50 EPIC Things to Do in Tulum Mexico in 2024

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You’ve landed on the right article because I have lived in Mexico since 2018, including several months spent in Tulum and nearby Playa del Carmen.

With this article, I’ve created the most complete list of things to do in Tulum available anywhere online!

Whether you’re visiting Tulum for two days, or 20 days, this list of the Top 50 Tulum attractions and hidden gems will keep you busy — and help you plan an unforgettable Tulum itinerary.

From the must see Tulum sites and best beaches in Tulum, to the most Instagrammable Tulum places to snap your photos and all the delicious tacos you have to try 🌮🤤, Tulum has something for everyone.

The good news? It’s all featured right here in this article, so let’s get to this list of the 50 Best Things to Do in Tulum Mexico so you’re all set to have an amazing Tulum trip.

The 50 Best Things to Do in Tulum Mexico

1. Explore the Tulum Ruins

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Book this Tulum Ruins and Cenotes Guided Tour to enjoy the majestic Mayan Ruins and cenotes of Tulum.

The Mayan Ruins of Tulum Mexico are a must-visit, and one of the most iconic Tulum landmarks. They are the only Mayan Ruins located on a cliffside overlooking the Caribbean Sea, which many say makes them the most beautiful ruins in Mexico.

The Tulum Ruins Archeological Site is located on Tulum Beach just two miles (3 km) from Downtown Tulum.

They are accessible by scooter, bicycle, on foot, by taxi or rental car, and it takes 10-15 minutes to drive there in normal traffic from downtown.

💡 Tulum Ruins Pro Tips: If there’s one great Tulum Ruins tip, it’s that you want to arrive early to beat the crowds and explore the whole site before the midday sun starts beating down. You can go on your own, or book this Tulum Ruins Without the Crowds Tour.

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2. Visit Playa Paraiso Tulum: Home to the Leaning Palm Tree in Tulum

slanted palm tree in tulum at playa paraiso beach
The Tulum leaning palm tree at Playa Paraiso Beach Club.

Playa Paraíso (meaning, Paradise Beach) is the most famous, most popular, and some say, the most beautiful beach in Tulum. It’s also home to the famous Tulum slanted palm trees, which make for a great photo op.

The beach itself, while very popular, tends to feel peaceful despite the crowds. An expansive and long stretch of white sand and turquoise waters, Playa Paraíso stretches for many miles along the Caribbean Coast, so you’ll always find a spot to call your own.

There are a few great Tulum hotels on the beach here, including El Paraiso Hotel Tulum. The adjoining Playa Paraiso Beach Club, is one of the best Tulum beach clubs, and one of the most popular spots on Playa Paraíso Beach.

Here, you’ll find one of those famous slanted palm trees in Tulum where you can take some great photos.

Visitors can also rent beach chairs, enjoy a cold beer or cocktail, and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere at the beach club.

🏖️ Playa Paraiso Amenities: There are several Tulum Beach clubs here (with food and drinks for purchase, and chairs, sunbeds and umbrellas for rent), Limited parking, Lifeguards on duty during the busy season months of approx. November to March

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3. Laze on More of the Best Tulum Beaches

🏖️ Playa Ruinas (Tulum Ruins Beach)

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Located beneath Tulum’s Ruins, this popular spot is the perfect place to cool off after exploring.

This so-called Tulum Ruins Beach is located just below the Tulum Ruins. It is a small beach cove, and tends to fill up quickly, so the best time to visit is early in the day.

To access the beach, you can take the staircase down from the ruins — but know that at high tide, you can’t go down to this beach because the water envelopes the sand.

Beach Amenities: There are sometimes vendors selling cold water and snacks, but that’s about it. If you’re coming from the Tulum Ruins, you can use their bathrooms.

🏖️ Playa Las Palmas

One of the best swimming beaches in Tulum, Playa Las Palmas (meaning, The Palms Beach) is a very chill spot.

If you want to relax and unwind away from the crowds but still within the main area of Tulum — this is the place.

The beach itself here is small, but has a nice rocky cove at one end, which makes for a great photo op. Since there aren’t any beach clubs at Playa Las Palmas, it is mostly occupied by locals.

Beach Amenities: There really aren’t any besides public bathrooms, as this is one of the more natural beaches in Tulum.

🏖️ Playa Pescadores

fishing boat at playa pescadores tulum beach
Playa Pescadores is one of the best public beaches in Tulum, and one of its most pristine beaches.

Thanks to its convenient location near Tulum Ruins, Playa Pescadores (meaning, Fisherman’s Beach) is another one of the most popular Tulum beaches.

Like the name says, this is where the fisherman come ashore to bring their fresh catch into town for sale. If you get there in the early morning, you’ll even see them and their picturesque wooden boats.

Beach Amenities: Restaurants and bars, Public restrooms and showers, Limited public parking, and kiosks selling excursions like snorkeling tours, bike tours, boat tours, and more.

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4. Swim in the Tulum Cenotes

Cenote Calavera

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Among the most popular destinations for swimming and scuba diving in Tulum, Cenote Calvera is a good option for many.

Cenote Calavera translates to “Skull Cenote” because it has three openings for you to enter in — one is large (pictured above) and two are small, so it resembles a human skull with the two small openings mimicking the eyes.

It is one of the most Instagrammable cenotes in Tulum, and also one of the smaller ones.

If you want to visit without the crowds, head there early! For more info, check out this Ultimate Guide to Cenote Calavera Tulum.

El Gran Cenote (Grand Cenote)

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Gran Cenote is also a great snorkeling spot in Tulum.

Gran Cenote, meaning “Large Cenote,” is also one of the most popular Tulum cenotes.

However, unlike the Calavera Cenote, this place is very big (as the name says), and boasts a series of cenotes connected by wooden walkways through the jungle.

It is also one of the prettiest cenotes in Tulum, and very popular for photos and YouTube videos. If you’re looking for one of the best #tulum cenotes to get some social media love on your feed, don’t skip Gran Cenote Tulum.

Cenote Atik

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The Tulum cenotes offer a unique experience you can’t find everywhere.

One of the more off the beaten path Tulum cenotes, Cenote Atik is a hidden gem — but it won’t stay hidden for long. Located on the same road as Cenote Calavera and Gran Cenote, you’ll want to add Cenote Atik to your Tulum itinerary.

Cenote Zacil-Ha

swimming at cenote zacil ha tulum mexico

Traveling to Tulum with kids? Zacil-Ha Tulum Cenote is one of the most family-friendly cenotes in Tulum.

There’s onsite restaurants, plenty of lounge chairs and hammocks to relax in, a regular swimming pool, and even cabins you can stay the night in.

Cenote Corazon

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Meaning “Heart Cenote,” Corazon Cenote Tulum is actually shaped like a heart when viewed from above.

It is a great place to lounge on the wooden decks surrounding the cenote, has amazing snorkeling, and there’s a jump platform if you want to dive in.

⭐️ BONUS: Best Cenotes Near Tulum

woman in cenote suytun mexico
Known as “the Instagram cenote,” Suytun Cenote is among the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico.

When anyone asks me for tips on what to do in Tulum for a day, I’ll always recommend cenote hopping because there are just so many!

While there are a lot of great cenotes in Tulum, you’ll also find some of the best Mexico cenotes just outside Tulum.

These include: Cenote Ik-Kil near Chichen Itza Ruins, Cenote Suytun, Cenote Dos Ojos, Cenote Caracol, Cenote Azul near Playa del Carmen and Cenote Oxman near Valladolid — though there are many, many more.

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5. Lounge at Laguna Kaan Luum Lagoon

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The Instagram worthy Tulum swings at Laguna de Kaan Luum Lagoon.

This fabulous Laguna Kaan Luum Lagoon & Cenote is only a 10 minute drive from downtown Tulum in your rental car. Personally, it is one of my favorite places in Yucatan and the Riviera Maya for swimming.

With nice amenities at Kaan Luum Lagoon like snack shops, restrooms, showers, and a large wooden deck with umbrellas for shade and benches to relax on, you can enjoy the whole day here. If you only want to visit for an hour or two, you can do that as well.

You can visit on your own, or book this Mayan Cenotes & Kaan Luum Lagoon Tour. It will take you to some of the best cenotes in Tulum, including a cave cenote located underground, and also Kaan Luum Lagoon.

🏄‍♀️ Go Paddleboarding at Kaan Luum Lagoon

For sporty and adventurous travelers, you can also go do some Kaan Luum paddleboarding. You can rent a SUP paddle board and life jacket when you arrive, and then enjoy a day on the water at one of the best places to paddleboard in Tulum.

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6. Explore Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve & Muyil Ruins

dolphin spotting on one of the best sian kaan tours in tulum mexico
When it comes to cool things to do in Tulum, nothing tops Sian Kaan Biosphere.

