18 days in Playa del Carmen, Cancun & Isla Mujeres Itinerary

18 days in Playa del Carmen, Cancun & Isla Mujeres Itinerary

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18 days in Playa del Carmen, Cancun & Isla Mujeres Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  25​h
1
Playa del Carmen
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Cancun
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Isla Mujeres
— 5 nights
+3
ferry + bus + shuttle + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
We've included these beaches for you: La Playa Xpuha and Mayan Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Frida Kahlo Museum. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Riviera Maya, get in on the family fun at Xcaret Park, play a few rounds at Iberostar Golf Club Playa Paraiso, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find out how to plan a trip to Playa del Carmen, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Playa del Carmen. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Spas, La Playa Xpuha, Mayan Beach
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La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Spas
Riviera Maya ©
Riviera Maya

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at El Cuyo Beaches and Playa Marlin. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Playa Chacmool. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, play a few rounds at Riviera Cancun Golf & Resorts, take a memorable tour with Tours, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica El Meco.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun trip builder site .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Zona Arqueológica El Meco, El Cuyo Beaches
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Playa Marlin ©
Playa Marlin
Playa Chacmool ©
Playa Chacmool
Playa Langosta ©
Playa Langosta

5
nights
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Visit Playa Norte and Playa Lancheros for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Punta Sur and Isla Mujeres Trips. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Tue) at Parque de los Suenos. The adventure continues: make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN, and meet the residents at Tortugranja.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres online journey planner .

Drive from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Playa Lancheros ©
Playa Lancheros

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