I love being able to say I have so many memories of the best getaways in Tulum, Mexico, a gorgeous-beyond-words beach town which is now being considered one of the world’s 50 best beaches, according to CNNGO.com.
It’s great to see Tulum being showcased to the world, but I also get a little bit zealous of keeping it a bit of a secret because, in a way, you want it to keep being quiet, almost desolate and a an “insider’s” retreat. Doubt that will continue to be the case since over the last year a lot more development has been going on and Tulum has also been receiving lots of media attention. It’s well deserved.
My first trip to Tulum was in 2003 thanks to a girlfriend that dragged me out there to get me to refocus on life! She had gotten a small cabin at Tierras del Sol which was owned by two Argentinean ex-pats who had left their big bucks finance jobs back home, cashed out and were building no-frill eco-cabins on a piece of paradise. See, it’s easy to build a simple cabin when all you really need and care about is the white sand under your feet and the sound, feel and view of the most turquoise ocean with the most perfect waves to swim in. I was definitely renewed and immediately vowed to return as many times as possible. I did.
I’ve been back over a dozen times since that. Some were romantic trips, other day trips (I lived in Playa del Carmen for a year, so Tulum was only 45 minutes away by car), work trips (I coordinated a photo shoot for Teen Vogue), and even a bachelorette trip.
The one trip I still haven’t done, but plan on doing sooner than later, is a family trip with Camila. Tulum is definitely a must for a couples-only trip, but I can’t bring myself to not bring Camila because the beach is perfect for swimming kids. Ideally, I would coordinate it to coincide with the release of the sea turtles which is celebrated during the Festival de la Tortuga Marina every year in Tulum in the month of October. I would also give her her first look at an ancient mayan ruin and the only one next to the Caribbean Ocean. We would also hit all these nearby family-friendly spots in the Riviera Maya.
Since my friends love coming to me for advice on where to stay in Tulum, I’m sharing links to some of the places I’ve stayed at before and would highly recommend:
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You lived in Playa del Carmen for a year! OH! that would be my perfect place to be! I took a sabbatical and spent a month in the Yucatan in 07. Olivia was 20 months at the time! We spent a week in Tulum at the Dreams resort – It was beyond beautiful. I’ve been the Tulum ruins and beach about a half dozen other trips and it’s my favorite!
On that same trip, we spent a few days in Merida, Chichen Itza (we stayed at the gorgeous Hacienda Chichen Itza and it was great to be at the ruins before the day crowds), then we also spent a few days in Cancun, and then took the ferry over to Cozumel for the last 4 days of the trip.
I was there all of 2005, right when Wilma hit! It was a beautiful life, but L.A. came knocking with an opp we couldn’t refuse. The rest is history So happy you got to experience this paradise!
a coworker of mine has been telling everyone about Tulum for a few years, ever since he boondoggled spending some time there on the end of a business trip nearby. he says the Corona commercials are filmed there. i dunno if that is true but it’s very clear he must have turned into this Tulum missionary for a reason!
Wow, it looks amazing!