Mexico, with its sublime landscape and warm year-round climate, is a must-visit place for holidaymakers in 2018. Tulum holidays will leave you open-mouthed, as you bask in a tropical paradise on the edge of an ocean-hugging cliff. Wake up to the rising sun illuminating this large municipality, which overlooks the captivating Caribbean coastline.
For some visitors, it is the archaeological ruins that lure them to this part of Mexico. For others, it is the feeling of Zen in the air that makes people want to book a Tulum holiday. Balmy breezes and waters clear enough to see fish gliding can be expected in this jewel on the Caribbean coast.
While you could still venture to Spring break hotspot Cancun for some cocktails and late night partying, Tulum sets itself apart from other resorts. Undeveloped when compared to neighbouring resorts and towns, Tulum can be accessed from Cancun via the scenic Yucatan Peninsula coast route.
Another established resort that you can drive to from Tulum is Playa del Carmen, where all-inclusive resorts pepper the shoreline. Blessed with its location on the coast of the Riviera Maya, holidays in Tulum offer a nice balance between relaxation, adventure, history, and culture.
Prepare to get busy when you are on holiday in Tulum because the huge municipality has something to keep everyone happy, from the water sports activities to the tours of Tulum's Ruinas Mayas de Tulum. Days spent feeding the monkeys at Tulum Monkey Sanctuary prove popular, too.
If you want the perfect photo opportunity at unspoiled nature and wildlife attractions, why not hire a guide who can show you around the Punta Laguna Nature Reserve? Casa Cenote is a nearby body of water where the water is so blue, you won't believe it was created by Mother Nature! Cenote Crystal and Grand Cenote are two caverns and caves, where you can take the plunge beneath the surface.
After coming face-to-face with different species of fish, tick Kanlum Lagoon off your list of must-visit places. Arrive early and you will likely have the pier and turquoise waters to yourself. Located 15 minutes from downtown Tulum, this lagoon is easy to access by car. A hike through the wilderness at Parque De Cenotes Yax-Muul will expose you to bats, caverns. and the location of Mayan ceremonies.
When the Spanish arrived on Mexican soil back in the 16th-century, the wine-growing region blossomed. Acknowledged as one of the oldest regions for wine production in the Americas, Mexico's white and red wine grapes are used to produce Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Tempranillo, and Petite Sirah, to name a few wine connoisseur favourites.
Downtown Tulum is home to a variation of wine bars and restaurants, so you can wine and dine simultaneously. Encanto Cantina and La Malquerida are two wine and cocktail bars with a cosy and casual vibe. Sip a glass of wine and tease your appetite by nibbling on guacamole or salsa and chips, ahead of tucking into beautifully presented Mexican cuisine at El Asadero or Unico.
Mexican specialties to look for on the menu include enchilada (meat and vegetable-stuffed corn tortilla), frijoles negros (Hispanic dish made with nutritious black beans), refried beans, and quesadilla (cheese-filled hot tortilla). You will also find plenty of International and European food options at Tulum's many acclaimed eateries.
There is no wonder why so many families choose Mexico as their destination for a break away when the kids are on their school holidays. Rent a car for as little as $5 a day and set off to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka'a. Learn about the rich biodiversity in this protected area and let the young ones paddle or snorkel in the shallow waters.
Tulum's environment is rich in vegetation and you will be surprised to discover just how many stunning areas can be accessed when you go off the beaten track. This cannot be accomplished with a typical rental car, which is why an ATV tour is a good idea if you want to see turtles and colourful coral reef at Akumal.
Families also prefer Tulum because they can participate in an aerial adventure on a ziplining tour. Look down at the ancient Tulum ruin site spread out beneath as you zoom along the zip line!
A Mayan inland expedition is something you should definitely set aside a day to experience when you are on your 2018 Tulum holiday. Not only will you see the Punta Laguna Nature Reserve on an expedition of this kind but also, you'll hike through the jungle and even tour Coba! An ancient pyramid still stands at Coba archaeological site and it is enveloped by a dense blanket of lush green grass.
Are you a scuba diving enthusiast? If so, dive into the Temple of Doom (Cenote Esqueleto). This nature park features a body of open water, where freshwater fish and turtles swim among aquatic plants. An action-packed day awaits anyone who visits the Cenote Esqueleto. Visit as part of a tour group or go it alone, but try to arrive early to beat the crowds.
Eco adventures can be organised in Tulum, as can bike tours and snorkelling experiences. Renting a 4x4 vehicle will make it easy for you to add a dose of adventure to your holiday in Tulum.
With so many bodies of water located around this part of Mexico, a trip to the beach probably won't be the only thing on your to-do list. Nevertheless, for many of Mexico's visitors, Tulum has the best beach of them all. Positioned a few hours south of bustling Cancun, Tulum boasts a relaxed vibe, so you need not worry about fighting for a patch of sand compared to other parts of the Mexican coastline.
Bike hire is available directly from the beach, making it easy to explore every nook and cranny around Tulum without walking for hours. The coastline is split into two parts. One section is private and is designated solely for holidaymakers who are staying in the hotels that claim this part of the beach.
Nevertheless, if you want to cool down with a beverage or grab a bite at one of the hotels, you can do so. The Public beach is quieter and paints a pretty picture of palm trees and a sprinkling of restaurants.
If you were to put Tulum's nightlife scene side-by-side with the nightlife in Cancun, you would notice that it is very different. Although a lot quieter, there is enough going on to ensure you are entertained.
Groups flock to Tulum's Bar Iguana throughout the week to warm up for an evening of wine, cocktails, and general chit-chatter at the Batey Mojito & Guarapo Bar. Walk along powdery white sand to arrive at Zazil-Kin Bar and Mezzanine Bar, which are based in close proximity to the Mint Cocktail Bar, Drink House Tulum, and Damajuana Mezcaleria.
Enjoy live music at Pepenero, dance the night away at Habana Cafe, or meet new friends at social hotspot, Bar Iguana. If you are more into coffeehouses and art galleries, check out Tulum Art Club. This arts organization lures in people with its wall-adorned masterpieces and freshly roasted coffee. If you are lucky, you might be present when an artist is in the process of painting a mural.
Whether you want to reignite the spark or experience all that this resort has to offer as a duo, you won't be disappointed when you visit the picturesque resort of Tulum. Adventurous couples tend to book rappelling tours, which will give an insight into the area's culture. An adventure tour in the jungle with your loved one will stimulate all the senses, especially if you take the chance to swim in the Mayan underground river!
Numerous hotels are conveniently positioned close to the beach. Wake up to a platter of fresh fruit on your balcony and admire sunrise views, before strolling along the soft sand with your partner. Capturing images of the sunrise or sunset in a romantic atmosphere will not be difficult when you're on holidays in Tulum, with sunset cruises departing every evening.
To say that the culture of Mexico is varied would be an understatement. Officially called "Mexico is Estados Unidos Mexicanos", the beautiful country is home to a broad Spanish-speaking population. In fact, approximately 92.7% of the population speak Spanish, so it would be a good idea to brush up on the basics before visiting!
Greet the local people with a friendly "Hola" and thank them for their courteousness after visiting local landmarks and restaurants with a polite "Gracias". The society in Tulum and beyond is vibrant. Family is very important therefore if you get invited into a local family's home, feel privileged. Rather than shaking hands like men, females will simply pat one another on the shoulder.
Something to remember - arriving early at a Mexican person's home is considered rude! Aim to arrive 30 minutes after the confirmed time and keep your hands visible at all times when eating.
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