For those looking to continue their journey along the Riviera Maya, you’re next stop should undoubtedly be in Tulum. Aside from the picturesque beaches, Tulum is home to the third most visited archaeological ruins in Mexico. What makes them so spectacular is their backdrop, overlooking the turquoise ocean below. It’s really a sight to see!
Tulum boasts a laidback vibe that, compared to it’s neighbours like Cancun and Playa del Carmen, truly offers you a place to laid back. There’s also plenty of restaurants to hop between and taste Tulum’s delicious traditional cuisine.
The most popular way to travel the 215 km (133 miles) from Bacalar to Tulum is a 3-hour bus ride. Fares range between 258 and 340 MXN ($12 – $16).
The bus is by far the cheapest option and therefore the most feasible option for most travellers.
Private shuttles are also available along this route, but although they offer great convenience, this comes at a much higher price. They can be a good option if you’re traveling with a group of people as this provides the opportunity to share the costs. You can book this service via BookAway, where rates start at 3,360 MXN ($159).
Another alternative that has become popular with travellers is renting your own car in Bacalar. Rates start from 320 MXN ($15) a day. This option gives you the freedom to stop at any of the beaches or towns along the way, leave whenever you want and indulge in a bit of car karaoke. The only downside is that you will need to return the car to Bacalar or you’ll have to pay a $100 extra fee if you leave it in Tulum.
The creative murals that you’ll find throughout the entire hotel, give La Palmita a vibrant and artistic feel.
The beds are massive and incredibly comfortable, offering a great night's sleep after a busy day in Tulum. You can also chill on your own private balcony or the big roof terrace. Plonk yourself in one of the many hammocks and enjoy the sunset.
There’s too many great things to mention about Casa Santiago. It’s an eco-sustainable hotel with a refreshing pool and sun-loungers, perfect for relaxing around. An added bonus, all rooms offer balconies with pool views.
The star of the show though? The staff! They’re always there to help you out. Whether it be answering a question or helping you to organise a tour in Tulum.
Outdoor pool and sun terrace
Friendly and helpful staff
Eco-friendly, including natural toiletries made in the region
Put on your complimentary bathrobe and enjoy the tranquility of this hotel. Every aspect of the hotel is so beautifully and intricately designed that you can’t help but be relaxed here. The decor is truly stunning with splashes of turquoise all around you.
There’s not one, but two pools to take a refreshing dip after you enjoyed your complimentary breakfast. The vibrant rooms are the perfect place to retire to at the end of the day.