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
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Belize City, Belize
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 4 nights
ferry:  30 min
7
Belize City, Belize
— 1 day
Fly:  7 h
8
Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
San Jose, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
11
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
12
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
13
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Fly:  15 h
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.
On the 21st (Sat), stop by Tattooarte, delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, then appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cancun vacation planning site .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cancun is minus 5 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Cancun reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica El Meco
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone
Zona Arqueológica El Meco ©
Zona Arqueológica El Meco

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): categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Tortugranja, delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalupe Chapel.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Isla Mujeres trip planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Guadalupe Chapel ©
Guadalupe Chapel
Tortugranja ©
Tortugranja

1
night
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun online attractions planner .

Drive from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in 1.5 hours. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

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Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Two Eyes Cenote ©
Two Eyes Cenote
Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos ©

few
hours
Belize City, Belize

Belize City
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Belize City road trip planning site .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Belize City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Playa del Carmen in March since evenings lows in Belize City dip to 26°C. You will leave for Caye Caulker on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Belize City

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

4
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 Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Fishing Charters & Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Caye Caulker: San Pedro (Spas & Wellness & Scuba & Snorkeling). Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Mexico Rocks, don't miss a visit to Shark Ray Alley, and enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach Belize.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Belize City to Caye Caulker in 2 hours. In March in Caye Caulker, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Belize City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Belize City, Belize

Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Belize City visit planner.

Drive from Caye Caulker to Belize City in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Belize City

Spas
Highlights from your plan
Spas

4
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Escape the urban bustle at Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok and Scuba & Snorkeling. Your inner history buff will appreciate Centro Ceremonial Kohunlich and Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad. See even more of Cancun: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tortugas, view the masterpieces at Galeria Balance Cancun, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun online travel route builder .

Fly from Belize City to Cancun in 4 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 up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

few
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), look for gifts at Va de nuevo, then see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia.

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Traveling by flight from Cancun to San Jose takes 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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Jose, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Nightlife Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia ©
Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia

2
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.
On the 4th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder app .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos ©

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Curi Cancha Reserve. Take a break from Monteverde with a short trip to Guacimal River Bridge 2 in Puntarenas, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde tour builder.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guacimal River Bridge 2
Highlights from your plan
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Zipline

2
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 10th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Parasailing & Paragliding
Spas

1
day
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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