Hi Trippy! Heading to Tulum for a wedding for four days this month. We are staying at Coral Tulum and do plan to see the Mayan Ruins and have a few restaurants/places on the list like Coqui Coqui, Casa Jaguar, Gitano, etc. we'd like to try. Knowing we don't want to stay at the resort the whole time, is it easy to get shuttles? If so, what is the best shuttle company? Or would it be better to just rent a car? Thanks!
Rent a car! There are a lot of thing to see, it's easy to get taxis, shuttles and take the bus, but it will cost you a lot if you want to visit some places a little bit far
Another option is the inter-city bus from Cancun's bus station (there is a shuttle from the airport to the bus station) to Tulum. It takes about 2 hrs. Waaaay cheaper than a taxi :)
Have fun, Mexico is one of my fave countries (just booked my third trip there!)
I went to Tulum last month and definitely suggest renting a car. The road(s) within Tulum are narrow and crowded, but having some mobility is definitely an asset. And driving down from the Cancun airport is easy. Check with your hotel that they have some parking (or access to parking). A few other Tulum tips: 1) take a small flashlight - it is dark at night; 2) definitely take bug spray; 3) use ATM for pesos in airport or at a bank on way down - some Tulum ATMs only dispensed US Dollars. Have fun! Tulum is gorgeous and the restaurants outstanding.
Rent a car, taxis will add up in cost and shuttles will only take you to specific places. If you have your own list and want to explore a car will be much better. I lived in Mexico and it's really easy to drive around the Cancun and Tulum areas. The roads are good and lots of signs. There is a toll road which is new and hardly any traffic but it's expensive so i would take the regular highway. You will pass through check points but this is no problem just remember to take your passport. If the police stop you and they ask for money say no and tell them you will take a ticket or go to the station. Have fun!