Ready to visit Tulum? This place isn't more than a hidden gem in the heart of the Riviera Maya; now, it has caught the world's attention.
Nestled on Mexico's Caribbean coast, Tulum offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and culture that will leave you wanting more. From the ancient Mayan ruins to the picturesque white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, Tulum has everything you need for an unforgettable vacation.
Join us as we list just some of the most spectacular activities you can do to make a Tulum visit an unforgettable time!
Maybe the most well-known activity in Tulum is visiting the famous archeological site of Tulum. Here you can see some ruins built by Mayan culture. Although these buildings are just a trace of the past, the remains are still remarkable.
Just picturing a whole community living beside the beach and imagining their daily life is an unmissable experience.
You can explore it from 8:00 AM until 17:00 PM, but we advise you to go as early as possible because the crowds can be overwhelming, and we think you must enjoy looking at the past of humanity comfortably.
For a better and richer experience, we think you should book a guided tour. Then, with someone explaining and telling how important the Mayans were, you'll get why the world is still amazed by this ancient culture.
Rent a bike and cruise Tulum's hotel zone
We are not gonna lie; there is a lot of fuss about Tulum right now. This place recently saw a huge spike in visits like never before. This can be attributed to Cancun International Airport's colossal passenger volume in 2022 when almost 30 million people moved through it.
It can also be thanks to Tulum's reputation since it can be classified as the counterpart of its neighboring party city, Cancun. While most people recognize Cancun as Mexico's party capital, Tulum, on the other hand, is seen as a remote place for people looking to relax and escape their routines
And many people have come to relax and explore the beauty of this growing city.
Of course, if you have the chance, we think you should go and rent a car to freely enjoy Tulum and many other places like Playa del Carmen and even Yucatan. But if you genuinely want to explore this fantastic place like a local, we suggest you go and rent a bike!
You'll be looking out for the environment, keeping the streets less busy, and exercising.
One of the most popular routes made by cyclist enthusiasts starts in Tulum Pueblo and ends at Tulums Hotel Zone, just 5 km of pure exploring!
Visit amazing Cenotes
Tulum's well-known natural sinkholes, mainly located in the jungle, are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. These amazing natural made pools provide the ideal escape from the heat.
While there are numerous cenotes in Tulum, Cenote Dos Ojos stands out as the most renowned. Just a 20-minute ride north of town by taxi or colectivo, Dos Ojos offers a unique opportunity for scuba divers to explore its depths.
Although Tulum's beaches are undoubtedly beautiful, a dip in a cenote will make you understand why locals often choose these freshwater pools over the ocean. Experience the refreshing coolness of the cenote water, and you may question why you didn't visit sooner.
Exploring the amazing beaches
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Tulum for some sun, sand, and sea.
Tulum's Playa Paraiso, voted the best beach in Mexico is a must-visit. This public beach is a favorite among tourists, and for a good reason.
If you want a more upscale beach experience, head to any beach club to eat delicious food and drinks while soaking up the sun.
For a day trip, don't miss the opportunity to visit Playa Paraiso and nearby cenotes, perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot day.
Exploring the amazing natural reserve of Sian Ka'an
Located just 20 minutes from Tulum, Kaan Luum Lagoon is a massive open-air cenote that has become a favorite among locals and tourists, especially with the threat of Sargassum seaweed to Tulum's beaches.
Unlike Tulum's beaches, Kaan Luum Lagoon's crystal-clear freshwater is free from seaweed all year round, boasting a stunning blue hue. In addition, the lagoon only has two depths, one super-deep and the other shallow, and you can see the drop to depths greater than 80 meters.
Scuba divers flock to Kaan Luum Lagoon to explore its incredible depth, but it's also an ideal spot for those who prefer a leisurely day on the Mayan Riviera. With its pristine waters and picturesque surroundings, Kaan Luum Lagoon is a must-visit for anyone seeking an escape from Tulum's busy beaches.
Take a look at Coba ruins
Although the Tulum ruins are undoubtedly beautiful, those seeking a larger Mayan pyramid need not venture far.
