Tulum is most often thought of as only the archeological ruins, which have made it famous, but it also offers endless beaches, a wildlife reserve, craft markets, restaurants, and outdoor activities. Our readers love its historic sites as well as its small town feel.
Reader butterda said, "I highly recommend Tulum, south of Cancun, where you can experience beautiful beaches, delicious food, and have easy access to many other fantastic places in the Yucatan. There are many hotels to stay along the main beach road and you can have your pick—more rustic (hammocks and solar powered electricity) or more upscale. From the beach or town of Tulum, you can take day trips to the ruins in Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza, or visit the colonial town of Valladolid. You can also take a tour through the Sian Kaan Biosphere, a 1.3 million acre wildlife reserve. We used Community Tours Sian Kaan, a non-profit organization that gives back to the Maya community who live there. We also visited many cenotes, limestone sinkholes, near all of the above sites. It's best to rent a car though."
Reader aguadelmar said, "Tulum, Mexico! In the morning, you can walk/run for miles on its pristine white beaches and barely encounter another! Yoga? There are many properties along the beach which have yoga studios/huts. We've been taking our family there for years and love it! Also great for couples! Perfect waves for boogie boarding and the sand never gets hot. There are many nice properties on Tulum beach, but our favorite is SueÃ±os Tulum. SueÃ±os has a pool which is a rare find and is perfect if you have younger children and want a swimming option if the sea is rough. CESiaK, inside the Sian Kaan Biosphere is a must at sunset for the views and photos. Posada Margherita has homemade pasta and fresh seafood. For a larger group, rent a condo/house in Puerto Aventuras up the coast and day trip to Tulum!"
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