Multiplaza Pacific and Albrook Mallfor plenty of shopping. Avenida Balboa and Iglesia de San José are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, head outdoors with Ancon Hill, and take a stroll through Cinta Costera.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bocas Town to Panama City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Bocas Town in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Panama City, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Multiplaza Pacific ©
Multiplaza Pacific
Cinta Costera ©
Cinta Costera
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Zipline. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Jaco). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Ecotermales Fortuna. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rio Celeste
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

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