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New Program Launched In Tulum To Increase Tourist Safety Over Holiday Season 

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The Mexican Caribbean is gearing up for a busy holiday season, with each vacation destination in the area making its own preparations to deal with the influx of tourists that will be visiting the region.  In Tulum, a new program is being launched to increase tourist safety over the holiday season.  The program involves strengthening security in Tulum in order to protect not only the residents and business owners of the city but the thousands of tourists that are expected to visit as well.   

Police Car on Tulum Street with palm trees in the background.

The program, called the Guadalupe-Reyes program, was launched on December 9th by Tulum municipal president, Marciano Dzul.  The Tulum Civil Protection Coordination will be in charge of the enhanced security program but will receive assistance from other agencies.  The Ministry of National Defense, the Secretariat of Public Security and Citizen Protection, and the National Guard will all play a role in maintaining security measures. 

Army Officers on Tulum Beach walking on the sand with the sea in the background.

After meeting and establishing safety and crime prevention procedures, officials implemented the program that will continue through the end of the year.  The security enhancements will apply to area beaches, streets in Tulum, and other areas of the city that will be popular during the holiday season.  This will ensure a more secure environment for everyone in Tulum throughout the very busy season ahead. 

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Military on Tulum Street driving down the road in front of a restaurant.

Tulum is located about 2.5 hours from the Cancun Hotel Zone but Cancun International airport is only about an hour and forty-five minutes from Tulum.  This is the airport that tourists fly into when visiting the smaller Mexican Caribbean vacation destination because as of right now the city doesn’t have its own airport.  There has been talk about building an airport in Tulum but the project has dealt with some hiccups along the way, and as of right now it’s anyone’s guess whether the project will end with the completion of the airport.   

Tulum Police Vehicle parked on a street in front of a building with palm trees in front.

Tulum has grown in popularity significantly in recent years, and this year has been particularly successful for the city in regard to tourism.  Tulum, along with nearby Playa del Carmen, has broken records for the number of tourists that have visited the two popular Mexican Caribbean vacation destinations.  Between the two, more than 800,000 tourists visited just between the months of June and August, compared to just over 600,000 that visited in 2019, which was their previous record-breaking year. 

Police car Tulum near the beach parked on the side of the road.

Tulum is popular for many of the same reasons Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and other Mexican Caribbean destinations are popular but it also has its own unique offerings.  The city offers close access to Mayan ruins, with seaside ruins located right in the city and many more nearby.  It is also in close proximity to many of the best cenotes in the region, where visitors can swim in the water-filled limestone sinkholes.   

Lifeguards on Tulum Beach patrolling the beach on an ATV.

Other attractions that make Tulum a favorite vacation destination, particularly among American tourists, are the beautiful beaches, the nearby adventure parks, the charming town center, called Tulum Pueblo, and the nearby jungle.  Visitors can explore some of these attractions on their own or join in on a tour that may include multiple attractions in one day.  There is so much to see in Tulum visitors will require multiple days, though, to see all that this gem of a city has to offer. 

Police Cars in Tulum Mexico parked on the street with policemen standing by the vehicles.

During the holiday season, there are even more reasons to visit Tulum, as the city is known for its holiday celebrations, for both Christmas and New Year’s.  And now, with the new security program implemented, tourists can feel safe visiting Tulum to celebrate the holidays along with the locals. 

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