Welcome back jetsetters!
If you, like us, are recovering from a month of parties and are ready for a few days of relaxation, then look no further. Our Getaway Guide to Tulum will point you in the right direction of where to eat, sleep, do and… um, drink–you are on holiday after all!
Sleep Our room directly on the beach, and just steps away from the sea is perfect at The Beach Tulum. The welcome drinks—virgin mojito made with a ton of mint, lime juice and blitzed with crushed ice, served in mason jars soon became our favourite drink of the week. Every room is assigned their own beach bed under the palm trees, it’s a great way to idle the day of sunbathing and reading. If you prefer to sway yourself to a siesta than a hammock is conveniently hung right on your back porch. The staff is super friendly and go out of their way to accommodate. This hotel also has a meandering pool.
Our best meal was at the most atmospheric restaurant called Casa Jaguar. You’ll find our review of this and our other best meals on 5 Best Dining Experiences in Tulum.
Do note that because this resto is on the jungle side (opposed to beach side), you might experience a few more mosquitoes. We didn't have problems in November, but take bug spray to be sure.
The breakfast burritos at Ziggy's—part of The Beach Tulum—are delicious, as is their complimentary wholegrain raisin bread. Breakfast is included if you stay at the hotel.
Dance off your dinner underneath the disco ball and palm trees at Gitano. Then head to the mezcal bar and order an exotic cocktail, the Red Kiss Dragon made with strawberries and lime is so refreshing. Gitano also take dinner reservations, which is uncommon in Tulum.
Activities: A must do is a visit to one of the many cenotes (fresh water sacred wells) found in the area, all within 20 mins to an hour drive. The most popular is the Grand Cenote and Rios Ojos. We chose to visit a less popular spot to avoid the tourists, and instead headed to the open air, Casa Cenote. For $22, a guide swims the 250m waterway with you, takes underwater photos and tells you the history and formation of how a cenote came to be (flippers and snorkel included).
Another popular tourist site is the Tulum Mayan ruins. Go early to avoid the crowds coming from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. We cycled from our hotel and enroute stopped at a beautiful public beach, just past the Mezzanine hotel which we found to have calmer waters. It was a nice pit stop before joining the crowds.
Once the wind picks up which it does, there will be kite surfers crisscrossing the sea. It’s fun to watch but could be more fun to try. There’s loads of outfitters along the beach, just make sure they are certified before taking lessons.
We've also got you covered shopaholics! Check out our 5 Shops Not to Miss In Tulum.
Getting Around: This is best on foot or bicycle. The Beach Tulum rents out bike cruisers at US$15/day. There are rental places dotted along Beach road. Just be cautious when walking or cycling at night – there are no streetlights, so stick to the curb as much as you can and use your phone flashlight. Taxis zip up and down beach road, just flag one down. The flat rate ranges from 80-150 pesos depending on how far on the stretch of beach road you are going.
Getting to and from the airport: An airport transfer can be pre-arranged with STP Carrie online, a professional service that do pick-ups and drop-offs from Cancun International airport. The drivers, in green t-shirts are easy to spot and will have your name displayed on a board as soon as you exit the arrivals terminal. $200 per person, for return trip. Your hotel can also arrange a transfer for you.
Hope you find our guide useful, let us if you have any questions about Tulum, we're happy to help. Happy Travels! xxx