If you’re looking for a beach getaway without the crowds, Tulum is the perfect place. Located in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, this eco-friendly and laid back city has something to offer for every traveler. Spend your vacation relaxing at its white sandy beaches, exploring the ancient Mayan Ruins, or taking part in one of Mexico’s best cities for nightlife. Tulum has recently become a high-end destination, so expect nothing short of luxury when you travel here.
The city is sectioned into three zones. Tulum Pueblo, the city area full of restaurants, hotels, and shops, Zona Hotelera, where most luxury hotels on the beach are located, and the Tulum Ruins, where you can find ancient ruins dating back to the Mayans.
The most popular way of getting around in Tulum is either by biking or hailing a taxi. Most places are reachable by bike but may be a bit of a workout. Car rentals are offered, but not popular.
Tulum isn’t only known for its unplugged vacation vibes, but also for its year-round warm weather. If you want to enjoy the best weather, travel from October through December. If you want to stay away from the crowds, avoid traveling from January through March.
If you think you can get through your vacation with only a card, think again. Most bars and restaurants in Tulum are cash-only, but there are plenty of ATMs around if you do find yourself short on cash.
There is no better place to stay in Tulum than a boutique hotel. If you want to spend your vacation relaxing in luxury, settle in at one of these top-rated hotels.
This four-star eco-resort hotel, only 3.5 kilometers from the Tulum Ruins, offers a private beach area as well as a year-round outdoor pool.
This private, adults-only resort nestled in between the Caribbean Sea and Tulum jungle also offers a Mayan Wellness Centre. Spend the nights in your own private treehouse with no electricity. Oh, and clothing is also optional.
Enjoy the two swimming pools, three restaurants, cooking classes, and day spa this 50-acre private estate has to offer.
Offering easy access to the Caribbean Sea, guests can also enjoy one of three on-site restaurants, two swimming pools, and a bar.
If you are looking to get active on your vacation, this beachfront resort offers fitness and yoga classes and is the perfect setting for any retreat or reunion.
This eco-friendly hotel offers 900 meters of private beach, rustic-style cabins and cottages, and a beach bar and weekend parties.
While Tulum offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico, there is so much more that this city has to offer. Here are some popular activities to get the most out of your Tulum vacation.
Whether you want to take part in a retreat or just a class, Tulum is one of the top destinations for yoga in the world.
Tulum is home to ancient ruins that are open to visitors every day from 8 am to 5 pm. When there, join in a group tour or explore on your own.
The cenotes of Tulum are a must-see for any adventure-loving traveler. They are formed when limestone gradually erodes, and offer a stunning and unique place to swim. Some popular cenotes include the Gran Cenote, Cenote Calavera, and Dos Ojos Cenote.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
Discover the natural beauty of the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. The Sian Ka’an Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers personalized nature tours, as well as private tours, where you are able to see 96 different species including birds, flamingos, and monkeys.
When visiting Tulum, expect laid-back days and a bustling night. Tulum is known for having some of Mexico’s best nightlife, perfect for any type of night out.
Papaya Playa Beach Club
If you’re looking for a beach party with a DJ and reasonably priced drinks, head over to Papaya Playa Beach Club every Saturday. If you happen to be there on the Saturday before a full moon, enjoy their world-famous Full Moon Party.
Enjoy the drinks this mojito bar offers, from classic flavor to delicious concoctions, any mojito lover’s dream.
Enjoy the outdoor seating and jungle theme of this popular restaurant and bar. Indulge in a wide variety of cocktails and snack menu, and stay for the DJ at 10 pm on Fridays.
If you prefer a calm scene with expertly-made drinks, spend a night at this jungle-themed restaurant. While they are popular for their drinks, their food is equally as delectable.
Out of the many things that make Tulum great, their food is one of them. From authentic Mexican tacos to multiple vegan and vegetarian options, you won’t leave Tulum hungry.
Tulum is a great place to eat fresh seafood and this fish dish is extremely popular. If you enjoy fish or shrimp, you’ll love this dish.
Tacos al Pastor
Made with spit-grilled pork, this taco combines both Middle Eastern and Mexican spices.
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Written by Hannah Brody