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 Cenote Chaak Tun will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Skydiving and La Playa Xpuha. Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Ecopark Kantun Chi (in Puerto Aventuras) and Climbing Tours (in Tulum). The adventure continues: stroll through Chikin Ha, look for gifts at Vidrio Soplado Mexicano, play a few rounds at IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB, and admire the masterpieces at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning app.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Cozumel International Airport, Cancún International Airport and Chichen Itza International Airport. September in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can do a combination of to Chetumal.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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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 Mayan World Adventures. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinichna Zona Arqueologica and Zona Arqueologica Oxtankah. When in Chetumal, make a side trip to see Santuario del Manati in Laguna Guerrero, approximately Laguna Guerrero away. It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Ciudad.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chetumal sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of from Playa del Carmen to Chetumal takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in September, you will find days in Chetumal are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Chetumal

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

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 Mexico Rocks. There's much more to do: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts, explore the galleries of The Gallery of San Pedro, and shop like a local with Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro trip maker website.

Drive from Chetumal to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chetumal to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Chetumal in September: highs in San Pedro hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

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 Belize Diving Services. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turneffe Reef and Red Flower Gallery. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get a taste of the local shopping with Aria Kat Art, and kick back and relax at The Split.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Caye Caulker tour itinerary site.

You can ride a ferry from San Pedro to Caye Caulker in 1.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In September in Caye Caulker, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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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 Spas & Wellness. Visiting Green Iguana Conservation Project and St Herman's Cave will get you outdoors. Take a break from San Ignacio with a short trip to Crystal Cave in Belmopan, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at T'initz Tours Belize and contemplate the long history of El Pilar.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Ignacio trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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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 Altun Ha. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cavetubing5star and Vital Nature and Maya Tours. The adventure continues: stroll around Billy Barquiedier National Park, enjoy the sea views from Baron Bliss Lighthouse, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Belize City online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Ignacio to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:

Belize travel guide

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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.