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Tulum is on the Yucatán Peninsula, in Mexico. It is one of the earliest resorts in Mexico, offering a place of worship and solitude for the Mayan kings, clergy and gods in early times. The tropical beach backdrop is the main attraction of this picturesque, much-visited small ruin on the shore of the Caribbean Sea. Shortly after your arrival, you will understand why early Mayans picked this beautiful place to relax.

Be prepared for lots of people and tour groups at the archaeological site. To avoid the crowds, it is best to stay overnight and visit the ruins early in the morning before the buses arrive, or later in the afternoon. Morning is recommended since you can catch spectacular vistas when the sun is rising over the Caribbean.

The Tulum town and beaches are heavily featured on social media by travel influencers, providing a certain crowd and catered experience in Tulum. In between Mexican taquerias and local-focused appliance stores, you'll find holistic attractions and vegan food options. This comes from Tulum's original identity as the "off the beaten path" destination on the Riviera Maya. That said, the secret is out and Tulum has experienced massive growth in the past decade, resulting in increased traffic, a growing tourist presence, and price increases.

The hotel zone in particular has been incredibly built up with luxury shops and feels more like Los Angeles than Mexico City, providing comfort to those looking for a beach destination without losing access to high end shopping and dining.

Understand[edit]

There are really three different areas referred to as Tulum. There are only minutes away from each other, not close enough though to walk to and from.

Tulum Pueblo sits split by highway 307 running south-north. "El Pueblo", as referred to by locals, is home to most workers of the tourist industry and where many of the stores, supermarkets, two bus stations, budget inns, hostels and small hotels are found. Although the digs are cheap, you are around 3 km from the beach (which is why you came here isn't it?) This section of town has a definite feel of existing mostly to cater to the Tulum ruins. Tulum pueblo is indeed a destination for shopping, great restaurants, a modest night life, studying the language at Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish School, booking tours, banking, shopping for food, local vegetables, fruits, cafes, and local flavor. Do not miss it.

Tulum Playa nests along the coastline that leads into the Sian Ka'an Biosphere [Ecological Reserve], the Caribbean white sandy beaches to the east, an impressive mangrove & wetland reserve to the south. Tulum Playa embraces many of the fancier, ecological, boutique and spa hotels, and it has a decent to excellent selection of restaurants and night spots. There are also a number of affordable beach front cabana-type lodging locations. Walk the beach and step in and inquire about accommodations and rates. You will be surprised and delighted.

Most of these establishments are eco-friendly and do not provide electricity past midnight. Toilet paper can not be flushed and it is asked that water and other resources be used sparingly. The hotels in Tulum aim to keep Tulum as it is and stop the ecological problems that have already taken hold in Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.

If you are staying on the beach and trying to save money, it is wise to stock up on food and drinks in the pueblo. There are not too many restaurant options on the beach, and the ones that are operational are comparatively quite expensive.

Taxis have a near monopoly on transport to and from the playa. Buses come from time to time, but hitchhiking can also get you where you need to go.

Tulum Ruinas is the archaeological site where the Maya ruins of Tulum stand. It is conformed by a-mile-long road leading into the ruins from highway 307. The road is flanked by several restaurants, a commercial area geared to one-day visitors, a huge parking lot, a small bus station that operates part-time and a handful of middle range hotels.

Archaeology[edit]

Wall & Fresco Detail - Temple of the Frescoes

Tulum is mostly known for its ruins, which strike an impressive image next to the sea. They were mainly constructed during the waning period of Maya culture, with the site occupied until the Spanish arrived. The site is notable for a small cenote, beautiful beaches below the ruin laden cliffs and some well preserved stellae in one of structure. After visiting other ruins in the area such as Coba, Chichen Itza and Ek Balam, Tulum's main claim is the sea-side setting. Some of the ruins used to be in poor condition and littered, but they are now well maintained (Dec 2018). Unlike many Mayan sites it is not possible to enter or walk on the structures. It is the third most popular archeological site in Mexico, so expect it to be extremely busy. Most of the tour groups from Cancun and Playa del Carmen arrive around 10:00 so the site is best visited after it opens at 08:00 or late afternoon.

