25 days in Puerto Rico, Cuba & Mexico Itinerary

25 days in Puerto Rico, Cuba & Mexico Itinerary

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 4 nights
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Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly to Merida, Bus to Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
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San Juan, Puerto Rico

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo de Arte de Ponce and Old San Juan. Escape the urban bustle at El Yunque Rain Forest and Mini Boat Adventures. Venture out of the city with trips to Luquillo Beach (in Luquillo) and Casa Wiechers-Villaronga (in Ponce). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, appreciate the history behind Holocaust Memorial Monument, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan sightseeing planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Juan is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Juan due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Havana, Cuba

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba and Wifredo Lam Center. Get some cultural insight at Malecón of Havana and Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Havana day trip planning website.

You can fly from San Juan to Havana in 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Juan in December since evenings lows in Havana dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Havana

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

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Chichen Itza, Mexico

Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ossuary.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Havana to Chichen Itza in 6.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Havana in December since evenings lows in Chichen Itza dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

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Tulum, Mexico

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Get in touch with nature at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. There's much more to do: stroll through Tulum Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Sfer IK, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tulum journey builder site.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in December, with highs in Tulum at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

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Cozumel, Mexico

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chankanaab Reef.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cozumel trip itinerary maker tool.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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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.
Visit Zona Romantica and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Swim with Dolphins and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Los Arcos, and get the adrenaline pumping with Skydive Vallarta.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

You can fly from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Mi Casa Azul Art Gallery, explore the galleries of Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery, explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco, then take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and finally fulfill a lifelong dream with Cabo Adventures. On your second day here, push the limits with an extreme tour and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Puerto Vallarta, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cabo San Lucas, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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Mexico City, Mexico

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of the city life by going to Bosque de Chapultepec and Ride MB. Popular historic sites such as Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mexico City: San Juan Teotihuacan (Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 & Palacio de Tepantitla). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in December, expect Mexico City to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Puerto Rico travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
A U.S. territory encompassing one big island and several smaller ones, Puerto Rico appeals to visitors from around the globe with its rich history, pleasant climate, natural beauty, and renowned local cuisine. Most tourists take a vacation in Puerto Rico for that classic seaside experience, though the island offers much more than just sun and sand. Tours of Puerto Rico usually start in the city of San Juan, which boasts a trendy bar scene and plenty of art museums for visitors looking to add a bit of culture to their vacation. A short drive from the island's urban centers, pristine rainforests serve as peaceful retreats from the city bustle and ensure plenty of chances to spot wildlife and take exhilarating nature walks.

Cuba travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.