What You Need to Know For Your Next Vacation to Tulum Mexico in 2021

Consider your next vacation to Tulum Mexico. A prime tourist destination for foreign travelers and digital nomads, Tulum is settled on a beautiful stretch of coastline in southern Mexico. Its immaculate white-sand beaches and turquoise waters offer visitors the perfect getaway to reset and feel rejuvenated. 

 

If you’re looking for the perfect beach vacation, look no further. Tulum has plenty of sights and sounds to entertain you for days. Keep reading for everything you need to know for your next vacation. 

Tulum shore

 Where is Tulum in Mexico?

Tulum is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula. It sits in the heart of the Riviera Maya on the Caribbean Sea and is divided into Tulum Pueblo and Tulum Beach. 

 

Both areas are within a three-kilometer distance. You can travel from one to the other by taxi, a bicycle ride, or combis (passenger vans that can seat up to 15 people). Local travel companies will also transport you between these areas.

Arriving to Cancún Airport and taking the bus to Tulum

What is the best way to get to Tulum?

The Cancun International Airport is the closest airport entryway into Tulum. It’s located 120 km (75 mi) from the airport and is approximately a 1.5-2 hour drive in a private car or taxi.  Keep in mind that travel time will depend on current traffic and weather conditions. 

 

If you don’t have a private vehicle, you can safely board an ADO bus from Cancun airport’s terminal 2. Each bus ticket costs around 300 pesos, or 15 USD.

The best way to get around Tulum is by bike

What is the weather like in Tulum?

Tulum’s prime location on the Caribbean Sea makes its climate tropical and hot year-round, perfect for warm weather travelers.

 

From May to October, the weather is quite warm and humid. Average high temperatures range from 91°F-85°F and low temperatures from 70°F to 67°F. From November to April it’s a relatively dry season with some rainfall and wind. You can expect average temperatures from 84°F during the day and 54°F at night.

 

The best time of year to visit Tulum is the post-hurricane season, between November and December. During this time, it isn’t very hot or humid, and you’ll enjoy the mild sea breeze.

Woman swimming in Tulum beach

What are the best things to do in Tulum?

Tulum is a paradise destination for beach lovers because there’s so much to do! Visiting the Mayan ruins and lounging on the white sand beaches are just some of the things that will help you create unforgettable experiences here.

Explore the Mayan and Cobá ruins

The Mayan and Cobá ruins are some of the best things in Tulum. They are the biggest cultural attraction and help transport visitors and history buffs to pre-colonial times.

 

The Mayan ruins are near Tulum Pueblo. Perched on top of a hill, visitors can enjoy the view of the Caribbean Sea expanding hundreds of kilometers. 

 

On the other hand, you can find Cobá nestled in the middle of the Yucatan jungle, about 48 km (30 mi) from Tulum. To get there, you will need to arrange transportation. Guided tours are available on both sites. The access fee to both sites is around 80 pesos (4 USD). 

The best time of day to visit Tulum ruins is early morning

Visit the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve

The Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve is one of Quintana Roo’s best ecotourism destinations. Mayan for “where the sky is born”, this natural wonder is the perfect place to feel one with nature.

Here, you can visit a virgin beach, enjoy the beauty of nature, or take an eco-friendly tour with Amigos de Sian Ka’an, an organization dedicated to environmental conservation and sustainable development. 

 

Expect a ~37 peso (2 USD) parking fee in addition to the cost of tours, activities, and food.

Si'an Kanan Biosphere Reserve

Visit the Xel-Ha eco-adventure park

The Xel-Ha eco-adventure park is about 20 minutes north of Tulum and is part of the Xcaret park family which includes Xcaret, Xplor, and Xenotes.

 

Visitors can swim or snorkel inside flooded caves and cenotes teeming with marine life, hike through the jungle, cross a floating bridge, among many other activities. You can consult park fees on the Xel-Ha park website

Xcaret ecoadventure park

Experience a temazcal ceremony

While no one knows what happened to the ancient Mayan civilization, their culture lives on. A popular practice is the temazcal ceremonies. Part sweat lodge and part ceremony, this ancient practice is supposed to provide many health and therapeutic benefits.

