If your dream Mexico beach vacation is less about mega-resorts and more about munching on tacos under a palapa by the sea, taking yoga classes at dawn, and visiting Mayan ruins, then a visit to Tulum will fit the bill. The main draw is Tulum's pristine beach, one of the best in Mexico, plus the laid back atmosphere of the town - you can easily pass your days with a book and a drink in hand by the pool. But there's also much to see and do nearby; a recent boom in tourist travel to Tulum has led to a welcome upswing in the restaurant and bar scene, and there's a flourishing strip of high-class hotels and resorts along the beach.

Things Not to Miss in Tulum

Tulum offers sights and activities for history buffs and late-night revelers alike, with a combination of archeological ruins for touring and a thriving nightlife scene for partying. Highlights of Tulum travel include:

• Sampling slow-cooked pork enchiladas at El Mariachi Loco
• Touring Mayan ruins at the Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an
• Taking in some live music at the Curandero nightclub
• Visiting the famous Tulum Ruins

When to Go to Tulum

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 to Tulum you will find tropical, sunny wether. Tulum's rainiest months are June, September, and October. The three-month stretch from October to December is the best time to visit Tulum, when hurricane season is over and the weather is warm but not oppressively hot. January through March sees the biggest wave of tourists, so avoid this period if you're not a fan of crowds.

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