57 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

57 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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57 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Oaxaca, Mexico
— 6 nights
shuttle:  8​h 45​min
3
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 1 night
4
Palenque, Mexico
— 2 nights
bus:  8​h
5
Merida, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Holbox Island, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
8
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
10
San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
12
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 2 nights
13
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
14
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
15
La Ceiba, Honduras
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  30​min
16
Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
17
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
18
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
19
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
20
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
21
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
22
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
23
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  1​h 45​min
24
Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
25
Boquete, Panama
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
26
Santa Catalina, Panama
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
27
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney, Australia

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
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 much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City road trip planning tool .

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. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mexico City, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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nights
Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Change things up with these side-trips from Oaxaca: Mitla (in San Pablo Villa de Mitla) and Zona Arqueologica Zaachila (in Zaachila). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, make a trip to Hierve el Agua, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and deepen your understanding at Centro de Difusion Para el Conocimiento de La Grana Cochinilla Final Tlapanochestli.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca online travel planner .

You can fly from Mexico City to Oaxaca in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Santa Maria del Tule, Mitla, Zona Arqueologica Zaachila, Jardin Etnobotanico
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo del Ambar, don't miss a visit to Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, then get engrossed in the history at Na Bolom Cultural Centre, then see the interesting displays at Templo de Santo Domingo, and finally stop by Taller y Joyeria Lagrimas de la Selva.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Cristobal de las Casas trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Cristobal de las Casas, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Palenque.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
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Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Museo del Ambar ©
Museo del Ambar
Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas ©

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Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Palenque online journey maker .

You can take a bus from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Merida.

Things to do in Palenque

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha

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Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
On the 28th (Mon), examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, then explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, and then admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Plaza Grande, and then get a taste of life in the country at Hacienda Sotuta de Peon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Merida online tour planner .

Getting from Palenque to Merida by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Palenque to Merida is 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Merida are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
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Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon ©
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon
Plaza Grande ©
Plaza Grande

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Holbox Island, Mexico

Holbox Island ©
On the 30th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Holbox Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Yalahau Lagoon, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio Holbox. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Punta Mosquito, then view the masterpieces at La Choza de Fito, and then look for gifts at Lolita Boutique Holbox.

To plan Holbox Island vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Merida to Holbox Island with the Route module. Traveling from Merida in October, you will find days in Holbox Island are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): make a splash at Xcaret Park and then don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Holbox Island to Playa del Carmen with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks
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Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach and then explore the ancient world of Las Pinturas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site.

Plan my trip to Tulum with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Tulum, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, head outdoors with Rum Punch II, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd..

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and flight from Tulum to San Pedro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project, then delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and then admire the masterpieces at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Ignacio road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to San Ignacio in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Flores.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Tanah Mayan Art Museum
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

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Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, get to know the resident critters at Petencito Zoo, and then explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, then don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, and then identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Flores trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from San Ignacio to Flores by car takes about 2 hours. In November in Flores, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun

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Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 10th (Sun), Head underground at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): head outdoors with Aventura Grande and then Head underground at Lanquin Caves.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lanquin trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Flores, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lanquin, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

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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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua day trip planner .

Drive from Lanquin to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lanquin in November, with highs in Antigua at 27°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hieroglyphic Stairway, examine the collection at Museo Escolar Casa K'Inich, then look for all kinds of wild species at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, and finally explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Copan Ruinas trip planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In November in Copan Ruinas, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Ceiba.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Hieroglyphic Stairway ©
Hieroglyphic Stairway

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La Ceiba, Honduras

La Ceiba ©
The port city of La Ceiba has become known as a party town, with a bustling nightlife district central to its atmosphere.
La Ceiba is known for nature, wildlife, parks, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Cayos Cochinos, let the kids burn off some steam at Malecon Guillermo Anderson, contemplate the waterfront views at Cangrejal River, and identify plant and animal life at Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Ceiba route app .

You can drive from Copan Ruinas to La Ceiba in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Copan Ruinas in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in La Ceiba, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in La Ceiba

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Cayos Cochinos ©
Cayos Cochinos
Pico Bonito National Park ©
Pico Bonito National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): deepen your understanding at Steel Pan Alley, kick back and relax at Little French Key, then browse the different shops at Diamonds International, and finally take in panoramic vistas at El Faro. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Roatan trip planner .

Roatan is just a short distance from La Ceiba. In November, daytime highs in Roatan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Zipline
El Faro ©
El Faro

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tegucigalpa ©
Capital of Honduras, the 400-year-old city of Tegucigalpa boasts an impressive ensemble of colonial buildings flanking old stone streets, which lead to hillside parks and lively squares.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Miguel.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tegucigalpa visit planner.

Fly from Roatan to Tegucigalpa in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Roatan in November, expect Tegucigalpa to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park ©
Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park
Museo para la Identidad Nacional ©
Museo para la Identidad Nacional
Catedral de San Miguel ©
Catedral de San Miguel

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Granada, Nicaragua

Granada
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Explore Granada's surroundings by going to Managua (Santiago of Managua Cathedral, Puerto Salvador Allende, & more) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, head off the coast to Islets of Granada, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, and ponder the design of Parque Colon de Granada.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Granada trip planner .

Getting from Tegucigalpa to Granada by car takes about 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Managua, Apoyo
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then examine the collection at ChocoMuseo San Juan del Sur, and finally make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur trip app .

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Spas & Wellness

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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.
To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. On the 27th (Wed), you're off toManuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel route site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then don't miss a visit to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and finally stroll around Parque La Sabana.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip maker website .

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll through Puerto Viejo Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online travel planner .

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
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 3rd (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Plastic Bottle Village, then kick back and relax at Boca del Drago, then admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Playa Bluff. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town. December in Bocas Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Boquete.

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Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, Playa Bluff
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Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
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Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

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Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get lost in a book at Biblioteca de Boquete and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Bocas Town to Boquete takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Catalina.

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Spas
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Biblioteca de Boquete ©
Biblioteca de Boquete

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Santa Catalina, Panama

Santa Catalina ©
Since Santa Catalina became known in the international surfing community in the 1970s, it has done well to maintain its identity as a tucked-away fishing village.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Estero.

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Drive from Boquete to Santa Catalina in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Panama City.
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Rancho Estero ©
Rancho Estero

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and then make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador).

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You can drive from Santa Catalina to Panama City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In December in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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