Sian Kaan Tulum nature Reserve

Sian Ka’an, meaning “origin of the sky” in Maya, is a 1.3 million-acre natural reserve (5,260 km²), and one of Mexico’s most ecologically diverse regions. The best (and really, the only) way to explore its vastness is on a boat tour.

My pick for the best Sian Kaan tour from Tulum is this Sian Ka’an Full Day Tour for Adventure Seekers.

It has a perfect Five Star rating, and takes you on a boat to Sian Ka’an, the manatee zone at Boca Paila Lagoon and Punta Allen Beach.

One of the largest ecological reserves in Mexico, Sian Kaan is home to stunning crystal clear waters ideal for swimming, and diverse animal life. 

On your tour, get ready to see everything from dolphins and manatees, to sea turtles and various endemic birds.

Muyil Mayan Ruins in Tulum

Muyil Ruins
You have easy access to Muyil Mayan Ruins once you’re inside Sian Kaan.

Want to check out some of the Tulum Mayan Ruins during your visit? You’re in luck because this tour starts at Muyil Archaeological Site in Sian Ka’an, one of the best Tulum hidden gems.

Muyil Ruins are one of the longest-inhabited ancient Mayan sites on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Occupied between 350 BC to 1500 AD, it was a major maritime trading port. Today, it has three main structural groups you can check out.

For a personalized experience that includes a hike, a boat trip through the reserve, and a visit to the archaeological site of Muyil — look no further and book this Private Tour of Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve.

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7. Sip Mezcal at a Tulum Mezcal Tasting

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Tulum mezcal tours are a great way to get to know this delicious Mexican spirit.

While tequila is the most famous Mexico drink outside of Mexico, in the country itself, it’s all about mezcal.

🥃 Wondering, What is mezcal? Mezcal is a popular spirit in Mexico that’s derived from the agave plant.

Especially popular in Oaxaca Mexico, Tulum locals also take pride in sharing the tastes and smells of this famous drink.

To get to know this yummy spirit, join your host Ben on this Artisanal Mezcal Tasting in Tulum & Mixology Class.

Here, you’ll learn about the ancient mezcal-making process, and taste four artisanal mezcals from different regions of Mexico.

Ben will also teach you the basics of mixology, and then you get to make some mezcal cocktails on your own.

Looking for the best Tulum tequila tasting instead?

This Mezcal & Tulum Tequila Tasting Tulum Experience lets you taste a mix of six different mezcals and tequilas at Mamazul Mezcaleria Tulum, each one perfectly paired with artisanal cheeses.

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8. Relax at the Tulum Beach Clubs

beach club in tulum mexico

Located in the Mexican Caribbean, Tulum is known for its stunning beaches and lively party scene. It should be no surprise that Tulum also has some of the best beach clubs that combine both of those things!

Whether you’re looking for a romantic spot for two, a place to party the night away, or a luxurious beach bed on one of the best beaches of Tulum, there’s a perfect Tulum beach club for everyone. 

For the best beach clubs Tulum Mexico has, I recommend you check out the places listed below. Since there are so many beach club options, I categorized them so you can choose the vibe that appeals to you.

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9. Take a Cooking Class in Tulum

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Taking this Cooking Class in Tulum is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Mexican culture and local cuisine during your trip.

Want to learn to cook Mexican food on your Tulum vacation? Smart choice! While most think Mexican food is simply tacos and burritos, that’s actually not the local food of Tulum and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Here, it’s all about traditional Yucatan foods like cochinita pibil, poc chuc, relleno negro, sopa de lima and panuchos.

Have no clue what I just said?! Then you better book this Tulum cooking class ASAP!

On it, you’ll get the chance to make a meal from scratch with a Mexican Chef Lily Rivera, who uses only local ingredients and recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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10. Go Diving in Tulum Cenotes

divers in tulum cave cenotes

One of the most bucket list things to do Tulum offers are these cenote dives. To do any Tulum cenote dives, you need to be dive certified — but if you’re not (yet) there’s info below on getting your diving certification in Tulum. 

Like the name says, cenote dives mean you get to go diving in some of the most famous Tulum cenotes like Cenote Corazon, Cenote El Pit, Cenote Angelita, Casa Cenote (AKA Cenote Manatí), Cenote Pet Cemetery, Cenote Caracol and Cenote Ponderosa.

One of the top-rated dive tours, this 2 Cenote Dive from Tulum for Small Groups is an all inclusive where you get to just show up, and enjoy! On it, you’ll join professional guides for two 40-minute dives; one at Casa Cenote and one at Cenote Dos Ojos.

🤿 Tulum Dive Certification Courses

In order to go cave diving in Tulum cenotes, you do need to be certified. The good news is you can get your PADI diving certification in Tulum.

While you won’t be learning to dive in the cenotes, you’ll be able to go after you complete the certification.

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11. Go on a Food Tour in Tulum

plate of tacos at El Carboncito Tulum
This Taco Tour and Cenotes Tour Combo is the one I always recommend for fun and great food.

Whether you’re looking for a Tulum street food and walking tour combo, or haute cuisine and fine dining with a private chef in Tulum, it’s all in Tulum!

Below you’ll find a few of the best Tulum food tours to help you eat your way through Tulum like a local.

1. Tacos & Tulum Cenotes

Few things say Yucatan like cenotes and tacos, so why not combine the two experiences into a single incredible day?

All the planning is done for you during this combined Tulum Taco Tour and Tulum Cenotes Tour

2. Tulum Mezcal Dinner Party in the Jungle

If you’re an adventurous eater ready to give your taste buds a party, this food tour is the perfect choice.

Join hosts Pablo and Courtney for an intimate evening in their private mini jungle at this Mezcal Tasting Dinner Party.

3. Best Tulum Taco tour

Tacos are the name of the game during this Tulum Street Food Tour. On it, you’ll sample everything from tacos de picadillo, tacos de chorizo verde, and tacos al pastor — the most popular of all traditional Mexico tacos.

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12. Swim With the Whale Sharks in Tulum (June-September Only)

person swimming with the whale sharks in mexico
You can take Mexico whale shark tours from several places, including Isla Mujeres, Holbox Island, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and of course, Tulum.

As someone who did the whale shark tour from Isla Mujeres, let me just say that this is one of those Tulum excursions you do not want to miss! It really was a bucket list experience to swim alongside the biggest fish in the sea.

If this is on your bucket list as well, book your Tulum whale shark tour ASAP because spots are limited.

There are several restrictions in place by the Mexican government to ensure the whale sharks’ safety — like limiting the number of boats that can go per day.

⚠️ Note: These tours are only available from (approx.) June 1 to September 15, during the Mexico whale shark season.

After that time, the whale sharks leave Mexico and continue their migration journey, so tours don’t go out after the season ends.

If you will be in Tulum during the June to September season, you will need to book a tour to do the Tulum whale sharks swim because you have to go several miles off shore by boat to reach the whale shark zone.

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13. See the Tallest Pyramid in Yucatan at Coba Ruins

woman climbing coba pyramid in mexico
You used to be able to can climb Coba Pyramid, though you can’t anymore. If you’re wondering, you can’t climb pyramids at Chichen Itza either.

Coba Ruins has been an underrated destination among tourists, as many opt for the more-famous Chichen Itza Ruins. However, in the Chichen Itza vs Coba debate, I always pick Coba for two reasons:

  • First off, the Coba Ruins are larger than Chichen Itza and there’s more to explore — which is why you want a Tulum and Coba Ruins tour guide to show you around.
  • Second, there’s fewer crowds at Coba, which makes it the ideal spot for visitors seeking for a quieter, but equally insightful, adventure.

Also, the beauty and culture of the ancient Mayan Ruins of Coba are undeniable. You’ll be taken aback by the jungle surroundings, well-preserved history of the ruins, and all its structures like Ixmoja Pyramid (AKA Nohoch Mul), the tallest pyramid in Yucatan Mexico.

Standing at 137-feet-tall (41 meters), the Nohoch Mul Pyramid at Coba is the tallest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan.

To visit Coba from Tulum, you can drive yourself in your rental car or take the ADO bus. If you prefer a tour, my top pick is this Ultimate Coba Ruins Expedition. It has a near-perfect 5 Star rating, and includes a cenote swim and lunch in a Mayan community.

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14. Get Fancy on a Private Tulum Yacht Charter

white yacht cruising beaches of Riveira Maya
Book this Tulum Private Yacht for an All-Inclusive Experience aboard one of the best party boat Tulum tours of them all.

Always dreamed of cruisin’ the Riviera Maya Mexico? Then this is the perfect Tulum boat tour for you and 13 additional guests. 🛥️ In total, this private yacht has a capacity for 14 guests.

