44 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

44 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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44 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + shuttle:  6​h
2
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + ferry:  7​h 15​min
3
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Trinidad, Cuba
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Varadero, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
9
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Negril, Jamaica
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
11
Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 8 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Visit Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and House of Tiles (Casa de los Azulejos) for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe and Palacio Postal. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Paseo de la Reforma, wander the streets of Coyoacan, see the interesting displays at Monumento y Museo de la Revolucion, and admire the landmark architecture of Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mexico City journey planner .

Sydney, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Mexico City is minus 16 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in Mexico City at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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3
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

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.
Popular historic sites such as Arco de Santa Catalina and Colegio de San Jeronimo are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ChocoMuseo and Volcán Pacaya. Step out of Antigua to go to Guatemala City and see Paseo Cayala, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Antigua trip planner .

Getting from Mexico City to Antigua by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. June in Antigua sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Antigua

Tours Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paseo Cayala
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Coffee & Tea Tours
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo

1
day
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
On the 13th (Sat), make a trip to Shark Ray Alley and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Caye Caulker planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Antigua to Caye Caulker in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Antigua in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Caye Caulker: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Pedro.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro day trip tool .

Drive from Caye Caulker to San Pedro in an hour. In June, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

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.
Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and Scorpion’s Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Palancar Reef and Climbing Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Cozumel (Paradise Beach Cozumel & The Amazing Cozumel Race), Tulum (Gran Cenote & Cenotes Sac Actun) and Shark Diving (in Cancun). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Aktun Chen.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip planner .

Getting from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen is 1 hour. Traveling from San Pedro in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Playa del Carmen, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Cozumel, Tulum, Cancun, Aktun Chen
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Climbing Tours
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Shark Diving

5
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Havana Cathedral and Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales. Fusterlandia and Plaza de San Francisco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Havana to go to Matanzas and see Puente de Bacunayagua, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, stroll the grounds of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and take a stroll through Vedado.

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Traveling by flight from Playa del Carmen to Havana takes 4.5 hours. In June in Havana, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Puente de Bacunayagua
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El Morro ©
El Morro
Plaza de San Francisco ©
Plaza de San Francisco
Finca Vigía ©
Finca Vigía

4
nights
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Step out of the city life by going to El Nicho Waterfalls and Topes de Collantes. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de San Juan Batista and Palacio de Valle. Change things up with these side-trips from Trinidad: Santa Clara (Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis & Che Guevara Mausoleum) and Parque Jose Marti (in Cienfuegos). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, examine the collection at Colonial Architecture Museum, make a trip to Cerro de la Vigia, and enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad road trip tool .

You can drive from Havana to Trinidad in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Havana in June since evenings lows in Trinidad dip to 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Iglesia de San Juan Batista, Topes de Collantes
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El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle

2
nights
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stroll around Josone Park, then see the interesting displays at House of Rum, then explore the ancient world of Cueva de Ambrosio, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Parque Central, Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, and then kick back and relax at Coral Beach - Playa Coral.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Varadero tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Varadero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Varadero when traveling from Trinidad in June, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Ocho Rios.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayos Blancos
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Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno

4
nights
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Swim with Dolphins. Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Konoko Falls. When in Ocho Rios, make a side trip to see Green Grotto Caves in Runaway Bay, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at White River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sharkies Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, and admire the sheer force of Laughing Waters.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ocho Rios road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Varadero to Ocho Rios in 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Varadero in July since evenings lows in Ocho Rios dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Negril.

Things to do in Ocho Rios

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Runaway Bay, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
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River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours
Swim with Dolphins

4
nights
Negril, Jamaica

Negril ©
Once Jamaica's hidden gem, Negril has significantly expanded its infrastructure without losing its casual way of life.
Get in touch with nature at Swim with Dolphins and Negril Cliffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bloody Bay and Spas. Explore Negril's surroundings by going to Original Mayfield Falls Jamaica (in Pennycooke) and YS Falls (in Saint Elizabeth Parish). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Blue Hole Mineral Spring, admire the architecture and history at St Mary Catholic Church, Revival, Jamaica, head off the coast to Booby Cay Island, and take in nature's colorful creations at Barney's Flower & Hummingbird Garden Jamaica.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Negril attractions app .

Drive from Ocho Rios to Negril in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Negril can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Montego Bay.

Things to do in Negril

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Blue Hole Mineral Spring, Mayfield Falls Jamaica (Original), YS Falls
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Bloody Bay ©
Bloody Bay
Negril Cliffs ©
Negril Cliffs
YS Falls ©
YS Falls

8
nights
Montego Bay, Jamaica

The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay boasts an international airport and a major cruise-line terminal, so it regularly receives a big influx of visitors to the island.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rose Hall Great House and Bamboo Avenue. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Montego Bay side-trips: Falmouth (Red Stripe Beach, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to St James Parish Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Walter Fletcher Beach, and steep yourself in history at The Cage.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Montego Bay online visit planner .

Getting from Negril to Montego Bay by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daily temperatures in Montego Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Montego Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Falmouth, Bamboo Avenue
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Rose Hall Great House ©
Rose Hall Great House

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