Cancun has tons of attractions, restaurants and hotels, but a lot of the attractions that draw the crowds are located elsewhere on the Yucatan Peninsula. There are fantastic Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza or Tulum, fun eco-parks like Xcaret and Xel-ha and other islands to explore such as Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.
However, some of these locations can take quite some time to get to. I know a couple who thought that they would be able to fit it all in their four day trip to Cancun. By the time they got home – they were exhausted and still didn’t get to see everything they wanted to see.
Don’t let that happen to you. Be realistic about what you can fit into your trip and make priorities based off of that.
The distances below will help you figure out how to better plan your trip to Cancun:
How far is Akumal from Cancun?
Akumal, a small beach-side resort town, is 65 miles south of Cancun. It is located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
How far is Chichen Itza from Cancun?
Chichen Itza, one of the biggest attractions, is also the furthest away – at 110 miles from Cancun. It is also located to the west of Cancun in the middle of the Yucatan, a little more than half way to Merida. It is not located on the ocean and will take a little over 2 hours to get to.
How far is Coba from Cancun?
The ancient ruins of Coba are 89 miles southwest from Cancun. They are inland.
How far is Cozumel from Cancun?
The island of Cozumel is 45 miles south from Cancun. You must take a ferry to reach the island.
How far is Isla Mujeres from Cancun?
Isla Mujeres is directly across from Cancun – about 3 miles. It is an island as well and a ferry is required to reach it.
How far is Merida from Cancun?
The city of Merida is 180 miles west of Cancun.
How far is Playa del Carmen from Cancun?
Playa del Carmen, a popular resort town, is 42 miles south of Cancun.
How far is Puerto Moreles from Cancun?
Puerto Moreles, a small villa community, is 22 miles south of Cancun.
How far is Puerto Adventuras from Cancun?
Puerto Advenuras is luxury marina community located 54 miles south of Cancun.
How far is Tulum from Cancun?
The Tulum ruins are 81 miles south of Cancun.
How far is Xcaret from Cancun?
The eco-park Xcaret is 46 miles south of Cancun. It is located between Playa del Carmen and Puerto Adventuras.
How far is Xel-ha from Cancun?
The eco-park Xel-ha is 76 miles south of Cancun.
How far is Xpu-ha from Cancun?
Xpu-ha, natural kept beach, is 63 miles south of Cancun. It is located south of Playa del Carmen and north of Tulum.
I hope that this answers some of your questions about taking side-trips from Cancun. Feel free to share any of your experiences at these places… and maybe how you managed to fit them all into your vacation.