Tulum is a pretty awesome destination. Set on the Maya Riviera this coastal town is home to literal Mayan ruins and loads of nearby relics and jungles to explore. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a great party scene and beautiful beaches to laze around on all day.

This cool town may be in Mexico, but it doesn’t face loads of issues with gang violence. Still, Tulum does have a few issues with petty crime, getting things stolen on the beach isn’t unheard of and isolated incidents of robbery do occur.

Nature wise, there are hurricanes and poisonous creatures to watch out for. Drink spiking for female travellers is, unfortunately, more common than you might expect.

With all that in mind, is Tulum safe? Our epic insider’s guide is packed with information from how to travel smart and stay safe, to how to keep your money safe.

Whether you’re a solo female traveller, thinking of a family trip, or a couple on honeymoon, our guide to staying safe in Tulum has everything you’ll need for an awesome stress-free time.

How Safe is Tulum? (Our take)

Backpacking Tulum is a real treat for all kinds of travelers, mainly because there are so many things to do in Tulum. It’s on the Maya Riviera, which means there are plenty of ruins to explore. It also means there’s a bit of partying to be had – but not nearly as much as the Spring Break madness of Cancun.

It’s a quiet town, relatively, but there’s always a bit of a threat from nature. Hurricanes rip through this part of the Caribbean, making it a bit of a risk to be here sometimes. In recent months, there has been a problem with tons of seaweed banking up on the beach – not unsafe just gross.

There is also crime against tourists in Tulum. Since initially publishing this Tulum Safety Guide, we have received an almost unprecedented number of comments and emails from readers telling us about their truly frightening experiences of violence crime in Tulum. Further, the story we keep hearing is that the police are not interested and the crime statistics are being deliberately suppressed by the authorities in order not to deter tourists.

There is also an increase in drug cartel-related activity in the area. In the last few months, a Senior Police Officer and a Taxi driver were both murdered by drug cartels. Some sources claim that the local government is suppressing the extent of the violence in an attempt to protect the tourist industry.

It seems that the once safe Tulum is the latest victim in Mexico’s safety crisis.

There is no such thing as a perfect safety guide, and this article is no different. The question of “Is Tulum Safe?” will ALWAYS have a different answer depending on the parties involved. But this article is written for savvy travellers from the perspective of savvy travellers.

The information present in this safety guide was accurate at the time of writing, however, the world is a changeable place, now more than ever. Between the pandemic, ever-worsening cultural division, and a click-hungry media, it can be hard to maintain what is truth and what is sensationalism.

Here, you will find safety knowledge and advice for travelling Tulum. It won’t be down to the wire cutting edge info on the most current events, but it is layered in the expertise of veteran travellers. If you use our guide, do your own research, and practise common sense, you will have a safe trip to Tulum.

If you see any outdated information in this guide, we would really appreciate it if you could reach out in the comments below. We strive to provide the most relevant travel information on the web and always appreciate input from our readers (nicely, please!). Otherwise, thanks for your ear and stay safe!

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Is Tulum Safe to Visit Right Now?

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Tulum was once an epicentre of trade and spiritual conquest.

Mexico is currently having a bit of an issue with various political problems and drug-trafficking gangs.

Things are a little different on the Mayan Peninsula and, as a result, in Tulum.

Since 2017 there’s been a general rise in crime, even in the main tourist destinations in the surrounding area of Tulum. Whilst most incidents happen between different criminal gangs, as a tourist, it is still important to be aware of where you are and the issues that are facing people in the area. Going wandering, for example, could put you into a dangerous situation.

There are other things to think about in Tulum. The hurricane season affects both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Mexico and runs from June to November.

Tropical storms can hit any time of year, on the other hand, and can have pretty devastating effects – even far from the centre of the storm itself. Heavy rains, flooding and landslides are par for the course when a big tropical storm makes landfall.

Zika virus is present in Tulum, so protecting against mosquitoes is important (especially if you’re pregnant).