Get in[edit]

Tulum

From Cancún International Airport[edit]

The nearest major airport is Cancún International Airport (CUN IATA).

You can catch an ADO bus to Tulum directly. Ticket prices are M$330 (Jan 2022). The ride will take about 2 hours. You can see the current departure times in the ADO app and website. The buses depart seven times per day between 10:00 and 20:00 from all airport terminals.

From the Cancun airport you can also take the ADO bus to Playa del Carmen with departures nearly every hour for M$216 (Feb 2022). Once in Playa del Carmen you transfer to a second bus to Tulum for an additional M$50-100 (Feb 2022).

Rental cars are priced reasonably and are the easiest way to get around the Tulum area. Shop around rates upon arrival, and feel free to haggle. Check with your credit card company to see if they automatically insure you, most do so you don't have to pay the additional insurance that the rental agency often tries to insist you purchase. It is a very easy drive to Tulum. To get there you take the only highway south from Cancun Airport straight down past Playa del Carmen, Akumal, etc. About 90 minutes from the airport you will arrive in Tulum.

Many of the hotels in Tulum offer a pick-up service from the airport for an additional US$80-120 depending on the hotel. Or you book the transfer by yourself.

You can also take a taxi from the airport from US$145.

By bus[edit]

The 1 ADO Terminal Autobuses is in the city center. Both first and second class buses serve the terminal. Inside the Terminal is a Santander ATM.

Buses from Cancun and Playa del Carmen run quite regularly. Buses from Playa del Carmen to Tulum depart from the Terminal Alterna and the Terminal Touristica. The ADO Bus stops at Xcaret and Xel-ha en route to Tulum. Mayab and Oriente buses stop more frequently en route to Tulum from Playa Del Carmen.

An alternative to the buses from Playa del Carmen is to catch a "collectivo" van which runs frequently (every fifteen minutes or so). In Playa Del Carmen you can find these on Calle 2 towards Avenida 20. One-way trip (as of Feb 2022) costs M$50 (pesos).

To visit the ruins, get off the bus or collectivo at the first Tulum stop at the intersection with the access road to the ruins. It's an easy one mile or so flat walk to the ruins from the intersection.

By car[edit]

If you drive yourself to the ruins before opening time, it may be a bit confusing as to where to go and what to do. As soon as you park, a man on a bicycle should find you and charge you for parking (M$50). You must go through a sort of half open-air mall (which is empty before 08:00). From there you can either sign up with a tour guide (US$20 per person?), pay for a shuttle ride to the ruins (M$20), or walk a mile along a road to the ruins. The guides are reported to be better story tellers than actual experts on Mayan culture. The walk is on level ground and passes quickly as you admire the jungle and abandoned shops along the way. If you can walk it, do it and save a few bucks! As you approach a stone wall, to the left will be a brown wooden building where you can purchase your ticket into the ruins (M$51, an additional M$35 if they see that you have a video camera). From there, head along a stone path through the jungle and into the ruins.

If you drive to the ruins after opening time, it's a bit of a zoo so be ready to stop for salespeople as soon as you pull into the road where there's private parking lots, past the open-air mall. Be quick on your brakes, as they literally jump in front of your car, and flash serious-looking "badges" to get you to stop and listen to their scammy sales spiels. However, don't get scammed: entry to the ruins is no more than USD$5/person (Sept 2021) and you don't need to purchase overpriced the half-mile shuttles to get there, or anything else. Just pay for parking, and walk the half-mile to the ruin's admissions box where you can purchase your entry.

The local police patrol the side road to the Carretera Tulum-Cancun highway and ticket drivers who don't use the paid private parking lot. Although the road is not signed as a no-parking zone, they will issue a parking infraction for M$821 (Dec 2019), and remove your rear number plate (which is a standard procedure, you get it back after paying fine). Attempting to overturn a ticket by legal means is unlikely to succeed.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

2 Colectivos to Tulum beach depart from C. Orión Sur / Venus Ote. The price is M$30 (Jan 2022).

There seems to be a public bus which leaves Tulum Pueblo around 09:00 and 12:00 and goes to the beach and ruins, and returns from there at 12:15 and 17:00.

