Tulum Travel Guide

Remnants of a significant Mayan settlement call many a history and culture seeker to the Mexican town of Tulum. Meanwhile, the peace, tranquility and sheer unspoiled simplicity of the area invite a good many others to come and enjoy romantic weekend getaways or relaxing vacations by the Caribbean Sea.

Thought to have been previously been named Zama, or ‘City of Dawn’, Tulum’s Mayan site features structures hailing mainly from the post-classic era and includes the Temple of the Frescoes, with its fading interior wall murals, and the Temple of the Descending God. From nearby Cancun, it’s possible to take a daytrip to the ruins.

Attractive for its lack of development, Tulum’s six-mile stretch of beach is only sparsely populated with regards to accommodation, and many lodgings here don’t have electricity. With no electric lights after dusk, the candlelit eco-hotels and camping areas are truly romantic places to spend an evening. Disco lovers should plan for a brief visit.


Mayan City at Tulum: view structures that date back as far as the 6th century at this hugely popular historic visitor site.

Mayan remains at Coba: nearby Coba also features ancient remains dating from a similar period.

Beaches: enjoy the tranquility and seclusiveness of the more remote beach areas, where relaxation is the name of the game.

Water sports: at the busier beaches, you’ll find a variety of water sports on offer. No need to bring anything except your enthusiasm, with local beach-based companies providing all the necessaries.

Daytrips: Cancun, Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen are all within visiting distance if you feel like something a little livelier than the subdued Tulum scene.