Tulum Vacations… with all its confectioner-sugar sands, blue-green water and balmy breezes – makes this a top beach vacation destination in Mexico. There’s also excellent cave and cavern diving, fun cenotes and a variety of lodgings and restaurants to fit every budget. Tulum is mostly known for its beaches and yoga retreats. It’s where beautiful white sand beaches meet chic hotels and high-end resorts in addition to cute restaurants. You’ll find some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins in the Western Hemisphere, ruins that have the cerulean waters of the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop. And there are several cenotes (or underground water-filled caverns) and bioreserves. Tulum continues to be a tiny, quiet alternative to the other Riviera Maya resort areas during the spring break season. For a detailed description of all the beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya, visit here. Tulum Vacations planning is simple, just read on and find everything you need for your Tulum beach vacation.
Tulum Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit Tulum is between November and December. Temperatures fall to around the low 80s as the hurricane season slides away. Plan a trip for the early part of the this season if you want to save money. You’ll get the benefit of post hurricane-season breezes, and hotel prices are reasonable. Not to say that it’s hard to find good room rates at other times of the year – this small pocket of the Yucatán has one of the widest ranges of price points on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. If you’re concerned about crowds, though, avoid the region from January to March.
Best Tulum Beaches
Sian Ka’an Beach
The Sian Ka’an reserve is one of the most fascinating beaches in the Riviera Maya. If you love nature, Sian Ka’an has a lot to offer; there are over one 1,400 species of plants, as well as more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds. If you like diving or snorkeling, you will discover an endless show of sponges, pink conch, starfish, sea urchins, and spiny lobsters, just to name a few.
With the recent arrival of the Nuddy Beach Club, the beach has grown extremely popular. You’ll find plenty of opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving, plus a few hammocks, lounge chairs and umbrellas to choose from, and a few beach bars should you want refreshment.
Las Palmas Public Beach
Las Palmas Public Beach has a beautiful stretch of sand with gentle waves. It is more secluded than Playa Paraíso, and you won’t find vendors or restaurants in the immediate area. Its the perfect place if you’re looking to escape the crowded beaches. Pack your lunch and enjoy a serene day at the beach.
Playa Ruinas boasts well-preserved Mayan ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea. It is one of the most beautiful (and photographed) with white sand, turquoise waters. While at this beach, visit the clifftop Castillo archaeological site.
Akumal Beach is 30 minutes from downtown Tulum and a stretch of sand that is great for families, sandcastles and swimming. You’ll find a great selection of palapa-roofed bars and restaurants. Beach umbrellas are available to rent and great food and ice cold beers are available all day.
Tulum Tours & Activities
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote & Caves
Explore coral reefs, ancient history, and nature in the Riviera Maya on an combination tour that features some of the best of Yucatan in a single day. Snorkel through the coral reef in the Caribbean Sea, visit the Tulum archeological site, and swim in a cenote, then explore a limestone cave and take a jungle walk. This tour includes entrance fees, a buffet lunch, and door-to-door transport from hotels in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Read more about Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling, Cenote, and Caves
Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archaeologist
Discover the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum with an archaeologist on this full-day tour and enter the site early, before the crowds. Explore the ruins, set upon a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, on this Viator Exclusive available nowhere else. Visit all parts of the Tulum ruins and stop at the nearby beach for an opportunity to swim. Pickup and drop-off at Riviera Maya and Cancun hotels is included. Read more about Tulum Ruins Early Access Tour with Archeologist
Tulum Guided Tour, Cenotes and Yal-kú Lagoon Snorkeling
Tulum, cenotes, and the terrific snorkeling site of Yal Ku Lagoon make this day tour from Playa del Carmen one you must book. Walk through the ruins of Tulum, a bluff-top city overlooking the Caribbean Sea, and one of the last places inhabited by the Maya people. Discover two cenotes and explore a lagoon teeming with marine life — the perfect spot for snorkeling. This guided day of culture, history, and adventure includes lunch and hotel transport. Read more about Tulum Archaeological Site, Cenotes and Yalku Lagoon Day Trip
Exclusive Early Access to Chichen Itza & Early Access to Tulum Ruins
Combine two top tours at one discounted price over two days with a Cancun Super Saver. This Viator Exclusive provides early access to Chichen Itza and Tulum, two of Mexico’s most popular Maya landmarks, before most of the crowds arrive. An archaeologist guide will lead you around each site in the morning, providing fascinating facts about ancient civilizations as you check out ruins like Chichen Itza’s El Castillo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and admire Tulum’s stunning setting on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Lunch is included on both tours. Read more about Chichen Itza and Tulum Ruins Early-Access Tour
Tulum Jungle Maya full-day Tour
Explore the amazing nature and culture of the Riviera Maya on this all-day adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, head to Tulum and learn about its rich history and architecture before heading into the jungle. Then, rappel into an underground pond, glide over lush forest on a zipline, visit a 137-mile (220-kilometers) underground river, snorkel in crystal clear waters, participate in a Mayan blessing ceremony, and enjoy a complimentary lunch. Read more about Tulum Jungle Maya full-day tour
Best Tulum Restaurants
Arca $11 – 30
This rustic, open-air restaurant in the jungle, lit with candles and twinkling lights, serves Mexican cuisine using fresh local ingredients. If you’re dining with children, they are happy to create something kid-friendly. On the adult end, one of Arca’s specialties is creative, unique cocktails. Web: Arca
La Zebra $11 – 30
This gorgeous beachside restaurant is casual and welcoming but at the same time stylish and chic. La Zebra serves authentic Mexican breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Patrons dine in an open-air palapa-roof ambiance, with the Caribbean wind blowing in their hair. Telephone: 52-984-115-4726 Web: La Zebra
Hartwood $31 – 60
Dine at dusk with candles places along the pathways and illuminate the dining area. The menu changes nightly based on what is caught by the local fisherman. All ingredients are locally sourced from nearby farms and markets. You will find the menu drawn on a large chalkboard, brought to each table when ordering. Get an early reservation, because the waiters cross out dishes as they are gone. For more information visit them on the web at Hartwood.
