Ruins and beaches
Most people see Tulum as a day trip from the more developed resorts further north (Cancun, Cozumel, Playa de Carmen etc). But there is a good infrastructure in Tulum itself to warrant staying here - the ruins, beaches, the biopshere reserve of Sian Ka'an. Tulum Crucero is a dusty little junction with a few budget hotels and basic restaurants/bars a few kms from the coast/ ruins. The coast boasts some great beaches and a relaxing ambience. Relaxing on the beaches of the Caribbean but being able to incorporate visits to the ruins and the biosphere reserve, eating great food and sipping cocktails!
meet the staff at the hotel...
meet the staff at the hotel you stay at. Thanks to my friend, I ended up participating in the nightly show at our hotel on our last night. The guys are dressed so strange because it was a lip synch show and I ended up being the Canadian judge in the judges panel. It was hilarious.
Swimming with the fishies ...
Swimming in the warm waters of Xel Ha lagoon isn't energetic -- but don't miss it!
It seems to have been developed more as a family recreational site since my visit. See the website below for information!
Another related attraction to visit on the Myan Riviera is Xcaret Eco Park. You'll find more information at their website:
RENT A CAR!!!
I highly recommend renting a car if you plan on visiting Tulum and its surrounding area. For one thing, roundtrip transport from the airport in Cancun to Tulum costs $50 US per person and renting a car for a week costs only about $150 US. Also having a car will give you the freedom to go where you want, when you want to without waiting around for tour busses and wasting time sitting on them while they go from hotel to hotel picking people up. Tours can also cost upward of $90 US per person depending on where you go, which is a lot of money. If you do rent a car, don't be surprised if the car you get is over 20 years old. Ours was. But it and the air conditioning in it worked just fine!
Fantastic Italian restaurant as part of the hotel. Set on the beach, looking into the little bay on which the hotel is built. Intimate little restaurant and cocktail bar, discrete lighting, lots of candles. The pasta was wonderful - the owners are Italian and the wife is trained, so.....(and the breakfasts were excellent too!)