12 days in Cancun & Cozumel Itinerary

12 days in Cancun & Cozumel Itinerary

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12 days in Cancun & Cozumel Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Cancun

8
nights
Cancun

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Akumal Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Tulum (Punta Laguna Nature Reserve & Mayan Water Complex), Playa del Carmen (Xplor, Quinta Avenida, & more) and Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). There's still lots to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, find something for the whole family at Selvatica, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

Before you visit Cancun, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Isla Mujeres, Akumal Beach
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Selvatica ©
Selvatica
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

3
nights
Cozumel

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 18th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then pick up some new knowledge with Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally explore the world behind art at Galo Art Studio.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Cancun to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors 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

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