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Is Tulum Open for Travel Right Now? [Updated Dec. 2021]

Wondering, Is Tulum open for travel right now?

You’re in luck, because for the most part, it is — though not everything’s open! Don’t worry though; this article will tell you everything you need to know about safe travel to Tulum during Covid-19.

For those in the United States dying to scratch their wanderlust itch, and just a handful of countries allowing you entry without a quarantine period or vaccine verification, Mexico is one of the best countries for U.S. international travel, now more than ever. In fact, there are virtually no Tulum travel restrictions.

While, legally speaking, Tulum is open to travelers — Whether or not you should ethically be traveling is a question for each individual person. This article is not meant to argue either side; rather, to shine a light on what you need to know, should you travel to Mexico during Covid.

Tulum Travel During Covid-19

Mexico’s Traffic Light System

Mexico disperses travel health notice information via a stop light system — with a color “grade” given to each state. Each state’s color is updated every two weeks depending on the number of Covid cases, so check the government’s website for the most current info on the state you’re visiting.

🤔 What state in Tulum in? Tulum is in Quintana Roo state.

Do I need a Covid Test to travel to Tulum?

• Do I need a negative Covid test for Mexico?

No — You do not need to arrive in Mexico with a negative Covid test; though that could change at any time!

• Do I need a negative Covid test to travel back to the U.S.?

As of January 26, 2021, you must have a negative Covid test to return to the U.S. from any other country. The negative test results must be dated within three days of your flight. This means your Covid-19 test results can be from one minute before your flight, up to 72 hours before your flight takes off.

According to the CDC, only an Antigen Test (also known as the Rapid Test or NAAT Test) is required; though that could change at any time.

The Tulum Follow That Dream sign, one of the top Tulum Instagram spots on the famed Tulum Beach Road.

Where can I get a rapid covid test in Tulum?

You can get a rapid Covid test in Tulum at the places listed below. Note: This page will continue to be updated as more Tulum Covid testing locations are added.

1. Colibri Boutique Hotels

This includes the following Tulum resorts: La Zebra, El Pez Tulum, Mezzanine Tulum Hotel and Hotel Mi Amor, and appointments are suggested. Rapid Covid Tests at a Colibri Tulum hotel costs $35USD — though you’ll want to verify on the Colibri website.

2. Cancun Airport Covid Testing

Authorities recommend using this only as a last resort, as testing is limited and on a first come, first served basis. ✈️ Note: There is no Tulum Airport, so you must use Cancun Airport. Rapid Covid Tests at Cancun Airport cost about $15USD — though you’ll want to verify on the Cancun Airport website.

3. Costamed Tulum Covid Testing Centers

This is a chain of medical centers, with locations throughout Quintana Roo state. Due to a high volume of tests being administered, Costamed recommends making an appointment. Rapid Antigen Tests at Costamed cost about $50USD — though you’ll want to verify on the Costamed website).

You can schedule your appointment online, or by calling the Tulum location at (+52) 984-124-0830. Tulum Costamed is located at Calle 3 Sur s/n-Lote 8, Villas Tulum, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., near the Starbucks and Super Aki grocery store on the main road in Tulum Town (downtown).

Cenote Calavera is one of the best cenotes in Tulum. (Photo: Mathilde Langevin via Unsplash)
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Covid safety measures in Tulum

• Does Mexico make you quarantine when you travel?

No — There’s no quarantine period upon arrival as of October 2021; though that could change at any time.

• Will there be temperature checks in Tulum, Mexico?

Once you arrive, authorities in the airport may take your temperature at some point before you can leave the airport. Do note that if you have an elevated temperature above 99.5°F (37.5°C), you can be denied entry into the country.

After leaving the airport, you’ll notice temperature checks at most (if not all) places, with the exception of simply laying on the beach. As with the airport, those with an elevated temperature above 99.5°F (37.5°C), you’ll likely be denied entry.

• Do I need to wear a mask in Tulum?

In Tulum and Quintana Roo state, Mexico, masks are legally required in all public spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Though legally required, not all places in Tulum enforce masks. However, legally, they must be worn everywhere in Tulum — even outdoors — except when eating, drinking and swimming.

😷 Tulum Travel Tip: In Tulum Town (AKA Downtown Tulum), on Tulum Beach, and at outdoor restaurants and bars, many people go mask-free. This is technically illegal, so have a mask in your bag at all times, should you need to quickly put one on.

Where to stay in Tulum mexico?

