Guide to Visiting Tulum

2023-02-02 06:33:23 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

Tulum is a bohemian utopia full of beautifully crafted hotels, spiritual centers, and eateries that nail both atmosphere and fare. All these wonderful things have come to Tulum, of course, because of the city's awe-inspiring Mayan ruins, which look out over the clear waters of the turquoise Caribbean. Tulum's spiritual scene is unparalleled, humming peacefully in the background of the bustling beach clubs and posing influencers with its wide range of yoga and meditation classes, as well as its sacred cacao ceremonies and other mind-expanding rituals. Aside from all this, there is a lush jungle full of cenotes and beautiful nature reserves where you can go dolphin-watching, cave diving, or even ride an ATV.

The rising cost of travel to this once sleepy fishing village has made Tulum one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations, but the town of Tulum offers much more than the current hotspot. The natural beauty of Tulum has always been a draw, but with a little insider knowledge, you can also find authentic cultural experiences, make a real connection to your spiritual side, and find inspiration there.

It's the same as Eastern Standard Time, but no one bothers with Daylight Savings. From the months of April through October, Tulum will be experiencing an hour of daylight savings time.

Even though Tulum's typically hot and humid winter months are some of the most pleasant times to visit, hotel prices can reach exorbitant heights during the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year's. Tulum is susceptible to the sargasso seaweed problem, which affects much of the Caribbean. The seaweed that washes up on the shore is typically raked away by midday, but during the months of May through October, the amounts can become overwhelming. Therefore, late October through mid-December is the ideal time to visit Tulum. That buys you some breathing room to shop around for better rates and steer clear of the seaweed.

If you have the luxury of choosing when you go on vacation each month, you might want to take the lunar cycle into account. At the time of the full moon, Tulum's many temples and nightclubs throw special events for revelers to enjoy a night of dancing on the beach or a night of spiritual purification deep in the jungle.

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Tulum has an abundance of taxis, but they are also the most expensive mode of transportation in the city. Depending on the time of day and where you're coming from, the price of a taxi ride can range from as low as $20 to as high as $50. A taxi ride from the downtown area to the beach should cost at least 250 pesos ($13 USD), and on busy nights it could cost as much as 600 pesos ($30 USD) Unless you and the driver have already agreed on a price, you shouldn't get in the car.

Bicycles: With the city's central plaza and the beach road connected by a bike path, bicycling has become a popular mode of transportation throughout Tulum's many neighborhoods. Bicycles can be rented from a variety of sources, including hotels and specialty shops like Ola Bike Tulum.

If you don't want to break a sweat but still want to see more of Tulum quickly, renting a scooter is a fantastic option. You can use it to get to cenotes and other attractions on the outskirts of town that would be difficult to reach by bicycle. The city's core is teeming with scooter retailers, where you can shop around and find the best prices. Rental fees for a single day typically start at 600 pesos, or about $30 USD.

Tulum-Boca Paila Highway Mile Marker 10 Address: Call 52 1 984 803 2243 or visit 5 Tulum Beach in the Hotel Zone of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico


Yoga shalas, meditation tents, and a gathering nest with a variety of spiritual talks, ceremonies, and classes are available to guests at this hotel, which is located in a lush jungle setting. Enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of a luxury treehouse, a Morrocan-style tent, or a bohemian-themed suite. You can find these beachside hammocks and daybeds at the more peaceful southern end of the beach road.

Glamping courtesy of Nativus Site

Location: Km. Carretera Boca Paila 10 Number 52-984-106-6110Address: No. 6, 77780 Tulum, Q.R.


Near the entrance to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, at the very end of the beach road, is a hidden cenote called Cenote Encantado, which guests of this glamping resort are given exclusive access to. Guests can spend the night in a comfortable air-conditioned tent and then go for a kayak ride through the mangroves before spending the day at the beach. There are private bathrooms in each room, and the hotel provides a free, healthy breakfast.

Shot at La Valise Tulum by photographer Muz Najim.

Tulum Hotel Zone, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Kilometer 8 Tulum, Q.R., 77780; Phone: 52 (55) 80 60 27 45


The Mexican furniture and artwork throughout create a glitzy jungle vibe. This small boutique hotel only has 11 bungalows, but the beachfront master suite is the most sought after because of its roll-out bed and balcony. Suites in the jungle feature minimalist decor and private outdoor showers, and all rooms are airy and decorated in natural tones.

Location: Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, QR, inside Tulum Ruins National Park, between Playa Paraso and Playa Pescadores; phone: 52 984 239 0929


This hotel, located right next to the ruins, is the embodiment of the magical, nature-obsessed dream that so often surrounds a trip to Tulum. This hotel and wellness center hosts a wide variety of community-focused activities, from yoga classes to volleyball games and meditation workshops. Private saltwater pools and beachfront hammocks make for a memorable Tulum experience.

Rio Otate & Rio Basca, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., 52-55-8390-7489.


Hotel Bardo is an oasis in the jungle, far from the hustle and bustle of the city center and the beaches. It features a variety of spacious, high-end lofts, each with its own private plunge pool. The hotel's main social area centers around a pool surrounded by lush vegetation and comfortable daybeds; a stone fire pit adds to the vivacity of the area near the bar and restaurant. The hotel hosts a daily sunset ceremony where guests can set their intentions, as well as sound healing, yoga, and temazcal ceremonies throughout the week.

