This week I bring you my latest escape to the Mexican Caribbean coast! The tropical paradise of Tulum! Here everything has a hippie chic vibe where spirituality is very present. Tulum has this bohemian low key lifestyle where you feel the need to blend in with nature and keep things simple. It reminds me of the island of Formentera in Spain, only 30 years ago, still preserving the untouched nature. Sea, sun, paradise, welcome to one of the most beautiful places in Mexico and the world!!
HOW TO GET HERE:
First of all you need to arrive to Mexico. The easiest way is to fly to Cancun. The airport is super well connected and has direct flights to the main cities in the world. From Europe a typical flight should be around 10 hours. Flying from Mexico City is about 2.30 hour flight, I flew with AeroMexico and was lucky to be on the Netflix plane which has screens for every seat with all the tv shows and movies plus free wifi on board. I think European Airlines should learn from this! We are in 2016 why is there no internet in all the planes yet??
Tulum is all the way to the end of Riviera Maya driving in the famous highway where all the resorts are set. The best way to get there is to rent a car (1:30h drive) that you can later use to move around! Otherwise a taxi will cost you about 1200 Mexican pesos that’s 60 dollars.
WHERE TO STAY:
The beauty of Tulum is that there are no huge resorts as in Riviera Maya, everything revolves around nature and trying to maintan itself ecological.
Zamas Hotel: In the heart of the natural reserve of Tulum I found a dream place. The Zamas Hotel is everything you would expect from paradise. A few rustic chic suites and beach cabanas make this boutique hotel where you will want to stay forever!
My experience when I arrived to the Zamas was that I had found the most peaceful place on earth. My all organic architecture cabana with thatch roofs was surrounded by palm trees facing the beach. When you come ask for the number 10 where I stayed, what a magical and super big cabana, I had 2 huge beds beautifully protected with mosquito netting and two hammocks outside perfect to have a siesta under the palm trees! The bathroom is almost as big as the cabana with an enormous shower with hot water (many hotels are so ecological they don’t even have hot water) small details as the hotel shampoos all made of honey is something that adds to the whole ” I am in paradise“ experience.
Imagine how much peace I found here that at night all I could hear was the sound of the sea and the birds. For me this is the real luxury, to be in touch with nature. And let me tell you something, I forgot to close to curtains and the sunlight woke me up, only to experience one of the best sunrises I ever saw in my life. <3 One of my favourite things from hotels is the breakfast. At the Zamas you are sitting at the restaurant facing the beach. What is better in this life than drinking a fresh coconut with views? When you also have an avocado toast !! So many healthy options with fresh fruits <3 The food here is top, super quality, I had amazing salads, tacos and also guacamole. The restaurant is perfect for lunch and dinner, or just to catch the sunset over a piña colada. Everytime you sit they give you totopos with hot sauces (beware on the green one!!) Really what an amazing stay, I am looking forward my next getaway to come back to Zamas that at all times felt like home and I want to give special thanks to everyone working here for the magnificent service always with a smile that is what is mostly appreciated. If anyone has plans to come to Tulum the Zamas hotel will make your trip a 10!
WHAT TO DO:
Playa Paraiso: One of the most beautiful white sand beaches I have seen in my life. It is a public beach so anyone can access. Come here with your own towel, suncream, water etc as there are no beach clubs or anything ! Pure nature! Enjoy kilometers of white sand and cristal clear turquoise waters. The best is that the water is sooooo warm you can stay in the sea for hours just sitting and admiring the views.
Playa Pescadores: Just like playa paraiso, playa Pescadores is also wonderful. However this one has some more people as there is some beach clubs and there are some fishermens little boats as its name indicates. Also bring your own towels etc.
Tulum Ruins: A bit of culture amigos! If you haven’t been to the ruins you must come! Visit the Mayan city of Tulum built on a cliff overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. I would recommend you come to visit them in the early morning and stay at the beach here, spectacular to take pics with the contrast of the ruins and the sea.
Mexidivers: This diving center located right in front of the Zamas Hotel has plenty of excursions for underwater adventures. We took the snorkeling trip and hoped on a little boat from the beach at Zamas. Apart from all the people working here being super nice they give you the latest equipment, and important SUPER CLEAN. We sailed along the coast where you can see specatular Tulum Ruins on the way to the snorkel. We made a stop in Caleta Tankah, a natural open air cenote by the beach where you can experience the cross of waters, the sweet natural water from the cenote, which is super cold, and the salt water from the sea. Beware of the water currents! After the cenote we were taken to the most beautiful coral reef in the Caribbean of Tulum and there we started the snorkel adventure we I got to swim with turtles!!! They are sooooo pretty! We also saw stingrays and all kinds of fish. Such an amazing experience totally recommend it.
Papaya Playa: The party place to be in Tulum. Very cool beach club where you can dance all night long to the most famous djs. The most famous party celebrated here is the full moon party celebrated every month. People from all over the world come just for this! Enjoy their cocktails and when you get hungry order some tacos! 😉
Cenote exploring: We didn’t have so much time so we chose to go to the main Cenote dos Ojos, well , it is very beautiful but all it has in beauty it has in tourist. Therefore if I were you, try to go to another cenote less explored!
WHERE TO EAT:
Beach bar El Mirador: Imagine a totally isolated beach, with palm trees, cristal waters, and white sand and no people. And then there is a small food truck and a couple of wooden tables each one at an opposite side of the beach. That’s it, this paradise is your restaurant for the day. The waiter will come and serve you some tacos arranchera and guacamole together with the local XX beer or a Coco Loco. Honestly I don’t think life gets better than this!
Nao Sushi: In the ‘town’ of Tulum there is a small sushi place where you will find the best lobster (a whole lobster) sushi. Pair it with a margarita and enjoy!
La cocina de Corina: This cute restaurant by the beach serves one of the best seared tuna dishes I had tried! The quality of the fish in Tulum is simply wonderful.
Posada Margherita: A very famous restaurant in Tulum for its Italian pasta dishes as the pasta is freshly made every time. The restaurant itself is worth visiting. Surrounded by palm trees and seaside, order the lobster spaghetti !
Loncheria el paradero: Well as you know I like to visit the local places, we passed by this small taco shop in town for a quick bite before going to the beach and the place did not disappoint. Have the steak tacos wich consist of only the meat and the tortilla and top them with lemon, spicy sauce and their classic mix of cilantro and onion! If only we found this kind of real tacos outside Mexico!
The best tip I can give you is that you exchange Mexican Pesos at the airport when you arrive, as most of the restaurants here do not accept credit cards! There are many ATM machines by the street of the hotels but they only cash out dollars and that is if they work. If you need to cash out go to ‘town’ and there is an HSBC bank there!
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