Less well-known than the popular Chichen Itza ruins, the Coba Ruins make for an unforgettable day trip from Tulum. Getting there requires riding through dense jungle, with bike rentals available.
Unlike at Chichen Itza, visitors can climb to the top of the main pyramid at Coba, but be prepared to climb 120 steps of stone. However, the breathtaking view from the summit makes an effort well worth it.
To reach Coba, visitors can take an ADO bus, rent a car, hire a taxi, or join a tour. Having your vehicle is a great way to explore the area without being constrained, and plenty of day trips are available from Tulum to discover the region's many hidden gems.
Go paddleboarding in a lagoon
Laguna de Kaan Luum is a hidden gem in Tulum, located just 9 km south of Tulum. This lagoon is magical because it has a cenote, which infuses the water with a fantastic array of colors.
You can paddle across the tranquil, beautiful lagoon water by visiting the lagoon. This trip is suitable for all levels, beginner to advanced. Enjoy delicious tacos at one of the most popular places in Tulum
You don't have to be a paddleboarder to enjoy the beautiful lagoon. Instead, you can swim and relax at the beach..
Visiting a beach club
While the south beach of Tulum is stunning, accessing it can be challenging if you're not staying at one of the beachfront resorts.
One workaround is to rent a daybed at any beach club.
Many of them have different atmospheres and vibes, they all have delectable cuisine in a stunning location perfect for snapping Instagram-worthy photos.
It's worth noting that there is a minimum spend, but it's often possible to negotiate this requirement with the servers beforehand.
Kiteboarding is an exhilarating extreme sport, and Tulum offers a fantastic location to learn or advance your skills, regardless of your level. Kiteboarding schools are available, providing lessons and gear rentals for those who don't have their equipment.
Remember that kiteboarding is weather-dependent, and while November to May is the windiest period, some days may have no wind. On the other hand, non-windy months may have intense wind days.
Going around Tulum pueblo
The charm of Tulum Pueblo, the town center, is simply immersive. As a first-time visitor, exploring the areas where the locals reside is highly recommended. The town is filled with delightful art, food, and culture, including an abundance of traditional Yucatan cuisine.
While strolling is an excellent way to discover the city, cycling is a more popular means of transportation, and rental bikes are available throughout the town. So don't miss out on the fun!
For the ultimate culinary experience, explore the place walking. This is how you will discover the best local eateries.
Xel-Ha, a nature park, is situated just 20 minutes north of Tulum and is part of the Grupo Xcaret family, including Xcaret and Xplor. This park allows visitors to swim or snorkel in the "largest natural aquarium in the world," featuring flooded cenotes teeming with marine life.
Additionally, visitors can bike through the lush jungle, zip-line through the treetops, cross the floating bridge, fly kites, or simply unwind in a hammock.
The park also features a 30-meter (98-foot) high water slide, a dedicated children's area called Children's World, and a buffet-style restaurant.
Ready to visit Tulum?
Tulum is a paradise waiting to be explored, offering an unforgettable experience for those seeking adventure, relaxation, or a combination of both. From exploring the ancient Mayan ruins to basking in the sun on the white sand beaches, swimming in crystal-clear waters, and indulging in mouth-watering cuisine, Tulum has everything you need for an exceptional vacation.
There's nothing quite like discovering the history and culture of the Mayan civilization by visiting the Tulum ruins. And what better way to immerse yourself in the local culture than by trying the delicious local cuisine, with fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors that will leave you wanting more?
But Tulum is not just about history and food.
Its breathtaking natural beauty is second to none, with stunning beaches and turquoise waters that will take your breath away. So whether you're looking to relax and soak up the sun or seeking adventure with activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and kite surfing, Tulum has something for everyone.
And when the sun goes down, the fun doesn't stop. With a vibrant nightlife that includes beach parties and live music, Tulum offers the perfect setting to dance the night away under the stars.
So what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Tulum now and experience all the amazing things this beautiful destination offers. You won't regret it!