Tulum is a town on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It’s known for its beaches and well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city. Tulum is divided into two areas: the town and the beach, which I like to call the resort area. They are super close to each over, about 3 miles apart. The resort area is one main long road that has all the fancy hotels, cute restaurants, and shops. This area is more expensive to stay and to eat but definitely where I recommend staying if you can. The town is off the beach, more budget-friendly, with more of a local Mexican authenticity.
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to Tulum, you have to first fly to Cancun. From there you can either reserve a shuttle to take you to Tulum or rent a car. I rented a car when I went because we wanted the freedom to be able to take our car out at our own leisure. If you don’t have a car you would have to take taxis everywhere, which can add up so I recommend renting a car to save money.
WHERE TO STAY
There are two main areas in Tulum, the town and the beach resort area. I’ve stay in both areas, and out of the two I recommend staying in the resort area. When I stayed in the town, I’d drive into that area everyday so it would have been easier to have just stayed there and walked around or ride bikes.
However, if you’re on a tight budget then staying in the town is definitely cheaper and still a great option!
Here are some places I recommend:
Something cool about Tulum is that it’s relatively a small town and there are certain nights that a venue is THE night to go. Here’s a list of some fun places to go and when to go.
Cenotes: A cenote is a natural body of water from the collapse of limestone bedrock. I recommend getting there early when they open to avoid crowds of people. Each one has a small fee to enter.
If you want to go on a tour, I highly recommend going with Cocoa Tours !! We had Arturo as our tour guide and he took us to the most beautiful cenotes that we would never be able to go to ourselves because they are private ones.
If you want to go on your own here are some of the best public cenotes:
Cenote Dos Ojos
Laguna Kaan Luum
Tulum ruins - (Zona Arqueologica de Tulum) the Mayan ruins. This is really cool to see and is great if you are looking for something outdoor like hiking.
WHAT TO PACK
bug spray (the mosquitos are BAD!)
cash and pesos (most places take USD but it’s also nice to have pesos just in case)
light weight, airy clothing, Tulum is very hot and humid.
Tulum is extremely safe, but like any destination, don’t leave your belongings unattended. If you rent a car do not leave things out in the open. Take valuables with you and store everything else in the trunk. You are fine to walk around at night, just use your street smarts and be aware of your surroundings. Be cautious when using your credit cards as well, make sure the card never leaves your eye sight. (We had a bad experience at a gas station with the worker switching our credit car with an expired one.) We caught it an hour later but still save yourself the trouble and be aware of that.