• Katrina Julia

Top 10 Tulum, Mexico Things to Do

Updated: Jul 21, 2021

Whether you will be spending One Day in Tulum, Mexico, week, a month, or 3+ months like I did, you will love the beach, nature, and bohemian vibes all around.


When I glanced at pictures on Instagram of Ven a La Luz, Azulik, or Kaan Luum, or learned via resources like Tripping with my BFF, I knew I wanted to stay in Tulum longer during my travel to 7 Continents.


From the moment I arrived at my Mayan Jungle Cabana Airbnb, I was blown away with the peace and quiet in the jungle, as well as the limitless adventures to explore all around me like the best Cenotes nearby!


My Top 10 Tulum, Mexico Things to Do includes Cenotes, Beach, Art Museums, Ruins, World's Best Gym, Ruins, and foodie experiences!


TULUM MEXICO TOP 10

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico surprised me in many ways during my three month stay! Tulum went above and beyond my expectations with what I saw online with blogs and Instagram in some ways.


I learned a lot about the history and growth of Tulum, Mexico from a small village of less than a 100 people in the 60s to a population of over 40,000 with millions of visitors from all around the globe in 2019.


It's grown tremendously in every way with people, tourism, experiences, and sustainability. If you want to learn more, I share more on the history of Tulum, fun facts, and what I like and don't like in my One Day in Tulum, Mexico Itinerary to Transform and Travel.






Ven a La Luz Tulum, Mexico


Tulum, Mexico Stay for 3 Months

For my visit to Tulum, Mexico, I stayed at a Mayan Jungle Cabana in the Jungle via Airbnb.

The peaceful stay in the middle of the jungle and the owner, Diana are amazing in every way!



Tulum, Mexico Jungle Stay





All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini or via Airbnb.


Tulum, Mexico in Under 60 Seconds

Yes, I may have spent 3 Months in Tulum, Mexico in 2021. At the same time, I may still condense the experience in under 60 seconds! You are welcome!






Top 10 Tulum, Mexico Things to Do

You will find limitless things to do in Tulum, Mexico. Originally, I envisioned hours on the beach. Like life sometimes, my plans with my time on the beach changed with the seaweed problem during my time in Tulum.


This opened up possibilities for more time in nature outdoors with Cenotes, Art Museums, biking around Tulum, Ruins and foodie experiences to name a few! I loved visiting world famous Ven a La Luz, Azulik Sfer Ik Art Museum, and the Worlds Best Gym - Tulum Jungle Gym! Not to mention, immersing myself literally in the Best Cenotes in Tulum and nearby!


I am sharing what I experienced, and logistical things to consider in planning your visit. This is something I keep in mind always to save time and money whether you are taking Collectivos or biking around Tulum, If you are in Tulum for a short stay, I would recommend renting a car over taking Taxis. Keep in mind there are no Ubers here as of July 21, and the taxis are more expensive than other places in Mexico. I share more insights on the One Day in Tulum, Mexico guide.


In putting together the Top 10 in Tulum, Mexico, I considered how I would experience the place knowing what I know now, and to make it easy, efficient and enjoyable!




1 Bike Around Tulum, Mexico

A great way to jump start your experience in Tulum is to bike around your first day towards South Beach. It is a great experience to have anywhere in the world plus it helps you get and stay healthy in Tulum like a boss!


I recommend you plan biking to South Beach in Tulum for a weekday. On the weekends, South Beach may get crowded with traffic especially on Sundays. From the center of town to exploring South Beach, you will bike 3 to 7 km / 2 to 5 miles ish one way. With stops along the way, it is easily doable!


On a weekend, you could bike from Tulum Center to Cenote Cristal, Escondido, Kaan Luum Lagoon to name a few!


My Mayan Jungle Cabana offered a bike with my stay. Whether you stay here or not, many places in Tulum include bike rentals. It is easy to rent a bike as well near Ado Bus Station in Tulum Center.


With that in mind, I recommend starting from either Mini Tulum if you stay here and/or from Tulum Center and going straight down the main road or a side parallel street to explore Tulum Pueblo. From there, you may bike to the main road that leads to North and South Beach.


