13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
1
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Newark

3
nights
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Climbing Tours. Visiting Cenotes Sac Actun and Casa Cenote will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Tulum to Akumal to see Aktun Chen about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: Head underground at Gran Cenote, explore the ancient world of Las Pinturas, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, and view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tulum online vacation planner .

Newark, USA to Tulum is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Tulum reach 80°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Aktun Chen
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours
Cenotes Sac Actun ©
Cenotes Sac Actun

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palancar Reef and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get outdoors at Santa Rosa Wall and Submarine Tours. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Paradise Beach Cozumel, and explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cozumel trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cozumel are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Chileno Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa del Amor, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Luke, and get a taste of the local shopping with La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas online day trip planner .

Getting from Cozumel to Cabo San Lucas by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December in Cabo San Lucas, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

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

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 22nd (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Zipline
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

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