Tulum


Tulum

612577Tulum’s spectacular coastline – with all its confectioner-sugar sands, jade-green water and balmy breezes – makes it one of the top beaches in Mexico. Where else can you get all that and a dramatically situated Maya ruin? There’s also excellent cave and cavern diving, fun cenotes, and a variety of lodgings and restaurants to fit every budget.

Some may be put off by the fact that the town center, where the really cheap eats and sleeps are found, sits right on the highway, making the main drag feel more like a truck stop than a tropical paradise. But rest assured that if Tulum Pueblo isn't to your liking, you can always head to the coast and find that tranquil beachside bungalow.

Exploring Tulum's surrounding areas pays big rewards: there's the massive Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka’an, the secluded fishing village of Punta Allen and the ruins of Cobá.

Tulum can be separated into 3 areas:

Tulum Ruins The Tulum Ruins will be found on the main highway as you head south to Tulum.

The can be accessed by walking, bicycle or taking a taxi. Once you arrive to the ruins, the entrance fee is minimal, about 5USD per person. You can explore the ruins on your own, hire a certified guide, and head down to the beach below to cool off.

If accessing the ruins from the main road, they do have a flea market area for souvenirs and snacks.

Tulum town

Tulum town is a little further down the same road and is slowly developing. According to the 2010 census, the population in Tulum was just under 20,000 inhabitants.

The town itself is about 3 miles from the beach.

Here you can find a selection of small hotels, restaurants, and shops. Like any town, there will be banks, pharmacies and other useful things like car rental, a medical clinic, and convenience stores.

The Tulum beach strip is a small road that runs the length of the beach and leads you to the arch, which is the access to the Sian Ka’an biosphere. You can find accommodation on both the beach side and across the road. This area has a very relaxed, bohemian feel to it. Almost everything is accessible on foot in the main area, Tulum beach and bicycles are available for rent.

Accommodation will range from camp sites to budget and luxury cabanas.

The beach is public the whole way along and you can find many options where you can dine or enjoy a drink with the sand between your toes.

How to get to Tulum…
As you head down the main highway, you will see the sign for Tulum Ruins on your left. Keep going about 3 more minutes and you will find a major intersection with stop lights (and a 7/11). Turn left and head down to the bottom. Once at the bottom you’ll hit a fork in the road, but you can find beach clubs on either side. From Cancun to Tulum it is only 1.5 hours, 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen, and 20 minutes from Akumal. What are you waiting for?

COME AND FALL IN LOVE WITH TULUM

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If there’s one theme running through the hotels of Tulum, it’s their commitment to eco-friendly practices. Several places don’t use air conditioning, bath amenities are all organic so as not to harm the environment, and everything is as local as humanly possible. The places to stay in Tulum range from the no-frills Zamas hotel and the cozy Papaya Playa Project to Casa Malca, from a design-world heavy hitter. And Tulum’s healthy ethos extends throughout the accommodations as well—almost every single hotel offers daily yoga classes and fresh, rejuvenating juices.

Framed by the Caribbean's azure waters, the Yucatán's tropical jungle and impressive and imposing Mayan ruins, this low-key beach town has long been a back-to-basics destination for locals and foreigners, alike. Nowadays, though its cenotes, soft sands and world-renowned dive sites still have plenty to offer and its barefoot, yogini atmosphere still reigns, Tulum is known more as a escape-from-reality spot for the creative cognoscenti, Holbox with its trendy farm-to-table restaurants, indie designer boutiques and – naturally – artsy and intimate boutique hotels.

Beach Front Hotels in Tulum
We offers an extensive list of options , oceanfront hotels, from rustic economic cabins , moderately priced hotels to luxurious boutique hotels with modern amenities in an environment surrounded by nature , tranquility , white sand beaches and turquoise sea. We also offer beach studios with kitchenette .

Downtown Hotels in Tulum Downtown Hotels in Tulum
We offers the best options for cheap hotels in downtown Tulum, well located and recommended close to the main strip where all the restaurants, shops, bars, banks and the bus station and only 10 minutes from the Tulum beach. Also in downtown we offer 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for rent with pool, gardens .

