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8 Unmissable Things to Do in Tulum, Mexico - Complete Guide & Tips
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For all of you that are looking for a complete guide that includes all the best things to do in Tulum (and some bonus underrated activities as well), the best hotels and restaurants plus TONS of useful info about how to get to the city and how to get around, you are in the right place. My Tulum guide below will cater to all your needs, that’s a promise!

I’m super excited to tell you everything I know about Tulum because I’ve been there on my most recent trip. I had a 1-month trip to Mexico, with 2 weeks spent in Playa del Carmen and 2 weeks in Tulum. And I can say that Tulum has my heart!

In fact, I’ve been to Tulum a few times before, in 2018 and 2016, and I have always looooved the vibe of Tulum – it’s a real tropical paradise! With the jungle so close to the beach and the insanely beautiful blue waters, incredible Mexican food and wild nightlife – what is not to love?

I’ll tell you.. the prices. The prices are not to love.

How expensive is Tulum? What to expect

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Since my first trip (and even my second), the prices in Tulum have become EXTORTIONATE. Like… I literally thought some people had gone insane with some of the prices they were attempting to charge. $40 for a 3-minute taxi ride. $3000 for a beachfront hotel – It was. literally. Insane.

Still! Tulum is beautiful, and there are ways of doing it on a budget, so this isn’t meant to deter you – it’s simply to warn you to be vigilant!

And if you want to talk numbers, the average price for one day spent in Tulum is around $80 per person and you can expect the cost of a Tulum vacation for an entire week for a couple to be around $1.200 if you’re a regular mid-range traveller.

TIP: If you’re on a tight budget but still want to visit Tulum, I’ve done my research and come up with this complete post on Free things to do in Tulum, Mexico that includes heaps of helpful tips on how to avoid the insane prices.

Okay, now let’s find out more about this unique destination and my personal selection of unmissable things to do in Tulum for first-time visitors!

Quick info about Tulum, Mexico

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Tulum was once a (rather boring) fishing village, now transformed into one of the hottest travel destinations in the world. So hot that even celebrities are choosing to visit Tulum to relax and take a dip into its turquoise waters! And with soft white beaches, tons of gorgeous cenotes (more about this below), boutique shops and incredible restaurants, it’s quite easy to understand why.

Tulum has a rich history as well. It was the last great, ancient Mayan city that was built between the 13th and 15th century. It’s a place where Mayan gods were adored – and the well-preserved Mayan ruins and their surrounding sites are standing proof of Tulum’s past and Maya civilization.

Combine that with striking natural wonders, spiritual centres and incredible resorts and you’ll end up with a wonderful place where both past and present collide. That’s Tulum in a nutshell!

And now a bit of technical info about how Tulum is structured. Tulum is divided into 3 (very) different areas and all of them are called ‘Tulum’, which can get a bit confusing at first, especially if you’re visiting the city for the very first time. Here they are, explained:

  1. Tulum Town aka Tulum Pueblo / El Centro – this is the place where locals live. It’s also a more affordable place where you can find Mexican restaurants, cafes and stores. This area is often called just Tulum.
  2. Tulum Beach aka Tulum Hotel Zone / Zona Hotelera – this is the touristic part of the city where all the resorts and beaches are located
  3. Tulum Ruins / Archaeological Zone – an attraction per se, this part of the city is located north of Downtown Tulum and the Hotel Zone

If things are still confusing for you, here’s a map of Tulum that I made in order to help picture it:

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Where is Tulum located?

Tulum is located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, in the state of Quintana Roo. It’s right in the centre of Riviera Maya in the Caribbean Sea. By car, you can reach Tulum in less than 2 hours from Cancun and 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen.

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For detailed information about how to get to Tulum, head over to my dedicated section here.

8 Top things to do in Tulum

If you’re up for an adventure, you’ll quickly find out that there are endless things to do in Tulum that will keep you busy for more than one whole week! But if you’re only on a short visit or it’s your first time setting foot on this wonderful Carribean destination, make sure you don’t miss any of the following activities in Tulum:

1 - Shop the boutique stalls

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It’s no secret that Tulum is a place full of awesome shops and boutique stalls selling anything from clothes to furniture, accessories and Mexican handcrafts. You’ll find shops both in Tulum Town and on the beach area, the latter being a bit more expensive. 

