If you plan to go to Tulum, here are some travel tips that will guide you on things to do but also will give you good addresses on where to eat and drink.
Tulum was my very first trip to Mexico. I can’t believe I have been to this part of Mexico before going to Mexico City that has been on my bucket list for years but all those dreamy pictures of Tulum that I have seen on Instagram, and my desire to finally go back to the caribbean where I was born, have made me gone there first.
If you plan to go to Tulum though, below you’ll see my recommendations.
- What to do in Tulum :
1 – Casa Magna, the vacation house of Pablo Escobar.
One of my highlight in Tulum was to see the old house of Pablo Escobar : Casa Magna. The house is for rent for a small price of around 10 000Euros a week :D, if like me you can’t afford the house you still can go walk by and have a look outside the house.
2 – Visit the Tulum Ruins
The temple is not so big but it is set in a very nice location, and there is a little beach where it is possible to swim and refresh after a lot of walking under the heat!
You can go there by yourself if you already are in Tulum or you can take a day tour or a half a day tour from Cancun
3 – Go visit Tulum town
While the hotel zone is very touristic and has got a lot of fancy restaurants and bars, the town is very cute and authentic. There you will also find cheap and tasty Mexican food. Perfect for a change to the gourmet meals served in the restaurants in the hotel zone.
4 – Buy some Tequila in Tulum town.
Tequileria has got a large selection of Tequila
5 – Go for drinks
Both in town and in the hotel one there are lots of bars serving great cocktails.
My favourite beach bar is : Coco Tulum. Go at sunset!!
My favourite bar in town is Encanto and in the hotel zone I liked Gitano, they also do salsa nights on some evening!
6 – Last but not least, enjoy the beach.
Because it would be a shame to be in the caribbeans and not enjoy the beach!! Tulum has got a lot of seaweeds those days so if you have a problem with that, I would recommend to stay in an hotel at the end of the hotel zone as there is less seaweed there. I stayed in 2 hotels : Rosa del Viento and Luv Tulum that I can both recommend.
7 – Tulum is great for shopping if you like designer boutiques.
All designer shops are in the hotel zone but don’t forget to check the local shops as well as I think it is very important to support small businesses!
8 – Go to Chichen Itza and Il Kil Cenote
One of the seven world wonder is only 2 hours away from Tulum so take a tour or the bus (cheap and very easy option) to go to Chichen Itza. If you choose to take the bus, take the VIP ticket to enter Chichen Itza to avoid the queues.
While in Chichen Itza go to Il Kil Cenote as well! I had so much fun there! Just don’t make the same mistake I did. Ask your taxi driver to wait for you as there is no taxi waiting outside the Cenote otherwise you will desperately wait for a taxi to pass by. I waited almost one hour 😀
You can also go on a half a day organized tour if you want to avoid any stress.
First I would like to say that I had a great time in Tulum but I wish I have had more time to go to Isla Holbox which seems to be amazing and to the city of Campeche and it’s surrounding beaches. If you go there, 10 days are definitely not enough.
I hope to go to Mexico soon again to explore more of this amazing country.