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Tulum Is the Hottest Destination in Mexico 

By: Joe Pike

While Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico have been the hot spots clients looking for mainstream destinations have been flocking to for years, several top notch travel specialists said advisors should be adding Tulum to that list.

Advisors have said Tulum is equipped with many of the amenities today’s travelers is looking for from yoga retreats for the health and wellness niche to preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city for experiential travelers.

But most importantly, it has some hot hotels and a new airport on the way.

“Tulum is the new kid on the block,” said Sally Smith, co-owner of The TravelSmiths. “Even though it has been there for centuries, it is the new shiny penny. Travelers have done Cancun, Riviera Maya and Cabo.”

And with a new airport on the way, the destination can expect to get an influx of travelers of all kinds.

the rooftop at the motto tulum.
The rooftop at the new Motto in Tulum.

The new Tulum airport, Felipe Carrillo Puerto Airport, will serve four million passengers annually and will have a military base. The Tulum airport will begin operations in May of next year.

“We continue to get more and more interest both in the Tulum area with the airport about to open next May,” said Mitch Toren, a Mexico specialist with TripGuy Travel. “More and more people are looking to explore outside of the hotel zone of Cancun, both north and south, to experience more of the area.”

Smith said the appeal can be found in the fact that Tulum is a mere 73 miles away from the Cancun airport, which is about a 90-minute drive.

“It offers historical sites, white sand Beaches, sky blue waters, natural cenotes and a cool hip vibe,” said Smith. “It has great boutique hotels and restaurants. The beach is great too and there is a lot ecotourism offerings here.”

kimpton tulum
The new Kimpton resort in Tulum.

Danielle Stephens, an advisor with Unique Romance and Adventure, said Tulum offers “Instagram worthy spots which has made the destination trending on social media.”

“The combination of its natural beauty, cultural heritage, laid-back vibe, and sustainable tourism initiatives has contributed to Tulum’s popularity as a sought-after destination,” said Stephens.

She said Tulum’s visually appealing aesthetics, including vibrant street art, chic boutique hotels, and boho-chic beach clubs, have made it a magnet for social media enthusiasts seeking Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.

Secrets Tulum Resort & Beach Club is slated to open at the end of this year in Tulum, Mexico and offers an adults-only retreat nestled in a lush green mangrove with an exclusive beach club nearby and 301 all-suite luxury resort with both jungle and beach accommodations.

But Amanda Bisack, advisor and founder of Travelista Travels, highly recommends La Valise.

“La valise, a boutique of oasis is situated between the pristine beaches of Tulum and the mystic Mayan jungle,” Amanda Bisack, advisor and founder of Travelista Travels, highly recommends La Valise. “The La Valise is wonderful holiday destination that just pamper you with in the magical contrast of two worlds.”

And it’s that mix of nature and beach that make Tulum such an easy sell.

“The hotels are also unique and resemble those of something in further away regions like Bali,” said Stephens, “which means people can get a similar unique experience, but stay much closer to home and it’s more affordable.”

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