Looking for a weekend getaway or a reasonable vacation? Try Tulum, Mexico! A short flight to Cancun and a cheap rental car will allow you to drive about an hour and a half past the tourists to a quaint more local beach town.
Best time of year: November-December for post-hurricane breezes, reasonable prices, and less crowds (travel.usnews.com)
Fun fact: Tulum is a rare city built by the Mayans and surprisingly is the third most visited city in Mexico. You will never guess when you visit. (Tulum Ruins-Tulum Facts)
- Hello – Hola
- Bye – Adios
- Thank you – Gracias
Where I stayed…Many resorts are all inclusive so look for deals!
1. Howlita Hotel Tulum (http://www.howlitatulum.com/)
- Located about two blocks from the Main Street (food, shopping)
- Less than 10 minutes from beach
- English speaking staff
- Access to cooking classes, excursions, and tours through hotel
- Complimentary breakfast
- Pool and patio in backyard
- Free bike rentals
2. Zazil Kin Beach Club (http://www.hotelzazilkintulum.com/)
- Beach Cabanas with mosquito net beds (private bathroom or community shower/bathroom)
- Electricity only available at night (bring flashlight)
- Beach Bar
- Rentable lounge chairs (cost=1 alcoholic beverage)
- Close to Mayan Ruins (Ruinas de Tulum)
- Water activities available through hotel
- Walk down the beach in either direction for beach bars, excercise, activities, etc.
3. All things food & drink:
- Antojitos La Chiapaneca (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150813-d2416443-Reviews-Antojitos_La_Chiapaneca-Tulum_Yucatan_Peninsula.html)
-crowded local resturant, dirt cheap tacos, delicious, fresh, worth it, dinner only (we went every night)
- Street Tamales
- Rambutan (not from Tulum, but this delicious fruit is sold in carts on the side of the road)
- Fresh Coconut milk/water/meat
- Fresh fruit
- Dessert-fresh fruit popsicles/ice cream
- Restaurants near the beach are closer to American prices but have beautiful views, if you stay on the Main Street it tends to be a little more reasonable.
4. What I did:
- Kanlum Lagoon (main picture, local hidden spot, so worth it)
-Grand Cenote (tourist trap but beautiful), ask locals or hotel about excursion
-We did an ATV Cenote tour that explored 3 private Cenotes. It took a whole day but was well worth it!
- Ruinas de Tulum (Beautiful beach front ruins, another tourist trap, I would recommend a tour guide so you can learn as you go)
Enjoy an affordable getaway!