You have plenty of options for Tulum accommodations! Use these articles to find your perfect places to stay in Tulum:

  1. 11 Gorgeous Tulum Airbnb/VRBO Options at Under $99 Per Night
  2. Tulum Beach House Rentals: 10 Best Beachfront Tulum Villas
  3. Tulum Glamping: 11 Best Treehouses, Glampsites & More
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What’s open in Tulum right now?

Are Tulum Ruins open?

Yes — As of May 24, 2021, the Tulum Ruins are open. The Tulum Archeological Zone is open daily, from 9am-5pm, with the last ticket sold at 3:30pm. There’s a maximum capacity of groups no larger than 10, and a total of 3,000 people per day — so arrive early to guarantee your admission.

As Covid measures in Tulum are still in place, you’ll need to get a temperature check at the entrance and be under 99.5°F (37.5°C). You must wear a mask all times and practice social distance during while visiting Tulum Ruins.

Playa Ruinas is the beach right beneath the Tulum Ruins Mexico. There is a staircase at the site you can take down to the beach after touring the Tulum Mayan Ruins.

Mayan Ruins Near Tulum that are open

Chichen Itza: One of the Seven Wonders of the World! Located about two hours from Tulum, you can drive there with your rental car, take the ADO bus from Downtown Tulum, or opt for this Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour group tour.

Coba: Coba is unique in that it’s more of a whole Mayan city, versus a Mayan pyramid site. It is located about an hour from Tulum, deep in the jungle (so don’t forget your eco-friendly bug spray 🦟). If you’re having to choose Chichen Itza vs Coba, many opt for Coba to avoid the crowds at Chichen Itza.

Ek-Balam Ruins: This is an off the beaten path Mayan Ruins in Mexico is located near the pueblo magico (magic town) of Valladolid — though it’s actually a fascinating and beautiful site. Since so few visit, you can climb the pyramids at Ek-Balam.

chichen itza, a mayan pyramid and wonder of the world - day trips from Merida
Chichen Itza
Coba Pyramid
stone temples at Ek-Balam Best Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan
Ek Balam Ruins
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Are Tulum beaches open?

Yes — All beaches of Tulum Yucatan are open. When you visit, make sure to head to all of the best Tulum, Mexico beaches: Playa Paraiso, Playa Pescadores, Playa Ruinas (AKA Playita Tortugas, the beach cove beneath the Tulum Ruins), and Las Palmas.

For a unique experience, head to the Tulum Cenotes, Kaan Luum Lagoon and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, in addition to the beaches.

Best Beach Clubs in Tulum

For many, no visit to Tulum is complete without checking out the best Tulum beach clubs. Do know that they cost about $50-100USD for a day pass, for the use of their lounge chairs, beach beds, cabanas, hammocks, pools, showers, food/drink service, etc. Here is a list of Tulum’s best beach clubs:

Tulum has some epic beach clubs, like this one at Casa Malca. ▶︎ Book your stay at Casa Malca

At some Tulum beach clubs, there is an actual entry cost of about $50-100USD. However, some apply a part of that cost to your food/beverage tab. This is called a “minimum spend,” meaning that is the minimum amount each person has to spend at that particular Tulum beach club.

🏝 Tulum Travel Tips: If you’re traveling to Tulum on a budget, just grab your beach bag and head to the beach. The beaches in Tulum are all free — you just won’t have access to beach club services or bathrooms! You can also hit up these beach clubs during Tulum Happy Hour to save a few bucks.

Gran Cenote is one of the best cenotes in Tulum.
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Are Tulum cenotes open?

Yes — The Tulum cenotes are open. Do know that they are mostly privately owned, as they are technically the property of whose land they are located on, so the owners set the rules. If there are specific cenotes in Tulum you can’t miss, head to those earlier in the day.

Also, many cenotes are only opening at limited capacity — yet another reason to visit your must see Tulum cenotes early in the day. Depending on the crowd level, some many also enforce time limits, ie. you can only swim for one hour.

Tulum has so many cenotes to see within just minutes of downtown. Many of the best Tulum cenotes are located just off Highway 109, all within 25 minutes or less of Tulum Town (Downtown Tulum). You could ride your bike, hire a taxi or drive your rental car — but don’t walk to the Tulum cenotes.

Wondering — What is a cenote?

To make a long story short, cenotes (pronounced sen-no-tays) are basically underwater sinkholes containing crystal-clear, blue water. They are only found in a few places on Earth, with the largest concentration in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where there are about 6,000 cenotes.