3 Colectivos in the directions of Playa del Carmen are half a block away from the ADO Terminal. You can leave them anywhere you like en route on the Highway 307. Depending on the distance it costs M$25-50 (Feb 2022). They depart daily from 4:30am-10:30pm.

Back to Tulum, the last buses from both terminals in Playa del Carmen depart about midnight. From the Terminal Turistica departs a Mayab bus at 23:55 to Tulum.

By car[edit]

If cenotes and revival ruins are more your thing renting a car is advisable. There are more cenotes here than anywhere else in the world (4,000 are known to be on the Yucatan!) Renting a car makes life easier. Bike riding is fun, but that beach is far from town and that sun is pounding down. Spring for the car rental. Make sure you watch the pesos you give them, and that the screen is set on $0 before they start to fill.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are an inexpensive way to get around but for the most part, Tulum 'Pueblo' is so small that walking is a simple. Taxis from 'Pueblo' to the coast is M$100-150. It is advisable to either take a taxi or rent a bike when traveling between the 'Pueblo' and the beach, as the walk is rather long. It is highly recommended to have Mexican pesos upon arrival, as taxi drivers may charge you more if you carry dollars only and pay in dollars. You can exchange money in the most banks upon arrival, too.

Taxis from the center of town to Tulum ruins will cost M$100 (Sep 2018).

By bike[edit]

Bikes are available for rent from various shops in Pueblo. Iguana Bikes M$150-250 for 24 hours, Kelly M$100 for 24 hours (July 2017). Bikes are a convenient way to get around town and to/from cenotes and the beach. Please be careful when riding a bike on the highway. Bring a headlamp/flashlight if biking at night

See[edit]

  • 1 Tulum Archaeological Site (Zona Arqueologíca de Tulum). The main attraction. Mayan ruins by the sea. M$75. Maya Ruins of Tulum (Q725883) on Wikidata Tulum on Wikipedia
  • 2 Laguna Kaan Luum. Big lagoon with swimming area and hammocks, includes a deep area in the center with different colored water.
  • Street art. the streets behind the main road in Tulum are filled with street art, with interesting pieces on almost every block.
  • 3 Museum of Mayan Culture. It's temporarily closed as of April 2022.

Cenotes[edit]

Gran Cenote
See also: Cenotes of the Yucatán

In much of the Yucatan, rainwater collects in a system of underground caves and tunnels. Where these tunnels reach the surface is known as a cenote (pronounced seh-NOH-teh). Cenotes usually allow swimming and diving, and rent related equipment. They are fresh water and are often quite cold (24°C).

  • 4 Casa Cenote, in TanKah III Bay. Here the Cenote goes underground 90 m (100 yards) before the beach, and emerges as an 'underwater' water spring about 18 m (20 yards) of the beach in the ocean. Tanka III Bay is 7 km (5 miles) north of the intersection to the ruins. Take a cab. Great places to eat and stay or scuba too. One of the ways to make sure you also visit and dive is to arrange taking a diving course there and it will take just 3 hours in total.
  • 5 Cenote Cristal & Cenote Escondido (The two cenotes are about 4 km west of the city center. It is an easy ride by bicycle to get there. Once you reach Cenote Cristal on the right side of the street go there to buy the entrance for both cenotes). In Cenote Cristal you have a nice platform to jump into the water. On the opposite side of the road is Cenote Escondido. Also nice for swimming and it has a rope to jump into the water. Maybe not so great for diving and snorkeling but a great spot to cool off and have some fun close to Tulum. M$120.
  • 6 El Gran Cenote. M$300.
  • 7 Cenotes Dos Ojos. One of the most popular cenotes in the region offering many activities. Set aside around 2 or 3 hours total. It's M$350 as of July 2017 for entrance with your own snorkeling. There is a 1 small local restaurant with local dishes for M$70 (Feb 2022). It's at the intersection of the Highway 307 and the road to the cenote, between the minimarket and the ticket booth. They serve lunch until 15:00.
  • 8 Cenotes Sac Actun. Very cool mostly cave/underground cenote that is quite popular.
  • 9 Cenote Calaveras.
  • Kantun Chi. underground cave River tour is a must. Don't just buy the tickets to the 4 cenotes; the cave tour is your reason for coming here.

