9AM: Breakfast in Matcha Mama
To start your vacation off right, have a healthy yummy breakfast in Matcha Mamma. It is a cute little smoothie shop right in the main street of the Tulum beach area.
Off to adventure! One of nature’s most beautiful wonders are cenotes. Here are the closest to Tulum:
- Gran Cenote ( 10 min from Tulum)
- Dos Ojos (2o/30 min from Tulum)
- These two cenotes are specially for the brave ones since the main activity is diving & snorkeling tour as it is an underground cenote. (Beware for bats!)
- Nicte Ha (Right next to Dos Ojos)
- I happened to love this one & I don’t know why but it is not that popular yet. So we had the complete cenote almost to ourselves.
- Sac Actun (Also next to Dos Ojos)
- Ik Kil (2 hour drive)
- Most popular cenote, I haven’t been there but it has the best reviews and by what I have read it is totally worth it!
5PM: Dinner in Nomade
Nomade is one of the most known hotels in the area and it has a beautiful area to have dinner with ocean view & good drinks. It has two restaurants, a vegan one and the one that is not. The decor has a moroccan vibe.
9PM: Drinks in Gitano
This is basically what you would call a disco jungle. With exotic drinks, good food and a Dj on the background.
9AM: Mayan Ruins
Grab breakfast on the go, and get ready to sweat. I completely recommend buying some kind of tour but PRO TIP: avoid the sellers that come to you while you are on your way, they will sell you the same tour but way more expensive. Buy your favourite tour either online or on the stand.
2PM: Posada Margharita
Definitely one of the best pastas I have tried. Even though they have about 4 different plates they are all so delicious, plus the place has a wonderful ocean view with beach beds to rest after you eat. P.s. don’t forget to try the cheese with the bread.
9PM: Beach Party
If you are lucky enough, you can catch a Full Moon Party at Papaya Playa beach or, the newest beach club Boa.
Casa jaguar is good on thursdays. And Gitano on Fridays and Saturdays.
9AM: Breakfast at Raw Love
12pm: Shopping + Bike time
On the highway of Tulum beach you will find the cutest stores. Even though most things are overpriced it is fun just to walk by and see all the locals’ handmade work. Here’s a list of the popular boutiques:
- Bendito Tulum
- Josa Tulum
- La Troupe
- Hoki Poki Kana
- Mr. Blackbird
- KM33 (personal fave)
- Spectacle Room.
MORE TO EAT:
- Heartwood – Popularly known as the best restaurant in Tulum, and because of that it is almost imposible to catch a reservation. Be sure to try and make it at the same time you book your flight. And if you are lucky enough send me photos haha.
- KinToh – The azulik’s hotel bar, this is a TOTAL MUST. The architecture is stunning, you are basically in a tree house in the middle of the jungle. If you want to have a fancy dinner make sure to reserve with anticipation since they are usually full, although if you are in the mood just for drinks you can always go in without a problem.
- Philosophy – (The one with the sofa swing on the reception.) It was one of Pablo Escobar houses, it got remodeled and it is now a hotel, and the restaurant hotel has good reviews.
- Coco Tulum
- Papaya Playa
- Be Tulum
- Casa Jaguar
- Bolas de Postre I Scream Bar
- Make sure you have enough cash, since in Tulum there are really few ATM’s, plus you will always lose in the exchange rate.
- Also, the phone reception is not that strong, and in the places where there is wifi it is also not that good so if you are meeting with a group of friends, be sure to agree time and place.
- If you are a photo fanatic, millenial or simply addicted to your phone, be sure to bring an extra battery.
- If you want to travel cheap from Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cancun & everything in between ask a local for the “collective rides”. These are vans and they will drop you off wherever you need to go as long as your destination is on the highway.