Tulum has a lazy, beach bum vibe which was perfect after nearly two weeks of San Francisco exploring, dancing at Coachella and partying in Vegas. Fall in love with the white sands, turquoise waters and chill vibe of Tulum.
Where we stayed
As mentioned in a previous post we were booked into Live Tulum, after two flights and two buses the small, whitewashed boutique hotel looked like paradise. Inside the reception it’s quiet, shady and has touches of Mexican art scattered across the few surfaces.
The hotel is located in the town, however it’s location means you’re close to the town and the beach. You can walk into town, but the beach and ruins are only a short bike ride away, the hotel hires out bikes with a deposit. If you want to taxi to the beach it’s around 80 Pesos for the 3km trip. Taxis do not have meters, so if you want a quote before hand then you can ask, otherwise they’ll advise you at the end. You’ll get a variety of prices depending on your driver.
The hotel is very beautiful, the white washed walls are complimented with timber accents and splashes of colour. The staff are friendly, they gave us a map and plenty of recommendations for where to eat and shop.
Our breakfast was included, and each day they had a spread of fruit, bread, Mexican eggs, beans, meat and some cereal. It’s served in the shady dining room just off the pool from 7am until 10am, such a perfect way to start the day.
One tip; there is no lift, but the top floor is only two stories and the staff are more than happy to help.
Where we Ate
The first night we went around the corner to a small restaurant called La Coqueta. Small tables and chairs covered with colourful Mexican tablecloths, cheap beer, a guy with a guitar in the corner and plenty of fabulous cheap and tasty Mexican food.
Mezzanine on the beach is great for lunch in-between sunbathing sessions; it’s right on the entrance to the beach and is part of a boutique hotel. It boasts incredible views across the
ocean, sleek seating options and food that’s a cross between Mexican and Thai. I highly recommend the fish tacos and chicken tequila dumplings!
The beach is a fantastic choice for evening dining too, our second evening we went to Zamas on the beachfront.It has beautiful colourful tables set right beside the ocean. It’s simply magical, and make sure you order a passion fruit mojito!
Our final dinner was at Ziggy Beach Club, this was what I would call fine Mexican dining. The menu consists of Mahi Mahi in Mustard Mango and Pork Pancetta on Chile Ancho Adobo. It boasts an uninterrupted ocean front views, a cozy fire pit and hammocks to sip cocktails in. Make sure you come back during the day for full beach side service.
The beach front has dozens of great restaurants and bars to choose from and it has some great little shops too. It’s safe to wonder down at night and explore and there are plenty of taxis hanging around there so you can get back into town without any hassle.
What we did
Gran Cenote is a ten minute taxi ride from the town, you can bring your own snorkel and flippers or rent them there. You must shower before you enter the cenote as the oils and chemicals in bug spray and sun cream pollute the crystal clear water. You then walk down into the cenote where you can hire a locker to leave your belongings.
It’s a beautiful crystal clear pool with lots of fish and turtles, there is a roped off area where you can sit and watch them but they’ll also come out and swim alongside you which is a magical experience. You can also follow the guide rope through a small cave and pop out on the other side into another pool. They also do dives here, so you’ll see people squeezing down into impossibly small cracks into underwater caves.
I recommend you get here early as it’s extremely popular, it opens at 10am and costs 100 Pesos per person, with gear and locker hire extra.
The town is the perfect place for some gift shopping, there are endless amounts of stores selling a multitude of Mexican items. Gorgeous hand woven blankets, sugar skulls, tequila, jewelry, art and so much more. Watch out though, the cigars are fake! One of the best places to go for Mexican art is Mexicarte you’ll find it on the main street. The town also has great quick lunch options, so you can stop in-between shopping for refreshments and a refuel.
If you are planning a trip to Mexico I highly recommend you check out Tulum, it has something for everyone and is the perfect place to unwind.