More gross than unsafe, sargassum seaweed has begun to deposit itself on the beaches in Tulum – in seriously large amounts. It smells, for one thing, and it looks bad, plus it can also affect swimming. It’s an issue that’s thought to be down to pollution or climate change, or both.

Most visits to Tulum end trouble free but there has been a massive increase in very scary attacks against tourists.

Safest Places in Tulum

When choosing where you’ll be staying in Tulum, a bit of research and caution is essential. You don’t want to end up in a sketchy area and ruin your trip. To help you out, we’ve listed the safest areas to visit in Tulum below.

Playa/Tulum Beach

The Playa area of Tulum is the perfect base for first-time visitors and anyone wanting to stay on the beach.

Spanning the coastline, this is where you’ll find white sandy beaches, rustic bungalows and huts, luxurious villas, and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. It’s also home to a number of Tulum’s top eco-resorts.

A short drive from the town centre, this neighbourhood is home to a good selection of hotels, bars and restaurants.

There are many travel and rental agencies located in Playa offering tours of the area as well as water sports equipment hires.

Ideal for first-time visitors
Playa Paraiso Tulum
Ideal for first-time visitors

Playa/Tulum Beach

Playa is the main tourist area in Tulum. It is especially safe during the day but can get sketchy at night. There are plenty of beach bars, restaurants and hotels around.


The Pueblo neighbourhood is located at the heart of Tulum. Sitting on both sides of highway 307, this neighbourhood is ideally situated for exploring all that the region as to offer.

From the Ruins and beach to the Cenotes and beyond, all of Tulum’s top attractions are just a short drive away.

Tulum Pueblo is also where you’ll find the best value accommodations. Boasting a wide variety of styles and options, the Pueblo neighbourhood is the ideal destination for travellers on a budget. You’ll be within walking or biking distance from great restaurants, cafes and bars too.

The heart of Tulum
Tulum Pueblo
The heart of Tulum


Pueblo is the town centre and attracts loads of tourists. While you’ll have to watch out for pickpocketing, the main streets or Pueblo are pretty safe during the day.

Aldea Zama

Aldea Zama is a small neighbourhood located to the south of Tulum city centre. On the border of the national park, this neighbourhood is a short distance to the Mayan Ruins and a quick walk to the beach.

Close to shops, restaurants and supermarkets, Aldea Zama is conveniently located. Quiet and relaxed, Aldea Zama is one of the best neighbourhoods in Tulum for families on vacation. Here you’ll find a variety of family-friendly restaurants and accommodations as well as activities and rental agencies.

Safe and Secluded
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Safe and Secluded

Aldea Zama

Aldea Zama is probably the safest area in Tulum, thanks to its further-out location – you’ll still be within short distance to Downtown Tulum though. You can find families and a big expat community here.

Places to avoid in Tulum

Tulum wasn’t known to be a very dangerous place to visit, but reports and statistics are slowly getting worse. It definitely pays-off off to know about the potential no-go areas. 

Tulum might be a tourist hotspot, but a couple of areas should be avoided. The general rule is: as soon as it gets dark, you shouldn’t be walking around alone. Or walking around at all. While most neighborhoods are pretty safe during the day, it can get REALLY sketchy at night. 

Seriously, do yourself the favor and stay at your Airbnb or hotel as soon as the sun goes down. Sticking with the busy main streets on your way back home is also recommended. 

Any area that looks like tourists normally don’t go there – get out! If no one else is around, you’ll be very likely to get robbed or threatened.

Keep your eyes open and stay aware of your surroundings if you do find yourself in these areas and you should be fine. Do make sure that you’ll leave them as fast as possible.

