30 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

30 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

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30 days in Pacific Coast Itinerary

Start: South Bend
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Culiacan
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Mazatlan
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Acapulco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Zihuatanejo
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Manzanillo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Sayulita
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: South Bend

1
day
Culiacan

Culiacan ©
Culiacán is a city in northwestern Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Piedras Las Labradas Petroglyphs, then get your game on at Espiral Jugueteria, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin Botanico Culiacan, and finally admire the natural beauty at Parque de la Riberas.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Culiacan online visit planner .

South Bend, USA to Culiacan is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from South Bend to Culiacan, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from South Bend in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Culiacan, with highs around 95°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Culiacan

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

Piedras Las Labradas Petroglyphs
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Jardin Botanico Culiacan ©
Jardin Botanico Culiacan
Piedras Las Labradas Petroglyphs ©
Piedras Las Labradas Petroglyphs
Parque de la Riberas ©
Parque de la Riberas

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Cerritos and Playa Brujas. Get some historical perspective at El Faro Lighthouse and Catedral Basilica de Mazatlan. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Olas Altas, get to know the fascinating history of Plaza Machado, shop like a local with Nidart, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mazatlan trip planner .

Drive from Culiacan to Mazatlan in 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Culiacan in September: highs in Mazatlan hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Acapulco.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Olas Altas ©
Playa Olas Altas
Playa Cerritos ©
Playa Cerritos
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Diamante and Playa Pie de la Cuesta. Step out of the city life by going to La Quebrada and Barra Vieja Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Icacos, don't miss a visit to Mural Diego Rivera, and see the interesting displays at Fuerte De San Diego.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Acapulco travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Mazatlan to Acapulco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zihuatanejo.

Things to do in Acapulco

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

4
nights
Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo ©
Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Blanca and Playa el Palmar. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Quieta and El Refugio de Potosi. Get out of town with these interesting Zihuatanejo side-trips: Ixtapa (La Zapoteca & Ciclopista de Ixtapa) and Ayotlcalli Rescue and Conservation Center (in Playa Blanca). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the activities along Zihuatanejo Bay, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zihuatanejo road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Acapulco to Zihuatanejo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Zihuatanejo are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manzanillo.

Things to do in Zihuatanejo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ixtapa, Ayotlcalli Rescue and Conservation Center
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa el Palmar ©
Playa el Palmar

3
nights
Manzanillo

Manzanillo ©
Manzanillo is a city, seat of Manzanillo Municipality, in the Mexican state of Colima. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Miramar will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Barra Navidad and Playa La Audiencia. Go for a jaunt from Manzanillo to Armeria to see El Tortugario about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get great views at Santiago Peninsula, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manzanillo attractions planning site .

Drive from Zihuatanejo to Manzanillo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sayulita.

Things to do in Manzanillo

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

El Tortugario
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Barra Navidad ©
Barra Navidad
Playa Miramar ©
Playa Miramar
Nature & Wildlife Tours

7
nights
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 in touch with nature at Playa Chacala and Playa San Pancho. We've included these beaches for you: Destiladeras Beach and Playa De Los Muertos. Get out of town with these interesting Sayulita side-trips: Bucerias (Mega Comercial Mexicana, A Broken Art, & more). And it doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, head off the coast to Marietas Islands, take in the exciting artwork at Estudio-Cafe, and tee off at Punta Mita Golf Course.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sayulita trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Manzanillo to Sayulita takes 5.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sayulita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Punta de Mita, San Francisco, Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Riviera Nayarit
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Destiladeras Beach ©
Destiladeras Beach
Playa De Los Muertos ©
Playa De Los Muertos

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