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.
Visiting Parque Los Fundadores and La Playa Xpuha will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cenote Chaak Tun and Chikin Ha. Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Climbing Tours (in Tulum) and Ecopark Kantun Chi (in Puerto Aventuras). The adventure continues: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, kick back and relax at Riviera Maya, play a few rounds at IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB, and look for gifts at Vidrio Soplado Mexicano.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip maker tool.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Cozumel International Airport, Cancún International Airport and Chichen Itza International Airport. In September in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow 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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Malecon de Chetumal and Museo de la Ciudad. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinichna Zona Arqueologica and Zona Arqueologica Oxtankah. It doesn't end there: get outside with Mayan World Adventures and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario del Manati - Bahia de Chetumal.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chetumal trip planner.

Traveling by combination of from Playa del Carmen to Chetumal takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Playa del Carmen, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Chetumal, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Chetumal

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Secret Beach Belize. Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Skydiving. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, explore the galleries of The Gallery of San Pedro, stroll through Mexico Rocks, and shop like a local with Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Chetumal to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chetumal to San Pedro. When traveling from Chetumal in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Pedro: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Shopping · Parks · Museums · 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.
Step out of the city life by going to The Estuary of Caye Caulker and Turneffe Reef. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Belize Diving Services and Aria Kat Art. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, browse the exhibits of Red Flower Gallery, kick back and relax at The Split, and shop like a local with Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Caye Caulker trip maker app.

Ride a ferry from San Pedro to Caye Caulker in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. September in Caye Caulker sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cahal Pech and El Pilar. Visiting Green Iguana Conservation Project and T'initz Tours Belize will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Ignacio: Belmopan (St Herman's Cave & Crystal Cave). There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Ignacio journey builder website.

Getting from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure · Trails

Side Trip

Belize City, Belize

— 4 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and Baron Bliss Lighthouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Altun Ha and Spas & Wellness. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Cavetubing5star, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on Vital Nature and Maya Tours, and walk around Billy Barquiedier National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Belize City road trip planning site.

Getting from San Ignacio to Belize City by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Belize City sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure

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.