Speaking of prices… Although there are some amazing clothes, jewellery, bags, etc that can be bought in Tulum, be warned – they’re very pretty but very pricey. They practice Western prices here!

Some nice shops to check out in Tulum are Pura Vida Tulum, La Pulga Boutique, La Troupe and Wanderlust. For home decor, head over to Kaahal Home Tulum.

NOTE: Tulum is not the place to buy cheap souvenirs / local goods. They increase the prices by up to 50% just because they are on this part of the coast. If you’re looking to shop and buy some of those cute crochet Tulum cover-ups or beach-style dresses, I recommend heading over to Playa del Carmen – which is still a touristy area, but you’ll be paying significantly less! Cancun is also a good choice for cheap souvenirs, as well as Merida (although the latter is further away).

2 - Visit a Cenote (or 7)

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Cenotes are stunning, natural deep-water sinkholes. They’re like little blue holes of water carved in limestone and they look like an underground cave. Cenotes are typical to Mexico, they’re scattered all over the Yucatan Peninsula and are not to be missed! Luckily, some of the best ones are located in the proximity of Tulum and some of the activities that you can do there include swimming, diving, snorkelling or taking some incredible pictures.

Below are my favourites:

RELATED READ: This was just a brief introduction into the wonderful world of cenotes. For more information, I recommend reading my dedicated post: Best Cenotes to Visit in Tulum, Mexico

3 - Take a day trip to Chichen Itza

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Taking a day trip to the famous Chichen Itza is one of the best things to do in Tulum – well, actually a bit outside of it, but it’s still high up on my list!

Besides being the most visited ancient Mayan ruins site in the entirety of Mexico, it is also one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It only takes two hours by car to reach it from Tulum and it’s definitely a must-visit. Seriously, you can’t go to Mexico and simply ignore Chichen Itza!

I did this day trip myself during my first trip – we rented a car and made a whole day of it. Our first stop was Cenote Suy Tun (so stunning), then we went on to Chichen Itza. On our way back to Tulum, we stopped in Valladolid for lunch and to explore the town. Perfecto! 👌

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In case you don’t/can’t rent a car, there are also lots of organised tours available. Here are two of the best ones I could find departing from Tulum:

PRICE: Entrance to the ancient ruins is 533 MXN (around $26) per person.

RELATED READ: Instagrammable Tulum

4 - Beach day - obviously!

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I’d say it goes without saying that a day spent on one of the gorgeous beaches or clubs should be one of the top things to do in Tulum for everyone. In fact, it is said that Tulum has some of the best beaches in Mexico!

Although the beaches in Tulum are super popular, only a few of them are truly accessible to the public, the rest being taken over and “offered out” by resorts or beach clubs. In order to briefly explain it, there are three ways in which you can experience Tulum’s beaches:

  1. stay in one of Tulum’s resorts or beach hotels – The Hotel Zone is full of them and, although you can walk anywhere once you’re on a beach, technically beach access can only be found through them if you stay there or pay a small fee. These beachfront hotels are way more expensive than the ones downtown, but that seems to be the cost to be staying literally on the beach.
  2. visit one of the public beachesLas Palmas, Playa Paraiso and Playa Ruinas are the only three beaches to choose from with public access. However, once you’re on the beach, you can walk down the playa and set up camp at any spot – every beach is technically public and not owned by any hotel. Make sure you bring your own towel and some snacks, though. By the way, it is said that Playa Paraiso is one of the best ones in Tulum and it also has beach bars and clubs.
  3. visit one of the beach clubs – in case you found the public beaches to be too crowded or you don’t want to pay exorbitant prices for a beachfront hotel either, a middle solution would be to spend the day at one of the beach clubs. They typically have loungers, cocktails, good local food and everything else you might need for a perfect day on the beach.
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Here are some of the best beach clubs in Tulum that I really enjoyed:

  • Coco Tulum – we actually stayed here and it was super nice, with chill vibes. It’s not as expensive to get a sun lounger here as many of the other nice places along the beach.
  • Papaya Playa Project Beach Club – expensive but really nice
  • Cinco – Cute glamping place on the beach with a good and affordable restaurant. Cheap and really nice if you’re cool with a bean bag in the sun!
  • La Eufemia – cheap and cheerful

NOTE #1: Whenever you want to swim on a beach in Tulum, pay attention to the flags. Black means don’t swim, red flag means danger, yellow means caution and green means that it’s completely safe to swim. Also, pay even more attention if you’re going to a remote beach, as they don’t have flags at all.

