Mayan Ruins of Tulum, Mexico

The first in a series of posts about my recent Western Caribbean cruise, I’m sharing a few highlights from our visit to the Mayan Ruins in Tulum, Mexico.

Mayan Ruins of Tulum

Earlier this month my husband and I went on a Western Caribbean Cruise aboard the Crown Princess.

Beach Club in Tulum

My third time partnering with Princess Cruises, this trip was especially wonderful for two reasons: it was our first time traveling solo without our kids (7 years!!) and our first time vacationing some place warm in the middle of winter.

Tulum Rich Beach Club Swing Chair

Spoiler Alert: It won’t be our last.

Skagway - Asher on Train

Why we waited so long to travel without our little ones? Truth be told: we LOVE traveling with our kids. In fact, you can read all about our Alaskan family cruise here.

Tulum Beach Nook

One of the highlights of our cruise was the excursion we took to the Tulum Mayan Ruins. To get there, you hop on a 45 minute ferry from the Port of Cozumel which takes you to Playa del Carmen.

Tulum Overlook Beach

Once there, you board a bus for a 50 minute drive south to Tulum. To put it in perspective another way: the Mayan Ruins of Tulum are a 90 minute drive south of the Cancun international airport.

Tulum Mayan Ruins

While it is a bit of a journey to get there, once you arrive you see why people make the trek! It is truly mind blowing to think about how all of the pyramids and structures were made without any modern tools.

Tulum Beach Turqoise Waters

Perhaps even more notable is the breathtaking view of turquoise waters and pink sandy beaches.

Tulum Mexican Drinks
Tulum Fruit Stand.jpg

During your visit to the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, there are plenty of authentic eats and treats including Mexican restaurants, tropical fruit stands, micheladas and more.

Tulum Boat on Water

Personally, I could spend the whole time looking at the water. While I’ve traveled to many destinations throughout Mexico, I’ve never seen beaches as beautiful as those in Tulum.

Tulum Ruins

Between the awe-inspiring Mayan Ruins and spectacular beach views, Tulum is not to be missed during your next visit to Cozumel or Playa del Carmen.

Tulum Beach with Palm Tree and Sand

Stay tuned as I will be sharing more about our Western Caribbean Cruise in the weeks to come, including a look inside our visit to Roatan, Honduras!

Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach and Cliff

Your passport is waiting.

Disclosure: Princess Cruise Line hosted us during our recent Western Caribbean cruise. While I have been compensated to write this post, all thoughts are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Lemon Bowl possible. 

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2 thoughts on “Mayan Ruins of Tulum, Mexico”

  1. Those beaches were absolutely stunning! I cannot believe how blue that water is. I have friends who have gone down to the ruins and have said that they are incredible. There is so much history that there is to know about places like that. You go there and can’t help but asking yourself what in the world could have occurred on the very grounds that you stand on. I hope to be able to visit the Tulum ruins someday. Thanks for sharing the photos!

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