57 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

57 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Start: Mexico City, Mexico
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  6 h 30 min
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  7 h 45 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
6
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
8
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
10
Nassau, Bahamas
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
11
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
12
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
13
St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Foot + Bus:  6 h
14
Soufriere, St. Lucia
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  3 h
15
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 15 min
16
Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
17
Bridgetown, Barbados
— 6 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Ottawa, Canada

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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.
Take a break from Antigua with a short trip to Catedral Metropolitana in Guatemala City, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

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

Mexico City, Mexico to Antigua is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Antigua are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Catedral Metropolitana
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Volcan de Agua ©
Volcan de Agua

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nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, look for gifts at Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Salvador trip planning app.

Getting from Antigua to San Salvador by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, San Salvador is a bit warmer than Antigua - with highs of 38°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca (about 1h 50 min away). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Salvador to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online travel planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Casa Bruja Brewing Co, learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Panama City trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City is 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ocho Rios.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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nights
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios ©
A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
Explore Ocho Rios' surroundings by going to Green Grotto Caves (in Runaway Bay) and Bob Marley Museum (in St. Ann's Bay). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dunn's River Falls and Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Cranbrook Flower Forest, hike along Fern Gully, and stop by Jewels & Time Duty Free Jewelers.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ocho Rios trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Ocho Rios in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Montego Bay.

Things to do in Ocho Rios

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cranbrook Flower Forest, Green Grotto Caves, Bob Marley Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dunn's River Falls and Park ©
Dunn's River Falls and Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Bob Marley Museum ©
Bob Marley Museum

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), stroll through Doctor's Cave Beach and then tee off at Tryall Golf Course. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Rose Hall Great House and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Montego Bay trip planning tool.

Getting from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Montego Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Tryall Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tryall Golf Course ©
Tryall Golf Course
Rose Hall Great House ©
Rose Hall Great House

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night
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.
On the 18th (Sat), walk around Josone Park, then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Rum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Varadero trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Montego Bay to Varadero takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Montego Bay in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Varadero. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

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Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba.

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Getting from Varadero to Havana by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Nassau.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana

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Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau ©
On a trip to Nassau you can immerse yourself in a dynamic city atmosphere or spend your days lazing on the soft golden sands.
Nassau is known for theme parks, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at Marine Habitat at Atlantis, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabbage Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nassau tour itinerary website.

Getting from Havana to Nassau by flight takes about 2 hours. In April in Nassau, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port-au-Prince.

Things to do in Nassau

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Paradise Island
Highlights from your plan
Marine Habitat at Atlantis ©
Marine Habitat at Atlantis
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center ©
Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Port-au-Prince ©
Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, gives most visitors their first taste of the country, along with all of its rugged and lively charm.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Marche de Fer, then examine the collection at Musee du Pantheon National Haitien, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Papillon Enterprise.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Port-au-Prince tour planning app.

Fly from Nassau to Port-au-Prince in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Nassau in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in Port-au-Prince. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly to Basseterre.

Things to do in Port-au-Prince

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Marche de Fer ©
Marche de Fer
Musee du Pantheon National Haitien ©
Musee du Pantheon National Haitien
Papillon Enterprise ©
Papillon Enterprise

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Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis

Basseterre ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Basseterre: Pinney's Beach (in Charlestown) and Oualie Beach (in Nevis).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Basseterre online vacation planner.

Fly from Port-au-Prince to Basseterre in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Port-au-Prince to Basseterre. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. John's.

Things to do in Basseterre

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St. Kitts, Nevis, Royal St. Kitts Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Pinney's Beach ©
Pinney's Beach
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park ©
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park
Frigate Bay ©
Frigate Bay

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St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda

St. John's ©
The capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, St John's represents the commercial and touristic center of the twin-island country.
Explore St. John's' surroundings by going to Nelson's Dockyard (in English Harbour), Devil's Bridge (in Willikies) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Saint Philip Parish). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Dickenson Bay, take an in-depth tour of Betty's Hope, kick back and relax at Valley Church Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawksbill Bay.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the St. John's travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Basseterre to St. John's by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In April in St. John's, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Soufriere.

Things to do in St. John's

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Antigua, English Harbour, Saint Philip Parish, Valley Church Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nelson's Dockyard ©
Nelson's Dockyard
Dickenson Bay ©
Dickenson Bay
Shirley Heights ©
Shirley Heights

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Soufriere, St. Lucia

Home to some of Saint Lucia's landmark buildings and natural features, Soufriere provides travelers with an engaging and direct route into the center of island life.
Step out of Soufriere with an excursion to Choiseul Art Gallery in Choiseul--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, explore the galleries of Zaka Art Cafe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tet Paul Nature Trail, and hike along Petit Piton Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Soufriere online vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from St. John's to Soufriere takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Soufriere can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Port of Spain.

Things to do in Soufriere

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Gros Piton, Choiseul Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens ©
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens
Tet Paul Nature Trail ©
Tet Paul Nature Trail

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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain ©
Port of Spain, the country's capital, sits between the sea and a scenic green mountain range, and acts as a gateway for eclectic adventures on land and sea.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port of Spain: Yerette (in Maracas Bay) and Arima Dial (in Arima). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Asa Wright Nature Centre, stroll around Queen's Park Savannah, enjoy the sand and surf at Maracas Beach, and appreciate the history behind Dattatreya Temple and Hanuman Statue.

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Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Soufriere to Port of Spain takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daytime highs in Port of Spain are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bequia.

Things to do in Port of Spain

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Yerette, Arima Dial, Asa Wright Nature Centre
Highlights from your plan
Asa Wright Nature Centre ©
Asa Wright Nature Centre
Maracas Beach
Maracas Beach
Queen's Park Savannah ©
Queen's Park Savannah

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Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Bequia ©
Although it covers just 18 sq km (7 sq mi), Bequia is the largest of over 30 islands making up the Grenadines chain.
Bequia is known for beaches, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Princess Margaret Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Industry Bay, stop by Sargeant Brothers Model Boat Shop, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bequia driving holiday planning website.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Port of Spain to Bequia in 4.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Bequia can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bridgetown.

Things to do in Bequia

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Princess Margaret Beach ©
Princess Margaret Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Industry Bay ©
Industry Bay

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Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown ©
Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of Barbados. When in Bridgetown, make a side trip to see Bottom Bay in Saint Philip Parish, approximately Saint Philip Parish away. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Harrison's Cave., admire the natural beauty at Welchman Hall Gully, kick back and relax at Dover Beach, and see the interesting displays at Sunbury Plantation House.

Planning Bridgetown trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bequia to Bridgetown in 4 hours. May in Bridgetown sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bridgetown

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Thomas Parish, Saint Philip Parish, Gun Hill Signal Station, Dover Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hunte's Gardens ©
Hunte's Gardens
Bottom Bay ©
Bottom Bay
Harrison's Cave. ©
Harrison's Cave.

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