Do[edit]

Beaches[edit]

Public Beaches[edit]

  • 1 Playa Ruinas. Beach connected right to the ruins at Tulum.
  • 2 Playa Santa Fe. Less crowded beach with a smaller beach club.
  • 3 Playa Pescadores. More lively beach with seafood options and options for ocean activities.
  • 4 Playa Paraiso. Maybe the most popular public beach in Tulum with many beach clubs and a relaxing atmosphere.

Further activities[edit]

  • Kayaking
  • Standup paddleboarding
  • Snorkel. Guided snorkel tours from the public beach near the ruins.
  • You can also take your own self-guided tour of the reefs right off the beach from the Hotel Zone. The barrier reef of Tulum is part of the second largest in the world, streching from Isla Contoy on the northern tip of Yucatan to Honduras. Over 30 species of fish and some spectacular coral. If you take a guided tour, the cheapest in the area is located at Zamas Hotel. Zamas is about 10 establishments in from the beginning of the hotel zone.
  • Cenote diving
  • Kitesurfing
  • Maya Spa, Carretera Tulum - Punta Allen KM 5 (at Azulik Resort), +52 984 980 0640. Holistic spa specializing in Mayan treatments.
  • 5 Tulum Jungle Gym. Very unique tropical/beach themed gym with custom equipment made out of wood and stones. Definitely has a very instagram-focused clientele, but is a very fun place to workout. Locations both right on the beach and within the town. US$30/day at beach, US$15/day at town.
  • Hidden Treasures Cenotes Park, Rancho la teresita, Carr. Cancún (Akumal) (north-east of Tulum), +52 33 8526 1449. Daily 08:00-17:00. Closed as of April 2022. 16 km from Tulum. Hidden Worlds is on the most extensive system of underwater caves and caverns on Earth. The park is home to some of the most incredible cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula, as featured in the 2001 IMAX movie Journey Into Amazing Caves and the 2007 BBC Planet Earth series. Cenote only US$35; adventure packages adult US$60-80, child US$45-60. 10% tip for guide recommended.
  • Extreme Control - the beaches of Tulum in Playa Paraiso, certified instructors, all levels, full facilities and rentals.
  • Ocean Pro Kite - kiteboarding school on Tulum beach. It provides kitesurf lessons following professional method of teaching, known as IKO (International Kitesurfing Organisation). From a one-hour lesson to "ready to go" packages.
  • 6 Ko'ox Diving, Avenida Tulum, manzana 2, Lote 4 (is located on Av. Tulum between Osiris and Beta Norte, on the right hand side of Tulum Main Street when coming from Cancun, in the middle next to the Italian restaurant Basilico and opposite the 3 Hermanos Shoe Store), +52 984 980 0544, . 08:00-21:00. Offers various adventures - learning to scuba dive, exploring cenotes, admiring local wildlife, kite surfing and paddle boarding lessons and day trips to Sian Ka'an and Isla Blanca for practice. Ground tours to Punta Laguna and Coba, Sian Ka'an, Muyil and Tulum Ruins are also available upon reservation. The shop has PADI certified Dive Master instructors, senior level 2 (IKO, KISS, PASA, IBO) kitesurfing instructors and local guides speaking English, Spanish and Italian. Diving tours start at 08:00 and 11:00 every day, private kite surfing and paddle boarding trips are with the following duration: 09:00-16:00. All gear, equipment, transportation is provided. US$85-250, varies by trip.
  • Infinity 2 diving, No. 4 Street Orion Norte Between Av. Tulum and Polar, +52 1 984 980 0502. British-owned dive shop specializing in cenote diving.

