The Essentials: Tulum

Thursday, 13 April 2017


Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Time Zone: Central Time Zone UTC -6.

Getting There: The closest airport to Tulum, when flying both internationally and domestically is Cancun International Airport (CUN). Tulum is located about 1 hour and 40 minutes away from the airport. You can easily organize a transfer or shuttle bus when you arrive at the airport or rent a car if you would like to drive. Private shuttles are probably the most comfortable way to make the trip between CUN and Tulum, check out Cancun Airport Transfers to organize your transfer in advance. Makes for a much smoother and faster trip.

Language: Spanish. Most people working in restaurants, cafes and hotel will be able to speak some if not good English.

Climate: That perfect warm weather all year round. Can get a little sticky and humid during the warmer months.

Getting Around: If you're planning to get away from the main strip of hotels you will most likely need a car, it's definitely the easiest way to get around. Renting cars is cheap and easy, our hotel even organized it for us and had the car delivered to our hotel so we didn't have to go anywhere!

The Money Sitch: Currency is Mexican Peos $. USD is also widely accessible and accepted. ATMs are very hard to come by on the Tulum Beach Strip and are often broken or empty when you come across them. Make sure you have cash when you're dining and shopping in this area as not many places take credit card and you might have to walk over half an hour to find an ATM that works (like I did).

Internet Access: We had wifi in our hotel room, although it was a little slow and would often cut out. Not many restaurants and cafes we went to offered wifi the way had found in other parts of Mexico, so to be honest it is the perfect place to disconnect and switch off.

The Main Streets: Tulum Beach Strip is where you will find most of the beach front hotels and restaurants. It also leads right up to the Tulum Ruins and the main public beaches such as Playa Paraiso.

Best Time To Go: Tulum has beautiful warm weather all year round, often sitting around the low 30s (celsius). There is not really any bad time to go, however September and October are known as the rainy months.

Can't Miss: Tulum Ruins, visiting cenotes (there are so many to choose from), Playa Paraiso, Sian Ka'an Bisphere, Xel-ha Eco Park. If you have some extra time and/or Tulum is your only stop on the Yucatan Peninsula make sure you visit Xcaret, Chichen Itza and Ik-kil Cenote. Check out Travel Yucatan for all the activities in Tulum that you can't miss!

Good To Know: If you're looking for souvenir and gift shops, you will find the most options out the front of the Tulum Ruins. Apart from that you are more likely to find boutiques along the beach strip and more generic shops in the main town.


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