A Yoga Vacation in Tulum, Mexico
How to get there, accommodation help, tips on making the most of your vacation,
non-yoga activities, & how to save money during your yoga vacation in Tulum, Mexico!
Over the last few weeks, I find myself slipping “Tulum, Mexico” in my conversations. I am absolutely smitten with the month that I spent there! I swear that the place is made of magic & pixie dust. My month in Tulum allowed me to dive in deep to it’s beauty & what it has to offer. I studied yoga there, taught yoga at a hostel, participated in two Mayan ceremonies, & so much more.
Are you looking for a vacation that is easily accessible from the U.S. & full of beauty? A yoga vacation in Tulum, Mexico might be just what you’re looking for.
Traveling to Tulum, Mexico from the Airport
Getting from Cancun is super easy! It’s about a 2 hour drive from the Cancun Airport.
Take a $20 ADO bus from the terminal to Tulum. For more info on the bus schedule, prices, & directions, go here.
Otherwise, hire a shuttle from your accommodations.
Boats on Santa Fe Beach… It’s a free public beach in Tulum.
There are so many yoga retreat centers, boutique hotels, & hostels that are dedicated to yoga. Find more information here. Airbnb’s are also an option- I stayed in an Airbnb in addition to a yoga retreat center & a yoga hostel!
Two areas that you are going to want to stay is either near Avenida Tulum OR along road 15.
Avenida Tulum is downtown Tulum. The restaurants & shops are in walk-able distance. Many of these accommodation options are a lot less expensive. You will either have to ride a bike or take transport to get to the beaches.
Road 15 is a long, long road. If you stay down here, you’re most likely going to stay at a retreat center or luxury hotel. 15 is located right along the beach. Your accommodations will have a private beach & it will be glorious. You’ll mainly stay at your resort or eat at nearby restaurants (if there are any around). A taxi is easily accessible and will cost $5/one way to get to downtown Tulum.
Maya Tulum Resort – The place where I was staying for a yoga retreat.
- Participate in a Sweat Lodge Ceremony (also known as Temazcal) with a local shaman. We did one & it was an indescribable experience.
- Take part in a Cacao Ceremony with local medicine women. It was a beautiful experience that is part of the Mayan Culture.
- Visit the Grand Cenote… Make sure that you bring your swimsuit, snorkeling gear, a thick towel (for lying the grass) & a great book!
- Rent a bike & bike down Avenida Coba/15… There are tons of bike rental shops in downtown Tulum. You can rent bikes for about $5 for a few hours! Coba/15 has a beautiful biking path, tons of juice shops & yummy restaurants, & beaches galore (you may have to sneak on one of these!) You’ll lose the bike pathway once you get on 15, but if you want to hit a lot of the restaurants, you’ll have to continue biking.
- Visit the Mayan Ruins! I have a confession for you all… I didn’t make it to the ruins. I kept putting it off & then by the last day, I was too lazy to rent a bike & then bike there. I’ve heard that the ruins are beautiful, there is a stunning cliff overlooking the beach, and tons of gigantic lizards to gawk at.
- Walk around the local shops of downtown Tulum & enjoy the textiles of the nearby tribes & cultures!
- Watch a sunrise over the ocean. They are magnificent.
Sunrise over Maya Tulum Resort
How to save money during your yoga vacation
- Rent a bike or take a local bus instead of a taxi
- Eat at the local restaurants (or cook at your accommodations!) rather than the hotel restaurants
Boats on Santa Fe Beach (it’s a public beach near the Coba Ruins)
Tips for your yoga vacation in Tulum, Mexico
- Bring lots of cash. Credit cards are not widely accepted.
- Tulum uses the same outlets as the U.S.
- Bring lots of sunscreen. The sun is INTENSE!
- There are lots of vegetarian options when eating out… But there are NOT a lot of gluten-free options when eating out… One gluten-free restaurant that I loved is Burrito Amor. It is in downtown Tulum but far east on Avenida Tulum (as in you’re about to leave the city).
Dancing with part of the Happy Jack Yoga Team on Maya Tulum Resort’s Private Beach
I’m convinced that Tulum is made of magic & pixie dust. It is an absolutely incredible place & I’m already longing to return… I have a few weddings near Cancun coming up in the next 1.5 years… I may dip down there, perhaps for my own retreat? Who knows what the future has to offer!