Living the Adventure: Ten Days in Tulum
About 6 months ago, Boyan and I decided it was time to get out of the city and spend some time one on one, with a change of scenery. I knew that I really wanted to leave the country; I’d really missed traveling. We weren’t sure where we wanted to go, so we wrote down a few names of places that sounded interesting, and drew from a hat and on the paper said... Bali. We were excited about the idea of going to Bali, but after researching it, we felt like it wasn’t the right place for when we wanted to go. So, we drew again and pulled out Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Growing up in Southern California, I had been to Mexico numerous times, but always stayed on the western side of the country. So, when we pulled Tulum out of the hat, I was super stoked to be visiting the other side of Mexico. So, we planned, packed, and took off for Tulum, Mexico.
Outside of our Airbnb, we had zero plans as to what we were going to do while there. We wanted to just play everything by ear, and not plan. Just go and be spontaneous. And that’s exactly how we spent our time.
Tulum Is on a single stretch of road, about hour and a half outside of Cancun. On one side you’ve got the stunning ocean, and on the other side of the road, you’ve got an exotic jungle.
As we drove down the road on our way to the Airbnb( we stayed at https://www.suitestulum.com/ ) Boyan and I immediately fell in love with Tulum. It was so far removed from the rest of the world. It’s own little paradise. The jungle road was so quiet, outside of the sound of the ocean and the wildlife. It was exactly what we needed and was looking for.
Tulum definitely caters to tourism, but you don’t feel like you’re in a big tourist attraction; there is a blend of both locals and tourists.
If you plan to go to Tulum, I highly recommend putting in your budget to rent a bike everyday. Trust me, it’s the best way to get around. Most bike rentals are about $150 pesos per day(about $7USD). I also recommend bringing mostly pesos-many places don’t accept credit card, and the ATMS charge a withdrawal fee of about $5USD, so it’s definitely worth bringing pesos.
One of the best parts of being in Tulum was, of course, the food! The freshness of everything was incredible, the prices were good, and most places cater to vegetarian and vegan diets! There is something there for everyone.
This trip to was one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever had, and getting to share it with the man I love made it all the more special.
Best gourmet breakfast: La Zebra
Best affordable breakfast: Bean Bagz
Best gourmet tacos: Loco Tulum
Best authentic tacos/Mexican food: La Talapia(this place was my absolute favorite. But a bit hard to find)
Best smoothies: Matcha Mama
Let me know in the comments if you’ve been to Tulum, or plan on going!