13 days in Mexico, Jamaica & Bahamas Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 1 night
Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 2 nights
Nassau, Bahamas
— 2 nights


Mexico City, Mexico — 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, and delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City road trip planning site.

Boston, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Boston in August: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Playa del Carmen.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico — 3 nights

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Amore Latino Tulum, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen day trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in August, things will get a bit warmer in Playa del Carmen: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Ocho Rios.
Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Theme Parks
Side Trip
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica — 1 night

A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Green Grotto Caves and then admire the sheer force of Blue Hole. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Dunn's River Falls and Park, then hike along Fern Gully, and then look for gifts at Jewels & Time Duty Free Jewelers.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ocho Rios day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Playa del Carmen to Ocho Rios takes 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Playa del Carmen in August since evenings lows in Ocho Rios dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Montego Bay.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Montego Bay, Jamaica — 2 nights

The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay boasts an international airport and a major cruise-line terminal, so it regularly receives a big influx of visitors to the island.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): play a few rounds at White Witch Golf Course and then tee off at Tryall Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Rose Hall Great House and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Montego Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Montego Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nassau.
Outdoors · Golf · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip
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Nassau, Bahamas — 2 nights

On a trip to Nassau you can immerse yourself in a dynamic city atmosphere or spend your days lazing on the soft golden sands.
On the 12th (Sat), kick back and relax at Cable Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ardastra Gardens & Wildlife Conservation Centre, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Cabbage Beach and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine Habitat at Atlantis.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nassau trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Montego Bay to Nassau by flight takes about 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums
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Mexico travel guide

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.

Jamaica travel guide

The third most populous English-speaking country in the Americas, Jamaica remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, with the British monarch its official head of state. Jamaica tourism thrives thanks to the island nation's reputation for natural beauty, outstanding cuisine, and lively music scene. The country's landscape is as diverse as its population, its tropical climate supporting varied ecosystems that include everything from savannahs to rugged mountain slopes. For most visitors, a holiday in Jamaica is a largely outdoor affair, with hiking, fishing, golfing, camping, snorkeling, horseback riding, and kite surfing among the most popular things to do.

Bahamas travel guide

Beaches · Islands · Water & Amusement Parks
Part of an archipelago encompassing hundreds of islets and cays, Bahamas boast many pink beaches, which get their vibrant color from fractured seashells mixed with ordinary sand. For most pleasure seekers an ideal holiday in Bahamas consists of various sea activities, occasionally interrupted by tours of several cities, offering an eclectic music scene dominated by calypso, soca, and junkanoo genres. Romantic enough to attract newlyweds from around the globe, the islands are also a major center of eco-tourism, with visits to national parks and diving tours in colorful reefs among the most popular things to do in Bahamas.