Tulum, the sleepy strip of beach a few hours south of Cancun, Mexico, is perhaps the quintessential perfect beach destination; Easy to get to, amazing beaches and a totally unique vibe that is totally different from the hustle and bustle of Cancun (and even Playa del Carmen).
Tulum has been doing “ecotourism” for as long as anyone, and as a result the hotels here are small, intimate, boutique and quirky. But there is something for everyone making it a perfect week on the beach.
Easy Access from the United States:
Getting to Tulum is as easy as getting to Cancun and then driving a few hours south to Tulum. You can rent a car from the airport in Tulum (it’s cheap), and because the beaches are a few miles away from services like ATM, grocery store and the actual town of Tulum it’s nice to have a car. (PLUS my absolute favorite beach ever in the whole wide world is only a short drive from Tulum. Wil post about that one soon!)
You can also arrange for a private transfer with one of many tour companies. We love local tour company EcoColors.
The point is that Tulum is really easy to get to. But seeing as it’s so easy to get to, my advice is go now! People are starting to discover this and it’s not going to stay this way forever.
The beaches here are hand’s down some of the best. Wide, silky sand, calm waters, very few people. The beach is located a few miles away from the town, so you have one road going north and one going south dedicated exclusively to beach properties. Car traffic is slow and there are always plenty of people on bikes and on foot.
The main attraction here in Tulum is of course the beach. In fact, very few of the hotels here (though it’s changing) actually have pools, so you’ll find nearly all visitors to the area lounging on the beach. Each hotel has plenty of seating for guests, but these are public beaches so especially on the weekends you’ll see local families camped out for the day enjoying the magic of the Tulum beaches as well.
From the moment I first set foot on the beaches of Tulum, I though “man if these palm trees could talk!” And it’s not just because of Pablo Escobar’s former getaway home there, or the clothing optional resorts (though there seem to be way less these days).
I know there are a number of new boutique hotels popping up in Tulum, as well as a few larger resorts in the general area. But here are the places I’ve stayed and loved them all for various reasons. But they all have one thing in common; amazing beaches. Which is the whole point isn’t it?
Coqui Coqui lives up to it’s reputation as a sexy, laid-back hipster haunt.
Ana y Jose is a charming hotel and one of the few in Tulum with a pool. I stayed there when my daughter was almost 1, so the pool was a must, and the staff there was wonderfully accommodating.
What other hotels in Tulum would you recommend?