Tulum is probably blowing up your Instagram feed right now. I wanted to organize a giant group trip here for my 30th birthday (my dream age) but then SOMEONE decided to propose to me so we had to save for our wedding instead. Geez. Well we finally went in 2015 with my sister and her boyfriend, and had the time of our lives. To everyone who asks me for recommendations there, my first piece of advice: Go now. It’s rustic, eco-heaven and is getting fancier by the day. Taste it before it turns into a total tourist trap, which I anticipate is soon. Very soon.
Getting to/from Tulum from Cancun
It’s about a 1 hour 45 minute drive from Cancun airport. To get there, I suggest you order a private van from Cancun Leal (we organized it through our hotel). It was $300 total roundtrip for 4 people. Private is better (obviously/snootily) because you can have the driver stop and get you beers and snacks and you have room to stretch out and do whatever the fuck you want. If you use Cancun Leal- ask for Luis. He is the best ever. There are other public options (where they might pick up a few couples from the airport with you and drop them off at their hotels along the way). That should run about $218 for 4 people. You can save about $80 by going the more “public” option, but it might take longer and not be as fun. That was our rationale, anyways. Also, we felt snobby on this particular trip.
There are two parts of Tulum- the beach Tulum and the city Tulum. Both are very different so I will talk about each where it’s important. Most people didn’t venture into town and just stayed by the beaches and I think that is A HUGE mistake.
Other than obvious shit, bring:
Rent a bike on your first day- that was our one regret. We walked, scootered or cabbed everywhere so a bike would’ve been nice. Kelly Scooters in town is legit – 450 pesos for a 24 hour rental. Cabs are easy to get along the Tulum Playa. From our hotel on the north end of the beach to the south end was around 70 – 80 pesos depending on where you went.