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20 Top Safety Tips for Traveling to Tulum

Safety Tips for Traveling to Tulum

Whilst generally safer than other parts of Mexico, and far from the serious gang activity that plagues a lot of the country, Tulum still has a few issues: petty crime, sketchy areas (and people) and even hurricanes. Like anywhere in the world, there are always going to be ways to make yourself safer and more secure, which is why we have got together this list of our very best safety tips for travelling to Tulum…

  1. Don’t go wandering around in secluded places – these are best left secluded and without you there; risk of being a target
  2. Stay alert in crowded places and watch your belongings – pickpocketing can be a problem in busy areas
  3. If somebody does try to take your stuff, let them – it’s not worth you coming to harm for the sake of a phone or some money
  4. Don’t make yourself a victim by having your phone out all the time – it’s an easy way to avoid getting it stolen
  5. And don’t have all your cash in your wallet – carry small amounts at a time; if it goes missing it won’t be a lot. Or opt to get your hands on a moneybelt.
  6. When swimming at the beach, don’t leave your things unattended – these can go missing very quickly
  7. Leave important documents and valuables at your accommodation – in lockers or safes. Do not take them out with you
  8. Try not to look super-wealthy – wearing flashy clothes and jewellery just advertises the fact that you’ve got stuff to steal
  9. When you pay for something keep larger bills out of eyesight – if people know you’ve got loads of cash, they might want it
  10. Be vigilant at ATMs – be aware of your surroundings and who’s watching you. Avoid using them at night
  11. Stay clear of drugs – it’s illegal and a good way to get involved with exactly the wrong sort of people; don’t feed this huge issue
  12. Keep your eyes peeled for dangerous nature – when walking or swimming watch out for spiders, snakes, scorpions and nasty sea critters
  13. With that in mind be careful around lagoons – crocodiles have been sighted in the area. These are a serious threat.
  14. Don’t go swimming under the influence – it may seem like a good idea, but drunk-swimming can be ultra dangerous
  15. Cover up against mosquitoes – spray DEET, use mosquito coils and cover up your arms and legs especially at dusk
  16. Protect yourself from the sun – it can be super hot here, so don’t lie out in the sun all day. Seek shade around midday and always wear sunscreen
  17. Research adventure sports companies – from paragliding to snorkelling, use reputable companies and check safety standards and equipment, which may not be up to scratch (you also may not be covered by your insurance)
  18. Careful of your luggage – in a hotel lobby or even at arrivals; this is when it can quite easily get stolen
  19. Stay aware of the weather situation – especially during the hurricane season
  20. Get yourself a sim card for Mexico – you can find your way around, keep in touch with people back home and use it in an emergency

Seeing all these do’s and don’t’s written down might seem like a lot, but it’s the best way to equip yourself when it comes to staying safe in Tulum. Knowing what the annoyances and potential dangers are in the first place is the best way to prevent yourself from getting into trouble; keep our safety tips in mind, be aware of situations and your surroundings and you should have an amazing, trouble-free time!

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Is Tulum safe to travel alone?

Is Tulum safe to travel alone

Solo travel is something we can definitely get behind. Not only do you get to see the world on your own time without having to bend to anyone else’s schedule (or hunger pangs), but you also get to challenge yourself and grow as an actual person – and that’s pretty amazing.

To keep you sane and safe, we’ve got a few solo travel tips for Tulum – just a few pointers to help your trip go super smoothly.

