All you need to enjoy Tulum better than anyone else
Tulum is a small fishing village in the Riviera Maya, 2 hours from Cancun, that has seen its popularity explode (too fast) with international travelers. Its long white sandy beaches are now filled with boutique hotels in the famous “barefoot-luxury” style, gourmet restaurants, wellness centers, yogas, and clubs that host techno music festivals until the wee hours. Prices are even higher than in Cancun. In addition to the beautiful Mayan ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is a strategic destination to visit other Mayan sites (Coba & Chichen Itza) and beautiful cenotes. I traveled around Tulum and the surrounding area for over 2 months to find the best accommodations and experiences.
Tulum is located in the department of Quintana Roo, 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen, 2 hours from Cancun, and 3 hours from Bacalar. It is the end of the famous Riviera Maya.
Where to stay in Tulum
In addition to my extended stay in Tulum, I spent hundreds of hours analyzing traveler reviews and forums (Reddit, TripAdvisor) to analyze Tulum accommodations.
There are two main areas where you can stay in Tulum:
Tulum downtown is where the “real” city is. Accommodation and food are a lot cheaper over there. You won’t be able to walk to the beach (4km from Tulum beach).
Tulum beach is the most famous tourist area. This is where travelers stay if they want to wake up by the Caribbean Sea. Many luxurious hotels, restaurants, and bars have been built on both sides of a dirt road.