12 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

12 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

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12 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Mazatlan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Sayulita
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
3
Zihuatanejo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Acapulco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Mazatlan

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Mazatlan is known for historic sites, adventure, nature, beaches, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Malecon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Olas Altas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza Machado.

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New York City, USA to Mazatlan is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Mazatlan is minus 2 hours. In July in Mazatlan, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Sayulita.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Zipline
Acuario Mazatlan ©
Acuario Mazatlan
Playa Olas Altas ©
Playa Olas Altas

2
nights
Sayulita

Sayulita ©
Sandy beaches, good surfing, and affordable dining draw an increasing number of tourists to vacation in Sayulita, a smaller and less hectic alternative to nearby Puerto Vallarta.
Go for a jaunt from Sayulita to Bucerias to see Santuario de Cocodrilos El Cora about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, play a few rounds at Punta Mita Golf Course, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and head outdoors with Sayulita Beach.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sayulita road trip planner .

Drive from Mazatlan to Sayulita in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mazatlan to Sayulita is 1 hour. July in Sayulita sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zihuatanejo.

Things to do in Sayulita

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Punta de Mita, Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Marietas Islands, Santuario de Cocodrilos El Cora
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Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach

1
night
Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo ©
Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa la Ropa and then kick back and relax at Playa Las Gatas. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa), identify plant and animal life at Delfiniti, and then view the masterpieces at Suazo Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zihuatanejo day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sayulita to Zihuatanejo in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Acapulco.

Things to do in Zihuatanejo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Ixtapa
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Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa) ©
Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa)
Playa la Ropa ©
Playa la Ropa
Playa Las Gatas ©
Playa Las Gatas

3
nights
Acapulco

Acapulco ©
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Acapulco is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of La Quebrada, kick back and relax at Playa Pie de la Cuesta, see the interesting displays at El Fuerte de San Diego, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Vieja Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Acapulco trip builder site .

Getting from Zihuatanejo to Acapulco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Acapulco are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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La Quebrada ©
La Quebrada
Barra Vieja Beach ©
Barra Vieja Beach
Playa Pie de la Cuesta ©
Playa Pie de la Cuesta

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