What to see and what to do in Tulum

To visit Tulum, one of Mexico’s must-see destinations, is to discover a small town with a bohemian chic atmosphere, long white sand beaches, Mayan ruins and cenotes with crystal clear water.

The archaeological zone of Tulum

It’s a must-see in the area! And if the parking and the impressive number of shops before entering can make you think of a huge Disneyland, the spot is really incredible.

This archaeological site, accessible by bicycle from the city center, is located in an exceptional setting. Indeed, the turquoise blue sea that you will follow during your visit is absolutely magnificent. Not to mention this small beach below, between rocks and palm trees… These ruins are actually the remains of an ancient maritime trading port. The place is quickly crowded so don’t hesitate to get up early to get there in the morning.

Tulum and its beaches

In Tulum, you have the opportunity to lounge on one of the many beaches along the coast. A bicycle and pedestrian path leads directly to the beach.

But as there are many beaches all along the coast, some very touristy and others much less known, it can be difficult to make a choice:

Discover the 5 most beautiful beaches in Tulum

Swimming in a Mayan cenote

The surroundings of Tulum are full of beautiful cenotes and lagoons to explore. Mexico has the largest underground water system in the world, and it’s definitely worth planning some activities to discover them. Here are some cenotes you might like: Gran Cenote, Cenote Calavera, Dos Ojos, Cenote Azul. They are part of our Most Beautiful Cenotes to Visit in Mexico.

Here are the 10 most beautiful cenotes in Tulum

Visit the Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve

Both a Biosphere Reserve and a Unesco World Heritage Site, Sian Ka’an is a must-see biodiversity paradise in Tulum.

On the program: turquoise water, jungle, mangrove and breathtaking landscapes!

The two main access points are Muyil and Punta Allen which offer two very different experiences.

More info : How to get there

Party in Tulum

Tulum is known for its rich nightlife. Beachclub, bars, discos… There is a lot to choose from! Here are some of the best bars to visit if you want to experience the nightlife of Tulum: The Papaya Playa Project, Gitano or the Guarapo Bar and Batey Mojito.

Diving in Tulum

Tulum is one of the main diving spots in Mexico. There are two possibilities: discover the coral reefs, one of the largest in the world, or explore the cenotes. The underwater rock formations are very impressive. 

In the surroundings, Cozumel and Akumal also have a very good reputation. Cozumel, the island located in front of Playa del Carmen, 1 hour from Tulum, has gained some popularity among diving enthusiasts. In Akumal, on the way between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, put on your mask and snorkel to see the turtles, all close to the shore!

Yoga in Tulum

Tulum is the most important yoga and relaxation destination in the Yucatan. There are several yoga studios in Tulum for those who wish to learn or practice their passion even on vacation.

What could be better than a sun salutation in front of the sun? Take advantage of Tulum’s beach to do yoga, the vibe is particularly suitable for it. In fact, you’ll find many centers in town. From a simple class to a complete retreat, there are many possibilities. Diamante K, Holistika Tulum are some of the best known studios. 

Admire the sunset

One of our favorite activities when traveling! Tulum is no exception, the city has many places from where you can watch the sunset in Tulum. But not on the beach, because Tulum is located in the east. Instead, you can watch the sunrise on the beach in Tulum every morning.

For a magical sunrise, go to the ruins of Tulum and Kaan Luum. You will be treated to a real show.

Not an early riser? For the sunset, go to the rooftop of the restaurant Ciel Rosa. It offers a 360 degree view of the lush jungle.