Out of town trips[edit]

  • 7 Coba. – 50 km. A beautiful site; it was one of the largest Maya cities in ancient times. It boasts the tallest pyramid of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Nohoch Mul. You can still climb it, and the view from the top overlooking the forest for miles around is impressive. A fun and efficient way of exploring the ruins is renting a bike (M$50); just go to the rental place inside the ruins. Coba (Q1104936) on Wikidata Coba on Wikipedia
  • 8 Muyil (Chunyaxche) (25 km south-west of Tulum). Archaeological site adjacent to Sian Ka'an reserve, includes a steep, walled watch tower that you can climb. Muyil (Q1548550) on Wikidata Muyil on Wikipedia
  • 9 Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. – 20 km. A wonderful nature preserve and UNESCO World Heritage site. The park features acres upon acres of pristine mangrove swamp and wetlands. Find a sea kayak and explore the lagoon side. There are a few fishermen that dock here and are willing to take you on a tour that is much cheaper than the organized tours offered in the area. The fishermen will take you on a one or two hour boat tour of the reserve anytime of the day. They will often work for hire for M$100-200. Still there are also organized boat tours available. Sian Ka'an (Q559789) on Wikidata Sian Kaʼan Biosphere Reserve on Wikipedia
  • 10 Xcaret (ecopark). – 55 km. An eco-archaeological park near Playa del Carmen. Here you can admire tropical flora and fauna typical of the region as well as different expressions of the Mayan culture. In its facilities you can find an archaeological site, snorkeling in underground rivers, beach, butterfly pavilion, orchid greenhouse, regional fauna breeding farm, Mayan village, jaguar island, among others. For additional cost visitors can swim with captive dolphins; enjoy the Temascal and Spa services. At night you can admire the unique night show “Xcaret México Espectacular” which features a variety of performances from ancient Mayan culture to traditional Mexican music and dances.
  • 11 Punta Laguna Spider Monkey and Nature Reserve. – 60 km. It's serene and authentic.

Learn[edit]

If staying for more than just a couple of days, you may want to experience taking some Spanish lessons at the beach or at the Spanish school.

  • Instituto Chac-Mool Tulum. Also, in Tulum is Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish School offering Spanish immersion classes year round. Classes may be as private lessons or studying with a peer group that the school arranges based on your starting level of Spanish.

Buy[edit]

ATMs with low withdrawal fees in the center are:
Banco Azteca in the west
banamex in the east inside the Súper Aki
Santander in the east and inside the bus terminal
CI Banco in the middle of the center

For buying groceries, there are Oxxo and minimarkets (tiendas) around. A bigger variety of products you find in Dunosusa, Super Willy's and Waldo's. A large supermarket called 1 Súper Akí is in the east of the center.

Markets catering mainly to the bus loads of tourists are situated on the road leading to the entrance of the archaeological site. There are also markets in town on 307 in the main stretch of town. Many cater to tourists however be sure to give them a look anyway. There are a lot of beautiful hand crafted Mexican pottery and fabrics. If you turn off of 307 and vere into town away from the main strip you can discover tons of tiny establishments and get a feel for the truly sleepy town of Tulum.

  • 2 Mexicarte Tulum, +529848759115. Gift shop focusing on a variety of souvenirs and artisan crafts from the region.

Eat[edit]

Tulum Pueblo

If you are staying on the beach, it is wise to stock up on food and drinks in the pueblo. There are not too many restaurant options on the beach, and the ones that are operational are quite expensive.

Most of the restaurants in town are infinitely cheaper than those at the resorts. Most places, with the exception of the Italian and Japanese restaurants feature entrees for well under M$100. There are countless little cafes and establishments to get a great bite to eat for cheap.

If you want non-perishable items, grab some snacks to supplement your meals at the Super San Francisco Food Mart. You can buy a cooler here which is great for having cold drinks on the beach each day. Just pick up ice in the morning and the cooler will stay cold until night time. This supermarket however is run by locals and hardly anyone speaks English, so if you don't know Spanish, be prepared to shop around to find what you need.

Street Food[edit]

In the center:[edit]

  • 2 Street Food Market. In the evening on the Calle Sol Ote around the Parque dos Aguas. There is a good variety.
  • 3 Rather fancy Street Food. On the street Géminis Nte in the east of the center. Here you find vegan food among others.
  • 4 Food stalls. On the Av. Satélite. They are open in the evening starting at 18:00.

