This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tulum. To help you make friends with Tulum before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Tulum is a quaint town just off the Caribbean coastline. The town has many cool shops, restaurants, and all of the amenities you would expect to find such as a large supermarket and several banks.
The most famous thing about Tulum are the Mayan ruins. You can take a taxi, which has a set tariff to get to places; if you are on your own, it is cheaper to take the collectivo vans that run up and down the road between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. You can also take these collectivos to places like Akumal, to snorkel with the turtles and sting rays, or to the cenotes around the area. The most popular of the cenotes is Dos Ojos and the Gran Cenote. You can snorkel or dive both of them and there are multiple companies through the town that run tours out to the cenotes for diving and snorkeling.
El Paraiso is one of the most popular beaches within the area and it's postcard perfect. You can hire one of the many bikes from around the town to get there or take a taxi. The beach is absolutely pristine and not to be missed.
Hostels in Tulum are scattered from one end of the main strip to the other and some of them are toward the beach. Do your research on hostels in Tulum, as some are way better deals for your money than others. Some include free bicycles for the day and other offers, which will help keep your costs down during your stay in Tulum.
Written by local enthusiast for Tulum hostelsGlobetrotter