From a private and personal point of view I fell in love with Mexico the first time I visited Tulum over a decade ago. Year after year during our summer vacation Tulum was the place we would visit every time and unlike anywhere else I have ever been the growth and change was palpable. It was not small changes; it was improvements on infrastructure and facilities that caught my attention. Tulum is changing and according to the municipality’s projections this town’s growth will surpass Playa del Carmen in the near future.
What has made this town so special and attractive not only to tourists but to developers the world over? There are a few obvious facts such as the beautiful beaches that make up the coast in Tulum. Tulum beaches have been named the most beautiful beaches in the world by such publications as Conde Nast Traveler among others. Additionally, the Tulum ruins, which are the only Mayan Ruins that are located oceanfront, attract over 2 million visitors per year and the Sian Kaan Biosphere is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Between these two treasures sit the famous beaches everyone loves. The Tulum beach road has become world famous due to the small boutique eco chic hotels and great restaurants that decorate this small stretch of land.
Although the sites are great complements to this up and coming city it is not enough to justify the large numbers of foreign investment that are being poured into the area. What is bringing investors flocking to Tulum and its surrounding areas to the South in places such as neighboring Muyil? The announcement by Mexico’s former President Felipe Calderon on the construction of a brand new International Airport is the biggest influencing factor. In addition, Mexico’s current President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced the construction of a new light rail, which will connect Cancun to Chetumal in the south and Tulum to Merida in the state of Yucatan.
The addition of these two very important pieces of infrastructure to the area make Tulum a very attractive bet. Mexico’s economy is strong and growing and Tulum is fast becoming the Riviera Maya’s darling not only because of its natural beauty but also because of its strong economic future. In the real estate investment world Tulum is a place where investors will see great returns in the not so distant future.