Travel Diaries (Part 1) - Tulum, Mexico
After a long time pinning postcard pictures of Mexico on our inspiration boards and admiring from afar, we decided we had to see it for ourselves. We teamed up with Surfstitch and lived out a Mexican daydream with Ellie Jean Coffey, Tanika Hoffman and Pip Harwood from SeaGypsea Photography, capturing the magic of this Central American destination.
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PART ONE: TULUM:
Everything in Tulum is either referred to as beach side or jungle side in the hotel zone; a rather boastful way to describe if you ask us! We get it, the place is paradise. You can also venture into the pueblo (or town) which offers a more authentic and cheaper dining experience. We quite happily consumed our weight in guacamole and by the end thought we were connoisseurs in ceviche; the best of which was from Mamasan Restaurant - a brand new spot that only uses organic ingredients sourced from local families in the Maya Riviera region. Other top spots were:
Burrito Amor: Located in the township this was quite easily the best burrito we have ever tasted, so much so we had to order another one for the road!
Hartwood: THE most popular restaurant in all of Tulum, they now take reservations so you don’t have to stand in line for 2 hours – phew!
Gitanos: A disco ball amongst the palms, fairy lights and delicious fish tacos. Need we say more?
Posada Margarita: Overlooking the beach and a menu of fresh grilled fish and perfect pasta. They also have a juice bar, definitely worth stopping in on your morning walk for a green hit.
Tunich: We stumbled across this place as it was the first to open for breakfast and boy are we glad we did. Tasty omelettes, cacao bowls topped in granola and fresh fruit, smoothies, juices and real coffee! The best way to start your day in Tulum.
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Coco Tulum was our base for the first few nights in Tulum, and what a white wonderland it was. With simple and clean bungalows, a bar right on the beach for fresh coconuts at the ready, a wood fire pizza oven and lush green grounds it’s pretty safe to say we didn’t want to leave. There are even hammocks outside your front door, and swings for seats at the bar! Dreamy right? The staff there were incredibly accommodating and helped us out for all our needs.
Boho Hotels is an eco chic boutique accommodation spot located in the lush jungle of Akumal, right in between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The rooms have everything you need and are beautifully decorated, the pool is picture perfect and the food organic, healthy and fresh. Stay here if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle and the tourist populated “hotel zone.”
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With water as clear as a fishbowl and sand as white as the shells that line the shores, the beaches of Tulum are bound to impress no matter how many coastlines you have ticked off your bucket list. We explored as much of the sandy stretch as possible; with the beach at the north end near the Mayan Ruins being one of the best! Our tip, rent a bike and venture South and you will escape the crowds and stumble across a piece of the Caribbean that may just steal your heart.
The cenotes are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula and are spectacular natural sinkholes in the jungle that result in swimming holes! We visited a few of these, all incredible but with far too many tourists. Try and go early to score some solo swimming time, or speak to some of the locals that might let you in on some secret ones. Expect to pay around 100 pesos to enter.