Tucked away between the jungle and beach at the tip of Mexico lies a little slice of utopia – Tulum. What’s interesting is that this little city, which is home to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – Chichen Itza, really didn’t become a top travel destination until about 3-4 years ago. An article I read prior to my trip described Tulum as a “place made famous by fashion bloggers” – and that’s ironically pretty true! I first became aware of Tulum by a few bloggers I follow, which eventually spread to friends in my close circle. A best friend of mine got engaged in Tulum toward the end of 2017, then decided to have her wedding ceremony there. So it was off to Tulum I went!
One of the hardest decisions to make when traveling to Tulum is where to stay. Whether on the beach or in the jungle, you’re more than likely going to be staying in a cute bungalow. Thankfully that decision was already made for me since I stayed at the same hotel as the wedding party – Coco Limited. Coco is a hotel group of 4 locations, with Coco Limited being one of the beach properties. I was SO incredibly please with the service here! Anything I requested the staff went above and beyond to deliver. We had a Garden Suite which was only a few steps from the pool and beach. This is definitely worth saving a few extra dollars when booking a room!
The beach cabanas are first come first serve, but we never had a problem snagging one when needed. The first day was spent exploring the hotel property and getting familiar with our surroundings at nearby hotels and restaurants. I had my first margarita of the trip at an outdoor bar located in a mini shopping center built of shipping containers. Let me just say this… they’re not lying when they say the tequila is out of this world!
I always say that the best plan is no plan, so the next day of our trip was spent exploring. We ventured out onto the beach that morning to be greeted by Sancho the Donkey. Sancho wasn’t very fond of taking pictures at first, but the staff told me he’d be willing to cooperate in exchange for a beer ! After wandering down the beach some more we made our way to Downtown Tulum (only a 5-10 minute cab ride). Here you’ll find shops on shops of Mexican artisans and leather goods. I got lucky with some sandals and some decent bootleg Chanel espadrilles!
That evening, the wedding party booked dinner reservations at local hotspot – Gitano. Aesthetically this is probably one of the most incredible restaurants I’ve ever been to. Candlelit boardwalks lead you to your table, followed by a secret lounge and resident DJ toward the back of the restaurant and deeper into the jungle.
The third day of the of our trip was definitely the most action-packed as this was our last full day. Our main mission was to see the ruins but also some cenotes, all before the wedding that evening! After doing some research, we found that the Mayan ruins of Coba were the only ones left that you could climb. Since Coba was roughly an hour from our hotel, we rented a car and began our journey. IF BOOKING A CAR MAKE SURE YOU DO SO PRIOR TO TRAVELING TO TULUM. Because this is such a tourist destination, they try to rip you off like no other – requiring a $3,000 deposit! Coba is filled with several pockets of ruins or temples, but the main attraction is the ancient pyramid.
The great part about the drive is that we passed several cenotes just right off the road and easily accessible. My favorite by far was El Gran Cenote, where you can swim through caves in crystal blue waters! Later that evening, the wedding ceremony and reception took place at Mía Restaurant & Beach Club where we danced on a private beach all to ourselves.
Sunday was the last day of our trip, where we had just enough time for one last meal. We had passed a little outdoor restaurant across from our hotel several times called Mur Mur, so we decided to check it out. I cannot even put into words how delicious and fresh the food was here, and reasonably priced! It was so good that we discussed ways on how we could possibly franchise a location in New Orleans.
Overall, Tulum lives up to its hype. With all of the various activities that you can do, I definitely felt like I needed more time! Before traveling back again, I will make sure to get my scuba license to enjoy the underground rivers. If you’ve been to Tulum before, what are some of your favorite experiences?!