Tulum felt like a bohemian goddesses dream. Hand knit hammocks hung at every local spot and nestled between some of the best restaurants lie boutiques filled with local designers. Below I’m sharing with you some of my favorite highlights from our trip to Tulum.
Where to Stay: Chiringuito
On the south end of Tulum is Chiringuito a 12 room boutique hotel. Adorned with white brick walls, grey print tiles and perfectly placed cacti and palm trees this was my interior design dream. The hotel was quiet with it’s own restaurant on site and our room had a private rooftop pool that overlooked the jungle. We were able to rent bikes from the front desk and we were an easy bike ride or walk to everything. I absolutely loved our stay and Chiringuito and know we will be back again soon.
Where to Eat:
Arca: By far our favorite place we ate. The restaurant was busy, but worth the wait. We grabbed a cocktail while we waited for our table where we had chatted with some of the people around who gave us some tips on what to get on the menu. The menu is seasonal here, but if they happen to have the smoked baby potatoes get them- they were unbelievable and I wish we could have smuggled some home.
Casa Jaguar: a pathway outlines the inset seating inside this romantic hideaway restaurant. The atmosphere felt intimate with all of the tables or seating area merely lit with candles. We stopped in to grab a cocktail where the bar is located right next to the outdoor kitchen where we watched the chef prepare some of the amazing dishes on the menu. Both the Chamorro and Whole Roasted Fish were delectable!
What to Do:
Sac Actun: Located approximately a 40 minute drive from our hotel was the Sac Actun Cenote. This cenote is almost fully enclosed and was a little chilly as you areunderground for the majority of the time. With a guide and his flashlight you swim through the underwater cave and learn the incredible story on how it was discovered. It was very unique and the highlight of our trip. Tip: pack a waterproof camera
Casa Cenote: Opposite of Sac Actun this Cenote was completely open. The water was crystal clear and had more marine life because there was a mixture of both salt and fresh water. If you don’t feel like snorkeling you have the option to either kayak or paddle board as well. Tip: hire the guide they will show you hidden spots that we would’ve never spotted on our own.
Mayan Ruins: A 20 minute bike ride or 10 minute taxi from your hotel you can walk the ruins that overlook the ocean. There are stairs that lead down to the beach and when open you can swim out and see the ruins from a different perspective.
Rent a bike and ride around. We had so much fun exploring Tulum on our bikes. It was the easiest way to get around and we could easily explore the stretch of shops and restaurants without the hassle of negotiating a taxi ride. Take a ride down to Ziggy beach, it is beautifully maintained and they have some amazing fresh juice and ceviche beachside.