Outside the center:[edit]

Budget[edit]

In Tulum centro:[edit]

  • 5 Burrito Amor. Healthy and clean amazing food from M$50.
  • 6 Antoriko. Closed Tuesday, all others 9am-10:30pm. Incredibly generous portions of seafood in taco and burrito format, also serves ceviche. Try the marinated marlin tacos.
  • 7 Antojitos La Chiapaneca. Delicious al pastor tacos in a full service restaurant. Massively popular, but somehow still incredibly quick service. Watch the orange habanero salsa, the heat will sneak up on you.
  • 8 Taqueria El Tio. Delicious and simple taqueria focusing on al pastor, with incredibly good tortas.
  • 9 El Pollo Bronco. Offers chicken that is roasted to perfection that can be ordered by the 1/4, 1/2, and whole.
  • 10 Taqueria La Rivera Costena, Avenida Tulum entre calle Alfa, C. Júpiter Sur y, +529846885886. Taqueria specializing in Al Pastor tacos, great for a cheap meal and drinks.

Off the downtown:[edit]

  • 11 Pozoleria La Mexicaita, Avenida Ook'ot Entre Calle Alfa y, Calle Osiris Nte., +529841600342. Small establishment serving authentic pozole (both red and green) and traditional Mexican fare.
  • Non Solo Pizza. A few meters ahead on the left of the street entering Villas Tulum. It sells inexpensive pizzas, pies, tarts, breads, cakes, etc. (around M$20). All are freshly baked by the courteous (also English-speaking) lady who sells those over the counter. Very simple, homely, tasty unlike the greasy branded template pizzas!

Mid-range[edit]

  • Don Cafetos features authentic Mexican and is one of the most popular restaurants on the pueblo strip.
  • Mezzanine (on the cliffs (only 12 m/40 feet high, but nice) overlooking Playa Paraiso). Thai food and great ambiance and a super view. They hows on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Oscar & Lalo Restaurant, Bar & Grill (Oscar y Lalo), Carretera Federal 307 (Playa Del Carmen-Tulum KM. 241), +52 984 115-9965. Seafood, Mexican and Yucatecan cuisine.
  • 12 [formerly dead link] Cetli, Polar at Orion. 17:00-22:00. The food is somewhat expensive (but well worth the price!), keeping locals away, and few tourists notice this excellent restaurant, since it's not on the main strip. The place is owned by its young chef, Claudia, trained in Mexico City's premier culinary academy.
  • 13 El Camello Jr (on the east side of the main road in the southern outskirts of town). Great (and cheap) seafood. This place is often crowded (mainly by locals).
  • 14 Lymbo Beach Club, km 25 Tulum Hotel Zone (Drive or bike to the hotel Playa Esperanza, km 25 in Tulum Hotel Zone). 10AM-6PM. A simple beach club with delicious beach food, fresh juices and smoothies.

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit]

Also try a few other cool spots in Tulum that offer fun drink specials with a hip tropical flair:

  • Curandero offers live music and djs in a trendy atmosphere.
  • Teetotum offers weekend rooftop movies, a cool lounge and drink specials, try the Razzleberry Daiquiri!
  • Ak'iin offers weekend parties with live music or DJs, no cover and drink specials on a beautiful stretch of beach.
  • Batey'sbest live music and mojitos in town

Sleep[edit]

Camping[edit]

  • 1 Chakpool Hostal & Camping, +52 9932779540 (WhatsApp), . It's directly at the Cenotes Dos Ojos Park. Staying in a provided tent costs M$150 per night (Feb 2022, including mattrass, pillows, sheets and bed cover). The tents are protected from the rain. Also available are shared and private rooms. The place has WiFi, a kitchen for cooking and free drinking water. 5 min walking away are a minimarket and the very frequent shared vans to Tulum and Playa del Carmen.

Budget[edit]

Tip: If you aren't spending the big bucks to stay right at the beach, stay in town to the east of the ADO bus station within 2 blocks north or south of that main street. Another suitable area is anywhere along the main road heading to the beach.

