12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip itinerary planner

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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
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Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
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Mexico City
— 1 night
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
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Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
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Cabo San Lucas

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Santa Maria Beach and Food Tours. Step out of Cabo San Lucas with an excursion to Parroquia San Jose in San Jose del Cabo--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with Cabo Private Guide, stop by La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, kick back and relax at Divorce beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Solmar.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas journey planner.

Boston, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Boston in December, with highs in Cabo San Lucas at 29°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Puerto Vallarta

— 1 night
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
On the 27th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta online tour itinerary builder.

Fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Mexico City

— 1 night

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 28th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City visit planner.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, Mexico City is slightly colder than Puerto Vallarta - with highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Cozumel

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and then see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Mexico City to Cozumel by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Cozumel, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Playa del Carmen

— 4 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mayan Beach and Parque Los Fundadores. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, stop by Vidrio Soplado Mexicano, and stroll through La Playa Xpuha.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen online tour planner.

Ride a ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.