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The Allure of Living in Tulum

Living in Tulum Mexico | Cost of Living | Tulum Safety | Travel to Tulum (1)Tropical magnetism. We could go on and on, but to truly appreciate the nature inspired vibration of living in Tulum, you need to go. If you are looking for the best beaches in all of Mexico, you simply must go. The charm of the community and proximity to the U.S. for a place like Tulum will draw people from all over the world for many years to come.

Tulum living as an expat

The sublime natural beauty of the Tulum beaches, the surrounding ruins and jungle cenotes are a postcard of a tropical paradise. Add in the Maya culture, food, live music scene, plenty of interesting international locals, coupled with spiritual and natural adventures waiting to be discovered-you start to get an idea of what living in Tulum has to offer.

Tulum has also become a mecca for yoga, exclusive business retreats, food and art festivals. It has also become a destination of choice with digital nomads looking for an office with a view. Tulum has made broadband internet access a priority. There are several major internet service providers in the area in and around town and the beach hotel zone.

The Tulum beach road and hotel zone south of the famous ruins overlooking the Caribbean, is a social media and hospitality phenomenon. The beaches of Tulum, the Mayan ruins, cenotes and the bohemian vibes make it one of a kind in Mexico and the world.

The magnetic vibe of this magical place, as it is so often described, can be a little intoxicating and addictive. People tend to come back for more “Tulum time” with a compulsion to return. And it’s part of the reason this sleepy and magnetic Caribbean fishing village is waking up as a fast growing Mexican Caribbean community.

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Cost of Living in Tulum, Mexico

Living in Tulum, as most people from Mexico will tell you, is one of the more expensive places to live in Mexico. It is a Mexican Caribbean tropical tourist destination that appeals to both the luxury adventure seeker and the “eco-chic crowd.” Relative to what we consider as expensive lifestyle locations in the U.S. or Canada, Tulum is still a bargain for what you get in return. In general you will save 30-50% of your monthly living expenses depending on where you are moving from in the U.S. or Canada.

High end “eco friendly” small hotels and beach clubs south of the Tulum ruins are lined up along the beaches for miles. Nearby golf resorts and all inclusive day parks to the north define the higher end of things when it comes to entertainment. The famous beach road in Tulum is most certainly “uptown.”

With miles of white sand public beaches, a charming downtown, and lots of amazing places to eat very well and cheap, there are plenty of good reasons to be in Tulum as an expat on a budget! Some of the common attraction elements that most people share is an appreciation for simple luxuries, a quality of life, good food, tropical Caribbean nature and a sense of adventure.

Is Tulum safe?

Safety in Tulum is always one of the first topics to come up for expats considering a move to Tulum. For expats and locals living in Tulum, the largest crime complaint is theft due to “opportunity.” Burglaries and petty theft are the most common offenses. Keep a mindful eye on your belongings, secure your home, and be aware of your surroundings and you will be fine.

Tulum has seen more cartel related violence in recent years-but the violence has been so far limited to between themselves for territory. With growth and expansion in tourism traffic and population, the market has also attracted attention of organized crime.

Tulum is still rated as a safe place for tourists to visit and for expats to live. I can personally speak for the living aspect, I have never felt like I was in danger in my 13 years of life in Tulum. I hear the same story from many other expats as well-we all feel safe in Tulum. Please review our latest safety in Mexico report for more details on living safely in Tulum and other places in Mexico.

How to get to Tulum

Driving andBorder Crossings

Living in Tulum Mexico | Cost of Living | Tulum Safety | Travel to Tulum (4)Make sure you have gathered up all of your necessary documents beforebringing your car to Mexico. Make sure that you have yourMexican auto insurancebefore you cross the border. The most simple, and quickest way to purchase auto insurance is on-line as it will be one less thing to do at the border.

With any border crossing you use, it is better to get an early start and cross in the morning hours. This is just in case you have any hiccups, you will have the day to sort it out and still get to a destination with a decent hotel for the night. Never drive at night.

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Entering at the Brownsville border crossing is the most direct route to Tulum, although there are many points of entry. I personally went through the Nuevo Laredo entry back in 2007, and yes of course I wrote a story about my personal driving adventure to Tulum!

Flying to Tulum

To get to Tulum, fly to Cancun International Airport or to Cozumel…those are two primary airports you may use to get to Tulum. The largest, most popular airport is Cancun International Airport. It’s located about 1.5 hours drive from Tulum on Hwy 307. International flights arrive and depart out of Cancun all hours, day and night and so do the cabs, collectivos, buses and shuttle services to take you to your final destination. You may also fly into Cozumel Island and take a ferry to Playa del Carmen and then the highway 307 south to Tulum.

