Before You Go: Tulum Mexico Travel Tips

Tulum itself is a beautiful place to visit and I look forward to experiencing it again one day but there are some things I would of loved to know prior to booking.

Below are a few tips to give you more insight as what you might encounter or experience.

Getting there:

Tulum is a coastal town on the eastern part of the Yucatán Peninsula. The nearest city with an airport is Cancun. We booked our flight through Google Flight, but you can also find great deals on apps like Sky Scanner or Hopper.

Tulum is a coastal town on the eastern part of the Yucatán Peninsula. The nearest city with an airport is Cancun. We booked our flight through Google Flight, but you can also find great deals on apps like Sky Scanner or Hopper.

Before our flight, we already booked a car from Advantage Rent A Car through Expedia, thinking it was the best option.  We arrived at Cancun Airport at 7 AM but wasted three hours making multiple phone calls with Advantage and Expedia. At around 10 AM, we finally got a hold of our shuttle service. It was a lesson learned for us not to book with Advantage and make prior arrangements with a reliable rental company.

Transportation

  • If you want to travel like a local, hop on the ADO bus that takes five daily trips from Cancun Airport to Tulum center―12:05 AM, 11:05 AM, 12:25 PM, 3:15 PM, and 7:45 PM.
  • There are also shared airport shuttles that generally carry up to 12 passengers. Another option is hiring a private driver. This is probably the priciest option, so better practice your haggling skills!
  • Rental car prices have hidden charges that might ruin your budget. For instance, the rental rate listed on Expedia was just $4/day for a total quoted price of $36. But once you arrive, you’ll be shocked by the whopping insurance costs and other extra fees that would sum up to a total of $246!
  • Don’t rent from any of the off brand rental companies that are not at the actual airport and require a shuttle because their shuttles don’t pick up at regular times and change at random.
  • If you try to use your personal insurance coverage to save on the overall rental prices, they will charge you a $15,000 deposit.

Avoid Scammers

  • Do not speak to any of the well-dressed men and women that are standing at booths near the airport exit. These people are targeting you to sell you timeshare scams. To read about ways to avoid scams abroad and find out what happened to us, click here.
  • Have your money exchanged at your hotel, which is much cheaper than at the airport. If you’re staying at an Airbnb, google an exchange rate establishment and call for their rates before to avoid being ripped off.

From Cancun to Tulum, we spent around two hours traveling the 130 highway. There aren’t many scenic views along the way, besides armed law enforcement officers with huge weaponry randomly posted throughout.  I guess they’re there to make us feel safe, but it’s a little startling to see.

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Traveling to Tulum While Black Tip:

An honest observation, it seems that the locals here don’t want to be bothered and that there is an apparent issue of colorism. They aren’t as warm or inviting as the people we encountered in Los Cabo’s and were at times dismissive mainly towards me vs. Dave. We were also stared at a lot and people would make statements of a surprise to learn that we were together. Looking at us both, up and down, with a look of confusion. I wish this was all in my head and that I wasn’t being treated differently but I can definitely sense the subjective eyes of the locals.

At one point, while boarding Aeromexico airlines, the flight attendant greeted the Hispanic woman who was boarding before me by saying hello. She then ignores me and proceeds to greet my husband who is a Latino with a friendly hello. So, in case you notice the inferior tone of Tulum, don’t be put off. Continue to enjoy yourself and create memories regardless of anyone’s contrary viewpoints. Our black magic will continue to explore all that the world has to offer. The more we make our presence known throughout the world the more people can have the opportunity to experience the beauty of our people.

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