  • Hotels can be a bit expensive for a solo traveller, plus they’re not the best places to meet other people. To be in with more of a chance of meeting some like-minded travellers, do some research on a social hostel in Tulum. There are some pretty cool hostels on offer here, so read reviews, see what other solo travellers had to say about it, and pick the one that works for you.
  • If you want to go for a Tulum Airbnb make sure you don’t stay in an isolated area for the sake of your budget. Go for something that has a lot of good reviews that’s run by a helpful owner in nice areas. Honestly saving a few dollars per night isn’t worth a lack of security.
  • Check your accommodation’s offers. A lot of accommodation offers things like yoga classes and beach body boot camps, which are also a nice way to get to know people through a shared hobby. Not every social encounter in Tulum has to be about getting drunk!
  • If you need to get home after a night out we would strongly suggest that you take a taxi. Walking by yourself at night isn’t a smart idea at all.
  • Try not to drink too much. Since you’re by yourself, you’re the only one who’ll be able to watch out for your safety; doing that when you’re completely wasted is pretty difficult, we can tell you that. When you’re very drunk making bad judgement calls, getting into stupid situations and potential danger is much more easily done, so go easy on the alcohol.
  • Don’t be afraid to go out and eat by yourself. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, just head out and see what deliciousness you can discover for yourself. Who knows, you may even end up getting chatting to some call people, too.
  • Go on a tour! There’s a lot on offer in Tulum, from boat tours to snorkelling trips. These are a great chance to get to know other people, not have to worry about planning too much, and actually getting to see probably a lot more than if you tried to do all this by yourself.
  • Get yourself a handy dry bag. Have a look online at something that’s got some ace reviews, purchase and pack. Having one of these means you can pack it with stuff you might have otherwise left on the beach; instead, now you can take it swimming with you. Go for a decent quality one though, as you don’t want your phone, sunglasses and clothes to get waterlogged with seawater.
  • Really take care in the heat. When there’s no one there to remind you to put on sunscreen, drink water, wear a hat, or get out the sun for an hour or two, you could quite easily forget and end up getting heatstroke. This is honestly horrible and will have you laid up for at least a day, but probably more. Respect the sun!
  • Don’t forget to text, call, Whatsapp or otherwise message your family. It’s important to keep people in the loop, but more than that it’s important to keep in touch with people: it can get lonely by yourself sometimes, too, so calling your friends back home up for a chat is a good way to cure your blues.

There you have it. Being a solo traveller in Tulum isn’t bad at all and pretty safe; in fact, you’re going to be able to meet a lot of like-minded people from all over the world in this fun, historic town. The key, as with any solo travel trip, is to ensure that you make good judgement calls. Get chatting to other travellers, have fun, be smart, don’t overdo it and make sure you plan a few “admin days” for chilling the heck out.

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Is Tulum safe for solo female travellers?

Is Tulum safe for solo female travellers

With a whole load of cool places to stay, cool things to see and cool things to do, Tulum is definitely up there as a great destination for a solo female traveller. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet other people.

Being a solo female traveller though you’ll have to take more care and precautions than your male counterparts. Whilst you probably already have your safety routine down to a T, we’ve got some tips for any solo female travellers heading to Tulum, check ’em out…

  • You don’t need to worry too much about being a solo female traveller here. Although Tulum is a popular spot for honeymooners, there’s still a load of backpackers and other independent travellers who make their way to Tulum, male and female, and often solo. These are great people to hang out with.
  • Have a look for the best hostels for solo female travellers in Tulum. Find one that has been well-reviewed by fellow female travellers and choose the one that’s going to suit you best; some will even give you a choice between private rooms and dorms.
  • Don’t stay anywhere too far from the centre of Tulum. Honestly, being near the town centre is the most fun and safest location in town. Having to get back by yourself at night to some out of town accommodation is one thing, but then turning up at your hostel when it’s dark can make you feel pretty unsafe.
  • Tulum is a beach destination so you won’t have to worry too much about what you’re wearing. It’s a pretty casual place and, to be honest, you’ll probably want to cover up more from the heat and sun than anything else. However, we would recommend covering up if you’re walking around town; throw on a light dress or sarong if you’ve been at the beach or just a baggy T-shirt and shorts with sandals is fine.
  • When it comes to drinking, you should definitely keep an eye on your drink. Drink spiking is actually a problem in Tulum, especially for females, so it’s important to be aware and keep hold of your drink at all times.
  • Stay aware of your fellow backpackers and independent travellers. Not everyone is as well-intentioned as they make out and sometimes it may be the case that the guys visiting Tulum may be more of a worry to your personal security than the local guys. Be aware of people’s falseness.
  • If you want to go out and eat, but you’re afraid, get yourself on a Mexican cooking class. You’ll probably get chatting to some likeminded people, who also love food and who may want to grab a bite with you after the class.
  • With that in mind, if it all seems too much for you, there’s nothing wrong with joining a tour. Even an organised tour that takes care of everything from flights to accommodation and activities can really take the edge off travelling by yourself and will most likely make it a much safer time – and it’ll be fun, too!
  • Keep in touch with people back home. Let them know your itinerary before you go and tell them if your plans are changing. It’s never safe to go completely off-grid, so keep in touch and keep everyone in the loop.
  • If you want more tips about the local area of Tulum, have a look at groups online like Girls Love Travel; this Facebook group has a lot of solo female travellers who find their way to Tulum. If you want to meet up with a fellow female or just ask advice from those who’ve done it before, you can do it here.
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We’ve covered the main safety concerns already, but there are a few more things to know. Read on for more detailed information on how to have a safe trip to Tulum.

