Tulum Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 93%Family Travelers
- 93%Spiritual Seekers
- 87%Local Culture
- 85%Green Travelers
- 82%Adventure Travelers
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Tulum town itself is not much to write home about but its beaches are spectacular--I think they're the best in the Riviera Maya. Plus, the beachfront hotels are mostly bungalow/thatch-roof style--some super high end, others totally basic--but most have a bohemian, laid back vibe to them. Tulum also borders the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, an UNESCO World Heritage Sight encompassing 1.3 million acres of coastal and mangrove forests, wetlands, and pristine coral reefs. All that, about 90 minutes south of Cancun International Airport.Recommended for:
Tulum area is beautiful! Stay at boutique hotel/resort Ensencia. It is located away from the tourist area on a white sand beach on the Caribbean Sea. The service, food and attention to detail is great. If you want to get out, take a cab into the hotel district of Tulum to have dinner at Hartwood. The ambiance and food is amazing!!!!Recommended for:
- TulumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11
While the rowdy crowds pack into Cancun and Cabo for spring break, those who would like a quieter Mexican vacation head to Tulum. This small town along the Riviera has all of the same white sand beaches and sparkling blue water as its more popular brothers, but with a considerably more laid back vibe. Plus, for those interested in spicing up their break with a little local history, the city has easy access to some fascinating Mayan ruins.Recommended for:
- TulumMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesWellness+ 3
I didn't get to experience it like I wanted. It was a very cute, hippie, Eco-chic community. I do recommend Be Tulum. It's not fancy, but rustic. Also, quite pricey. check out Cocqui Cocqui. I hope to go again when it's not raining cats & dogs!Recommended for:
- TulumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 10
One of my favorite vacation spots. Great food, yoga, and relaxation on the beach. Off of the electrical grid, this place is powered by wind turbines and solar generators. This is the way Mexico was back in the day before the bottomless margaritas and all inclusive resorts.Recommended for:
Tulum is my ideal little beach town. It's far from Cancun's craziness, and it has an endless white-sand beach and a very chill atmosphere. Book a room at a small, beachfront hotel, eat fresh seafood along the beach road, walk along the beach, and fall asleep in a hammock. Don't forget to set your alarm one morning for a beautiful sunrise.Recommended for:
- TulumMember ofLocal CultureAdventure Travelers
Tulum gives you a sense of what it must have been like for the Spaniards when they first encountered the Maya in all their glory - very 'Apocalypto.' The palm fringed beach just on the other side of the ruins is almost as breathtaking.Recommended for:
Tulum's beach is stunning--probably the best on the whole Riviera Maya. Most of the beachfront hotels run on sustainable power (there's no electricity-grid connection), though a few run generators. I tend to think the beach places are overpriced, and they can be downright miserable if the weather turns bad. But the overall vibe in Tulum is still quite nice, and the main town is growing up OK.Recommended for:
- TulumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12
Whenever I get into a conversation about my favorite travel experiences, Tulum always comes up. I had the BEST time here. Everything from the food, sights, hospitality, prices and experiences was amazing! If you're into adventure, culture and/or nature travelling, this is the place to visit!
- TulumMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4
Tulum is a beautiful walled city dating back to the 12th century. It was occupied for over four hundred years. It is considered one of the most interesting and imporatant sites in the Mayan Riviera.
- TulumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsWellness+ 4
This is my favorite beach in Mexico. It's laid-back, casual and there are Mayan ruins right on the beach (the stunningly gorgeous white sand, clear water beach). Snorkeling in the nearby cenotes (clear water sinkholes with lots of fish and cool geological features) is a highlight, too. Everything is walking distance or a quick, cheap taxi or bus ride, so you don't even have to rent a car.
- TulumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5
Tulum was an important city for the ancient Mayans because of its strategic location near the sea for defense and trading. Today, Tulum is still a very important city for the present day Mexicans because of its cultural and archeological sites.
Tulum is an amazing resort city which is eco friendly in every way possible. The hotels are along the cost but run on electricity derived from natural resources. The hotels are hidden within the jungle and are small but some are very exclusive.
- TulumMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackers
If Cancun isn't your scene, Tulum is a good base for exploring the Maya Riviera. The town doesn't offer a whole lot to do, but has a surprisingly impressive collection of restaurants and cafes. There's also some pretty good bargains to be had here if you're bringing gifts back home (the further you go from the bus station, the better the deals get). The real reason to stay here is to have access to Tulum's coastal ruins and to swim through other-wordly, underground cenotes nearby - Cenote Dos Ojos is one of the best.
Tulum is a great place to relax,i recommend Ana y Jose as a cool beach club to do nothing :),the restaurant of Maya Tulum is amazing, multiple restaurants in the town are great like Charlie's who is an emblematic character of this town that has kept local genuinety despite pressure of close Cancun and Playa del Carmen more touristic.
Places to see, Isla Mujeres,Cozumel,the Sian Ka'an Ecotourism Biosphere Reserve, The Tulum ruins,the Coba Ruins, Chichen itza, Xel-Ha and Xcaret Natural Parks, and so on, more info? www.tulum.com will give you all the info you need on Tulum.
Tulum, in general, is a great place to visit, though I am not sure you would stay in the central town. However, any of the resorts along the beach are great for the family. The adults will enjoy the pristine nature of the beaches, the quiet, and the beautiful turquoise water. You can take the kids up the road to the Tulum ruins, some of the most interesting in Mayan history. Food is great, and nearly everyone speaks English. I also caught a 55lb king mackerel just off the coast. That's worth the price of the flight.
I have been all over the world and this is one of the spots that is simply postcard perfect. Fascinating to see the ruins and learn about the history but also to see it right up on the pristine beach. There were also lizards climbing everywhere!
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