Every year, I try to check off at least one of my bucket list locations. This year, my best friend Kerry and I took a friendcation to Tulum. Unofficially nicknamed the Williamsburg of Mexico, which is totally fitting, but not in a cheesy way. It’s the ultimate destination for those looking for an easy, cost-effective trip to Mexico but would rather die than be seen at Señor Frogs. Everything is instagram perfect like a post from your favorite travel blogger but still so chill and easy going. Everything about Tulum was perfect; the food, drinks, and of course the Instagram worthy views! I definitely foresee myself visiting the beautiful Tulum again. Below, I’ve included all the information and details of my stay, along with some pics. I will make another post with my pictures and details on my outfits.
HOW TO GET THERE?
We flew out of NYC’s ,JFK airport, on a direct flight to the nearest airport in, Cancun (CUN). From Cancun, we took a private shuttle to Tulum. We booked in advance, due to a 10% promotion they were running at the time. The round trip cost for two, came up to $139USD.
WHERE WE STAYED?
We stayed in this amazing , modern/boho-chic Airbnb located in in what felt little the middle of the jungle. The hammock and large floor to ceiling windows was definitely the selling point in the room and we couldn’t get enough of it. Definitely need a car or bikes to get around town and to the beach. We took cabs every where, it was honestly too humid to do anything else. The rooftop pool is nice we always had it all to ourselves.
WHAT DID WE DO?
A cenote is a deep, water-filled sinkhole in limestone that is created when the roof of an underground cavern collapses. This creates a natural pool which is then filled by rain and water flowing from underground rivers.Cenotes were ritually significant to the ancient Mayan people, because they were considered passages to the underworld. Many cenotes were used for sacrificial purposes.
Gran Cenote: This is one of the more popular cenotes, so as expected it was a little crowded, but nevertheless it was still a dope experience. There were tons of bats flying around and lots of baby turtles. My advice is to get there before the crowd, to snap some gorgeous photos.
Our favorite activity was chilling on beach all day. Even though the beaches are all public, there aren’t many access points (due to all the private property along the coastline). Beach clubs are the way to go.
Hotel el Paraiso: This beach club had that resort feel, but we still enjoyed our selves. You rent a day bed for the day and pay for 8 hours worth of WiFi per person.
Nômade: We loves this place the decor and the ambiance was to die for. We had to spend a minimum of 50$ per person to stay at the beach club.
Papaya Playa Project: We got there around 10pm because our Taxi told us that was the best time to go(FALSE). So we brought our ticket and then headed to Mateo’s for wings. When we came back after 12am we were allowed to skip the line. We didn’t enjoy ourselves here at all, we ended up going home early and watching Netflix.
WHERE TO EAT?
Tulum was really a foodie’s heaven. Beautiful and thoughtful presentation, amazing flavorful tacos and guacamole, the best buffalo wings, to even sushi when we got tired tacos. Here’s a list of restaurants that we went to.
Mateo’s: THE BEST BUFFALO WINGS I EVER HAD IN MY LIFE!!!! I know that’s a bold statement to make but it’s true. We ended coming here twice for the wings. Perfectly tangy, spicy, and a little charred. Mateo’s wings are one of the top reasons for me needing to go back to Tulum. (Dinner)
NAO: We discovered Nao when it started to rain and this was the place that was closest, and it was perfect because we were tired of Mexican food. The staff was very attentive and the food so fresh. The bartender took his time perfecting our drinks. (Dinner)
Gitanos: We loves this place, everything from decor to food to drinks. The portions were insane. As for drinks, Gitano specializes in mezcal cocktails. (Dinner)
La Popular: We ordered so much food trying to meet the 50$ min requirement to stay a the beach club and it still wasn’t enough. The salmon was fresh and perfectly grilled. (Lunch)
Matcha Mama: We came here after breakfast to take pictures but our greedy ass’s ended up ordering Mango smoothies that were perfect. (Lunch)
Campanella Cremerie: Before going to Gran Cenotes we stopped here to get breakfast and fresh juices. Really good turkey pesto sandwich. (Breakfast)
Extra Useful Information
We used pesos, ATMS, and even used our credit cards, it all depended on the situation. Pretty much every where you go accepts both options. When they give you a receipt it has the price in pesos as well as US dollars.