9 days in Cancun & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

9 days in Cancun & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

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9 days in Cancun & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Cancun
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

3
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.
You've added Playa Chacmool, Mayan Museum of Cancun, Punta Sur, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary builder app .

Minneapolis, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in December, things will get much warmer in Cancun: highs are around 82°F and lows about 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums

Side Trip

Punta Sur
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Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun
Playa Chacmool ©
Playa Chacmool

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cenote Chaak Tun, Rio Secreto, Akumal Beach, and other attractions.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 68°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Akumal Beach
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Cenote Chaak Tun ©
Cenote Chaak Tun

1
night
Cancun

Cancun ©
You've now added El Parque de las Palapas to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cancun trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cancun takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 5th (Sun), you're off tohome.
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El Parque de las Palapas ©
El Parque de las Palapas

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