🐠 Tulum Travel Tip: If this will be your first visit to a cenote, check out this Cenote FAQ to ensure you’re a responsible visitor.

We can see and swim in them because the limestone once covering the water has collapsed and/or eroded throughout Earth’s existence, exposing the water beneath. Cenotes have freshwater, and a refreshing 75°F (24°F) year-round temperature.

Cenote Zacil-Ha is one of more photogenic cenotes in Tulum.
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Best Tulum Cenotes

Gran Cenote: Gran Cenote and Cenote Calavera are the two most instagrammable cenotes in Tulum. Gran Cenote, meaning “big cenote,” is a larger site with several cenotes that meander along the jungle floor, connected to one another by wooden walkways. ▶︎ More info

Cenote Calavera: Cenote Calavera has three holes you can jump in to access the water below. This cool natural phenomenon is super popular, so try and arrive early to beat the crowds. ▶︎ More info

Cenote Tankah & Cenote Car Wash: These two are right next to one another, and make a great combo trip. Cenote Tankah is well known as the only Tulum cenote that has a zipline, perfect for adventure-seekers! Cenote Car Wash (AKA Cenote Aktun Ha) has a much more chill, lagoon vibe. ▶︎ More info

Cenote Zacil-Ha: This is an open, swimming pool-style cenote. Cenote Zacil-Ha has plenty of nice onsite amenities like covered/shaded areas, bathrooms and snacks for sale. ▶︎ More info

Cenote Santa Cruz Tulum: This one is just stunning, and also very conducive to hosting visitors with onsite bathrooms, shaded palapas, grassy areas to relax in, and more.

Best Tulum cenotes tours

Prefer to tour the Tulum cenotes? Check out these great options below ⤵

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Is Tulum Safe for Travel?

Short answer: Yes, for most travelers, it is.

Longer answer: Safety is a tricky subject — in Tulum, and everywhere — because safety is a feeling, not a fact. Just because a place “feels” safe doesn’t mean it is, and just because an internet article says a place is safe, doesn’t mean you should let your guard down (quite the opposite, in fact).

However, as a general rule, Tulum and the Yucatan Peninsula are considered quite safe for visitors. Aside from hurricanes, sunburns and drinking too much (get some Liquid IV Hangover Cure if you plan to party, and thank me later), Tulum is a safe place to travel solo and with a group.

You’ll want to, of course, follow the 10 General Travel Safety Tips below to err on the side of caution. However, these are the same safety measures you’d follow when traveling anywhere on Earth, and they should suffice in Tulum, Mexico.

10 General Travel Safety Tips
  1. This should be a no brainer since you’re traveling during a pandemic, but get Travel Insurance!
    • Safety Wing: Perfect for general travel coverage, and digital nomad who travel for extended periods of time.
    • World Nomads: Perfect for those who want to do adventurous activities while traveling.
  2. Don’t walk home alone at night if you can help it; take a taxi or ride your bike in Tulum.
  3. Always listen to your intuition because your intuition is always right.
  4. If you get a sketchy or uneasy feeling about a person or place, get away from that person or place immediately. If you feel you’re in danger, don’t worry about making a kind, nice, or politically correct exit from a creepy person or bad situation — Just get away ASAP.
  5. Don’t keep your phone, keys, wallet, passport, or anything valuable in your back pocket.
  6. Learn some basic Spanish. If you can’t learn it, save this infographic as an image on your phone so you have something to use even if you’re off-WiFi.
  7. Take all of your belongings into the bathroom with you, rather than asking a cafe/bar neighbor to watch your things.
  8. Speaking of bar neighbors, don’t ever accept drinks from strangers and/or leave your drink unattended near someone you don’t know.
  9. Don’t wear flashy clothes, expensive jewelry, designer sunglasses, etc.
  10. Keep some cash in your pocket so you don’t have to pull your whole wallet out every time you need to make a small transaction like for street tacos 🌮
Register for the STEP Program

Make sure you enroll in the FREE STEP Program before your trip. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, allows U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico to document your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. In Tulum, that’s the Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen.

After you’ve registered, the U.S. Embassy or Consulate can contact you in the event of an emergency, including natural disasters, civil unrest, etc. STEP can also put you in touch with your family and friends back home, in the event of an emergency while abroad.

Mexico Travel Insurance

Want an added level of security and peace of mind during these strange travel times? Smart choice! Pretty much all travel insurance companies have Covid coverage, but always double check before purchasing.

