Tulum, Quintana Roo

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The town of Tulum along Highway 307
The town of Tulum along Highway 307
Tulum Pueblo
Tulum is located in Mexico
Location within Mexico
Coordinates: 20°12′43″N 87°27′57″W / 20.21194°N 87.46583°W / 20.21194; -87.46583Coordinates: 20°12′43″N 87°27′57″W / 20.21194°N 87.46583°W / 20.21194; -87.46583
Country Mexico
StateMexico stateflags Quintana Roo.png Quintana Roo
MunicipalityTULUM.png Tulum
10 m (30 ft)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Southeast (US Eastern))
Postal Code
Area code(s)984

Tulum (sometimes Tulum Pueblo, pronounced [tuˈlum ˈpweβlo]) 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. It is also the setting for Raymond Avery Bartlett's 2015 novel, Sunsets of Tulum.


As recently as the early 1990s 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 jungle areas nearest Tulum's downtown.[1] With the increase in tourism, vacation rentals, 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, and various other commercial stores are available in Tulum Pueblo. Spanish Language Schools are popular in Tulum, including Meztli Spanish Language School and Jardin Espanol.[2]

Since 13 March 2008, the town is head of the newly founded municipality (município), the ninth in Quintana Roo.[3]

Zona Hotelera Tulum[edit]

Two kilometers from the town center, the "hotel zone" of boutique hotels on the Tulum beach has grown to over 70 small hotels.[4] 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, some of which have received significant praise in the international press.[5] There are also a few beach clubs and public beaches. 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[edit]

About 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Tulum, a new international airport was announced. In March 2011, the bidding for construction contracts was to be concluded.[6]

As of April 2014, all projects related with the Tulum Airport were no longer available through official sites, and after the installation of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as president in 2018, emphasis was on the high speed trans-peninsula train, the Tren Maya.[7]

However in recent years plans were reinstituted and the airport is scheduled to open in 2023.[8]


  1. ^ "Localidades y su población por municipio según tamaño de localidad" (PDF). INEGI (in Spanish). 28 February 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Tulum Maps App". Todotulum: The Tulum Experts. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Aprueba Congreso creación del noveno municipio: Tulum". Noticaribe (in Spanish). 13 March 2008. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008.
  4. ^ "All Tulum Hotels". All Tulum Hotels. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ Moskin, Julia (10 March 2014). "Rewriting the Menu in Tulum". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Avanza Tulum Hacia Su Transformación: González Canto". Blog Gubernamental (in Spanish). Gobierno del Estado de Quintana Roo. 18 September 2009. Archived from the original on 2 December 2009.
  7. ^ Cabrera, Eduardo (10 March 2014). "Pone en marcha SCT proyecto de tren transpeninsular en Quintana Roo". Imagen Radio (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Tulum will get a new luxury airport in 2023", Forbes (EE.UU.), October 7, 2020

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