17 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights


Tulum, Mexico — 3 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Step off the beaten path and head to Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals and Akumal Dive Shop. Step out of the city life by going to Cenotes Sac Actun and Mayan Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Chikin Ha (in Playa del Carmen) and Puerto Morelos (National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, Playa de Puerto Morelos, &more). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Cenote Santa Cruz, explore the world behind art at Mystika Immersive, and explore the activities along Casa Cenote.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary builder.

New York City, USA to Tulum is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tulum, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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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.
Get outdoors at Shark Ray Alley and Secret Beach Belize. Step off the beaten path and head to Belize Diving Services and Spas. Step out of San Pedro to go to Caye Caulker and see Turneffe Reef, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Mexico Rocks, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and browse the exhibits of Belizean Arts.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Pedro itinerary site.

You can fly from Tulum to San Pedro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Tulum to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. Get in touch with nature at Arenal Sanctuary Reserve and Zipline. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and gain insight with Monkey Park La Fortuna.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Pedro to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Panama City.
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de la Merced and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Taboga Island Beaches and Panama Rainforest Discovery Center. Change things up with a short trip to Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion in Gamboa (about 44 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Temple, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at El Arco Chato, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In June in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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Mexico travel guide

Ruins · Zipline · Beaches
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.

Belize travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
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.

Costa Rica travel guide

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.