Where: Tulum, Mexico
When: Early October
Stayed: Tata Tulum
Tulum will always hold a special place in my heart. Jon and I are officially engaged as of September 21st and we spent one week in Mexico to celebrate! Neither of us had been to Mexico before so there were lots of firsts. From what I’ve read, heard and experienced first hand, Tulum is very different than other popular Mexico spots like Cabo and Cancun. Tulum is known for its truly relaxing beach vibe. If you’re into sleeping in, massages, yoga, cenote exploring, snorkeling and trickling into town for dinner this is your place. I’m sure the nightlife is exciting, but it’s truly a magical place for couples going to relax and spend quality time together. We spent our days lounging on the beach or in the pool and walking along the beach into “town” for a little window shopping and dinner almost every night.
We experienced nothing but the sweetest hospitality from everyone we met (especially at our hotel) and we ate our bodies worth of guacamole (me) and tacos (Jon). A note about Tulum in October — October is still considered hurricane season. On the bright side, you won’t run into crowds and you’ll get slightly cheaper prices on hotels and flights. We were so excited that we never had to wait for a table and always grabbed one of the best cabanas for the day at our hotel or Ziggy’s Beach Club. But at points it felt a bit like a ghost town; we kept asking ourselves where everyone was. The down side is that it’s extremely hot (90s +). I can’t even tell you how amazing it was to jump into the ocean after biking 20-30 mins in the heat from our hotel to the Tulum Ruins. Also, you will most likely get a few tropical storms. We experienced a couple, but they disappeared after a few hours and were weirdly relaxing (something about the sound of the rain).
On a photography note, from now on I’m only bring my 35mm film camera on traveling trips. It beats lugging around my big digital camera(s) and it’s so much fun to get film scans back and re-live the whole trip. Hope you like the pics and scroll down for our recommendations!
Cenzontle — Our favorite meal of the trip
Origami — Gelato
Tata Tulum — Yummiest breakfast
I Scream Bar — Casual place for tacos
Ziggys Beach Club — Favorite place to watch the sunset and order food on the beach
Hartwood — This place was closed while we were there, but we heard amazing things!
Tulum Ruins — 20 (maybe 30?) min bike ride from our hotel
Gran Cenote – Amazzzing. Make sure you go early! We went around 9:30am and there were a handful of people already there
Cenote Tercer Cielo — Cool, but disappointing cenote
Rent a bike and stroll into town for lots of trendy boutique shopping