15 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

15 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

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15 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Mazatlan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Culiacan
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Taxco
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
4
Acapulco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Ixtapa
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
6
Sayulita
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Mazatlan

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza Machado and Immaculate Conception Cathedral. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Acuario Mazatlan and Playa Olas Altas. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from El Faro Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Malecon, take in the exciting artwork at Look Vintage and Modern Gallery, and take a stroll through Old Mazatlan.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mazatlan road trip tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Mazatlan is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. In July, Mazatlan is a bit warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Culiacan.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Acuario Mazatlan ©
Acuario Mazatlan
Immaculate Conception Cathedral ©
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Plaza Machado ©
Plaza Machado

1
night
Culiacan

Culiacan ©
Culiacán is a city in northwestern Mexico. On the 25th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Piedras Las Labradas Petroglyphs, then look and learn at Centro de Ciencias de Sinaloa, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin Botanico Culiacan.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Culiacan journey planner .

Traveling by car from Mazatlan to Culiacan takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mazatlan in July: highs in Culiacan hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Taxco.

Things to do in Culiacan

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Piedras Las Labradas Petroglyphs
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Jardin Botanico Culiacan ©
Jardin Botanico Culiacan
Piedras Las Labradas Petroglyphs ©
Piedras Las Labradas Petroglyphs
Centro de Ciencias de Sinaloa ©
Centro de Ciencias de Sinaloa

1
day
Taxco

Taxco ©
Taxco de Alarcón is a small city and administrative center of a Taxco de Alarcón Municipality located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Guillermo Spratling, view the masterpieces at Galeria de arte en plata Andres, admire the landmark architecture of Ex-convento de San Bernardino de Siena, see the interesting displays at Casa Humboldt, then see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de Las Lagrimas o Casa Figueroa, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Prisca de Taxco.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Taxco holiday maker app .

Explore your travel options from Culiacan to Taxco with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Culiacan to Taxco is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Culiacan in July; daily highs in Taxco reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Acapulco.

Things to do in Taxco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Galeria de arte en plata Andres
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Santa Prisca de Taxco ©
Santa Prisca de Taxco
Casa Humboldt ©
Casa Humboldt

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) and La Catedral. El Fuerte de San Diego and Punta Diamante are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Vieja Beach, get engrossed in the history at Acapulco Historical Museum, explore the striking landscape at La Quebrada, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Las Brisas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Acapulco driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Taxco to Acapulco takes 4 hours. Traveling from Taxco in July, expect Acapulco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ixtapa.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Barra Vieja Beach ©
Barra Vieja Beach
La Quebrada ©
La Quebrada
Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) ©

2
nights
Ixtapa

Ixtapa ©
Ixtapa is a city in the municipality of Zihuatanejo de Azueta, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Delfiniti, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclopista de Ixtapa, and then step off the mainland to explore Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Peter Gray Art Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa el Palmar, and then identify plant and animal life at Ayotlcalli Rescue and Conservation Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ixtapa trip planner .

You can drive from Acapulco to Ixtapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Sayulita.

Things to do in Ixtapa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Ayotlcalli Rescue and Conservation Center
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Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa) ©
Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa)
Delfiniti ©
Delfiniti
Ciclopista de Ixtapa ©
Ciclopista de Ixtapa

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sayulita side-trips: Bucerias (A Broken Art & Jan Marie Bourtique Gallery). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, kick back and relax at Nuevo Vallarta Beach, and tee off at Punta Mita Golf Course.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sayulita online tour builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ixtapa to Sayulita in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Sayulita, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sayulita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bucerias, Punta Mita Golf Course, Marietas Islands, Nuevo Vallarta Beach
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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