8 days in Cancun, Playa del Carmen & Cozumel Itinerary

8 days in Cancun, Playa del Carmen & Cozumel Itinerary

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8 days in Cancun, Playa del Carmen & Cozumel Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  7​h
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun travel planner .

New York City, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Cancun: highs are around 88°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

3
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.
Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site & Kaahal Home Tulum). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip planning website .

You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cozumel Pearl Farm.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel visit planner .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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