8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Cozumel
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the waterfront activity at Marina Cabo San Lucas, and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of the False Cape (El Faro de Cabo Falso). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, then make a trip to Plaza Mijares, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do and tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary builder app .

Ottawa, Canada to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ottawa to Cabo San Lucas. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in December; daily highs in Cabo San Lucas reach 29°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Plaza Mijares
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Marina Cabo San Lucas ©
Marina Cabo San Lucas
Spas

1
day
Puerto Vallarta

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 18th (Wed): look for gifts at Alfareria Tlaquepague, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip maker website .

Getting from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: 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. In December, daily temperatures in Puerto Vallarta can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
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Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Spas

1
night
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 19th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Gran Cenote and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Playa del Carmen driving holiday planner .

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Tulum
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Climbing Tours
Cenote Chaak Tun ©
Cenote Chaak Tun
Spas

2
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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.
On the 21st (Sat), tour the depths of the sea with a submarine tour, then identify plant and animal life at Palancar Reef, then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Paradise Beach Cozumel.

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You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Submarine Tours

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