Boutique Hotels
For travelers wanting to steer clear of Mexico's all-inclusive resort scene, Boutique Hotels Tulum is undoubtedly the place to be. The sleepy, boho-chic beach town is famous for its delicious food, eco-consciousness, and offbeat, beachfront boutique hotels. The small resorts that we love the most have fewer than 50 rooms -- many fewer than 20 rooms -- and epitomize the artsy, laid-back vibe that makes Tulum one of Mexico's top travel destinations. We have the best intimate hideaways boutique hotels in Tulum.



TULUM HOTELS

612577 Activities & Things to Do
Tulum, a breathtaking stretch of sand along Mexico’s eastern coast, has a reputation as the ultimate place for an unplugged beach vacation for a good reason. In contrast to the mega-resorts of neighboring Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the places to stay in Tulum are all eco-friendly and laid-back. You'll spend your days here eating fresh fish tacos, doing yoga overlooking the water, and reading in a palapa on the beach.

The main draw is Tulum's gorgeous beach, one of the best in Mexico, plus the casual vibe of downtown—these two distinct areas, about a 20-minute drive apart, are where you'll spend all your time. And unlike other beach getaways in Mexico, Tulum has several things to see, from historic ruins and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to world-class shops and restaurants.

The fascinating island of Holbox Tulum’s most well-known attraction is its ruins, and there are plenty of them in the surrounding areas, from the Tulum Ruins (located right at the north end of Tulum Beach) to the awesome Coba. But most visitors are really coming here to do absolutely nothing but read on a beach (Tulum’s is gorgeous, but the adventurous should head slightly north to the even more stunning Xpu-Ha). And no trip here would be complete without a visit to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or a few soul-cleansing yoga classes.

Tulum Ruins Tulum Ruins
The ruins of the 11th-century walled city are a popular attraction for visitors staying in Cancun and Riviera Maya, so come early to beat the crowds. You can get a guided tour while you’re there, which is well worth it for context and better understanding of the Mayan culture. Many visitors like to end the tour by spending the rest of the afternoon on the gorgeous public beach by the ruins. Facilities are sparse, but there is a small changing room. The 15 pyramids are illuminated in shades of red, blue, and amber for 45-minute nighttime tours. The "Visitas Nocturnas" experience includes an audiovisual introduction to the Mayan site, followed by a guided walk through part of the largest structure, El Castillo, whose labyrinthine passages lead 150 feet down to the Caribbean.

Tulum Beach Tulum Beach
This beach, which runs the length of the Tulum, is open to the public. It’s absolutely gorgeous here—after all, it is the area’s main attraction. Tulum’s famous Mayan ruins are located on the northern end of the beach, and many will spend a morning at the ruins and the afternoon on the beach. Further south, you’ll find hotels located along the beach, but even if you’re not staying at one of them (the best include Papaya Playa, La Nomade, and Casa Malca), most of them have cabanas that you can use for a minimum fee. It’s easy to spend the day here, whether you’re lounging in the sand or hopping around the hotel bars.

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
This massive natural reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site—the area has been home to a Mayan community since 600 B.C.—and it’s absolutely stunning. The best way to see it is with a half-day tour from Visit Sian Ka’an, which includes a guided visit to several Mayan archaeological sites (which are still undergoing restoration), a look at the trees and species that are endemic in this area, and a boat ride through the lagoon. Within the lagoon, you’ll get to float along the tributary in an absolutely ingenious “Mayan diaper”—a life jacket worn as shorts—and take in the natural wonder from the water. And if you’re lucky, you might even get the chance to walk into a Mayan ruin with a guide. The tour ends with a homemade lunch, either tender chicken or fish marinated in achiote, served with rice, beans, and fresh corn tortillas, all washed down with hibiscus juice—far better than the typical box lunch that most tours provide.

Xpu-Ha Beach Xpu-Ha Beach
Xpu-Ha, one of Mexico’s most stunning beaches, is worth leaving Tulum for. The water here is impossibly blue and always warm and swimmable, and the sand is powder-fine. Hotel Esencia is located on this beach, but it’s also open to the public (you’ll find an entrance on the southern end). You could easily spend a whole day here. If you’re up for it, wander over to the abandoned hotel, Xpu-Ha Palace. There’s a mangrove-lined cenote hidden within, but beware—this is not for amateur swimmers.

