Tulum, Quintana Roo
|Elevation||10 m (30 ft)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)|
|Major Airport||Cancún International Airport|
Tulum (sometimes Tulum Pueblo) is the largest community in the municipality of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is located on the Caribbean coast of the state, near the site of the archaeological ruins of Tulum. The community had a 2010 census population of 18,233 inhabitants.
Several years ago, Tulum Pueblo was a quiet village 2 km (1.5 mi) from the archaeological site, and tourism outside of the ruins was limited to a few small shops and simple cabanas on the beach. As of the 2010 census, population of Tulum Pueblo has grown to 18,233 permanent inhabitants with the addition of a number of residential developments in the Tulum jungle. With the increase in tourism, small hotels and hostels, as well as restaurants and bars populate the town. Grocery stores, boutiques, bicycle rentals, gyms, tour operators, banks, ATMs, internet cafes, language schools and various other commercial stores are available in Tulum Pueblo.
Zona Hotelera Tulum
The "hotel zone" of boutique hotels on the Tulum beach has grown to over 70 small hotels. Most of them are cabañas built in the traditional Maya style with thatched palm roofs though there are some more high end hotels as well. There are many new restaurants, particularly on the jungle side of the road, as well as a few beach clubs. Inexpensive cabañas with hammocks are still available, but are rare. Most accommodations remain rustic as electricity in the "hotel zone" is either non-existent or is generated on site.
Tulum International Airport
About 20 km north of Tulum, a new international airport was announced. In March 2011 the bidding for construction contracts was to be concluded.
As of April of 2014, all projects related with the Tulum Airport are no longer available through official sites. The high speed trans-peninsula train is now the main project for the area.