A town located on the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, Tulum is one of the best places to visit in the country. Its beaches, cenotes, and the well-preserved ruins of the Mayan Port City can prove how wonderful this place is. To get to know more about this place, we listed down the 10 best things to do in Tulum. So prepare your pen and paper as you will surely have a magnificent time here!
1. Tulum Archaeological Site
The archaeological site of Tulum is spectacular, it is an important example of the cultural wealth of Mexico. When you get to the area of the main pyramid and you see the sea of different colors, you’ll surely be impressed with how it looks. It is a magical place with a mixture of nature and Mayan history.
Suggested Tour: Tulum Mayan Ruins Excursion
2. Cenotes Dos Ojos
This cenote is highly recommended for diving and snorkeling, because, although it is part of a large system of submerged caves, sunlight is always present, which gives a bluish/neon tone at various points. Dos Ojos absolutely has one of the most beautiful waters among the cenotes.
Suggested Tour: Tulum and Dos Ojos Cenotes: 5-Hour Guided Tour
3. Cenotes Sac Actun
Another beautiful cenote with an open-air entrance. However, you have to get into the water quickly because there are many mosquitoes, and to preserve the characteristics of the cenote it is not allowed to enter with any chemicals applied to the skin. It is worth it to visit because it has very few people so you can go at your own pace.
Suggested Tour: Tulum Discovery Private Tour
4. Gran Cenote
An excellent place to visit, the cenote is not very big but the water is transparent, it also has caves where you can swim and snorkel with turtles. It is not recommended to go here first thing in the morning because the tour buses arrive at that time and it becomes very full.
5. Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum
If you arrive in Tulum, include this magnificent place on your list. The highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the visit to 4 different cenotes, with underground passages including one where the view underwater is just fantastic.
6. Playa Paraiso
A beautiful beach in Tulum that’s perfect to rest or drink since it also has a bar and lounge chairs that you can rent. If you want to take some beautiful photos, this is a recommended place, very close to the archaeological site of Tulum.
Suggested Tour: Tulum, Coba & Snorkeling in a Reef with Transfer Options
7. Laguna Kaan Luum
Without a doubt, this is a place that you have to visit if you go to Tulum, it is just a few minutes from the town of Tulum. With a turquoise lagoon surrounded by mangroves and white sand, plus a cenote in the center of the lagoon, it is a place worth seeing! The lagoon itself is very beach, the maximum depth is to the chest of an adult.
8. Casa Cenote
A beautiful place where you can go snorkeling or diving. Not only that but you’ll also find stone formations and beautiful roots along the entire route of the cenote. Such a wonderful place to visit!
9. Mayan Beach
This beach located in the ruins of Tulum is the classic postcard, with the temple on the cliff and the turquoise beach to one side. Nominated as one of the most exclusive beaches in the world, without a doubt it is a postcard that you should not miss if you are in Riviera Maya. Although the beach is not so recommended for swimming, especially because of the sargassum, it is a very beautiful place and a must-see if you are in Tulum.
10. LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
For people who love nature, this incredible place cannot be missed! Labnaha’s Eco Park offers several activities such as zip line, kayak, snorkeling, etc. Highly recommended, it is also close to the ruins of Tulum so you can visit everything on the same day.
Fun Facts About Tulum
- The Tulum Ruins are situated on 12 meter high cliffs facing the Caribbean Sea.
- Tulum is also the third most visited place in Mexico.
- The old name of Tulum was “Zama”, meaning the City of Dawn.
- There’s no airport in Tulum, the closest international airport is located in Cancun.