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Tulum, Mexico Travel

🗣 Mexico Language

Spanish — Though you’ll hear indigenous languages in some places

💰 Mexico Currency

Mexican Peso — Exchange rates vary, but hover around $18 pesos to $1USD

📍 Top Things to Do in Tulum

Tulum cenotes, Tulum Ruins, Tulum beach clubs, Coba Mayan Ruins

📍Tulum Off the Beaten Path

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Kaan Luum Lagoon, Akumal, Ek-Balam

Tulum Travel

Tulum is one of the most visited and best Mexico travel destinations, and not far from two others — Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Once a sleepy fishing village, Tulum is now a must see Mexico beach town.

Located on the Caribbean Sea, in Quintana Roo state, many head to Tulum for its world-class beaches, swimmable cenotes, Mayan ruins, bohemian vibes and great restaurants.

Tulum is in one of three states that make up Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and many make Tulum part of a larger Yucatan trip.

Tulum travel FAQ

Is Tulum safe for travel?

According to experts, you are statistically quite safe while visiting Mexico; but here is info on Tulum specifically, and the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico — among the safest regions in Mexico.

Quintana Roo state is home to all the big destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula — Cancun, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Holbox Island, Puerto Morelos, Bacalar Lagoon, and more.

The three most visited destinations, Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, are also three of the biggest party towns in Mexico. As is common knowledge, safety goes way down when there’s alcohol involved.

In general though, Tulum is considered very safe, from walking around to driving around. You’ll want to be aware of common tourist scams and pay attention to your valuables, which is good General Travel Safety Tips to follow when traveling anywhere.

Check out these podcast episodes with Tulum travel tips, and tips on how to stay safe during Mexico solo travel.

 

Is Mexico safe for solo female travel?

As this question doesn’t have a yes/no answer (I wish it did!), I do my best to answer it in depth in this blog, Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers. However, for the most part, Mexico is actually statistically quite safe for travelers.

Mexico is a big country, and it has plenty of amazing solo female travel destinations — from the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and culturally-rich Southern Mexico, to the charming colonial cities in Central Mexico and laid-back Baja California — there’s a perfect place for every solo traveler in Mexico.

Top 20 Solo Female Travel Destinations: Head to this article to discover the 20 best places for solo travel in Mexico, recommended by solo female travelers who have actually visited them.

🎧 Click the links below to listen to podcast episodes with solo female travel tips.

 

What's the best time to visit Tulum?

Weather-wise, this city has a tropical climate, meaning you can expect warm and hot temperatures year-round. If possible, plan to visit from October to April, during the dry season.

Common of the tropics, you can expect heavy rains all summer. In addition, June 1-November 1 is Hurricane Season, and being located right on the Carribean Sea, Tulum is highly susceptible.

Beyond hurricanes and even tropical storms and just heavy rains, the summer and fall months are very humid, and temperatures can often feel 5°F-10°F higher than what they are. If that wasn’t enough, you can also expect a lot more mosquitoes and bugs in these months.

As the weather in this area is a bit extreme, make sure to check this Mexico packing guide so you know what to bring — and what NOT to pack for Tulum.

Here are a few suggested items to pack:

LifeStraw Refillable Water Bottle: Not only will this keep hydrated, which you’ll need, it will also add an extra level of water filtration in Mexico. According to the lifeStraw site, their filters remove 99.999999% of bacteria, parasites, protozoa, viruses, toxins and microplastics.

• REPEL Insect Repellent: You’ll definitely need mosquito repellent, and this eco-friendly brand is DEET-free and plant based, with a pleasant lemon and eucalyptus scent. Don’t want to use a spray? Pick up some Mosquito Repellent Bracelets.

How do I travel to Tulum?

The closest airport to Tulum is Cancun International Airport (code: CUN), located about two hours north of Tulum. As this is a large international airport, you can usually find direct, inespensive flights from most major U.S. cities.

As Tulum is often part of a larger Yucatan Peninsuala trip for many, you can fly into Cancun International Airport (code: CUN), rent a car to drive to Tulum, and then continue exploring to best places in the Yucatan Peninsula — Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Merida, Holbox Island, Valladolid, Bacalar Lagoon, Puerto Morelos, Akumal and Chichen Itza.

🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price.

 

Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico?

As the country is quite large, road trips are a great way to see a lot in a little time. Yucatan Peninsula road trips are especially popular, as this is a very safe area of the country.

To answer the question, Is it safe to drive in MexicoYES, it’s considered safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico, though do avoid driving at night.

Beyond that, another one caveat to safety is that you’ll obviously be driving in a foreign country, and won’t be familiar with local road customs and driving laws. Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.

🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price.

 

Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?

No — U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. This is just one of the 5 Reasons Mexico is the Perfect Travel Destination for U.S. visitors.

When you go through Immigration at the airport, cruise port or land border, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Card at no charge. Keep in mind that though it’s called a “card,” it’s actually just a small piece of paper.

Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have to give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country. If you lose your FMM, there is a $600 peso ($30USD) cost to replace it, and some paperwork you’ll need to fill out at the airport before you can leave the country.

In short: Don’t lose your FMM!

Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico?

As a general rule, you’ll want to know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting anywhere in Mexico. This is both a sign of respect, and will also help you have a better trip.

If you’re wondering what constitutes “basic Spanish,” check out the infographic below — you’ll be surprised at how much you know already!

If you stick to the more touristic places where you’re headed, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.

🗣 Pro Tip: Download the Spanish Words & Phrases list below and save it on your phone as an image. This way, you have access to these most common words even if you’re off-WiFi.

 

List of useful spanish words and phrases

Tulum Podcast Episodes

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Dream To Destination

A solo travel podcast, a Mexico travel podcast… and a podcast about solo travel in Mexico.

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