Airports

Most commonly used is the International Airport in Cancun (CUN). Cancun International has hundreds of daily flights to and from 21+ cities in the United States, including Miami, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles Chicago, Newark, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Washington, DC, etc., and to and from seven cities in Canada, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Quebec, Halifax, Ottawa, and Calgary. For most of these cities, there are multiple daily flights giving you a good choice of departure/arrival times.

The Cancun airport is 118 KM or 73 miles north of Tulum, about an hour and half drive on highway 307.

There is also an airport in Cozumel. If you choose to fly into Cozumel, you will need to take a 30 minute ferry ride over to Playa Del Carmen. The ferry ride is safe and fun as you will probably see dolphins swimming next to you. When you get to the dock, you may be another 20 minutes to your destination by cab.

Marine Ports

Puerto Aventurasis the closest marina to park your boat – 25 minutes north on the highway.

Taking Your Pet to Tulum

Re-locating your pet to Mexico is one more thing to prepare for. Driving into Mexico with your pet is much more simple than flying in with your pet as airlines have very strict guidelines you must adhere to as well as black out dates.

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Getting around and some things to do in Tulum

Having a car is nice but you have local transportation options that can get you to Playa del Carmen or Cancun via the collectivos and buses. Bike riding or a scooter is the most simple and economical way to get around Tulum and the way a lot of people prefer to travel. Walking in the evenings is the best way to get some exercise, bump into a friend, and burn off the dinner you just ate, walking on the beach or strolling downtown.

Speaking of dinner….Tulum has become world renowned for it’s eclectic and delicious dinning options. This is due in large part to the international mix of locals; French, Argentinian, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Mayan, Austrian and German. There is an abundance of talented and creative chefs in Tulum and many of them are classically trained or continuing family traditions.

Living in Tulum you will likely be doing most of your shopping and dining out in town, and you will save plenty when compared to the beach zone. The best part is you also have amazing food options and a lot of the same shopping options for less money! Eating like a local is a not a sacrifice in Tulum, it’s delicious and cheap.

If you are a Tulum local, you have many wonderful activities to participate in, you may have a hard time deciding which way to go. Morning meetings with friends for coffee or tea, yoga, dance, art, jewelry making, beach excursions, jungle adventures and exploring cenotes or nearby towns and ruins, are a few of the more common activities.

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With more and more expatriates arriving in Tulum, we are also seeing more expat groups, social networking, clubs and virtual work spaces, there are already several online groups for expats living in Tulum with thousands of members. Walking downtown, running errands, going to the bank or grocery shopping will likely involve an encounter with someone you know.

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Yes, Tulum has all the qualities of a charming and bustling small Caribbean town, but it is growing fast. The magnetic pull of the natural beauties of the area and magic energy of the place is something you need to experience and feel for yourself.

Tropical Weather of Life in Tulum

Next to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the consistent warm weather in Tulum has to be one of the biggest draws for expats, especially in the cold winter months in more northern latitudes. The annual average lows in the evenings are in the mid 60’s-70’s F (17-22 C) with average highs in the mid 80’s – low 90’s F (27-32 C). Most days are blue skies with white fluffy clouds drifting by on the steady Caribbean sea breeze. The months of September and October tend to have the most rainfall. The coolest months are January and February.

The hottest and most humid months are June, July and August (90 F days on average or 32 C). Actually not as hot as most of the southern US during the summer! This is also the rainy season and there can be prolonged periods of rain, especially in the peak months of September and October. Throughout the rainy season you can expect tropical showers.

Hurricane/Rainy season is from June – October with most of the threats coming in October. This does not mean that the entire season brings threatening weather. Most days during this rainy season are warm and mostly sunny, with always a chance of tropical storms brewing offshore. It’s amazing to watch them come in from the beach! Most places are built to hurricane standards and you will typically have plenty of notice if one is coming-know what to do in the event of a hurricane.

Long-term rentals in Tulum

Inventory on long term rentals can be tight-especially heading into the high season (December-April), as owners are more focused on vacation rentals. Things are loosening up a bit in 2020 with a lot of new condos and homes being built and completed in Tulum. The best time to find a rental in Tulum is during the off season-in the summer. You can find single room studio’s from $5,000- $15,000 pesos a month or 2-3 bedroom, furnished condominiums from $12,000- $40,000 pesos a month. Amenities, furnishings and location will be variables that will affect the rents.

