How to describe Tulum in one word? AMAZING. I’ve been to a few places in Mexico over the years, and this places takes the cake, hands-down. The beaches, the jungle, the hotels, the people, the restaurants all so ‘amazing’.
A few weeks ago my husband and I finally decided to take a vacation and call it our “Honeymoon”. Typically honeymoons are right after your wedding; in our case ours was a couple of years later. We don’t play by the rules. A tropical beach-y destination was definitely our number one choice, and Tulum is all the rage so we packed our bags!
A little about Tulum, Mexico. It is 12 kilometers of beach, jungle, shops, yoga and restaurants. There is main road dividing the beach side and the jungle side. There is a slow, quiet, hippie-esque vibe around the entire area. The hotels are Eco Hotels and yoga friendly. Most, if not all, of the hotels and restaurants are run solely on generators and/ or open flame, and the plumbing water is straight from the ocean. All the restaurants are magical with ambient DJ tunes, a cocktail list to die for, bearded waiters, and super trendy waitresses. My Travel Tips and Itinerary are below.
We stayed at Papaya Playa Project for eight days. We absolutely loved our resort. Our cabana was an Ocean View Cabana- which was a stand alone cabin, with a private entry, and our own front deck with beach loungers and a hammock. Everything about the resort was open and outdoors. Our resort had an outdoor restaurant that overlooked the beach and had a perfect ocean view, several bars, beach access with private shaded lounging areas, and air that continuously smelled like Copal incense and burning wood.
Our first couple of days consisted only of beach time and margaritas.
Breakfast of fruit with honey & yogurt for me, and chilaquiles for Owen. Tacos for lunch (daily), and an afternoon of sunbathing followed shopping in Al Centro (downtown Tulum) and dinner at El Tábano.
We loved Tulum SO much! It’s so beautiful and exciting. We are already scheming on going back!
El Tábano, what we tried:
- Habanero Pineapple Margarita with Mezcal
- Goat Cheese Bruschetta (starter)
- Shredded chicken and Cotija stuffed jalapeños (starter)
- Pork Ribs (starter)
- Day 1: arrived in the afternoon, explored the resort, hit the beach, dinner at the resort restaurant
- Day 2: breakfast at the resort, beach day all day, dinner at the resort restaurant
- Day 3: breakfast at the beach, a few hours at the beach, downtown shopping, dinner at El Tábano
- Part 2 Coming Soon!