Hotel(s): Luv Tulum
Over the holiday weekend we visited Tulum, a place I mentioned a few posts ago! Located about 1.5 hours from Cancun, this little gem was just the escape we needed. We knew that during the 4th of July weekend Cancun would most likely be filled to the brim with fanny-pack-wearing, DSLR-toting tourists so we opted for something a little more quiet.
Tulum was incredibly bohemian/hipster to the point where I was a little annoyed. I knew it would be like that, but I wasn’t expecting it to be that bad. Just be prepared for that. I felt like I was in a Mexican version of Brooklyn. It was, however, very quiet and had an incredibly relaxed vibe, which is what we wanted. You won’t find many nightclubs in Tulum, so if you’re looking to rage, it’s probably best to stick to Cancun.
There are Mayan ruins, many cenotes, beautiful beaches, and of course MEXICAN FOOD to immerse yourself in while there. There are some ruins in Tulum (we didn’t get to them though), and Chichen Itza - one of the 8 wonders of the world - is a two hour drive away. Swimming with sea turtles and visiting a cenote (pronounced the Spanish way - seh-note-eh - don’t be a gringo!) was definitely the highlight of the trip for me. Oh and margaritas, oh and guacamole.
I would definitely go back to Tulum - I don’t know that we’ve had a trip that relaxing since our honeymoon. I could easily spend two weeks there but only if staying in a hotel with AC or during a time when it's cooler. More on that later. Overall, I give Tulum two thumbs way up!
Day 1 | Arrive in Tulum late afternoon
Day 2 | Swimming with sea turtles, explore Yaxmuul cenote
Day 3 | Leave Tulum early afternoon
- Casa Violeta
- La Zebra (breakfast)
PRO TIP: Remember when Charlotte drank the water in Mexico in SATC? Don't be like Charlotte. Also make sure that the seafood you consume is fully cooked, and bring bug spray, especially if you plan on leaving the beach area.