In the zona hotelera (at the beach) are simple cabanas with a shared bath for a relatively low pice.

in the middle of the center:[edit]

  • The Weary Traveler Hostel (4 blocks east of the ADO bus station), +52 984 211 2608. Relaxed hostel with outdoor communal area and kitchen. Breakfast (DIY), water, cooking facilities, beach shuttle bus and internet provided. A nice place for young people that wants to party. All rooms are facing out to the common area, so there is lots of noise at night until 23:00. Also not the cleanest place and bed bugs are a common thing. Private rooms in a better state, now situated in a separate building about 200 m from the main one, also quieter since avoiding the loud music from the bar at night. Dorm rooms with fan or A/C. Deposit for blankets, or give your ID as a deposit. Discounts available for stays longer than one night, up to 20% off a 5-night stay
  • Casa del Sol. temporarily closed as of April 2022. Hostel. 3 blocks west of the ADO bus station, off the main avenue. Rustic hostel with huge rooftop terrace and common areas with shared kitchen. Breakfast is provided. Most of the double rooms are in Mayan style palapas. Garden atmosphere. Great for rainy season.

in the east of the center:[edit]

  • iTour Mexico, Avenida Coba Crucero Avenida Tulum, Col. Centro C.P., +52 984 80 25 593. Offers 6 air-conditioned rooms with cable television, Internet, and shower with bath. Some of its offered activities include kiteboarding school and rental, car and bike rental, and massage service.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Playa Condesa (about 3 km from ruins), +52 984 234 1413. Offers private cabanas on the waterfront
  • Catalonia Royal Tulum.
  • Zamas Hotel. Thatch roof bungalows right next to the beach. Snorkeling is available in the Zamas cove.
  • Azulik Villas. A series of rustic beachside villas in the wilderness. It has many relaxation alternatives like different types of massages, esthetic treatments (body and facial scrubs), reiki, the temazcal (copal sweat lodge, based on traditional healing methods used by indigenous Mexicans to purify the soul and body) and a flotation tank. It is clothing optional.
  • The Diamante K features cabañas ranging in quality from 2 up to 5 stars on a private beach front. An interesting feature of the Diamante K is the hanging beds in the cabañas. A restaurant is on site, and you can relax in a hammock and just soak up the tranquility. Electricity is supplied by a generator and hence is switched off after around midnight. Candles are supplied in the cabañas.
  • Cabanas La Luna. Eco boutique oceanfront cabañas, hidden away on the beach near Tulum.
  • Om Tulum Hotel Cabanas & Beach Club, Carratera Tulum-Punta Allen km 9.5, +52 984 157 7903. Minimalist in design, the private cabanas are quiet, beach-inspired, and furnished with a deck/balcony that opens up to a garden panorama, a private toilet and bath.
  • Teetotum Hotel, Av. Coba Sur S/n, +52 984 143 8956. Boutique hotel between Tulum town and the beach, offering king sized beds, A/C, ipod docks, continental breakfast, free bicycle use, free high speed wi-fi and a restaurant open from 08:00-23:00 daily.

Splurge[edit]

  • Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, +1 866-237-3267 (USA number), . Has its own white sand beach, 44-acre gardens and 2 pools near the beach. It is an all-inclusive resort that offers activities including a kids' activity center with a climbing wall and game room, a spa, a PADI dive center and diving and snorkeling excursions.
  • Casa Altamar, Bahia Tankah Tres, Lote # 16, +52 984 309 0511. Offers 5 neatly furnished rooms, all with ultra-silent A/C and ocean view, a great upstairs airy restaurant and terrace, free breakfast, wireless internet, great ambiance, quiet and quaint. It is on beautiful Tankah III Bay, seven minutes from the ruins and 180 m (200 yards) from Casa Cenote (sink-hole). M$4,156.
  • Bahia Principe Grand Tulum All Inclusive, Carretera Chetumal Benito Juarez, km 250, Tulum, Quintana Roo. 77760, +52 984 875 50 00, . Bahia Principe Grand Tulum is a large, lively upper range all-inclusive with facilities that include a spa, a scuba dive center, thirteen restaurants, six bars, a kid's club and its own private section of sandy beach.

Go next[edit]

When leaving from the ADO bus station: It has only 3 parking lots for the intercity buses. When all are occupied, the buses stop in the backyard. When a bus arrives in the backyard, usually an employee shouts out the destination and the name of the bus company. Don't miss your bus.

Your next destination for staying can be:

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