Respected travel editor Peter Greenberg’s website recently covered the thriving town of Tulum,which lies just 80 miles south of Cancun,along the stunning shores of the Mexican Caribbean Sea. Greenberg,who works as the main travel editor for CBS News and has been named one of the most influential people in the travel industry by Travel Weekly,published Janet Fullwood’s article about the stunning beauty of Tulum real estate,which has managed to retain a chic,laid-back appeal despite its growing popularity. Fullwood served as the travel editor for the Sacramento Bee for more than 20 years.
“The vibe here is quite unlike any other tourist zone I’ve visited in 30-plus years of travel in Mexico,” writes Fullwood on Greenberg’s blog. “A tourism boom that brought 21,000 new hotel rooms to the Riviera Maya and drew a record 3.6 million visitors,80 percent of them American,to the region last year,according to the regional tourist office.”
Despite its growing popularity,Tulum is far from the self-contained all-inclusive resorts that line the coast as you drive south on Highway 307 from Cancun. Although these destinations are still very popular among families and couples who are looking for a turnkey vacation,Tulum beckons to travelers who want to have a more authentic experience.
Today,the modern town of Tulum lies just two miles south of the magnificent Maya ruins of the same name that overlook the sea from high atop a bluff,stretching alongside beautiful,soft white sand beaches for 18 miles. Here,Tulum is bordered by the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve,which covers approximately 1.3 million protected acres and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Since the late 1960’s Tulum has been growing in popularity among savvy travelers,reports the blog,thanks in part to the efforts of investors who have helped to develop the town’s considerable real estate offerings,including the many unique hotels and boutiques. Over the last ten years or so,Tulum has also become a favorite getaway destination for the jetsetters of the international fashion industry.
Although today Tulum is still best accessed by rental car,there is a new international airport in the works for this bustling beach town in the near future,along with a new passenger train that is expected to run through all of the towns along the coast. Upon the opening of these new modes of transportation over the coming months,Tulum and the entire Riviera Maya region of Mexico is poised to grow by leaps and bounds,which will cause real estate prices to rise dramatically,making now the hands-down best time to buy.