Home to one of the best-preserved archeological Maya sites and an exciting tourist attraction, Tulum is a town located at an 80 mile distance from Cancun – a scenic, two-hour drive along the spectacular coastline.

Things to Do in Tulum

Visiting the ruins of the pre-Columbian walled city is definitely a must if you are in the area. The ruins sit high up on the cliffs that line the coast, overlooking the white-sanded beach – whether you decide to visit the site individually or you join one of the guided tours organized locally or from Cancun, you will surely enjoy the deep-dive into history. However, visiting the archeological site is only one out of the many activities you can enjoy here:

You can visit the caves in the area
You can swim in an underwater river
You can visit the cenote and test its deep waters
You can pursue the jungle trail and enjoy lush nature in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, one of the most abundant eco-parks in Yucatan.

Beaches Close to the Town

Tulum is located on Mexico’s amazing Riviera Maya, an area that comprises five beaches, all within convenient distance from the spectacular town:

Maroma Beach, which is rated one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and gives home to several elegant resorts
Paraiso Beach, another amazing beach located in the southeast, just off the town, perfect for relaxing after having seen the ruins
Akumal, a place renowned for being a favorite of turtles
Xpu-Ha, with calm waters and a welcoming sands
Mamitas Beach, famous not only for its beauty, but also as a cultural venue with busy nightlife.

Places to Eat in and Near Tulum

The town and the area surrounding it have plenty of restaurants and eateries, so whatever your budget, you will find a place where you can enjoy the excellent local food and international cuisine as well:

Restaurant Mi Amor is an elegant restaurant that serves French food and offers an exquisite fine dining experience
Unico, another classy place specializing in international cuisine
Antochitos La Chiapaneca is a place that offers the best taco and other Mexican dishes at an affordable price – perfect for backpackers
Pollo Bronco serves Mexican food and barbecued dishes – their roast chicken is extraordinary!

Besides the above restaurants and eateries, there are plenty of others in the area, just as excellent – whether you feel like having some sushi, Thai food, a juicy steak, seafood or pizza, you will find the right place for you near beautiful Tulum.