If you’re like me, you probably have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to places you want to visit, see and explore. The past couple months, Tulum kept popping up and I immediately put it on the top of my list. Tulum is a very small town in the state of Quintana Too in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is roughly two hours south of Cancun and is quickly becoming the tourist destination and every bloggers dream, with the Caribbean blue waters, use greenery and delicious food…basically paradise. Plus, there is very little service there so its easy to actually relax and get away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
I started researching and figuring out when the best time to visit was and it turned out, NOW is the best time to go, before it gets too hot to even go to the beach and when the tourist season is starting to settle down so its not super busy. I told my boyfriend Aaron and just like that, we booked our tickets and were headed to Mexico! We spent four nights in downtown Tulum, about 20 minutes away from the beach and it was absolutely perfect!
We took a red eye on Sunday night so we would get there early Monday morning and wouldn’t have to miss an extra day of our vacation due to travel. We ended up landing around 6:30 a.m. Tulum time (they are 2 hours ahead of us) and it was an hour and a half shuttle ride to our hotel from the Cancun Airport. Perfect timing for breakfast at the XscapeTulum Hotel restaurant, where we were staying and a dip in the pool while we waited for our room.
The rest of the first day, we literally just slept all day long until dinner. I was exhausted from working so much running on very little sleep and then traveling on top of that! But hey, thats what a vacation is for, sleeping in as much as you want and doing things on your own time, right? We did eat at a really good place down the street from us called Burrito Amore. It’s a cute little restaurant with all outside seating and the burritos were muy bien!
The next day of our trip we wanted to get an early start and see the Mayan Ruins before it got too crowded and hot. I recommend getting there when it opens if you can (8 a.m.) We ended getting there a little after 9 and it wasn’t too bad but when we were leaving it was getting busy. It’s about $5 US to get in and you can stay for as long as you want! They offer tours (in all languages) but I personally don’t think its totally necessary.
There is also stairs down to the beach if you get hot you can take a dip so bring a suit just in case!
Outfit- Isabelle’s Cabinet
Top- Green Set Top
Bottoms- Raven Set Bottoms The mustard pants are sold out but I linked a similar styled pair in a black!
Once we were done we thought it was a good idea to cool off and check out a cenote. There are tons of cenotes around Tulum but we wanted something more secluded like Cenote Cristal Escondido, which is actually two cenotes-one Cristal and the other one Escondido, that are connected through an underwater tunnel like a lot of the others. We decided to start with Escondido and it did not disappoint! It was absolutely beautiful with so much greenery surrounding this pool of water so clear you can see all the little fish and rocks below you which makes it more comforting getting in knowing was below haha! It even had a little deck you can jump off! Escondido ended up being so nice we didn’t even go to Cristal, we just hung out there for a couple hours until we both agreed it was time for a drink. Plus, the nice part about going to Cristal Escondido was how close it was to our hotel, its located about 5 minutes south outside of the downtown area!
One of the places that would always come up when I was looking for places to go in Tulum was COCO Tulum’s bar so of course we had to go. There me and Aaron sat on swings, drinking, eating and watching the waves.
Romper- Melrose in the OC
On our way back we wanted to walk so we can see some of the other resorts and shops, and we stumbled upon this restaurant called El Pez and had a drink. Seriously guys, out of all the drinks from the trip, “Dear Mr. Donald Trump” was hands down my favorite…so good even Aaron agrees!
Speaking of good restaurants, you have to go to The Real Coconut for breakfast it is an absolute must! There food is all gluten, grain, dairy and refined sugar free…can I get an amen! The plantain pancakes are highly recommended along with the iced dirty chai. The ambiance of the place is so spot on too, with the airy atmosphere, comfortable inside/ outside seating and friendly service.
It was so good me and Aaron ended up eating there two days in a row! Its located in the Sanara hotel which offers yoga classes with an amazing view of the ocean so one of the mornings I took a class while Aaron got to get some work done then had breakfast together, it was perfect!
It wasn’t until a couple days of us being there that we realized we never actually hung out at the beach so we dedicated the rest of Wednesday to nothing but laying out and playing in the water. We went with Be Tulum Hotel, which asks you to spend at least 800 pesos a person to use the beach club but you can use that towards food and drinks which wasn’t going to be a problem. The service was amazing, we got to lay on this comfortable day bed and had waiters take our order or put or drinks on ice while we went for a swim!
We ended up perusing some of the shops on our way back and stopped at Matcha Mama so I could get a little sweet tooth acai bowl fix because I just couldn’t resist, plus those swinging seats get me every time…
We thought, why stop the eating there? Let’s go to Bejuco for dinner! Which our taxi driver, Freddie informed us it is pronounced Ba-Who-Co meaning vine in Spanish which makes a lot of sense because the restaurant looks like this…
Across and a little down the street from Bajuco, there is a restaurant/bar named MaTeaos which me and Aaron ended up at a couple nights after diner for some live music and well TEQUILA! Its all outside under a covered top and every time we went it was busy with lots of other tourists!
Our last full day in Tulum we wanted to just relax so we just cruised down to the beach and figured we would try out another beach club at the Alma Hotel. It was okay, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The service was very slow and didn’t provide towels or even a straw for my drink…like what? Other than that, the hotel was pretty cute, comfy beach chairs and fun little hammocks.
We ended our trip with such am amazing dinner at the Nomade Hotel. The entire place was a dream, I want to move in! The ambiance in the entire place was just magic and the food was the best meal we had there! We got the Calamari to start and both ordered the salmon for our main course, both are highly recommended!
Dress- Isabelle’s Cabinet (unfortunately, they no longer have the dress but I liked a similar dress of theirs.)
And thats our trip to Tulum, Mexico! It was so beautiful was a much needed relaxing getaway for me and man. We already cannot wait to go back!
- Since there are no direct flights straight to Tulum, you will land in Cancun and need a shuttle or other means of transportation. I recommend Happy Shuttle.
- Get pesos right when you get there, there is a currency exchange place in the airport after you get your bags or exchange it before you leave for your trip. The ATMs will charge an exchange fee as well as the banks, plus you don’t want to have to be getting money out from the ATM all the time.
- Do not drink the water! Only drink water bottles (or beer)!
- No need to rent a car since most places are biking distance from each other. Hotels usually have some to rent or are complimentary to use. Since our hotel was about 15-20 mins from the ruins/beaches, biking was going to be too far so we took taxis and it wasn’t expensive. I think the most we paid for a ride in U.S. dollars was about 10 at the most. Also, if you do go with taking taxis I recommend Freddy Damas. He was so great! He speaks pretty good english and is super friendly with lots of great recommendations about where to eat and where to go/do in Tulum. He gave us his card so we can schedule a taxi pick up from him which made it super convenient! The best way to reach him is through email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- January-March is when Tulum gets the biggest wave of tourism so go near the end but before it gets too hot or wait until October-December when hurricane season is over and the weather is warm.
- Four days in a good amount of time to stay in Tulum. Next time, I don’t think we will even need to go for that long since we crossed off almost everything on our to-do wish list!
- As for bringing kids to Mexico, everywhere is pretty kid friendly but we only saw a handful of kids the whole time we were there and they were in our hotel. If you stay at one of the resorts on the beach side then you wont really need to leave since the beach and the pool are right there.
- Try and make friends with your taxi driver, talk to them about what they recommend in Tulum, usually they know enough English to have a conversation and are really fun to talk to! If they don’t know where you want to go, we found it was the easiest to communicate where we wanted to go through a pictures on a phone or showing them the spelling.