Over the years, Tulum has become a favorite destination for people seeking that on-trend vacation. Located only two hours south of Cancun, fashionable Tulum is a much smaller town than its super-club compadre, but it has a big personality.
Always popular with couples and groups, Tulum has more recently become a hotspot for people holidaying alone. This is due to its friendly atmosphere, smaller hotels, its great safety record, and masses of group activities and tours.
Here are some tips to help you get the most from your solo vacation in Tulum.
Plan your transport ahead
It can be intimidating arriving somewhere alone, so make sure you know where you’re going and how you’ll get there. Arriving at Cancun International Airport, you can book a cab transfer straight to Tulum before you arrive, so you’ll have someone waiting for you on arrival. And with its own airport due to open in 2023, you’ll soon be able to fly into Tulum directly.
Make sure you know the name of your hotel and have the address easily accessible. People are friendly and will be happy to help you find your way.
Seek out your perfect accommodation
Tulum has some great options when it comes to hotels. Tulum Pueblo is the buzzing downtown area where you’ll find small, independent hotels. Tulum Playa is home to the famous white-sand beaches, as well as gorgeous beachfront eco-hotels.
Traveling alone, your accommodation choice is important. Tulum hotels tend to be on the smaller side, which is a positive for solo visitors because you’ll receive a more personal service than you might in the mega-resorts of other destinations.
Join a group tour of Tulum’s Mayan ruins
One of the best aspects of vacationing alone is choosing when to enjoy your own company, and when to socialize. Joining a tour group’s a great way to meet fellow vacationers (and of course there’s the bonus of having someone to take your photo!).
Some of the best tours include Tulum’s ancient Mayan ruins, which are set spectacularly on a clifftop overlooking the beautiful beach below. You could try this Tulum Ruins tour, which includes transportation to and from your Tulum hotel.
Meet fellow vacationers in a yoga class
Tulum is one of Mexico’s best-known destinations for wellbeing and is a particularly eco-conscious part of the Yucatan.
Naturally, you’ll find the best yoga facilities here and when you’re on a solo vacation, joining a yoga class is the perfect way to maintain a sense of calm, and also meet other visitors. One of Tulum’s premier yoga spaces is found at Sanara hotel, a beachfront idyll with multiple daily yoga classes.
Enjoy Tulum’s amazing dining scene
In recent years, Tulum has become synonymous with good food. And although food’s generally more expensive than in other parts of the Riviera Maya, the quality easily justifies the cost.
Eating alone can be intimidating and if the idea’s unappealing, you could join a great initiative called Tulum: Mexican Dining Experience, a communal dinner for up to 21 people, where you’ll sample new foods, learn how to mix cocktails and make new friends along the way.
Relax at one of Tulum’s beach clubs
Spending the day at a beach club is a must-do activity in Tulum. And there are plenty to choose from along the miles of breathtaking beaches.
One of the most famous beach clubs in Tulum is Papaya Playa Project, a music-centric beach club that’s been completely refurbed during the pandemic. Or for full-on luxury, try Casa Malca, an upmarket hotel and beach club with high-end restaurants, a spa, and even an outdoor art gallery.
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