By now you’ve almost certainly heard of Tulum, that leafy green wonderland on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Tulum is eco-friendly and trendy: It’s known for postcard-perfect ruins that sit right on the ocean, hip yoga retreats and a buzzy, upscale restaurant scene
But true travelers will tell you that staying in Tulum is much more than downward dog and cocktails: A visit here affords a slate of off-the-beaten path adventures you may not have heard about in the latest fashion mag. Sure, a few of them require some trekking, but those are precisely the kinds of adventures that let you truly get to know a place.
Here’s why you should visit Tulum, for reals.
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A relatively short drive
takes you from Tulum to Akumal, where you can swim with turtles galore in stunning Akumal Bay
. Join a tour
if you must, but we recommend going it solo and swimming right up to your hard-shelled friends, completely free. (Just don’t pet them, of course.)
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The Tulum region is known for its cenotes
, naturally-occurring sinkholes home to some of the clearest water you’ll ever see. Some are more popular
than others: Find a less crowded one, like Cenote Azul
, and join local families for a picnic by the shore.
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is world famous, and it’s less than two hours away. Tack a wild night in Cancun onto the start or end of your tranquil Tulum trip? it’s near the airport! and you won?t regret it.
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