23 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

23 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Havana, Cuba
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Perth, Australia


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3
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, head outdoors with Ride MB Motorcycle Rental Mexico, make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, and explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mexico City trip planner .

Perth, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 14 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Perth in February; daily highs in Mexico City reach 28°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Zocalo ©
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, and contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Havana online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Havana takes 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in February: high temperatures in Havana hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Walking tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

3
nights
Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Step out of Cayo Largo to go to Vinales and see Valle de Vinales, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso, stroll through Playa Mal Tiempo, head off the coast to Cayo Rico, and identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Havana in February, Cayo Largo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Valle de Vinales
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

3
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site & Kaahal Home Tulum). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cayo Largo to Playa del Carmen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the world behind art at Galo Art Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and admire the natural beauty at Cozumel Butterfly & Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel tour builder app .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by car takes about 2 hours. February in Cozumel sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

3
nights
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.
Step out of Puerto Vallarta with an excursion to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes--about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, head off the coast to Marietas Islands, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February in Puerto Vallarta, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

2
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
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 22nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke and then explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. On your second day here, ride a horse along Cuadra San Francisco, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. February in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
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Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
Fishing Charters & Tours
Swim with Dolphins

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