Hello! It’s a new year and I promised I would be writing more about the places I have been and travel tips! I am focusing the next few blogs on Tulum Mexico, and Isla Mujeres, where we spent time in December.
Tulum is one of the most pinterest-worthy destinations in the world right now! We loved everything about the beautiful city of Tulum, from the cenotes, food, ocean, and all the Tulum vibes! Tulum is growing heavily for tourists and I understand why after spending time there! There is no other tropical vibe quite like it in this world! The bohemian vibes, and beautiful endless beaches make it hard to leave! Here are my top 5 tips for Tulum from 1. Where to Stay 2. Where to eat 3. Cenotes 4.Which Ruins to see 5. Where to shop and the nightlife.
Where we stayed
I would like to highly recommend a boutique we stayed at called Blue Sky Tulum Hotel. My husband and I stayed at Blue Sky for 5 days and didn’t want to leave! In my opinion there are two places you can stay in Tulum (the busier area near the center where hotels like papaya project are located, or the more remote area that is not too far from the center of Tulum. We chose the quieter area of Tulum, but then rented a car and drove into the shopping area several times. I am very happy with our choice! It was our honeymoon so it was more relaxing, but next time we go to Tulum we are excited to stay at Papaya project near the center. I had met a girl and she told me she stayed near Papyaya and there were parties all night and she didn’t get a lot of sleep, so she wishes she would of stayed where we did. Our hotel was quite peaceful!
Our hotel was pure paradise! I booked through my Southwest card on on booking.com because we got a great deal through this website, and we picked the best room with the jacuzzi tub and a view of the ocean. There are other options with a hammock on the balcony instead of the jacuzzi.
Everyday we would wake up to the sounds of waves, and I would make coffee and start the day with looking out at the ocean. This room had a his and her shower, and plenty of space for a great price! Here are some picture of our room and the decor of the hotel.
A few reasons I picked this hotel was that Blue sky was a good price, had two pools, a restaurant, and FREE access to kayaks, and paddle boards. It also had beautiful white hammocks everywhere you go, including two right outside on the ocean! My favorite thing about Blue Sky is that it is a 5 minute walk from Casa Cenote, which is a beautiful cenote to explore! We got some amazing drone shots of the hotel which you can find on my instagram “celseyb”.
Where to eat
I spent hours researching the food in Tulum, and the all of the photos on Instagram made me extremely excited to try many of the restaurants! Tulum is known for one of the hottest vacation spots so it only seems right they have some of the best food as well! One place particular that you must try if you are a smoothie bowl lover like me is “Matcha Mama Tulum” This place is so cute with swings, smoothie bowls, fresh juices, and all the cute instagram background that you would be looking for! This place is a little tricky to find so keep asking the locals at the shops if you get lost because they directed us right to it! You can also find a place called “Raw Love” that is top at the list of places to try in Tulum. This place is located in the hotel “Ahau Tulum” and serves delicious raw vegan organic vegetarian food. If you are looking for tacos I suggest a place called “Antojiotos La Chiapaneca” which is in the centro of tulum. This is rated the top place to get cheap tacos! Try the Al Pastor and you wont be sorry! There are so many place to eat in Tulum, honestly every place we ate I loved everything I ate.
There are MANY cenotes to choose from near or in Tulum. I will tell you about the two cenotes we chose to visit. The first cenote I was dying to see was “Dos Ojos” cenote and after spending time snorkeling in the caves, swimming and taking tons of photos, my husband and I agreed it was our favorite day we spent in Tulum! I recommend taking the tour of the caves! You get a tour guide, snorkel gear, flashlight, and they take you to areas in the cenote that are forbidden to go in unless you buy the tour. It was inexpensive and so worth it!
After the cave tour, we spent hours swimming and snorkeling in the cave. There are two areas in Dos Ojos you can see so even though though it’s a popular one, there were many times we had the area to ourselves.
I also recommend dong a massage at Dos Ojos! It was $17 for a massage, which was way cheaper than at our hotel, and it was amazing! There is a restaurant and bar at Dos Ojos if you are hungry after swimming! It is truly magical within this cenote with crystal clear water! We got tons of great photos and a memory to last a life time!
The 2nd cenote we visited was “Casa Cenote.”
This is a 5 minute walk from Blue Sky Hotel and pretty close to Dos Ojos off the highway. WARNING! This cenote is for the ADVENTUROUS! If you buy the tour it comes with swimming quite a distance, seeing the local “alligator poncho” and if you do the whole tour you will have to free dive under roots!
My husband is a strong diver so it was no problem for him, but for me it was quite a challenge because I had to swim under roots and even though I had snorkel gear, it was difficult for me.
But, with that said I am very happy I overcame my fears and did it! Our guide was amazing and he helped me under water each time we had to free dive.
We also used our go pros and got some stellar photos! If you choose to visit Casa Cenote, remember you can always just swim and not do the tour, but if you want some adventure in your life I suggest doing the whole tour!
There are two major ruins people like to see while in Tulum 1. Coba and 2. Tulum Ruins. We planned on seeing Coba but it’s a 45 min-1 hour drive from our hotel so we ran out of time and opted for the Tulum Ruins instead. One of the locals suggested Coba and not Tulum, but I was bound and determined to visit the Tulum Ruins, and let me tell you I was NOT disappointed! It was truly postcard beautiful and it felt like you had stepped back in time while walking through the ruins! I suggest buying your tickets at the automatic ticket dispenser instead of the ticket booth because the line is WAY less! The whole tour took us about 3 hours but be prepared to walk a lot! As you make your way through the ruins, at the end you will end up at the edge of the cliff which overlooks the ocean, and it is one of the prettiest sights i had ever seen! If possible, make your way down the stairs and enjoy the beach because it has beautiful photo opportunities at the bottom of the ruins and you get a good vibe of the Tulum experience! We saw a family of iguanas, and got some good photos! Outside the ruins there are many typical souvenir stores, and my favorite starbucks! Make sure you visit these ruins if you are in Tulum!
If you are looking for the best shopping head down to the center of Tulum where there are cute boutique shops where all the restaurants are located! I could of spent ALL day walking around and taking photos of the shops and all the bohemian vibes! The main strip has art studios, coffee shops, beautiful local clothing, and a huge variety of Tulum restaurants everywhere! Be prepared though some of the clothing and items are expensive. You can find artisan-made knits and leather accessories everywhere.
Most of the color scheme in Tulum is cream, soft sage, cream, caramel, and black. I was inspired by all the boho chic clothing everywhere. The beach is close by as well! My husband and I met a local photographer in this area and walked around and biked by the shops and got some beautiful photos! The photographer is “beatumphototulum” if you want to look her up on instagram! She was $300 for a session.
Some of other advice is to make sure you spend as much time as the beach as you can! We were worried about the algae problem in Tulum, but it was perfectly fine in December and we didn’t have a problem with it at all!
I hope my advice helps you as you book your Tulum trip! I loved Tulum so much that I decorated my bedroom with that boeheim Tulum vibe! I got inspired, and have so much photography from my trip that I will cherish forever! If you have any questions about Tulum or want to see some video footage, look up my instagram at “celseyb” and DM me for any questions you might have! Enjoy paradise!