39 days in Caribbean, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

39 days in Caribbean, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
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Havana, Cuba
— 6 nights
Drive
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Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Bus to Santa Clara, Fly to Panama City
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Bus to San Jose Terminal MEPE, Fly to Guatemala City
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly
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Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tulum, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Havana, Cuba

— 6 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get out of town with these interesting Havana side-trips: Cayo Largo (Playa Blanca Beach & Sirena Beach). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Paseo del Prado, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Havana trip itinerary planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Havana is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Havana is minus 7 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:

Varadero, Cuba

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at House of Rum, stroll around Josone Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, then Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, and finally don't miss a visit to Parque Central.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Varadero road trip planning tool.

Drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Varadero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Panama City, Panama

— 3 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Panama City trip planner.

Getting from Varadero to Panama City by combination of bus and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Varadero in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Panama City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe, and then walk around Parque La Sabana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip planning website.

Fly from Panama City to San Jose in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Jose. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Panama City in October; daily highs in San Jose reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Nightlife · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Liberia, Costa Rica

— 2 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour, and finally look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Liberia trip maker website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Liberia to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 29th (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours, see Off-Road Tours, then browse the different shops at Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center, and finally stop by Fruity Monkey Poop. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then kick back and relax at Jaco Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jaco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
On the 2nd (Tue), head off the coast to Cano Island. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 3 nights

Walaba

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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online road trip planner.

Getting from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

Guatemala City, Guatemala

— 2 nights

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Aurora Zoo, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and then find something for the whole family at Mundo Petapa Irtra. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional, then make a trip to Relief Map, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado Central.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Guatemala City day trip website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Guatemala City in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Guatemala City, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

Flores, Guatemala

— 2 nights
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo, don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, and then examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, then head outdoors with Actún Can, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Flores trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Guatemala City to Flores takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Guatemala City in November, with highs in Flores at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park day trip website.

Getting from Flores to Tikal National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tulum.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
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Tulum, Mexico

— 1 night
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
On the 13th (Sat), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then Head underground at Gran Cenote.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Tulum takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tikal National Park to Tulum due to the time zone difference. In November in Tulum, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

— 1 night
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and finally look for gifts at Tierra Huichol.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tulum to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Tulum to Puerto Vallarta is minus 1 hour. November in Puerto Vallarta sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 14:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stop by Coyoacan, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and then examine the collection at Museo del Carcamo de Dolores.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City online itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in November, expect nights in Mexico City to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

Cuba travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.