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Tulum Announces New Closing Times For Bars And Clubs

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Tulum, a popular resort destination in southern Quintana Roo, has just announced new closing times for bars and nightclubs in the area.

The move is part of a wider effort by officials to crack down on excessive noise levels, an issue that has been affecting resort hotspots across the Mexican Caribbean. 

Nightlife in the Mexican Caribbean with travelers and locals

For a growing number of travelers and locals, noise pollution emanating from the bustling bar and nightclub areas is starting to affect the quality of life, interrupting a good night’s sleep or just being a nuisance.

In Tulum, one of the most sought-after party hubs in the Mexican Caribbean, officials are taking things into their own hands and have announced new regulations to tackle noise levels. 

An authentic Tulum bar with palm trees

Under the new framework, noise levels in bars, restaurants, and nightclubs in Tulum’s coastal area – where most popular nightlife establishments are located  – cannot exceed 65 decibels after 1 A.M.

They will also have to shut down by 1:30 A.M. fully. 

Meanwhile, establishments in Tulum’s downtown area will have slightly more generous closing times, and are allowed to play music until 2 A.M., and will have to close their doors by latest 2:30 A.M. 

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Beachgoers in Tulum on a white sand beach with palm trees

The new measures came into effect on Friday, March 17 this year, and are expected to remain in place throughout the busy spring and summer season.

Although authorities hope local establishments will abide by the new regulations, law enforcement will also be patrolling Tulum nightclubs to ensure compliance. 

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Young travelers inside a Mexican Caribbean nightclub

Noise levels are most commonly measured in decibels (dB), a mathematical unit that describes the intensity of a sound.

A decibel level of 65 corresponds to the sound of human laughter or a conversation, meaning that Tulum nightclubs and bars will have to decrease music volume to comply with the new rules significantly.

That being said, travelers will still be able to enjoy Tulum’s bustling nightlife until 1 A.M., giving them plenty of time to make the most of what this Caribbean town offers.

Visitors that want to party longer can always opt for establishments in Tulum’s downtown area, where bars and clubs are allowed to play music for longer.

Partygoers holding drinks in a Tulum nightclub

This is not the first time Tulum officials have announced measures to quell noise levels; the city has been a hotspot for all sorts of concerts and music festivals for some time already, prompting authorities to create regulations that ensure optimal quality of life for residents and visitors. 

Other Mexican Caribbean resort destinations, including Cancun and Playa del Carmen, have considered applying similar measures as those found in Tulum.

With many travelers choosing the Mexican Caribbean for quiet and peace of mind, excessive noise levels could damage the reputation of one of the world’s leading regions for travel.

dj playing to crowd

Tulum Announces New Safety Measures For Spring

In addition to new regulations on sound levels, Tulum has also stepped up security efforts ahead of the spring and summer travel season.

Crime rates have reportedly been on the rise in Tulum, with cases of shootings and armed robberies scaring travelers away.

Troops from the Mexican Navy patrolling Isla Mujeres

According to local officials, more than 70 units from the Mexican Navy are expected to join forces with 150 local law enforcement officers to patrol busy touristy areas. Some of Tulum’s most popular attractions will see more patrols, including its main beaches and especially its massive archeological zone.

Authorities will also install new permanent checkpoints along entry points to Tulum in an effort to crack down on organized crime. Officials say that they will also increase surveillance of Tulum’s vast ecological reserves, which are an important attraction for travelers but also a security concern.

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Monday 20th of March 2023

Good..........bye. Hahaha 🙂

Sarah T.

Monday 20th of March 2023

Clap! Clap! Clap! Finally. Used to go to Tulum every year but stopped going because of the excessive noise at night from places like Taboo and around, Tulum used to be a quiet and heavenly destination until it got packed witg pot heads and drug addicts.


Monday 20th of March 2023

@Sarah T., agreed.

Loraine Devlin

Monday 20th of March 2023

@Sarah T., ok Karen go somewhere more suitable for you like give me a f*#^$# break lmfao


Sunday 19th of March 2023

We are going to party in Tulum, not to sleep. With this measure Tulum will loose all his charm. This is a huge advantage for Cartagena de Indias and Bali , because there the party goes till the morning. We, as europeans, we're going to Tulum to part in the winter like during the summer in Ibiza or Mykonos. This is an bad measure, tourists will start loosing interests in going to Tulum, because Tulum is a party hotspot not an asylum. If someone want to sleep goes to Playa del Carmen, not to Tulum.


Tuesday 21st of March 2023

@Daniel, the poor locals the work for the rich tourists in Tulum want to sleep sometimes. Or maybe you invite some of them to party at your home.


Monday 20th of March 2023

@Daniel, some go to the beautiful beaches to rest and relax.


Monday 20th of March 2023

@Daniel, Good.....bye. hahaha 🤣