16 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

16 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

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16 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Birmingham, United States
Fly:  17​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
3
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Shoal Bay Village, Anguilla
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  30​min
5
St. Jean, St. Barthelemy
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​min
6
Maho, St. Maarten-St. Martin
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Birmingham, United States


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2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and then get lost in a book at Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro road trip planner.

Birmingham, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Birmingham to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Birmingham, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 71°F. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador
Barra da Tijuca Beach ©
Barra da Tijuca Beach

3
nights
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

Palm - Eagle Beach ©
A long stretch of powdery white sand and aquamarine waters, Palm - Eagle Beach remains one of Aruba's most visited vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, see the vivid underwater world at Baby Beach, and then kick back and relax at Arashi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arikok National Park, stop by RAGE Silver, and then enjoy the sea views from California Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Palm - Eagle Beach trip app .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Palm - Eagle Beach takes 11.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Palm - Eagle Beach due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November; daily highs in Palm - Eagle Beach reach 89°F and lows reach 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Palm - Eagle Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Baby Beach, California Lighthouse, RAGE Silver, Arashi Beach
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Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach
Arikok National Park ©
Arikok National Park
Arashi Beach ©
Arashi Beach

2
nights
Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Zoni Beach and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Culebra trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Palm - Eagle Beach to Culebra in 21 hours. In November in Culebra, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shoal Bay Village.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

1
night
Shoal Bay Village, Anguilla

Shoal Bay Village ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Shoal Bay and then enjoy the sand and surf at Little Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rendezvous Bay Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Meads Bay.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Shoal Bay Village online tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Culebra to Shoal Bay Village. In November, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to St. Jean.

Things to do in Shoal Bay Village

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rendezvous Bay Beach, Meads Bay, Little Bay
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Shoal Bay ©
Shoal Bay
Rendezvous Bay Beach ©
Rendezvous Bay Beach
Meads Bay ©
Meads Bay

2
nights
St. Jean, St. Barthelemy

St. Jean ©
On the 15th (Fri), kick back and relax at Shell Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anse de Grande Saline, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Colombier Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at St. Jean Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our St. Jean sightseeing planner .

St. Jean is just a short distance from Shoal Bay Village. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Maho.

Things to do in St. Jean

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St. Barthelemy, Shell Beach
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Shell Beach ©
Shell Beach
St. Jean Beach ©
St. Jean Beach
Colombier Beach ©
Colombier Beach

3
nights
Maho, St. Maarten-St. Martin

Maho ©
On the 17th (Sun), kick back and relax at Maho Beach, then get outside with WAKE N' GLISSE, then enjoy the sand and surf at Orient Bay Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Tropismes Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Mullet Bay Beach, then look for gifts at Natural Elements, then try to win big at Casino Royale, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Amsterdam.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Maho trip itinerary website .

Maho is just a short distance from St. Jean. In November, daytime highs in Maho are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Maho

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Philipsburg, Grand Case, Orient Bay Beach, Mullet Bay Beach
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Maho Beach ©
Maho Beach
Orient Bay Beach ©
Orient Bay Beach
Mullet Bay Beach ©
Mullet Bay Beach

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