Looking for a Cancun itinerary for your trip to Mexico?
Wondering what to do in Cancun for three days?
Cancun is an excellent place for a quick 3 day trip!
If you’re from Dallas, like me, or another southern state in the US, a weekend in Cancun is a breeze!
The flights are easy and the Caribbean is beckoning.
Three days in Cancun isn’t a lot, but it’s enough to explore and have an adventure.
This itinerary is based on a stay at an all-inclusive resort in the Zona Hotelera, so it will involve a lot of downtime at the beach and meals at the resort.
You can book your stay in this area below right here on my site!
Without further ado, here is your Cancun itinerary!
Cancun Itinerary Day 1- Exploring Cenotes
At this point you’ve landed, checked into your hotel, and are looking for cool things to do in Cancun.
To make the most of your three days, book an early flight or fly in the night before.
Once you’re at your hotel, you can start off your first day with adventure!
You can book a cenote tour through your hotel or online beforehand.
Cenotes are gems that you’ll find in the Yucatan Peninsula where you can swim in a natural pool, oftentimes in a cave or underground setting!
Although Harrison and I enjoyed our ziplining and cenote excursion, we felt like it could have been better and more professional.
This cenote excursion is one of the highest-rated on Viator, and if I were going to Cancun again, I would choose this cenote experience.
Day 1 Itinerary
9am– pool time
11am– get picked up by tour
12am-5pm– cenote tour (here’s an example of what we did)
6pm– back at resort
8:30pm– hot tubbing/relaxation
Cancun Itinerary Day 2- Swim with Dolphins on Isla Mujeres
For Day 2 of my itinerary in Cancun, you’re going to spend a lot of time on the island of Isla Mujeres!
Just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Isla Mujeres is a wonderful island to explore and swim with dolphins!
You’ll need to take a ferry to this island.
You can book this ferry ride through Viator, but I can’t personally vouch for it since we didn’t book through that link.
We booked our entire Isla Mujeres experience locally.
What I can vouch for is our swim with dolphins experience, and I 100% recommend it to anyone visiting Isla Mujeres!
This experience was the highlight of our entire trip!
You get to spend time with dolphins and a trainer.
The trainer will instruct the dolphin to swim by you so you can pet it, rise up out of the water to give you a kiss, and even push your feet with its nose to launch you on a boogie board!
The trainers seem to really love and care for the dolphins, giving them plenty of space to swim, good food, and lots of free time without performing for visitors.
Day 3 – Itinerary
8:15am– get picked up by tour (alternatively, take the R-2 bus to the Isla Mujeres port in Cancun)
9am– board ferry to Isla Mujeres
10am– reach Isla Mujeres, make sure you know when your dolphin lesson is
**depending on what time your dolphin lesson is… take a taxi or rent a golf cart to drive around the island. Assuming your dolphin lesson is at 1:30pm, here is a potential breakdown of the day:
10:30am– hop in taxi (read more about things to do on Isla Mujeres here)
10:40-11:15am– tour the sea turtle discovery center, feed sea turtles
11:20-12– explore the ruins at the top of the island
12pm– return to Dolphin Discovery center
12:30pm– eat a light lunch (all-inclusive) at Dolphin Discovery
1:20pm– meet your group at your designated area
1:30-2:15– swim with your dolphin! (Read more about what to expect here!)
2:30– post dolphin snack
3:30– head back to Cancun
4:15pm– reach Cancun, take public bus or tour bus back to hotel
5-6:30pm– relax by beach
Cancun Itinerary Day 3- Mercado 28 & Beach Time
It’s your last day, and since you’ve come for a vacation, today you’re going to RELAX.
And shop for souvenirs.
But, mostly, relax.
Day 3 – Itinerary
8am– breakfast at resort
10am– get on the R-2 bus to Market 28 (here’s all you need to know about Market 28)
10:30-1pm– explore Market 28 (there is SO much to see!). Stop for some local food at Market 28.
1pm– bus back to resort (the R-2 again, going the opposite way)
1:30pm– lunch if you have room
2:30pm– pool time/beach time
5:30pm– shower/get ready for dinner
This is how Harrison and I spent each of our three days on the island and we felt like it was a perfect balance of activities and relaxation.
Note: We had rain on our first day, so actually did Mercado 28 and relaxation time on that day instead, and then did the Cenote day and then Isla Mujeres.
However, if you have sunny skies, I think this order is a more ideal pace.
And remember, you’re on tropical time, so don’t get flustered if things don’t go as planned.
No matter what your excursions are, make the most of them!
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