Swimming with turtles

The Magic of Tulum

It’s a city built around the ancient Mayan ruins. All of the restaurants and lodgings reflect the magical ancient vibe that seems to be resonating from the earth here.

Walking to the entrance to the ruins

A Bohemian Vibe

Tulum’s laid-back and eco-friendly atmosphere offers a unique blend of relaxation and adventure. The town’s bohemian charm is reflected in its boutique hotels, yoga retreats, and organic cafes. With a perfect mix of natural beauty and cultural heritage, Tulum beckons travelers to immerse themselves in its serene and enchanting ambiance.

Tulum ruins

An Archaeological Gem

A coastal paradise along the Riviera Maya, Tulum captivates with its breathtaking beaches and ancient Mayan ruins. Perched atop rugged cliffs, the ruins overlook the turquoise Caribbean Sea, creating a mesmerizing backdrop for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

I need some shopping images for Tulum. Grrr

I recommend visiting Tulum if you like…

  • Archaeology
  • Healthy Lifestyle (not required)
  • Beach Life
  • Resort Life
  • Gastronomy
  • Water Sports
  • Snorkeling and Diving
  • Swimming with Turtles and Stingrays

Dining and Cuisine

Every box is checked as far as cuisine goes here. There’s an emphasis on healthy, sustainable, and whole foods in Tulum. But whatever your diet, it is done with artistry.

Take a food walking tour immediately!

I am a true believer in taking a tour immediately to get acquainted with a city. A food walking tour is a great way to get your bearings and you have the full attention of a local expert for great suggestions.

Here are some foodie walking tours I recommend based on ratings and my own research.

Regional Dishes

The area is famous for…

  • Ceviche: Fresh seafood, such as fish or shrimp, marinated in lime juice and mixed with onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and sometimes avocado, served as a refreshing and tangy appetizer.
  • Tacos al Pastor: Marinated and grilled pork cooked on a vertical spit, served with pineapple, onion, and cilantro.

Popular Local Tacos

  • Tacos de Pescado: Fresh fish, often snapper or grouper, grilled or fried and served in tortillas with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, and spicy mayo.
  • Tacos al Pastor: Marinated and grilled pork cooked on a vertical spit, served with pineapple, onion, and cilantro.
  • Tacos de Cochinita Pibil: Slow-roasted and seasoned pork, marinated in achiote paste and served with pickled onions and habanero salsa.

Unique Foodie Experiences I Recommend

Other Best Things to Do in Tulum

Many things you can do on your own but there are some activities, I suggest a tour. I haven’t been on a bad tour yet. And they really know how to do it here in Mexico. They take all the stress of planning out of it so you can focus right on what you want to do.

Bacalar Day

Bacalar is a natural lagoon resort just south of Tulum that’s worth visiting at least once. See more about this magical place.

Turtles Snorkeling and Cenote Cave

Another “Must Do” is swimming with turtles. Have a guide take you right to the turtles face-to-face. And then top off the day with a Cenote. I can’t think of a more perfect day.

Where to Stay – Accommodations

There are all kinds of options and price points available. I am more economically minded and I wanted to be immersed in the city, so I chose a homestay. I found a cute little Airbnb for under $40 a night. And when you book a month, you may find rates as low as $30/night.

This is how I’m able to travel and work in Mexico.

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But you can find any price point you want from dorm rooms to luxury.
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The downtown of Tulum is at the crossroads which is a 30-40 minute walk to the beach. There is a lot going on in the downtown area like dining, bars, and shopping. But if you’re mostly here for the beach, you should consider staying right ON the beach strip of hotels and resorts (away from town) especially if you don’t have a car. And get a taxi into town if you want some “city”.

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