Your Tulum private boat charter tour starts at Puerto Aventuras, where you’ll board a 48-foot yacht bound for the In-Ha Reef area and a secluded virgin beach. Here, you’ll enjoy snorkeling, swimming and stand-up paddle boarding (with all equipment included).

To and from the snorkeling location, you’ll enjoy an open bar with complimentary alcoholic drinks, a Caribbean lunch of ceviche, guacamole and quesadillas, WiFi on board, and amazing service provided by excellent hosts.

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15. Swim With the Turtles in Akumal

swimming with turtles in akumal mexico
When I did the Akumal turtles swim, I booked with this company and highly recommend them. They also give you FREE photos of your experience (like this one).

Akumal is a small Mexican beach town located about 30 minutes north of Tulum by car. Of all the best things to do in Akumal Mexico, there’s none more famous than going snorkeling with the turtles in Akumal Bay.

A few years back when this became very popular, the Mexican government put restrictions in place to limit the number of daily visitors to ensure the turtles’ safety.

Now, you must book a tour to snorkel with the turtles in Akumal Bay, and there are only a handful of companies sanctioned to do these tours, so make sure you’re booking with one of them.

When I did the Akumal turtle swim, I booked with this well-rated company. Not only can I vouch that they conduct an ethical animal encounter, but they also take GoPro photos of the whole experience and give you the photos afterwards (like the one above).

If Akumal turtle tours are on your bucket list, don’t hesitate to book ASAP because these often sell out due to there being only a certain number of people allowed to go each day.

🐢 Note: Akumal turtle season runs from May to November.

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16. Eat all the Tulum Tacos (Especially Street Food Tacos)

street taco shop called Antojitos la Chiapaneca in Tulum Mexico
Don’t let the look of this little hole-in-the-wall fool you — the al pastor tacos at Antojitos la Chiapaneca are amazing.

Looking for the best tacos in Tulum? I’m here to help! From late-night tacos al pastor at a street stand, to fancy octopus tacos drizzled with garlic aioli, Tulum has it all.

To really get the most out of this taco lover’s paradise, make sure to sample a variety — from the cute bohemian restaurants right on the beach, to upscale eateries offering creative Mexican taco fusions, to Tulum street tacos.

Speaking of street tacos in Tulum, below are the two places you must add to your Tulum itinerary. These are the highest-rated and best tacos in Tulum:

🌮 Taquería Honorio Tulum

plate of four tacos at Taqueria Honorio Tulum Mexico
Taqueria Honorio is one of the best places to go in Tulum for tacos.

Taqueria Honorio Tulum is a small taquería on Calle Satélite Sur in downtown.

It’s one of the best taquerias in town for traditional Yucatecan foods like relleno negro tacos, poc chuc tacos, lechon tacos and cochinita pibil tacos.

This delicious taco consists of a fresh tortilla topped in their signature pulled pork. It is marinated in local naranja agria (sour orange) and achiote (annatto powder), and then slow-roasted in an underground oven for up to 12 hours.

🌮 Antojitos la Chiapaneca Tulum

plate of two tacos at Tropi Tacos tulum
Late-night al pastor tacos at Antojitos la Chiapaneca.

Antojitos la Chiapaneca is another one of the best restaurants in Tulum Town (AKA Downtown Tulum).

A favorite for Tulum late night dining, this legendary taco stand is known for piping hot and perfectly seasoned tacos al pastor.

If you want to try something else, they also have a few different types of tacos. Most of the tacos at Antojitos la Chiapaneca Tulum cost just $1 USD, so go nuts trying the best cheap tacos Tulum has to offer.

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17. Marvel at Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins

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The famous El Castillo Chichen Itza Pyramid is one of the first things you see when you enter this Mayan archeological site.

As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World (and the only one in North America), does Chichen Itza even need an introduction!?

These are the most-famous and most-visited Mayan Ruins in Mexico, and a bucket list item for many.

Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza is a massive place at four square miles (10 km²). When you visit, plan for at least 2.5-3 hours if you want to see it all without feeling rushed, as there are more than 25 structures to see.

How to Visit Chichen Itza from Tulum

While everything is cool to look at, if you don’t have someone to explain the significance, symbolism and history, you’re kinda just looking at rocks

🗿 I’ve been to Chichen Itza with and without a guide, and let me say it was 1,000 times more interesting with one.

Considering a Tulum to Chichen Itza tour? Here are the three highest-rated options:

If you prefer, you can get from Tulum to Chichen Itza on your own. The Tulum to Chichen Itza distance is about 95 miles (152 km), and the drive usually takes just under 2.5 hours in normal traffic. You can go by rental car or on the ADO bus.

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18. Take Photos at Ven a la Luz Tulum Sculpture

woman walking into ven a la luz Tulum sculpture of a wooden man
This is sometimes called the Ahau Tulum sculpture because it’s located at the Ahau Tulum Hotel in their Tulum Sculpture Park.

Ven a la Luz (Spanish for “Come Into the Light”), is a giant wooden sculpture that stands 33-feet-tall (10 m).

It was made by South African artist, Daniel Popper, and first installed for the Art With Me Tulum Festival in 2018.

Thanks to Instagram, it became one of the most photographed Tulum sites, and really helped put Tulum on the map.

One of the Tulum must see attractions, people would line up for hours to take a photo here. It got so popular (and crowded) that it had to be moved off the Tulum Beach Road where it once served as the entrance to the Ahau Tulum Hotel and Raw Love Cafe.

Ven a la Luz is now located in the Tulum Sculpture Park, and here’s what you need to know if you want to take a photo at the Tulum Ven a la Luz statue:

  • 💰 Tulum Sculpture Park Admission: $60 pesos, or about $3 USD
  • Tulum Sculpture Park Hours: The Tulum Sculpture Park is open daily, from 9am-6pm
  • ⭐️ Best time to visit Tulum Sculpture Park: To avoid the crowds, visit right when they open, from 9am-10am, or just before they close, from 5pm-6pm.
  • 📍 Tulum Sculpture Park Address: Ahau Tulum Hotel, Carretera Tulum a Boca Paila, KM 7.5, Zona Costera, 77760 Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Find it on Google Maps, or look for it right across the street from Casa Jaguar Tulum.
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19. Have a Mojito at Batey Bar

mojito at batey bar tulum
Whenever I visit Tulum, I always get a passion fruit mojito at Batey Bar in Tulum Pueblo.

You have a lot of choices for things to do in Tulum at night, and there are a lot of places that serve mojitos — but Batey Tulum is in a class all its own!

Once you enter this low-key Tulum bar, you’ll see an old VW bug that’s been converted into a sugarcane extraction station because they use fresh sugarcane juice (and fresh fruit) to make their famous mojitos.

🍹 In case you’re wondering, How much are the mojitos at Batey Tulum? They are $120 pesos each (about $8 USD), and worth every peso.

This spot is popular with locals and visitors alike, and many people start their night out here. You can also spend the whole night at Batey where there’s live music most evenings and a lively and eclectic crowd that spills out into the streets.

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20. Tulum Floating Breakfast at The Yellow Nest

Enjoy the best floating breakfast in Tulum at The Yellow Nest. (Photo: Airbnb, Tulum things to see)

Leave all your worries behind and enjoy the magic of the jungle on this Tulum Floating Breakfast Experience at The Yellow Nest Mexico Resort.

One of the best Mexico eco-resorts, you’ll start feeling more at ease the second you arrive.

You’ll be welcomed with a drink of your choice before being served a delicious breakfast presented beautifully on a floating tray. Take the time to savor all the flavors, and don’t forget to take a photo or two.

After breakfast, you’ll get the chance to bike to Cenote Taak Bi Ha, which is one of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico.

⚠️ Note: Your entrance to the cenote is not included in the price of the tour, but trust me, you don’t want to skip this gorgeous cenote.

Then, as the sun sets, you can participate in a meditation experience in the temazcal at The Yellow Nest Tulum Eco-Resort. This sweat lodge is a complete spiritual and sensory experience that will leave you feeling like a new person.

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21. Have Dinner in the Tulum Jungle

man preparing dinner in the jungle
Enjoy a different type of mezcal paired perfectly with each of the four courses at this Tulum private dinner in the jungle. (Photo: Airbnb)

Enjoy this 4-course dinner in a private jungle garden located in the center of Tulum Pueblo (AKA Downtown Tulum).

Beyond the food, which is amazing 🤤, this experience is also a mezcal tasting where you’ll learn about and taste this famous Mexican spirit.

With each dish, you’ll be served a 1-ounce tasting of mezcal, and one additional small-batch and artisanal mezcal that your hosts hand-select. In total, you’ll taste five different Mexico mezcals throughout the night.

The food menu remains a secret until you arrive. 

While food allergies and dietary restrictions are considered (just let the hosts know in advance), the experience is geared towards adventurous eaters who aren’t afraid of trying something new.

