8 days in Cancun & Nuevo Vallarta Itinerary

8 days in Cancun & Nuevo Vallarta Itinerary

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Mexico City
Fly:
4​h 15​min
Cancun
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:
7​h
Nuevo Vallarta
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:
3​h 45​min
Mexico City

3
days
Cancun

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 Punta Sur and Tortugranja (Turtle Farm). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling & Shark Diving). Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cancun sightseeing planner.

Mexico City to Cancun is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of subway, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of tram and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Cancun to be much hotter, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nuevo Vallarta.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Adventure Sightseeing

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins
Punta Sur

4
days
Nuevo Vallarta

A planned resort community with one of Mexico's highest concentrations of hotels, Nuevo Vallarta caters to international tourists with its luxurious restaurants, charming marinas, and long stretches of sandy beaches.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Sayulita Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Nuevo Vallarta side-trips: Isla Marietas National Park (in Punta de Mita), Sayulita (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Rancho Sol y Mar (in Mayto). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Tehuamixtle, don't miss a visit to El Buzo de Bucerias, and stop by Art In Amber.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nuevo Vallarta vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cancun to Nuevo Vallarta in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cancun in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Nuevo Vallarta. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Sayulita, Bucerias, Isla Marietas National Park, Rancho Sol y Mar, Tehuamixtle
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Sayulita Beach
Isla Marietas National Park

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