So you are thinking about visiting Tulum . . . Great!
Tulum makes a great diversion from either Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
It is a must see in the region, so if you are staying near, visit
Though most people that come to Tulum are from one of the larger
destinations just to the North . . . Tulum makes a nice little get
away in its own right.
Though the city of Tulum is quite small, there is shopping to be
had just a quick 45 min shuttle ride up the coast to Playa del Carmen
. . . the beach is lined with accommodations for any budget from
campgrounds to cabanas and high end retreats . . . and there are
some great sights to see in the area.
Lets start with the Tulum ruins. The location which overlooks the
turquoise blue Caribbean and sports its own little beach head makes
the Tulum ruins the most picturesque in Mexico.
Then there are the Coba ruins which make a great day trip that allows
for plenty of time walking under the shade of the jungle canopy while
strolling from one section to the next.
Busses and tours leave from Tulum for day trips to Chichen Itza
every morning. It only takes a couple of hours to get there and is
definitely worth the time. By the way . . . if you plan on picking
up some souvenirs while in Mexico, getting them from the artisans
who make and sell their wares in Chichen Itza will allow you to buy
twice as much (or something twice as good) with the same amount you
would spend for them in Tulum.
Then there are the white sand beaches, crystal clear Caribbean waters,
and every water sport imaginable from kite surfing to scuba diving.
If you do it in the water, you will find someone doing it in Tulum.
If you are driving to Tulum, there is an intersection where
you can either head for the beach, or head into the town of Tulum. The highway
that runs through the town really is the main strip. Back streets do have some
accommodations, but most of it is made up of residential neighborhoods where
the locals live. If you are heading for the beach, the road will split going
both north and south to access the ruins or accommodations which line the beach.
Before deciding how many days to spend in Tulum, you will
need to decide if (and how long) you want to spend visiting Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Chichen Itza, Cozumel,
or Isla Mujeres.
(Information on side trips to the Coba ruins, Xel-Ha, Xpu-Ha, and
Xcaret can be found on our Cancun Tours page).