6 Things to do near Tulum, MX
After honeymooning in Tulum — and all of the research that went into preparing for that trip — my wife and I are pretty confident on giving some amazing suggestions for traveling in and around Tulum. Specifically, travel suggestions that do NOT involve locking yourself on a bus with a dozen other couples, families, and retirees trying to see the same sights as you. Been there, done that, and nobody wants the t-shirt.
To visit sites that are off of your resort, see if you can walk there on the beach. Or, if your Spanish is decent enough, call a cab or ask your hotel’s concierge to do so for you. You’ll be able to see more, get local suggestions, and be able to work on your own timetable rather than the one the tour company made.
Also referred to as Casa Cenote, this site is wonderfully off the beaten path. You can go diving if that’s your thing or with a snorkel or even just goggles, you can see plenty of fish and other critters right at the surface. Get there early, rent a kayak, and enjoy the space to yourself. Rumor has it manatees still show up periodically. And definitely grab a snack at the Casa Cenote restaurant which is open air and beachside. Read more here!
Caleta Tankah is down the beach from Casa Cenote. There are great places to swim in every kind of water you want. From ocean to cenote and even a really unique space where the centoe empties into the ocean right at the shoreline. You can rent a beach chair for the day, stay in the hotel, or just stop by for a visit like we did. no matter what, it’s a wonderful little oasis along this stretch of beach. Read more here!
Mayan Ruins at Tulum
Any history buff will tell you that visiting ruins is possibly the coolest way to connect with your favorite part of history. You can actually touch the history, walk where historical figures walked, and experience a very similar world to a people long gone. The Tulum ruins even have a stretch of beach just reserved for turtle conservation, so you can know you’re supporting great conservation efforts. Once again, take a cab and get there early. The tour groups tend to start arriving around 11 or noon. Explore all you want before the heat of the day hits and before swarms of other tourists arrive.
For anyone who wants to explore the ocean, the beach near Tulum sports some amazing reefs very near to shore. You’ll want to bring your own mouthpiece but most places will have the rest of the gear for rent. Even if you don’t want to dive, you can swim at the surface and see an amazing underwater ecosystem. Definitely go on a day when the oceans are calmer, however. All of the salt and sand that gets kicked up will cloud your views too much.
The beach that runs along Tulum is rated #2 in the Caribbean. And, trust me, it shows. Long stretches of white sand, sparkling blue water, and nothing but horizon. It honestly feels very Pirates of the Caribbean to stand on a beach all by yourself and just watch the world go by for a stretch of time. The beach dogs might come up to say hi or at least walk by. Just make sure to bring water if you’re going to venture too far out. Those beaches get HOT and the jungle isn’t the greatest place to go walking, no matter how much you need shade.
Rent a Cabaña
It’s important to take some time to relax, especially with all of the expeditions you’re going to venture out on now that you’ve gotten some awesome suggestions! If your hotel or resort has beachside cabañas for you to rent, do so. Take the time for yourself. Trust me, there’s something truly wonderful about taking a nap on a beach surrounded by billows of fabric and waking up to the quiet whisper of lapping waves. Read more here!
The greatest way to travel anywhere is by yourself exploring with just the folks you came with and enjoying exploring a new place. With this guide, you can confidently do that in Tulum! Cheers to your next travels! Enjoy the last few photos from my honeymoon when my wife and I went on a gloriously long beach walk, enjoying each other’s company and the storm that had just hit on its way out.
Do you have any trips planned? Where are you headed! Sarah and I are off to Seattle in a few weeks for my birthday. I can’t wait to share those details with you guys! Share your upcoming trips as well as Seattle travel tips in the comments.