I had never heard of Tulum until this year, and I feel like the best kept secret has been hiding from me! It was honestly one of the prettiest and unique places I’ve ever been. We flew into Cancun (which is the closest airport), and rented our own car. You can take a bus to Tulum, if you don’t want to rent a car. It is about a 90 minute drive.
Tulum is basically a jungle with a beach. I didn’t know what to expect, and everything was so green, lush, and beautiful. The water is WARM, and everywhere has the coolest vibe that puts you at ease. We felt safe the entire time, and once you’re there, you will bike everywhere in town. I spent a lot of time planning our trip (as always!), so I want to share with you what we did, so you can plan your trip and not miss out on any of the best places!
Where to stay:
The Nest Tulum: This hotel was AMAZING. Every room is in a private villa, and it was the most relaxing, beautiful place I’ve ever stayed. It’s just steps to the beach, and every morning they serve you and incredible free breakfast (photos are above). There was even a hammock in our room, and on our balcony. HIGHLY recommend this hotel, and when we go back, we will stay there again. On the beach, right next to it, you can also rent boogie boards and other things, so we always had right what we needed. It’s located in a great area that is close to so many things, and they have free bikes for you to take around the town.
(the cabanas at The Nest)
Where to Eat:
Philosophy Tulum: This was our very favorite place that we ate. Mike had their chicken, which in both of our opinions, is THE BEST chicken we’ve ever had ANYWHERE. It’s in the hotel Casa Malca, and the surrounding is beautiful. This is a must eat place for sure. I had the fish tacos, which were also the best fish tacos I’ve ever had.
(The decor at Casa Malca is sooo pretty!)
Posada Margherita: I know it sounds weird to eat Italian food in Mexico, but you have to trust me. Posada Margherita is owned by an Italian couple and is incredibly fresh, homemade pasta that will make you wanting more and more and more :). The view is of the ocean when you’re eating, and I told Mike that my pasta rivaled with what I ate in Italy.
Raw Love: This is a popular place to get fresh acaii bowls and smoothies! Tulum is big on fresh and raw food… we loved it!
Coco Tulum: Great food, and is also where the photo was taken of me on the white swings above. You can eat on a swing, at a table looking out at the ocean.
Papaya Beach Project: We loved the atmosphere here, and the food is exceptional. Of course, I had fish tacos (I think I got them every meal except when we had Italian food!)
**The Nest: I’m starring The Nest, because this list is based on the assumption you’re staying there and eating their breakfast. If you are not staying here, you need to go eat at least one meal at their restaurant. It’s all amazing. And ask them to make you fresh juice!
El Taqueto: Their tacos I think were .50 cents, and its located in town, where all the locals eat. The best street tacos we’ve ever had, and is a very popular place. For authentic Mexican food, it doesn’t get any better than this!
Campanella Creamerie: THE BEST GELATO IVE EVER HAD. Even better than in Italy. I’m not kidding.. you must go here. Every night 🙂
What to Do:
Swim in the Ocean
Rent boogie boards (and don’t loose your go-pro doing it like we did!)
Bike around town
Gran Cenote- (go to as many Cenotes as possible!)
Tulum Ruins- Ancient Mayan Ruins
Yoga on the Beach- Many places offer this… yoga is huge in Tulum
I HIGHLY recommend visiting Tulum. We’ll be back hopefully again this year!