Tulum Travel Tips: Know Before You Go
Tulum is an unbelievable place. It’s basically beauty overload. Gorgeous restaurants, hotels and with an unmatched backdrop of beach and jungle. That jungle truly got my heart.
BUT there are a lot of things I wish I had known before traveling to Tulum to better set my expectations. So, before you go to Tulum, these are a few things I think you should know.
Tulum Travel Tips
Be Ready to Spend
Tulum has a rich history that I won’t go into here.
In terms of its history as a destination for travellers, it started as a getaway for the free-spirited. It was a little break from civilization with little electricity and plumbing where hippies from across North America liked to get away.
Over the last few years, that has changed - A LOT. While there are still great ways to enjoy it without spending too much, the city truly runs on money. The best parts of the beach are owned by restaurants and hotels that require a minimum spend of 50-70 USD. While they’ve got beautiful beds and cabanas to enjoy, be ready to take out your wallet or move on.
For a place without an absurd minimum, one of my favorite places to hang was La Zebra. They were friendly and accommodating, had a beautiful hotel (with some beach swings!) and even had live music on some days.
Make Sure You Can Ride a Bike
Ok, this one may seem a bit silly but I’m not great on a bike, so this is something I really did need to know in advance.
I wobble and get scared any time a car comes near. There are a lot of people in Tulum and it’s a small town so there’s often traffic on the main road along the beach. Taxis are also about $10-15 minimum even if you’re only going a few minutes down the road. So, the best way (and most fun) to get around is on a bike.
You May Want to Rent a Car
There are beautiful cenotes all over Tulum.
Two of my favourite cenotes that were less crowded were Kaan Luum Lagoon (which is actually a cenote) and Casa Cenote.
If you want to explore the cenotes (natural underground pools) and all there is to see beyond the beach, a car rental is the way to go. With a car, we were free to explore a bunch of them without having to wait for a taxi.
Bring Your Snorkel Gear
Okay, so there are places where you can rent snorkel gear. But if you have one of your own the world is your oyster.
There are so many beautiful creatures to see in the waters around Tulum, and I only wish I had my own gear to be able to experience even more of what the ocean and cenotes had to offer.
Even if you don’t have your own gear, make sure you make it out there at least once to see what the ocean has to offer. On one boat trip (where we rented gear) we saw a ton of turtles and manta ray.
Really Happy Happy Hours
This may not be a necessary piece of advice but it’s a fun one I thought I’d throw in there. Happy Hour by beach is always a little happier.
What’s even better is that the hotels and restaurants along the beach all host happy hour at different times. One of my favorite spots for Happy Hour was Mezzanine Hotel.