Tulum is a small beautiful town in the beautiful Quintana Roo, Mexico. It's full of nature, authentic food, positive energy and all around good feels. My happiness was at an all time here for all 5 days and l returned home feeling carefree and content. Tulum is one of those places you visit more than once.
This trip was a birthday trip l was very much looking forward to with my boyfriend. My soul craved somewhere close, new yet breathtaking. Somewhere l could sink my toes into the sand, eat/drink all day, read and not have a care in the world. l was surrounded by the hospitality of the loving locals but also felt solace in the evening by the ocean.
Let's get to why you're really here, for recommendations! It's important to know that there is Tulum Town and there is Tulum Beach/Jungle side. The beach/jungle side is where l recommend you stay - its the action the town. Here are the highlights of my trip and l hope you enjoy your time in Tulum as much as l did!
How to get there:
We arrived to the closest airport- Cancun (CUN) International and flew in from NYC. The flight was about 4 hours and it was prompt.
Originally, we opted for rental car but decided not to last minute when we arrived and instead used the service, Super Shuttle (blue colored uniforms) at the airport to rent a private luxury car to take us to and from our hotel. It was perfect as it was about $150 for roundtrip - our driver even picked us to take us back to the airport on our last day. It was stress free and l recommend it!
Note: Tulum is a good hour or so away from the airport. It's away from the drunk, noisy college students (cause don't nobody got time for that) of Cancun and past Playa Del Carmen- which was the 2nd leg of our trip.
Local Currency: Mexican Pesos (exchange most of your money at the airport)
We stayed at Hotel Naay Boutique and absolutely loved it! It was on the Tulum Town side but we spent most of our time by Tulum Beach/Jungle side, which is why l recommend you stay there. Our hotel was a cross between jungle and modern theme , which is very much our style. High tech but cozy. Free full Mexican/Mayan breakfast on the roof by the pool and they even had a small spa. Anywhere you find on Booking or Expedia in Tulum will do. Our hotel provided bikes so we rode for lunch and it was different for me but l enjoyed it. Everyone bikes in Tulum!
Where to go:
Burrito Amor - healthy style burritos , mexican food with a twist!
Posado Margherita - Island style Italian food
Gitano - Fancy dinner with jungle vibes
Chacabar - Quick light lunch
Casa Jaguar - Delicious dinner
Chamico - beachfront lunch
Matcha Mama - Smoothies/Acai Bowls
l can honestly say Mexico is one of the few places you could go anywhere in your vicinity and the food will be tasty. You don't have to look too hard.
Mayan Ruins - beautiful land of ancient temples
Chichen Itza - One of the 7 Wonders of the world. About 3 hrs away from Tulum - day trip it!
Swim in a cenote - definitely a must (if you're a water lover)
IK Lab- insanely beautiful art gallery , the architecture is jaw dropping. just stop in for 30 minutes to take it in and also take photos - make sure to check their hours!
Mansion/Beach of Pablo Escobar - probably the favorite part of our trip was spending an entire day on the beachfront mansion of Pablo Escobar. It is an art-filled boutique hotel called "Casa Malca" and l fell in absolute love! You can stay all day as long as you spend 50 Pesos which equaled out to like $25 which was nothing after 2 drinks and a tip. We had THE BEST MEAL (seriously, we still talk about it), fresh picked lobster, shrimp, corn, fish, veggies and more , and the best part was it was so cheap - quality food for an unbeatable price. There's free bed cabanas as well, that were so comfortable. The whole land strip was absolutely gorgeous.
Papaya Playa - Beach party,! Not a place for heels, nowhere in Tulum is for heels. Take your picture & leave them in the hotel.
Laguna Kaan Luum Lagoon - bring your own towels and food, very desolate. Picturesque and Instagram worthy for sure, but not much going on
Theres also so much shopping on the Beach/Jungle side along with where most of the restaurants and bars are located.
Don't forget to relax, you're in paradise.