For one of the top luxury things to do in Tulum, which includes delicious food, great vibes, and incredible mezcal, don’t miss out on the magic and book this Jungle Dinner & Tulum Mezcal tasting ASAP.

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22. Go Kitesurfing in Tulum (Kiteboarding)

man kite-surfing in tulum mexico
Kiteboarding is one of the best activities in Tulum for sporty and active travelers.

Surf the sky on this Private Tulum Kiteboarding Lesson led by a certified guide from the International Kiteboarding Association. If you’ve never kite-surfed or kite-boarded before, don’t worry — this is suitable for all levels, including beginners and kids.

Actually, Tulum is one of the best places to learn how to kiteboard because it’s often windy (in certain spots), but the winds usually don’t get so strong that you’d actually be scared to try this fun adventure activity.

For a great workout and a great time, kiteboarding is one of the most unique things to do in Tulum on your vacation.

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23. Have a Professional Photoshoot at the Tulum Instagram Spots

tulum photoshoot at matcha mama
Looking for things to do in Tulum for couples? Book this Tulum Couples Photoshoot, like my boyfriend and I did!

Want to capture special memories of your adventures in Tulum? Then don’t hesitate to book this Tulum Professional Photoshoot with Clem and Angie, two Tulum Mexico photographers.

My boyfriend and I did a shoot with Clem (that’s us in the photo), and even though we were first time “models,” he was patient and guided us like a pro.

During this 90-minute Tulum photoshoot, you won’t have to search for the best shots in Tulum — Clem already knows them all, and he’ll take you right to them.

You’ll visit all the best Tulum Instagram spots, including Matcha Mama Smoothie Spot, one of the best Tulum coffee shops, the Tulum Follow That Dream Sign, the Tulum Hotel Zone on Tulum Beach, and Ven a la Luz, the Tulum sculpture by Daniel Popper.

At the end, you’ll get 25* stunning photos of you living your best life in Tulum. *Note: While the listing to book this photoshoot says you get 25 photos, Clem actually sent us 142 photos — so we had a lot to choose from!

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24. Rent a Bike in Tulum to Explore

bike rental in tulum mexico
You can rent a bike in Tulum and go around on your own, or book a Tulum bike tour with a local.

Wondering, Can you get around Tulum on a bike? Yes — Tulum is a very bike-friendly place.

In fact, many visitors choose bicycles as their primary mode of transport to explore the town, beaches, and nearby attractions because you can get to many of the Tulum best things to do by bike.

Tulum bike rentals are very easy to find, since there are places all over Tulum Town (AKA Downtown Tulum) that rent them. I will warn you that not all companies are created equal, and not all places have well-maintained bikes.

One of the top-rated companies, I always recommend booking your Tulum bike rental with Ola Bike Tulum.

I love them because they will deliver the bike to your Tulum hotel or Tulum hostel, and pick it up when you have to return it.

Looking for the Best Tulum Bike Tour with a local Guide?

I recommend this Tulum Cenotes Trail Bike Tour — a top-rated Tulum bike tour with a perfect 5 Star rating that takes you to three cenotes.

You’ll go with a local guide named Alejandro to places you’d never find on your own, but in a safe way with someone who knows the area.

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25. Have a Fancy Dinner at Arca Tulum

arca restaurant tulum food photos
Arca has a micro-seasonal menu, so it changes often, but this is what I had when I ate there.

Led by Mexican-American chef, José Luis Hinostroza, Arca has been a Tulum hotspot since opening in 2015, both for food and drinks. If you’re a foodie, this Tulum restaurant needs to be on your radar, and in fact, many call it the best restaurant in Tulum.

While it’s not always easy to get a table, and not cheap to eat there, you’re probably wondering — Is Arca Tulum worth visiting?

I ate there, and would say that overall, it lived up to the hype. However, not all dishes were winners, and you can see the ones I loved and the ones I didn’t, as well as many Arca food photos and more, in my honest Arca Tulum review article.

Want to check out more of the best restaurants in Tulum?

There are many great Tulum restaurants to choose from, but here are five top-rated places to eat in Tulum:

  • Burrito Amor: Best burritos in Tulum
  • Posada Margherita: Best Italian restaurant in Tulum
  • El Asadero: Best burgers in Tulum, and best steak
  • Ki’Bok Tulum: Best coffee in Tulum
  • DelCielo Tulum Cafe: Best brunch in Tulum
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26. Go Snorkeling at Yal Ku Lagoon

yal-ku akumal mexico
Located about 30 minutes from Tulum in Akumal, visiting Yal Ku Lagoon is a must for snorkeling enthusiasts.

The freshwater Laguna Yal Ku Lagoon is connected to the Caribbean Sea, which makes this one of the most unique places to visit in Yucatan Mexico.

Here, water flowing in from the sea mingles with freshwater from the lagoon, creating an ecosystem teeming with mangroves, fish and coral.

🤿 Translation: Yal Ku has amazing snorkeling, and some say it’s the best place to snorkel in Yucatan.

The easiest way to get from Tulum to Akumal is by rental car or taxi. There are also a few Tulum tours that include Yal Ku, like this Tulum Guided Tour of Cenotes & Yal Ku Lagoon, which has a perfect 5 Star rating.

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27. Wander Azulik Uh May Museum

man at azulik uh may tullum museum
Looking for artsy stuff to do in Tulum? Head to Azulik Uh May — one of the Top 10 things to do in Tulum for art lovers.

Located about 30 minutes from Tulum in the small Yucatan pueblo of Francisco Uh May, lies Azulik Uh May. From the photos alone, you might be able to tell this place is hard to put into words — but let’s try!

Part contemporary art museum, part interactive play space, part jungle village, Azulik Uh May showcases a rotating line-up of installations from renowned artists.

There are indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy, and plenty of photo ops at this visual masterpiece.

You can visit on your own if you have a Tulum rental car, but there’s not really any public transportation that will get you here. You can also book this Tulum to Azulik Uh May Tour, and leave the logistics to your guide.

🎨 SFER IK Tulum

For a similar experience in Tulum itself, head to the SFER IK Museion (which you will usually see spelled as SFER IK Museum).

This creative space features exhibitions from the world’s best visual artists, as well as artist workshops that focus on interdisciplinary projects. It’s one of the coolest places in Tulum for art lovers.

SFER IK admission is $20 USD per person. You can take photos with your phone camera, but there’s an extra cost to use a professional camera.

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28. Learn How to Surf in Tulum

surfboards on the beach in tulum mexico
Join professional instructor, Sian, for some Tulum surf lessons.

Have you always wanted to learn how to surf? You can cross that off your bucket list in Tulum when you book this Tulum surf lesson with Sian.

A professional in every sense, he will spend 30 minutes with pre-lesson warm-up so you feel comfortable.

Next, you’ll learn about ocean safety, waves, paddling out, surf etiquette, turning on the wave and how to pop-up onto the surfboard.

Then it’s time to head out to one of the most beautiful private beaches in Tulum where you’ll spend an hour catching waves 🏄‍♀️

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29. Dine With a Private Chef in Tulum

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In this Tulum Private Chef Cooking Class, you’ll enjoy memorable experiences filled with laughter, flavors, and new culinary skills. (Photo: Airbnb)

Looking for a luxurious Tulum culinary experience? Look no further than your new favorite private chefs in Tulum, Chef Leonel and Chef Omar.

With a nice blend of traditional Yucatan cuisine and traditional Mexican food dishes, you’re in for a treat.

Drawing from rich culinary traditions, your chef prioritizes fresh and seasonal ingredients, always infusing a modern twist into each dish.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can join the cooking action to learn from the best and pick up some new skills.

Chefs Leonel and Omar know that cleaning after cooking is the worst part, so they will always leave your kitchen spotless on their way out.

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30. Take a Tulum Day Trip

Though there are countless must do things in Tulum, there are also many things to do in Yucatan and the areas surrounding Tulum.

Within 30 minutes to 2.5 hours of Tulum, you’ll find colorful Colonial cities, swimmable beaches, beautiful cenotes, Mayan Ruins (including one of the Seven Wonders of the World), Mexican pueblos magicos (magic towns), and much more.

If you’re renting a car or don’t mind using the buses, you have A LOT of amazing Tulum day trips to choose from — but in the interest of keeping this article manageable, here are the Top 5 best day trips from Tulum Mexico:

1. Bacalar Lagoon: The Maldives of Mexico

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Leave the paradise beaches of Tulum behind, and enjoy some time at this famous Mexico lake.

Bacalar Lagoon is often called “the Maldives of Mexico,” as it has the same crystal-clear blue waters as the Maldives Islands.

There are quite a few things to do in Bacalar, including a blissful swim in beautiful Laguna Bacalar (AKA Bacalar Lake or Bacalar Lagoon), this Bacalar boat tour, a visit to Los Rapidos Beach Club, or you can check out the Bacalar cenotes, like Cenote Azul.

