La Gloria is nestled about halfway between Playa del Carmen and Akumal on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Although there is no airport here, planning to fly is still one of the easiest forms of transportation from overseas. A plane ride to the airport in Cancun coupled with a short drive will get you right to your destination.
Flying tois incredibly easy. Every major airline from the United States and Canada offers flights to this destination on a regular basis, and if you are able to fly direct from a regional hub you'll find flights are often available several times a day. From more remote destinations, you can book flights that connect to air hubs and rarely have to stop more than once.
The airport itself has two asphalt runways, three terminals, and 68 gates through which over 14 million people annually fly in and out. Once at the airport, there are five sit-down restaurants, a dozen or so quick service restaurants, specialty and duty free shops, a pharmacy, and a salon and spa. You'll also be able to utilize medical services, facilities for disabled, VIP and business lounges, the branches of local banks located here, and a collection of rental car agencies.
When you arrive, you'll present your identification as well as a customs form that you would have received on the plane. The unique thing about traveling through Cancun International is that in an effort to cut down on profiling they have randomized the process by which they select passengers for searches. The passengers themselves will press a button that will turn a light either red or green. If the light turns red, then you are subject to a more thorough search.
There are numerous flights from the United States that have direct service to Cancun. You should have no trouble finding one that is close by. If you do happen to be in one of the few places that does not have a nearby airport with direct service, your local airport will most likely be able to connect to one that does.
If you'll be flying from the states the following table can be useful for planning purposes. Online services don't consistently recognize the most logical options so it can be handy to realize which airlines actually fly direct to this airport.
|Austin, TX, USA||AUS||AirTran|
|Baltimore, MD, USA||BWI||AirTran|
|Chicago, IL, USA||MDW||AirTran|
|Chicago, IL, USA||RFD||Frontier Airlines|
|Cincinatti, OH, USA||CVG||Aeromexico, Frontier Airlines|
|Cleveland, OH, USA||CLE||Frontier Airlines, United Airlines|
|Detroit, MI, USA||DTW||Aeromexico, Delta Airlines|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines|
|Fresno, CA, USA||FAT||Aeromexico|
|Indianapolis, IN, USA||IND||Frontier Airlines|
|Kansas City, KS, USA||MCI||Frontier Airlines|
|Lansing, MI, USA||LAN||Frontier Airlines|
|Las Vegas, NV, USA||LAS||Aeromexico|
|Los Angeles, CA, USA||LAX||Aeromexico, Delta Airlines, United Airlines|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||Aeromexico, American Airlines|
|Milwaukee, WI, USA||MKE||AirTran, Frontier Airlines|
|Minneapolis, MN, USA||MSP||Delta Airlines, Sun Country Airlines|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Aeromexico, Jet Blue|
|Pittsburgh, PA, USA||PIT||AirTran, Frontier Airlines|
|Salt Lake City, UT, USA||SLC||Frontier Airlines|
|San Antonio, TX, USA||SAT||Aeromexico, AirTran|
|San Francisco, CA, USA||SFO||Aeromexico, United Airlines|
|St. Louis, MO, USA||STL||Aeromexico, Frontier Airlines|
Canadians too will have few issues finding a flight to Cancun. From there travelers just have to head south to La Gloria.
This list shows airline companies that offer direct flights out of the Great White North.
|Calgary, Canada||YYC||Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines|
|Edmonton, Canada||YEG||Sunwing Airlines|
|Halifax, Canada||YHZ||Air Canada|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines|
|Quebec City, Canada||YBQ||Sunwing Airlines|
|Regina, Canada||YQR||Sunwing Airlines|
|Saskatoon, Canada||YXE||Sunwing Airlines|
|Sault Ste. Marie, Canada||YAM||Sunwing Airlines|
|Thunder Bay, Canada||YQT||Sunwing Airlines|
|Vancouver, Canada||YVR||Sunwing Airlines|
|Winnipeg, Canada||YWG||Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines|
With three cities having direct flights, Cancun is one of the easiest cities in the Caribbean to travel to from Europe. This helps make La Gloria a very realistic destination for European tourists.
If you're going to be flying across the Atlantic the following list is the one you need.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines|
Oddly, flying to Cancun from another Caribbean city is not as popular as one would think. Still, the process means just one or two connections before reaching Cancun.
Check below for air service from other airports in the Caribbean. Even if you can't take a flight directly from an airport near you, connecting through another regional airport may be your best option.
|Belize||BZE||Maya Island Air|
When you arrive at the airport in Cancun, your next step will be either to rent a car from one of the many agencies at the airport, or hop on a bus. If you prefer to take a cab you'll have to leave the airport, walk down the main road, and hail a taxi off the street. Taxis are not allowed to pick up passengers from the airport.
The most budget friendly option is to take the ADO bus. It costs about 106 pesos per person to get to Playa Del Carmen, which is about $8(USD). From the main bus terminal there at the corner of 5th Avenue and Juarez, you can switch buses than continue along the coast. ADO buses are known for their comfortable seating, air conditioning, and cleanliness.
It may take you an extra step to get to La Gloria, but you should still have a relatively easy time making arrangements. Even so, it is recommended that you begin planning and booking your air fare as soon as possible to score the best deals and ensure you get a flight at the time that works best for you.
The following table shows how to get a hold of an air charter firms serving this region.
|(998) 873-0501||Playa Del Carmen Airport - 1.3 mi. (2.0 km) South West of Playa del Carmen||Mexico|
|(998) 873-0501||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun||Mexico|
|(998) 873-0501||Cozumel International Airport - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Northeast of San Miguel||Cozumel|
|(998) 873-0501||Holbox Airport - Holbox||Holbox|
|(998) 873-0501||Isla Mujeres Airport - 1.2 mi. (2.0 km) North-Northwest of Isla Mujeres||Isla Mujeres|
|(998) 850-3084||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun||Mexico|
|(866) 420-9265||5.6 mi. (9.1 km) South West of Playa del Carmen||Mexico|
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