12 days in Quintana Roo Itinerary

12 days in Quintana Roo Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Quintana Roo trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Ferry
2
Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Bus to Playa del Carmen
3
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Puerto Morelos
— 1 night
Drive to Cancún International Airport, Fly to Sacramento

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Cancun

— 1 night
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 18th (Tue), get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Mercado 28 and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Cancun vacation tool.

Sacramento, USA to Cancun is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sacramento to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from Sacramento in May since evenings lows in Cancun dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Adventure
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

Isla Mujeres

— 1 night
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.
To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres travel route planner.

Ride a ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in May, and nighttime lows around 75°F. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Playa del Carmen

— 3 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ecopark Kantun Chi. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Ecopark Kantun Chi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Playa del Carmen journey planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In May in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rivera's Kitchen Tulum, Yucatan Outdoors, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and explore the activities along Casa Cenote.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in May, and nighttime lows around 71°F. On the 27th (Thu), you're off to Puerto Morelos.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 27:

Puerto Morelos

— 1 night

Jewel of Mexican Caribbean

A small seaport at the tip of Yucatan Peninsula, pleasant Puerto Morelos offers a good alternative for visitors seeking a quieter beach vacation with plenty of tourist amenities.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get close to the beloved marine mammals with Delphinus Puerto Morelos and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Croco Cun Zoo.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Morelos trip builder site.

You can drive from Tulum to Puerto Morelos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Puerto Morelos can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Morelos

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:

Quintana Roo travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Theme Parks
One of Mexico's 31 states, Quintana Roo features a long Caribbean shoreline dotted with numerous modern tourist resorts, as well as small settlements preserving their traditional way of life and resisting the pitfalls of mass tourism. Cancun remains one of the most popular places to visit in Quintana Roo, but this area also boasts many less-crowded destinations made for vacationers seeking a bit of tranquility and lots of sunshine. The state also encompasses several islands, sheltering a varied native wildlife and serving as cozy retreats for anyone wishing to spend their Quintana Roo vacation fishing, diving, snorkeling, and basking on pristine sands.