24 days in Mexico, Belize & Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Mexico, Belize & Costa Rica Itinerary

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24 days in Mexico, Belize & Costa Rica Itinerary

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

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, look for gifts at Tattooarte, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at El Rey Archaeological Zone, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, then explore the ancient world of Scorpion’s Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cancun tour planner .

London, UK to Cancun is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cancun. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in Cancun at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car 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
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

1
day
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres ©
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 discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

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

2
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, then see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun, then steep yourself in history at Scorpion’s Temple, and finally browse the exhibits of Galeria Balance Cancun.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun road trip planning website .

Getting from Isla Mujeres to Cancun by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Beaches 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen and Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Skydiving. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, explore the world behind art at Frida Kahlo Museum, and stop by Fernando Rodriguez.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen holiday planner.

Getting from Cancun to Playa del Carmen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel 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 traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Belize City trip app .

Fly from Playa del Carmen to Belize City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Belize City when traveling from Playa del Carmen in March, with lows around 26°C. You will leave for San Pedro on the 28th (Sat).

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 see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Pedro trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Belize City to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Aria Kat Art and Red Flower Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Shark Ray Alley and Turneffe Reef. And it doesn't end there: stroll through The Split, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Caye Caulker online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Pedro to Caye Caulker takes an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Caye Caulker can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stop by Caribbean Spice Belize, then examine the collection at Luba Garifuna Cultural Museum, and then make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Belize City attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Caye Caulker to Belize City takes 2 hours. 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, kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Belize City to Cancun takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belize City to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Beaches 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for gifts at Va de nuevo and then see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

To plan San Jose vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Fly from Cancun to San Jose in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cancun in April since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

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

1
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.
For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Galeria Estudio. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday website .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, then stroll around Parque Nahomi, and finally view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary maker app .

Take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up 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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