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Working remotely has become the new normal. It’s estimated that at least 57% of the U.S. workforce is working from home. Because of this we have seen a new trend in travel called bleisure travel, the perfect mix of business and leisure travel, which allows digital nomads to take their work anywhere. From The Bahamas to Lisbon, digital nomads have begun changing their outlook on what it means to travel the world, without having to quit their nine-to-five. One of the latest hot spots for digital nomads in 2021 is Tulum in Mexico’s Maya Riviera. Just picture it: sandy beaches, turquoise water and the best mexican food you can eat. What’s not to like? Keep reading to learn the most popular questions digital nomads have about Tulum and how you can move there in the next few months.
Why Tulum? Well, Let’s start with its surroundings. Tulum is located on the coast of the mexican caribbean with natural, white sandy beaches, jungles and lush parks. For those who love outdoor activities, spend your days diving into cenotes, riding a bike through town and exploring ancient Mayan archeological sites. For those who prefer to take their days slow, Tulum also has an impressive amount of bars, restaurants, boutique shops and local markets.
Tulum is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is the southernmost city along the Maya Riviera. It is usually divided in two areas: the town (Tulum Pueblo) and the beach (Tulum Playa) but don’t worry about distances, you can go from one part to another in 15 min with a bike or take a 45 min walk.
Because of its location, Tulum can be impacted by hurricanes, so be mindful of the warnings and dates. Hurricane season usually begins in July and ends in October. Petty crimes rates are relatively low in Tulum, but always be vigilant of your possessions and never leave valuables unattended. Tourist-heavy zones tend to have an increased police presence to keep tourists and citizens safe.
Tulum doesn’t have its own international airport yet, but the closest international airport is Cancun. This airport manages flights from the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America. So to get to Tulum from Cancun you can choose any of these means of transportation:
Companies like Uber and Lyft are not permitted in Cancun, so you will find local taxis that operate like private transportation companies. They have fixed rates, we recommend you to ask before taking any taxi services to be sure about the fare you will be charged. A standard fixed price from Cancun airport to Tulum is about 2,000 pesos (100 USD) and it takes 1.5 to 2 hours.
If you are looking to explore more locations around the Riviera Maya you might want to rent a car. Cancun airport has a big offer of companies who rent cars to tourists and locals. You can organize the rental at the airport or beforehand you arrive there. Costs do vary depending on the season, days you will be renting the car and insurance options. You will find daily rates starting at 10 USD but these prices do not include the extra fees like insurance or taxes. We must mention that you will need to pay a Mexican Liability Insurance but do not worry since it’s fairly cheap ($10-15 USD).
Buses are one of the most popular transportation means in Cancun. One of them is the ADO, a bus company that rides from Cancun to Tulum and viceversa everyday. You can expect to pay around 260 pesos ($12.50 USD) each way. The ride will last 2 hours and you will be dropped off in the downtown of Tulum.
Not all WiFi in Tulum is created equal. The speeds and bandwidths vary greatly depending on which neighborhood you’re in, your network’s capacity, and the season.
WiFi in Tulum is not the same everywhere you go. Speed and bandwidth depend on the neighborhood, the season and the network’s capacity. This is extremely important if you are moving to Tulum to work, since you don’t want to be disconnected mid-Zoom call.
WiFi on the beach is available but it’s not the best for working. There are a few networks operating in this area but you should stay closer to the city core if you need that high-speed connection. We recommend finding a place with at least a 2.5 Mbps so you and your Netflix account don’t find yourselves in a rocky relationship.
Keep in mind, the WiFi in Tulum may become a bit spotty during the rainy season, as high winds and downpours sometimes impact connection. We recommend purchasing a local SIM card for emergency calls just in case.
So, if you are already picturing yourself working and relaxing from the sandy beaches of Tulum, you may want to know where to stay, right? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Tulum is a city with a large tourist and expat community and you will find a vast amount of accommodation ranging from private rooms and hostels to lavish luxe villas and 5 star hotels.
Our recommendation when choosing where to stay is to start by determining your travel goals. Do you want to stay close to the beach? Do you mind sharing a flat with someone else? Since you will be working from here, you might want to be sure that the place has a strong WiFi network and that a few shops are close so you can buy groceries.
Once you have decided on a location, decide on your budget and begin looking for the perfect place. There are some cheap options, like hostels and rooms in shared homes, but if you have a larger budget, you may want to consider a beachfront hotel or a jungle villa. Take into consideration all the amenities the accommodations offer. The more expensive options tend to have a vast range of amenities, including private beach access, free bike rentals and meals.
Every type of accommodation has its pros and cons. Where luxury hotels provide comfort and amenities, they may lack local experiences and the privacy of staying in your own apartment.
There is a new hospitality company that recently opened its doors in Tulum called Casai. Casai mixes the best of both worlds: comfortable and beautifully designed private apartments in the best zones in Tulum with the service and amenities of a 5-star hotel. This way you will feel like a local while having the best amenities throughout your stay.
Casai has a range of sizes, prices and locations in Tulum, so you can find the best option for your stay. The best part is they also offer a digital concierge service, so every request you have will be taken care of, as if you were staying at a hotel or resort. Want to have groceries picked up before your arrival? They can manage it. Have a special request for more pillows or towels? No problem. They even arrange airport-approved covid tests.
We’re offering our readers a 15% discount on their next Casai.com reservation. Book any of their Tulum units with the code Tulum15 at checkout and save on your trip to Tulum.
Tulum´s sandy beaches, boho chic vibe and ideal climate are just a few of the main reasons foreigners and Mexicans move to this paradisiac destination. You get to taste the best of mexican food, experience a rich and ancient culture and you will get to relax on one of the many sandy beaches the Riviera Maya has to offer. Booking your stay with Casai will not only ensure fully equipped kitchens, WiFi, smart Tvs and security but peace of mind when the only thing missing is you and your suitcase. What are you waiting for?
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