NOTE #2: One thing most people don’t say about Tulum is that the coastline can sometimes get hit with a seaweed invasion. When this happens, the white sandy beaches are not that white and beautiful anymore, as you can imagine. This is a natural phenomena in Mexico and there’s nothing you can do about it – just pray that you won’t be that unlucky!

RELATED READ: Best Beaches and Beach Clubs in Tulum, Mexico

And since we’re talking about beaches, let me tell you about the next thing to do in Tulum!

5 - Explore the Tulum Mayan ruins

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Although these are definitely not the most impressive ruins in the Yucatan, a great advantage is that they’re situated on a hill right in Tulum, so they’re super easy to get to. These 13th-century ruins also offer an incredible view of the ocean and the beach – pretty cool! In fact, the Tulum Ruins (also known as Tulum Archaeological Zone) are very close to Playa Paraiso, only 700m away.

PRICE: 85 MXN (around $4.20) per person. Photography fee is 45 MXN ($2.20). If you’re going with a car, you must park in the shopping centre’s parking lot and the price is 30 MXN ($1.50).

TIP: Make sure you don’t leave your visit to the Tulum Ruins for lunchtime or the end of the day, as you’ll encounter lots of tourist buses and huge crowds. Try to visit early in the morning instead. The site opens at 8 AM, but I recommend arriving 1 hour earlier.

6 - Rent a bike!

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Make sure you rent a bike for the duration of your stay – taxis charge astronomical prices and it’s so, so easy to cycle everywhere in Tulum. Plus, it’s a fun activity per se!

Biking around Tulum and between the Beach Zone and El Centro is super easy (and it only takes 15 to 30 minutes) – it’s the thing that everyone does. Another great advantage is that some hotels offer free bikes and there are also dedicated large bike baths that you can use. In case your hotel doesn’t offer this service, you can rent a bike from iBike Tulum or Ola Bike Tulum.

PRICE: around 200 MXN per day ($10).

7 - Join a Temazcal ritual

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In case you’re looking for unique things to do in Tulum, here’s my recommendation: a Temazcal ritual. This is the thing to do if you want to get a glimpse of real Mayan / Mexican culture and traditions!

In short, a Temazcal ritual is a Mayan ceremony of purification during which you sit in a traditional, tiny sweat lodge made of stone or wood that looks like a huge pizza oven. It’s pretty similar to a sauna: you enter the sweat lodge (called ‘temazcal’), which is heated by hot rocks and water.

A local shaman pours water over the rocks while singing a chant and summoning spirits, and everything happens in complete darkness. During this time, you should enter a state of meditation and calmness. It is said that the Temazcal ritual is meant to clean your body and mind and it’s been performed since ancient times.

Even if you’re sceptical if this ritual is effective or not, you can approach it with an open mind. After all, it’s still an interesting thing to do and it makes a great story to tell back home!

Some accommodations even have their own temazcal on-site. Two hotels that do good rituals and that I can recommend are Nomade and Holistika.

NOTE: You must wear your swimwear (or underwear) for this ritual.

8 - Visit Tulum Pueblo (El Centro)

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You may remember that I explained above (right here) about how Tulum is structured into three different zones. Tulum Pueblo, also known as El Centro or Tulum Town is an attraction per se for all those that want to get away from the shiny, touristy, overpriced part of the city and get a glimpse of real, raw Mexican life. Which is why I think it’s one of the best things to do in Tulum, even though I left it as last on my list!

This is where you’ll find some authentic, more affordable shops and restaurants. You can visit Tulum Pueblo to take a walk, drink a cup of coffee or grab a bite of authentic Mexican food. Make sure you don’t miss the Main Ave, Calle Centauro Sur and their surrounding streets and search for their hidden gems.

