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Guide to Tulum Outdoors

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From the famous Mayan ruins — considered an outdoor museum of the INAH (National institute of Anthropology and History) — to the beautiful beaches and incredible cenotes; Tulum is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. Combine sunbathing with ancient archaeological sights in this unique destination, on the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Tulum Archaeological Site

Ancient Ruins

Mayan Beach

Beaches

Temple of Doom (Cenote Esqueleto)

Caverns & Caves

Playa Paraiso

Beaches

Cenotes Dos Ojos

Reefs, Caverns & Caves

Cenotes Sac Actun

Caverns & Caves

Gran Cenote

Bodies of Water, Caverns & Caves

Cenote Crystal

Caverns & Caves, Bodies of Water

Vanessa Z's City Tips

  • Enjoy the outdoors safely: Always carry sunblock and water with you, as well as insect repellent for the mosquitoes.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, boots, or trainers and light clothing, a swimsuit, and hat.
  • To avoid crowded trips, plan your excursions on weekdays before 3pm — the earlier the better!
  • Tulum Archaeological Site
    Ancient Ruins
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    Vanessa Z Says:

    Learn about the ancient Mayan people in this beautiful, sacred walled city. Discover temples and observatories among the ruins here, all with incredible views of the Caribbean Sea. And after your visit, have a dip in the turquoise waters to cool off.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring sunblock and water — it's very hot with little shade here.
    • Take insect repellent as there are mosquitoes.
    • You might like to book a guided tour to get the most out of your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 356 things to do in Tulum
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breath taking views 16/01/2020
    • Great Ruins 15/01/2020
    • Tulum Archaeological Site
    Address:
    Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km 230, 307
    Tulum 77780
    Mexico
    Price range:
    US$60 - US$60
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
  • Mayan Beach
    Beaches
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    Vanessa Z Says:

    Below the Mayan ruins, the Mayan Beach provides gorgeous sugary sands lined with palm trees, and cool turquoise waters — feels just like paradise on earth!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A great way to cool off after a visit to the ruins — plus a different perspective to view the ruins from below.
    • Be prepared, this beach can get crowded so go early if you can.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 356 things to do in Tulum
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not quite white sands, but still awesome. 06/01/2020
    • Beautiful 05/01/2020
    • Mayan Beach
  • Temple of Doom (Cenote Esqueleto)
    Caverns & Caves
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    Vanessa Z Says:

    Whether you want to arrange a dive or just to jump in and have a swim, you'll love the transparent and ultra-refreshing waters of this natural underground cave. This cenote is slightly less well-known than others — with no official entrance — so perfect if you fancy getting slightly off the tourist trail.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's a fee to access this cenote.
    • Guided dives can be arranged through dive centers in Tulum.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #117 of 356 things to do in Tulum
    • An interesting if rather 'touristy' experience! 07/11/2019
    • Dive of a Lifetime 21/07/2019
    • Temple of Doom (Cenote Esqueleto)
    Address:
    Coba Road
    Tulum
    Mexico
  • Playa Paraiso
    Beaches
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    Vanessa Z Says:

    This is a very quiet, clean, and friendly beach where you can rent a hammock and take in the stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Plus, you can get sun loungers, umbrellas, drinks, and snacks from the beach club.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you don't get too much sun! Perfect hours for beach-hopping are from 7am to 9am, and 4pm to 7pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 356 things to do in Tulum
    • Best beach in Tulum 10/01/2020
    • This beach club is paradise 07/01/2020
    • Playa Paraiso
    Address:
    Carretera Boca Paila Tulum KM 1.5
    Tulum 77780
    Mexico
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
  • Cenotes Dos Ojos
    Reefs, Caverns & Caves
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    Vanessa Z Says:

    If you only have time to visit one cenote, this should be it! Whether you're snorkeling or diving, this underground river — consisting of three separate caves — is simply stunning.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can arrange a guided dive trip or snorkel in one of the caves independently if you bring your own equipment.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 356 things to do in Tulum
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating 17/01/2020
    • Unique and so much fun! 15/01/2020
    • Cenotes Dos Ojos
  • Cenotes Sac Actun
    Caverns & Caves
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    Vanessa Z Says:

    This cenote offers a majestic view and is perfect for peace and spiritual seekers. Locals believe that cenotes are sacred and mystic portals connecting the underworld with the surface of the earth — and this cenote certainly feels magical! Let the water's healing properties relax your mind, body, and soul.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a camera — it's beautiful!
    • You may find this cenote to be less busy and touristy than some of the others.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 356 things to do in Tulum
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Extrodinary beautiful 15/01/2020
    • Nice cave 13/01/2020
    • Cenotes Sac Actun
    Address:
    Carretera Federal 307
    Tulum 77760
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 734 9728
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$1
    Hours:
    Mon
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Gran Cenote
    Bodies of Water, Caverns & Caves
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    Vanessa Z Says:

    If you haven't visited a cenote before, the Gran Cenote is a great place to start. It's easy to access. near the Tulum hotels, and formed of two underground caves joined by a tunnel that's easy to swim down — plus, there's also an open-air area, if you're nervous about being underground for too long.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Cenote water is really cold! But you'll soon get used to the temperature.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 356 things to do in Tulum
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous and fun 15/01/2020
    • Great Cenotes, horrible staff 14/01/2020
    • Gran Cenote
    Address:
    Quintana Roo 109
    Located on the highway to Coba
    Tulum 77796
    Mexico
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 04:45
    Other:
  • Cenote Crystal
    Caverns & Caves, Bodies of Water
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    Vanessa Z Says:

    This family-friendly cenote is more like an open-air natural swimming lake. You'll have a blast while swimming in the 'crystal' clear waters, surrounded by tropical foliage, palm trees, iguanas, and coconuts.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Bring comfortable footwear and sunblock.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #87 of 356 things to do in Tulum
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • smaller cenote 06/01/2020
    • NIce little swimming hole 02/01/2020
    • Cenote Crystal
    Address:
    About 5 minutes south of Tulum Pueblo on 307 South by taxi
    Carretera Federal . Tulum Carrillo Puerto
    Tulum 77780
    Mexico
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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