25 days in United States, Mexico & Caye Caulker Itinerary

25 days in United States, Mexico & Caye Caulker Itinerary

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25 days in United States, Mexico & Caye Caulker Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Chicago, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
6
Bacalar, Mexico
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 15​min
7
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + shuttle + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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4
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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and Palm Springs Art Museum. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Chicago.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Palm Springs Art Museum, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Disneyland Park, South Carlsbad State Beach
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Michigan and Lakefront Trail. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Name Cathedral, admire the local landmark of Crown Fountain, and get your game on at The Escape Game Chicago.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Chicago in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, things will get much colder in Chicago: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
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The Escape Game Chicago ©
The Escape Game Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Torre Escenica. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Guadalupe Chapel, Women's Beading Cooperative, & more). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Xcacel Beach, and stroll through Playa Chacmool.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cancun trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Cancun takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in November, expect Cancun to be much warmer, temps between 33°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Torre Escenica ©
Torre Escenica

1
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then steep yourself in history at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen ©
Horseback Riding Tours

4
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park and Gran Cenote. When in Tulum, make a side trip to see EcoRanchoMayamar in Akumal, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, make a trip to Plastic Flamingo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum vacation planner .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

EcoRanchoMayamar
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park

2
nights
Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, then delve into the distant past at Kohunlich, and then delve into the distant past at Oxtankah Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at El Malecon de Chetumal and then head outdoors with Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bacalar online travel planner .

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Bacalar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Tulum in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bacalar, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chetumal
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Shark Ray Alley, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, and finally stop by Belize Chocolate Company.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Caye Caulker trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Bacalar to Caye Caulker in 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. December in Caye Caulker sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

San Pedro, Shark Ray Alley
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Spas

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