8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  9​h
1
Cancun
— 1 night
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
Cabo San Lucas
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, then meet the residents at Interactive Aquarium, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tortugas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cancun online travel planner .

San Francisco, USA to Cancun is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Cancun is 3 hours. In August, Cancun is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Akumal Beach and Playa Paraiso. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 19th (Mon) at Xel-Ha. There's much more to do: Head underground at Grand Cenote, look for gifts at Mixik, and delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

1
night
Cabo San Lucas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach), kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, and then look for gifts at Caboholic Store & Activity Center. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Feinstein Jewelry and then kick back and relax at Playa del Amor.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Tulum to Cabo San Lucas takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tulum to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tulum in August since evenings lows in Cabo San Lucas dip to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
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Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) ©
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)

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