WHAT TO EXPECT IN TULUM
Bohemian hotels, endless amounts of tacos, and instagram-able worthy beaches…I am talking about the perfect tropical getaway: Tulum, Mexico! A place that had been at the top of my bucket list for a while. Im sure I wasn’t the only one hearing bloggers and travelers rave about Tulum’s bohemian charm and eco-friendly concepts. I had to experience it for myself. More than just a place to unwind and catch some rays, Tulum has a certain gypsy magic about it that everyone should experience first hand. The crystal clear water and ultra laid-back feel had me never wanting to leave.
WHEN TO VISIT
Most travelers visit Tulum from January through March. This means the beaches, hotels and the ancient ruins can be overly crowded. I suggest avoiding these peak months and their peak prices. Hurricane season ends by October; making October through December the best time to visit. The weather is still warm but not uncomfortably hot and crowds are to a minimum so you can really enjoy those white sand beaches and score hotels at a cheaper rate.
WHERE TO STAY
- Amenities include free WiFi, free Breakfast and air conditioning in all rooms and common areas.
- Dorms from US$12
- Private Rooms from US$40
- Simple, clean rooms right on the pristine Tulum beach.
- Offering yoga classes, open air massages and brick oven pizza. Need I say more?
- Get your camera ready for this! Their beach club is a dream. Hammocks, beach chairs, and super cute swings around the bar. Grab a mojito and listen to the DJ play nomad tunes all day long. (I’m sold!)
- Rooms from US$101
- The ultimate mind, body, and soul experience
- Located on the main beach of Tulum just steps from the crystal clear water and palm tree paradise.
- Offering yoga classes, spiritual activities and a vegan food menu this is a hipsters dream.
- Rooms from US$225
- 47 wooden-crafted tree house villas with 360 degree views
- Eco friendly and self sustainable
- This adult only property is the perfect place to unplug and detach from the stress of home
- There is no electric light or television so enjoy the beautiful white beach and turquoise water!
- The most instagramamble place to call home in Tulum. Like! Like!
- Villas from US$339
WHAT TO DO
Ruinas Mayas de Tulum
While we were in Tulum we rented a car and I highly suggest you do the same. It makes it super easy to get around and you don’t have to rely on tour bus schedules or finding available taxis. Our second day in paradise we left our hotel around 9am to make the 10 minute drive to Tulum’s main attraction- Ruinas Mayas de Tulum! Once we parked it was about a 10 minute walk to the entrance; passing by coconut and fruit stands on the way in. We took in all the beautiful and historic sites for about an hour and then had our sights set on the iconic beach located inside the historic park. This beach is a must see so get there early to claim your territory and catch some rays before heading back to town!
- Open daily from 8am-5pm
- Most tour busses arrive at 11am so plan on arriving before then to avoid the crowds.
- Bring a hat, sunscreen and water. It can get very hot and humid and quite miserable if you aren’t prepared.
- If you plan on spending time at the beach bring your own towels because there aren’t any available once you’re there.
Cenotes Dos Ojos
One of the most famous cenotes in the Riviera Maya attracting hundreds of tourists each day. Cenotes Dos Ojos is divided into three cavities: the first eye, the second eye, and the bat cave. Once you arrive at the cenote you can purchase tickets, snorkel equipment and lockers. Signs discourage snorkels from going into bat cave without a guide. We didn’t have a guide and since the cave was pitch dark and we were without waterproof lights it was impossible to get around. Eventually a guided group ended up passing through while we were still there so we ended up tagging along for a while then turning back around. My tip if you want to save money is to do the same thing. Guided groups are constantly going in and out of the cenotes so it would be easy to paddle along side them. Overall I think we spent about 2-3 hours here and that was plenty.
- Open daily from 8am-5pm
- I suggest going on your own and not with a tour company so you can come and go as you please.
- Bring a waterproof camera or go pro to capture some great photos.
- There are hammocks and places to relax if you want to spend the afternoon under the shaded trees.
Check out the beaches
Obviously where I spent the majority of my time. Beach hopping around Tulum was an adventure in itself. The soft white sand in front of our hotel was amazing but I wanted to see more! Explore some of the beaches that aren’t right in front of your hotel. You could discover a place you never knew was there.
- Tulum Beach
- Mayan Beach
- Playa Paraíso (My favorite)
Explore the town by renting a bicycle from a local hotel or shop. Id say almost every hotel has bike rentals and its a great way to get some exercise, check out the local boutiques, and immerse yourself in the relaxed, slow-paced way of life in Tulum.
Watch the sunrise
One of my favorite things to do when I travel, especially to a beach destination. Grab a morning coffee or fresh squeezed juice and post up on the beach. Capture the sun rising up from the ocean with your camera or maybe just take some mental photos to stash away for a rainy day.
EAT EAT EAT!
Tulum has amazing restaurants everywhere you turn. I didn’t have a bad meal the entire time I was there and I wish I could’ve tried everything. Here were some of my favorites…
TIPS FOR TULUM
- Rent a car. It makes it easier to get around to restaurants, cenotes and ruins. Not to mention it can get pretty expensive to get to and from the airport in Cancun using a car service or taxi.
- Bring bug repellant!
- Exchange money at the airport or before you get into Tulum. There is only one bank that close to exchange money and the line was pretty long when we went.
- Relax and enjoy the bohemian vibes Tulum has to offer!
HAPPY TRAVELS! xo