9 days in Miami Beach & Cancun Itinerary

9 days in Miami Beach & Cancun Itinerary

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Start: Tampa, United States
Drive:  4 h 45 min
1
Miami Beach, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Tampa, United States

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nights
Miami Beach, United States

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District, enjoy some diversion at Lock & Load Miami, and then kick back and relax at Haulover Beach Park. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, then admire the natural beauty at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, then buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace, and finally take a stroll through Lincoln Road.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Miami Beach sightseeing planner.

Tampa to Miami Beach is an approximately 5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tampa in December since evenings lows in Miami Beach dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Miami, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Haulover Beach Park
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

6
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Relax by the water at Akumal Beach and Playa Delfines. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Xcaret, &more), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Galeria Lamanai (in Akumal). There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tortugas, and buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Miami Beach to Cancun takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Cancun, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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