Tulum Announces New Anti-Noise Laws

Tulum has long been known as a popular party town on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. However, with new anti-noise laws in place, what will it mean for the city’s tourism?
Tulum Announces Anti-Noise Laws. Photo: Nattu Adnan | Unsplash

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The popular beach town of Tulum has announced its new noise control law, which came into effect on 1st November. 

The Mexican town has long suffered from complaints about the loud music and festivities that go into the early morning. 

Millions of tourists flock to Tulum every year. However, not everyone goes there to party, so the noise levels can dampen their holiday. 

Here’s everything we know about the law change and the impact it could have on tourism in the area. 

Tulum’s Noisy Reputation 

Tulum is a Popular Party Town with a Reputation. Photo: Austin Distel | Unsplash

While Tulum may be known as a destination with a thriving nightlife scene, it doesn’t mean it should ruin the holiday experience of those who want to go there to relax. 

Travellers who plan to visit but are worried about the noise are forced to stay in other towns instead, harming Tulum’s tourism. 

Tulum has finally listened to locals and travellers about the loud music and introduced new laws on 1st November. 

In October, Tulum introduced a law that mandated all bars and clubs must refrain from playing loud music from midnight. This was a win for travellers who want to relax and a blow for those who visit for the nightlife. 

What Travellers Should Know About the New Noise Control Laws 

Tulum Bar. Photo: Roberto Nickson | Unsplash

Last week, the Tulum City Council revealed its latest round of measures designed to keep the noise levels to a minimum. 

A prominent measure amongst them was that noise levels must be kept below 65 decibels from 1 am onwards. To put it into perspective, a normal conversation is around 60 decibels, and the sound of a hair dryer is 70 decibels. 

This new rule will ensure that casual travellers looking to relax can finally get a good night’s sleep. 

However, that wasn’t the only change brought in. From 1 am onwards, selling food and alcohol will be prohibited. Establishments will also have to fully close and turn off their lights by 1:30 am. This will reduce the risk of partiers carrying on behind closed doors or spilling out onto the streets. 

Although this change is fantastic for those wanting to visit Tulum and not party, it comes at a price for those who choose Tulum as their party destination. Instead, the partygoers may have to find other places to visit instead. 

Each of these changes is only applicable in Tulum’s Coastal Zone of the municipality. There is a chance parties will continue into the night in other parts of the city. 

What This Means for Tulum’s Tourism

Famous Statue in Tulum. Photo: Rafael Cisneros Méndez | Unsplash

Tourism officials in Tulum hope that the move will elevate the city as a top-quality destination and attract a new type of travellers to its shores. 

However, there will be travellers dismayed by the news that Quintana Roo is set to lose one of its most fun destinations and may head to Cancun instead. 

Tulum still has plenty to offer travellers, including pristine beaches, fantastic food spots and nearby cenotes, so it doesn’t look like the town will lose any of its popularity soon.

Will you still visit Tulum regardless of the new noise level changes? 


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