15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
La Paz
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 15​min
3
Mahahual
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Cabo San Lucas

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Golden Cactus Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Whimsical Art Cabo, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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San Francisco, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect Cabo San Lucas to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
La Paz

La Paz ©
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
On the 26th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then don't miss a visit to Malecon. Keep things going the next day: stop by Artesanias Cuauhtemoc and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz visit planner .

Traveling by car from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Cabo San Lucas, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
Mahahual

A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
On the 28th (Tue), kick back and relax at Maya Chan Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Mahahual route planner .

Getting from La Paz to Mahahual by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Traveling from La Paz to Mahahual, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Mahahual when traveling from La Paz in May, with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Tulum

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 29th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at Xel-Ha. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, identify plant and animal life at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, and finally take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip planner.

You can drive from Mahahual to Tulum in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mahahual in May; daily highs in Tulum reach 85°F and lows reach 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Gran Cenote ©
Gran Cenote

3
nights
Cozumel

Cozumel ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Columbia Reef and Palancar Reef. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall, cast your line with a fishing tour, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel road trip planner.

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by car takes about 2.5 hours. May in Cozumel sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

2
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 3rd (Mon), appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia, then explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and finally explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then examine the collection at Museo de Frida Kahlo, and finally take a stroll through Coyoacan.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City tour planning app .

You can fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City. Traveling from Cozumel in June, things will get a bit cooler in Mexico City: highs are around 76°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Nuevo Vallarta Beach, and then shop like a local with Estudio-Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta trip planner .

Getting from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in June, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 87°F and lows at 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Zipline

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