5 days in Mexico Itinerary

5 days in Mexico Itinerary

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5 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive + Fly:  19​h
1
Tijuana
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h
2
Cancun
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Cozumel
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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Tijuana

Tijuana is the largest city in Baja California and on the Baja California Peninsula and center of the Tijuana metropolitan area, part of the international San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tijuana planning tool .

New York City, USA to Tijuana is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Tijuana due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Tijuana to be much warmer, temps between 67°F and 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Tijuana

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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Cancun

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cancun, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tijuana to Cancun. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tijuana in January, with highs in Cancun at 80°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Interactive Aquarium ©
Interactive Aquarium

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night
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.
To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip planner .

You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours
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Xcaret
Skydiving

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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 29th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cozumel tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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