Tulum is one of the most coveted destinations for its beaches, a place that retains its informal and relaxed air. A town with all the facilities and dreamy surroundings. Tulum is very Caribbean.

Tulum is a unique beach destination in Riviera Maya with small hotels throughout their spectacular beaches. It began to develop as a more backpacker travelers destination, different from the concept of Cancún and the coastal strip that surrounds Playa del Carmen, where the big all-inclusive hotels They are habitual.

Among this vortex Tulum was the idyllic place, dreamed by the traveler on the Mexican coast. I visited it for the first time in the 1994 year and I have hallucinated how the Mexican Caribbean has developed in these years.

Tulum Beach, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.


Despite this promising start of relaxation accessible to all budgets, the beaches of Tulum have ended up being one of the most expensive destinations in Riviera Maya, with hotels hanging the poster of echo, knowing that they have in favor the irresistible charm of Caribbean Sea. There are fewer and fewer public accesses to reach the beaches, a beach that had that spirit of belonging to everyone. In some stretches of beach you can camp and there are cheaper hostels, but reality has made it an expensive destination.

The more backpackers still find places to camp or share services near the sea, but the truth is that the cheapest places are in Tulum town.


Like the rest of the Riviera Maya towns, the town of Tulum is divided by federal highway 307 that runs parallel to the Caribbean coast. The town itself does not have much to travel, along the federal highway that crosses it are all the services that the visitor will require: restaurants, travel agencies, the bus terminal, car and bike rentals, bars, hotels, souvenir shops and handicrafts. Simple and easy for the traveler, with good corners with atmosphere of terraces in the street.

HOW TO GO FROM THE TOWN TO THE BEACH AREA: el town of Tulum is at 4 kilometers from the beaches, and before the unstoppable demand of visitors it has been developed in unison that the strip of sea. It is an option for many who want to enjoy this area of ​​Tulum without having to pay the exorbitant prices of the beach. You can go by bike on the bike path (rent them from 170 pesos a day), walk along the same bike path or take the bus that leaves the center of town to the beach.

It is evident that the restaurants Waterfront win much in charm, but in Tulum village there is surely better culinary offer than in the beach area. To level accommodation the economic range is also much larger, from rooms for rent, hostels and hotels with all services. Clubs to air the night, and the occasional party until dawn on the beach.

Tulum, Quintana Roo
Tulum, Quintana Roo


Tulum preserves the charm of the traveler who moves away from all-inclusive destinations with a plane + hotel package, travelers who like to arrive and discover destinations on their own, a traveler who surely gets to know the destination better. The surroundings of Tulum they are a magnificent opportunity to discover the best corners of the Caribbean area.


TULUM: the unmissable postcard of the Mexican Caribbean, just 3 kilometers from the town, you can go by public transport, walking or cycling. The archaeological zone of Tulum they are located about 3 km towards Playa del Carmen on federal highway 307 of Riviera Maya. Hours: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. Sundays are free for nationals and residents with official identification. For 220 pesos you can enter from 5 to 7:30 in the morning and visit it without the crowd. Entry price: 70 mxn. There is a cycle path to the roundabout. Parking lot: 100 pesos per car

COBÁ: one of the most important old cities and with the highest pyramid you can climb. The archaeological zone of Cobá It is 45 km from Tulum following Highway 109. Schedule: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. Sundays are free for nationals and residents with official identification. For 220 pesos you can enter from 5 to 7:30 in the morning and visit it. Entry price: 70 mxn. Parking lot: 40 pesos per car

MUYIL: a smaller area that surely fans of nature and the Mayan world like. The archaeological zone of Muyil It is located at 22 kilometers south of Tulum. Hours: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. Sundays are free for nationals and residents with official identification. Entry price: 70 mxn and 68 are paid from the entry to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve if you choose to do the interpretive trail. I think it is worth doing the path to the lagoon, it is one of the pluses of Muyi

CHICHÉN ITZÁ: from Tulum the road that leads to Cobá Valladolid, way to Chichén Itzá, the must-see of all the Wonder of the Modern World. The Chichen Itza archaeological zone It is at 2 hours by car from Tulum. Schedule: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. Sundays are free for nationals and residents with official identification. Entry price: foreigners 242 pesos and Mexicans 162 pesos.Parking lot: 50 mxn per car.


SIAN KA'AN BIOSPHERE RESERVE: the entrance arch to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve It is located about 15 kilometers from Tulum following the detour from the coastal highway to Boca Paila. Entry price: 65 mxn There is a bike path almost all the way to the entrance to Sian Ka'an.

BEACHES: In addition to the magnificent beaches of Tulum, you have the best beaches of the Mexican Caribbean very close: Tankah Cove, Soliman Bay, Akumal Bay y Xcacelito beach

LAGUNA KAAN L'UUM: It is located 7 kilometers south of Tulum towards Felipe Carrillo Puerto. From the entrance there is a scarce kilometer to the lagoon. The Kaan L'uum lagoon they open from 9 to 5 in the afternoon. Price per person 50 pesos. The divers 150 weights.


We made an article dedicated to The best 9 cenotes near TulumSurely you want to discover more than one of these wonderful treasures.


Tulum is an ideal place to rent a bicycle, a calm and inexpensive way to get to know the area. In the vicinity of Tulum we find beautiful places, this offers us several Bike routes from Tulum very interesting. The bike riders (bike lanes) have been built from Tulum, facilitating the mobility of the local and the tourist who likes to ride a bike. If you like this roll, you already have a destination.


Tulum It gives that Caribbean flavor that is more opaque in large populations such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen, here everything is smaller, more familiar and casual. Tulum is a great place to base a few days and discover the charms and attractions of the area. Evidently also you can hire excursions They take you to these places, with the convenience of passing through your hotel to look for you and you do not have to think about anything else, just enjoy yourself. I leave you the extensive and interesting tour offer of GET YOUR GUIDE, a company that sells online easily, safely and comfortably. They allow you to cancel for free until 24 hours before the tour.


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Tulum, towns

LOCATION: Tulum is located 63 km south of Playa del Carmen, to 131 from Cancún by federal highway 307
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?  Sale ADO and public transportation from Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and Cancun to Tulum

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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