The 13th-century Mayan archaeological ruins are a truly impressive sight, especially given their location overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
The clifftop Castillo was built as a watchtower and is one of the country’s most photographed sights.
The warm, azure waters of the Caribbean Sea are a major draw for visitors to Tulum, Cancún and other resort destinations along Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
Tulum also boasts pristine white beaches.
Nature lovers are drawn to the region year-round. Huge iguanas such as this one roam freely along Tulum beach.
Sea turtles are another common sight on the beaches and in the waters around Tulum.
Traditional handicrafts such as these brightly-colored bowls are sold around town.
Tulum has long had a reputation as a hippie hub, although in recent years the atmosphere has shifted in response to growing interest from expensive hotels and property developers.
The area surrounding Tulum is known to have the world’s largest number of cenotes, or underwater sinkholes. Once celebrated as sacred by the ancient Mayans, they now attract divers, swimmers and adventurers alike.
Cenote Manatee is one of the region’s most impressive natural landmarks.
Lagoon Kaan Luum is a stunning place to swim just south of Tulum.
Fruits are in abundant supply in Tulum, and a fruit salad with a coconut is a fantastic way to start the day.
Tulum also boasts excellent street food. The laid-back Taqueria La Eufemia has established a reputation as one of Tulum’s best taco joints.
Tulum is an excellent place to stargaze and offers awe-inspiring night skies.