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The small town of Tulum, on the Riviera Maya, is most famous for its coastal Mayan ruin site, but visitors also head here for relaxation, the beach and to dive the Cenotes and cave systems.

Located almost two hours drive south of Cancun, this small inland town on the Yucatan peninsula is renowned for its seclusion and tranquil surroundings.

The picturesque Mayan ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, with the powder white sand Paradise Beach lying directly below.

There are accommodation choices for all budgets here, especially along the beach strip which has a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere along with authentic cafes and restaurants. At the southern end, the Mayan Arch is the gateway to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a natural wonder featuring beaches, dunes and rainforest habitats.

The highlight for divers and snorkellers is ease of access to the Mesoamerican reef, as well as Cenotes sites such as Angelita, Calavera and Gran Cenote. Nine out of ten of the biggest underwater cave systems are located within half an hour of Tulum, perfect for cave diving enthusiasts looking to explore the complex and highly decorated sites.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, spotted eagle ray, southern stingray, nurse shark, lobster
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Underworld Tulum

Built for divers, by divers, this intimate resort is perfectly located for exploring the caves and caverns of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico. The accommodation is suitable for small group travel.