 

Participants bathe in an igloo-shaped hut made from volcanic rock, wood, or cement. Once inside, hot volcanic rocks are placed inside and water is poured over them. Herbs are added to the water. Temazcal ceremonies can take up to two hours and are performed by a spiritual leader called a temazcalero. Cenote Dos Palmas has great reviews for their temazcal ceremonies.

The use of copal for a temazcal is to cleanse and eliminate negative energies

Swim in a cenote

A trip to Tulum isn’t complete without a visit to a cenote. Cenotes are underground chambers or caves which permanently contain water. These sacred sinkholes were very important to the ancient Mayan peoples and played a significant role in their religious beliefs. 

 

Today, visitors from all over the world enjoy these natural beauties and bathe in their sacred waters. We recommend visiting Dos Ojos or Casa Cenote for an amazing experience.

Snorkelling in a cenote, Tulum

Indulge in the local cuisine

Once you’re in Tulum, it’s impossible not to indulge in the delicious food in sight. From trendy restaurants with a high price tag to local spots at the downtown mercado, there’s something for everyone. Check out our appetizing recommendations

 

If you’re craving a delicious breakfast, check out Taquería Honorio and Real Coconut. For the best brunch spots, we recommend Burrito Amor and Botanica Garden Café. You can expect a scrumptious lunch or dinner at La Zebra Restaurant & Bar and Chambao Tulum

food

Where are the best places to stay in Tulum Mexico?

Perhaps one of the most important decisions to make when planning your trip to Tulum Mexico is where you will stay. There are many factors to consider because you want to choose a location that is safe and in relative proximity to your points of interest.

Tulum Beach

In Tulum Beach, you will find clusters of hotels, restaurants, and shops that cater to tourists. There are three sections to choose from:

 

Along the north beach zone, visitors can see the Mayan ruins and stay closer to several gorgeous beaches and cenotes. This is the quietest area in Tulum with few restaurants, boutique hotels, and shops.

 

The middle beach zone is the heart of Tulum’s beach area. Upscale dining, high-end boutiques, and open-air nightclubs are a few of the things you will see here. Expect to see a hefty price tag on most of the services offered. 

 

The south beach zone is best for people traveling with kids. It’s located near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and hotels in the area are more eco-friendly, which is apparent in the bohemian and wellness vibe that characterizes this zone.

Tulum Pueblo at night
Tulum Pueblo man

Tulum Pueblo

The Pueblo district is Tulum’s downtown area and is a greaty place to stay in Tulum. It brims with lively restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Everything is within walking distance but you can also opt for an eco-friendly bike ride. You can expect live music, street performers, and a plethora of restaurant and bar options to choose from. 

 

The best thing about this area is that it’s completely surrounded by jungle, with lot’s of nature waiting to be explored. If you decide to stay in Tulum Pueblo you’re only a 5-25 minute bike ride away from several amazing cenotes.

Aldo's restaurant in Tulum Pueblo at night

Aldea Zama

Aldea Zama is a residential area in the heart of Tulum Mexico and is best known as an up and coming trendy neighborhood. You can find some luxury boutiques, restaurants, and bars. The location is perfect, allowing tourists access to Tulum Pueblo and the beach zone while remaining tranquil at night.

 

Casai’s luxury Getaways are all located in Aldea Zama. Come home to a beautifully furnished condo, villa, or penthouse after a fun-filled day exploring the best Tulum has to offer. 

 

Looking for a place to stay in one of the best neighborhoods in Tulum? Book a Casai.

Casai Villa K’in, Tulum
Villa K’in, Tulum, Mexico
Casai Báalam Jungle Flat, Tulum
Báalam Jungle Flat, Tulum, Mexico
Casai Alux Jungle Flat, Tulum
Alux Jungle Flat, Tulum, Mexico