Tulum Journals

August in Tulum

An August 2001 trip to Tulum by serandal

Quote: My boyfriend and I spent a wonderful week in Tulum before venturing further south to Belize. Tulum is both for the romantic and adventuresome!

August in Tulum

Overview

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Tulum is really an extraordinary place to visit. You can stand on top of the cliffs of Tulum and you will overlook the sea. Plan to visit the nearby ruins of Tulum. Snorkel at Xel Ha or in one of the many cold water cenotes. Go north up the road and spend a day at X-caret or go to the crossroads and travel westward to the ruins of Copa or Chitchen-Itza.You can take a bus southward and cross the border into Belize. Take a day tour by boat of the Sian-Kaan reserve. Tulum is the perfect place in which to explore the Mayan Riviera.Quick Tips: Stay somewhere on the beach. It is very hot during the summer months and you will appreciate the cool breezes from the sea. However, housing is much cheaper...Read More

Cabanas Copal

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Hotel

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You are staying in cabanas on the beach! This place has a terrific website and makes staying on the beach look very romantic which is why we decided to stay there - and it is. You are in cabanas on cliffs overlooking the sea. Some are directly over the water and the breeze from the sea is cooling and refreshing. It is incredibly beautiful. But if you go in the summer you should know that it is incredibly hot and buggy! You sleep under a mosquito net. These are tiny cabanas with no real security except for a padlock. It is hot inside! If you pick one of the cheaper cabanas, it will not be near the water and you will not feel the breeze. Unless you pay around 80-90 dollars for one of the cabanas up o...Read More

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Cabanas Copal
CARRETERA TULUM RUINAS KM 5
Tulum, Mexico 77780
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The Ruins of Tulum

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Story/Tip

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Although the ruins of Tulum are not spectacular, the setting is. The majestic cliff top ruins overlook vast stretches of beach and turquoise water. You can swim here and that is the best part. As you swim below you look up at the splendid Mayan Ruins and the sight is impressive. There are many little coves and beaches and private spots. To best enjoy the ruins go early in the morning or in late afternoon when the tour buses aren't there. It is free on Sunday and that is when the Mexican locals go.Tulum was occupied from 1200 - 1521 and was a walled city. Its strategic function was that of a fortress. The city was abandoned about 75 years after the Spanish conquest. Tulum's tallest building is a wat...Read More

Town of Tulum

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Called Tulum Pueblo, it is located 137 kilometers south of Cancun. You can take the first class buses from Cancun or Playa del Carmen, or wait on the road for a Mayab bus (second class). There are also white vans that travel up and down the highway that will take you to Tulum for 10 - 20 pesos, depending on the distance. The van driver can show you a chart outlining the distances and prices. This is a nice way to travel, faster than the bus and relatively comfortable. I have also met friendly people who are happy to help out and give advice.Tulum Crucero comes before the town, as does the Coba junction where you stand to catch colectivos and taxis for Coba. The road to the left leads to the Hotel Z...Read More

Coba

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You can easily go to the ruins of Coba from Tulum. Coba is 50 km. northwest of Tulum, and its beauty lies in the fact that the ruins are located in the jungle. Go to the Tulum Crucero to wait for buses, colectivos, and taxis to Tulum. The buses go only several times a day, so check as to the hour at the bus station in town. You can take the bus from the station. We took a taxi for the same price as the colectivo would have cost the three of us. We got there fast, but held onto our seats as the taxi raced down the dirt road. It was not a comfortable ride. Since there are only a couple of return buses and the bus does not originate in Coba, you may be standing for the 45 minute ride back to Tulum.You...Read More