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With its idyllic location along the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is a popular holiday destination in Mexico. Ancient Mayan sites rub shoulders with sun-soaked beaches at this beautiful resort city.

At the Tulum Archeological Site (Tulum Archaeological Zone), you can gain deep insights into the ancient Mayan civilisation. The step-pyramid shaped El Castillo and the intricately carved Templo de las Pinturas are part of this archaeological complex. You can even go swimming at the white-sand beach located here. During your Tulum holiday, spare some time to visit the Parque Nacional Tulum too. It has ruins of Mayan temples, trails and picturesque sea views.

There are a plethora of beautiful beaches to choose from in Tulum. Head over to the aptly named Paradise Beach, which has rocky cliffs, palm trees and soft sands that offer excellent photo opportunities. You can spend time at the beachside restaurants or even embark on boating trips from here. Playa Ruínas is ideal for enjoying scenic views and spotting local wildlife like iguanas. At Playa Las Palmas, you can sunbathe or picnic on the sandy shores washed by gentle waves.

When you visit Tulum, you’ll find plenty of cenotes to go swimming and diving in. Cenote Calavera is popular with divers due to its underwater caves while Gran Cenote offers clear waters for swimming and a cave where you can see bats hanging upside down. Take a trip to the UNESCO-listed Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to enjoy kayaking and observing the resident manatees.


From $10 per night

Next weekend

From $37 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency USD
Language Spanish
Average weekend price $15 per night
Average weekday price $17 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Beautiful place with lots to do but be warned, this is NOT a...

May 23, 2023

Beautiful place with lots to do but be warned, this is NOT a cheap vacation. Avoid the taxis at all costs as they charge obscene rates, opt for the local collectivos or bike rentals instead. Food and drink prices at most spots were about on par with Vancouver, Canada ($16 CAD for cocktails and $20+ CAD for mains). Recommended spots: La Hoja Verde - great value, fantastic food, wonderful staff Bonita bar - good cocktails, friendly staff, amazing live music Encanto - brilliant mezcalita, lovely staff and beautiful backyard patio PERRO NO COME PERRO - street tacos and more that will blow.your.damn.mind. Such good value too! The Better Donut - delicious donuts, amazing milkshakes! Cenote Encantado Nuan - large open cenote with diving/bathing deck, good value at $100 MXN entry

Christina Canada

The town itself is not particularly special, but there is a...

May 10, 2023

The town itself is not particularly special, but there is a quite spectacular archaeological park which is worth visiting. I guess I would still opt for Tulum against the madness of places like Cancun and Playa del Carmen, but quite frankly there isn't much choice in the area as all the sea side is taken up by large resorts and hotels. We went to Yucatan mainly to visit Chitzen Itza which was well worth the visit, but the region lacks the authenticity of other areas in Mexico; that is also true about the local cuisine. The local nature is nice but the nearby cenotes are swarmed by tourists. You better off picking a random one away from the urban centres that will make it worth it.

Dimitris Kontodimopoulos
Dimitris Kontodimopoulos United Kingdom

Great place I’m American but have lived in Cancun since 1998.

May 10, 2023

Great place I’m American but have lived in Cancun since 1998. I own property in Tulum and have stayed at several resorts. This ranks at the top. Great staff, great food, great happy hour, reasonably priced. I’ll be back for sure. Mateo’s grill is a couple hundred feet and has great food and IPA’s that n tsp, lots of beautiful cenotes. Gyrations time

Raymond Mexico

Tulum is effectively a beach town under construction.

May 6, 2023

Tulum is effectively a beach town under construction. The beach hotel zone is one long tourist trap - high prices, low quality food and drink. Would recommend downtown instead. Expect to spend $50USD daily on taxis.

Oreoluwa United Kingdom

Tulum was a pleasant surprise.

April 21, 2023

Tulum was a pleasant surprise. There is a lot happening in the area by way of development that is drawing more visitors, yet it still manages to hold onto its "cute beach town" vibe. What I really liked was how there are three areas that offer different experiences, and they are all easy to get to, depending on you mode of transportation. There is Tulum Centro (downtown), the areas/neighborhoods around Tulum Centro, and the beach. We experienced all three by way of scooter, which was a lot of fun and perhaps preferable to a car. I also liked how everything felt lush and jungle-like, that I could basically wear my swimsuit, cover-up, and sandals just about anywhere, and experiencing the near-perfect weather when we visited there in the spring. Visit the cenotes and take the plunge! There are so many, and each one has its own unique characteristics. We booked a tour to Chichen Itze and a tour bus picked us up from a central location in town. If you don't want to travel that far but still want to see ruins, there are two options for local ruins in Tulum: 1) El Castillo in the Zona Arqueologica de Tulum (just north of the Hotel Zone along the beach and 2) Coba Ruins, just north of Tulum Centro. Campanella Cremerie is the best little local cafe with excellent coffee, gelato, and food on a cute little corner in Aldea Zama. We rented scooters from Good Bikes Only in Aldea Zama, and Yenci was the perfect resource for all the questions we had about things to do and connected us directly to those experiences. She was an invaluable resource.

Jodi S
Jodi S United States of America

Tulum beach is beautiful and generally pretty clean apart...

April 21, 2023

Tulum beach is beautiful and generally pretty clean apart from the undeveloped plots along the beach front where there is a little bit of rubbish and seaweed. Coming from London, we found Tulum beach to be very expensive and particularly in the evenings that many of the restaurants and bars were quiet. Maybe due to the season (April) but feels like most people stay in town (cheaper) and travel to the beach for the day. We would recommend Holbox over Tulum for anyone who wants a beach break.

Ewan United Kingdom

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