If you are planning a trip that has to be versatile, affordable, safe and adventurous for the whole family, look no further than Tulum. Although Mexico’s coastline may conjure up visions of all-inclusive resorts buzzing with activity, the Mayan ruins in Tulum offer a beach experience of a different kind, one with a deep connection to ancient history.
One of the first questions you might have during the planning of your trip is “where is Tulum exactly?”. This small coastal town is located in the state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan Peninsula, about 80 miles south of Cancun. In recent years the fast growing Riviera Maya has contributed significantly to the rising popularity of Tulum and it is now not uncommon to see tour buses bringing a constant stream of visitors to its many attractions.
Tulum is divided into three main areas: the downtown pueblo which is a little to the west of the shore, the famous Mayan ruins on the north of its coast, and the beach, which extends for miles south from the ruins. Exploring Tulum’s surrounding areas pays big rewards, such as discovering the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. This incredible natural paradise houses a mix of coastal and landscape conservation, and in 1987 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Birdwatching, kayaking and jungle tours are some of the most popular activities in the area, and a day spent within the sprawling reserve is a must for anybody visiting.
Elsewhere, a variety of activities are available for the whole family: kiteboarding is on offer for the more active members of the family, exciting underground river tours are always a favorite and an educational swim with turtles is popular throughout the year.
Stunning white sand beaches, a calm Caribbean Sea for incredible swimming, an exciting variety of activities and great restaurants are all part of the standard Tulum getaway for every family traveling to this part of Mexico: a little nature, a little history, and a lot of beach and tacos.