I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people used bicycles in Tulum, Mexico. They were parked everywhere in both the Pueblo (town) and down at la Playa (beach).
Tulum is really two different towns connected together by a 5 kilometer (ish) road down to the beach. The pueblo is where most people stay or live and where most of the restaurants are. La playa is where you can spend your days, enjoying the sun and the beautiful sand.
The road down to the beach has a well-maintained bicycle path that runs parallel to it, which was great! I did find though that once you got down to the water, it became a little dangerous for cycling. The bike path ends and you have to share the road with vehicles (often speeding).
In Tulum you see bicycles everywhere and they are (one) of the preferred methods of transport. Cabs were plentiful as well in the area and quite affordable, but I love the freedom and health benefits of a bike. Plus, it fits well with the idea of sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism. Our hosts provided free bikes to their guests, but there were also many places to rent bikes in town.
It took us approximately 20 minutes to cycle down to the beach and it was definitely refreshing to jump in the ocean after the ride!!
Do you have any other favourite travel spots around the world where bicycle travel is encouraged for both locals and travelers alike?
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