Tulum has become quite popular over the last few years, but luckily it still has the secluded beach town charm that makes it so special. Living in Texas makes it really easy to travel to, so it’s my go-to locale to relax and reset. It’s a little over an hour and a half drive, south of Cancun, far away from the overcrowded touristy beaches. There’s great shopping, incredible food and an overall easy going vibe.
Where to Stay
In Tulum, you have two options when it comes to lodging – boutique hotels and vacation rentals. I’ve done both. You can find vacation rentals through Airbnb and Trip Advisor, but be sure to read the reviews thoroughly. I’ve found that the rental properties are in town and more affordable, whereas most hotels are along the beach and more expensive. As much as I love a good vacation rental, I would highly suggest spending the extra cash for a hotel on the beach. There is nothing like opening your cabana door to a view of the sun rising over the ocean.
On my last visit, I stayed at El Pez which is a part of Colibri Boutique Hotels. It was perfect for our girls trip, and was comfortable and spacious enough for three ladies sharing a suite. The staff was amazing. Turn down service, morning coffee and breakfast was also included in our stay.
Where to Eat
Burrito Amor for a quick, inexpensive breakfast.
DelCielo Tulum for a hearty, healthy breakfast.
If you’re a seafood lover, El Camello Jr. is a must! If you’re staying on the beach, it’s a quick cab ride to the main street in town.
Where to Relax
La Zebra Beach Hotel (also a part of Colibri Boutique Hotels) has the best beach cabanas and beachside bar if you’re looking to relax near the water. If you’re not a guest at the hotel, I suggest arriving early since cabanas fill up fast. They also have an outdoor restaurant a few steps away from the cabanas.
I cannot say enough great things about Yaan Wellness Energy Spa. It was the best spa experience I’ve had to date. Each treatment begins with a one-hour circuit through their relaxation water pools, sauna and steam room. It’s worth every penny!
More Helpful Tips
1. Brush up on your Spanish before you go with the Duolingo app and the ButterflySpanishola YouTube channel.
2. I would not advise using the money exchange stations along the beach, the rates are terrible. There are multiple HSBC banks with ATMs in town, which will give you a much better exchange rate with your bank.
3. Use the WhatsApp to make calls or text via wifi.
4. For transportation to and from the airport, I recommend Canada Transfers.
5. For handmade hammocks and souvenirs, take a taxi into town and you can walk up and down to shop the main street. For heavy duty shopping, Francisco Umay is the place! It’s about 30 mins outside Tulum and you can pay a taxi to wait while you shop. They have great prices on handmade home decor, hammocks and handbags.