25 days in United States, Mexico & Caye Caulker Itinerary

25 days in United States, Mexico & Caye Caulker Itinerary

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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
Bus:  2 h 45 min
6
Bacalar, Mexico
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  5 h 15 min
7
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Springs Art Museum and South Carlsbad State Beach. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Los Angeles. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chicago.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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 The Escape Game Chicago and Chicago River. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Name Cathedral, ponder the design of Crown Fountain, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk.

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Getting from Los Angeles to Chicago by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago is 2 hours. In November, Chicago is much colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can 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
Holy Name Cathedral ©
Holy Name Cathedral
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Torre Escenica and Shark Diving. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Isla Mujeres (Guadalupe Chapel, Women's Beading Cooperative, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, kick back and relax at Playa Chacmool, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Marlin.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun vacation builder site.

Getting from Chicago to Cancun by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Chicago in November, with highs in Cancun at 33°C and lows at 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 Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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 (Thu): trot along with a tour on horseback, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen vacation builder site.

You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

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

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Shark Diving. Change things up with a short trip to EcoRanchoMayamar in Akumal (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, stroll through Mayan Beach, and get outside with Ziggy Beach.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to 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
Shark Diving

2
nights
Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, then explore the ancient world of Kohunlich, and then delve into the distant past at Oxtankah Ruins. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at El Malecon de Chetumal and then get outside with Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bacalar trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Bacalar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Tulum, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chetumal
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
El Malecon de Chetumal ©
El Malecon de Chetumal

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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): see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley, browse the exhibits of Belizean Arts, and then look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Bacalar to Caye Caulker takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Caye Caulker are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Parks Spas

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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