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Tulum Beach versus Tulum Town-Food and Shopping

As you make your way down the famous Tulum beach road, a long line of boutiques, small hotels, restaurants and spas that cater to the eco chic, “Tuluminatis” where prices are closer to what you may expect back home, maybe even more. But Tulum also has the “once in a lifetime” dinning and shopping experiences you can only find there, more than once!

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Especially on the beach where you are a captive audience, you may find the prices one the beach closer to what you are paying back home. But, Tulum is also like 2 towns in 1, there is the beach, and there is the town of Tulum. IF you live more like a local, shopping for groceries and eating at local restaurants in town, you’ll save a lot of moneyliving for about 30% less than you can in the averageU.S. cities. You’ll save a lot more if you are coming from places like NYC, Boston, The West Coast or any resort “town” in the U.S.

Depending upon your standards and circumstance, you can live as inexpensively or as lavishly as you desire. The basic commodities are similar no matter what your economic position is. There are many options for rentals and real estate. For Tulum real estate advice click here.

Tulum Daily Expenses, Restaurants and Utilities

  • Gasoline (approximately $2.75 USD per gallon)
  • Drinking water-usually delivered to your home ($8.00 – $20.00 USD per month)
  • Local fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables, fish, eggs and pork, are the most affordable way to eat and produce is 50-70% cheaper than US.
  • When eating out, you can go to “local” taco joints and home-style family kitchen restaurants called “cocinas economicas” and have a healthy meal including your drink (usually a juice), for around $80.00 pesos or about $4.00 USD.
  • Dining on the beach or at a more upscale restaurant in town will be more expensive and the prices range from $180.00 – $350.00+ pesos per entree.

The most expensive utility in Mexico is electricity. You have to be conscientious of your usage. The way most people do this is by not running too many electrical appliances at the same time and only using the A/C when absolutely necessary. When you get your first bill, you will understand the meaning of “be conscientious of your usage”. There is a reason many small businesses leave their lights off until a customer walks in.

Average Prices of Real Estate in Tulum

Prices for real estate range anywhere from $65,000-$85,000 for a small 1-2 bedroom home in a more modest local neighborhood, up to $2,000,000.00 + for an oceanfront hacienda. Modern and newer studio and 1 bedroom condominiums in town start at around $100,000 U.S.D. in 2020 you will find plenty of new condos to choose from if you are buying.

There are plenty of raw land lots of various size and residential development lots – typically 10 x 30 to 50 meters, in the Tulum area for sale. Price ranges for these land properties follow a general rule, the closer you are to the Caribbean, the higher the price per square meter. Generally speaking, the real estate gets cheaper the farther from town and the beach you go. There are also a number of self-sustaining, eco-friendly, “planned communities” popping up farther inland from Tulum.

Mortgages are available but the interest rates are prohibitive. Some pre-sale developments offer limited financing options up to 5 years. Cash deals, or private financing is the favorable approach for real estate investment in Mexico.

Make sure that you get title insurance if possible when purchasing a home or land in Tulum and use a Realtor from a trusted name or one who was personally recommended to you.

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Health Care

Tulum has 3 small hospitals, 1 public hospital and 2 private facilities, including CostaMed, which is part of a larger network of hospitals in Mexico, all are capable of handling emergency care and all 3 of them have minor surgery facilities. The private hospitals, Tulum Hospital *south end, and CostaMed *north end, both directly on Hwy 307 (main ave.) Tulum, and have English speaking doctors. The Tulum hospitals are limited in space and equipment, so for anything major, they will refer you to Hospiten in Playa Del Carmen 40 minutes north, or to the hospitals in Merida or Cancun after you have been stabilized. There are ambulances in Tulum if you need the transport.

There are a number of hospitals and clinics in Playa del Carmen, many with English-speaking doctors. Medical facilities include Playa Med Hospital, Clinica Medica del Carmen, Hospiten Riviera Maya and Buceo Medico Mexicano, which specializes in diving-related medicine and has a hyperbolic chamber and emergency ambulance on call.

In fact, Hospiten Riviera Maya Hospital, which is located on Highway 307, right next to PlayaCar and Sams Club, has a direct billing relationship with many major international and Mexican health insurance providers, including IMG, International Medical Group. IMG offers private, major medical health insurance to expats who live outside their home country 6 months a year or more. You can choose to have health insurance coverage in the U.S. and Mexico, or for less money, exclude the U.S. coverage.

