Best Places to Stay, Swim and Play in Tulum’s Beachfront Paradise
The Tulum lifestyle has become legendary worldwide for its celebrity and fashion-forward appeal, while the region’s sharp focus on sustainability and preservation of natural beauty has also created a vacation destination we can all feel good about. Whether you dream of living here full-time or are coming to visit and stay in one of the vacation homes in the area, finding the can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together some of our top places to stay, swim and play in this part of Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
Where to Swim in Tulum
Tulum lifestyle is characterized by an easygoing attitude and the region’s connection to the Caribbean Sea, which means there are countless places to swim, snorkel and dive. Whether you prefer to hang out at the beach club in Tulum, a dream of taking a snorkeling or diving trip to explore the world’s second largest barrier reef up close, are excited to see what makes the area’s freshwater cenotes so magical, or all of the above, it’s available here.
As for the “Don’t Miss” places to swim on the beach, we love the Playa Paraiso, Papaya Playa Project and Om beach clubs in Tulum. Playa Paraiso has one of the nicest beaches in the region and has really affordable prices, while the Papaya Playa Project is a bit pricier but hosts the popular Full Moon Party each month and is characterized by a colorful beach and delicious food. Cenote Calavera and the ever-popular Grand Cenote offer two essential, yet very different experiences. Whether you are a seasoned expert or brand new to the activity, ocean diving and snorkeling in Tulum along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef offers an unforgettable opportunity to view more than 500 different species of fish and 100 coral types, as well as loggerhead and green sea turtles, among many others.
Where to Stay in Tulum
Whether you’re looking for a standard big-box resort, a boutique hotel, a private residence and vacation home or a spacious condo, the wide variety of vacation home rentals in Tulum can leave travelers feeling overwhelmed. In order to decide which vacation home rentals might work best for your situation, try to take a step back to consider the bigger picture.
For example, if you’re looking for the best value and a luxurious, personalized vacation experience – including the best services and amenities in Tulum – look no further than the new KASA Hotel + Residences. This innovative new residence-style boutique hotel offers much larger and more well-appointed units, as well as more services and amenities than other rental properties in the area. Just moments from the beach in Tulum’s ultra-exclusive Aldea Zamá neighborhood, KASA Hotel offers a staggering array of services and amenities, including private shuttle service to and from the nearby beach, restaurants and shopping, as well as a private concierge, bartender and chef, spa access, tour selection and planning, personal laundry and maid service, babysitting, doctor on call, business services and more.
Other popular places to stay in Tulum include more traditional boutique hotels like the Jashita Hotel, Posada Margherita, Be Tulum and the Amansala Resort. The small luxury boutique Jashita Hotel is situated in Tulum’s scenic Soliman Bay and offers an exclusive, eco-friendly experience. Just a few kilometers north of the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum, Posada Margherita is a rustic hotel with only eight rooms that is mere steps from the beach and also houses a beloved Italian Restaurant and a small retail boutique. With 20 guest rooms that all face the Caribbean Sea, Be Tulum is situated on the northern border of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and specializes in relaxing, back-to-nature experiences. The Amansala Resort has been recognized for having one of the most intimate beaches in Tulum and boasts a village-like setting with 24 cabanas and a variety of yoga and fitness options.
Best Activities in Tulum
Since we’ve already touched on the various water sports that are popular in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, this section will be an opportunity to highlight the many other things that make up the iconic Tulum lifestyle. From internationally-acclaimed gastronomy and world-class golf courses to exciting activities like exploring ancient Mayan ruins and unforgettable tropical jungle tours, there is so much more to this magical region than just the gorgeous Tulum beachfront.
No vacation in Tulum is complete without a visit (or two) to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The protected area spans more than 1.2 million acres and includes estuaries, reefs, cenotes, and wetlands, offering endless opportunities to explore on foot, as well as tours that highlight the area’s thriving local wildlife, chartered boat excursions, kayak rentals and much more.
Although Tulum is not located in the epicenter of golf in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, enthusiasts of all skill levels will thrill to the wide variety of courses found throughout the region, including the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón at Mayakoba, which lies about one hour north halfway between Tulum and Cancun, as well as the Riviera Maya’s southernmost course at the Bahia Principe resort, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and is located about one hour north of downtown Tulum.
Finally, don’t even think about vacationing in Tulum without exploring the Mayan ruins that still stand to overlook the sea in what was once a thriving ancient trading hub. But if this doesn’t satisfy your craving for a deeper connection to the past, don’t despair! Consider venturing beyond Tulum to find dozens of other ancient Mayan sites in the Riviera Maya that are sure to blow your mind.
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