Just as you insure your car, home and body, you can also insure your luggage, belongings and health during travel. If Mexico travel safety is the thing holding you back, get a free quote from the two companies listed below — two of the biggest names in Mexico travel insurance.

  • Safety Wing: Perfect for general travel coverage, and digital nomad who travel for extended periods of time.
  • World Nomads: Perfect for those who want to do adventurous activities while traveling.
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Is Tulum Mexico safe right now?

Yes — On November 8, 2021, the U.S. reopened all borders with Mexico. While it was always legal to fly to Mexico, land borders were shut down for 20 months — however, all borders are now open for business and pleasure travel to Tulum and all Mexico.

Additionally, the World Travel & Tourism Council’s global travel safety program, Safe Travels, has certified many Mexico travel destinations, including Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, as safe for travel. To qualify for this program, countries must follow rigorous cleaning and hygiene protocols.

You can also check the U.S. State Department and CDC websites for the most up-to-date information.

The Ven a la Luz (Come to the Light) sculpture, the entrance to Ahau Tulum Resort and Raw Love Cafe, is one of the most Instagrammable Tulum spots.
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Tulum Travel FAQ

1. Do I need a visa for Mexico?

No — U.S. passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Mexico. This is another reason why Mexico is one of the best travel destinations from the U.S.! When you arrive in Mexico and go through Immigration, you’ll receive your FMM tourist card. Don’t lose your FMM, as you must give it back when leaving Mexico. 

2. What’s the best time to visit Tulum?

Weather-wise, fall/winter is the best time to visit Tulum. It is technically the busy season in Tulum, though because of Covid, you’ll be able to get some great deals on flights and accommodations, and stretch your dollar further (for now!).

Tulum Weather

3. What do I pack for Tulum?

Tulum Mexico, and the Yucatan Peninsula, have a tropical climate. As you can see by the average yearly Tulum weather chart above, this part of Mexico is hot (and humid 😥) for most of the year, so definitely pack a Water-To-Go Bottle, which will filter your drinking water and keep you hydrated.

Mosquitoes are also an issue, so don’t forget your eco-friendly bug spray, and bring reef-safe sunscreen so you practice responsible tourism in Mexico. If you’re planning to drink a lot, these Anti-Hangover Pills are a lifesaver (thank me later!).

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4. Tulum Style: What to Wear in Tulum?

As far as how to dress in Tulum — anything goes — you can dress as casual or as extra as you’d like. Check out the outfits below ⤵ to give you an idea of Tulum wear, and if you need more tips on what to wear in Tulum, head here for Tulum outfit inspo.

For the Tulum vibe, think flowy, tropical, breathable, cotton, and light-colored clothing; bonus points for anything that doesn’t show sweat! Besides all your summer-wear, you may use a light cardigan at night and comfy sweats to sleep in, but Tulum is the place for sundresses and bathing suits.

Tulum Packing List: Tropical sundresses, Boho chic attire, Bathing suits, Flowy maxi dresses, Kimonos, Shorts, Jumpers, Cover-ups, Cute/comfy Sandals, Water shoes for cenotes, Sunglasses, Sun hat, Hair scarves, Beach bag.

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5. Where is Tulum Mexico?

Tulum is in Quintana Roo state, located in the Yucatan Peninsula, in southeastern Mexico. It is about 75 miles/two hours south of Cancun, and 40 miles/one hour south of Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya.

Tulum Map

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6. What’s the closest airport to Tulum?

To travel to Tulum, Mexico, you’ll fly into Cancun International Airport (code: CUN). It is the closest airport to Tulum, at about 75-miles away, as there is no airport in Tulum. From Cancun Airport, the most stress-free and hassle-free option is to take a private shuttle, but there are other options below.

Besides the private shuttle, there’s the shared shuttle, you can rent a car, or take the ADO bus to Tulum. Keep scrolling for detailed info on all these options. This drive is 1.5 hours on Carretera Cancun-Chetumal (Highway 307) — which will take you straight from Cancun to Tulum.

💸 Tulum Travel Tip: Take out some cash at a Cancun Airport ATM! Cash is king in Mexico and Tulum, where many places are cash only.

Cancun to Tulum private transfer service
🚐💨 Head here to read Cancun Airport Transportation reviews, the best airport transfer from Cancun to Tulum!

7. How do I get from Cancun to Tulum?

Is there Uber in Cancun & Tulum?

Wondering if you can take Uber from Cancun to Tulum? Unfortunately, no. While there is limited Uber service in Cancun, they won’t take you as far as Tulum. There’s also no Uber in Tulum itself, though there are plenty of taxis — just make sure you have cash in pesos to pay.

