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Tulum, Mexico Travel

🗣 Mexico Language

Spanish, though some still speak indigenous languages

💰 Mexico Currency

Mexican Peso, though U.S. dollars are sometimes accepted

☀️ Tulum Weather

Hot, humid, rainy summers, and cool, dry, plesant winters

📍Top Things to Do

Tulum cenotes, Tulum Ruins, Tulum beach clubs & bars

📍Off the Beaten Path

Kaan Luum Lagoon, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

 Tulum Map

Tulum Mexico

Tulum is one of the most visited and best Mexico travel destinations. 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 Blogs

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

Is Tulum open for travel right now? It sure is — and here’s all the info you need to safely travel to Tulum, Mexico during the pandemic.

25 Best Places in the Yucatan Peninsula to Visit in 2021

Discover the best places in the Yucatan Peninsula! From cenotes to Mayan ruins, here are the 25 must visit places in Yucatan, Mexico.

Tulum Airbnbs: 11 Best Under $99 Options You Need to Book

Ready to book a Tulum Airbnb? This Mexico travel destination isn’t always known as being budget-friendly — but it can be with these Airbnbs.

Tulum Glamping: 11 Best Airbnbs to Book in 2021

Tulum glamping on your travel bucket list?! Let’s book you an Airbnb then — because this boho beach town really is Mexico’s glamping mecca!

Tulum On A Budget: 10 Ways to Make Your Trip Affordable

Planning for Tulum on a budget? Though not known as one of the most budget-friendly Mexico travel destinations, it can be with these 10 Tips.

Tulum Beach House Rentals: The 10 Best Airbnbs for 2021

Ready to book your Tulum beach house Airbnb? You’re in the right place because the 10 most stunning beachfront Tulum Airbnbs are right here🏝

Solo Travel in Mexico: 20 Destinations You Need To Visit

Need advice on solo travel Mexico destinations? All 20 places featured here come recommended by female solo travelers who have actually been!

30 Best Mexican Beach Towns You Need to Visit Right Now

Looking for the best Mexican beach towns? You’re in the right place because the Top 30 beach towns in Mexico are right for you to discover!

Tulum Travel FAQ

Where do I stay in Tulum?

Tulum is a small town — think about five miles from end to end. It is divided into Downtown Tulum (AKA Tulum Town), Aldea Zama, and Tulum Beach. The map below will give you a good visual.

Many like Aldea Zama for its central loction, and nice Airbnb options; Tulum Beach has all the beautiful hotels you’ve seen on Instagram; and Downtown/Tulum Town has a cool locals vibe. Head here to book a Tulum beach resort.

Check out these articles on to discover the best Airbnbs in Tulum.

• Tulum Airbnbs: 11 Best Under $99 Options You Need to Book
• Tulum Glamping: 11 Best Airbnbs to Book
• Tulum Beach House Rentals: The 10 Best Airbnbs


Is Tulum safe for travel?
Tulum, Mexico, and the entire Yucatan Peninsula are considered quite safe; in fact, this area consistently ranks among the safest parts of Mexico. 

In Tulum, as long as you follow the same General Travel Safety Tips you’d follow anywhere else on Earth, you’ll be safe in Tulum.

Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travelers discussing their positive and safe experiences traveling in Tulum, the Yucatan and Mexico.

How do I get to Tulum?

The closest airport to Tulum is Cancun International Airport (code: CUN). From there, you’ll take the ADO bus, a shared or private transportation service, or rent a car and drive to Tulum.  

If you’re planning to drive in Mexico, consider taking some time to familiarize yourself with Mexico driving laws. Beyond that, plan to sit for an extra 10-15 minutes with the agent at your car rental center, and check out these 12 Tips on How to Drive in Mexico.

🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies at Cancun Airport!

What's the best time to visit Tulum?

Located in the tropics, Tulum, in Quintana Roo state has pleasant, warm winters — but hot, rainy summers!

Weather-wise, the winter months of November-March are the nicest months in this part of Tulum, Mexico. December is the busiest month for tourism.

For those who want to party, March-April durig Spring Break, are the most lively months in Quintana Roo state.

The summer months are quite hot and humid, and also, Hurricane Season. The season runs June 1-November 30, though hurricanes and heavy rains aren’t usually a problem past mid-October.

🧳 Head to this article to download your FREE Printable packing list for Mexico travel, and get a complete Tulum packing guide — so you know what to pack for Tulum, and what NOT to take to Mexico.

Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico!

When you go through Customs/Immigration at the airport, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Visa at no charge. Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country.

Check out the article 5 Reasons Mexico is One of the Best First Time Solo Travel Destinations for more reasons Mexico is such a great option for U.S. visitors.

Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Tulum?

Many people visit Tulum, Mexico, and never utter a word of Spanish!

However, as a general rule, you’ll want know at least a few words of Spanish. Download the free Basic Spanish Words & Phrases list below, and save it on your phone as an image, so you’ll have it even if you’re off-WiFi.

As far as Tulum goes, if you stick to the more touristic parts, 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.

List of useful spanish words and phrases

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