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Here's Why Tulum Is The Perfect Long-Weekend Getaway

*Books ticket to paradise*

Tulum is a perennially trendy vacation spot, and for good reason. Just about 90 minutes south of Cancun, Tulum is a laid-back, stunning piece of paradise with the perfect mixture of culture, relaxation, pristine beaches, incredible food, and nightlife.

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Whether you're seeking a family vacation, romantic getaway, or friends-cation, Tulum offers something for every type of traveler. And you can experience the best of Tulum in just a few days. Here are some of the must-hit spots.

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Treat yourself to some breakfast tacos.

Head to the beach for some Vitamin D.

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After all that traveling and a belly full of tacos, you're probably about ready to chill out. Head to the hotel strip and make your way to Playa Paraíso, Tulum's most happening beach. Whether your goal is to worship the sun, day drink, people watch, or swim in the Caribbean sea, you'll have no trouble passing time on this gorgeous stretch of sand.

Window shop 'til you drop.

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The beach strip is lined with everything from eco lodges and luxury hotels to yoga studios and glamorous boutique shops, and it's all surrounded by lush jungles and swaying palm trees. Rent bikes or explore by foot: You'll pass smoothie stands serving cracked coconuts, open-air bars set beneath the canopies, and clothing stores selling bohemian kaftan dresses, hand woven dream catchers, and beaded necklaces.

Enjoy a meal that's literally worth traveling for at Hartwood.

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Find your zen at morning yoga.

Take a step back in time at the Mayan ruins.

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There are Mayan ruins throughout the Yucatán Peninsula — the most famous being Chichen Itza — but if you don't want to take a day trip, you can see fascinating ruins right in Tulum. Set against the backdrop of the glistening Caribbean Sea, the walled city of the Tulum Ruins dates back to pre-Columbian times (aka centuries). You can easily spend an afternoon taking in the views and wandering around the ancient temples and pyramids.

Enjoy lunch with a view at Chamico's.

Get back to nature at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Sip sunset cocktails at Gitano.

Eat under the stars at Kitchen Table.

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Dive into a cenote.

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In addition to Mayan ruins, the Yucatán Penninsula is also famous for its cenotes, which are natural, fresh water swimming holes. There are a handful of these turquoise pools just a short drive from Tulum. Gran Cenote and Dos Ojos are two popular spots with crystal clear water, perfect for snorkeling with fish and sea turtles. Your best bet for avoiding the crowds is to go first thing in the morning.

Sample Tulum's best fish tacos at Mateo's.

Explore a new beach.

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Only a fifteen minute walk from popular Playa Paraiso, Playa Pescadores feels worlds away from all the tourists. Peaceful and quiet with wide, white sand shores and warm water, it's the perfect spot to roll out your beach blanket and bask in the sun.

Take a seat for dinner and a sunset at Posada Margherita.

End the night at Casa Jaguar.