On the Riviera Maya, you can find two great destinations that share the same airport, Cancun
and Playa del Carmen. Both destinations are just 20 miles apart allowing tourists to arrive
at the international airport and move between cities without troubles.
Due to its rich history, white-sand beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Cancun and Playa
del Carmen are one of the most popular travel destinations for national and international
tourists. The semi-tropical weather allows visitors to enjoy the archeological sites,
eco-parks, beaches and the city at any time.
The Riviera Maya is well known for providing a mix of relaxation and adventure with more
than thirty premier spas and resorts, ecological parks and archeological sites making it the
ideal destination for tourists of all ages looking to relax, have fun and have access to
The best way to know the Mayan’s history is through the archeological sites that can be
found in the area; Among the most popular are Chichén Itzá and Tulum both sites showcase
amazing ruins and excellent experience of this culture. Another way to see their culture is
in the Mayan Museum of Cancun, there you can see pieces found in sites like Palenque, Tulum,
Chichén Itza among others. This museum surrounds The San Miguelito Archeological Site which
compliments the history and beauty of this amazing culture.
You can pay with US dollars, Credit/Debit cards on most restaurants and establishments. If
you pay with USD the exchange rate will be lower, our recommendation is to visit a foreign
exchange agency, a bank or an ATM to turn your currency into Mexican pesos, you’ll get a
better exchange rate this way.
Top medical specialists in Cancún
Dr. Samuel A. Guevara
Dr. Oscar E. Flores
Dra. Ana L. Arias
Dr. David Perez
Dra. Luz M. Almaguer
Dr. Jesús R. Arjona
Dra. María F. Medrano
Cancún general information
*Main tourist attractions points and our suggested places.
Information about Embassies, Consulates or Consular Agencies for U.S. and Canadian citizens.
In case of emergency or general assistance to citizens traveling in Mexico please contact
the nearest embassy, consulate or consular agency.
U.S. Consular Agency in Cancun
Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13 ZH, Torre La Europea, Despacho 301 Cancun, Quintana Roo C.P.77500
Cancun and Playa del Carmen are very safe destinations to walk and explore, we recommend to
employ common-sense precautions, just as you would in any other city. Talk to your hotel or
any tourist office for information about the high ties or the signaling at the beaches.
Arriving by air
The Cancun International Airport (CUN) receives national and international flights serving
both cities, Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
The airport offers a wide selection of transportation services like, buses, shuttles, taxis,
private and shared transportation that will take you all along the Riviera Maya. Depending
on the transportation prices may range between $12 to $34 USD to most locations.
Common flights to Cancun, Q. Roo. (Approx.)
Atlanta - 2:35 hrs.
Calgary - 5:25 hrs.
Chicago - 3:40 hrs.
Dallas - 2:45 hrs.
Houston - 2:15 hrs.
Los Angeles - 4:40 hrs.
New York - 4:10 hrs.
Minneapolis - 4:20 hrs.
Toronto - 4:35 hrs.
Vancouver - 5:50 hrs.
How to move around the city
Cancun’s popularity tends to have higher traffic. We recommend requesting a taxi or Uber,
but you can also use public transportation in the Cancun Hotel Zone or buses that go to
Where to stay?
Find the perfect hotel or motel that fits your budget with prices ranging between $30 - $80
USD per night.
Places you can drive from Cancun (Approx.)
Akumal - 65.2 miles
Tulum - 81.2 miles
Valladolid - 97.1 miles
Ek-Balam - 107 miles
Chichén Itzá - 124 miles
Mérida - 188 miles
Bacalar - 215 miles
To visit these places, you can book a tour or rent a car. Remember to check with your American car insurance or
your rental car company if you are covered.
If you are looking for more information about destinations, events, concerts or the many activities in the city
Carnival Playa del Carmen
Date: Between February and March
Venue: Playa del Carmen
Whale Shark Festival
Venue: Isla Mujeres
Chichén Itzá equinox
Date: March and September
Venue: Chichén Itzá
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival
Venue: Mamitas Beach Club
For more information about the events, please check their official website or social media.