23 days in Belize, Mexico & State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

23 days in Belize, Mexico & State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

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23 days in Belize, Mexico & State of Sao Paulo Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 day
Drive + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
2
Ilhabela, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Ubatuba, Brazil
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  18 h 15 min
4
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Placencia, Belize
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
7
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 9th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Parque Estadual da Cantareira - Nucleo Pedra Grande, then visit Ramos de Azevedo Square, and then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip planner .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Congonhas Airport, Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport and Viracopos International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ilhabela.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

3
nights
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
We've included these beaches for you: Enchovas Beach and Siriuba Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Oscar Beach and Saco do Eustaquio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ilhabela: Sao Sebastiao (Praia do Guaeca & Praia das Calhetas). There's much more to do: stroll through Viana Beach, take some stellar pictures from Mirante do Piuva, and kick back and relax at Portinho Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ilhabela driving holiday planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Sao Paulo to Ilhabela in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Ilhabela can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ubatuba.

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Sao Sebastiao
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Praia do Guaeca ©
Praia do Guaeca
Portinho Beach ©
Portinho Beach
Viana Beach ©
Viana Beach

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nights
Ubatuba, Brazil

Ubatuba ©
Ubatuba, a municipality with great swathes of lush, green forest and over 100 beaches, offers plenty of excitement and relaxation to suit a range of itineraries.
Head to Alambique Cachaca Pedra Branca and Shopping Fluirfor some retail therapy. We've included these beaches for you: Brava or Joatinga Beach and Dura e da Barra Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Paraty (Cachoeira da Pedra Branca & Alambique Engenho D'Ouro). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Justa Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Vermelha Do Norte.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ubatuba tour planner.

Traveling by car from Ilhabela to Ubatuba takes 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ilhabela to Ubatuba is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Caye Caulker.

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Paraty
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Praia Vermelha Do Norte ©
Praia Vermelha Do Norte
Vermelha Do Sul Beach ©
Vermelha Do Sul Beach
Cachoeira da Pedra Branca ©
Cachoeira da Pedra Branca

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Shark Ray Alley and The Estuary of Caye Caulker. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique, stroll through The Split, and explore the galleries of Red Flower Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ubatuba to Caye Caulker. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Time (AMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Caye Caulker can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Pedro.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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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 19th (Tue), cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Caye Caulker to San Pedro takes an hour. In May in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Placencia.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Tours Parks
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

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night
Placencia, Belize

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Placencia using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro to Placencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Placencia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Mayan Museum of Cancun and El Rey Archaeological Zone. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Playa Delfines. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Cancun trip maker tool .

Getting from Placencia to Cancun by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Placencia to Cancun due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

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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 25th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Isla Brewing Company, pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalupe Chapel, then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Lancheros. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Playa Norte, and then look for gifts at Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Isla Mujeres day trip planning site .

You can drive from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

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nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tulum Archaeological Site and Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palancar Reef and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Columbia Reef (in Cozumel), Cenotes Sac Actun (in Tulum) and Cenote Santa Cruz (in Akumal). There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, view the masterpieces at Amate Gallery, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Playa del Carmen online travel route planner .

You can drive from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cozumel, Tulum, Scuba & Snorkeling, Cenote Santa Cruz
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

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