Going to Tulum? Read these tips first.
If you’re a beach lover, chances are you’ve come across Tulum as a potential holiday destination, some time or the other. Blessed with a stunning Caribbean coastline, Tulum is home to a treasure trove of unspoiled beaches, cenotes, and other attractions.
It’s also the perfect getaway for a rendezvous with the remnants of the Mayan civilization. Despite its rising popularity as a tourist destination, Tulum has managed to preserve its rustic and sleepy beach town vibe.
All set to get its own luxury airport by 2023, Tulum will only become more prevalent on every traveler’s bucket list. You need to visit the place now before it gets overwhelmed with the immense influx of tourists.
If you’re planning to visit this idyllic seaside town for the first time, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Of course, you can just sit back on the white sandy beach or swim in the cobalt blue Caribbean waters. But there’s a lot more Tulum has to offer.
In this blog, we’ve handpicked a few tips for you to enjoy your holiday in Tulum to the fullest. Let’s take a look.
1. Head to a Cenote
When you think of Tulum, its spellbinding natural sinkholes are the first thing that’ll come to your mind. That is, after the jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches, of course. Nestled amidst rugged walls, Tulum’s cenotes are at once its biggest tourist attraction, as well as its best-kept secret.
Popular cenotes, such as Gran Cenote and Suytun (near Valladolid), tend to lure most tourists. However, it’s the lesser-known ones, like Choo-ha and Multum-ha, that’ll hypnotize you with their surreal beauty.
Don’t be afraid to tread off the beaten track and explore the hidden cenotes in this part of the Yucatan Peninsula. While you’re there, don’t forget to enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters.
2. Rent a Bike
Most of Tulum’s eateries, bars, and pubs are located in the downtown area, away from its coastline. While it’s only a short walk, you wouldn’t want to tire your feet with numerous to and fro downtown trips throughout your holiday. On the other hand, taking a cab for every trip will quickly blow your budget.
That’s why it is a good idea to rent a bike from a local rental service, such as Ola Bike Tulum and IBike Tulum. Apart from saving your dollars (and your feet), you’ll also get to enjoy the cool sea breeze flowing through your hair and caressing your face. It’s unarguably one of the best ways to enjoy your beach getaway in Tulum.
3. Stay in a Hostel
Ditch the touristy resorts and choose to stay in a beachfront hostel in Tulum. Properties, such as Selina hostel Tulum, let you enjoy all modern amenities in a peaceful and offbeat setting. You can even indulge in unique experiences, such as Mayan massages and cacao ceremonies. Or you can just fall asleep on a hammock under the stars.
Staying in a hostel will give you an opportunity to interact with other vibrant travelers and make new friends. Also, you’ll likely get to stay in some unique properties, including bamboo teepees and glamping tents. It’s just what you need to take your Tulum experience up a notch.
4. Explore the Mayan Ruins
You can’t visit Tulum and not head to the historic site of the Mayan ruins. Sitting on top of a cliff, overlooking the clear blue sea, the Tulum ruins are one of the most scenic Mayan sites you’ll ever come across. Plan your visit in the early hours of the morning to beat the scorching sun and touristy crowds.
Dating back to the 13th century, the erstwhile walled city includes a spectacular castle and the Temple of the Frescoes. Once you’re done marveling at the sheer enigma of the site, look below for an aerial view of the coastline. If only all those history lessons in school were this interesting!
While you’re here, make it a point to visit the nearby Mayan sites as well. Coba, home to a 130-step pyramid, is just an hour’s drive away from Tulum. If you’re willing to tread further, a visit to the outstanding Chichen Itza is also recommended.
5. Shop at the Local Boutiques
What good is a beach holiday if you don’t get to indulge in some retail therapy? The good news is that Tulum boasts plenty of locally-owned boutiques that sell a wide array of stuff. From home decor items and souvenirs to beach dresses and jewelry – you’ll find plenty of things to take back home.
Don’t be surprised if you end up with a completely revamped beach wardrobe. Popular boutiques in Tulum include JOSA Tulum, Kaahal Home, CALO, Lolita & Lolita Boutique, etc. You can also check with the locals to get more recommendations for genuine and affordable boutiques.
Do you have any other tips for enjoying a holiday in Tulum? Share your suggestions in the comments section below.
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