Street: Kilometers Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila 8 Tulum, Q.R., 77760 Zona Hotelera 7 (984) 114-7525


Encantada, a boutique hotel with only eight rooms, can be found at the end of a long corridor with thatched roofs. It offers a simple serenity and is only a short distance from the beach. There is a king-sized bed in every room, and each porch has a hammock and thoughtful amenities like a rack to dry towels and a seashell water basin to rinse the sand from your feet. In the hotel's restaurant, only guests are served, ensuring consistently fast and cordial assistance.

Mailing Address: Av Postal Address: Coba Sur Mz 5 Lt 1 Smz 1 Region 14 77760 Tulum, Q R
Phone: 52 984 689 0431

The Aloft is more conventionally appealing, with a private jungle courtyard and an adults-only rooftop infinity pool overlooking Tulum's national park, while remaining true to the Tulum aesthetic. The rooms are bright and cheery, with high-tech conveniences, a focus on nature-inspired design, and powerful air conditioning. It is closer to the beach than staying in town, as it is located halfway down the road to the beach zone and just around the corner from Aldea Zama.

All images courtesy of WILD Tulum

Street: Kilometer Carretera Tulum-Boca Pailla Tulum, Q.R., 10-77880; phone: 52-984-130-8295


This chic eatery on the beach road features a cocktail and food menu that highlights regional Mexican ingredients like huitlacoche (fermented corn) and hoja santa (Mexican pepper leaf), and is shaded by a stone canopy of Wonderland-sized concrete leaves. Tulum's signature pre-Columbian incense, copal, fills the air, creating a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Online booking is available.

The Works of Moses Berkson

Postal Address: Km Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Tulum, QR, 7-6-77780

One of the most talked-about beach area restaurants requires advanced dinner reservations due to its popularity; the menu changes daily based on the fresh catch and is prepared entirely on an open fire. The open-air restaurant uses solar panels and composting to lessen its impact on the environment, and its ingredients are sourced from Yucatan markets that practice sustainable agriculture. No reservations are taken for lunch, but walk-ins are welcome.

Place of Business: Km. 5 Tulum, Q.R., 5 77880; phone: 52 984 186 1152


Hideaway at the back of the Pura Corazón Restaurant on the beach road, this towering multi-level bar offers spectacular views of the sunset over the jungle. Come here for a drink (and an appetizer, if you're hungry) before dinner, but get there early if you want a table. After sundown, the bar usually empties, but if you time it right, you can see the moon rise over the ocean.

Tulum, Quintana Roo, 77601 Locales 1 y 2 Lte 3 Mza 40, Centro R Phone: 52 984 871 2036


This main road eatery has both fresh seafood and warm service, making it a good option for those who like to eat where the locals do. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but the ceviches tend to be the most ordered. The serving sizes are enormous, making them ideal for feeding hungry crowds.

Location: Avenida Satélite Between Av. The Polar Pte. Calle in Tulum Tulum, Q.R. 77760 Phone: (52 )984-182-7283


This downtown eatery merges the best of Asian and Mexican street food, bringing together the savory umami and fiery spices of traditional Asian dishes with the fresh, bright flavors of Mexican fare. You can always count on tasty pork belly bao buns and other interesting dishes like shrimp dumplings with tamarind sauce and a grasshopper garnish, but the menu is always changing. A reservation is highly suggested.

The Kindness of Verdánt Tulum

Place d'Attainment: Tulum, QR, Km 227, 77760 Phone: 52 1.984.132.8378


One of Tulum's trendiest eateries can be found in the heart of the city, where it has a garden where it grows its own produce and edible flowers. The garden-to-table ingredients featured on Verdant's menu are often paired with fresh seafood dishes, and the cocktail list features interesting, flavorful options like curry and burnt mango. Make a reservation if you can.

Phone: 52 984 122 1319 Avenida 5 Sur Manzana 892 Lote 6, Local 7, Tulum, Q.R., 77760


In the morning, stop by this La Veleta bakery to pick up some fresh-baked bread for breakfast, but don't leave without sampling some of the sweets, too. Discover the most creative and visually stunning pastries ever made, where chefs experiment with Mexican-inspired shapes like tacos and cacao beans while layering on delicious flavors in classic styles. For any upcoming celebration, you can order a specially made cake.

Gift from Wellness Holistika

You can reach them at 52-1-984-280-4128 or visit them at Avenida 10 Sur Lote 4, Zona 11, Manzana 902, 77760 Tulum, QR.


Holistika's art walk is a short, circular jungle path hidden within the La Veleta wellness center, where you'll encounter interactive sculptures and murals that look like they've been dropped in by aliens. Make use of the spa services, yoga sessions, and ceremonies available, especially if they are held in the dazzling meditation dome, which also boasts excellent acoustics.

