Tulum Travel Guide

Tulum Overview

Tulum, Mexico is located on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, about a 45 minutes drive south of Playa del Carmen and 90 minutes south of Cancun. The Mayan ruins of Tulum along with its pristine white sand beaches and eco chic beach resorts draw tourist from all over the world. Expect a good mix of couples on vacation and young singles looking to party and enjoy the beach. Tulum can be broken into 3 areas; Tulum beach, Tulum ruins and Tulum Pueblo.

Tulum Beach
Tulum beaches are like no other with their stunning white sand, crystal clear turquoise water and beautiful boutique hotels and cabanas. The scene has become trendier over the past 10 years or so, but Tulum has managed to avoid ecological problems that have haunted some of the larger towns to the north. Along Tulum’s beach you can find hip boutique style hotels and spas as well as a number of more affordable beach front cabanas. If you just walk the beach and pop-in and ask about rates you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at some and shocked at others. Most of the cabanas at Tulum do not provide electricity after midnight which can add to the charm of the place, but it may not be for everyone.
Tulum Ruins
The Mayan ruins of Tulum are located just off the beach on the north end of Tulum. The Tulum ruins draw a lot of one-day visitors who come specifically to see the archeological site. The main road leading to the ruins are lined with several restaurants, a handful of mid-range hotels and a commercial area where vendors sell souvenirs and handcrafts. 
Tulum Pueblo
Referred as “El Pueblo” by the locals, this flourishing area is split by highway 307. West of the highway is where most of the locals live. Also in El Pueblo you’ll find Tulum’s bus station; stores; groceries; internet cafes; tour operators; yoga classes; many hotels and hostels; international, seafood and Mexican restaurants; plus a new Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish School.  Vacation rentals are available here and at a lower rate than right on the beach.  There is a new hike and bike trail that runs about 3k out to the beach and bicycle rentals are available by the day or week. There is a fun nightlife in El Pueblo that is worth checking out, some places offering live music. 
The best way to get between the 3 areas is by taxi. The taxis aren't expensive and the roads between the 3 areas of Tulum are good if you have rented a car.
Tulum Weather
The weather in Tulum is sub-tropical and is warm all year around.  The average temperature between November and March is 79F/27C. During the summer is much warmer, April to September the average temperature is 96F/35C. The winter months Mid September to November is 66F/19C and also see the most rain fall.   See the Travel Resources section of this guide for more detailed Tulum weather averages.
How to get to Tulum
Getting to Tulum is not difficult considering its somewhat remote location. Fly into the Cancun Airport and take a taxi, collectivo bus or rent a car and drive south 90 minutes on highway 307.

Things to do in Tulum

Tulum Beach

Obviously the beach is a big draw at Tulum, and there are plenty of different scenes, offered by the various beach clubs, restaurants hotels that line the beach. Walk the beach and find a vibe that works for you. The crowd at Tulum seems to lean more towards Europeans and tourists from Mexico City who are quite liberal. Although there is no officially sanctioned Tulum nude beach, clothing is often optional at certain parts. Just remember to use sunscreen.
Scuba Diving Tulum
There are plenty options for snorkeling and scuba diving in Tulum. Several dive shops offer the ability to get your diving certificate in Tulum, which makes for a fun vacation activity. We highly recommend a Cenote dive (or snorkel) at one of the area Centoes (under ground fresh water caves). Everything can be arranged through your hotel.
Tulum Ruins
The Mayan ruins of Tulum are definitely worth a visit and only cost $4 US to enter.   We recommend going early to beat the crowds that start to show up around 9:00 AM.
Tulum Tours
There are various tours you can have arranged at your hotel. Popular Tulum tours are cenote tours, swimming with dolphins tours, tour of the Tulum ruins, and kayaking tours.
El Pueblo
Downtown Tulum, or El Pueblo, is great for a beak from the beach and a good way to experience a little of the local flavor. There’s plenty of shopping, local restaurants, fresh fruit stands and cafés. There are also a couple banks where you can use your ATM card.
Tulum Nightlife
Nightlife in Tulum ranges from the very mellow hippy scene to the hip dance party on the beach. Mezzanine offers the later and often ships in European DJ’s to spin late into the night.   In El Pueblo we recommend Habana Café for some Latin beats and excellent drinks.
Xel-Ha – An aqua park located about 30 minutes north of Tulum. Swim with dolphin, snorkel, rent a boat all in a very controlled tourist environment.

Hotels in Tulum

Tulum Beach Huts

Cabanas la Conchita – Great cabanas right on the beach, eco friendly, clean and nice staff. Electricity is on form 6AM to 6PM. Located: 5 Km, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila.
Santa Fe – Cheapest place to stay on the beach. Camping available. Located on the northern most point of the Hotel Zone. 
Tulum Hotels
Villas H2O Tulum – Modern and minimalist, located in El Pueblo. Email: reservation@h2otulum.com 
Posada Yum Kin – Four star hotel Located in El Pueblo with 9 units. Email: Dan@pyktulum.com Tel: 521 984 127 7904
Lo Nuestro – Mexican style hotle located in El Pueblo.
Tulum Resorts
Dreams Tulum – All-inclusive resort on Tulum beach. Email: info.dretu@dreamsresorts.com Tel + 52 984 871 3333
Shambala Petit - Directly on the beach, offering cooling lessons and yoga. Address: Carr. Bocapaila km. 7.5, Zona Hotelera. Email: booking@shambalapetithotel.com
List of Tulum Hotels
Mar Caribe
Playa Condesa
La Conchita
Punta Piedra
El Triunfo
Posada Margherita
Playa Kin Ha
La Flor
Yumi Ha
Rancho Playa Azul
La Luna
Cababas Tulum
Camping Oasis
Tanga Manga
Piedra del Sol
Casita del Mar
Casa Cosmo Shiva
Playa Xcanan
Zamna Guesthouse
La Nueva Vida de Ramiro
Villa Alquimia
El Viejo y El Mar
Casa Aurora
Villa la Vida

Tulum Weather

Tulum Travel Resources

Tulum Average Temperature by Month: 

Tulum Weather January: Average temperature 75F/24C
Tulum Weather February:  Average temperature 75F/24C
Tulum Weather March: Average temperature 77F/25C
Tulum Weather April: Average temperature 79F/26C
Tulum Weather May: Average temperature 82F/28C
Tulum Weather June: Average temperature 82F/28C
Tulum Weather July: Average temperature 82F/28C
Tulum Weather August: Average temperature 82F/28C
Tulum Weather September: Average temperature 82F/28C
Tulum Weather October: Average temperature 81F/27C
Tulum Weather November: Average temperature 79F/26C
Tulum Weather December: Average temperature 75F/24C
Tulum Average Rainfall by Month
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This page was last modified on 12 Mar 2012 by Maddy