21 days in Riviera Maya Itinerary

21 days in Riviera Maya Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Bus to Tijuana, Fly to Tulum
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Tulum
— 10 nights
Drive
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Puerto Morelos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Aventuras
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Fly to Tijuana, Bus to San Diego

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Tulum

— 10 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You've now added Conciencia Tours & Travel to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Visit Mayan Beach and Paradise Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Cenote Hubiku (in Temozon), Valladolid (Cenote Zaci, Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, &more) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Miniature, shop like a local with Balam Art On Feathers, and Head underground at Cenote Taak Bi Ha.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tulum online road trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Tulum is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of tram and bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to Tulum due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Morelos.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos

— 4 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Croco Cun Zoo and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at Cenotes Zapote Ecopark, don't miss a visit to Parroquia Catolica de San Jose, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Arte Zissimo arte contemporano, and look for gifts at Alma Libre Bookstore.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Morelos online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Puerto Morelos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 76°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for Puerto Aventuras.

Things to do in Puerto Morelos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Puerto Aventuras

— 2 nights
Powdery white-sand beaches bring hoards of tourists to Puerto Aventuras, a small but modern settlement on Mexico's popular Riviera Maya.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the activities along Cenote Jardin del Eden and then delve into the distant past at Adoratorio, Ruinas Chac-hal-al. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Lamanai, and then stroll through Centro Ecologico Akumal.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Aventuras trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Morelos to Puerto Aventuras in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Puerto Aventuras, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Puerto Aventuras

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Scuba & Snorkeling has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Playa del Carmen is very close to Puerto Aventuras. July in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Riviera Maya travel guide

4.3
Theme Parks · Zipline · Scuba & Snorkeling
Well-preserved ruins and stunning white-sand beaches make for memorable Riviera Maya vacations, though this coastal area also features a number of modern cities ideal for soaking up some local culture and learning about Mexican cuisine. Stretching for approximately 100 km (60 mi) along the Caribbean coastline, this region serves as one of the world's most popular vacation destinations, known for containing big-name resorts like Playa del Carmen and Cancun. If you get tired of sun and sand, enrich your Riviera Maya sightseeing experience by visiting the area's eco-archaeological theme parks, which preserve swathes of wilderness and encompasses restored structures from the Mayan period.