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

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

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

Start: Los Angeles
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  9​h 30​min
1
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Los Angeles

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, look for gifts at Galeria Pau Pao, and then kick back and relax at Playa Norte.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres day trip planning app .

Los Angeles, USA to Isla Mujeres is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Isla Mujeres due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect Isla Mujeres to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Pau Pao Desing ©
Pau Pao Desing

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.
Spend the 19th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the ancient world of El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey), stroll through Playa Delfines, and buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun online trip maker .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in Cancun are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Ruins of Tulum (in Tulum) and Akumal Beach (in Akumal). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 20th (Sun) at Xel-Ha. Spend the 23rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: laugh and play at Xcaret Eco Theme Park and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Tulum Archaeological Site
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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