You made it to Costa Mujeres, but why settle for that when you can visit the rest of the Mexican Caribbean's jewels? Like Tulum!
Tulum has won over the hearts of all its visitors and is becoming a more popular place to visit because of its beautiful white sand beach, palm trees, clear blue water, famous cenotes, delicious food, and so much more.
This is your day guide for the perfect getaway from Costa Mujeres to Tulum, including some of the best places to eat, drink, and stay.
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To get to Tulum from Costa Mujeres, you can take a private taxi, rent a car, or use the ADO bus. It takes around two hours to travel there.
As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm. So, if you arrive at around 8 a.m. at Tulum, you will be one of the first people to enter the cenotes (and let's be honest, no trip to Tulum is complete without a visit to them).
The two most famous cenotes in Tulum are Gran and Calavera, and as a result, they can become swamped during the day. So if you want to dodge the crowds, plan to arrive exactly when it opens.
Gran Cenote opens at 8 a.m., and Calavera Cenote opens at 9 a.m., so head first to Gran Cenote and then move on to Calavera. They are close to each other!
Gran Cenote is a fabulous, Instagram-worthy location where you can take gorgeous photos. Calavera is renowned for its fun-filled sinkhole and is also extremely attractive.
While updating your Instagram feed, you can have breakfast at Mistiko, a new restaurant with a rooftop pool serving the freshest of breakfasts. Or if you have a healthier vibe, you can visit Matcha Mama, a matcha bar that has arrived, offering super smoothie bowls, healthy shakes, and elixir shots. What better way to recharge your batteries for the rest of the day!
After breakfast, take a taxi or drive a short distance to the Tulum Ruins. You will see why these ruins are perhaps one of Tulum's top cultural attractions. This Maya monument used to be called "Zama," which means "the City of Dawn," because it faced the sunrise over the Caribbean. Take a dip in the warm waters to see the ruins from a different angle.
There is nothing like slowing down after a busy morning. How about taking route 15 towards the beach in the afternoon? It's a long, winding street with lots of distinctive boutique hotels, stores, and eateries that will make you feel that you're actually in the middle of a jungle!
You can choose from a wide variety of excellent eateries that are either directly on the beach or behind it. We recommend La Eufemia, their fish and shrimp tacos (and also octopus) are the most famous in town.
Ziggy’s and Delek are also great options for lunch in Tulum.
Spend the rest of your afternoon sipping cocktails while you unwind by the water and among the palm trees. You can stop by one of the many cute jungle-style hotels with great bars. Use their beach chairs after placing an order for a drink!
The nightlife in Tulum must be mentioned in any day guide. Take a stroll through the busy streets of Tulum Town to feel the energy coming from the bars and restaurants. Two popular dining establishments are La Negra Tomasa, renowned for its seafood tower, and El Asadero, serving some of Tulum's best steak cuts.
After dinner, check out Palma Central, a vibrant space with numerous food trucks and bars that hosts stand-up comedy and live music most evenings. You could also spend some time in La Velata, a small town just five minutes by taxi from the center of Tulum. There are numerous fairy lights and palm thatched-roof bars in this vibrant yet laid-back neighborhood.
And if all the tour and the party left you exhausted, you'd better stay overnight in Tulum. Here are three excellent options that fit every budget:
If you are traveling on a tight budget, we recommend Mama's Home, a hostel where private rooms start at $16 and dorm beds at $12.
It is conveniently located three blocks from the bus station and is surrounded by a ton of top-notch dining establishments. It's the ideal location for hanging out and making new friends.
This one is a great all-inclusive hotel option with a fair price. The Dreams Tulum, on the other hand, provides families, couples, and solo travelers with the ideal seaside environment for the ultimate getaway. There is no better place to stay with 6 restaurants, 24-hour room service, 7 bars, and a pristine sandy beach.
Now, if you are traveling on a budget, you can't miss staying out at Azulik Hotel which offers the ultimate relaxation experience for adults only.
That's all! We guarantee that with this guide you will have an unforgettable day at the beautiful beaches of Tulum. Make sure you have memory in your cell phone because you will leave it loaded with photos and good memories to share when you come back home.
How far is it from Costa Mujeres to Tulum?
The distance between Costa Mujeres and Tulum is 82 miles. The distance by road is 85 miles.
How long does it take to get from Costa Mujeres to Tulum?
It takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes to get from Costa Mujeres to Tulum, including one or two quick stops.
What is the fastest way to get from Costa Mujeres to Tulum?
The quickest way to get from Costa Mujeres to Tulum is to drive, which costs $12–$21 and takes 2 hours, 6 minutes.
Where can I stay in Tulum?
There are 1465+ hotels available in Tulum. Prices start at $100 per night.