18 days in North America Itinerary

18 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico visit planner

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San Jose del Cabo
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Veracruz
— 2 nights
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Holbox Island
— 1 night
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Tulum
— 4 nights
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San Jose del Cabo

— 3 nights
Underdeveloped and unexplored for most of its history, San Jose del Cabo emerged as a major tourist destination in the 1970s, when a growing number of sun-and-sand visitors discovered the area's appealing beaches.
Relax by the water at Medano Beach and Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery and Casa Dahlia Gallery. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach, view the masterpieces at Sillvermoon Gallery, shop like a local with Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte, and buy something for everyone on your list at Koral Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read San Jose del Cabo travel planner.

Paris, France to San Jose del Cabo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Paris to San Jose del Cabo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in May, expect nights in San Jose del Cabo to be a bit warmer, around 23°C, while days are warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in San Jose del Cabo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

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San Miguel de Allende

— 2 nights
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora, then view the masterpieces at Casa Michoacana, then view the masterpieces at Photographic Gallery SMA, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Arte Divino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Bordello Galeria, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Nepantla, then shop like a local with Mr Poster, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Josefina Membrila Fine Art.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende day trip planning website.

You can fly from San Jose del Cabo to San Miguel de Allende in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose del Cabo to San Miguel de Allende due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose del Cabo in May, San Miguel de Allende is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

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Mexico City

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Get some historical perspective at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Zocalo. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo, stop by Historic Center (Centro Historico), take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor, and ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

For reviews and more tourist information, go to the Mexico City journey maker site.

Getting from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from San Miguel de Allende in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

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Oaxaca

— 2 nights
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): view the masterpieces at Casa Don Taurino, then shop like a local with Porfirio Gutierrez, and then look for gifts at La Grana Tejidos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria omar Hernandez, shop like a local with Voces de Copal, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nuun Espacio de Arte, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Oaxaca sightseeing planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Oaxaca by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Veracruz.

Things to do in Oaxaca

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Veracruz

— 2 nights
Veracruz, officially known as Heroica Veracruz, is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of San Juan de Ulua, see the interesting displays at Museum of the City, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Esmeralda, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa de Hernan Cortes.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Veracruz vacation site.

Traveling by car from Oaxaca to Veracruz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Veracruz, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Veracruz

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Holbox Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at La Choza de Fito, then stop by Papa Rana Holbox Logo Shop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Cocos.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Holbox Island road trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Veracruz to Holbox Island. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May in Holbox Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll explore and learn at Balam Art On Feathers and Art Gallery Miniature. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, hunt for treasures at Tulum Bazaar, and explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Holbox Island to Tulum. In May, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

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Los Cabos travel guide

4.4
Fishing Charters & Tours · Nightlife · Geologic Formations
Land's End
A place of striking contrasts, Los Cabos provides easy access to diverse landscapes that include picturesque coastlines, mountains, and deserts. Known as "Land's End" because of its location at the southern tip of Baja California, this ultimate seaside retreat offers over 350 annual days of sunshine and a sandy shore that extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Cortes. Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo remain the most popular places to visit in Los Cabos, offering a good blend of outdoor activities and nighttime entertainment. Between those two towns lies the so-called "Corridor," a stretch of coastline where all-inclusive resorts and trendy hotels ensure rewarding holidays in Los Cabos for every type of tourist.

Oaxaca travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · History Museums
Despite its favorable coastal location on the Pacific, Oaxaca remains one of Mexico's least-developed states, visited mostly by die-hard fans of traditional cuisine and Mexico's native artistic traditions. Warm year-round weather ensures a pleasant Oaxaca holiday no matter when you visit, with the area's varied landscapes providing plenty of chances for outdoor activities. Dense forests burst with abundant plant and animal life, while rugged mountains hide a slew of sleepy indigenous communities untouched by modern developments and commercial tourism. Allowing visitors to discover the less-traveled side of Mexico, comprehensive tours of Oaxaca often include visits to secluded beaches and history-soaked sites from the pre-Hispanic period.

Veracruz travel guide

4.4
Aquariums · Landmarks · Castles
Though it features a long coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, Veracruz remains off the radar for most foreign visitors. A slim crescent of land a day trip away from Mexico City, this eastern state boasts several major archaeological sites, rarely crowded yet packed with history. A holiday in Veracruz lets your experience the less-traveled side of the country, where it's easy to soak up the local culture by trying out traditional culinary specialties and touring the area's quaint colonial towns. Most travelers begin their adventure in the port city of Veracruz, eastern Mexico's major hub of tourism with good shopping, dining, and entertainment options.