Spotlight on Tulum
Tulum is a laid-back but beautiful beach town on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, situated some 80 miles south of Cancun. It marks the southernmost boundary of the region known as the Riviera Maya (the area to the south of here is known as the Costa Maya). While Tulum is cherished for its gorgeous beaches and upscale hippie vibe, the town is probably most famous for its impressive Mayan archaeological site, set dramatically on a clifftop overlooking a stunning stretch of turquoise ocean. The entire town is divided into two distinct areas: the lively, if rather scruffy, main town center is set right beside the highway, while the hotel zone, or “Zona Hotelera,” is located on a more secluded stretch of jungle and beachfront leading towards the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. While many travelers don’t linger in Tulum after visiting the ruins, they’re missing out: it’s well worth spending a few days to soak up the relaxed, eco-friendly vibe, stunningly wild beaches, and excellent dining, drinking and spa opportunities.