16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
2
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Tulum
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
5
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Cancun
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h
End: New York City

3
nights
Cabo San Lucas

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.
Visit Playa del Amor and Divorce beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santa Maria Beach and Chileno Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Plaza Mijares in San Jose del Cabo (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and wander the wide-open spaces of Cuadra San Francisco.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas trip planner.

New York City, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 7- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Cabo San Lucas. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: high temperatures in Cabo San Lucas hover around 84°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cuadra San Francisco, Plaza Mijares
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Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get your game on at Clear Lounge Cozumel, then find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, and then kick back and relax at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cozumel travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Cabo San Lucas to Cozumel in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in May, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Spas Classes Wildlife
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Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel

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Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Visit La Playa Xpuha and Xpu-ha Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Riviera Maya and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. When in Playa del Carmen, make a side trip to see Croco Cun Zoo in Puerto Morelos, approximately Puerto Morelos away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret and stop by Vidrio Soplado Mexicano.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in May, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Xpu-ha Beach, La Playa Xpuha, Croco Cun Zoo
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La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Xpu-ha Beach ©
Xpu-ha Beach
Riviera Maya ©
Riviera Maya

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Beach and Art Gallery Miniature. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mayan Beach and Akumal Beach. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Tulum sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Akumal Beach
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach

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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
On the 23rd (Thu), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Isla Brewing Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Lancheros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to El Centro, then make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative, and finally examine the collection at Captain Dulche's Museum.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Lancheros ©
Playa Lancheros
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Isla Brewing Company ©
Isla Brewing Company

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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.
On the 25th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in May, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Spas & Wellness
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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