TULUM WAS EXTRAORDINARILY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. FROM THE COUNTLESS BOUTIQUE HOTELS, FIVE-STAR RESTAURANTS, AND ENDLESS SHOPPING; IT’S A MUST SEE DESTINATION.
When you fly into Cancun and then take a 2 hour drive up the coast to get to Tulum, you’ll quickly notice that all of the hotels, restaurants, and shopping are located on one main street that winds for miles along the beachfront.
My husband and I stayed at NEST Tulum, which was quite a ways down the Tulum-Boca Paila road. This quaint hotel was perfect for what we wanted out of our stay. The rooms have an eloquent boho chic, coastal vibe and the cost was affordable compared to the neighboring boutique hotels. With this being a small hotel of only 15 rooms, it had somewhat of a Bed & Breakfast feel to it where you could walk outside your room in the morning, grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee and enjoy a relaxing breakfast overlooking the beach. It was shocking how inexpensive the food and drinks were considering the quality. We learned quickly that ordering a piña colada and homemade guacamole on the beach was never a wrong choice!
Everyday we couldn’t wait to eat, then eat again, AND eat some more. The endless list of choices seemed to go on-and-on, especially when every restaurant was gorgeous with high ratings, award winning chefs, and so forth. So we ate at a couple of restaurants recommended to us, but then ventured out to try a few that we discovered ourselves. The variety of food seemed to either learn towards traditional authentic Mexico cuisine or menus which featured a little taste of Italy. Either way, if you went with the tacos or the pasta, it’s guaranteed to be delicious! June was definitely one of the hottest months of the year to travel to Tulum so everyday we would find a new spot to get fresh juice or gelato (..and sometimes both). During the day and in the evenings, we road bikes provided by our hotel to whichever restaurant we wanted to eat it. Highly recommend this over taking a taxi!
It’s safe to say that I was pretty much obsessed with every little boutique we stepped inside of. Most stores were full of locally made linens, textiles, ceramic dishware and a copious supply of incense of which we couldn’t fit enough of in our suitcases!
There are other things to do in Tulum besides laying on the beach and eating an endless amount of food believe it or not! While the majority of our days consisted of enjoying the beach and exploring the town on bikes popping in-and-out of shops, there were a couple of days we ventured farther out to see more of the sites. Two main sites worth seeing are the local cenotes, which are natural sinkholes where you can go snorkeling, and the Mayan Ruins. Instead of taking a taxi or riding bikes this day, we rented a motor scooter, which was worth it in the heat and with the distance we had to travel.