16 days in Mexico, Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

16 days in Mexico, Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

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16 days in Mexico, Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  14​h
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
3
Tijuana, Mexico
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h 15​min
4
Guerrero Negro, Mexico
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h 15​min
5
La Paz, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Todos Santos, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

4
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Westward Beach and Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path. Meditation Mount and Mission San Buenaventura are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Laguna Beach (Pacific Marine Mammal Center & 1,000 Steps Beach), Ojai Olive Oil (in Ojai) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Salt Creek Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery, wander the streets of Old Pasadena, and walk around Serra Cross Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles vacation planner.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ventura, Ojai, Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery, Santa Monica Mountains, 1,000 Steps Beach
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Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Meditation Mount ©
Meditation Mount
Mission San Buenaventura ©
Mission San Buenaventura

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San Diego, United States

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Petco Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and Principe di Tricase Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad), Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, see the interesting displays at Visions Art Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego route maker tool .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Tijuana.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Oceanside Pier, South Carlsbad State Beach, Principe di Tricase Winery, Old Town Temecula
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana ©
Tijuana is the largest city in Baja California and on the Baja California Peninsula and center of the Tijuana metropolitan area, part of the international San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then tee off at Tijuana Country Club (Club Campestre Tijuana).

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tijuana tour itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Diego to Tijuana. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Guerrero Negro.

Things to do in Tijuana

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Wine Tours & Tastings

1
day
Guerrero Negro, Mexico

Guerrero Negro
Guerrero Negro is the largest town located in the municipality of Mulegé in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur (BCS). On the 29th (Mon), get outside with Dunas de Soledad.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Guerrero Negro trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Tijuana to Guerrero Negro takes 9.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Guerrero Negro

Outdoors
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1
night
La Paz, Mexico

It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, pause for some photo ops at Dove of Peace Monument, then stop by Galeria Casa Parra, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Paz Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Paz online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Guerrero Negro to La Paz takes 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 44°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Todos Santos.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Paz Cathedral ©
La Paz Cathedral
Dove of Peace Monument ©
Dove of Peace Monument

1
night
Todos Santos, Mexico

Todos Santos ©
Todos Santos is a small coastal town at the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, on the Pacific coast side of the Baja California Peninsula, about an hour's drive north of Cabo San Lucas on Highway 19 and an hour's drive southwest from La Paz. On the 31st (Wed), stroll through La Pastora, take in the exciting artwork at La Sonrisa de la Muerte, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa San Pedrito.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Todos Santos online travel route planner .

Getting from La Paz to Todos Santos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from La Paz in July, you will find days in Todos Santos are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Todos Santos

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa San Pedrito
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Playa San Pedrito ©
Playa San Pedrito
La Sonrisa de la Muerte ©
La Sonrisa de la Muerte

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Cabo San Lucas, and then take in the exciting artwork at Whimsical Art Cabo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Maria Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Jose, then take in the exciting artwork at Movimiento Art Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Todos Santos to Cabo San Lucas takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

San Jose del Cabo
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Shark Diving
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Spas

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