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Cancun to Playa del Carmen drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day


Cancun to Playa del Carmen road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. If you're planning a road trip to Playa del Carmen, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Cancun
drive for about 16 minutes

10:16 am  Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancun
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:16 am
drive for about 11 minutes

11:27 am  Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:27 pm
drive for about 12 minutes

12:39 pm  Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:39 pm
drive for about 15 minutes

1:54 pm  Puerto Morelos
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:54 pm
drive for about 14 minutes

3:08 pm  Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:08 pm
drive for about 17 minutes

4:26 pm  Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:26 pm
drive for about 6 minutes

5:32 pm  arrive in Playa del Carmen
eat at Los Aguachiles
stay at Viceroy Riviera Maya

driving ≈ 1.5 hours


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Cancun to Playa del Carmen questions


Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Cancun, Mexico.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.



How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.



Where should I stop along the way?

Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancun
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort  (3 mentions)
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya  (2 mentions)
Puerto Morelos  (7 answers)
    hotels around Puerto Morelos:
        Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa  (3 mentions)
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla  (3 mentions)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.



Where's the best place to stay in Playa del Carmen?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Playa del Carmen.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Viceroy Riviera Maya, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Rivera Maya  (2 mentions)
Mahekal Beach Resort  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Playa del Carmen? Click the blue button below.





Where's the best place to eat in Playa del Carmen?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Los Aguachiles, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Luna Maya  (2 mentions)
Almirante Pech  (2 mentions)
IMPREVIST Resto & Wine  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Playa del Carmen? Click the blue button below.





What are some things to do in Playa del Carmen?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Akumal  (11 mentions)
Xplor  (7 mentions)
Mayan Ruins  (5 mentions)
Mamita's Beach Club  (3 mentions)
Coco Bongo  (3 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Playa del Carmen. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Nicole from Leesburg (Virginia) asked:
Looking for beautiful family-friendly non all-inclusive resort in PDC.  (4 answers)

profile  Jim from asked:
Looking for recommendations for authentic and quality food and attractions  (3 answers)

profile  Kay from Little Rock asked:
Good, low cost places to eat in Playa del Carmen & areas for scuba diving?  (3 answers)

profile  Brianna from Minneapolis asked:
Favorite bars/restaurants/snorkeling spots in Playa?  (3 answers)

profile  Rob from Chicago asked:
Places to Stay in Playa del Carmen  (3 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Playa del Carmen.





Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Playa del Carmen to Cancun drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. Or get a full Cancun to Playa del Carmen flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Cancun well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Cancun!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 43 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 5 minutes
102 Cancun travel answers
7 Puerto Morelos travel answers
90 Playa del Carmen travel answers





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