8 days in Riviera Maya Itinerary

8 days in Riviera Maya Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Riviera Maya vacation planner

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Bus to Tijuana, Fly to Playa del Carmen
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Playa del Carmen
— 7 nights
Fly to Tijuana, Bus to San Diego

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Playa del Carmen

— 7 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Museum-lovers will appreciate 3D Museum of Wonders and Ambarte. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa de los Venados and Las Monjas. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Cenote Santa Cruz (in Akumal), Chichen Itza (The Ossuary, Flavio's Tours, &more) and Cenotes Sac Actun (in Tulum). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Xpu-ha Beach, stroll around Parque Los Fundadores, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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San Diego, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of tram and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Diego in March; daily highs in Playa del Carmen reach 81°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Riviera Maya travel guide

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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.