El Tabano $11 – 30
El Tabano is a Mexican restaurant that serves original dishes inspired by European cuisine. Here, the healthy menu is written on a chalkboard, and the open kitchen allows diners to see their food being prepared. The candlelit, eclectic, jungle feel and live music makes for an inviting ambiance. Don’t miss the Pollo Rojo, the guacamole with pumpkin seeds and oats, and the Passion Fruit Mojito. 52-984-134-8725 Web: El Tabano
Raw Love $11 – 30
Want to eat healthy at least part of the time on vacation? Raw Love serves imaginative and delicious raw, organic vegetarian and vegan food, including smoothies, bowls and dreamy desserts, like Mayan chocolate cake. They even have gluten-free options. Dine with your feet in the sand at this outdoor rustic eatery. 52-984-130-2013 Web: Raw Love
Best Tulum Nightlife
Gitano is a mescal bar and is the place to go for cocktails, dancing and lite bites. Tiny lanterns are hung on overhead branches, along with an array of beautiful chandeliers. Two cocktails not to miss are the Mescal Mule and the Stardust. The mule is mixed with Gitano’s own how made mescal, while the Stardust has mescal, dark rum, and a mixture of fruit juices. Telephone: 52-984-745-9068 Web: Gitano.
Try the expertly mixed mojitos which range from the classic to local fruits like prickly pear, to innovative combinations like cucumber basil. No matter which flavor you order, the sugarcane juice is pressed to order. The kitchen turns out some great Italian snacks to go with your mojitos. Telephone: 52-984-745-4571 Web: Batey.
This is a favorite of the local business owners. You can get an expertly mixed cocktail and chat it up with the friendly bartenders. The ingredients are fresh. Try the Maria Sandia with mescal, watermelon, lime, and worm salt on the rim. You can eat dinner here as well, with grilled seafood, rib eye, and the catch of the day. This has a picturesque open-air jungle setting. Telephone: 52-998-222-2749 Web: Casa Jaguar.
Papaya Playa Beach Club
The Papaya Playa Beach Club throws a major party every Saturday with guest DJs. The drinks here include mescal and papaya or the well-balanced cucumber and lime drink. Great place for dancing. Telephone: 52-984-871-1160 Web: Papaya Playa Beach Club.
Best Tulum Hotels
On an unspoiled beach between the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and Tulum National Park, Hotel Encantada offers tropical gardens, a free Wi-Fi zone and stylish rooms with sea or garden views. Decorated with local textiles and artwork, each charming room has sliding glass doors which open onto a private terrace. A varied continental breakfast is provided, including home-baked bread, fresh fruit, yogurt and granola. Mexican and international dishes are available for lunch, served in the bar or on the beach. You can book a relaxing massage or hot stone treatment on the beach at Hotel Encantada. The 24-hour front desk also includes a concierge and free bike rental service.
Mi Amor a Colibri Boutique Hotel
Featuring free WiFi and an outdoor pool, Mi Amor a Colibri Boutique Hotel-Adults Only offers accommodations in Tulum. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The hotel also provides bike rental.
El Pez a Colibri Boutique Hotel
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, El Pez a Colibri Boutique Hotel offers accommodations in Tulum. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The hotel also provides bike rental and car rental.
La Selva Mariposa
Featuring free WiFi and a hot tub, La Selva Mariposa offers accommodations in Tulum, just 17 miles from Akumal. Free private parking is available on site. Enjoy a cup of coffee while looking out at the pool or garden. You will find a shared lounge at the property. Guests can enjoy various activities in the area, including biking and hiking.
Mezzanine Colibri Boutique Hotel
Mezzanine a Colibri Boutique Hotel-Adults Only is located in Tulum, just 16 miles from Akumal. The hotel has an outdoor pool and year-round outdoor pool, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The hotel also provides bike rental.