24 days in Mexico, Belize & Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Mexico, Belize & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
ferry:  30 min
2
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 1 day
ferry:  30 min
3
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus:  6 h
5
Belize City, Belize
— 1 day
ferry:  1 h 30 min
6
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
ferry:  30 min
7
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
ferry:  30 min
8
Belize City, Belize
— 1 day
Bus:  7 h
9
Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
10
San Jose, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Bus:  5 h
11
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Shuttle:  5 h
12
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
13
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  4 h
14
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

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Cancun, Mexico

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, thenstop by Tattooarte, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Zona Arqueologica El Rey, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, thendelve into the distant past at Scorpion’s Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cancun trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

London, UK to Cancun is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cancun. Traveling from London in March, things will get much hotter in Cancun: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zona Arqueologica El Rey ©
Zona Arqueologica El Rey

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Punta Sur and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Wildlife Tours Historic Sites
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

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nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Tortugas, see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun, thendelve into the distant past at Scorpion’s Temple, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Balance Cancun.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cancun trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
Spas
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

2
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen and Museo Frida Kahlo. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Skydiving. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, stop by Fernando Rodriguez, and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Belize City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Skydiving
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen ©
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen

1
day
Belize City, Belize

Belize City
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Belize City trip itinerary site.

You can take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Belize City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Belize City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Belize City. On the 28th (Sat), you're off to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 28th (Sat), stop by Caye Coffee Roasting Co. and then stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts.

Plan my day in San Pedro using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Belize City to San Pedro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In March, daytime highs in San Pedro are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Secret Beach Belize
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Secret Beach Belize ©
Secret Beach Belize

3
nights
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Get outdoors at Shark Ray Alley and Turneffe Reef. Get some cultural insight at Aria Kat Art and Red Flower Gallery. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at The Split, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Caye Caulker online trip planner.

Ride a ferry from San Pedro to Caye Caulker in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the ferry ride to Belize City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
The Split ©
The Split
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize, thenexamine the collection at Luba Garifuna Cultural Museum, and then make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Belize City trip tool.

Ride a ferry from Caye Caulker to Belize City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Belize City

Shopping Museums
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Caribbean Spice Belize ©
Caribbean Spice Belize
The Belize Sign Monument ©
The Belize Sign Monument

1
night
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad, thenkick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Belize City to Cancun in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Cancun

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad ©
Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad

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hours
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
On the 4th (Sat), stop by Va de nuevo and then enjoy some music at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose road trip site.

You can fly from Cancun to San Jose in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cancun in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Jose, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping
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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

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night
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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nights
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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Wood & Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery.

Plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

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nights
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.
On the 9th (Thu), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, thenget interesting insight from Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, thenget interesting insight from Tours, thenwalk around Parque Nahomi, and finally stop by The Captain's Booty.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Off-Road Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Jose route planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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