BONUS: More things to do in Tulum if you have more time

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Above was my list of unmissable things to do in Tulum, especially if you’re a first-time visitor. Now, if you’re staying for more than 3-4 days or if it’s your second visit to this destination, it’s time to delve deeper. Here are some extra things to do in Tulum that you can add to your itinerary:

  • Coba Ruins – In case you’ve already been to Tulum’s ruins or if you found some outrageous crowds there, you can head over to Cobá Ruins, which is bigger and more impressive. Coba is located around 50km / 45 minutes away from Tulum. You can even bike through the surrounding jungle to reach it if you’re up for a bit of exercise – or you can take a bus or tour. This archaeological complex is right in the middle of the Yucatan jungle and you’ll be able to climb the 120 steep steps up to the tallest pyramid on-site, which is something you can’t do at other Mayan ruins.
  • Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve – This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of an incredible rainforest, canals and lots of wildlife. Its name literally translates to “where the sky is born” and it is one of the most important ecotourism destinations in Mexico! Some activities that you can do there include kayaking, taking an eco-friendly tour, seeing the sea turtles, dolphins and birds and more. The best way to visit it is through a tour; otherwise you’ll need a 4×4. I have found this half-day tour that I think is pretty great!
  • Visit one of the adventure / theme parks – Riviera Maya is scattered with plenty of great adventure parks for all those of you looking for a bit of outdoor fun such as ziplining, snorkelling or an ATV adventure. I think this is a great option if you’re looking for things to do in Tulum with a family! Some of the most well-known ones that I’m also recommending are: Xplor, Xcaret and Xel Ha. If you’re looking for a less touristy option, head over to Rio Secreto.
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  • Snorkelling day – If you’re a fan of the underwater world, you’ll be happy to find out that Tulum offers plenty of fun opportunities for this, as it’s located close to some impressive coral reefs! Some of the best places for snorkelling or even scuba diving are the cenotes (Gran Cenote or Cenote Azul, to name a couple). If you’re looking for a snorkelling tour during which you’ll get to swim with whale sharks, I recommend this one. And if you want a private tour, you can book this one.
  • Kitesurfing and other water sports – although some of the beaches in Tulum can get a bit windy, this makes for an amazing opportunity for water sports! Kitesurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking or windsurfing are some of the best things to do in Tulum for adventure-seekers!
  • Jungle Maya Native Park – if you’re looking for complete jungle adventures, this one includes a walk through the jungle, ziplining, a cenote, plus snorkelling in an underground river. You can buy your ticket here – admission + equipment included.
  • Mezcal tasting – mezcal is a typically Mexican alcoholic drink made from agave. It’s a must-try while in Tulum or Mexico in general! And you know what? Mezcal goes great with tacos – which is why I’m recommending this Mexican cooking class that takes place in a local home in Tulum and includes a mezcal tasting.
  • Check out the turtles  – This is definitely one of the best things to do in Tulum for nature lovers! You will be able to see the turtle nesting season from May to October. So if you’re lucky to be visiting during this period, make sure you don’t miss it after sunset!
  • Laguna de Kaan Luum – If you’re looking for some real hidden gems and one of the most underrated things to do in Tulum, you’re in for a treat. Laguna de Kaan Luum is only 9 km from Tulum and it’s basically a lagune with an immense cenote in the middle. You can take a swim or scuba dive there for 300 MXN ($15).
  • Yal-Ku Lagoon – Although not as secret as the lagoon above, Yal-Ku is also a great place for snorkelling or simply sitting in the sun. If you go down to deeper waters, you can even see turtles there!

RELATED READ: Free Things to Do in Tulum, Mexico

Top Tulum tours and organised excursions

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Tulum is a great destination where you can rent a bike or a car and easily create your own itinerary inside and around town. But in case you want to keep it simple, avoid too much organisation or just prefer organised tours in general, I have some excellent options for you below:

Where to stay in Tulum, Mexico

RELATED READ: Where to Stay in Tulum, Mexico – Downtown vs Hotel Zone

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Because Tulum is divided into two main areas: Zona Hotelera and Tulum Downtown / Centre, I will offer you recommendations for both of them. Just note that, just like for restaurants and shops, the hotels in the hotel zone are way more expensive than the ones downtown – and they’re usually all-inclusive resorts.


BIG SPLURGE. Hotel Ma’xanab Tulum – 5-star hotel with world-class service, located right on South Tulum Beach.

LITTLE SPLURGE. Coco Limited – Where I stayed! They have a great beach location, the hotel is super cute and it doesn’t break the bank (unlike other beachside hotels in Tulum!)

BUDGET. Selina Tulum – especially good if you’re a family on a budget. Ahau Tulum Hotel is also a good choice.

GLAMPING. Cinco – only 350m from Playa Paraiso

HOSTEL. Mayan Monkey Hostel – really affordable and it also has an outdoor swimming pool!