🚕💨 Tulum Travel Tip: When taking a taxi in Mexico, you negotiate and agree on the fare before entering the taxi.

Cancun Airport to Tulum: Shared Shuttle

Cancun Car Rental: Drive to Tulum

The easiest, most convenient way to travel from Cancun to Tulum? A rental car, of course. Discover Cars is a great option — which I personally use! — because they have several Cancun Airport rental car options.

Cancun Airport is the best place to rent a car for Tulum because all the big name companies have locations there, and you only want to use a reputable company. For a complete guide to Mexico car rentals and 10 Mexico driving tips, head to Renting A Car in Mexico: Everything You Need to Know.

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Cancun to Tulum Bus

If you’re traveling to Tulum on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to get from Cancun to Tulum.

The largest bus company in Mexico is ADO, and you can take one straight from Cancun Airport to the main bus station in Downtown Tulum. Prices will vary, but should generally be less than $300 pesos ($15USD) for a one-way ticket, which you can buy online here or at the airport.

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Final Thoughts: Is Tulum open right now?

Writing about travel during a global pandemic is a grey area, to say the least. However, the fact remains that Tulum is legally open for travel — whether I wrote this article or not. In fact, Mexico never fully “closed,” and Tulum has been welcoming tourists since June 2020.

You might be wondering why it has been open for so long, when most places were closed. Great question; and the answer is of course, tourism dollars.

Quintana Roo state (home to Tulum, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Bacalar Lagoon, Holbox Island, etc.), is nearly a 100% tourism-based economy, and the Mexican powers-that-be decided not to cut off their main economic artery.

Responsible Tulum Travel during coronavirus

For the record, I’m not saying you should or shouldn’t travel to Tulum during Covid — that is a moral question for yourself. What I’m saying is that you legally can take a Tulum trip, and I’d imagine Tulum’s small business owners and locals would love to accept money from responsible, safe travelers.

For those in the U.S. planning to travel during corona virus, and just a handful of countries allowing you unrestricted entry, Mexico is very attractive for travel right now. However, keep in mind travel is a privilege, and for those traveling to Tulum, do so safely, legally, responsibly and respectfully.

Have additional questions about Tulum travel during Covid?

I’d love to hear from you! Please join the conversation and ask away in the comments down below — and I’ll do my best to get you the info you need.

Tulum Podcast

So many people have slid into my DMs wanting to know about Tulum travel during Covid, that this article is now available as a Tulum, Mexico podcast episode. 🎧 Check it out below, or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

It has all the info contained in this post about traveling to Tulum during Covid-19, as well as suggestions of things to do in Tulum, where to stay in Tulum, the best restaurants in Tulum, can’t miss Tulum cenotes, and more.

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  1. I was fortunate to visit the Yucatan and Tulum in Feb. before the whole lockdown started. Loved it. This is a very complete and informative post. I also like that you presented some of the ethical dilemmas as well as updates on COVID 19. Great post.

    1. Thank you for saying that… I know travel right now is such a grey area. I hope I navigated the minefield well🤞

    2. I really want to go to Tulum!! This is such a thorough guide. Definitely saving this for when I eventually make it out there

  2. I have always wanted to go to Tulum! My home country is on lockdown right now but I will definitely go to Mexico when it’s lifted.

  3. Wow, your post has so much good information. I haven’t visited Tulum in over 15 years! I’ll bet it has changed so much.

  4. Helpful content! Your drone footage is amazing. I have many friends flying out to Tulum as one of the few places Americans can travel to this winter, for better or worse.

    1. Hi Taylor: You are so right…. “for better or worse” is the correct phrase. I am trying to tread lightly, because it’s no secret that Mexico travel right now can have negative outcomes, but I hope anyone traveling will do so in an ethical way, and follow all laws.

  5. This blog is absolutely amazing! There is so much helpful information 🙂 I would love to visit Mexico, I’m craving beach and tacos.

  6. Love how thorough you are in this post about visiting Tulum. Lots of great information for people who are wanting to travel there!

  7. It’s so interesting how Tulum is blowing up with visitors right now. I can’t blame anyone… I’d love to lie on a beach or explore the surrounding cenotes, too! This is such a thorough post on how to visit Tulum during the pandemic.

