33 days in Mexico Itinerary

33 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip itinerary planner

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Cancun
— 4 nights
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Mahahual
— 3 nights
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Nuevo Vallarta
— 1 night
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Cabo San Lucas
— 7 nights
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La Paz
— 5 nights
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Tulum
— 6 nights
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Cancun

— 4 nights
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.
Get outdoors at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Playa Langosta. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Xcacel Beach. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica El Rey, examine the collection at Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip itinerary maker website.

Barcelona, Spain to Cancun is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. In December, Cancun is warmer than Barcelona - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Mahahual.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Mahahual

— 3 nights
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Mahahual and Pez Quadro Beach Club. Step off the beaten path and head to Mahahual Dive Centre and Spas. There's more to do: catch some excitement at Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mahahual visit planning website.

Fly from Cancun to Mahahual in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Mahahual sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Nuevo Vallarta.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Nuevo Vallarta

— 1 night
A planned resort community with one of Mexico's highest concentrations of hotels, Nuevo Vallarta caters to international tourists with its luxurious restaurants, charming marinas, and long stretches of sandy beaches.
On the 12th (Sun), kick back and relax at Yelapa y Mahauitas Playa and then get a new perspective on things with Danisha Sport Fishing.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuevo Vallarta day trip tool.

Getting from Mahahual to Nuevo Vallarta by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Mahahual in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nuevo Vallarta: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Maria Beach and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Mt. Solmar. Change things up with these side-trips from Cabo San Lucas: San Jose del Cabo (Sillvermoon Gallery, Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte, &more). There's still lots to do: ride a horse along Cuadra San Francisco, view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, tee off at Palmilla Golf Club, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas online route planner.

You can fly from Nuevo Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Nuevo Vallarta, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cabo San Lucas, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

La Paz

— 5 nights
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
Step off the beaten path and head to Balandra Beach and Playa Pichilingue (Pichilingue Beach). Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Rancho El Cajon. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Coromuel.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Paz travel route builder app.

You can drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in La Paz. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tulum.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Tulum

— 6 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Paradise Beach and Mayan Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Skydiving. There's much more to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, admire all the interesting features of Tulum Tower, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum vacation planner.

Getting from La Paz to Tulum by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Mexican Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from La Paz in December since evenings lows in Tulum dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Cozumel

— 5 nights
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.
Get outdoors at CozuDive Diving & Snorkeling and Yucab Reef. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de San Martin and Spas & Wellness. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Paseo El Cedral Reef, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Francisco Reef, learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.