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
StateFlag of Quintana Roo.svg Quintana Roo
MunicipalityTULUM.png Tulum
10 m (30 ft)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Southeast (US Eastern))
Postal Code
Area code(s)984
Tulum Avenue, main street in town

Tulum ( pronounced [tuˈlum ˈ]) 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 municipality had a 2020 census population of 46,721 inhabitants.


As recently as the early 1990s Tulum 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 cabañas on the beach. As of the 2020 census, population of Tulum municipality has grown to 46,721 permanent inhabitants with the addition of a number of residential developments in the jungle areas nearest Tulum's downtown.[1] With the rapid increase in tourism, vacation rentals, small hotels and hostels, as well as restaurants and bars the town is getting more and more popular. Grocery stores, boutiques, bicycle rentals, gyms, tour operators, banks, ATMs, internet cafes, and various other commercial stores are available in Tulum town. 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 and restaurants on the Tulum beach has grown to over 70 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. Due to the increasing popularity of the place, the inexpensive cabañas with hammocks that could be rented some years ago are not available anymore, the prices now have gone very high, especially on the "hotel zone". Most accommodations remain rustic-style, but electricity in the "hotel zone" arrived in 2020 with most of the hotels and main restaurants now making use of it.

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 placed 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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