26 days in Mexico & Belize Itinerary

26 days in Mexico & Belize Itinerary

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26 days in Mexico & Belize Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Drive:  9​h 30​min
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Tapachula, Mexico
— Few hours
Drive:  8​h
2
Campeche, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h 45​min
4
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly:  30​min
6
Placencia, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
San Ignacio, Belize
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  30​min
8
Belmopan, Belize
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
9
Mahahual, Mexico
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
10
Tulum, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Puerto Morelos, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Holbox Island, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Merida, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Tapachula, Mexico

Tapachula
Tapachula de Córdova y Ordóñez, simply known as Tapachula, is a city and municipality located in the far southwest of the state of Chiapas in Mexico, near the Guatemalan border and the Pacific Ocean. For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tapachula day trip planning app .

Playa del Carmen to Tapachula is an approximately 17.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Tapachula, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Tapachula, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Tapachula

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Campeche, Mexico

Campeche ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): wander the streets of Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche, then make a trip to Sea Gate (Puerta del Mar), then get to know the fascinating history of Campeche Waterfront Promenade, and finally steep yourself in history at Puerta de Tierra. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Campeche Archaeological Museum, Fort San Miguel, then see the interesting displays at Fuerte-Museo San Miguel, and then take an in-depth tour of Centro Cultural "El Palacio" (Museo de Fortificaciones, Comercio y Navegación).

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Campeche tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Tapachula to Campeche takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Tapachula to Campeche, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Campeche, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Campeche

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Campeche
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Rio Secreto and then kick back and relax at Xpu-ha Beach. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Casa Tzutuhil.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Playa del Carmen attractions planner .

You can drive from Campeche to Playa del Carmen in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Campeche in October, you will find days in Playa del Carmen are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Xpu-ha Beach
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Xpu-ha Beach ©
Xpu-ha Beach
Rio Secreto ©
Rio Secreto

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Musa Museo Subacuatico de Arte as well as Casa Del Buceo. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take a tour by water with Casa Del Buceo, explore the galleries of Musa Museo Subacuatico de Arte, and then delve into the distant past at Punta Sur.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Playa del Carmen to Isla Mujeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Museums
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Musa Museo Subacuatico de Arte ©
Musa Museo Subacuatico de Arte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Casa Del Buceo ©
Casa Del Buceo

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Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Government House has been added to your itinerary. On the 31st (Mon), stop by Caribbean Spice Belize, enjoy the sea views from Baron Bliss Lighthouse, then ponder the world of politics at Government House, and finally learn more about the world around you at St John's Cathedral.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Belize City road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Isla Mujeres to Belize City with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In October in Belize City, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Placencia.

Things to do in Belize City

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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St John's Cathedral ©
St John's Cathedral
Baron Bliss Lighthouse ©
Baron Bliss Lighthouse
Caribbean Spice Belize ©
Caribbean Spice Belize

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Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Herbal Healers as well as Silk Caye. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nim Li Punit (Big Hat) and Lola Art Studio. Escape the urban bustle at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve and Outback Trails. Step out of Placencia to go to Hopkins and see Garimaya Gift Shop, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Laughing Bird Caye National Park, experience rural life at Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Treasure Box.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Placencia trip itinerary planning app .

Placencia is very close to Belize City. In October, daily temperatures in Placencia can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Placencia

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Hopkins, Nim Li Punit (Big Hat), Outback Trails
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 5:
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Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Outback Trails ©
Outback Trails
Silk Caye ©
Silk Caye

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San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project and then Head underground at MayaWalk Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Ignacio trip itinerary app .

Drive from Placencia to San Ignacio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Belmopan.

Things to do in San Ignacio

#Parks, #Transportation, #Tours
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MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours
Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project

1
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Belmopan, Belize

Belmopan
Nicknamed the "Garden City" thanks to its planned urban parklands, Belmopan serves as the capital of Belize and a launching point for tours of nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Belmopan trip website .

Belmopan is very close to San Ignacio. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Belmopan

#Parks, #Nature
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Mahahual, Mexico

Mahahual ©
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mahahual Beach as well as Maya Chan Beach. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Mahahual Beach and then look for gifts at Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Malecon and then stroll through Maya Chan Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mahahual travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Belmopan to Mahahual. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
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Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Mahahual Beach ©
Mahahual Beach
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry ©
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Paraiso. On the 10th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum trip planner .

You can take a bus from Mahahual to Tulum in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Mahahual, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Puerto Morelos.

Things to do in Tulum

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

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Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Puerto Morelos ©
A small seaport at the tip of Yucatan Peninsula, pleasant Puerto Morelos offers a good alternative for visitors seeking a quieter beach vacation with plenty of tourist amenities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Borja Yachting Tours, Ojo de Agua Beach and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos. Step out of the city life by going to Tankah Beach and Cenote Verde Lucero. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galeria Lamanai and Zona Arqueológica El Meco. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Cenote La Noria, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cenotes Kin-Ha.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puerto Morelos trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Tulum to Puerto Morelos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Morelos can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Puerto Morelos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Galeria Lamanai, Borja Yachting Tours, Zona Arqueológica El Meco, Tankah Beach
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:
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Ojo de Agua Beach ©
Ojo de Agua Beach
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
Cenote La Noria ©
Cenote La Noria

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Holbox Island, Mexico

Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spas & Wellness. On the 15th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Yalahau Lagoon and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Holbox Island road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Morelos to Holbox Island. November in Holbox Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll set off for Merida on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Holbox Island

#Tours, #Adventure, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Spas & Wellness

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Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mercado de Santiago, Museo Casa Montejo and Kukulcan Pyramid. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Kukulcan Pyramid, delve into the distant past at Mayapan Mayan Ruins, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Casa Montejo, and finally explore the activities along Cenote Jardin del Eden. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Santiago, Head underground at Cenotes Cuzama, and then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Merida itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Holbox Island to Merida. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Merida

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Cenote Jardin del Eden, Kukulcan Pyramid, Cenotes Cuzama
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
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Cenote Jardin del Eden ©
Cenote Jardin del Eden
Kukulcan Pyramid ©
Kukulcan Pyramid
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins

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