If you’re looking for the best Tulum to Bacalar Tour, I recommend this Bacalar Lagoon Tour from Tulum. Of course, if you’re renting a car you can drive there on your own; it will take about 2.5-3 hours in normal traffic.

2. Isla Holbox Island

adorable couple at isla holbox island mexico

Isla Holbox Island (pronounced hole-bosh) is one of the Mexican Caribbean islands, along with CozumelIsla Mujeres and Isla Contoy.

It is actually somewhat similar to Tulum with its bohemian feel. However, Holbox is much more laid-back than Tulum — and in fact, many say it’s similar to the “old Tulum” of 2015, you know, before it was famous.

As an island, you do need to get there by boat. To catch the Holbox ferry, you will need to first get to the small town of Chiquilá. Here, you’ll board the Chiquilá to Holbox ferry, which takes about 25-30 minutes.

If you don’t have a rental car to drive from Tulum to Chiquilá, the easiest and best way to get from Tulum to Holbox Island is on this tour — so all you have to do is kick back, relax and enjoy.

3. Valladolid Pueblo Magico

colorful buildings in valladolid mexico
In recent years, Valladolid has become one of the most-visited cities in Yucatan.

Valladolid is an increasingly popular Mexico travel destination. It is also one of the country’s 175 or so pueblos magicos (Mexico magic towns), and known as one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico — so get that camera ready.

Aside from all the pretty pictures you’ll take in Downtown Valladolid, there’s also great shopping on the Calzada de los Frailes, restaurants in Valladolid to sample authentic Yucatan food, cenotes near Valladolid, Mayan Ruins just outside of town, and more.

You can visit on your own by rental car or bus, or book this Chichen Itza, Cenote and Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour. With a perfect 5-Star rating and 15,000+ review, this is undeniably the best Tulum to Valladolid tour.

4. Izamal: The Yellow City

colonial town with yellow walls and man on his bike in the street
Though millions of people take trips to Tulum Mexico each year, so few visit the hidden gem of Izamal.

Izamal is a small colonial town and one of the best Yucatan pueblos magicos (magic towns).

It’s known as the Yellow City in Mexico because all of its buildings are painted the same shade of yellow.

Downtown Izamal is on the smaller size, but there’s still plenty to see, like the Convent of San Antonio de Padua (Izamal church), Mercado Municipal (Izamal market) and Kinich Kakmo Pyramid (Izamal Mayan Ruins).

5. Cozumel Island

colorful cozumel sign

Cozumel Mexico is one of the top Mexico travel destinations because it has some of the best diving and best snorkeling in Mexico.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest reef in the world, is located just off-shore from the beaches of Cozumel.

Once you arrive, you can take this Cozumel Jeep tour to explore the whole island, which has amazing parks, natural areas and beaches, like Playa Palancar and Playa Chen Rio.

There’s also San Gervasio Mayan Ruins on Cozumel Island, and Cozumel beach clubs to enjoy.

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31. Explore Rio Secreto Underground River

rio secreto underground river in yucatan mexico
This secret underground river is one of the most unique Tulum Mexico attractions.

Río Secreto (or, “Secret River” in Spanish) is part of a massive underground river system located about 45 minutes from Tulum near Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Since being discovered in 2006, it is now a protected nature reserve and you can only visit with a guide.

I recommend this Best Rio Secreto Tour because it has a perfect 5-Star rating, and also includes round-trip transportation from Tulum and your lunch.

Once you’re fitted for a life jacket, helmet and headlamp, you’ll venture beneath the Earth to walk and swim through the cave.

As you float around, don’t forget to look up and admire all the unique stalactite rock formations at one of the coolest things to do near Tulum. 

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32. Go Ziplining in Tulum

person on a zipline in tulum mexico
For adventurous travelers, a zipline ride through a tropical forest will be the best experience!

If you want to do some Tulum ziplines, there’s no place better than Selva Maya Eco Adventure Park. ⚠️ Note: As with a lot of places in Mexico, you’ll likely save money on the admission cost when you buy your tickets in advance.

At Selva Maya, you can do their 9 ziplines, a rock wall climb, traverse 5 hanging bridges, and even go rappelling into a cenote.

You can also swim and snorkel in their cenotes during your visit, and they have ATVs available for an additional cost.

If all that weren’t enough, your lunch is included in the admission cost, as well as snorkeling equipment and life vests to swim in their two onsite cenotes (one of which is a cave cenote located underground).

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33. Marvel at Mystika Immersive Tulum Art Exhibit

man in an interactive art exhibit at Mystika, one of the best things to do in tulum
For a full day of artistic experiences, book this Mystika & Holistika Art Walk Tulum Tour. (Photo: Airbnb, Tulum Mexico activities)

Billed as “a one-of-a-kind sensory spiritual experience,” when you buy your Mystika Tulum tickets, know that you’re in for something you’ve never seen before.

Mystika has seven different rooms, themed as Ascension, Liberation, Coming Home, Manifest, Magia, Sanctuary and Maya, that will transport you to other worlds!

As you walk through the different Mystika Immersive rooms, you’ll connect with Mayan cosmology, swim with humpback whales and stand in a forest surrounded by millions of monarch butterflies.

One of the coolest parts is the 360° dome where you do some stargazing. Here, you’ll see a replica of what the night sky will look like in Tulum that night, so you can check out the constellations and stars you might spot later when it gets dark outside.

Plan to spend at least 1-2 hours here to really soak it all in. Located right next to the Tulum Ruins Archeological Site, I’d recommend going there early in the morning, then heading to Mystika in the afternoon to enjoy the art (and the AC 😁).

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34. Experience the Water Parks & Adventure Parks: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor

mayan show and swimming lagoon at Xcaret Waterpark near tulum mexico
The entrance fee at Xcaret Mexico is on the higher side, but for many travelers, it’s worth it.

When it comes to water parks in Mexico, there’s nothing bigger and better than Xcaret Mexico. This chain operates several parks in Yucatan, like Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xenotes, Xavage and Xochimilco (a replica of the famous Xochimilco Mexico City).

Each one has a different vibe, but the two most popular are Xcaret Park and Xel-Ha Park, which offer a little bit of everything, from cenotes and water toys to ziplines and Mayan cultural showcases.

For the more adventurous, opt for Xplor Park and Xavage Park, which also have ATVs, rappelling and more.

With so many options, it’s obvious why the Xcaret parks are on so many What to see in Tulum lists. Ready to buy your Xcaret tickets?

I recommend you head to the official Xcaret website and buy online because they usually offer discounts for online sales.

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35. De-Stress in a Tulum Sound Healing

woman doing sound healing in tulum mexico
After all the adventurous Tulum tours you’ve been on, it’s time to relax and meditate with Victoria by booking this Tulum Sound Bath. (Photo: Airbnb)

Tulum has attracted yogis and spiritual seekers for decades, you’re sure to find lots of holistic experiences when you visit Tulum. One of my personal favorites is this Tulum Reiki & Sound Healing with Victoria.

For this experience, you’ll meet Victoria in her studio, Casa Semilla, located in Downtown Tulum. Using pure crystal and quartz singing bowls, Victoria will work her reiki and sound healing magic to rebalance your chakras and harmonize your body.

One of the highest-rated Tulum spiritual experiences, if it’s relaxation you seek in Tulum, don’t hesitate to join Victoria as she leads you through deep meditations that will help you connect with yourself on a deeper level.

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36. Have Lunch in the Sky at Tulum Tower

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Book your visit to Tulum Tower and enjoy a delicious meal on the rotating Sky Gondola while taking in the beautiful views of Tulum. (Photo: Airbnb)

Climb 118-feet in the sky (36 meters) and enjoy a 360-degree view of Tulum while sipping cocktails and yummy eating food on this Tulum Lunch in the Sky Experience.

When you arrive, you’ll store your belongings before getting buckled up in your seat. The gondola climbs slowly and rotates to give each of the 16 passengers 360° views of Tulum Mexico — which is undeniably one of the most unique Tulum sightseeing experiences!

Once at the top, your guide will share some Mayan history before starting the party with some music and karaoke. The host will also take photos of you and your group as a souvenir.  

While this is one of the most fun things to do in Tulum — there are a couple of things to note before booking. 

The price of this experience does not include food and drinks; those need to be purchased separately. The Tulum Tower kitchen closes after 6pm, which makes this experience ideal for lunch or an early dinner.

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37. Book a Tulum Sailing Tour to Isla Mujeres

catamaran in blue waters of Carribean | Tulum boat tours
Book this Tulum Catamaran Sailing Tour to Isla Mujeres and explore the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea.

When it comes to the best day trips from Tulum, Isla Mujeres Island is one of your top choices.

