37 days in San Francisco, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

37 days in San Francisco, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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37 days in San Francisco, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  21 h
1
San Francisco, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Tulum, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 15 min
10
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Adelaide, Australia

5
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Escape the urban bustle at Marin Headlands and Lands End. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento). There's lots more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Presidio of San Francisco, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Adelaide, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -17 hour difference. Traveling from Adelaide in November, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa, Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

4
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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 hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Shark Diving. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Church of Saint Luke. There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach, stroll through Santa Maria Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip maker app .

You can fly from San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Cabo San Lucas hover around 29°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Vallarta and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with a short trip to Nuevo Vallarta Beach in Nuevo Vallarta (about 34 minutes away). It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica and head off the coast to Los Arcos.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder tool .

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. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach

3
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get a sense of the local culture at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Chapultepec Castle and Museo del Templo Mayor will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mexico City trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December; daily highs in Mexico City reach 26°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

4
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Palancar Reef and Santa Rosa Wall. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef, get outside with The Money Bar Beach Club, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cozumel trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cozumel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Cozumel, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

5
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Two Eyes Cenote and Shark Diving. Tulum Archaeological Site and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Chichen Itza (Temple of the Bearded Man & Chichen Itza), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Off-Road Tours (in Playa del Carmen). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tulum road trip planning website .

You can drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In December in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Two Eyes Cenote ©
Two Eyes Cenote
Shark Diving
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

3
nights
Cancun, Mexico

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos. Get outdoors at Playa Delfines and Speed Boats Tours. Go for a jaunt from Cancun to Isla Mujeres to see Punta Sur about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cancun road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Cancun sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Punta Sur, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas & Wellness. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Pedro trip planner.

You can fly from Cancun to San Pedro in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to San Pedro. December in San Pedro sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip planner.

Getting from San Pedro to Tikal National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
We've included these beaches for you: Little French Key and Blue Island Divers. Step off the beaten path and head to West Bay Beach and Zipline. It doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities and browse the different shops at Diamonds International.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Roatan day trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight from Tikal National Park to Roatan in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In December in Roatan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Little French Key ©
Little French Key

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