Tulum Art Club
This one-of-a-kind space opened in downtown Tulum in early 2016 and is dedicated Tulum Art Club to arts and culture. There's a café with seating in the front, and the gallery is behind it, with art for sale on the walls and on sliding dividers. Most of the art (paintings, sketches, photographs, graphic art) is from an artists’ residency program the owners have been running on the beach for six years, with a mix of international and local artists. There's also a lofted workspace that can be rented out. The Tulum Art Club hosts weekly rotating events: drink and draws (exactly what it sounds like) on Tuesday; movie screenings on Wednesday; and live music, lectures, and other events on Thursday and on weekends.

Gran Cenote
This tiny island located less than 15 minutes by boat from Holbox Gran Cenote Tulum is full of cenotes—natural pools where you can go swimming, often with caves. The Gran Cenote is one of the most well-known, because it’s great for families and well-equipped to handle visitors. You’ll find it off the side of the road near downtown Tulum (the entrance fee is 150 pesos or $10 USD). For an additional price, you can rent snorkel gear, life vests, and lockers. Visitors are required to shower before they enter, to keep the water clean of pollutants like sunscreen and bug spray. (Look out for a turtle area near the equipment rental that little ones will love.) The cenote itself is a series of caves connected by waterways, so you can swim from one end to another. And there are buoys to hold onto for less confident swimmers. Stay quiet in the caves to spot the bats, which sometimes fly overhead. The water is crystal clear, and you can see fish without having your head underwater. There are certain parts that are shallow enough to walk on, but beware of rocks, which are sharp in some places and moss-covered and slippery in others. Given its popularity, the cenote can get crowded (this is not a great place for diving), but it thins out on rainy days—this is an ideal activity for an overcast day.

Coba Coba
This is a sweet water cenote, surrounded by salt water, often called "the fountain of youth." Once the most powerful Mayan city-state in the northeastern Yucatán, this 26-square-mile site, crisscrossed by raised limestone roads is called sacbéob and is home to three pyramids—it remains relatively untouched by excavators’ hammers and tourist traffic. A highlight is Nohuch Mul, the Yucatán’s tallest pyramid; the distinctive architecture bears more of a resemblance to Guatemala’s Tikal than to neighboring ruins. Paths large and small make exploring easy. Plan your ascent of Nohuch Mul early or late in the day to avoid crowds and heat.
612577 Dining Experience
Tulum is one of those rare Caribbean destinations that actually has a developed culinary scene. The most famous restaurant is Hartwood, which perennially has a line stretching out the door—even after it finally started taking reservations for its popular tables. And it’s packed every night, even in the low season, for good reason. The food, mostly cooked in a brick-oven grill, is prepared to perfection—tender meats, roasted vegetables, and addictive sauces. On the other end of the spectrum, downtown Tulum is full of budget-friendly, casual places to eat. Stop by Taqueria Honorio for the area’s best cochinita pibil, or El Camello Jr. for ultra-fresh ceviche.

Shopping Shopping
It can feel like the entirety of New York’s fashion crowd decamps for Tulum at some point in the winter. So unsurprisingly, local boutiques (and their expat owners) have risen to the challenge of supplying unexpected and stylish buys. The shops in Tulum celebrate the local—most are stocked with only Mexican or Latin American designers. And you’ll find incredible buys here, from designer shoes (Katie James, a Tulum native, makes gorgeous leather sandals) to beachy cover-ups (pick them up at Caravana Montaecristo) or traditional crafts (at Mixik, with locations both on the beach road and downtown). And the shops here are open late—many until 10 p.m.—so you could easily pop in for some late-night retail therapy after dinner.

Night Nightlife Experience
Since this is Mexico, you’ll find margaritas at every turn. But Tulum’s cocktail scene is well-developed (and well-priced), so venture beyond the typical lime-and-tequila concoction and order the expertly made cocktails at Casa Jaguar and Gitano. Mezcal is another favorite here—you’ll see it on every cocktail menu, as is Mexican gin, which is growing in popularity. And if you’re in downtown, don’t miss Batey, which specializes in mojitos made with local fruit and sugarcane that’s pressed right in front of you. The nightlife scene gets rowdy during the holidays—perhaps the most renowned is the full-moon party at the Papaya Playa Beach Club.

Beautiful Tulum How to get there?
It may be easiest to rent a car after landing at the airport in Cancun, not to mention the benefit of a breezy 90-minute coastal highway drive. If you’re on a budget, take a bus to Playa del Carmen and transfer to a second bus to Tulum for under $20 total.

How many days to spend in Tulum?
Day trips from Cancun are not advisable—there is simply too much to see and do. Give yourself at least three nights to explore.
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