Located off the coast of Cancun, you will need to take a boat to get to this amazing Mexico island, and there are some great options from Tulum.

Join this Tulum Catamaran Tour to Isla Mujeres and enjoy some of the Caribbean’s bluest waters and whitest sands on a private, stylish catamaran. There is also a Mexican buffet lunch and an open bar throughout the trip to Isla Mujeres.

After arriving at Isla Mujeres, you’ll get to snorkel in turquoise waters near colorful coral reefs, and also enjoy access to an exclusive beach club.

For the brave, there’s an extreme spinnaker onboard for those looking for more than just relaxation (a type of sail designed for sailing downwind or off-wind). This is hands-down the best Tulum boat tours from Tulum if you want to try sailing for yourself.

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38. Eat at the Nest Tables at Kin Toh Azulik Tulum

man at azulik tulum resort
Want to get an Azulik Tulum day pass? Head here for info.

Looking for Tulum places to visit that you’ll never forget?!

The Azulik Tulum Resort was one of the first Instagram famous Tulum tourist attractions, thanks to its unique treehouse look with suspension bridges through the jungle that connect one building to the next.

The bohemian rope, bamboo and reclaimed wood esthetic that made Tulum famous can be seen throughout Azulik Hotel, but the most coveted spots on the property are the nest tables at Kin Toh Restaurant.

There are only a handful of these picturesque tables available, so if you want to eat at the Azulik Kin Toh nest tables, you’ll need to book well in advance.

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39. Visit the Best Beaches Near Tulum

beach at punta allen in sian kaan reserve
Playa Punta Allen Beach is located about one hour from Tulum Pueblo (AKA Downtown Tulum).

Let’s face it: Tulum is a small town, and there’s a lot of people who visit. To escape the crowds, you’ll want to head a bit farther north to the best beaches close to Tulum.

These include: Playa Paamul, Playa Xpu-Ha, Playa Akumal Beach, and Playa Maroma Beach — home to the best Mexico overwater bungalows.

🏝️ Fun Fact: This beach was named one of the Best Beaches in the World by The Travel Channel.

For a real treat, head south to Playa Punta Allen Beach, famed for white sands and turquoise waters.

This is located in the Sian Ka’an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and sometimes called the Tulum Secret Beach. If you’re adventurous and want to check out hidden beaches in Mexico, head to Punta Allen.

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40. Take a Photo at the Tulum Sign

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There are a few of these famous signs in Tulum with the Tulum letters.

Looking for FREE things to do in Tulum and places to see in Tulum that won’t cost you anything?!

Opt to do a fun photoshoot and take pictures at all the colorful Tulum signs. An icon in many Mexican towns and cities, you’ll find these colorful signs all over Mexico with the letters that spell out each place’s name.

They all make for a fun photo backdrop, but IMO, the Tulum sign at Cerveza Tulum is the best Tulum sign of them all. This beer bar and brewery is where you’ll find the so-called Tulum blue letters sign.

📸 Want to check out Other Tulum Insta Spots?

The Tulum sign is one of many Instagram worthy Tulum attractions.

To make sure I got great photos at all of them, my boyfriend and I did this Tulum photoshoot with a professional photographer. However, you can also take your own photos.

To snap photo at the most Instagrammable Tulum places, head to the famous Tulum statue, Ven a la Luz, located near Ahau Tulum Hotel and Raw Love Cafe, the hanging couch at Casa Malca Tulum, and Matcha Mama, one of the best Tulum coffee shops.

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41. Take Some Tulum Yoga Classes

Looking for relaxing things to do in Tulum? Then yoga classes need to be on your list.

Tulum has a ton of great yoga classes at places like Om Collective, Sol Yoga Studio, Yoga at Azulik Hotel, Jungle Yoga Tulum and Yoga Shala at Nomade Tulum.

🧘‍♀️ Tulum SUP yoga classes on Stand-Up Paddleboards

women doing yoga on surfboards
SUP yoga classes are one of the most unique Tulum activities! (Photo: Airbnb)

The Tulum yoga studios listed above all offer traditional-style classes, but for something new, there’s SUP yoga.

When you book this Tulum SUP yoga class, you’ll head to a private lagoon and use a stand-up paddle board (called a Boga Board) as your mat.

After the class itself, you’ll join your classmates for a tropical fruit spread and fresh cold organic slow pressed juice. Of course, you can also cool down with a dip in the lagoon, which is located in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a protected natural reserve.

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42. Casa Malca Day Pass: Visit the Tulum Pablo Escobar Mansion

Casa Malca pool one of the best Tulum beach clubs or sun & fun
When you book at Casa Malca Tulum, you will get access to their pool and beach club, but you can also just buy a day pass at Casa Malca. (Photo: Expedia)

The former mansion of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Casa Malca has been transformed into a stylish and upscale Tulum boutique hotel.

The hotel is known for its spectacular ocean views, unique architecture, an impressive art collection, exclusive amenities, incredible customer service — and the exclusive Casa Malca Beach Club, which is open to non-guests.

To access the Beach Club at Casa Malca, you’ll need to buy a day pass. Fair Warning: The price is not cheap, and a Casa Malca day pass runs about $100-150 USD, though prices can vary based on the season.

Of that, $50 is your entry fee, and the rest will be applied as a food and drink credit you can use on the property. There are three restaurants at Casa Malca where you can use your remaining credit.

Casa Malca, like most beach clubs in Tulum, have a “minimum spend,” so to access the beach club, they also require you to spend a certain amount while on the property. This is why a portion of what you pay to enter becomes your food and drink credit.

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43. Enjoy the Tulum Nightlife

bartender making a drink at a bar in tulum mexico
Head to the bar at Arca Restaurant for some fancy cocktails in Tulum. (Unfortunately, they don’t have a happy hour.)

When it comes to making a Tulum Mexico things to do list, many visitors definitely want to add some clubs, bars, Tulum festivals and parties to that list. There are so many great options including, Bonbonniere Tulum Club, Gitano Tulum, and Santino Tulum

🍻 Join the Tulum Pub Crawl

This Guided Pub Crawl in Tulum has been a nightlife staple for some time now. On it, you’ll join other travelers for drinks, shots and party games at some of the hottest nightlife venues in Tulum. Your drinks are included with the cost of the tour.

🪩 Papaya Playa Project: Saturday Tulum Party

Looking for things to do in Tulum at night, and/or things to do in Tulum this weekend?

One of the most popular options for nightlife in Tulum is the Saturday night party at Papaya Playa Project. This massive Tulum dance party is something people look forward to all week.

💃 La Zebra Hotel: Sunday Salsa Nights

couple dancing salsa

Another mainstay on the Tulum party scene is the Sunday Salsa Nights at La Zebra Hotel. If you’re looking to dance salsa in Tulum, head here for free salsa lessons from 6:30pm-7:30pm, and a live band from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

⚠️ Update: It seems La Zebra may have canceled this event, or put it on hold (hopefully the latter). For those who do want to take a salsa lesson in Tulum, you can book yours here with Salas Lovers Worldwide.

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44. Ride ATVs Through the Jungle

two guys riding red ATVs doing Tulum ATV tours
Visit the Tulum Ruins, swim in the cenote, and ride ATVS when you book this Archaeology and Adventure Tulum Tour. (Photo: Airbnb)

Looking for adventurous things to do in Tulum? For thrill seekers, an ATV tour is a must do in Tulum because nothing beats roaring through the jungle on a four-wheeler!

Combine the adrenaline of driving a quad with refreshing dips in underground cenotes and an exploratory trip through the Tulum Ruins — or enjoy the wind in your face with a fun zipline course through the treetops.

My personal recommendation for the best Tulum ATV tour is this Archaeology and Adventure Tulum Tour, with a near-perfect 5 Star rating.

On it, you’ll ride ATVs, go on three ziplines, swim in cave cenotes, visit Mayan archeological sites, and more.

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45. Do the Tulum Art Walk at Holistika

Holistika mural
To enjoy a full day of artistic experiences, book this Holisika & Mystika Tulum Tour. (Photo: Airbnb, Tulum what to see)

The Art Walk at Holistika Tulum Resort is a magical experience, with stunning murals and structures located in the jungle on the grounds of the hotel.

Open to the public, this is one of the best FREE Tulum things to do in town. 

Beyond just the Art Walk, Holistika is one of the best places to visit in Tulum Mexico for yoga classes, holistic treatments and spiritual ceremonies (like the famous cacao ceremony). They even have a yummy onsite vegan restaurant called Tierra.

Best Things to Do in Tulum Mexico

46. Experience a Tulum Temazcal Ceremony (Sweat Lodge)

woman doing the temazcal ceremony in Tulum Mexico
A popular activity among wellness enthusiasts, the temazcal Tulum ceremony is a purification ritual. (Photo: Airbnb)

A temazcal ceremony is one of the top things to do in Tulum for those seeking a spiritual experience.

