10 Things to Know About Traveling to Tulum





I was in Tulum 2 weeks ago and I’m still dreaming about the clear blue waters and the soft sand between my toes! Tulum was absolutely paradise. Allen, Chloe & I had such an amazing time there and I recommend everyone visit at least once. Because it’s such a small town, here are 10 things you need to know about Tulum before you visit.

There aren’t any direct flights into the city of Tulum. You have to fly into Cancun and take a 2-hour car ride to get to your resort. (You can coordinate a shuttle ride to your resort!) Most resorts/ hotels provide transportation options, but if not, there are multiple services that you can use from the airport. Always print out your confirmation and always confirm with your driver that you’re being taken to the correct hotel just so that there’s no confusion. 

Make sure you do the currency exchange before you fly out of your airport. I found it to be challenging to exchange your money in Tulum because a lot of the ATMs didn’t work. Or at least when I was there the only ATM I could take out money was from a local grocery store ten minutes away by car. And always remember to bring change as opposed to big bills! Most of the cab drivers and vendors don’t carry as much change so it’s best to be prepared.

If you’re a seafood lover this is the place for you. The seafood in Tulum is absolutely fresh and the best I’ve ever had.  On one of the nights, Allen and I had Baja-style fish tacos and they were the most amazing fish tacos I’ve had in my life. Stay tuned to find out my favorite spots in the city!

I stayed at the Coral Tulum Resort which was conveniently located near the center of town. Tulum is small in the sense that it can be separated into 3 areas. The Tulum ruins, Tulum Center and the Tulum beach strip. We stayed at the beach strip but we were also able to explore the town where Chloe danced to a local musician!

Tulum is actually a healthy and wellness focused area. I saw tons of yoga and green juice areas. If you’re a green juice addict like I am, then you’ll love Tulum. There were so many yoga places and fresh juices I’ll definitely take advantage of them the next time I go.

According to my research, the best time to go to Tulum is between October and December. We went in April and the weather unbelievably hot and the rooms were quite affordable. Not to mention it was empty because it was off season, I definitely recommend going in April.

Everything closes early. Unlike the party city of Cancun, many places that we came across in Tulum actually closed around 10pm. Although we would go to very lively restaurants with live music or DJs, when the clock turned 10pm the restaurant started clearing out.

Tulum is the ultimate bike-friendly town. You can rent a bike and ride along the main street to see all of the little shops and enjoy biking beach-side. It’s also a great workout! 

Tulum is family friendly because it’s laid back and relaxing, especially in comparison to the party town of Cancun. We saw so many young families with kids around Chloe’s age!

We were in Tulum for five days but I wish I could have stayed longer. It was truly paradise because I was able to wake up to the most glorious sunrise and the waves crashing and walk around barefoot.

Although I’ve visited many amazing cities, Tulum has to be by far one of my favorites. I’m hoping to come here once a year as my family vacation. I highly recommend you go to Tulum this year for a little getaway! Have a great Tuesday!


  • Ed says:

    Can you PLEASE tell me the musicians/songs that you used in the Tulum video??? Absolutely love the style of the songs. Thank you in advance

  • elizabeth dekker says:

    We are hoping to go to Tulum in April–I am wondering where you stayed? Thank you!!

  • Sarah says:

    Some really helpful tips here!

  • Makayla says:

    Finally a post that actually talks about what Tulum is all about, what it offers and the necessary stuff that’s needed for those of us who are dyin’ to go but haven’t been! Thank you for this much needed info. It’s what I’ve been looking for.

  • Gilda says:

    Such a great tips! I’m looking forward for travelling there asap!

  • great tips! I am gonna bookmark this for future reference!

  • Elizabeth T. says:

    Tulum definitely sounds like a wonderful place for a nice little getaway <3 It's definitely going to be in my list of places to visit now 🙂 Thank you so much for these great little tips, Chriselle!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Mark says:

    My wife and I loved Tulum – the food, biking, and snorkling were our favorite activities. If you travel outside of Tulum, be forewarned that there is a very strong police and military presence – lots of guns. Many police are corrupt and extort tourists. We were stopped for speeding – even though we weren’t and were threatened to the point where we were forced to pay off the police to get them off our backs.

  • Monika says:

    This is amazing! Love the pictures, and this sounds like a place I want to go to!

  • Esther says:

    I fell in love with Tulum just by looking at these pictures so I’m definitely gonna have to visit this place once! Your photography is so beautiful and Chloe is so adorable! I also adore your outfits in the video!

    xo, Esther

  • Diane says:

    This is such a beautiful place! I really have to visit when I can. So happy that Chloe gets to enjoy these places at such a young age!

    xx, Diane ||

  • Stunning photos!

    Mademoiselle Coconath

  • Sanura says:

    Your photos are stunning! I’m heading to Tulum in 3 weeks and after reading this I’m even more excited!

  • Chloe is too cute! Love the post Chriselle!

  • Clare says:

    Ahh beautiful photos! I went to talum around 2 years ago now and it was breathtaking. I stayed at a place called dreams talum. The staff were amazing and so nice I didn’t want to leave! The water and sandy beaches are dreamy 🙂 I will go again one day xx

  • Alyssa says:

    These photos are stunning!! It looks like you had such an amazing time. This is on my places to visit for sure! xx

  • Chrissy says:

    wow, the photography is gorgeous!

  • Beth says:

    I’m so glad that you had a fabulous time! Your travel tips are priceless! And your photos are beautiful! Thank you so much.

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  • Emily says:

    I’ve been thinking about Tulum lately, so this is great! Love that it’s not super long either. 🙂


  • yas says:

    Booking my trip this week! I’m waiting on your PART 2 of your Tulum diaries ..hurry!

  • Ev says:

    Amazing photos 🙂


  • Paula says:

    This place looks amazing!


  • diana says:

    I love Tulum! It’s a beautiful town and so refreshing compared to the chaos of Cancun.

    || D I A N A ||

  • Ashley says:

    Amazing photos!! Hope to visit someday!

    XOXO, Ashley

  • Natali says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips!! Chloe looks SO adorable, she’s too cute to handle. 😀

  • manuela says:

    Hi dear Chriselle I would like to go to Tulum, seems Amazing!!!!!!
    thank you for this advice!
    xoxo M.

  • beautiful post


  • sasa says:

    Would love to visit:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Cynthia says:

    What beautiful photos! Tulum is totally on my bucket list. Thanks for the tips 😉
    Likely By Sea

  • Ujjaini says:

    I love these suggestions, very practical. Love the photos too, Tulum is on my list now 🙂

  • Thuy says:

    Great travel guide. Seriously. Saved it 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    I am dying to go to Tulum. Wonderful photos!


  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Fabulous tips and advice … Such a heaven on earth kinda place. 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Ashley says:

    This sounds way up my street than Cancun!

  • Jeannie says:

    I’ve gathered that the main thing I need to know is that it looks like paradise!

  • Liesa says:

    That looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your advice!

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