8 days in Cancun & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

8 days in Cancun & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

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8 days in Cancun & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6 h
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Houston

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): gain interesting insight with Cancun Cheap Transfers. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Selvatica, don't miss a visit to Parroquia Catolica de San Jose, and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip planner .

Houston, USA to Cancun is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, Cancun is a bit warmer than Houston - with highs of 85°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Parroquia Catolica de San Jose
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Selvatica ©
Selvatica
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Xel-Ha and Xaman Ha Aviary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Casa Cenote, Tulum Archaeological Site, & more) and Akumal Beach (in Akumal). There's much more to do: make a splash at Xcaret Park, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and tee off at Playacar Golf Club.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in April, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tulum, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

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