If you live in Tulum, you have health insurance options: Mexico has a Social Security System which is free at the point of delivery for Mexicans as well as foreign nationals with a Residente Permanente status. Foreigners living in Mexico without full immigrated residency status can purchase the IMSS health insurance for about $300.00 US a year. For more information on IMSS: Click Here

Tulum Infrastructure and Services

Tulum has grown a lot! In 2010, there were no paved roads, beyond the highway that runs through the middle of town, or street signs. Today (2020), almost all the city streets have been paved and they all have names. Tulum now has 3 stop lights along the main avenue from end to end and they are adding more of them around town in 2020. Thankfully “rush hour” is still mostly a matter of staying alert for a mix of rental cars, scooters, pedestrians, taxis and dogs. The downtown zone is still only about 1 mile long, so even in heavy traffic it does not take long to get around Tulum. There is a lot more expat traffic, with a growing number of expats in the community, many of them buying retirement properties.

Tulum continues on the path of progress and Mexico wants to protect this crown jewel of nature. So far that planning and execution has been playing catch up with providing infrastructure improvements in roads, electricity and water treatment. More infrastructure is being added every day to support this growing Mexican town on the Caribbean.

There has been a lot written about some of the ecological challenges and impacts to Tulum along this steep growth curve, it’s not a great look for Tulum or the environmental and earth friendly image, but the attention is bringing some action.

The city does have issues with water treatment-they continue to expand treatment infrastructure, but it is a game of catch up right now. There are more eco-conscious development projects going now, community recycling is becoming more active but overall infrastructure still lags, new and more modern shopping centers/pavilions with attached residential are also going up and bringing their own infrastructure-this is common in Mexico too. In 2020 Tulum, the city may get what it needs, time, the time needed to catch up, as things likely slow down for while in a post pandemic world. At least for the moment. Tulum will need to stay focused on their infrastructure to support this newly “discovered” fast developing and popular destination for expats and tourists.

Banking

There are several banks inTulumincluding BBVA Bancomer, HSBC, Scotia Bank and other smaller branches. ATM machines are every where that dispense pesos and dollars.

Grocery Stores

Living in Tulum will provide you with all kinds of fresh produce options and has 2 major modern grocery stores, the Chedruai and the Super Aki. Chedruai is a modern major grocery store chain, that will have almost everything you are used to buying back home, including most US brands of foods. Super Aki is a smaller chain grocery store, but also carries many US brands and has everything you need for groceries. In addition to those larger stores, Tulum also has several healthy grocery stores that sell more organic products, including Gypsy Market and CoConAmor. There are also fresh produce stands found on many street corners in Tulum.

Veterinarians

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There are several different veterinarians to choose from. Ask for a referral from a local neighbor to choose.

Mail Delivery

There is a post office in Tulum but mail delivery is VERY sketchy. If you live here, you want to go paperless as much as humanly possible and pay your U.S. bills online. UPS and Fed Ex do deliver here but it’s very expensive to have anything shipped from the U.S. or Canada. Savana, the local “fax, mail, print” shop, will accept a package for you for a nominal fee. When your package arrives, they will write your name on a board. Once you get to know the owner, she may call you to let you know your package has arrived.

Tulum Churches

Non denominational Lighthouse Church – English speaking, Christian Church :

  • Tulum – 10:00 a.m. Sundays
    Puerto Aventuras – 2:30 p.m. Sundays
    Playa del Carmen – 6:30 p.m. Sundays

For more information: www.lighthousechurch.mx

There are many Spanish speaking Catholic churches throughout Tulum, the largest Catholic church is located behind the main square centro in downtown. There is also a Mormon church on Main Street as well as a Jehovah Witness and others.

Crime Rate

Tulum has low crime rate. but there has been a recent rise in local cartel incidents involving territory battles. So far, no tourists or expats have been involved in this violence and relative to actual real danger to you, it is a safe community. The largest crime complaint are crimes of opportunity.

As quoted from the U.S. Travel.State.Gov website, July 2013:

“The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality.

Crimes of opportunity are instances such as: If you forget your wallet in the cab, it is not likely anyone will turn it in for you. If you take a bike ride and leave your bike unchained for more than a few minutes, your bike may not be there when you return. If you leave your sun glasses on a table at a restaurant, they may be picked up and no one will have seen who left with them.

Although your possessions may come and go if you aren’t careful, the degree of violent crime is very low.

Please review our latest safety report for Mexico for more details and statistics. As with any plans to viist Mexico or any other foreign country, make sure you check the US Department of State website for any travel alerts, advisories or restrictions.

