Tulum Travel Guide

Tulum, a breathtaking stretch of sand along Mexico’s eastern coast, has a reputation as the ultimate place for an unplugged beach vacation for a good... Read More

Tulum, a breathtaking stretch of sand along Mexico’s eastern coast, has a reputation as the ultimate place for an unplugged beach vacation for a good reason. In contrast to the mega-resorts of neighboring Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the places to stay in Tulum are all eco-friendly and laid-back. You'll spend your days here eating fresh fish tacos, doing yoga overlooking the water, and reading in a palapa on the beach. The main draw is Tulum's gorgeous beach, one of the best in Mexico, plus the casual vibe of downtown—these two distinct areas, about a 20-minute drive apart, are where you'll spend all your time. And unlike other beach getaways in Mexico, Tulum has several things to see, from historic ruins and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to world-class shops and restaurants. Plan your weekend with Travel + Leisure’s guide to this stylish vacation spot.

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Best Time To Go

Tulum tends to have warm weather all year round, with highs staying well within the 70s and 80s. Even in December, the temperature never falls below 60 degrees, so any time you travel there you will find tropical, sunny weather. Tulum's rainiest months are June, September, and October. The three-month stretch from October to December is the best time to visit, when hurricane season is over and the weather is warm but not oppressively hot. January through March see the biggest wave of tourists, so avoid that time if you're not a fan of crowds.

Transportation

Taxis are fairly easy to come by, and accept both U.S. dollars and Mexican pesos—but you’re likely to get the best deal paying in pesos. Tulum’s main road runs all the way down the beach, and is fairly walkable, though you can also take colectivos—local shuttles—for incredibly cheap prices (20 pesos and up). And several hotels offer bikes for getting around as well.

Weather

July and August are the hottest months, with an average high of 82°F (28°C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 75°F (24°C).

Know Before You Go

Most restaurants and bars, even the pricy ones, are cash only. You can pay in either Mexican pesos or U.S. dollars, but the exchange rate works in your favor if you pay in pesos. Thankfully, there are plenty of ATMs around—just make sure that the one you’re at dispenses local currency. October is a wonderful time to go, but several shops and bars close for several weeks during the low season. Facebook is the best resource for local business hours and closing notices.

Language

Spanish

Electric

Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug).

Currency

Mexican peso

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