31 days in Miami, Cancun & South Africa Itinerary

31 days in Miami, Cancun & South Africa Itinerary

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Miami, United States
— 6 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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Miami, United States

— 6 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at South Beach and Hollywood Beach. Shop till you drop at Lincoln Road and Dolphin Mall. Venture out of the city with trips to Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier), Key Largo (Sandal Factory Outlet & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Garman Sculpture Works (in Oakland Park). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Shark Valley Visitor Center, shop like a local with Aventura Mall, admire the natural beauty at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Miami tour planning app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Miami is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Miami, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, with highs in Miami at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Cancun.

Things to do in Miami

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Cancun, Mexico

— 6 nights
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.
Head to La Isla Shopping Village and Kukulcan Plazafor some retail therapy. Relax by the water at Akumal Beach and Playa Delfines. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Riviera Maya Golf Club (in Akumal), Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Hamacamarte, &more) and Isla Mujeres (Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, Playa Norte, &more). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Mercado 28, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Interactive Aquarium.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner.

Fly from Miami to Cancun in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

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Cape Town, South Africa

— 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Relax by the water at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Llandudno Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Point and Abseil Africa. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner.

You can fly from Cancun to Cape Town in 22.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Cape Town is 7 hours. Traveling from Cancun in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Cape Town. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
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Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 5 nights
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Kids will enjoy Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Nature & Wildlife Tours. For shopping fun, head to Kingfisher Gallery or Kumbaya Home Decor. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, &more) and Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa). There's still lots to do: stroll through Phuza Moya Private Game Reserve, explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery, and surround yourself with nature on Tshukudu Game Lodge.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit vacation builder.

You can fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Hoedspruit are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Nelspruit, South Africa

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Elephant Whispers and Perry's Bridge Reptile Park. Get outdoors at Safaris and Montrose Falls. Next up on the itinerary: pick up some local products at Bagdad Farmers Market, explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Shautany Chocolatiers, and browse the different shops at i'langa Mall.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit day trip planning site.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Durban.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Tours

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Durban, South Africa

— 3 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 3rd (Sun), cool off at uShaka Marine World and then view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at La Lucia Mall, then look for gifts at Awesome Africa, then browse the different shops at Westville Junction, and finally meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

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Fly from Nelspruit to Durban in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Durban when traveling from Nelspruit in January, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Shopping

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South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.