Call Your Bank

Call your bank and credit card companies to notify them of your plans to travel or move to Mexico. It is not necessary to carry a lot of cash, and not recommended, as banks and ATM’s are prevalent in Tulum. Most merchants and restaurants accept U.S. credit cards, however, to avoid a block on your debit or credit card, notify them of your travel plans. U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere, but you will get a better exchange rate if you use pesos. All ATM machines can dispense pesos and some dispense dollars.

CallingTulum

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As you settle in to life in Tulum, you will find making phones to a be a bit different with some new numbers to keep in mind! From the US or Canada, to call into Tulum, dial the following sequence: 011-52-984, and then the 7-digit local number. 011 is the code for international telephone connection, country code 52 is for Mexico, and 984 is the area code for Tulum and Playa Del Carmen. For more details on how to make phone calls in Mexico, check our article here.

FAQs

Is it safe to travel to Tulum 2022? ›

According to OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council), Tulum is moderately safe to visit and travelers should exercise increased caution in the area. Their advisories include concerns such as cartel activity, Covid-19, contaminated water, and natural disasters.

Is Tulum Mexico safe to travel? ›

While the uptick in violent crimes is certainly worrying, Tulum is still a safe tourism destination in Mexico. To avoid falling victim to violent and property crime, keep aware of your surroundings, stay in your hotel past dark, and do not get overly intoxicated.

Is Tulum Safe for Tourists 2021? ›

The quick answer: Yes, Tulum is safe! For now. We did receive some disturbing comments about violence against tourists in Tulum but after some research, we've decided that it can still be safe. As long as you follow our safety tips and stay inside after dark.

Is it safe to travel to Mexico right now 2022? ›

No surprise, the U.S. State Department recently issued a chilling warning about travel to Mexico with a level 3 on a scale of 1 to 4, meaning “reconsider travel.” And some parts of Mexico where drug cartel violence is at its worst have long on a no-go list, with a level 4 no-go advisory.

Is it safe to walk in Tulum at night? ›

Don't walk on isolated areas of the beach at night. Driving during the daytime is relatively safe, but take caution when driving at night, as some foreign travelers have experienced robbery. That being said, Tulum occasionally sees violent crime, though it's not usually against tourists.

Is Tulum safer than Cancun? ›

Crime Rates

Of course, it's common knowledge that Mexico is plagued by brutal gang wars (which are surprisingly common around the world, from Japan to Italy), but Tulum is far safer than some of the other cities in the country – even Cancun.

Are there cartels in Tulum? ›

There are indeed drug cartels operating, local cartels that have been around for a long time, but we have not allowed access to other cartels into Tulum,” he said. David Ortiz-Mena, president of the Tulum Hotel Association, agreed with the police chief's assessment, saying there was no extortion at hotels.

Is it safe to drive from Cancun to Tulum 2022? ›

Yes, it is safe to travel from Cancun to Tulum. The road is regularly maintained and the buses are clean and well equipped with air conditioning. Be aware of petty theft in the area and take any necessary precautions as you would normally do when you travel.

How do people stay safe in Tulum Mexico? ›

Stay away from drugs and drug-related activities.

If you're traveling solo, avoid going to secluded places at night. Bicycling is pretty tempting when you're in Tulum, but avoid bicycling around at night. Take a taxi if you're alone. Try to stay in Tulum town or one of the resorts at the beach.

Can you swim in the ocean in Tulum? ›

Tulum beaches are swimmable and it should be considered a sin not to get into the water on these stunning beaches.

Is it safe to wear jewelry in Tulum? ›

It has never been an issue. If your concern is being robbed, I would simply advise to use common sense... If you're out drunk at night, or flashing money/expensive jewelry it wouldn't be any different than what could happen at home.

Is it safe to travel to Cancun right now 2022? ›

You've read all sorts of articles about new waves of Covid-19, record-beating high temperatures, and rising crime statistics. Well, the good news is that even after taking all of those factors into account, Cancun is a safe destination to visit in 2022.

What is the safest beach town in Mexico? ›

Cancun is ranked as the safest beach town in Mexico with lower crime rates than most Mexican cities.

What documents do I need to travel to Mexico by Air 2022? ›

U.S. citizens must present a valid U.S. passport book or card, in addition to an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM) issued by Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM). Travelers should be sure to enter Mexico with valid proof of automobile registration, even if remaining in the border zone.