BIG SPLURGE. Hotel Bardo – 5-star hotel with suites. Each of them has a private pool and a balcony as well!

LITTLE SPLURGE. Azura Boutique Hotel – I stayed here (twice) and I could not recommend it enough! The location is right in the centre and everything feels super safe. You get an entire apartment which is clean, cosy and modern. They also have a rooftop dipping pool and the staff are all so lovely and kind!

BUDGET. Hotel Central Station – 3-star hotel with clean and nicely decorated rooms, an ATM, free Wi-Fi and more. They also have family rooms!

GLAMPING. Huaya Camp – luxury tents for a great price, with free private parking included

HOSTEL. Hostel Oryx – amazing hostel with a shared kitchen, dry cleaning service and an outdoor swimming pool as well!

Best restaurants in Tulum, Mexico

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Where to eat in Tulum
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Okay, if you’ve been reading some other blog posts of mine, you may already know: I love food. And Tulum, for me, was an absolutely foodie’s paradise! So many incredible dishes, so many cute places to go out, I just had to share all MY FAVOURITE Tulum restaurants with you!

NOTE: One thing to know right from the start: Tulum center is much, much cheaper than the hotel road. Miles cheaper.

BREAKFAST / BRUNCH: Del Cielo – This place has such a cute vibe and great food too! Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations and they are pretty popular, so oftentimes you’ll have to wait for a table. Don’t worry, they have a cosy, little waiting area, but be prepared for it.

LOCAL LUNCH: Taqueria La Chiapaneca – This is THE place to go and get cheap, delicious, local tacos. You’ll notice it’s always busy, so you know it’s good!

DOWNTOWN DINNER: Encanto Cantina – Ahh, the vibe, the decor, the food – such a cute spot for dinner. My favourite date night location in town for sure!

STREET FOOD: ATTENTION! This was the best burrito I ever ate in my LIFE! And I am not being paid to say this! Literally, I don’t even know the name of this amazing little burrito stall, but it pops up at this location nightly (6PM – 10PM) and I swear to you – it’s a game changer! Super affordable and insanely delicious. They use a recipe from the region of Chiwawa – so you’ll find no added rice or beans, and way more filling, along with a choice of insanely delicious sauces… Tell them Melissa says hi and thank me later!

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CHEAP EATS: Cinco was amazingly affordable for a beachside lunch!  

ULTIMATE DINNER VIBES: If you’re going all out for dinner, then you want to head to Rosa Negra! It was SUCH a vibe: think all the Tulum gimmicks – dancing on the tables, handing out sparklers, dancers – just such a good place to set the tone for the night! But it’s more than that, the menu was soooo good, each dish and drink was a work of A R T! I was obsessed with their Besugo Sashimi. Oh, and make sure you leave room for dessert!

Other places that I LOVE that you have to add to your list include: 

RELATED READ: Okay, I am such a lover of all the Mexican food I ate in Tulum that I can’t even contain it! This is why I wrote this dedicated post: Best Places to Eat in Tulum 

Best day trips from Tulum

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I know I mentioned some of these options above, but I’ll suggest them again in this complete list of things to do near Tulum:

  • Cenotes Casa Cenote, Cenote Cristal, Des Ojos, Gran Cenote, Cenote Escondido and more. For easy planning, you can book this Four-Cenote Adventure from Tulum
  • Chichen Itza – a must during your trip to Tulum or Mexico in general! Here’s a great private shuttle excursion from Tulum that includes Chichen Itza as well
  • Coba Ruins – some of the most beautiful Mayan ruins in Quintana Roo, really close to Tulum
  • Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reservehere’s a really good half-day tour
  • Muyil Archaeological site – Also known as Chunyaxché, this is one of the oldest archaeological sites where you can see traces of the Mayan civilization
  • Valladolid – actually, this beautiful colonial town is one of the most underrated day trips from Tulum! This tour is a great combo – Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour
  • Cancun – especially if you want to experience the famous nightlife and clubs here!

You can find more options for places to visit in Mexico in this section down below.

How to get to Tulum, Mexico

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Being such a popular travel destination, Tulum is easily accessible from different parts of Mexico. Here are your options:

BY PLANE. Tulum doesn’t currently have an airport, although the plan is for one to open in 2023 (and a train too). Right now, the closest one is Cancun International Airport, located 120 km / a bit less than 2 hours from Tulum. Once you arrive at Cancun Airport, you can easily find an ADO bus (much cheaper) to take you to the Tulum Centre or Hotel Zone for around 300 MXN / $15.

