Tulum is a hidden gem. It’s increasingly growing because the secret is getting out about how beautiful and affordable it is. It’s about an hour and a half away from Cancun, Mexico. A friend and I rented a car, but honestly, you really don’t need to. If you do rent a car though, beware of the car insurance fees. Once you get there, there is another fee for full coverage (which you would want) and it is an extra 100+ dollars on your total. You can fly into Cancun Airport (CUN) and take a bus to and from the city center in Tulum. While in Tulum, you can either rent bikes or stay somewhere that provides them with your stay. Bikes are the best way to get around as long as you don’t mind a little exercise. Tulum is filled to the brim with culture, amazing Vegan food, and beautiful beaches and swimming holes that they call cenotes.
FAVORITE THINGS TO DO
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Where to stay
I don’t have enough kind words to describe Lum Hostel. Truly, my favorite hostel I have stayed at to this day (and I have stayed at so many hostels while traveling). It’s under a year old and it every single nook and cranny is BEAUTIFUL! I mean look at the courtyard! There is a small little bar where they have fun drinks every night and ping pong. Lum is only $19 a night (cash only) AND it comes with free bikes! You can’t beat it.
Lum was so welcoming and kind to us. They have activities lined up all day everyday. The staff members there are truly the best. We left with so many new friends and spent most of our free time hanging with everyone.