The Spring blues had us down and after what seemed like months of 20 mph winds and colder than average temperatures, we had to shoot out of town and find some hot weather. Like, way out of town. The last time any of our crew went down to Mexico, we were in Isla Mujeres going pretty hardcore after the sailfish for a few days (check out that blog and photos here) This trip wouldn’t be the same, in fact we didn’t even attempt to fish where we were going (sometimes you need that!). After a short jump from the Charlotte airport to Cancun, our party of 6 hopped in a van and bought some road sodas for the hour and a half drive south. Our destination: Tulum.
If you’re familiar with this area, you know that Tulum only really became a destination hotspot within the past 5-10 years. The beachfront is lined with small hotels and restaurants, while the other side of the road appears to be nothing but jungle. The food is amazing and there is no shortage of places to stop in for a freshly made margarita and a bowl of ceviche. This place isn’t really too crazy of a party scene, but it certainly draws a younger crowd. We probably would not recommend this place for families with young children.
Should you choose to go here (which we do recommend) here are a few of our favorite things to try and check off your list while you’re here.
Pablo Escobar’s Mansion-
Tourist trap? It certainly didn’t appear that way. The home is situated off the main road maybe 250 yards and an escort meets you at the gate to let you in. Whether it's name attracts tourists or not (worked for us), the restaurant is amazing as is the wine selection and apparently the home was one of many owned by Pablo Escobar back in his hay day. Pretty cool.
Just remember this one as the place with the hammocks, that’s all you need to know. The elevated bar and restaurant is situated high in the canopy and you can relax 40 feet off the ground in their giant hammocks with a drink in hand while you wait on a table. This is probably one of the coolest bars we’ve ever seen!
Day parties, beachside chilling. This is one of the more happenin’ scenes in Tulum, it’s definitely one of the more expensive hotels but you can still walk up to the restaurant or beachside bars as a non-guest of the hotel. Put this on your list as a place to hang for a few hours one afternoon, or make reservations for dinner on the beach.
Coco Limited Tulum-
Our group stayed here and it was one of the more affordable options that still had a pool, nice rooms, awesome service and of course an excellent beachfront bar. The food and drinks here were also really good and the restaurant had some killer views.
Ice Cream Bar-
OR I Scream Bar. Yep, that’s actually the name! If you’re up for some late-night antics, you need to check out this place. Loud music, a fun scene and a chant from the bartenders that will get stuck in your head. You have to go to know!
(photo credit: livelikeitstheweekend.com)
Most people coming to this area are here to decompress and relax. There are quite a few spas and wellness centers, tons of healthy food options and quiet places to clear your mind. We like to run and gun with the best of them, but it is always nice to have a low-key vacation where you can park it on the beach, leave your cell phone behind and enjoy the people around you. If that’s something you’re into, put Tulum on your list of places to check out!