Imagine lying on a white, sandy beach, lazily contemplating going for a swim in the turquoise yet crystal clear water… but what is that? Something moving in the sand? Oh, it’s just a turtle, sharing your desire to splash around in the lovely ocean. Pretty cool, right? Well, if you go to Tulum, located on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula just south of Cancún, this delightful fantasy becomes an even more delightful reality.
The best part is that Tulum is so much more than fantastic beaches and cute turtles, meaning that anyone going here is in for a real treat. It’s in the heart of the Riviera Maya – a perfect fit considering the fantastic Mayan ruins in the area. Sounds pretty good, right? We think so too, so come join us on our top 10 experiences in Tulum!
Pro Tip: Mexico is hot, very hot. And that goes for both food and temperature, so dress and hydrate accordingly!
Whether you’re perfectly happy to spend day after day on the beach, marveling at vistas so gorgeous they seem almost unreal, or if you want lots of excitement and adventures, Tulum is the right place for you!
Well, it would be almost criminal not to make the most of Tulum’s fantastic sand beaches – in fact, there are so many around that you’ll see them pop up in some of the next top experiences too. For now, let’s just say that Playa Paraíso really lives up to its name, while Las Palmas Public Beach is actually a bit less busy.
Going to a yoga studio will give you a truly unique experience: how about Mayan rituals, Aztec chakra massages or treetop yoga sessions? This is a story for both your Insta feed and grandchildren and if you want even more likes – and more fun – go to Yoga Dicha Studio. These guys work together with Help Tulum Dogs to ensure that not all dogs have to go downwards, how great is that?! Also, please do excuse the pun.
Now, this is a really cool place: a cenote is a sinkhole, which might sound a bit scary but what about an underwater cave? Has a better ring to it, doesn’t it? There are plenty around, but Cenote Dos Ojos is one of the largest ones in the world, and with its clear and all year round warm water, it’s the perfect place to go diving. Don’t know how to dive? Not to worry, the snorkeling is equally fantastic.
For even more amazing adventures, you can combine the centone snorkeling with more fun: balance on hanging bridges, fly through the air on a zipline and have an amazing time rappelling – all while experiencing the lush, leafy jungle. You definitely are going to have a whole load of fantastic stories to tell your grandchildren – and your Insta followers, of course.
Do we really need a section for things to see in Tulum when all the surrounding views are worthy of their own Insta spotlight? Maybe not, but there are some places around that really are magical – let’s have a look!
Here it is, the most magnificent of Tulum’s crown jewels: the Mayan Ruins. Also called the Walled City due to its – you got it – city wall, this was once a seaport fortress and an important trading hub in the Mayan world. Today, you can walk around the temples and pyramids, and get astonished by their mere size as well as the fine engineering. Oh, and there’s a beach and lots of iguanas around. You’re welcome.
Just like centone snorkeling and ziplining, the Mayan temples and the lovely turtles go so well together that there are tours where you can experience both. At Akumal Bay, you can float around above the seagrass beds, where both turtles and stingrays come to visit – but be sure not to bother them. If you’re lucky, you might even see turtles crawling up on land to lay eggs – again, look but don’t touch!
With its beauty, abundance of fauna and flora – there are more than 300 species of birds alone – tropical rainforest, marshes, and barrier reef there’s no need to ask why Sian Ka’an ended up on UNESCO’s world heritage list. On the boat tours you can try to spot a crocodile or two while serpentining around the natural mangrove canals and lagoons, go bird watching in the sunset or do some more snorkeling – you might want to set a whole day aside for this amazing preserve.
Eating AND staying? Yes, because many of the great restaurants in Tulum are part of hotels or resorts, so why not kill two birds with one stone and combine the sections! Don’t worry though, there’s lots of street food (think tacos and ice pops) for when you’re on the go.
This resort is packed of relaxing, fun and unique things and experiences: villas with a treehouse feel, a beach, Mayan-Mexican cuisine, and candlelight, a spa where you can relax, meditate and find true balance. And the best part? Each villa has its own Mayan mosaic tub! Bath time will never be the same again.
This is another fantastic place that combines accommodation with delicious food. Stay in one of the cabañas (huts) by the beach, one with a side of the jungle or you can live among the coconut trees – the same trees that provide the sweet nuts that you can feast on in the restaurant! Enjoy flavorful smoothies, scrumptious quinoa porridge and delicious sweet potato tacos – all made from local ingredients. Pretty cool, right?
This little gem is tucked away between the beach and the jungle and can be a bit tricky to find, but don’t worry – once you’re there you can relax in a hammock, and get your energy back with the help of all the vegan goodness the place has to offer! Pick and choose what superfoods to add to your smoothie, kick your feet up with a coconut latte or try the amazing acai bowls. You’ll be on your feet again in no time.
How amazing does Tulum sound, with top-shelf beaches, fantastic Mayan ruins and the most beautiful natural wonders, pretty amazing, right? Well, the only way to be sure is to go there yourself! If you are going, please let us know what you’re looking forward to the most!