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Tulum is conveniently located near many of the Yucatan Peninsula's top natural swimming holes, many of which can be visited in a day or on your own. Some of the largest cenotes are Gran Cenote, Dos Ojos, and Laguna Kaan Luum, but smaller cenotes like Cenote Dos Palmas, which is maintained by the local Mayan community, are equally important.

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In order to contact us, please write to us at: Carretera Federal, Km. Tulum, QR, 230, 307, 77780

The Archaeological Zone of Tulum includes the ruins of a Mayan city that served as a port. Although the walled fortress is home to a number of buildings and temples, the God of Winds Temple, perched high on a mossy cliff above a tiny, protected beach, is the most photogenic.

OM Collective Tulum's Kind Permission

77760 Tulum, QR, Avenida Coba MZ 09-LT 1-2.

Tulum's most reasonably priced yoga studio is located in the heart of the city, and it operates on a donation basis for all of its classes. From vinyasa to acro yoga, this chic and cozy studio has it all.

Casa de Sierra Nevada Kindness

This purification ceremony, also known as a sweat lodge, involves sitting in a heated stone dome with other participants and breathing in stimulating aromas while being led through a series of chants by a spiritual guide. Throughout Tulum, you can find hotels and spas that offer temazcal ceremonies, though you'll likely need to make a reservation in advance because they're not offered every day.


Tulum Art Club offers a special day trip to the inland city of Valladolid, where you can learn about Mayan pottery from a family that has kept the Mayan methods alive for centuries—a rare and authentic Mayan experience. Attendees will leave the workshop with an understanding of the family's spiritual traditions and a handmade item.

Contact information: 51 984 135 5923; Avenida Tulum, Centauro Norte Esq., 77760 Tulum, Q.R.


You can find organic soaps, oils, creams, and cosmetics at this city-center beauty shop that focuses on natural ingredients. The Mexican-made cosmetics and beauty services are available.

With thanks to Claude Tulum

Road between Tulum and Boca Paila Mile 7 address: No. 5, 77760 Tulum, QR (Qatar) phone: (52-)984-(15)5715


This eco-friendly slow fashion label is known for its gender-neutral resort wear made from linens grown and harvested within a hundred kilometers of Tulum. Each item is uniquely crafted by hand and designed in Mexico.

Please contact us at 52 984 871 2136 or visit us at Avenida Tulum MZA 6 LTE 22, between Jupiter and Alfa Norte, 77760 Tulum, Q.R.


Colorful ceramics, clothing, and painted folk art fill the bright pink walls of this city center gift shop. You can find interesting, authentically Mexican souvenirs here.

Carretera Km Address 10 Tulum Boca Paila, 77780 Tulum, QR

This eco-friendly label has an excellent selection of both casual and formal menswear in addition to its wide variety of flowy bohemian dresses, kaftans, and kimonos. All materials are handcrafted in Mexico and combine traditional textiles with contemporary design.

Mailing address: Carretera Tulum-Punta Allen, 77760 Tulum, QR

These geometrical trend–and–natural element–jewelry pieces evoke a regal and pre-Columbian aesthetic, but they are anything but subtle or minimal. This store excels at silversmithing.

Postal Code and Address: 77780 Tulum, QR, Calle 2 Oriente between Calle Cecilia and Calle 4 Oriente

Here's a secret in the heart of the city: you can buy freshly roasted coffee beans and ground coffee straight from the roaster. Arabica beans grown without the use of pesticides or other chemicals in the Coatapec region of Veracruz.

Tulum's best hotels, restaurants, and beach clubs can be found in the Beach Zone, which is divided into a northern and southern section by a major thoroughfare. Hotels and restaurants are concentrated on the south end of the beach, while the north end is quieter and closer to the ruins. Without being a guest or paying customer, this makes it a little more challenging to access the beach.

Aldea Zama is a gated community with high-end condos, a shopping center, and restaurants located halfway between the city and the beach. Aldea Zama is an affluent residential area that is perfect for those looking for a spacious rental or a more tranquil hotel.

La Veleta is a developing area on the outskirts of Tulum that is linked to Aldea Zama via a shortcut. It currently has a small number of high-rise hotels and apartments, but more are under construction. Because of the area's constant change, the roads can be a bit muddy and bumpy at times.

Tulum's main square, known as Centro, is where the majority of the city's day-to-day activities take place. Here you'll also find some of the city's finest eateries, as well as other attractions like bookstore cafe Here, you can find cheaper hotel rooms, hostels, and even tours, bicycles, and mopeds than you would find at the beach.

Villas: This is a tiny residential area with zero hotels or restaurants, but it might come up if you do a search for a villa. It's here that you'll find quiet residential streets covered in enormous murals. Conveniently tucked away, it sits just off the main drag where the highway and the beach road meet.

The best time to visit Tulum is during the winter when the days are warm and sunny and the nights are cool. Average highs in Tulum range from 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In some places, the rainy season doesn't start until May, so you can still enjoy a warm and dry spring. The rainy season doesn't let up until the end of summer, so the already oppressive heat and humidity won't let up until then. September marks the beginning of fall, when temperatures and precipitation probabilities begin to drop and the weather improves once more before winter. Tropical storms of any size are more likely to occur between July and November, though hurricanes rarely make landfall in Tulum.

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