The Ideal Weekend in Tulum Itinerary

Genaveve Davis
Genaveve Davis
Art history nerd, foodie, and bookworm who caught the travel bug. Can't wait to share my adventures with you!

Are you thinking of visiting Tulum? This Mexican town has soared in popularity in recent years, and in this itinerary, we will show you how to make the most out of a couple of days there!

Tips for Plus-Size Travelers

  • Tulum can be hot, hot, hot! If you find hot climates uncomfortable but still really want to visit Tulum, definitely during their dry season (November to April) when the weather is a little cooler. Whenever you visit, make sure that you book a hotel with air conditioning!  
  • Many people travel around Tulum by bike. You might find this a great way to get around – but do whatever you are comfortable with. There is no Uber in Tulum, but there are plenty of taxis, and if you want to take some day trips from the town, hiring a car is quite popular in this part of Mexico. 
  • A lot of Mexicans are plus-size, and the country is generally very accommodating to plus-size travelers. 
  • If you are flying from the states, you’ll have plenty of choices for flights to Cancun, enabling you to choose a plus-size-friendly airline, such as Delta! 

Tulum Itinerary: Day 1

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Visit Tulum's Archaeological Zone

The ancient Mayan Ruins are one of the most famous places to visit in Tulum and all of Mexico. While there are some better-preserved ruins elsewhere in the country, Tulum’s enviable location right on the beach makes them a must-do while you’re in the area! Visiting the ruins can also give you an opportunity to better understand the history of Tulum and the cultures that have prospered there. 

I would recommend arriving at the ruins as early as possible, so you can beat the heat and the crowds! It takes about two hours to walk around all of the ruins. To get here, you will need to either take a taxi or drive a rental car.

If you’re looking for more tips on how to best explore the ruins, check out Jeff Jenkins’, Head of Chubby Diaries, post on Tulum’s Archaeological Zone which you can find here

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Hit the Beach!

Once you’ve finished touring the ruins, I recommend spending the rest of the day at the beach! Some of Tulum’s most beautiful beaches are right by the ruins, meaning you can spend the whole day in the area.

We recommend visiting Playa Paraiso if you’re looking for a white beach and turquoise waters nearby the ruins. 

Time for a Delicious Dinner

For dinner, I recommend checking out Arca in Mexico’s middle beach zone. This is a high-end restaurant, and booking is essential. Arca’s menu is made up of a series of small plates or tapas made from micro-seasonal produce and ingredients cooked in an open fire. Trust me, you won’t want to miss catching a meal here. There’s a reason why Arca made it to our Ideal Weekend in Tulum Itinerary.

Tulum Itinerary: Day 2

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Snorkel in a Cenote

One of the things that Tulum is most famous for is its Cenotes! Cenotes are giant sinkholes full of rain and groundwater and marine life. They’re perfect for helping you cool down from your adventures through the jungle and serve as great spots for snorkeling or diving. Two that I recommend visiting, in particular, are the Cenote dos Ojos and the Casa Cenote.

 

I would recommend getting to the Cenote that you choose early before they are crowded with people. You can either swim, snorkel or dive or just enjoy the surrounding nature. All of the cenotes are best accessed with a car.

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Visit Tulum Pueblo

After visiting the Cenotes, it’s time to explore Tulum pueblo! This is the most authentic part of the town and is a must-visit for anyone interested in Mexican culture. You can walk, drive, or ride a bike around this area of the city! Make sure to keep an eye out for street art.

Last Meal

For your last dinner in Tulum, I recommend trying La Hoja Verde, a trendy vegetarian restaurant in the town. Meals here often leave patrons feeling content and refreshed. 

Alternatively, you can’t go wrong with buying some tacos from local street vendors or checking out a spot from our list of top restaurants in Tulum!

Tulum is an incredible town that is well worth visiting. Follow our Ideal Weekend in Tulum Itinerary and enjoy your amazing Mexican adventure!

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