What is the safest place to travel in Mexico? ›

Seven of the safest cities in Mexico
  1. Merida. Widely acknowledged as the safest city in Mexico (and even Latin America), your biggest safety concern in Mérida will probably be the busy traffic. ...
  2. Playa del Carmen. ...
  3. Mexico City. ...
  4. Puerto Vallarta. ...
  5. San Miguel de Allende. ...
  6. Sayulita. ...
  7. Huatulco.

Why is Tulum so popular? ›

The best things to do in Tulum include top attractions of what has very rapidly gone from a sleepy fishing town to a popular holiday destination. A big part of that popularity comes from the stunning natural beauty found all along the coastline, where azure blue Caribbean seas gently lap up amazing white sand beaches.

How long is the ride from Cancun to Tulum? ›

The ride from Cancun to Tulum will take you around 90 minutes. Keep in mind that there are at least 3 police checkpoints on highway 307.

What is the best time to visit Tulum Mexico? ›

The best time to visit is between February and May when the weather is most settled. The hottest month of the year is May with an average daily maximum of 36 C and an average low of 23 C. The coolest month of the year is December with an average daily maximum of 28 C and an average low of 20 C.

Is English spoken in Tulum? ›

English is widely spoken in Tulum, but should not be expected. Most vendors, waiters, and tourist-facing locals in Tulum speak decent enough English for smooth transactions and interactions. However, Mexico is a Spanish-speaking country and you should never expect English from anyone.

Which one is better Cancun or Tulum? ›

To sum it up, both Cancun and Tulum have great white sand beaches and turquoise water. However, Cancun has undoubtedly the bluest water of the entire Riviera Maya and for that reason, if you want to swim in incredibly blue water, the hotel zone in Cancun has the better beaches.

Which is more expensive Tulum or Cancun? ›

Generally, Cancun is cheaper than Tulum. Tulum is one of the most expensive parts of Mexico; however, it is possible to visit both destinations on a small budget. If you spend long enough in Mexico, you can pick up some great bargains on accommodation.

How many Americans are kidnapped in Mexico every year? ›

But most kidnappings go unreported and very few perpetrators are prosecuted. Buckner said one of the reasons for this is that most companies “don't want the reputational risk” that comes with acknowledging a kidnapping. He estimates that between 250 and 400 Americans are kidnapped in Mexico every year.

How is Tulum right now? ›

Tulum Is In Fact One Of The Safest Beach Spots In Mexico Right Now. As Rosales framed it, Tulum has 'acceptable rates of crime', and although it is much safer than other competitors within and outside Mexico, every single, isolated event is 'replicated' throughout Mexico and even internationally.

Is it worth going to Tulum? ›

Hell yes! It's cheaper than Cancun, and it's quieter and more laid back than Cozumel. It's a great place to base yourself for the cenotes and the ruins, and there's always something going on at the beach or in one of the cool bars.

How far is Tulum from airport? ›

The closest airport to Tulum is Cancun International Airport. Tulum is located 120 kilometers away from the airport, approximately a 1.5-hour drive. We can arrange a private driver service for your convenience, either one way or return trip.

Is it safe to wear jewelry in Cancun? ›

It's also relatively safer to wear jewelry, provided you stay within the resort. It's best to leave the jewelry home to avoid any incidents in Cancún. The city remains one of the safest places in Mexico due to the efforts from the local government and private sectors.

Is it safe to drive from Tulum to Cancun at night? ›

TRAVELING AT NIGHT

Driving at night in the Yucatan is generally no more dangerous than driving where you live at night. If you stick to highway 307 along the Riviera or any major highway in Merida you will be safe.

Do you need a passport to go to Tulum? ›

Do you need a passport for Tulum, Mexico? The general answer is yes—everyone wishing to visit Tulum must carry a valid passport. As mentioned in the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) implementations, this rule applies to all U.S. citizens entering Mexico. It does not always need to be a passport book, though.

Is it safe to travel to Mexico right now 2021? ›

Mexico has a high risk of violent crime, such as murder, armed robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping. Don't travel at night outside major cities. Kidnapping and extortion are serious risks. Don't draw attention to your money or business affairs.

Where do celebrities go in Tulum? ›

Where do Celebrities Stay in Tulum? A few celebrities, such as Paris Hilton, Kristen Cavallari, and Drew Barrymore, have been spotted in Tulum at Habitas, Azulik, and Amansala Resort & Spa.

