Explore Mexico: Cancun, Tulum &Isla Mujeres Itinerary

Mexico has become the hot spot for #quarantinetravel, especially for Americans. Tulum started getting a lot of traction within the last 3 years, but it’s in overdrive now. An area that doesn't get as much attention is Isla Mujeres. A true gem with some of the most gorgeous water I’ve ever seen in my life! With Mexico being one of the few countries allowing American in with practically no restrictions, it’s not surprising that so many of us are folking there. Regardless, it’s important to find the best places to stay, explore and stay safe that won’t break the bank. That’s the name of the game.

The majority of my trip I stayed on Isla Mujeres but to start I stayed in Hotel Zone in Cancun.


Canopy by Hilton blew me away from the moment I walked in the door, but the rooftop is what sealed the deal for me. I always try to look for the silver lining in situations. For me, COVID-19 protocols have made me feel extremely safer in hotels when it comes to cleanliness. Hilton’s CleanStay promise created an all new standard and it shows. Hearing the seal pop as you enter your sparkling clean room is so satisfying to me. The room was immaculate and had the cutest swing in there! There’s a bar in the lobby but I took advantage of the one on the rooftop the most. I couldn’t get enough of the view! The service from when you arrive to when you leave is unmatched. The property is located right next to the Isla Mall which has some of the best shopping in Hotel Zone, in my opinion. I spent practically all my time on the Wander rooftop eating amazing food, sipping on cold drinks and taking in the amazing view.

Some of my favorite amenities available at Canopy are:

  • Rooftop Pool

  • Wander Rooftop - full bar and restaurant

  • Rooftop gym

  • Concierge - tons of fun options in the area at great rates

  • Canopy bicycles to ride around Hotel Zone

  • Lobby Bar

  • Full breakfast (with some of the best fresh juices & mimosas)

Let's Get Trippin'

Once I left the property it was the start of the first Ariel Rose Intl Influencer Trip!


From the Cancun airport, we took about a 30 minute drive to the ferry. That’s the best, easiest and cheapest way to get to the island. A roundtrip fair on the ferry is about $13.50 USD and the ride is about 20 minutes. From there, we headed to our gorgeous AirBnB. On the island, the taxi drivers know most of the homes by name and getting there was very easy. The island is about 6 miles long and there’s about 12,000 people that live on it. It’s an extremely laid back environment, unlike the party vibes you get in hotel zone.

Having a private chef is one of my favorite luxuries when putting a trip together. While the chef prepared their signature paella, we enjoyed the hot tub on the rooftop.

The next day we had an early start with a day trip to Tulum planned out.


Due to the pandemic, there are only ferry rides every hour on the hour. Typically they run every half hour. Currently, the first ferry leaving from Cancun is at 6am and latest at 11pm, whereas the earliest ferry from Isla Mujeres is at 7am.

Our driver was waiting for us as soon as we got off the ferry to take the 2 hour drive down to Tulum. At the moment this is really the only way to get there as Tulum doesn’t have its own airport at the moment. Tulum is a hot spot right now for good reason. There’s beautiful art around the city center, amazing restaurants, Pablo Escobar’s house and cenotes everywhere. There’s a ton of fun to be had out there and so many gorgeous homes. There aren’t as many resorts there as there are in Cancun. This is something to be mindful of if you’re traveling in a small group, group of girls or solo.

Ven a La Luz:

This iconic art piece by African artist Daniel Tropper has been seen in countless pictures on the ‘gram. It’s actually very near to the street and it’s a whole process to get one of those “easy looking” pics in front of it. Be prepared to wait in a line, dodge traffic and take your pics quick.

Pablo Escobar’s House:

This is great to do if you are staying in Tulum as opposed to taking a day trip. You can stay at the resort or get a day pass to spend the whole day there. The admission is $50 and an additional $50 credit for the restaurant.


The most recommended cenote is Grand Cenote. Since it’s so recommended, it can get very busy. Do your research before going and see what type of vibe you want - adventure, relaxation, IG worthy. There’s one for every vibe.

The last day of our trip we spent the majority of the day on the water on a private yacht creating more content and enjoying the water. The water is unmatched in the Caribbean Sea and blues are unreal. There’s no filter needed.

If you are looking to plan a trip to Cancun, Tulum or Isla Mujeres and would like to use any of my resources from chef to private driver services, please reach out and I would be happy to help!

Until next time,

Ariel Rose