TULUM, Mexico – The Mexican Caribbean is entering its shoulder season, traditionally a quieter period for travel in the sun-drenched region. However, one destination is poised to shine brightly, drawing visitors with its pristine beaches and renewed allure.
Tulum, renowned as the cultural and historical jewel of Quintana Roo, boasts a collection of breathtaking white-sand beaches. What makes this season particularly enticing is the dramatic reduction in sargassum levels along Tulum’s coastline.
With an increasing number of travelers setting their sights on Tulum this autumn, here’s why this is the perfect time to plan your beach getaway to this enchanting destination.
Sargassum seaweed has been a persistent challenge for numerous Mexican Caribbean resorts this year, Tulum included. Traditionally, Tulum’s beaches have been among the hardest hit by this pungent seaweed.
Fortunately, as the sargassum season gradually comes to a close, authorities are reporting a significant decrease in the amount of seaweed washing ashore on Tulum’s once-pristine beaches. Coupled with recent government initiatives to enhance cleanliness, Tulum’s beaches are in their best condition in months, making this fall an ideal time to visit this coastal paradise.
This optimistic outlook aligns with the latest sargassum forecast published by the Quintana Roo Sargassum Monitoring Network, comprised of environmental experts and beach enthusiasts. Among the 100 beaches monitored by the network, an astounding 80 are classified as having low sargassum levels, including every beach in Tulum. Currently, all four of the primary beach regions in this resort destination are enjoying minimal sargassum levels, a trend expected to persist until November when the seaweed season officially concludes.
Even though Tulum may see fewer visitors compared to the bustling summer and winter months, the travel industry here is confident in its ability to attract more tourists this autumn. Much of this optimism stems from Tulum’s exceptional beaches, many of which have received the prestigious Platinum Certification from Mexican environmental authorities.
This summer, Tulum endured the onslaught of copious amounts of sargassum seaweed, an ongoing issue for this sun-soaked haven. Local officials have invested significantly in new machinery and protective barriers to deter sargassum from deterring tourists. They are actively promoting Tulum as a distinctive destination, offering not only cultural and historical riches but also some of the cleanest beaches in Quintana Roo.
Alejandro Peraza, the head of a Tulum-based excursion firm, underscores Tulum’s unique allure, stating, “Tulum boasts unique offerings thanks to the combination of its beaches, the beauty of its sea, jungles, and ancient ruins.”
While the Mexican Caribbean is presently entering its shoulder season, which extends until mid-November, the region anticipates an unprecedented winter season following a brief period of reduced occupancy.
Tulum, in particular, is gearing up for a record-breaking year in tourism. This surge is primarily attributed to the impending completion of the Maya Train, the Mexican government’s flagship infrastructure project, slated for December this year. Tulum, renowned for housing the most popular Mayan ruins in the Mexican Caribbean, is a focal point for the government’s efforts. With the Maya Train’s completion, the coastal city is poised for double-digit growth in visitor numbers as more tourists flock to Tulum’s expansive Archaeological Zone.
Furthermore, a brand-new museum is in the works, set to open its doors to travelers within the Jaguar National Park. This addition will further bolster Tulum’s cultural significance and elevate its appeal to discerning visitors.