BY RENTAL CAR. In case you’re planning a longer trip around Mexico, the best idea would be to rent a car. You can pick up your rented car right at Cancun Airport and then head over to Tulum Town, which is around 90 minutes away. One note here: the traffic along the famous beach road in Tulum can be insane at times, especially during high season. Make sure you’re paying lots of attention on the road and don’t drive too fast!

BY TAXI. A local taxi is also an alternative, although I’m not very eager to recommend it, as the prices can be a crazy high. If this is your only option, make sure you negotiate the price before taking the ride.

BY BUS. Although not the fastest, this is definitely the cheapest way to reach Tulum. You can take a bus to Tulum from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. I, once again, recommend the local ADO buses, as they’re the cheapest.

My best Tulum travel tips

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Of course, I couldn’t let you go without telling you my most precious travel tips for Tulum, right? Here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  • The best time to visit Tulum is from February to April, but make sure you avoid their spring break. Most articles on the web mention November to January as being the best period to go to Tulum – which is true, and this is exactly what everyone else does. This is why I recommend avoiding these months, as everything is jam-packed with tourists. Also, avoid late August to early November – that’s hurricane season.
  • How long to stay in Tulum– if you’re planning a more complex trip around Mexico, 2-3 days will be just enough for Tulum. If Tulum is your base city, you can stay more than 1 week, even 10 days if you want to explore everything, including the surrounding area. I stayed for 2 weeks and I never got bored!
  • You shouldn’t expect lightning-fast internet during your trip to Tulum, as the Wi-Fi is kind of slow everywhere. Oh well, more time to admire everything around you!
  • I’ve mentioned the ‘seaweed problem’ before, but I’ll say it again: the beach in Tulum can sometimes get ‘invaded’ by seaweed. Locals and resorts are always striving to keep the beaches clean, but sometimes it doesn’t succeed. In short, it only depends on your luck.
  • Talking of beaches – even though Tulum is a famous beach destination, there are only a couple of free public beaches there. In order to access the rest of them you will need to stay in a hotel/resort or pay the entrance to a beach club.
  • Last but not least, I’ll try not to start another endless rant: compared to other parts of Mexico, Tulum can be insanely pricey! You can find my opinion on the subject and how expensive exactly Tulum can be (in numbers) in the beginning of the article.

Or you can save yourself some pennies by reading my dedicated post on the subject: Free things to do in Tulum

Other places in Mexico to add to your itinerary

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In case you’re planning a real adventure in Mexico, here are some other AMAZING places on the Yucatan Peninsula to add to your bucket list:

  • Isla Mujeres – a gorgeous, laid-back island and the perfect choice if you’re looking for an island paradise. 
  • Holbox – another beautiful island, close to Cancun. You can easily get there with a boat ride and I definitely recommend it for ultra-relaxed vacations.
  • Playa Del Carmen – this is not just a beach, but an entire city! I’ve stayed for 2 weeks here as well – here are all my posts about this destination!
  • Akumal – this town’s name literally translates to ‘Place of the Turtle’ and, you guessed it, you can snorkel with turtles here!
  • Cozumel – Cozumel is right opposite Playa del Carmen and it’s another great beach destination with turquoise waters and perfectly white sand beaches. It’s also super close to the second-largest coral reef in the world, so this means plenty of snorkelling and diving opportunities!
  • Bacalar – I actually reeeally loved it here and I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something that’s off the beaten path. It’s basically a huge blue lagoon that even has a shipwreck!

Aaaand here is the ultimate Tulum travel guide, aka one of the most popular destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico’s Riviera Maya!

If you’re planning on visiting Tulum soon, I’m absolutely convinced that this guide will come in handy, as I tried to include everything I learned when I visited Tulum myself recently! You’ll find the best things to do in Tulum here – from famous archaeological sites and Mayan ruins to the beaches, natural wonders, snorkelling and scuba diving, cenotes and more, plus lots of useful info about restaurants, hotels and everything in-between. 

If you need more information that will help you plan your itinerary around Mexico, click here to find all my stories and articles about this vibrant country. And here you’ll find all the other blog posts about Tulum.



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