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Where is Tulum, Mexico?

Tulum is located in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, approximately 2 hours or about 130km south of Cancun, and about 3 hours north of Chetumal and the border with Belize. It is basically divided into three parts: The small town of Tulum; Tulum Beach, with its many hotels, cabanas and casitas; and of course the Mayan Ruins, the only archeological site on this stretch of Mexico's Coastline.

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How do I get to Tulum?

Although there is a new international airport in the planning close to Tulum, currently if you are arriving internationally then the closest and easiest airport to arrive at is Cancun International Airport (CUN), located roughly two hours north of Tulum. From there you can either rent a car and drive, or book in advance a Tulum airport transfer service to Tulum. I would recommend the latter, because if you are not used to driving in Mexico it can be quite a daunting experience and a vacation should be as hassle free as possible.

If you are the adventurous type then renting a car and driving can be a wonderful way to get to your Tulum hotel, and it is a great excuse to stop off and explore all the beautiful towns along the way. From the Cancun Airport it is a straight shot south on a highway called the 307 all the way to Tulum. You will pass such towns as Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, and Xpu-Ha, and popular attractions such as Xcaret and Xel-Ha; all places definitely worth exploring, or stopping off for a fresh seafood lunch while on vacation in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Finally, for those traveling on a tighter budget you can get a bus from the ADO bus station in Downtown Cancun, all the way to Tulum. The buses here are in excellent condition, fully air-conditioned and a great price, around 6 USD for the ride one-way. Easy, Quick and Cheap!

What is there to do and see in Tulum?

Tulum basically has three sections: the town, the hotel zone, and lastly the reason why Tulum exists, the Mayan Ruins.  They are all in very close proximity to each other and have their own special charm. The town itself, although growing is still a very slow paced sleepy village. There are more and more restaurants, internet café's and bars springing up, but for the moment it remains very different to both Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Most of the businesses are privately owned and the big franchises haven't managed to take over yet.

From the main road head down a dusty road, the mangroves on each side of you, until you reach the stunning beach, the color of the sea will take your breath away! Here you will find the small Hotels, Cabanas, Beach Huts and boutique hotels, all nestled along the shore and surrounded by dense mangroves and tall palms. There are also Resorts and Spa's springing up.

And a further five minutes down the beach of Tulum you arrive at the Tulum Archeological site. It's definitely worth seeing and exploring. See our page on Tulum Ruins.

Other attractions close by are Xel-Ha, Xcaret, the town of Akumal, horse riding, wave runners, the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, and many many more eco-touristic pursuits. There really is so much to do close by, or just relax and enjoy the sun, a fantastic Mayan Treatment in one of Tulum's fabulous Spa's, or a dip in the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Whatever you choose to do on your vacation you are going to fall in love with Tulum Mexico.
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