27 days in Mexico Itinerary

27 days in Mexico Itinerary

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27 days in Mexico Itinerary

Cancun
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
La Paz
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Cozumel
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h 30​min
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Akumal
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Tulum
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Cancun
— 8 nights
bus + ferry:  30​min
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
ferry + bus:  30​min
Cancun

2
days
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 18th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Arte de Origen and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

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Cancun to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cancun to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. In March in Cabo San Lucas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Paz.

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El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End) ©
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Arte de Origen - CLOSED

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Malecon, look for gifts at Casa Parra, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Espiritu Santo. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Playa El Tecolote (Tecolote Beach) and then stroll through Balandra Beach.

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You can drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in La Paz when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in March, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

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Isla Espiritu Santo
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Balandra Beach
Malecon
Malecon

2
days
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stop by Faith Colectiva, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip builder.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from La Paz to Puerto Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from La Paz in March, expect nights in Puerto Vallarta to be a bit warmer, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cozumel.

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Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk ©
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Zona Romantica

2
days
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 24th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Discover Mexico Cozumel Park and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Paradise Beach and then explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef.

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You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel in 7 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

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Discover Mexico Cozumel Park ©
Discover Mexico Cozumel Park
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Palancar Reef

2
days
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, make a trip to Quinta Avenida and then get in on the family fun at Xcaret Eco Theme Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Akumal.

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Xcaret Eco Theme Park ©
Xcaret Eco Theme Park
Quinta Avenida
Quinta Avenida

2
days
Akumal

Akumal ©
The heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, small but busy beach town of Akumal represents one of the world's premier diving locations.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akumal Beach. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the gorgeous colors at Yal-ku Lagoon and then enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Xel-Ha.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Akumal travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Playa del Carmen to Akumal takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Akumal can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Tulum.

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Akumal Beach
Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Yal-ku Lagoon ©
Yal-ku Lagoon

2
days
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.
On the 30th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso, and then look for gifts at La Llorona. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tulum travel itinerary planner.

Tulum is just a short distance from Akumal. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bacalar.

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Playa Paraiso
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Plastic Flamingo
Plastic Flamingo

2
days
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Chacchoben Ruins and then get outside with Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe, and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bacalar tour planner.

Getting from Tulum to Bacalar by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulum in April; daily highs in Bacalar reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cancun.

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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Chacchoben Ruins ©
Chacchoben Ruins
Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids ©
Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids

8
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.
On the 4th (Tue), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and stroll through Playa Tortugas.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cancun trip generator.

Traveling by car from Bacalar to Cancun takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Bacalar, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cancun, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

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Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines
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2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Women's Beading Cooperative, identify plant and animal life at Tortugranja (Turtle Farm), and then delve into the distant past at Punta Sur. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Captain Dulche's Museum, don't miss a visit to El Centro, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres travel itinerary planner.

Isla Mujeres is just a short distance from Cancun. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
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Punta Sur
Shark Beach ©
Shark Beach

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