Coconuts, surf, sand and margaritas as big as pineapples. Tulum is every beach lover’s dream come true without feeling like you are surrounded by a flock of tourists. I’ve nick-named it the Byron Bay of Mexico.
So, where do I start? I freaking loved this place. About one hour drive south of Playa del Carmen, Tulum is the perfect combination of relaxation and rustic cabanas along with a cool hippy vibe. The long stretches of white sand and the inexorable current of the Caribbean, leaves you not wanting to do anything but chillax. From eco-lodges to all inclusive five star resorts there’s a type of holiday there for everyone.
The main street runs the whole way down the heart of Tulum; one side pristine beach, the other side Mexican Jungle. The street is dotted with a charming mixture of bungalows, restaurants, yoga studios, cafes and boutiques. It was hands down my favourite place in Mexico. We spent the day lounging in the sun at a small hotel called Las Ranitas (a small eco-lodge recommended by my sister for their ginormous sunbeds and even bigger margaritas). The day drifted away with us ordering a perfect rhythm of Mexican nibbles and cocktails. I think I tried every flavour margarita possible!
We weren’t staying in Tulum but had rented a Jeep for the day to explore the town and boy oh boy had I wished I stayed there longer. If you don’t feel confident enough to rent a car, you can organise a transfer from your hotel in Playa del Carmen or better than that- plan to stay in Tulum itself.
I’m definitely going to stay in Tulum a lot longer next time.
Peace & Love