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Tulum Activities

Things to do in Tulum

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Tulum is a magical destination that will captivate you with its dreamy beaches, turquoise waters, and energetic nightlife by the sea. 

Undoubtedly, the town of Tulum has become famous for its hippie and eco-chic style, making it one of the jewels of the Mexican Caribbean. 

Although Tulum is not an ideal destination to disconnect from everything, it is undoubtedly perfect for recharging your batteries, resting, connecting with nature, enjoying yourself with friends, and even meeting new people. 

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Archaeological Zone

Tulum is home to one of the most important archeological sites in the state of Quintana Roo, making it one of the best-preserved. 

This ancient city was a center of worship for the “descending God” of the Mayas, and each wall of this precinct symbolizes the elements: earth, air, water, and fire.  

The site stands out for its majestic view of the sea as it is located on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 

What to do in Tulum

Public Beaches

Playa Paraiso is singular for its beauty is centered in the gradation of the blue color of the Caribbean Sea, going from a transparent turquoise to an intense marine blue. 

Playa Pescadores offers a comforting atmosphere, as lying on the smooth white sand is a caress to the body, ideal for lying down and sunbathing. 

Playa de las Ruinas stands out for having a fantastic view of the archeological zone and being home to friendly iguanas accustomed to the presence of travelers. 

Playa Santa Fe is also very close to the Mayan ruins, and within it, you will find a variety of bars, restaurants, and kiosks to spend the day while enjoying the Caribbean Sea. 

Beach Clubs

These are the best beach clubs to enjoy the beach, have a drink, and meet new people. 

Ziggy’s Beach Club

The Papaya Playa Beach Club

Ahau Tulum Beach Club 

Rosa del Viento 

Tantra Bohemian Beach Club 

Taboo Tulum 

Hip Hotel Beach Club 

Vagalume Tulum 

Mia Tulum 

Town of Tulum 

This magical town attracts the attention of hundreds of tourists every year because despite being a tiny town, its vibe and atmosphere are incredible to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. 

The town is easy to tour by bicycle. Within it, you will find several Mayan handicraft stores and a great variety of restaurants with typical Mexican and regional food.  


El Camello 

La Malquerida 

El Rincón del Jaguar 


Don Honorio 

Casa Maria Pueblo 

Tulum is also noted for its great nightlife, so take a tour of the best bars in town. 


Pasito Tun Tun 

Coco Village 

Santino Bar 

Batey Mojitos Bar

Splashing in cenotes 

Undoubtedly, the Yucatan Peninsula has been blessed by the significant number of cenotes it has; that’s why these great water wells are a must during your visit.

Cenotes near Tulum 

Big Cenote 

Carwash Cenote 

Calavera Cenote

Zacil-Ha Cenote

Dos Ojos Cenote 

Tanka Cenote 

Crystal Cenote 

Escondido Cenote 

Cenote Taak Bi Ha

 El Pit Cenote 

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Sian Ka’an is a protected reserve just one hour from Tulum. Within the area, you will find incredible flora and fauna, and you can admire animals such as the jaguar, tapir, manatee, peccary, among many other species. 

This world heritage site has approximately 600,000 hectares of protected jungle and reef off its coast. 

As a small town, the area has minimal infrastructure, but it is undoubtedly a magical and ideal destination to rest and disconnect. 

What to see?

Punta Allen is a small fishing village where you can learn all about this great activity and become familiar with the marine flora and fauna that inhabits the area. 

The site is a virgin beach ideal for enjoying a quiet stay and practicing different water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking. 

Boca Paila is another fishing village with virgin beaches south of Tulum. 

The place is highlighted by a bridge that divides the Caribbean Sea from the beautiful lagoon. However, it is not recommended to swim in it because it is home to crocodiles. Hopefully, you will find it during your tour. 

Muyil is another site located south of Tulum; it is tiny and unpopular but is home to a beautiful archaeological site surrounded by lush tropical flora and fauna. 

Here, you can stroll through the mangroves of Sian Ka’an and take a dip in the refreshing waters where you can meet the manatees that inhabit the place. 

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