To be honest, I’m not sure where my love and obsession with Tulum, Mexico started. Whether it was the mass amounts of yoga retreats held there, the clean food and obvious draw of the ocean, or beautiful influencers traveling to this dream world. Enough was enough.
My boyfriend and I decided to bite the bullet and fly the whole (3.5 hour) flight to Cancun and drive our butts down to Tulum. I could write for days on how this place is truly prettier than it looks on instagram, if that’s possible (@tulum), but I’ll just leave you with some important takeaways.
Arriving in Cancun you feel every emotion you expect: rash tourists, coronas and tequila at every corner, and chaos. As we found our shuttle every minute we drove south towards Tulum, the prettier, calmer, more peaceful it became. Unlike other parts of Mexico, Tulum has a heavy Mayan influence and you could tell by the dream catchers and whimsical décor on every restaurant, boutique, and hotel (veryyy insta friendly) Every day we rode our bikes 15 minutes to the beach strip, a one road in and out kind of town, and explored the amazing eats, took yoga and beach workout classes, and relaxed. Just allowing our eyes, souls, and bellies to pull us in different directions and truly absorb the culture.
Raw Love Tulum Holy moly the mecca of vegan eating. By far my favorite meals of the trip came from this little shack. Between the health elixir shots, matcha lattés, acai bowls, and Portobello mushrooms- THIS PLACE RULES. Its right in the Ahau resort which takes you right to the beach (great feature – none of these places were over crowded)
Safari The best tacos we had hands down. Very affordable and everything is roasted/cooked over an open flame. Their entire kitchen is in the cutest little silver bullet trailer. We enjoyed tacos al pastor, ceviche, truffle yucca fries, and hibiscus margaritas.
The Real Coconut was somewhere we just had to go. This took the cake for avocado toast. The entire menu is gluten, dairy, and artificial sugar free (constant theme) Coconut yogurt/milk made in house made for tasty lattes and amazing beach view.
Kay Nah (in the town of Tulum) We stumbled into this place unexpectedly to avoid a rain storm THANK GOD. We ordered the tuna tostada, octopus, and catch of the day. I was expecting 1-2 tentacles as normally served but we got the ENTIRE octopus. Grilled right in front of us. Then just bopped next door to Batey’s where we got our fresh mojitos with some dude copping the sugar cane out from the stock (my sugar daddy if you will).
Besides the fact that we ate (and drank) like king and queens the whole time, my biggest take away was how safe, clean, and unique Tulum is. We traveled everywhere at ease and never felt uncomfortable. The fashion and décor is next level- truly feeling like a dream world. Coolest part is neither of us had a single sip of coffee the entire trip. We woke up at 7:30 with ease and did not take my usual 4PM slumber on the beach. We worked out every day and were ready to go. I truly attest this to the freshness of our cuisine. REAL FOOD people.
Come on guys, you know Marcus and I- we had to get our sweat on. Not to mention our 30 minutes of bike riding daily, I was not going here without experiencing the training aspect of it. I had heard a lot of professional athletes go to Tulum in the off season and now I completely understand why. Started our NYE with a donation based yoga class at Alaya. This 1.5 hour yoga class was up in a treehouse facing the ocean. The yoga instructors dog was walking around as we enjoyed this magical flow.
Tulum Jungle Gym We showed up ready to go at 9AM for a community boot camp. Seems like the rest of the place wasn’t as eager as us so we got a private class with one of the owners @TrainerKatie She kicked our BUTTS! All of her weights and machines are made out of wood! Super unique! We did a partner circuit class in the sand,and got to run into the ocean afterwards- really does not get any better.
Bottom line I could go on all day about Tulum, but if you’re like me you really just need to go experience it for yourself. I will definitely be back one way or another to taste, experience, and live in all its beauty. No excuses, get your booties there!