Tulum is one of the most visited destinations in the Riviera Maya, with a different vibe from the rest of the crowded cities like Cancun or Playa del Carmen, that totally worth the visit. Even though it is a little town, you can find several attractions like beautiful beaches, cenotes, and Mayan ruins to choose from. Tulum is also famous because of the street art, so it is a great option to explore it on walking or by bicycle.
Get to know some of the best places to visit and don’t forget your towel to enjoy all the attractions in the city.
Enjoy a day in Playa Paraiso
Beaches in Tulum are one of the main reasons to visit this paradisiacal destination, perfect for those looking to relax with crystal waters and white sand and to practice funny water activities such as snorkeling or scuba diving. However, there are plenty of them that choosing just one can be really difficult.
Playa Paraiso is one of the most popular options and is also considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This public beach is located just 5 minutes from the archeological zone, so you can easily get there without having to stay in a hotel. If you want to arrive from Cancun, you have to go through Highway 307 until you reach the city. There are plenty of options for transportation service from Cancun to Tulum.
This is a family-friendly beach since waves are not very high, it is not that deep and the temperature remains warm most of the year so you can swim without worries. You can also explore the wildlife areas while snorkeling, either on a private tour or by yourself. There are many coral reefs just off the coast that you really can’t miss. Playa Paraiso also offers a great spot for beach volleyball or soccer, perfect to enjoy with the family.
But if what you are looking for is a more relaxed experience on the beach, Yoga is very popular in Tulum, that’s why it is not strange to find some venues offering yoga classes, so it can be a good option to enjoy the perfect atmosphere and recharge energy.
Go to the Archeological Zone
The Tulum ruins are one of the most emblematic destinations in Tulum and a must-to-do on your visit. This archeological zone is located a short distance from town, approximately 10 minutes driving, but you can also go by bicycle or get a private tour. Just remember to get there early in the morning to avoid the hundreds of tourists to explore the buildings freely and pay all attention to the architectural details.
The most important building is El Castillo, a structure facing the sea that was used as a reference point for navigators, but there are other important buildings like The Temple of the Descending God and The House of the Columns among others. Don’t forget to go down to the beach of the ruins to enjoy the crystal waters and get a different view of the archeological site.
Apart from the castle, you can go to the Coba’s Ruins and visit the second-tallest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatán Peninsula, Nohoch Mul.
Visit Sian Ka’an
If you want an experience to get in contact with nature, you must go to Sian Ka’an. This is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Sian Ka’an is located about 30 minutes from Tulum with plenty of options to get there, either by car, public transportation, or private Cancun to Tulum shuttle.
Just like the other attractions that you can find in Tulum, the reserve has pretty beaches, colorful coral reefs that you can explore with the excursions organized by local companies where you can also have your own 4×4. The reserve is also home to more than 1,000 species of birds, animals, and plants.