17 days in Belize, San Jose & Cabo San Lucas Itinerary

17 days in Belize, San Jose & Cabo San Lucas Itinerary

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San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly
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Placencia, Belize
— 1 night
Drive
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Hopkins, Belize
— 1 night
Drive
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to San Jose
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 5 nights
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San Pedro, Belize — 2 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then browse the exhibits of Belizean Arts. Here are some ideas for day two: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, then explore and take pictures at Shark Ray Alley, then look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, and finally do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Pedro trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to San Pedro is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Pedro, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Belize City.
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Wildlife · Tours · Adventure · Shopping
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Belize City, Belize — 1 night

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 1st (Mon), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Belize City trip builder website.

Traveling by ferry from San Pedro to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daytime highs in Belize City are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can fly to Placencia.
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Placencia, Belize — 1 night

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
On the 2nd (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Laughing Bird Caye National Park and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Placencia trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Belize City to Placencia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hopkins.
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Hopkins, Belize — 1 night

Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): see Off-Road Tours and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hopkins day trip site.

Traveling by car from Placencia to Hopkins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to San Ignacio.
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San Ignacio, Belize — 1 night

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.
On the 4th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech and then stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Ignacio day trip planning site.

You can drive from Hopkins to San Ignacio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Jose.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

San Jose, Costa Rica — 5 nights

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. When in San Jose, make a side trip to see Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles in Cartago, approximately Cartago away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Multiplaza, relax and rejuvenate at ZENfit 506, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Ignacio to San Jose in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Cabo San Lucas.
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — 5 nights

One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Head to Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery and La Turquesa Jewelry and Artfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Diving and Santa Maria Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cabo San Lucas: San Jose del Cabo (Sillvermoon Gallery, Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach), &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, take advantage of the amenities at Pelican Rock, explore the galleries of Laura Urrea Art Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Ivan Guaderrama Gift Shop.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas attractions planner.

You can fly from San Jose to Cabo San Lucas in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Jose in August, with highs in Cabo San Lucas at 89°F and lows at 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
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Belize travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.
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