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Tulum Announces New Noise Control Law Effective November 1st

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Tulum has announced that it will be implementing a new noise control law, which is set to become effective from November 1st. The coastal town has long since suffered from complaints at the hands of locals and travelers alike about the loud music and local festivities carrying on into the early hours of the morning. Of the millions of travelers that descend upon the Mexican Caribbean each year, not everyone has partying on their itineraries – meaning the noise levels can be a trip-ruining nuisance. 

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With this law, however, officials will be hoping that such grievances are a thing of the past, with respite from the noise set to be granted at long last – along with other tourism-friendly changes that travelers are also likely to benefit from. Here’s everything we know about this positive change set to come into effect in Tulum next week and the impact it could have on tourism to the region – both good and bad. 

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Tulum’s Noisy Reputation – Information For Travelers

Whilst it might be expected that a destination with a thriving nightlife scene like Tulum tends to get on the noisy side at times, that doesn’t mean it should ruin a casual traveler’s vacation – or at least that is the view taken by many travelers. A cursory search of Google and social media shows that there are more than a few travelers who are concerned about noise levels in Tulum, forcing them to stay in other towns instead and causing the destination to lose money as a result. 

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Tulum has listened to the will of the locals and travelers alike, introducing laws in the past to try and remedy the situation. Just last month, Tulum introduced a law that mandated all bars and clubs must refrain from playing loud music by 12 am at night – a move that was both a win for casual travelers and frustrated locals and a major blow to the scores of travelers who visit the city every year looking to have the night of their lives. This week, however, the city will be taking things up a notch with a new set of controls. 

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New Tulum Noise Control Laws – What Travelers Should Know

Just last week, the Tulum City Council revealed its latest round of measures designed to keep noise levels in the city down to a minimum. Chief amongst them was a measure that means noise levels must be kept below 65 decibels (dB) from 1 am onwards. For reference, a normal conversation is thought to be 60 dB, whilst the sound of a hair dryer is 70 dB – meaning frustrated travelers will finally be able to get a good night’s rest with no loud noises to keep them up. 

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That wasn’t the only change brought in by the Tulum City Council. From 1 am onwards, the sale of food and alcohol will be prohibited, whilst establishments will have to fully close and switch off their lights by 1:30 am, lessening the risk of the partier carrying on behind closed doors or spilling out on the streets. Whilst most will welcome these changes, travelers fond of picking Tulum as their premier party destination are out of luck and may have to find other places to visit instead. 

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Each of these changes is only applicable in Tulum’s Coastal Zone of the municipality, which means there is still the chance parties will continue into the night in other parts of the city. Both of the new laws are set to go into effect from Tuesday, November 1st, just in time for what is looking to be a sell-out of a season across the entire Mexican Caribbean. 


Whilst it’s hoped by tourism officials that the move will elevate Tulum’s status as a top-quality destination and may help to attract a new type of traveler to its shores, there are bound to be many travelers who are dismayed at the news that the region is set to lose one of its most fun destinations, and may look to stay in neighboring Cancun instead. Regardless, Tulum still has plenty to offer travelers and doesn’t look like it will be losing any of its popularity any time soon. 

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