8 days in Cancun & Tulum Itinerary

8 days in Cancun & Tulum Itinerary

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8 days in Cancun & Tulum Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  7 h
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus:  9 h
End: New York City

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.
Museo Subacuatico de Arte and Museo del Automovil Antiguo del Sureste will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to La Isla Shopping Village and Playa Tortugas. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cancun journey builder .

New York City, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in May; daily highs in Cancun reach 86°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Museo Subacuatico de Arte
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Get some historical perspective at Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Cozumel (Museo de la Isla de Cozumel & Scuba & Snorkeling). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, browse the exhibits of Sfer IK, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tulum are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cozumel, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Scuba & Snorkeling

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