Tulum

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Tulum Mayan Ruins featuring a ruin and rugged coastline

Explore Mayan ruins, dive in natural sinkholes and relax on picturesque beaches in this enchanting Riviera Maya town.

Tulum is an enigmatic and scenic city best known for its fascinating ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Tulum’s ancient structures are among the most well-preserved Mayan ruins in the world. Learn about the Mayan people and enjoy the town’s spectacular tropical scenery.

The Tulum Ruins is a former Mayan fortress-city, which consists of several temples and castles with views of the sea. Gaze up at the magnificent El Castillo, which stands on a dramatic limestone cliff. In front of the castle is the Temple of the Frescos, which contains wall paintings depicting the Mayan’s spiritual beliefs. Head to the north side of the site to see some small altars and lovely views of El Castillo.

After exploring the archaeological site, relax on the Tulum Ruins Beach. Take photos of this beautiful cove’s white sands and sparkling waters against the backdrop of the Mayan ruins.

Swim, snorkel or go cave diving in cenotes, natural swimming holes once revered by the Maya as a source of water during dry seasons. Scuba dive through a cave system of jagged stalagmites, stalactites and other intriguing rock formations in the Gran Cenote or the Dos Ojos Cenote.

Bring the kids to the remarkable Xel-Ha Water Park. This enormous nature park, found a 15-minute drive north of Tulum National Park, features cenotes, jungles, lagoons and rivers. Snorkel among colorful fish, go kayaking and dive off the Cliffs of Courage. Get around the park by cycling or riding the convenient jungle train.

The temperature in Tulum is fairly consistent throughout the year. The months of October through December are the best times to visit, with the wettest weather occurring from July to September. Tulum is located in the state of Quintana Roo, 80 miles (130 kilometers) south along the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula from Cancún. Fly to Cancún International Airport and take one of the daily tour buses that depart for Tulum.

Find a mix of thrilling adventure and rich culture in Tulum.

Where to stay in Tulum

Aloft Tulum by Marriott
Aloft Tulum by Marriott
4 out of 5
Av. Coba Sur Mz 5 Lt 1, Smz 1 Region 14, Tulum, QROO
The price is $90 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Tulum National Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dos Aguas Park and SFER IK. Las Palmas Public Beach ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (54 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Aloft Tulum by Marriott
Copal Tulum Hotel
Copal Tulum Hotel
4 out of 5
Calle Ixchel sn, Tulum, QROO
The price is $102 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in Tulum, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tulum National Park and Dos Aguas Park. SFER IK and Las Palmas Public Beach are also within 3 mi (5 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (191 reviews)
"It was a girls trip for a birthday celebration and we got upgraded as a courtesy. The hotel was very eco-friendly. The staff was very nice and friendly especially Stephan. Our suite was very nice, comfortable, spacious and had an amazing view. The beds were super comfortable too. The guest experience ..."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Copal Tulum Hotel
Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort -Adults Only-All Inclusive
Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort -Adults Only-All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carr Tulum Boca Paila Km 3.85, Tulum, QROO
The price is $266 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated on the waterfront, this all-inclusive property is within a 15-minute walk of Tulum National Park and Las Palmas Public Beach. Playa Paraiso and Tulum ...
4/5 Very Good! (963 reviews)
"the rooms are enormous, it was gated, so we felt extremely safe, food was solid, only needs would be, more selection when it comes to restaurants on site, and someway to access the beach, other than that, fantastic staff, huge rooms, clean, great location, and for the price, we would definitely stay ..."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort -Adults Only-All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
3.5 out of 5
Region 15, La Veleta, Tulum, QROO
The price is $59 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated by the sea, this spa condo building is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Dos Aguas Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tulum National Park and Cenote Crystal. Tulum Beach ...
3.7/5 Good! (51 reviews)
"Everything about the property was amazing. I will most definitely stay there again"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
Acinté by Endémico
Acinté by Endémico
3.5 out of 5
Av. 16 Sur esquina con Poniente 3, Región 15, Tulum, QROO
The price is $63 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Situated in Tulum, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dos Aguas Park, Cenote Crystal, and Tulum National Park. Tulum Beach and SFER IK are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (17 reviews)
"Very kind people. Alejandro was a very gracious host. Would definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Acinté by Endémico
Central Park Resort & Spa Tulum
Central Park Resort & Spa Tulum
4 out of 5
Calle 6 Sur, entre Calle 3 y 4 Sur, Col. La Veleta, Tulum, QROO
The price is $120 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in Tulum, this spa aparthotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Dos Aguas Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tulum National Park and Cenote Crystal. Tulum Beach is ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (214 reviews)
"el gym y el spa"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Central Park Resort & Spa Tulum
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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