A dome-shaped structure, the temazcal is said to symbolize the womb, and when you complete the ceremony, you emerge re-born.

This pre-Hispanic ceremony is similar to a Native American sweat lodge or Russian banya (sauna) — so prepare to sweat a lot! However, the sweat is said to release toxins and help purify the body and mind.

If you’ve never done anything like this, don’t worry. This Temazcal Ancestral Healing Ceremony is my favorite Tulum temazcal, and the hosts will walk you through everything beforehand so you’re comfortable.

⚠️ Note: This is not for everyone. If you’re claustrophobic, for example, the small-size of a temazcal will make this a what not to do in Tulum activity for you. If you have any doubts, contact the host before booking.

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47. Enjoy the Boutique Shopping in Tulum

colorful shops in Tulum Town (AKA Downtown Tulum or Tulum Pueblo)
You can shop till you drop in Downtown Tulum, with everything from souvenir shops to ice cream shops.

Wondering what to do in Tulum Mexico when it rains ☔️ Instead of sitting in your hotel room, you can still hit the town for some indoor activities, like visiting a Tulum museum or simply going shopping.

A go to activity in the rain, there are so many great places to shop in Tulum — like Pura Vida Tulum, Lolita Lolita Tulum, La Pulga Boutique Tulum and Kaahal Home Tulum — so you have enough options to keep you busy till the sun comes back out.

With everything from open-air style mercado (market) shops selling Tulum souvenirs, hippie-inspired wear and macrame art, to small boutiques selling high-end clothing and accessories made by designers from around the world, Tulum shops have it all.

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48. Tulum Full Moon Party at Papaya Playa Project

person in rooftop pool at Papaya Playa Project Tulum resort in Mexico
The Tulum beach villas at Papaya Playa Project.

Looking for the must do Tulum nightlife activity? You’ve found it!

A world-famous dance party that takes place on the Saturday closest to the full moon each month, the Full Moon Party at Papaya Playa Project Tulum is something locals and visitors alike look forward to all month long.

The entry fee is $20 USD, and you can expect an all-night party with drinks, dancing and some of the best DJs in Tulum — or maybe even famous guest DJs from around the world.

When it comes to things to do in Tulum on Saturday night, Papaya Playa Project in Tulum. While the Full Moon Party is the biggest and most popular monthly event, they basically host an identical party each Saturday night of the month.

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49. Visit Punta Laguna Nature Reserve

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The spider monkeys are the main attraction at Punta Laguna Eco Reserve — one of the best things to do around Tulum.

Looking for the best things to do in Tulum that will show you the more natural side of this notorious party town in Mexico? Then don’t miss Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, located about 25 miles (40 km) from Tulum.

Located in the Otoch Ma’ax Yetel Kooh National Protected Area, and run by the residents of a local Mayan village, Punta Laguna Nature Reserve is the best place to see howler monkeys, spider monkeys, iguanas, birds and other animals in their natural habitat.

You can visit on your own if you’re renting a car in Tulum, but if you want to go with a tour, here are the best tours to Punta Laguna Reserve:

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50. Explore the Tulum Street Art & Murals in Tulum Pueblo

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Curious about the top things to do for free in Tulum? Admiring the street art is one of the best things to do in Tulum Town for free.

One of the best things to see in Tulum is the street art. While there’s a lot of great art installations on Tulum Beach at the famous Instagrammable Tulum spots, the best place to see street art is Tulum Pueblo (AKA Downtown Tulum or Tulum Town).

This off-the-beach area is where the locals live, and where you’ll find all the famous Tulum murals. You can wander around on your own, or book this Tulum Street Art & Murals Tour with a Local Guide who will show you all the best street art in Tulum Pueblo. 

🌳 Looking for the best parks in Tulum? You’ll also find those in Tulum Pueblo, like Parque Dos Aguas.

Best Things to Do in Tulum Mexico: FAQ

What are the most popular things to do in Tulum?

When traveling to Tulum, you’ll want to make sure you plan to visit the Tulum beaches, Tulum cenotes and Tulum Mayan Ruins.

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The Follow That Dream sign on Tulum’s South Beach Road, which is the main road where you’ll find all the best Tulum beach hotels.

If you have more time, check out all the famous Tulum Instagram spots, like the Follow That Dream Sign, Matcha Mama Smoothie Shop, white swings at Coco Tulum, hands bridge at Vagalume Beach Club, and Ven a la Luz Tulum sculpture.

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What are the top attractions in Tulum?

Without a doubt, the Tulum must see sites include the Tulum Ruins and Tulum cenotes.

In case you’re wondering, What are cenotes? The cenotes are natural jungle pools with crystal clear water, and some of the most famous Tulum cenotes are El Gran Cenote, Calavera Cenote and Kaan Luum Lagoon & Cenote.

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What is Tulum best known for?

Tulum is a bohemian beach town in the Mexican Caribbean that attracts everyone from backpackers to jet-setters. The things that put it on the map were beautiful beaches, the Tulum cenotes and ancient ruins — though it’s also now known as a party town.

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What are the best things to do in Tulum for kids?

Traveling to Tulum with kids? There are so many things for them to enjoy, like a snorkeling tour in Tulum and a trip to swim in the cenotes — especially the kid-friendly cenotes in Tulum, like the Zacil-Ha Cenote.

For those who don’t like to swim there are still plenty of things to do in Tulum with kids on land!

They can explore the Mayan Ruins and Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, home to several types of monkeys and other animals, just to name a few.

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Where is the best snorkeling in Tulum?

There some great snorkeling cenotes in Tulum like Cenote Corazon, Cenote Escondido, Cenote Cristal, Casa Cenote, Cenote Carwash (AKA Cenote Aktun Ha), and Dos Ojos Cenote, which is located just outside of Tulum.

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What are the best extreme sports you can do in Tulum?

Tulum and the Riviera Maya have everything from water sports, ATV tours and exploring underground caves on a dive or swim, to ziplines through the dense jungle, Mayan Ruins to climb and swimming with whale sharks.

Coba Ruins in Yucatan
Coba Ruins was among just a handful of places to go in Tulum to climb Mayan pyramids in Mexico — though it is now prohibited.

What are the best day tours from Tulum?

Tulum has a lot of great options for day trips to the surrounding areas, like Valladolid and Izamal, two charming Colonial cities, the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza, Coba and Ek-Balam, and other nearby beach towns like Puerto Morelos.

Tulum Travel Guide

Where is Tulum located?

Tulum is a Mexico pueblo magico (magic town) in the Yucatan Peninsula. The Yucatan which is located in southeastern Mexico, with the Gulf of Mexico to the north and west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

🗺️ Tulum Map

Tulum is about 1.5 to 2 hours south of Cancun (don’t worry; the Tulum Cancun trip is an easy one), and 45 minutes to 1 hour south of Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya. All three cities, as well as Tulum, are located in Quintana Roo state.

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Is there an airport in Tulum?

Yes — The Tulum Airport opened to international flights in 2024. However, many still need to use Cancun International Airport (code: CUN) because it has more options.

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How do I get to Tulum from Cancun?

When you search for flights to Tulum, make sure to use Cancun Airport. From Cancun Airport to Tulum you have a few options: rental car, private transportation, or the ADO bus.

🚌 Private Shuttle: Cancun to Tulum Transfer service

Cancun to Tulum private transfer service
Cancun Airport Transportation is the best airport transfer from Cancun to Tulum, with a 4.7 out of 5 Star rating and 4,500+ reviews on Tripadvisor.

I recommend Cancun Airport Transportation Services, which has an impressive 4.7 out of 5 Star rating on TripAdvisor. It is the highest-rated and best Cancun to Tulum private shuttle service available.

This Cancun to Tulum shuttle is also the easiest, fastest, most stress-free and hassle-free way to get from Cancun Airport to Tulum with door to door service! It is also the fastest way to get to Tulum from Cancun Airport.

Book your Tulum Shuttle now with Cancun Airport Transportation

This is a nice option because your private transportation service will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to Tulum. After a long day of travel, having someone waiting to take you from the airport straight to your hotel in Tulum is the best start to the trip.

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Is Tulum expensive?

When comparing Tulum to other beach towns in Mexico, yes, Tulum is on the expensive side.

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For an unforgettable experience, there’s no Tulum hotel better than the Azulik Tulum Resort. (Photo: Expedia, Tulum boutique hotels & luxury hotels)

However, doing Tulum on a budget trips are completely possible by making it a point to save money here and there.

One tip is to stay in Tulum Town (AKA Downtown Tulum) instead of staying on the beach. In fact, eating, drinking and shopping will all cost less in downtown than on Tulum beach, as it’s less touristy.

