Tulum is one of Mexico’s most visited sites, and it’s no wonder why. The beautiful town located in the Riviera Maya is home to some amazing beaches, historic places and lots and lots of daily activities that you and your family can enjoy like nowhere else in the world.
If you’re considering visiting Tulum but don’t know what there is to do there, don’t worry, we have your back with this list of things you can experinece in Tulum that will make you never want to leave!
Things to do in Tulum
Visit the archeological sites
This is the “go-to” attraction whenever anyone thinks about going to Tulum. But there’s more to the amazing mayan ruins than the famous cliff-side ones, even though these are the most popular due to their fascinating history and more than spectacular view of the turquoise ocean. What people don’t realize is that there are plenty other marvelous archeological sites near Tulum, like Cobá - where you can actually climb to the top of the main pyramid for an awe-inspiring sight - and Muyil, these two generally being less crowded and more relaxing than the main Tulum ruins. We definitely recommend try hitting all three during your trip, but if that’s not in your possibilities any one of them will offer you authentic Mayan history and architecture that you can’t miss, and at affordable prices.
Discover amazing cenotes
Cenotes are underground springs where you can swim and, in some of them, even do snorkeling in the mysterious and ancient natural water caves. There around 12 amazing cenotes to visit around the Tulum area, and to decide which one to go to you need to know what you wanna do. If you prefer to take a cold swim at a beautiful location to escape the heat, Cenote Dos Ojos is the place for you: it’s located just 20 minutes from the town and it’s a perfect spot to snorkel and scuba dive as well. If you feel more adventurous Cenote Caracol offers caverns full of stalactites and stalagmites that you can explore and that’ll make you feel like you’re on another planet. Whatever it is you want to do, there is a cenote for you!
Relax at a beach like Playa Paraíso
This may come as a given, but Tulum has some of the most gorgeous beaches in all of Mexico, and they’re the main event whenever visiting town. If you’re okay with spending a little more for a more exclusive experience, we definitely recommend booking a hotel or renting a daybed at a beach club, since they hold access to most of Tulum’s south beaches. But if it’s not in your budget, fret not, because arguably the best beach in Tulum, and possibly all of Mexico, is totally free! Playa Paraíso is completely open to the public, no fee required, and it has been the number 1 beach in Mexico on TripAdvisor several times. No matter which beach you decide is best for you, all of them will provide a relaxing atmosphere, delicious food nearby, amazing photo ops and a refreshing dip in gorgeous turquoise water.
Grab a bite and a drink at a delicious restaurant
Tulum, like the rest of Mexico, has delicious food offerings and more than interesting drinks to try all around town, but especially near the beach area. You can get very delicious and authentic tacos starting at just $1 USD! Other snacks you can get are burritos and gelato, among a huge variety of other foods near the beach. If you’re willing to spend an extra buck or two, you can hire a Dining Experience and delight yourself with a several course meal in the good company of strangers who, thanks to the charismatic dinner hosts, will end the night as your friends.
Don’t forget you can also hit some bars and clubs and experience Tulum’s nightlife, you should definitely try the mojitos here among the variety of strong drinks while enjoying the excellent and lively night atmosphere.
Explore the natural reserves
Yucatan Peninsula is home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, and when you’re visiting Tulum you have easy access to two amazing natural reserves that’ll reconnect you with nature and make you feel in awe when you witness the wildlife in its natural state. The first natural reserve is Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reseve, an eco-park with 1.3 million acres of reefs, cenotes, estuaries, etc. Some guests have even said the park is worth going in two different days to be able to see it all! It’s a once in a lifetime experience that will inspire and awe you. The second natural reserve is Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, where the spider monkey is the protagonist for the tourists, but where they can also explore the jungle and see jaguars, pumas, howler monkeys and dozens of bird species. Either one of these reserves guarantees a unique experience that you definitely don’t want to miss.
Dare to kitesurf
Tulum beaches can get really windy, and though this may be an inconvenience for the average tourist, if you have a sense of adventure on your side, this is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at kitesurfing! It’s an extremely fun sport that also functions as a work out and that you can start doing in Tulum, just look for people renting their services near the beaches, and we promise you’ll have the time of your life riding those majestic waves with the fresh beach breeze in your hair.
Go shopping at a beautiful boutique
Finally our last recommendation for your next visit to Tulum is to take a moment to just walk around and marvel yourself at the beautiful boutiques spread out around town. These boutiques usually use western prices so they may be a bit more expensive than anything else in town, but if it’s in your budget don’t hesitate to grab one of the amazingly detailed designs and beautiful apparel sold at these exclusive boutiques that you won’t find anywhere else. Shopping is one of the tourist’s favorite pastimes and it’s no wonder why, so get out there and find that perfect souvenir to end your perfect trip.