Tulum is on the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico.
It was the site of a Mayan port which was supported by up to 1000 residents before the arrival of the Spanish. The ruin's tropical beach backdrop is the main attraction of this picturesque, much-visited small ruin on the shore of the Caribbean Sea. Be prepared for LOTS of people and tour groups at the archaeological site. To avoid the crowds, it is best to stay overnight and visit the ruins early in the morning before the buses arrive, or later in the afternoon. Morning is recommended since you can catch spectacular views when the sun is rising over the Caribbean. Tulum has three areas: Downtown, Ruins and the Hotel Zone. The hotel zone is some miles ahead of the ruins (on the same way) and there are multiple eco cabañas, restaurants, spas and more. Downtown has local establishments and is not as touristic as the hotel zone. You can find more detailed info below in Three Tulums Area. It is also important to consider that many establishments do not accept credit cards and there are not many ATM's walking distance from cabañas, so make sure to have enough cash available. Also, wifi access and telephone signal is restricted.