Is Tulum safe to travel for families?

Tulum isn’t just a great place for backpackers, independent travellers and couples on honeymoon. It’s easy to travel here with family – it’s even worth staying a in Tulum a whole week so you and the kids can take full advantage of the beach and the nearby swimming holes.

The downside to staying in Tulum is the heat and the fact it’s very touristy. However, unlike other resort towns on the Maya Riviera, Tulum actually has a pretty laid-back vibe and boasts a much more boho atmosphere than the party central of Cancun.

When it comes to keeping your little ones entertained, don’t worry: there’s plenty to do. As well as all the Mayan ruins, you can take your kids to nearby theme parks, go ziplining or simply just go snorkelling.

Is Tulum safe to travel for families
Take your kids to Tulum! They’ll have a blast.

Also, mosquitoes are a pest, especially around cenotes and other freshwaters in the evening. Repellent, covering up and staying away from water sources at dusk is a good way to prevent any mozzie bites.

When it comes to the heat, children are much more susceptible to getting heatstroke and sunburn, so seriously make sure they’re covered up when they need to be, slathered in sunscreen, in the shade when the sun’s at its hottest and hydrated.

Other than that, you and your family should be totally fine in Tulum – it’s a fantastic place to go.

Is it safe to drive in Tulum?

You will definitely need some experience of driving in a developing country like Mexico if you are going to drive in Tulum; being a confident driver is probably a good thing, too.

The only thing that driving in Tulum is really good for is for small road trips to surrounding areas with attractions like Mayan ruins to discover. You should know, however, that Mexican drivers are speedy, erratic and aggressive.

If you do want to drive, you should probably learn some Spanish to get you by – this helps you to understand road signs or say some words to the police (if you need to).

Is it safe to drive in Tulum
You can go on a road trip beyond Tulum!

You should also make sure you hire a vehicle that is in good condition and not too big as the roads can actually be pretty narrow. Also, arm yourself with solid rental insurance – you’ll be happy to have it if something goes wrong.

Driving in the rain, especially in the rainy season (May to October) can be dangerous, mostly in rural or coastal areas where the roads are little more than bumpy dirt tracks. Speed bumps can also be a hazard and can cause damage to the car, so be very careful on highways.

We would advise against driving at night. The roads aren’t well lit (if at all), you won’t be able to see pedestrians or other hazards. Other things to watch out for are local drivers that appear quickly behind you and flash their lights, which is an indication that you should let them pass – you should, of course.

Basically, driving in Tulum isn’t recommend; it can be complicated, quite expensive, and pretty dangerous. It’s probably easier to just get a taxi to drive you places.

Is Uber safe in Tulum?

Uber isn’t active in Tulum, neither is Lyft.

There were some drivers using both ride-hailing apps up until a few years ago, but it doesn’t seem to be in operation anymore.

This leaves tourists relying on the taxis and public transport to get around.

Are taxis safe in Tulum?

Taxis in Tulum are absolutely everywhere and are the main method for getting around. They’re actually pretty easy to use and will give you a high level of freedom.