Are beaches free in Tulum? ›

As mentioned, there are free public beaches in Tulum and private Tulum beach clubs. The latter, you can access by purchasing a day pass. Some beach clubs are part of Tulum's beach hotels and are more chill and relaxing, others are for the sole purpose of being a party place.

Can you walk around Tulum? ›

While it's possible to walk the 1.8 miles (3km) from Tulum Pueblo to Tulum Playa, it's a long and often sweltering experience. There's a paved path along Avenida Cobá leading to the beach road, but it's also used heavily by cyclists and has little shade… not optimal for walkers.

Should you take jewelry to Mexico? ›

The U.S. State Department advises that when you travel abroad, “Don't bring anything you would hate to lose…. and leave at home valuable or expensive-looking jewelry.” Even in the U.S. as you're traveling or staying in a hotel, expensive jewelry draws unwanted attention.

Is the Riviera Maya safe? ›

Is Riviera Maya Safe to Live? Depending on which area you decide, Riviera Maya is generally considered safe to live in. Akumal is considered to be one of the best places to live in Mexico on the Caribbean coastline with a spectacular bay, underground rivers and a variety of beautiful beaches on offer.

Is Playa del Carmen safe at night? ›

Be extra careful at night in Playa del Carmen

As with many places in the world, most crimes in Playa del Carmen occur at night. Besides being extra careful at the bars in Playa del Carmen, you'll also want to be extra careful when walking alone at night.

What do I need to know before I go to Mexico? ›

8 Practical Tips to Know Before Travel to Mexico
  • Pick the Right Trip. Mexico is an exciting place that offers a lot of unique cultural experiences and gorgeous sights to behold. ...
  • Learn Some Basic Spanish. ...
  • Check the Weather. ...
  • Don't Stress About Safety. ...
  • Get Insured. ...
  • Don't Drink the Water in Mexico. ...
  • Pay with Pesos. ...
  • Use a VPN.

Is Cancun airport safe at night? ›

3 answers. Cancun is quite safe day or night...at the airport walk with a purpose, know which agent/ tour company is picking you up ie look for their signage. Ask for credentials. Don't entertain any sales people other than the ones you've booked.

Is Cabo safer than Cancun? ›

Cancun is quite safe for tourists as long as some basic precautions are taken, like keeping away from deserted areas, not going out at night, and other common-sense rules. The few incidents of crime that do take place here are usually petty theft. Similarly, Cabo is also a relatively safe spot for tourists.

Where do most Americans live in Mexico? ›

Expats tend to flock to the capital, Mexico City (Ciudad de México). With a metropolitan population of over 20 million people, this is not only the most populous city in North America, but also the largest city in the Spanish-speaking world and the sixth-largest city worldwide.

Where is the cheapest and safest place to live in Mexico? ›

Oaxaca is one of the most affordable expat destinations in Mexico, and food, lodging and transport costs are inexpensive.

Where is the bluest water in Mexico? ›

Cancun. Cancun's beaches are some of the most popular in Mexico, recognized for their vast sands and clear blue waters.

Can a US citizen be denied entry back into the USA? ›

The same is true for lawful permanent residents: you generally cannot be denied entry to the United States, but declining to answer questions may result in delay or further inspection.

How much does Covid test cost in Mexico? ›

The cost of rapid antigen testing is $59 USD + VAT tax ($99 USD + VAT tax for concierge). The cost of PCR testing is $125 USD + VAT tax ($179 USD + VAT tax for concierge). Schedule an appointment for each person who needs a test.

Do I need Covid test to fly to Mexico? ›

To this day, there are no entry restrictions in Mexico and no obligation to carry a COVID test or to do quarantine. However, it is mandatory to register on the Mexico Vuela Seguro Platform before boarding and to show the QR code at the arrival airport.

Is $100 a lot of money in Mexico? ›

With today's exchange rates, $100 USD is about $1,900 – $2,000 MXN. Compared to wages, $1,900 MXN is about weeks' worth of salary for most manual labor jobs outside the major cities of Mexico. So for locals that have basic day labor jobs, it is a decent amount of money.

What is the safest place to visit in Mexico 2022? ›

8 Safest Places to Travel in Mexico in 2022
  • Merida.
  • Puerto Vallarta.
  • Campeche.
  • La Paz.
  • Oaxaca.
  • San Cristóbal de las Casas.
  • San Miguel de Allende.
  • Puebla.

