14 days in Playa del Carmen, Tulum & Cancun Itinerary

14 days in Playa del Carmen, Tulum & Cancun Itinerary

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14 days in Playa del Carmen, Tulum & Cancun Itinerary

Start: Cancun
Drive:  1​h
1
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Tulum
— 2 nights
3
Cancun
— 9 nights
End: Cancun

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Cenote Chikin Ha, then see the interesting displays at CEDAM Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Los Fundadores.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip planner

Cancun to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

CEDAM Museum
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Chikin Ha ©
Chikin Ha
Parque Los Fundadores ©
Parque Los Fundadores

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote, then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, and then kick back and relax at Mayan Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip planner

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. October in Tulum sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cenote Santa Cruz
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Shark Diving
Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz

9
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Punta Sur and Zona Arqueológica El Meco are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at La Isla Shopping Village and Captain Dulche's Museum. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Isla Mujeres (El Centro & Playa Norte). Spend the 2nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Fri) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines, contemplate the long history of El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey), kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Cancun vacation app

Getting from Tulum to Cancun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

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