🏡 Need a Tulum place to stay that’s budget-friendly? Check out these 11 Best Cheap Hotels in Tulum Mexico.

If you’re a budget traveler, there are many other cheap Mexico beach towns you can visit instead of Tulum. These cheaper options include Sayulita, Zihuatanejo, Puerto Escondido, El Cuyo and Bacalar Lagoon, though it’s not technically a beach.

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What’s the best place to stay in Tulum?

While they certainly don’t always come cheap, Tulum hotels on the beach are the way to go for most travelers.

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The famous white swings at Coco Tulum Resort. (Photo: Expedia, Tulum what to do)

Staying on the beach in the Tulum Hotel Zone means you’re in the middle of all the action and within walking distance of everything you’d need. Here are some of the best hotels Tulum Beach has to offer, at several price points:

🏝️ Best Tulum Beachfront Hotels

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What are the best neighborhoods in Tulum?

This Tulum map will give you a better idea of the town’s layout, so you know what to expect when traveling to Tulum.

🏝️ Tulum Beach

If you discovered Tulum on social media or YouTube, what you’ve likely seen is Tulum Beach.

You might have even seen some of these unique Tulum glamping options or these best all-inclusive Tulum resorts.

This is where you’ll find all the beautiful large-scale art installations, beachfront eco-resorts like Alaya Tulum, high end restaurants, cool bars, and all the Instagram worthy places in Tulum.

🏩 Tulum Town (Downtown)

When looking for things to do Tulum Mexico that won’t break the bank, head to downtown where the locals live.

Tulum Town is also called Tulum Pueblo, and it’s the downtown area where many Tulum locals live.

If you’re doing Tulum budget travel, you’ll want to stay here in downtown.

It has a charm all its own, but this is not the Tulum you’ve seen on Instagram — that’s Tulum Beach. However, you can always stay in Tulum Town to save some money, and spend most of your time at the beach.

🏨 Aldea Zama Tulum

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While there aren’t many activities Tulum Mexico has in Aldea Zama, you can rent a nice place there.

The Aldea Zama neighborhood is located between Tulum Town and Tulum Beach.

Besides this a great central location, you’re within walking distance of several restaurants, and there’s newer construction apartment buildings with nice amenities.

When I’m traveling to Tulum, I usually opt to stay here, as you can often find great deals for Airbnb Tulum Mexico options in Aldea Zama.

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What’s the best time to visit Tulum?

The best time to go to Tulum is during the Tulum dry season from November to April. This is also the high season, so expect higher price tags and bigger crowds — but also nice weather and low humidity.

For a rundown on what to expect in the different months of the year, use the links below. In these articles, you’ll get general weather info and travel tips, and also learn about different activities to do in Tulum during different months of the year.

🌡️ Tulum Weather & Temperatures

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Tulum has a tropical climate, so plan for hot weather all year long. Tulum temperatures average about 83-87° Fahrenheit (28-30° Celsius) in the fall and winter, and 93-97°F (33-36°C) in spring and summer.

Keep in mind that summer in Tulum is very humid — and it will often feel 5-10°F (2-3°C) hotter than the number reads. Don’t forget to pack your reusable water bottle so you stay hydrated.

💧 I recommend and use this Water-To-Go bottle with a built-in, three-stage water filter. They will filter your water so you don’t get sick in Mexico. Use code SOLO15 for 15% OFF your purchase.

Located in the tropics, it will likely rain daily from about May to October, though storms tend to pass quickly. June 1-November 30 is Atlantic Hurricane Season and Tulum Hurricane Season, though direct hit hurricanes are rare.

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What do I pack for Tulum?

As far as what to wear in Tulum, anything goes! For specifics, head to the Ultimate Tulum Packing List: What to Wear in Tulum Mexico.

You can expect to see everything from boho hippie style to decked out Instagram influencers. If you need a visual, head here for some Tulum outfit inspo — or just think flowy sundresses, cute sandals, a sunhat and sunglasses.

Tulum is hot, so don’t forget your Water-To-Go refillable water bottle. This not only keeps you hydrated, but filters your water so you don’t get sick in Mexico. Use code SOLO15 for 15% OFF your purchase.

You’ll also need one of these best sunscreens for Mexico, some Frizz Ease for your hair, and anti-hangover pills if you plan to party hardy.

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What’s the best way to get around in Tulum?

Since Tulum is on the smaller side, you’ll only want to rent a car if you’re doing a few Tulum day trips. If you’re not, it’s easier to rent a bike from one of the bike shops in Tulum Town, rent a moped, use taxis or walk.

Is there Uber in Tulum?

When planning a trip to Tulum, keep in mind there’s no Tulum Uber service, no Lyft in Tulum, and no Tulum ride share apps of any kind. There are plenty of taxis in Tulum, available day and night.

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Are Tulum taxis safe?

For the vast majority of travelers, it’s perfectly safe to use taxis in Tulum. You can hail one on the street, and if there’s someone friendly you like, ask for their number so you can text them if you need more rides.

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You can go sightseeing in Tulum without a car if you hire a taxi driver for the day.

⚠️ Note: In Mexico, you need to agree on the price before entering the taxi, as there aren’t meters, and you’ll need to have pesos to pay the driver. Some drivers will be open to price negotiations, and some won’t.

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Is it safe to swim at Tulum Beach?

Yes — Tulum beaches are known to be safe for swimmers because the Caribbean Sea is usually very calm, and it has shallow waters near shore.

Of course, you’ll want to double check for any warnings before you visit, as the waves can get high from time to time. However, don’t skip the beaches — they’re some of the best places in Tulum 🏝️

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Is Tulum safe for tourists?

For the vast majority of visitors, yes, Tulum is safe. If you want to do a deep dive into the complex topic of Tulum safety, check out this Tulum Travel Safety Guide and this Tulum Solo Travel Guide.

While the majority of travelers simply visit and have a nice time, always be aware that no place on Earth is 100% safe.

You have to make safety a priority by staying aware of yourself, your belongings and your surroundings at all times.

While not everyone would rank Tulum among the safest places to travel in Mexico, plenty of statistics show that millions visit each year — and by comparison, the number of incidents of petty crime and violent crime is low.

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Is Tulum worth visiting?

Tulum is worth visiting for those who love beaches, jungles and boho vibes — but also understand this is a popular place with large crowds and high price tags, even in the slower seasons.

Believe it or not, Tulum used to be a sleepy town. In the last decade or so, it’s become one of the top Mexico vacation destinations.

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How many days in Tulum do I need?

This will depend on you, of course. However, as a small town, you can see all the best Tulum sites with 3-5 days.

Of course, the more days you have, the more you can see, and even if you spend a week in Tulum, you’d never be bored.

Final Thoughts: Best Things to Do in Tulum Mexico

We’ve reached the end of a very long list of places to visit in Tulum, places to visit near Tulum, things to do in Tulum with family and kids, romantic things to do in Tulum for couples, fun things to do in Tulum Mexico for singles — and everything in-between!

From the top tourist attractions in Tulum Mexico to off the beaten path hidden gems in Tulum, I hope you use these 50+ suggestions to plan an epic itinerary for Tulum and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Tulum Travel Planning Guide

1. Should I buy Mexico travel insurance?

100% YES! — With basic coverage averaging just $5-10 USD per day, enjoy peace of mind with a plan from Travel Insurance Master, one of the biggest names in travel insurance. (Read more)

2. Can you drink the water in Tulum?

No — You’ll want to buy this Water-To-Go Bottle, which filters your drinking water so you don’t get sick from drinking water in Mexico, and helps keep you hydrated while traveling Mexico. (Read more)

3. Is it safe to rent a car in Tulum?

Yes — Renting a car in Mexico is one of the best ways to see the country! I always rent with Discover Cars, which checks both international companies and local Mexican companies, so you get the best rates. (Read more)

4. Will my phone work in Tulum?

Maybe — It depends on your company, so check with your provider. If you don’t have free Mexico service, buy this Telcel SIM Card. As Mexico’s largest carrier, Telcel has the best coverage of any Mexico SIM Cards. (Read more)

5. What’s the best way to book my Tulum accommodations?

For Tulum hotels, Booking.com is the best site, but for hostels, use Hostel World. If you’re considering a Mexico Airbnb, don’t forget to also check VRBO, which is often cheaper than Airbnb.

6. What do I pack for Tulum?

Head to the Ultimate Tulum Packing List to get all the info you need on packing for Mexico.

7. What’s the best site to buy Mexico flights?

For finding cheap Mexico flights, I recommend Skyscanner.

8. Do I need a visa for Mexico?

Likely Not — U.S., Canadian and most European Passport holders don’t need a visa for Mexico; but check here to see if you do a Mexico travel visa. The majority of travelers will receive a 180-Day FMM Tourist Visa or passport stamp upon arrival.