31 days in Central America, Caribbean & Mexico Itinerary

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Fly to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, Drive to Belmopan
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Belmopan, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive to Belmopan, Fly to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly to Nassau, Taxi to Paradise Island
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Paradise Island, Bahamas
— 3 nights
Taxi to Nassau, Fly to Cancun
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Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Belmopan, Belize — 3 nights

Garden City

Nicknamed the "Garden City" thanks to its planned urban parklands, Belmopan serves as the capital of Belize and a launching point for tours of nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belmopan: Cappello's Art Gallery (in San Ignacio) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Blue Hole National Park, Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, and relax and rejuvenate at Garden Oasis Day Spa.

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Mackay, Australia to Belmopan is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Mackay to Belmopan due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 13th (Mon), make a trip to Tikal.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Belmopan to Tikal National Park takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 4 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with Belize Diving Services, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take a memorable excursion with Day Trips, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro tour builder site.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to San Pedro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Roatan.
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Roatan, Honduras — 4 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Infinity Divers Aqua Center, head outdoors with Sunyata Charters, examine the collection at Roatan Underwater Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Eden.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Roatan itinerary planning website.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 1 night

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 22nd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Roatan to Monteverde in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 1 night

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 23rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel route planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero day trip planning website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 4 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama — 2 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): meet the residents at Punta Culebra Nature Center, make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), and then explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo and then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Panama City day trip planner.

You can fly from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Panama City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Paradise Island.
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Paradise Island, Bahamas — 3 nights

Located just off the shore from the capital city, Paradise Island offers glamorous gambling, luxury living, and a welcome dose of island exploration as well.
Paradise Island is known for zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine Habitat at Atlantis, fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Cay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Waterscape.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paradise Island attractions website.

Getting from Panama City to Paradise Island by combination of flight and taxi takes about 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Panama City in March; daily highs in Paradise Island reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cancun.
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Cancun, Mexico — 4 nights

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paradise Island to Cancun in 7 hours. In March in Cancun, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Belize travel guide

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Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.
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Bahamas travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Water & Amusement Parks
Part of an archipelago encompassing hundreds of islets and cays, Bahamas boast many pink beaches, which get their vibrant color from fractured seashells mixed with ordinary sand. For most pleasure seekers an ideal holiday in Bahamas consists of various sea activities, occasionally interrupted by tours of several cities, offering an eclectic music scene dominated by calypso, soca, and junkanoo genres. Romantic enough to attract newlyweds from around the globe, the islands are also a major center of eco-tourism, with visits to national parks and diving tours in colorful reefs among the most popular things to do in Bahamas.
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Mexico travel guide

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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.
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