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Sugar-white sand, rippling blue ocean waves, and crumbling Mayan ruins combine to make Tulum a jaw-droppingly attractive Mexican coastal destination. The sleepy town’s postcard perfect beaches offer an idyllic Caribbean escape, where you can swim with swarming shoals of colorful fish, and watch as green turtles pull themselves ashore at night. Whether you want to doze in the sun on gorgeous beaches, or hike through jungle to find the forgotten ruins of advanced civilizations, you won’t leave Tulum disappointed.

Things to see

While archaeological sites like Chichen Itza may be larger in size than the Mayan city of Tulum, the tranquil coastal setting means the centerpiece of Tulum’s ruins - El Castillo – really packs an extra punch. You’ll get a sore finger from snapping photos as you explore the mossy structures, and watch bearded iguanas crawling over tree stumps. The ancient city stands on top of craggy black cliffs, which descend down to the sands of Playa Paraiso - which aptly translates as ‘Paradise Beach’. Leaning palm trees sway gently in the refreshing breeze along this sublime stretch of powder-puff sand, which is much quieter - but just as beautiful - as the better known beaches at Playa del Carmen and Cancún. If you can persuade yourself to leave, dry your feet, and brush the soft sand off before heading inland to Gran Cenote. Here, you can swim between underground caves, gliding through water as clear as glass, and swerving around dangling stalactites as you go.

Hotels in Tulum

You won’t have to lift a finger while staying in one of the Mayan Riviera’s all-inclusive hotels. Fall in love all over again on romantic getaways, as you sink into foaming baths - decorated with heart-shaped rose petals - and float in infinity pools that merge with the sea and stretch to the horizon. Don’t worry if the unadulterated luxury is a little out of your price range, however, as authentic Mexican hotels - with well-worn guitars hanging from the walls – are extremely affordable. Even the cheapest Tulum hotels tends to offer WiFi in their public areas.

Where to stay

Tulum’s hotels and hostels give you the chance to rise early and head down to the deserted beach, where you can watch the sun ascending over the waves each morning. If you want a little more action, however, think about driving up the coast to stay at Playa del Carmen. More immaculate white beaches glisten in the sun here, and you’ll also be able to take the ferry across to Cozumel Island – to see its underwater forests of coral and curious fish. Scuba divers should consider staying on the island itself at San Miguel, which is a delightful seaside town. Mix with the locals in the bars, and join in with the cries of “olé,” as Mariachi bands fill the air with the twang of strumming guitars.

How to get to Tulum

Cancún International Airport is one of Mexico’s busiest, and the gateway most overseas visitors use to enter the country. Hotels in the surrounding area usually offer handy airport transfer services, or you can hire a car and enjoy the coastal drive down to Tulum in less than an hour and a half. If you’re staying in San Miguel, it’s likely that a flight to Cozumel International Airport will be the most convenient option, and direct services land on the island from cities across the East Coast of the US and Canada.