(sometimes Tulum Pueblo
) is the largest community in the municipality of Tulum
, Quintana Roo
. It is located on the Caribbean
coast of the state, near the site of the archaeological ruins
. The community had a 2005 census population of 14,790 inhabitants.
Several years ago, Tulum Pueblo was a quiet village 2 km (1.5 mi) from the archaeological site, and tourism outside of the ruins was limited to a few small shops and simple cabanas
on the beach. As of the 2010 census, population of Tulum Pueblo has grown to 18,233 permanent inhabitants. Tulum Pueblo remains mostly a Mexican town, with some tourists eating in the restaurants and bars at night.
Since 13 March 2008 the town is head of the newly founded municipality
, the ninth in Quintana Roo.
Zona Hotelera Tulum
The "hotel zone" of boutique hotels on the Tulum beach has grown to over 40 small hotels, most of them cabañas built in the traditional Maya style with thatched palm roofs, and a few restaurants and beach clubs. Inexpensive cabañas with hammocks
are still available. Most accommodations remain rustic as electricity in the "hotel zone" is either non-existent or is generated on site.