While Tulum is full of trendy cafes, health food restaurants, and Insta-worthy locations like this one, it's also got a dark side that's often ignored. So in an effort to keep it real, we’re going to talk about that. We stopped there for a few days recently and while we liked certain things about the town, the beach area covered in seaweed was an absolute shocker! It’s also the only place we’ve been in Mexico where we were offered all sorts of drugs out in the open repeatedly.
From a recent article in New York Mag: “In barely more than a decade, Tulum transformed from a backpacker’s beach into the next stop after Ibiza on the global DJ party circuit. It now has 40,000 residents, with 200,000 expected by 2030, and the town hasn’t been able to keep up with the arrival of wealthy jet-setters and the people who follow them on social media. There is no electricity on the beach, so diesel generators groan all day and night to run the air conditioners that customers demand.
The beach has no adequate sewer system, and waste has been leaching into the water supply beneath Tulum and out to the ocean, killing the coral reef. Tulum’s old landfill, a few miles outside of town, is full, and last summer it burned in the heat for three months straight. The new dump was supposed to last five years but was already overflowing after 18 months.”
And that’s just the start of it. Hate to break it to you but many so called “eco-friendly” places are just marketing tactics. There’s nothing sustainable about them. The EDM culture brings drugs and cartels into local communities to keep up with demand. (Link to the article is in our bio). It’s a tragic tale of “eco-chic” mass tourism gone very wrong...