Help Christell Berger with their trip plan: Going to Tulum
Considering a trip but looking for advice on safety, can you venture out of the tourist area solo, any challenging logistics?
From the trip, Going to Tulum
Tulum--and in fact, the Riviera Maya--is a safe place by any standard. I've travelled by myself there several times over the course of 15 years, and the only 'criminal' thing that has happened to me is being scammed at a gas station (which, 7 years later, still pisses me off). That said, in my opinion, Tulum is like any small city/beach town in the world--be aware of your surroundings, especially if you're on your own, try to avoid walking on dark, lonely looking streets, and think twice about hitchhiking (or avoid it altogether--there are so many cheap public transportation options). I've also walked huge sections of the beach by myself and have never had any trouble. (I've never done it at night though, which is something I avoid like a dark lonely street). The main issue in Tulum, logistically, is if you stay in town, it's a long way to beach so you've got to travel by bus, bike, or cab to get there. (Or visa versa, if you stay on the beach but want to go to town). Not a major issue but figured I'd bring it up! Happy and safe travels....
I was in Tulum and felt very safe... there were security checkpoints at several points from Tulum to Playa del Carmen with security guards holding guns; however, I never felt threatened by surrounding violence. I did stick to more tourist-friendly areas when exploring the ceynotes, driving from Tulum to Playa del Carmen and taking a day trip to Cozumel.
Most of the bombings happen in the busy nightclub areas. Stay away from those (or at least the really popular ones) and you'll be fine. Buses run everywhere so logistics are not a problem, just get your tickets the day before to avoid any surprises.
You're *totally* fine. I've traveled solo down there a lot. The only place anywhere remotely near Tulum that I've felt is a little sketchy is down near Xcalak--not personal danger, just weird, isolated people and drug-running rumors. In Tulum, I actually find the backpacker/hostel scene a little dubious and keep an eye on my belongings a bit more carefully.
Travel logistics within Tulum are mildly tricky because of the distance between the beach and the town--it's a good idea to rent a bike (Iguana Bikes, in town, is good). I've seen (and picked up) some hitchhikers for that short ride, and it seems safe. There's easy transport up and down Hwy-307, via minivans you can flag down anywhere on the road. (There are regular buses as well.) Hope that helps!