It’s pastel coloured beach shacks, cliff edge ancient ruins, Mayan mud treatments and deserted beaches on holidays to Tulum
Tulum is a kaleidoscope of colour – rainbow feathered birds, powder white sands, violet pink sunsets and turquoise seas. Take breakfast under coconut palms, cycle north just after sunrise to see the Mayan ruins ahead of the crowds and dive into crystal clear waters before daydreaming under a beachfront palapa over a platter of tropical fruit. Holidays to Tulum are tranquil in pace and have a distinctive bohemian vibe.
We’ve travelled to Tulum to get away from it all, literally – much of the beach zone is off the electrical grid ensuring businesses are solar self-sufficient and high-rise resorts simply don’t exist. We can tell you the most relaxed places to go for yoga on the beach, set you off in a kayak across the Caapechen Lagoon and send you into those spellbinding cenotes so you can swim under stalagmites and stalactites. Fashion designers and celebrities flock here to learn how to SUP like a pro, pick up chic embroidery and luxe resort wear in pretty-as-a-picture boutiques and hang out in hip hideaway bars that are so laid back shoes don’t even apply. Expect day bed strewn lounges plumped up with oversized Aztec cushions and woven hammocks hidden in lush green forest.
The kind of place you come to when you want to crack open your own coconut, Tulum holidays take you through thick jungle to the pyramids of Coba, snorkelling the course of underwater caverns and ending the day with fresh fish ceviche on the beach. Call us or pop into your local store and we can start planning your dream holiday to Tulum.
- This the best place to stay if you wish to visit the Tulum ruins as you will be able to explore the ruins before the day trips from Cancun and the Mayan Riviera arrive
- There is a quieter and more low-key ambience than the larger resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen
- Our 7 night Mayan Explorer small groups tour starts in Tulum – perhaps enjoy a pre-tour stay here, or return after your tour
- The Xel-Ha theme park, which is centred on a natural lagoon and features cenotes, cliffs and caves, is located just 8 miles to the north of Tulum
Top hotels in Tulum
Best time to visit Tulum
On Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, December to April is the dry season, with a wetter season from May to November. June to October is the hurricane season throughout the Caribbean.
Tulum holiday highlights
Surrounded by unique Mayan sinkholes, better known as cenotes, you’re within striking distance of some of the most famous – El Gran Cenote, Calavera and Carwash. If you’re more about overwater adventure this is the place to learn stand-up paddle boarding and have a go at kite surfing – the steady winds are perfect for it. The renowned Tulum Ruins are north of the beach and you’re in prime position to reach them before the tourist buses arrive in town. The Mayans built cities throughout the Yucatan and Tulum’s ruins are some of the best preserved.
May to October is turtle nesting season and this stunning stretch of coastline gives you front-row seats to watch this ecological phenomena. Day trip to Akumal and you can snorkel among the turtles too. 30 miles from Tulum are the lesser-known ruins of Coba, a significant site of Mayan history and architecture that’s worth the trip, and your close proximity to the breathtaking Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve gives you access to over one million acres of natural wonder with the chance to see jaguars, pumas and monkeys up close. You’ve also got easy admission to Xel-Ha, the world’s largest natural aquarium and ecological park home to lagoons and cenotes, colourful marine life and ancient ruins.
Where is Tulum?
The Yucatan jungle meets the Caribbean Sea in Tulum, where you’ll find yourself on the east coast of the peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. The Tulum Ruins sit on nearly 10-metre tall cliffs overlooking spectacular coastline.
Tulum is divided into two parts – the pueblo and the beach zone, and getting around by bicycle or on foot are the best ways to travel. Taxis are also readily available and will take you to the ruins and the cenotes.
Talavera pottery, hand-woven hammocks, resort wear, sunglasses, bikinis and linens… there’s plenty to buy in Tulum’s artsy boutiques. You’ll find kaftans, sundresses and gemstone jewellery on Beach Road along with Mexican textiles, bohemian beachy gifts, hand-made fragrances and scented candles. Luxury beachfront shops sell designer hats and beach bags, home décor and leathers woven by artisans.
Food and drink
Open kitchens, wood-burning ovens, beachfront dining that’s always laid back and some of the best fresh fish ceviche you’ll ever try… Tulum is a great destination for relaxed, informal eateries and rustic beach shack bars. Expect fresh juices, coconut straight from the tree, wood-fired mariscos and ice-cold cocktails as you swing in a hammock. Dishes are fragrant, Mayan breakfast tacos are famous and ice cream and sorbet flavours are tantalisingly unique.