Vacation-busting weather has been making headlines in some areas of Mexico, like Los Cabos, as well as large portions of California battered by high winds and severe amounts of rain.
So far, the magical destination of Tulum has been spared the same fate as its northeastern rival, although currently, the future forecast isn’t shaping up to keep that positive news in place.
Out in the Atlantic, a whole host of worrying weather fronts are forming, which points to a potentially rough few months for the whole of the Caribbean.
But the news isn’t all bad; thanks to the relatively high number of islands in the Caribbean Sea that these storms need to pass through to reach Tulum, the vast majority of storms will lose their bite by the time they make landfall.
What The Forecast Says
The latest forecast tells us that cyclone activity in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean is building up.
At the moment, warnings have been given for sporadic heavy rain throughout the months of September, October, and November.
The big talking point though for travelers is what this means for swimming conditions in the usually inviting waters around Tulum.
Even when these storms completely miss Tulum, which they often do, the effect they have on currents and swells in the water is felt throughout the Caribbean, including Tulum.
The likelihood of seeing both red and black beach flags being flown from September to November is therefore, high. And it’s highly likely we could see months of yellow beach flags planted throughout Tulum’s beaches.
The Good News
The good news for travelers is that if you choose Tulum as your vacation destination, this corner of the Mexican Caribbean offers a lot more than just the beach.
Experience Mayan History
Set on a cliff top overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Tulum ruins have quickly become one of the Riviera Maya’s most popular attractions.
This is an awesome chance to experience a piece of Mayan Empire history and learn about the long and important history of Tulum.
Additionally, just a short journey from Tulum is the Coba ruins. Here, travelers can find a huge Mayan pyramid that visitors are still welcome to climb to the top of and experience truly breathtaking views, a privilege no longer available at the more famous Chichen Itza.
Scratch The Swimmers Itch
If the loss of swimming in a more natural environment than the resort pool weighs heavy, you can scratch the itch and one of the many beautiful and clean cenotes that surround Tulum.
The following are just a handful of the easy-to-reach cenote swimming options near Tulum:
- Dos Ojos
- Gran Cenote
- Sac Actun
Experience Tulum’s Bohemian Side
Until relatively recently, Tulum was considered to be an off-the-beaten-track destination, home to local fishermen, hippies, bohemian travelers, and a steady stream of backpackers.
The town has changed a lot, but the hippie edge remains in many areas, including in the form of many fantastic little boutique stores that stock handmade goods, as well as carvings and sculptures inspired by the local culture.
Browsing through these super-individual stores is a great way to pass an afternoon at least, and they offer a wide variety of souvenirs.
A Town Of A Thousand Flavors
The food scene in Tulum is absolutely fantastic, and working through the huge number of options for dining here is rarely completed on a single vacation.
The resorts and boutique hotels in the destination provide fantastic meals and bring flavors from all over the world to this corner of the Mexican Caribbean.
Stepping out of just about every accommodation complex in Tulum, travelers will find a world of outstanding Mexican and Mayan street food stalls, traditional local restaurants, as well as a whole host of newly minted high-end dining establishments.
Whether travelers are looking for a small mid-day snack or a full 5-course tasting menu, Tulum promises to deliver.
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