A pre-Columbian Mayan city in Mexico, Tulum boasts a spectacular coastline with beautiful beaches. Once an ancient fortress city, Tulum still retains many of its archaeological sites, including the ruins of a cliff-top Castillo.
From here, you can enjoy the stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and explore the mangroves and cenotes (natural swimming holes) of the nearby Tulum National Park.
Tulum enjoys a tropical climate and an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day. Temperatures range from the high-20s to mid-30s all year. May and June are the hottest and wettest on average with January the coldest. Bear in mind ‘cold’ in Tulum means temperatures still reaching 25℃.
The Tulum Wall is worth a visit to discover what makes Tulum one of the most well-known Mayan sites.The Tulum Ruins offer guided tours along the cliffside and a chance to zip line through the jungle.
A short trip away is Coba. The ruins in the jungle could easily be a highlight of your holiday and can give you the chance to climb a 40+ metre pyramid.
Be sure to check out all the cenotes in Tulum, too. The natural sinkholes have fresh, cool and clear water that are rumoured to have healing powers.
Tulum is famous for its beaches and some of the best to check out are:
• Playa Paraiso (Paradise Beach): Stunning soft sand and teal waters make this the perfect beach. The seas are welcoming with coral reefs just offshore, and soft sands are popular with yogis.
• Playa Ruinas: Home to the preserved ruins overlooking the Caribbean sea. This beach has white sands and turquoise waters as well as historical significance.
• Las Palmas Public Beach: More secluded than famous paradise beach, it is perfect for those in search of tranquillity.
Being an old Mayan city, Tulum boasts history and culture for visitors to learn about on their trip.
Tulum is the place to try wood-fired and ingredient-driven food inspired by the surroundings.
Don Cafeto is one of Tulum’s oldest restaurants serving large portions of traditional Mexican food at low prices. It is also close to Ki’ Bok where you’ll find the best coffee in Tulum.
From drinks to dancing to clubbing, Tulum nightlife has it all.
Check out the Papaya Playa Project, a monthly full moon party held on the Saturday closest to the celestial full moon. These parties are different to the type of full moon parties held in Thailand.
Nomade is a beach bar come beach club and is the perfect place to watch the sunset at the beach.
Downtown Tulum is the place to be midweek; it has a relaxed vibe in the bars and restaurants on the strip.
Visit Xel Ha; the world’s largest natural aquarium where you can cliff jump, go zip lining, snorkeling and kayaking. You can even swim with dophins and stingrays!
There are also diving schools and excursions to take part in around Tulum for those wanting to explore the waters.
Taxis are the best way to get around in Tulum. Walking and cycling are also recommended for short journeys.
The closest airport to Tulum is Cancun International 73 miles away, so sorting airport transfers is a must!