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Tulum Travel Guide: What to Do & Where to Eat in Tulum, Mexico | Wanderlist Travel

Let’s Travel to: Tulum, Mexico

Tulum offers the perfect mix of old and new, vibrant and tranquil. Beautiful white sand beaches with ancient remains as the backdrop, set the vibe for this ultimate vacation destination!

Interesting Facts:

  • An intriguing city that was built by the Mayans

  • Famous for being the only Mayan ruin site that overlooks the sea

  • This was a major port where significant trading occurred

  • It was originally called Zama

Useful information:

  • Best Time to Visit: December through April are the most desirable months to visit. The tropical Caribbean climate is pleasant for the most part, but it can tend to be rainy from June until October.

  • What to Wear: The climate is warm year-round, light, airy clothing is recommended. Casual and beach wear is appropriate in most places.

  • Getting around: Walking and cycling are the most common ways of getting around the Tulum beach area. Bikes can be rented at several spots in the vicinity. If you are visiting the city center, a car ride will be necessary. Cabs are available, but can get pricey.

What to Do:

  • The Mayan Ruins in Tulum are the most popular attraction in the area. People come from around the world to witness this amazing architectural wonder. This is the perfect day trip for families needing a break from the beach.

  • Tulum Beach runs for quite a long stretch, but just south of the ruins you will find some of the most pristine beaches in the area. White sand and turquoise waters will wash you in peace and tranquility. When the waters are calm, some of Mexico’s finest snorkeling can be enjoyed.

  • Playa Paraiso lies north of the Mayan ruins. As soon as you arrive you will feel as you have stepped into paradise. The water is absolutely breathtaking! This beach area tends to be more crowded than Tulum Beach. Water sports, snorkeling and scuba diving are all popular activities.

  • Swim with the Dolphins at Dolphinaris Tulum. This is an adventure you don’t want to miss out on. It is a great experience for both humans and dolphins! The aquarium is located on the grounds of the Hotel Grand Bahia Principe Tulum.

  • The Grand Cenote is a freshwater watering hole found in an enclave just a few miles from Tulum. The cave is known for snorkeling and scuba diving. The natural beauty is astonishing!

Where to Eat:

  • Hartwood is American-owned, but probably the most popular restaurant in Tulum. You must get here early to avoid long lines during peak season, but it is so worth the wait!

  • Casa Jaguar will make you feel as you have just stepped into the jungle. The décor and atmosphere gives off a really cool, tropical vibe. Light fare and cocktails are the speciality here.

  • Gitano is the best place to experience the local cuisine and frozen concoctions. Outdoor dining under the expansive Caribbean sky pushes this restaurant over the top.

  • Antojitos La Chiapaneca is a must when in Tulum. No trip to Mexico is complete without tacos from an authentic taco stand. The al pastor is mouthwatering and costs less than 10 pesos.

List by: Santiago Ramos

A true Texas native, wayward soul born to explore. I am a sports fanatic, beach lover and wine connoisseur.  When not turning my words into masterpieces, you will find me in the great outdoors with my wife, Lisa. I live for adventure and I’m always ready for the next experience.

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