11 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

11 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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11 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Chetumal, Mexico
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  14​h
4
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Panama City, Panama


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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.
When in Cancun, make a side trip to see Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, go for a walk through Av Kukulkan, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28, and make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cancun online trip itinerary planner .

New York City, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get much warmer in Cancun: highs are around 31°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Norte
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Xel-Ha. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Akumal Beach and then delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Chetumal.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Tulum Archaeological Site, Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

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Chetumal, Mexico

Chetumal
Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chetumal route planner .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Chetumal in 4 hours. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, you will find days in Chetumal are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). On the 7th (Mon), you're off toCaye Caulker.

Things to do in Chetumal

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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nights
Caye Caulker, Belize

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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 8th (Tue) at Caye Caulker. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at The Estuary of Caye Caulker, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and enjoy the sand and surf at The Split.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Caye Caulker road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chetumal to Caye Caulker. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chetumal to Caye Caulker. When traveling from Chetumal in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Caye Caulker: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Belize City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Split ©
The Split

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Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by Diamonds International.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Belize City trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Caye Caulker to Belize City by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Altun Ha
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Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
The Belize Sign Monument ©
The Belize Sign Monument
Diamonds International ©
Diamonds International

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