Where in Mexico do most expats live? ›

Puerto Vallarta has been an expat haven for decades.
  • Puerto Vallarta: An expat haven by the sea. ...
  • San Miguel de Allende: Rich in culture. ...
  • Mérida: Colonial city living. ...
  • Lake Chapala: Mexico's largest expat hotspot. ...
  • Tulúm: A charming resort town with a Bohemian vibe. ...
  • Huatulco: A hidden gem in southern Mexico.
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Is it safe to drive from Cancun to Tulum 2022? ›

Yes, it is safe to travel from Cancun to Tulum. The road is regularly maintained and the buses are clean and well equipped with air conditioning. Be aware of petty theft in the area and take any necessary precautions as you would normally do when you travel.

How is Tulum right now? ›

Tulum Is In Fact One Of The Safest Beach Spots In Mexico Right Now. As Rosales framed it, Tulum has 'acceptable rates of crime', and although it is much safer than other competitors within and outside Mexico, every single, isolated event is 'replicated' throughout Mexico and even internationally.

Is it safe to travel to Cancun right now 2022? ›

You've read all sorts of articles about new waves of Covid-19, record-beating high temperatures, and rising crime statistics. Well, the good news is that even after taking all of those factors into account, Cancun is a safe destination to visit in 2022.

What parts of Tulum are safe? ›

All of Tulum is safe for tourists. The town itself sees the most activity, and you'll be safe here on the main roads because they're all well-lit and have plenty of pedestrian traffic (most of them tourists). Due to the partying scene, you'll find people around at all hours of the day and night.

Can you swim in the ocean in Tulum? ›

Tulum beaches are swimmable and it should be considered a sin not to get into the water on these stunning beaches.

Where is better Cancun or Tulum? ›

To sum it up, both Cancun and Tulum have great white sand beaches and turquoise water. However, Cancun has undoubtedly the bluest water of the entire Riviera Maya and for that reason, if you want to swim in incredibly blue water, the hotel zone in Cancun has the better beaches.

Are there cartels in Tulum? ›

There are indeed drug cartels operating, local cartels that have been around for a long time, but we have not allowed access to other cartels into Tulum,” he said. David Ortiz-Mena, president of the Tulum Hotel Association, agreed with the police chief's assessment, saying there was no extortion at hotels.

What is the safest city in Mexico? ›

Seven of the safest cities in Mexico
  1. Merida. Widely acknowledged as the safest city in Mexico (and even Latin America), your biggest safety concern in Mérida will probably be the busy traffic. ...
  2. Playa del Carmen. ...
  3. Mexico City. ...
  4. Puerto Vallarta. ...
  5. San Miguel de Allende. ...
  6. Sayulita. ...
  7. Huatulco.

Why is Tulum so popular? ›

The best things to do in Tulum include top attractions of what has very rapidly gone from a sleepy fishing town to a popular holiday destination. A big part of that popularity comes from the stunning natural beauty found all along the coastline, where azure blue Caribbean seas gently lap up amazing white sand beaches.

What do I need to know before I go to Mexico? ›

8 Practical Tips to Know Before Travel to Mexico
  • Pick the Right Trip. Mexico is an exciting place that offers a lot of unique cultural experiences and gorgeous sights to behold. ...
  • Learn Some Basic Spanish. ...
  • Check the Weather. ...
  • Don't Stress About Safety. ...
  • Get Insured. ...
  • Don't Drink the Water in Mexico. ...
  • Pay with Pesos. ...
  • Use a VPN.

Is Cancun airport safe at night? ›

3 answers. Cancun is quite safe day or night...at the airport walk with a purpose, know which agent/ tour company is picking you up ie look for their signage. Ask for credentials. Don't entertain any sales people other than the ones you've booked.

Is Cabo safer than Cancun? ›

Cancun is quite safe for tourists as long as some basic precautions are taken, like keeping away from deserted areas, not going out at night, and other common-sense rules. The few incidents of crime that do take place here are usually petty theft. Similarly, Cabo is also a relatively safe spot for tourists.

How long is the ride from Cancun to Tulum? ›

The ride from Cancun to Tulum will take you around 90 minutes. Keep in mind that there are at least 3 police checkpoints on highway 307.

What is the best time to visit Tulum Mexico? ›

The best time to visit is between February and May when the weather is most settled. The hottest month of the year is May with an average daily maximum of 36 C and an average low of 23 C. The coolest month of the year is December with an average daily maximum of 28 C and an average low of 20 C.

Is it worth going to Tulum? ›

Hell yes! It's cheaper than Cancun, and it's quieter and more laid back than Cozumel. It's a great place to base yourself for the cenotes and the ruins, and there's always something going on at the beach or in one of the cool bars.

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