8 days in Cancun, Playa del Carmen & Tulum Itinerary

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Cancun
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Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
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Tulum
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Cancun — 2 nights

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at Zona Arqueologica El Rey, and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Tortugas, then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and then delve into the distant past at Scorpion’s Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary builder website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in March, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.
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Playa del Carmen — 2 nights

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
On the 5th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Los Fundadores.

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You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Tulum.
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Tulum — 3 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueologica de Coba. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Spend the 10th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Two Eyes Cenote, explore the activities along Gran Cenote, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, and make a trip to Tulum Tower.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip planner.

Drive from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in Tulum sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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