Usually, the taxis are pretty clean, the drivers are quite friendly and they’re surprisingly cheap, too.

Spotting a taxi is easy: the licensed taxis are white hatchbacks with a 4-digit ID number on a yellow or orange stripe around the car.

Not a lot of people speak great English and most speak Spanish, but you should be able to communicate enough that you can get to the places you need to go. Alternatively, you could take a business card from your hotel or write down where you’re going or learn a bit of Spanish!

The rates aren’t set by a meter but by a taxi union. This means less of a chance of getting ripped off or having to haggle for a price. Your accommodation should have a list of the rates in the lobby somewhere, but drivers will/have to have a rates card in his taxi to show you.

Taxis are almost unavoidable if you want to explore Tulum, so it’s a good thing that they’re as convenient, well regulated and as safe as they are. We would, for example, highly recommend using a taxi to get you home at night if you’ve been drinking.

Is public transportation in Tulum safe?

To be honest, there’s not that much to shout about in terms of the public transport in Tulum; don’t go expecting anything close to a metro system or trams or anything like that.

First of all, there’s the ADO Bus. This is a bus company that plies routes between various towns, cities and attractions on the Yucatan Peninsula; you can get the bus to Cancun if you felt like it – there are around 30 a day between there and Tulum!

Is public transportation in Tulum safe
Hop on a bus and discover the area!
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Otherwise, there’s the good old collectivo. This is a much more local experience. These are minivans that trundle up and down highways and along shorter routes, picking people up and dropping them off in a seemingly unscheduled manner. If you’re used to backpacking, then getting a collectivo to Playa del Carmen or to some nearby cenotes will be a breeze for you; and it’s much cheaper than taking a taxi.

Collectivos are definitely not a first-class, VIP bus, and a lot of tourists to Tulum probably won’t want to take them. However, they’re an easygoing, local way of getting around; some even have aircon. They leave when they’re full, but because a lot of locals use them as their main mode of transport, they don’t take long to get full!

Public transport in Tulum is safe unless the roads are flooded and waterlogged during or after a tropical storm or heavy rains. If this happens, you should limit your road-time during storms, or just don’t travel at all.

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Is the food in Tulum safe?

Whilst there are some things you should avoid, and some things you shouldn’t be doing in terms of food safety, there’s not much stopping you from tucking into tacos or bingeing on burritos. To help you navigate the world of food in Tulum we have some great tips for you…

Is the food in Tulum safe
Burritos and tacos, you’re in for a treat!
  • Restaurants in the Yucatan Peninsula are mostly split into two types: those for tourists and those for locals. If you’re worried about what to eat, the tourist-oriented restaurants will usually have a higher standard of hygiene, with both bottled and purified water on offer.
  • Still frequent street vendors. They’ll be selling things like hot dogs and tacos and cold drinks for $1. Just make sure that the place you’re about to pick looks clean enough and you should be fine.
  • If you stay in the Hotel Zone most of the restaurants set up here are tourist places. Basically, here you are going to find more international food on offer, so if you are really paranoid, here’s where you can eat. In town is where you’ll find more low-key eateries.
  • Often the hotels themselves will have a buffet on offer. The best way to avoid getting a bad stomach on a buffet is to go earlier rather than later. If the lunch buffet is going to be out from 12 PM to 3 PM, for example, go at 12. The food will be freshly cooked, hot and most importantly won’t have been sat around for hours gathering germs to destroy your stomach.
  • Don’t be afraid to go to a real Mexican restaurant. They may look different from the ones you have at home, with their plastic tables and chairs and worn-out menus, but we’re telling you: that food is going to be good. The people here will cook it at a certain level of hygiene.
  • Your best bet is to go to busy places where locals are tucking into the food. Going at lunchtime, or at dinner, is also a good shout since there will be a storm being cooked up the kitchen and everything will be fresh.
  • Go easy. When you make a drastic change to your diet, both in terms of what you eat and how much, you can make yourself pretty ill. This applies especially to spicy food, the type you’ll find in real Mexican restaurants. People associate getting ill with bad hygiene, but most likely your body just ain’t used to the food!
  • Be very careful (seriously) of seafood. Always ensure that seafood is fresh; bad seafood can give you some seriously not nice food poisoning that can actually end up being pretty dangerous.
  • If you like piña coladas… be careful. Coconut water is a laxative and having too many piña coladas will eventually make that effect known.
  • The easiest to get ill when you’re on holiday is to not wash your hands. This is literally the simplest thing ever.

