11 days in Playa del Carmen & Tulum Itinerary

11 days in Playa del Carmen & Tulum Itinerary

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11 days in Playa del Carmen & Tulum Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Tulum
— 5 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and La Playa Xpuha. Mayan Museum of Cancun and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Zona Arqueológica El Meco (in Puerto Juarez), Spas (in Cozumel) and Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad (in Cancun). Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip maker site .

San Francisco, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Playa del Carmen is 3 hours. In May, Playa del Carmen is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cancun, Cozumel, La Playa Xpuha, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Scuba & Snorkeling
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ek Balam and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Paradise Beach and Mayan Beach. Step out of Tulum with an excursion to Multum Ha Cenote in Coba--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Xel-Ha, Head underground at Cenotes Dos Ojos, stroll through Akumal Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip maker app .

You can take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Tulum are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Akumal, Coba, Muyil, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Ek Balam
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret

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