For anyone in need of a bit of R&R, a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula is just what they need to escape the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. While some like to visit Cancun, others prefer a quieter and more relaxed visit to Mexico, which is why they opt for the beautiful sights of Tulum. The area has grown in the past decade to become one of Mexico’s most desired vacation spots. It’s often considered a tucked-away jewel of the Mexican Riviera since it offers more of a secluded hideaway for guests looking for a more laid back vacation that the vibrant and busy atmosphere of Cancun, which is about an hour and a half away from Tulum.
A few of Tulum’s main attractions include its beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins, dozens of underwater caverns called cenotes and its bioreserves. It’s a place of true beauty, which is why many prefer Tulum over other desired tourist spots in Mexico, offering the luxury of relaxation with fun activities and plenty of culture, which all combines for an amazing vacation for just about anyone! Here are some great tips for an amazing vacation to Tulum:
Ways to save money
Like any vacation, you’ll want to save money anywhere you can. Tulum is no different and since it’s an up-and-coming vacation destination, things are getting pricy in the region. But you can easily still save money by doing a few of these things:
- Packing a beach bag – every time you head out to the beach, pack a bag. Even though Playa Paraiso beach is free for tourists, you’ll have to spend money if you want to do some of the watersports offered there or order any food. Even the hammocks will cost you, so cut down on spending by bringing your own snacks that you can easily buy for cheap at one of the many stores around the area.
- Go for the freebies – when choosing where to stay, weigh in on the location’s incentives. Many locations offer different things like a free room upgrade, money off of spa services and complimentary bottles of wine and the like.
- Plan ahead – Sometimes you can get a cheaper deal if you plan and book ahead instead of just going there and showing up for an activity that you’re interested in.
When to visit
When planning your trip to Tulum, you’ll want to go when the weather is nice, which is between October and December. This is great if you’re trying to escape a winter wonderland and want to vacation in warmer weather. You’ll also benefit from post hurricane-season breezes and will love how reasonable hotels are this time of year. The height of Tulum tourist season is from January to March so avoid these months if you’re looking to avoid massive crowds in the area. From July to September, Tulum experiences hurricane season.
Visit El Gran Cenote
The small underground cavern is great for swimming and diving. It was once considered sacred waters by the ancient Mayans, and you can even go snorkeling among the stalagmites and stalactites.
Check out the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
The region features many eco-parks and natural reserves, but the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve tops them all! It features 1.2 million acres of cenotes, wetlands, reefs and estuaries, as well as tons of local wildlife. You’ll definitely want to spend a day touring the reserve, going on a snorkeling tour or just embracing the reserve’s beauty by relaxing at a place that catches your eye.
Visit the Tulum ruins
One of the main attractions in Tulum is the Tulum Ruins, which is one of the most popular sites along the Riviera Maya. The ruins feature various temples, castles and more from the pre-Colombian Mayans. The ruins sit over the ocean on top of a small cliff, making for amazing scenery. And the calm beach below is a great place to go swimming so bring your swimsuit!
Scope out the local scene of the town of Tulum
The main town of Tulum is a great place filled with cool little shops that sell an array of locally made things and authentic Yucatan Peninsula food that you can’t experience anywhere else.
Catch a show by the Voladores
Outside the entrance to the ruins, you can sometimes catch a small performance by a group of five guys in costumes as they perform flying and dancing stunts on top of a pole. They’re locally known as the Voladores and are actually recreating a pre-historic ritual that’s associated with the Totonac Indians from central Mexico.