8 days in Riviera Maya & Cancun Itinerary

8 days in Riviera Maya & Cancun Itinerary

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8 days in Riviera Maya & Cancun Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
+2
Fly + taxi + ferry:  10​h 45​min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Norfolk

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 17th (Sun): Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen travel site .

Norfolk, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. While traveling from Norfolk, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Playa del Carmen, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida
Cenote Chaak Tun ©
Cenote Chaak Tun

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.
Step out of Tulum to go to Coba and see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Paradise Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Tulum trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Tulum, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, stroll through Playa Delfines, and then explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cancun route app .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in November, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

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