Tulum Mexico is No Cancun

January 29th, 2013 by
Categories: Mexico

Tulum turquoise waterTulum Mexico -- The all-inclusive Cancun resorts are not known for topless women on the beach or Argentinians with scraggly beards playing Gypsy music.

But that’s the norm in Tulum, a Mexican seaside spot south of Cancun that attracts a mix of bohemians, well-to-do New Age types and sun-seekers to its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.

Despite its proximity to Cancun and its fellow party neighbor Playa del Carmen, Tulum is not for the same spring break crowd.

“The college kids go to Cancun. The professors and teacher assistants come to Tulum,” said Richard Contreras, whose family has managed properties in Tulum for nearly a decade.

That doesn’t mean Tulum is cheap. We couldn’t find a room on the beach for less than $150 a night that came with a bathroom. Meals nearby cost just as much as they do in my hometown of Seattle.

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