Sunday, February 24, 2019

Travel Guide: Tulum, Mexico

Just about a month ago I traveled to destination that actually wasn't on my list! Tulum, Mexico is literally more beautiful than words.  I'll tell you know at the start of this post that it is a place you'll definitely want to visit.  Some things you absolutely must experience for yourself.  Until you get there, let me help you start the journey!

Most of my travels up until this point have been the kind that are jammed packed with activities, tours and the general hustle getting around a city requires.  When I had some vacation days roll over from 2018 I thought what better time to take a more laid back vacation, and I'm so glad I did.  I love to sightsee but on this trip my absolute favorite activity was laying in the beach cabana with a margarita. Simple.

How To: Tulum is a darling beach town but there is no direct access here.  To get to Tulum you fly into Cancun International Airport.  From there you'll need to take a shuttle or car service which will drive you the approximately 1.5 hours to your destination.  Book a head of time to have your ride scheduled according to your flight arrival.  There are many services to choose from so don't fret.

When To Go:  Like I said Tulum was never really on my list so it was really a spontaneous kind of trip booked just 3 weeks out.  I found that really what many consider the "off season" is the best time to travel.  From January-April are some of the most mild months with temperatures in hoovering around the low 80's.  After this I'm told that the heat of the area can be quite intense.  It rained upon arrival but otherwise was such beautiful weather and just a slight chill at night.

Where To Stay: There are so many amazing resorts and hotels in the Tulum area.  You can even stay downtown Tulum if that's your thing but in my opinion you'll want to be as close to the beach as possible.  It is such a treat!  I enjoyed the stay at Villa Pescadores so much so that if I'm headed back at any point I for sure will be staying here.  The oceanview villa, the atmosphere, the staff, the food...everything was excellent.  Honestly there are some pretty bougie hotels in the area if that's your vibe but I felt like this place was somewhere in the middle. Also check our AIRBNB there are some darling options for lodging too!

Where To Eat:  Honestly pretty much all of the breakfasts, lunches, and dinners of the trip were at the hotel.  The dining there was so good with tons and options and obviously very convenient!  One night we ventured to a little restaurant down the road and it was amazing.  The restaurant, Kitchen Table  was so special with an atompshere to swoon over.  Nestled right among the trees its a short walk from many of the resorts in the hotel zone.

What To Do:  I think it pretty much goes without saying that the beach is the single best thing to do in Tulum!  The water is clear and the most beautiful shades of turquoise.  Pictures truly don't do it justice.  If you're not interested in being a beach bum all, of course there are many shops to visit along the main roads.  For sure take some time to check out the Tulum ruins, you'll learn some history of the area.  The ruins sit atop a hill and the overlook is breathtaking.  Our hotel rented bikes for just a few dollars a day and the ruins were a short ride away.  Lastly, the cenotes! Just google this word for pictures.  The cenotes are sinkholes that you can swim and snorkel in.  You'll be blown away!

Tulum is definitely a laid back vibe kind of place and truly what my soul needed.  A little leisure, relaxation, and a chance to recharge.  If I haven't convinced you yet check out this my video to see a little bit of this paradise for yourself.  Add this destination to you list, it's definitely a favorite of mine!



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