18 days in Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico tour planner

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Cabo San Lucas
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Puerto Vallarta
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Cabo San Lucas

— 7 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cabo San Lucas: San Jose del Cabo (Mi Casa Azul Art Gallery, Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery, &more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, stroll through Playa del Amor, enjoy the sand and surf at Medano Beach, and ride a horse along Cuadra San Francisco.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas route maker site.

Washington DC, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cabo San Lucas, with lows of 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Vallarta

— 10 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nuevo Vallarta Beach (in Nuevo Vallarta), Playa Las Cuevas (in Sayulita) and Bucerias (Los Arroyos Verdes - Day Pass, Museo Casa Tequilera, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in September, and nighttime lows around 76°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.