    1. Hey Catherine: Yeah, I think everyone’s headed down to Tulum to get their Vitamin D. Winter is technically “season” for Tulum, and the weather’s perfect right now. I just hope everyone travels responsibly🤞🤞🤞

  8. I visited Tulum 14 years ago. I think it is time for a return trip. This post is very helpful since it seems that a lot has changed in the past 14 years!

    1. Elizabeth: I first visited 2 years ago, and it’s almost a different world… I can only imagine from 14 years ago!

  9. Your posts are always so incredibly detailed and informative. When I plan my first ever trip to Mexico I will be reading every single thing you’ve written to plan it! xx

  10. I would love to visit Tulum, it looks like an incredible place. While I’m not ready to travel yet, mostly because although I would be able to leave Canada it would be difficult getting back in without quarantining, if this goes on much longer I might have to think about doing something. Great advice and tips on Tulum and how it is right now. I’m always interested with how other places are dealing with the current situation

  11. I would love to visit Tulum, it looks like an incredible place. While I’m not ready to travel yet, mostly because although I would be able to leave Canada it would be difficult getting back in without quarantining, if this goes on much longer I might have to think about doing something. Great advice and tips on Tulum and how it is right now. I’m always interested with how other places are dealing with the current situation

  12. Beautiful, thorough, and informative post. Also, perfect timing because my husband and I were recently discussing a possible trip to Tulum during the winter. I think I would want to stay on the beach , since I see beach so rarely living in Kentucky. Also the cenotes were very interesting. I did not know about them. They look beautiful. Definitely will visit a few. Of course need to go to Chitchen Iza too. Thanks for all the great tips!!

  13. I’ve never been to Tulum except via a Cruise decades ago. I’ve been itching to travel and thought maybe Mexico would be good for Winter but my hubby is still anxious about flying during covid. So now we wait some more…..

  14. A place in paradise. Adding this to my list. It looks fantastic and so beautiful. Thank you for sharing all the updates regarding the current situation

  15. Love your blog Shelley! I can’t wait for travel restrictions to ease so I can visit Mexico again soon! Looking forward to more posts from you.

  16. Great post, thanks for so much detail! I visited Tulum years ago briefly but I missed so many of the places you recommended – you’ve inspired me to plan a new trip soon 🙂

    1. Hi Hannah: I was there about 1.5 months… and still didn’t make it everywhere I wanted to!

  17. It’s good to know that there are still places open for travel! Although I think it’ll be a while before I can make it there from the UK…
    Tulum looks absolutely incredible though, and I really hope I can visit in the not-too-distant future! Thanks for such a detailed and informative post, it’s great inspiration 🙂

  18. Tulum looks beautiful and good to know you can still visit during covid. Unfortunately the borders for Australia are closed so I will have to wait to get there. Thanks for a great post I’m saving for a later date.

  19. This post has so much helpful information! I am DYING to get to Cenote Azul, it looks so beautiful and cant believe it’s so close to Downtown Tulum! Thank you for sharing!!!

    1. Hi Kat: Thanks for writing! Surprisingly enough, many of the best cenotes are within 1 mile of Tulum Town/Downtown Tulum.

  20. Vow that is a perfect guide to Tulum. I would love to visit one day. I have not yet been anywhere in south or central america, all are on my list.

  21. Girl I love your blog so much! And I am so desperate to go to Mexico! 💖 Particularly Tulum!

  22. Tulum has been on my bucket list for so long. Knowing that it’s still open for tourism is good. I liked that you presented what we need to know before we go and then we can all decide whether to go or not.

  23. Erin at Pina Travels says:

    I won’t be traveling until I get the vaccine, but thank you for this Tulum inspiration! I’ve been to Mexico City, but my next trip to Mexico I definitely want to visit an oceanside area. It would be SUCH a dream to go swimming in cenotes!

  24. It always amazes me when I see a place, like Tulum, become so trendy. I’ve been a handful of times, so I can definitely see the allure. It is such a picturesque location!

    There’s a ton of great information in this post, it’s extremely helpful for anyone planning a trip.

  25. This blog post covers EVERYTHING! I’m hoping to do Tulum for my 30th birthday this year so this is SO helpful! Thank you!

  26. I’ll be in Tulum at the end of Oct. how busy has it been? How is business? Are a lot of places open?

    1. Hi Ashley: Tulum is generally busy, and given that it never really “shut down,” you can expect the normal medium-large October crowds. Most places are open, except the Tulum Ruins… though things change every 2 weeks in Mexico (per the Mexico Traffic Light System), so that could change by the time you visit. I hope you enjoy Tulum 🇲🇽