24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
La Paz
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Puerto Escondido
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Zihuatanejo
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
5
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Ek Balam Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Cozumel
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Santa Maria Beach and Chileno Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Medano Beach. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Ayla, go for a stroll along the water at Marina Cabo San Lucas, and kick back and relax at Playa del Amor.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas trip maker website.

Washington DC, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get much warmer in Cabo San Lucas: highs are around 77°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach

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 20th (Thu), stroll through Balandra Beach, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Isla Espiritu Santo, enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach, and then make a trip to Kiosco del Malecon.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Paz trip planner.

You can drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in La Paz when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in December, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Balandra Beach
Highlights from your plan
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach
Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido ©
Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Coral, tour the water at your own pace with Los Reyes Sportfishing Charters, and then hunt for treasures at El Mercado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Escondido trip maker tool.

Fly from La Paz to Puerto Escondido in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Mexican Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in December; daily highs in Puerto Escondido reach 85°F and lows reach 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Zihuatanejo.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Los Reyes Sportfishing Charters ©
Los Reyes Sportfishing Charters
Playa Coral ©
Playa Coral
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo ©
Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa La Madera and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Vista Hermosa and Playa Blanca. Take a break from Zihuatanejo with a short trip to Peter Gray Art Museum in Ixtapa, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Refugio de Potosi, take a leisurely stroll along Paseo de Pescador, examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico de la Costa Grande, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of the Great Coast.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zihuatanejo journey maker app.

You can fly from Puerto Escondido to Zihuatanejo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Zihuatanejo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ixtapa
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Refugio de Potosi ©
El Refugio de Potosi

1
night
Mahahual

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Malecon, enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach, thenstop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, and finally stop by Diamonds International. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then head outdoors with Yaya Beach.

Discover how to plan a Mahahual trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Fly from Zihuatanejo to Mahahual in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Zihuatanejo to Mahahual, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Mahahual, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Diamonds International
Highlights from your plan
Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yaya Beach ©
Yaya Beach

1
night
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and then kick back and relax at Punta Soliman Beach.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sian Ka'an itinerary app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mahahual to Sian Ka'an. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Punta Soliman Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Mayan Beach and La Playa Xpuha. Step off the beaten path and head to Climbing Tours and Las Pinturas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Parque Los Fundadores (in Playa del Carmen) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). And it doesn't end there: stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Miniature.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tulum tour itinerary builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sian Ka'an to Tulum. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Los Fundadores, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, La Playa Xpuha
Highlights from your plan
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Climbing Tours

2
nights
Ek Balam Village

Ek Balam Village ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at X'Canche Cenote, steep yourself in history at Ek Balam, and then explore the galleries of Cenote Hubiku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de los Santos Reyes and then explore the fascinating underground world of Balankanche Cave.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ek Balam Village trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Tulum to Ek Balam Village in 2 hours. Traveling from Tulum in January, Ek Balam Village is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Balankanche Cave, Santuario de los Santos Reyes, Cenote Hubiku
Highlights from your plan
X'Canche Cenote ©
X'Canche Cenote
Cenote Hubiku ©
Cenote Hubiku
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Mayan Cacao Company and Submarine Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Chankanaab Reef and Playa Chen Rio. Step out of Cozumel with an excursion to Captain Dulche's Museum in Isla Mujeres--about 3h 15 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Columbia Reef, take in nature's colorful creations at Cozumel Butterfly & Botanical Gardens, explore the striking landscape at Playa Punta Chiqueros, and experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cozumel trip planner.

Getting from Ek Balam Village to Cozumel by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ek Balam Village in January; daily highs in Cozumel reach 78°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Captain Dulche's Museum
Highlights from your plan
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Chankanaab Reef ©
Chankanaab Reef
El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef

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