23 days in Playa del Carmen, Chetumal & Belize Itinerary

23 days in Playa del Carmen, Chetumal & Belize Itinerary

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chetumal, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive
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Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 5 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Los Fundadores and Ecopark Kantun Chi. Get outdoors at Cenote Chaak Tun and Chikin Ha. Change things up with a short trip to Climbing Tours in Tulum (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the masterpieces at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, and stop by Vidrio Soplado Mexicano.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen travel website.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Cozumel International Airport, Cancún International Airport and Chichen Itza International Airport. July in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Chetumal.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Chetumal, Mexico

— 3 nights
Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Get some cultural insight at Museo de la Ciudad and Zona Arqueologica Oxtankah. Step out of the city life by going to Malecon de Chetumal and Mayan World Adventures. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Kinichna Zona Arqueologica and stroll through Santuario del Manati - Bahia de Chetumal.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chetumal trip planner.

You can do a combination of from Playa del Carmen to Chetumal in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in July, expect nights in Chetumal to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Chetumal

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

San Pedro, Belize

— 3 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get a sense of the local culture at Belizean Arts and The Gallery of San Pedro. Get outdoors at Parasailing & Paragliding and Mexico Rocks. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach Belize, shop like a local with Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Pedro road trip planning app.

Getting from Chetumal to San Pedro by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chetumal to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chetumal in July, you will find days in San Pedro are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Caye Caulker, Belize

— 4 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turneffe Reef and Belize Diving Services. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Aria Kat Art and Red Flower Gallery. There's lots more to do: stroll through The Estuary of Caye Caulker, get a taste of the local shopping with Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique, kick back and relax at The Split, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Caye Caulker trip maker tool.

Getting from San Pedro to Caye Caulker by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

San Ignacio, Belize

— 2 nights

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cahal Pech and El Pilar. Visiting Green Iguana Conservation Project and Crystal Cave will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to St Herman's Cave in Belmopan (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at T'initz Tours Belize and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Ignacio day trip planning site.

You can fly from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Adventure

Side Trip

Belize City, Belize

— 4 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Cavetubing5star and River Rafting & Tubing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and Baron Bliss Lighthouse. When in Belize City, make a side trip to see Altun Ha in Rock Stone Pond, approximately Rock Stone Pond away. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Billy Barquiedier National Park, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and surround yourself with nature on Vital Nature and Maya Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Belize City trip planner.

Drive from San Ignacio to Belize City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Spas

Side Trips

Belize travel guide

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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.