First timers to Tulum
Tulum, located in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, holds one of the best-preserved ancient Mayan cities on the Caribbean coast. Tulum is divided into two areas: the town (pueblo) and the beach (playa). They are about 3 miles apart. We stayed and hung out in the playa area. Next time I will check out the pueblo side.
Tulum is a boho-glam dream, with its numerous boutiques, sandy white beaches, and rich heritage. Tulum didn’t disappoint me at all and look forward to go back in the near future. There were several things that I wished I got to do. This is the first time I didn’t feel like I was in Mexico compared to other places that I have been to in Mexico.
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How to get there
Fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN) and take 1 hour and 45 minute taxi or airport shuttle to Tulum. I typically get my flights on Expedia since I find great deals for hotels and flights. Don’t forget when you are there to make sure to get your pesos!!! I highly recommend having this. Most places take credit cards, but the taxi along with some of the bars only take cash. They will take American dollars, but will not break high bills or they raise the price on you.
There are several hotels that you can stay at and I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them. Make sure when booking that you look to see if they have air condition or not. We stayed at two different hotels and got two different experiences. One of the whole reason why I came here was to stay at the Azulik. When I saw on Instagram a friend post that she stayed there I fell in love with the property and knew I had to go and have this experience.
Azulik is a very unique experience and I’m glad that I got to go for one night. This property is in the jungle and you feel like you are a kid playing in a treehouse. Beware there is no AC and it is hot!! At night time when going to sleep its actually not that bad, they do have a fan right above where you sleep. Something else to pay attention to is that, there is only two people in a room. When we got there we discovered that and they would not even let the third person come to the room. So make sure when you are booking that you book accordingly.
Coco Tulum Unlimited was our next stop, we were so excited because now we have AC and a better beach!! This hotel is a great price and a great location. We could walk to most places if not if you rented a bike it could get you there. The service at this hotel was great and everyone was accommodating.
Other Beachfront Hotels in Tulum that come highly recommended:
Best Places to Eat in Tulum
One thing you should know about me when I travel is that I am big on going to restarants. The food here is amazing! I don’t think I had a bad meal on this trip. All the food was really fresh and clean.
Where to Eat in Tulum Beach
Kin Toh: There are mixed reviews out there about this place, but I wanted to check it out for myself. You are in the jungle and the atmosphere is worth it by itself. I had seabass and it melted it my mouth. If you are not looking to spend money on food here, I would go for drinks at the bar.
Gitano: This is the place to be at on Friday nights and the food was great.
Hartwood: Chef Eric Werner has made this restaurant as top 50 in the world. This place is very popular and you need to make reservation a month in advance if you can. You can make reservations at email@example.com
Clandestino: We stopped and had lunch there, we were looking for American food. The hamburger there was delicious along with the roasted corn on the cob.
Rose Nigra: This was my favorite by far, mainly because of the atmosphere. It was going off there, sparklers, great music and people dancing on tables. We went there on a Friday then ended the night at Gitano.
Casa Jaguar: This was probably my favorite spot in Tulum, you have to have a rita with a cricket in it. On Thursday it’s the night to be there!
Things To Do:
Rent Bikes and explore the town
Cenote’s- There are several of them and I would take the time to go and see at least one while you are here.
Spiritual Massage- My friend said it was one of her best things that she has ever done. She went to see Marco at Animamente.
Hotel hopping- Enjoy a drink at each of the hotels on the beach.
Kite Surfing- If you are planning on doing this, I would say you need at least 2 days to learn how to do this.