15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Houston

3
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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Isla Cuale will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Swim with Dolphins and El Centro. Step out of Puerto Vallarta to go to Cabo Corrientes and see Playa Las Animas, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Vallarta, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, go for a stroll along the water at Marina Nuevo Vallarta, and look for gifts at Alfareria Tlaquepague.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta day trip tool .

Houston, USA to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Houston in December: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Playa Las Animas
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Swim with Dolphins
Playa Las Animas ©
Playa Las Animas
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Gran Cenote. Get outdoors at Climbing Tours and Aktun Chen. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Tulum takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Tulum due to the time zone difference. In December in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Akumal
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Palancar Reef and Columbia Reef. Explore hidden gems such as Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and Santa Rosa Wall. Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel, view the masterpieces at BALAM Art Painted on Feathers, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel road trip app .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Santa Maria Beach and Mt. Solmar. Relax by the water at Bay of Cabo San Lucas and Playa Los Cerritos. Change things up with a short trip to Parroquia San Jose in San Jose del Cabo (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and kick back and relax at Divorce beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Cabo San Lucas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cozumel to Cabo San Lucas is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Los Cerritos, Parroquia San Jose
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Shark Diving
Playa Los Cerritos ©
Playa Los Cerritos
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach

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