10 days in San Diego & Mexico Itinerary

10 days in San Diego & Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in San Diego & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Monterrey, Mexico
+2
Fly + bus + foot:  5​h 15​min
1
San Diego, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cozumel, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Monterrey, Mexico

2
nights
San Diego, United States

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Visiting San Diego Zoo and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego online route maker .

Monterrey, Mexico to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

1
night
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Church of Saint Luke and then explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas road trip website .

You can fly from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Diego in July, with highs in Cabo San Lucas at 36°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Shark Diving
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Swim with Dolphins

1
night
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and then examine the collection at Museo de Frida Kahlo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in July, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are colder (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Nature

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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Bosque de Chapultepec ©
Bosque de Chapultepec
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

1
night
Cozumel, Mexico

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Santa Rosa Wall and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cozumel tour planning site .

Fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in July; daily highs in Cozumel reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a splash at Xel-Ha. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Amore Latino Tulum, explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, and then head outdoors with Ana y Jose Beach Club.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum route app .

You can drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Xel-Ha
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Ana y Jose Beach Club ©
Ana y Jose Beach Club
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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