There you have it. There is actually a lot of tasty stuff on offer in Tulum, but the best way to get acquainted with the best food is to go where a lot of people are eating and, of course, read reviews of the best restaurants to find somewhere that’s tasty and hygienic.

Can you drink the water in Tulum?

No. Quite simply, the water in Tulum is not safe to drink.

If you feel like drinking it for a tea or coffee, you should boil it vigorously for 1 minute (at least).

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Is Tulum safe to live?

Tulum not only has a reputation for being an off the beaten track resort holiday destination, but there is also a growing expat community in this coastal town – and we can see why. Living in Tulum means year-round tropical climate, soaring temperatures, beautiful beaches, an offshore reef to enjoy, and sunshine.

You will most likely have worries of petty crime living here, like theft from vehicles, having your home broken into and even the lack of safety walking around alone at night. Living there, you’ll be more likely to come into contact with crime on a local level.

Is Tulum safe to live
Want to live on a tropical island?

Tulum is a calm place though – where people retire, and where you can stop off at a market to pick up fresh fruit and groceries before heading off for a swim in a cenote.

As with all things regarding moving to a new country, it’s important to do your research. Join expat groups on Facebook, go on expat forums, plan your arrival and things should go smoothly for you whilst you set up your new base!

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Is it safe to rent an Airbnb in Tulum?

Staying in an Airbnb during your trip in Tulum is one of the best decisions you can make. Not only is it super safe, it’s also a great chance to experience the city from the view of a local. Most Airbnb hosts in Tulum are incredibly welcoming and attentive. They’re known to go above and beyond for their guests. If you are ever unsure about what to see and do in Tulum, don’t hesitate to reach out to your host.

On top of that, you’ll stay safe with the reliable Airbnb booking system. Both hosts and guests can rate each other which creates a very respectful and trustworthy interaction. 

Is Tulum LGBTQ+ friendly? 

There might not be any gay bars, but Tulum is actually quite friendly towards members of the LGBTQ+ community. Locals are usually very open-minded and friendly. The gay scene in Tulum is on the rise, but for now, you won’t find any venues specifically targeted to gay travellers. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great AND safe time in Tulum with your partner!

FAQ about Staying Safe in Tulum

Here are some quick answers to common questions about safety in Tulum.

So, is Tulum Safe?

Final thoughts on the safety of Tulum
If you’re ready for yummy food, spectacular landscapes and crystal clear water, Tulum is waiting for you.

The quick answer: Yes, Tulum is safe! For now. We did receive some disturbing comments about violence against tourists in Tulum but after some research, we’ve decided that it can still be safe. As long as you follow our safety tips and stay inside after dark.

This issue of letting your guard down too much and too often is something that happens in Tulum quite a bit. This doesn’t make Tulum unsafe, of course, but it provides the perfect environment for you to forget that you’re in a country where its people can be pretty poor or mixed up with the wrong crowd – and where other visitors can cause trouble, as well.

That may sound scary, but really it’s a good thing to remember – bad things can happen anywhere. Even if you are aware of your surroundings, make sure you don’t get completely drunk, keep an eye on your drink, use a money belt, don’t walk around at night – and all the other stuff mentioned in this epic guide. You’ll have a fun, totally chill and safe time in Tulum.

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Disclaimer: Safety conditions change all over the world on a daily basis. We do our best to advise but this info may already be out of date. Do your own research. Enjoy your travels!

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