Tulum, Mexico

We feel like we’ve passed through Tulum a hundered times on our trips between the northern parts of Quintana Roo (Cozumel, Cancun, Playa del Carmen) and the southern parts of the state (Chetumal, Majahual & Xcalak.) But until recently, our only visits there included stops for a meal or provisions on the way somewhere else or during a trip to visit the Tulum or Coba Mayan ruins. But in April-2007, we made a 2-day visit that included a tour of Coba, an overnight stay in Tulum and a “Muyil: Forest and float Tour” of the Sian Ka’an UNESCO World Heritage site on the next day.

While best known for the cliff-side Mayan ruins that share the same name as the village, the town and beaches of Tulum have a growing reputation in their own right that is spreading world-wide. In fact, many of the small hotels and restaurants have a distinctly European feel to them.

As Cancun and Playa del Carmen continue to grow, those looking for a slower pace may very well feel more comfortable in Tulum.