Tulum is a natural paradise that offers activities ideal for all types of personalities. From adventure enthusiasts to those seeking spiritual retreats and better ways to connect the body and mind, everyone will find it a true home in perfect harmony with their essence. With its stunning landscapes, protected natural reserves, and cultural spaces, Tulum captivates both thrill-seekers and nature lovers, as well as yoga enthusiasts, gastronomy connoisseurs, and lovers of ancient traditions. Whether you want to explore the jungle, immerse yourself in its crystal-clear cenotes, or enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean Sea, Tulum has it all for you and your family.

The 7 Favorite Activities of Expats Residing in Tulum

Let´s check what are the favorite activities in Tulum for expats. We took on the task of surveying several of our clients who have acquired a second property in Tulum or have made it their actual family’s home, and here are some of their favorite activities:


wellness community in Tulum


1.- Joining a community of like-minded people in Selvazama

Aldeazama, an international community in Tulum, is a place where expats find a true sense of community and belonging. Here, people from different nationalities and cultures come together and share conversations or bohemian evenings in a cozy and enriching atmosphere. From social events to outdoor cultural activities, Aldeazama provides numerous opportunities to establish meaningful and lasting connections with like-minded individuals.


cenote for diving in Tulum


2.- Diving in the ocean and cenotes

Diving enthusiasts will find everything they have ever dreamed of here, not only thanks to the impressive Tulum Coral Reef -which has one of the most stunning biodiversities in the world- but also due to exploration of the mystical world of cenotes and ancient turquoise sinkholes that shroud the deepest secrets of the Mayan jungle. Diving or snorkeling through underground caves and marveling at the impressive rock formations and stalactites adorning these hidden gems is one of the most cherished activities for both visitors and residents. Many people who had never considered diving before have given it a try and discovered that it is now their new favorite passion.


jungle activities in Tulum


3.- Extreme sports and jungle adventures

Tulum offers a unique opportunity to safely and enjoyably experience an unseen side of the jungle while protecting and preserving its natural areas. That is why it is the favorite destination for those seeking the adrenaline rush of ziplining, rappelling into a cenote, off-road expeditions, exploring the heart of the jungle, deep-sea fishing, or simply visiting ecological parks such as Xel-Há and Xcaret.


paddleboarding in Tulum


4.- Paddleboarding

Tulum is characterized by its extremely calm waters on its beaches, lagoons, and cenotes. Paddleboarding is the ideal activity for those who want to embark on a serene excursion to connect with nature while enjoying breathtaking views and getting some exercise in the process.

There are various providers of paddleboarding experiences in Tulum that rent out all the equipment, but many residents have opted to buy their own boards and venture into the adventure with groups of friends.


Hiking activities in tulum


5.- Nature-hiking

For nature lovers who are not as fond of extreme sports, it is also possible to peacefully explore Tulum’s abundant trails and natural reserves. Guided hikes and horseback rides will allow you to observe unique flora and fauna up close, providing a deeper understanding of the region’s rich biodiversity. For example, one of the favorite weekend plans for our residents is visiting the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses diverse ecosystems, such as wetlands, mangroves, and ancient Mayan ruins. Here, the experience of observing the wildlife and spotting exotic birds is unmatched.


Yoga classes in tulum


6.- Yoga and wellness retreats

Tulum offers a wide range of activities related to yoga and wellness. Many resorts offer yoga sessions in idyllic settings by the beach or amidst the jungle. You will also find more intimate studios with teachers who will accompany you personally on your unique journey of self-discovery and exploration.

Expats also mentioned that they greatly enjoy attending reconnection retreats specifically designed for women and couples.


restaurants and food in tulum

7.- Discovering new gastronomic delights

Tulum’s culinary scene is diverse and exciting, making it a paradise for food lovers. Residents enjoy exploring various restaurants, from traditional ones offering authentic Mexican cuisine to fusion, combining local ingredients with international culinary techniques.

Additionally, Tulum is known for its healthy and organic food options, making it an ideal place for those seeking a balanced and conscious diet and vegan choices. These are just some of the favorite activities that expats and residents enjoy in their day-to-day lives. Every moment in this natural paradise offers new opportunities to explore, discover, and connect with the beauty and authenticity of a truly unique region.


If you are looking for a home in Tulum for you and your family, Cardinal is the ideal development, as the spacious units, security, and amenities will be the perfect complement to all the magic you can experience in Tulum.

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