Mexico & Central America Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

How does my draft Cancun/Riviera Maya itinerary look?

Jump to last reply

Hello all! For the last couple of weeks I’ve been combing these boards/my hard copy guidebooks, plotting my much anticipated first Yucatan trip... Would SO appreciate a review by experienced eyes to see if my approach is sound. The facts: single woman traveler from Orlando keen to limit time in the super-tourist-crowded spots: I get plenty of that at home! :) Also, I’d much rather watch the landscape OUT the window than drive, so I’ve structured a half-bus, half car rental trip. Here’s my rough idea:

- Arrive Friday 11/29 in Cancun – head to Isla Mujeres for a mellow, beachy start to my trip (2 nights)
- Sunday 12/1 – down to Cozumel for some diving (2 nights)
- Tuesday 12/3 – pop over to Playa del Carmen for a little more of a buzzing town than I will have encountered on the islands (2 nights)
- Thursday 12/5 – bus to Merida (3 nights). Day tour to Uxmal on Friday, but relax and explore Merida and enjoy its public events on Saturday and Sunday.
- Monday 12/9 – bus to Campeche. (2 nights). Day tour to Edzna Tuesday.
- Wednesday 12/11 – early morning bus back to Merida to pick up rental car; drive to and spend the night at Chichen Itza (pm light show?)
- Thursday 12/12 – leave Chichen early am and tour Coba en route to Tulum. 5ish nights in Tulum area? Return to Florida on 12/17 (or 18).

Thoughts?

Also:
1. I’m not fond of crowds or touts, so (at the risk of blasphemy): is Chichen Itza so packed during the day that I should skip it since I am doing Uxmal, Tulum, Coba, and Edzna? (maybe sub in Ek Balam instead?) And these light shows – hokey or worth it? What place does it best?
2. Is 5 nights and 4 full days adequate time to enjoy Tulum beaches/ruins/ town, snorkel in Akmal, and check out some cenotes? Might be able to add on to my trip if needed (or take back that Chichen day!)
3. I have totally left out Cancun proper – is that awful considering I don’t care for shopping, tipsy crowds, or clubbing? It seems a bit risky/far away to stay in Tulum the night before my rental return/10:30 am flight. Should I position myself either closer to airport (Puerto Morelos maybe?) or *in* Cancun proper on my last night?

Thanks SO much for any feedback you might have!!

35 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Mexico & Central America activity »
  1. 1 Mexico City
  2. 2 Costa Rica help
  3. 3 1 week in Panama - how does this sound?
  4. 4 7-8 Days in Panama. Suggested Itinerary?
  5. 5 Cancun car rental/emd3 plus others help!
  6. 6 Thoughts on Cayo District tours/accommodation options
  7. 7 43 Missing Students in Mexico
  8. 8 Trip Report Hopefulist in Guatemala 2014 (#3)
  9. 9 Costa Rica will include airport tax in ticket price
  10. 10 Belize in June?
  11. 11 BEWARE: Alamo Car Rental in San Jose STAY AWAY
  12. 12 Mexico City and the butterfly migration....anyone been?
  13. 13 Tulemar bungalows vs Arenas del Mar
  14. 14 How to climb volcanoes at night
  15. 15 Two Young Women Traveling Alone in Mexico
  16. 16 Bus service from San Jose´ del Cabo to Totos Santos
  17. 17 MEXICO CITY (DF)....restaurants, fondas--looking for great food&music!
  18. 18 Questions re. Bosque del Cabo Cabinas
  19. 19 Monteverde Accomodations
  20. 20 Oaxaca in November
  21. 21 Costa Rica Intinerary help--Arenal and Guanacaste
  22. 22 Trip Report DD and I recently returned from five wonderful fun filled days in PV
  23. 23 OAXACA markets….question or two..guide?
  24. 24 Timeshare Presentation For Deep Discount On A Resort Worth It???
  25. 25 Costa Rica with a 8 year old boy?
View next 25 » Back to the top