21 Ultimate Things to Do in Tulum

From sacred sinkholes to boho beach clubs, don't miss out on these 21 things to do, see, and eat while in Tulum.

There’s something magical about Tulum, one of Central America’s most sought-after beach destinations. Sure, it boasts the coveted title of being a Pueblo Magico (Magic Town) of Mexico; however, beyond the title and accolades, there lies auric energy that seemingly surrounds the region. Some believe it’s the after-effects of the asteroid that struck the earth 66 million years ago, in this very area, leading to the extinction of dinosaurs. Myth or magic? You be the judge. However, one thing that is undeniable about this charming town is the richness of Mayan history, its resplendent beaches, lush jungles, and a food scene that will have you coming back to Tulum for seconds and thirds. Here are some of the best things to do in Tulum during your visit.

How 14 Famous Cities Around the World Got Their Nicknames

Discover the origins behind some of the world’s most famous municipal monikers.

Often, when we talk about famous cities around the world, we call them by nicknames that seem to be known just as well as their proper names. Be it the City of Light for Paris, the Windy City for Chicago, Beantown Boston. Some handles are pretty obvious, such as The Windy City of Chicago, or The Pink Cities of Jaipur and Toulouse, both of which have pink architecture, or The End of the World for Ushuaia in Argentina. However, some labels are not quite as self-evident, such as The Big Apple. Sometimes a little digging is needed to find out just how certain cities became known under their more unusual nicknames. For what it’s worth, the numerous cities called Paris of the East/West/North/South and the just as popular Venice of the (add region) will be ignored here, because the reasons are not only pretty clear but there are also too many to even validate the moniker.

10 Popular Destinations to AVOID This Summer. And Where You Should Go Instead

The best alternatives to popular destinations.

Have you ever gone to see a movie simply because of the hype? Your coworkers won’t stop talking about it, your friends won’t stop quoting it, even your aunt references it on Facebook. Hype has a way of over-inflating the importance of just about everything, including travel destinations. Some destinations live up to all the praise and celebration, while others fall short. But hype, deserving or not, always affects destinations in one specific way: It crowds them with tourists. And with this summer shaping up to be a popular one for vacation goers, maybe it’s time to skip the over-hyped spots and spend some time in a destination that’s a guaranteed good time. Here are a handful of popular vacation picks that don’t necessarily fall short, but you might want to consider skipping anyway–and visit these alternative, often under-the-radar, locations instead.