A LITTLE GUIDE AND LOTS OF LOVE IN TULUM
Traveling, discovering, learning and loving are the most important things in life!
I can’t think of anything better than packing my bags, jumping on a plane and ending up in another place, another country or even on another continent. Sometimes the weather is warmer or colder but sometimes it’s also just the same temperature as where I come from. And yet there’s always a different culture, new food and another language to be found!
I love to stroll through the streets, find my own way around and just soak up the energy and atmosphere of this new place!
I just came back from an amazing trip to Mexico with my boyfriend. First, we went to Playa del Carmen for a few days and then ended our trip in beautiful Tulum.
Since it is the low season at the moment, it was thankfully not as loud and crowded as expected, or at least empty enough to let loose and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Tulum has developed pretty fast and is now a very popular destination. I’ve already been there once around 9 years ago with my family and it looked completely different! I wanted to show my boyfriend the Tulum that I got to know back then and we were both a little shocked to see how trendy it has become. Nevertheless, the people of Tulum still managed to keep their city very “jungle-y” by for example not having lights on the streets, especially in the poorer districts. Some places don’t even have electricity and you can find turtles and raccoons roaming the streets daily! (Making it a uniquely beautiful blend of modern influences and untouched nature).
Tulum consists of a small village, its pueblo, and of Tulum beach which is where most tourists stay. The beach is around 10 km long and lined with hotels, bars and restaurants all the way down. You can either walk on the beach or on the street, go from place to place by taxi or rent a bike at every corner to explore the surroundings.
In case you are planning a trip to Tulum – here are some of my favorite places and things to do:
1. Swim with turtles in Akumal
Only half an hour away from Tulum, you’ll reach Akumal where you can find a small tourist resort community right beside a bay. You must use the opportunity to snorkel here, the ocean is full of turtles! Once you swim 50 meters into the open sea they are everywhere. It is obligatory to wear a lifejacket, which you can rent at the beach.
You can also rent snorkeling equipment but of course it is cheaper to bring along your own. Usually the turtles prefer to stay in deeper water but they need to come up from time to time to breathe. When they do, you will get the chance to see them at close range, just make sure to respect them.
This place is famous for its breakfast/brunch and coffee. These are also the only things they serve. Maybe that is why they are both really good! I had the best goat-cheese omelet here that I’ve ever tasted, not to mention the peanut butter or the banana smoothie. Yummy! The staff is also really friendly and welcoming, which makes this café the perfect place to start the day!
3. Chilling in the Cenotes
The landscape is known for its sinkholes, locally known as cenotes, which are truly beautiful! There are so many different ones, some in caves, some in the open and some inside of giant holes. Make sure to check what you want to see before going. We visited Dos Ojos, which is an entirely flooded cave system. What shall I say? The caves were incredible! We also visited the Cenote Azul, which was in the open; it was insanely beautiful but not quite as awe-inspiring as the Dos Ojos.
4. Papaya Playa Projects
For out last few days in Tulum we stayed at the Papaya Playa Project. The hotel is located close to the coast and has beautiful rooms, many of them even have a private pool and hammocks! What I loved the most about the Papaya Playa Project were the beach bar and restaurant, the people and the whole vibe of the place.
5. La Eufemia
La Eufemia was the most laid-back and chill place we found in Tulum and we loved it! Especially coming from Berlin where most places are just like that. It is right by the beach, usually full of locals, they have amazing Ojo Rojos (best drink we had in Mexico) and great, cheap tacos! Perfect if you’re on a budget!
I heard so much about this place and I was not disappointed. Their food is outstanding, their Margaritas even better and the service is great! Make sure to reserve a table if you go, it is almost always full but we somehow managed to sneak in and get a seat by the bar 😉
During our first days in Tulum, we stayed at the Hotel Azulik, which is an eco resort. It was amazingly romantic featuring tree houses with views over the Caribbean Sea. This place doesn’t have any electricity in the rooms because they don’t want to disturb the nesting turtles. Instead, the hotel staff lights candles all around, even in the bedrooms. Perfect for a romantic holiday with your partner!
8. Coco Beach
What I was most excited about when heading to Tulum were all the cute beach bars, like this place called “Coco”. How amazing is it to sip a drink by the beach while sitting on a swing? 🙂
Mateo’s has the perfect rooftop bar where they have live music with a DJ and a trombone player who plays along with his instrument. Moreover, you have a 360-degree view with both the jungle and beach in sight. Hence, you can enjoy the most beautiful sunsets and a happy hour at the very same time 😉
10. Posada Margherita
This is an Italian-inspired place with amazing homemade pasta and a beautiful interior! If you get tired of all the tacos, Posada Margherita is the place to go!
Originally, Jacqueline is from Sweden but now, she lives in Berlin. Since 2015, she runs a blog where she shares her passion for high standard photography. Her sophisticated blog features daily looks, lifestyle posts and photos from her travels.
1. What must never be missing on your travels?
Sunshine, happy people, adventure and a camera 🙂
2. Which place do you really want to visit?
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