Along your route, you will see Tulum Center, Tulum Pueblo, and Tulum Beach. From the center of town to the road to the beach, Tulum is shaped like an L. Once you realize this, it becomes easier to navigate. From there, you may continue further on to South Beach to the right or head to North Beach to the free beach or ruins to the left.


If you head towards the beach from the center, you will cross Instagram worthy spots like Eat at Liefs and Aloft Hotel and Atico Rooftop Pool. When you first get to Tulum, using Eat at Liefs for your navigation will get you to the main bike-able path to take to North and South Beach.





Tulum Mexico Biking




Eat at Liefs

If you head the opposite direction from the center of town, you may discover Holistika Tulum, Ajal Treehouse, Cenote Cristal + Escondido, Cenote Corazon, and Kaan Luum Lagoon all along your path!


I shared these in the order you would see them biking from the center of town. If you are biking from my Mayan Jungle Cabana, Holistika, Ajal TreeHouse, and Cenote Cristal + Escondido would be to the left of the cabana headed towards Tulum. In comparison, Cenote Corazon and Kaan Luum would be to the right of the cabana. These are other great itineraries for One Day in Tulum, Mexico or more!






Holistika Tulum

Holistika Tulum Art Walk

Cenote Corazon



Cenote Escondido

It is important to point out that there is an additional road to go towards Playa Del Carmen and Cancun where you will find Cenotes like Gran Cenote along your route, as well as Mystika Tulum Museum and Tulum Ruins!



Mystika Tulum

Gran Cenote



Whether you spend One Day in Tulum, Mexico or longer, biking is a MUST*!


Tulum, Mexico Follow That Dream Sign



*Unless you have physical disabilities or inabilities to bike etc

























 

2 Kaan Luum Lagoon

Kaan Luum Lagoon is one of the best Cenotes in Tulum to visit. It is beautiful, unique and photoworthy places i have visited.


The majority of the lagoon is less than 3 feet deep with beautiful green emerald water, swings, hammocks, and piers. It is great for a solo, group, and family visit. It is easy to spend hours or a full day here.


In the middle of the lagoon is a blue Cenote over 50 meters deep! There are Palapas on the shore to relax in, viewpoints, and a hut that sells coconuts and coco preparados with salsa, tahein and lime!





Kaan Luum Lagoon in Tulum, Mexico





 

3 Ven a La Luz

Ven a La Luz is one of those "Did You Even Go to Tulum" if you don't visit. The statue is permanently installed at the entrance of Ahau Hotel. It is designed by South African Artist, Daniel Hopper and his team.





It definitely is photo and Instagram worthy towering over the middle of Tulum South Beach Hotel Zone in the middle of the beach and bohemian vibes.



Ven a La Luz


Ven a La Luz



A great way to visit is to bike from Tulum Center about 3 to 4 miles in the morning before the heat and crowds. In July 2021, I visited in the middle of a weekday, and waited about 10 minutes to take the picture and video to give you perspective.






 

4 World's Best Beach Gym - Tulum Jungle Gym

Once you get done getting your Instagram worthy shot at Ven a La Luz, you will love visiting the World's Best Gym! Move over Fred Flinstone, Tulum Jungle Gym is in town at the beach! In 2017, Alistair and Katie Davies, Fitness professionals and entrepreneurs cast a vision and made it a reality.


Not only is this gym outdoors at Tulum South Beach, the majority of the equipment is made from wood, bamboo, and stone! Men's Health named this gym the World's Best for great reason!!


When I visited in July 2021, I didn't monkey around and my workout rocked! Whether you are visiting for One Day in Tulum or more, you will love it!



Once your done hanging out with Fred Flintstone and Donkey Kong, you will love stopping by Raw Love back at Ahau Hotel for a coffee, smoothie, or smoothie bowl! I loved their Chia pudding!




Raw Love Tulum


 

5 Tulum, Mexico Beach Visit

You may decide to visit the Beach at North Beach for free or visit Tulum Ruins. While I didn't yet experience the traditional Tulum Beach, I imagine this is a great option when there is no seaweed! Another reason for me to come back and visit Tulum!


If you do decide to go to North Beach, you may want to stop first at Azulik Sfer Ik. I share more below.



Tulum Beach Credit Trip Advisor


If you rather stay along South Beach, a great option is to stop at Hotel Delek. It is calm and relaxing.