14 days in Costa Rica, Jamaica & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica, Jamaica & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica, Jamaica & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
+3
bus + Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
2
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Negril, Jamaica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  6​h 45​min
5
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 45​min
6
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + ferry + taxi:  2​h 15​min
7
Cozumel, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 17th (Mon), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker tool .

New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 90°F and lows reach 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Ocho Rios.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios ©
A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at Ocho Rios Bay Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dunn's River Falls and Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ocho Rios road trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tamarindo to Ocho Rios. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Negril.

Things to do in Ocho Rios

#Parks, #Beaches, #Nature
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Dunn's River Falls and Park ©
Dunn's River Falls and Park
Ocho Rios Bay Beach ©
Ocho Rios Bay Beach

1
night
Negril, Jamaica

Negril ©
Once Jamaica's hidden gem, Negril has significantly expanded its infrastructure without losing its casual way of life.
On the 20th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Beach, explore the activities along Bloody Bay, and then look for gifts at Irie Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Seven Mile Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Gate of Heaven Catholic Church, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Negril Cliffs.

Before you visit Negril, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a bus from Ocho Rios to Negril in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Negril sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Montego Bay.

Things to do in Negril

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Bloody Bay ©
Bloody Bay
Negril Cliffs ©
Negril Cliffs

2
nights
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay ©
The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay boasts an international airport and a major cruise-line terminal, so it regularly receives a big influx of visitors to the island.
On the 22nd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Doctor's Cave Beach, then look for gifts at Tropicana Jewelers, then steep yourself in history at Rose Hall Great House, and finally explore the activities along Martha Brae River.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Montego Bay travel route planner.

Drive from Negril to Montego Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Montego Bay

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Doctor's Cave Beach ©
Doctor's Cave Beach
Martha Brae River ©
Martha Brae River
Tropicana Jewelers ©
Tropicana Jewelers

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), delve into the distant past at Punta Sur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tortugranja (Turtle Farm), then make a trip to El Centro, then look for gifts at Galeria de Arte Mexicano, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN.

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You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Montego Bay to Isla Mujeres in 7 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Montego Bay in December: high temperatures in Isla Mujeres hover around 81°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Tortugranja (Turtle Farm) ©
Tortugranja (Turtle Farm)
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

2
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote, then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, then head outdoors with Samula Cenote, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Plastic Flamingo, then stop by La Llorona, and then stroll through Playa Paraiso.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Tulum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Tulum are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Grand Cenote ©
Grand Cenote
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

2
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel ©
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Palancar, and then stop by Diamonds International. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and then see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cozumel driving holiday planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cozumel are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
Spas & Wellness
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

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