My husband and I spent the first week of our marriage in dreamy Tulum. Located on the southern Caribbean coast of Mexico, Tulum’s beaches are pristine, cuisine is fresh, hotels are chic, and people are friendly. Only a 90-minute drive from the high rises and chaos of Cancun, you will find yourself in the middle of a trendy, tranquil jungle. With much to eat, see, and do, here’s a breakdown for your trip to Tulum!
We stayed in an Arena Suite at the boutique hotel, Be Tulum. With only 40 suites, Be Tulum is intimate and welcoming. We arrived late in the night to a bottle of Champagne and charcuterie that we enjoyed by our private plunge pool. Our room was just steps away to the breathtaking, private beach, where we enjoyed a complimentary, barefoot breakfast every morning. This stylish, boho-chic hotel was the perfect honeymoon abode!
One of my favorite nights we spent in Tulum. The restaurant is placed in the middle of the jungle, with frequent late-night dance parties!
Owned by an Italian couple, this charming beach front restaurant (and hotel) serves the best Italian food in Tulum.
Often considered the best restaurant in Tulum, and don’t get me wrong, the food was excellent, but the service on the other hand, was horrible. After waiting long past our reservation, we were seated next to the hot, noisy kitchen. The service and meal felt rushed, which ruined the experience.
Great cocktails, atmosphere, and service.
Yaan Wellness Spa
Beautiful spa, across the road from Be Tulum. We went for a couples massage the first day of our trip, and had to book another appointment before we left!
Sian Ka’an Kayak tour
Sian Ka’an, which is Spanish for “Gift from Heaven,” is a protected natural biosphere filled with mangroves, dolphins, sea turtles, wild birds, crocodiles, etc. We took a very informative kayak tour with Viator. Be prepared for a long day (6 hour tour), but if you’re interested in seeing untouched nature – this is the tour for you!
We borrowed bikes from our hotel and rode to the Mayan Ruins. The ruins were built right on the coast and is one of few Mayan Ruins that is protected by a wall. Very interesting as well as beautiful architecture and views!
Deep sea fishing
Warning, this company does not provide life jackets, and the boat is a little uncomfortable, but it was a blast to head out into the ocean blue and catch wild fish! We only caught “catch and release” fish, but if you catch an approved fish, you can bring it into a local restaurant to have it prepared for lunch!
Dos Ojos Cenotes
There are a ton of cenotes to explore in the area. We visited Dos Ojos (two eyes) – which I’d highly recommend. Rent some snorkels and explore the fish, reefs, and mysterious caves!
Be sure to pack sunscreen. We forgot ours and the only kind we could find near our hotel was an organic brand that wasn’t waterproof. We ended up having to ride our bikes quite a distance to find a gas station that sold a more reliable sunscreen.