August 2, 2019

Tulum, Mexico – The Cool Girl Travel Guide

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Hello Williamsburg of Mexico. Picture waking up in the morning and walking barefoot to one of the beachfront cafes and ordering a fresh açaí bowl as you inhale the burning incense of Palo Santo wood sticks.

It’s dreamy guys.

You wouldn’t believe the number of bartenders/servers that told us they ended up visiting and never returned back home. I totally get why.

Tulum is very eco-friendly and sustainable. Most of their restaurants are vegetarian and vegan friendly, but trust me the food is nothing short of exceptional. So let’s dive into it.

Is Tulum safe?

Many warned me about the safety concerns with traveling to Mexico but I felt very safe in Tulum and urge others not to feel deterred from visiting this beautiful place! Most of the people are laid back hipsters that are into yoga and healthy living. The staff are so welcoming and generous and made us feel right at home from the moment we got there. Everyone speaks English so you don’t have to worry about a language barrier. So the short answer, yes! We felt very safe.

How to get to Tulum?

There is no direct flight so you have to fly into CUN airport. From there we hired a private driver and drove down to Tulum which was about an hour and 45 minutes. Car accommodations are very easy and can be planned in advance through your hotel or directly at the airport.

What to pack?

I’m not even joking I could have lived out of a weekender bag for 5 days. It’s very laid back so I would recommend leaving your stilettos at home. Although there are nice places to go out at night I would stick to the basics. Besides the obvious beachwear I would suggest the following:

Tulum has many local pharmacies within walking distance to any place on the strip so don’t worry about forgetting something. It’s just a little pricey so try to bring the essentials from home if you can.

 

Where to stay in Tulum?

Casa Malca

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This is hands down the coolest hotel in Tulum, mainly because rumor has it that Casa Malca was once Pablo Escobar’s old private getaway mansion. It has since been converted to an art-centric hotel filled with edgy pieces like vintage dentist chairs and subjective paintings. We stayed here for one night and binged on spicy margaritas all night. It was a mood. I had a local photographer take our engagement photos on the property and they give me serious Narcos vibes (check out our engagement session here)

IMG_6789The entrance of the hotel has hanging sofas and chairs that are draped with curtains made of wedding dresses. If you can’t stay at the hotel I recommend at least going to the restaurant and hanging out a bit. You don’t want to miss this place.

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To check out more information about Casa Malca click here

La Valise

La Valise is an intimate, exclusive bungalow with only 9 rooms tucked away between the jungle and white sand beaches. It felt like our own private getaway! We extended our trip an extra night and Pasquale actually picked out this eco chic hotel (can you tell I’m rubbing off on him?) La Valise exceeded our expectations going above and beyond to make sure we felt right at home from the minute we got there. They noticed Pasquale’s birthday on his passport and even set up a special surprise for us!

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To check out more information on La Valise click here

Sanara

We stayed here for the first 2 nights and we absolutely loved Sanara! It’s a luxury eco-chic boutique hotel where you can basically smell the aromatherapy pumping out of the vents. There is a beachfront yoga studio and highly acclaimed wellness center with interior to die for!

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To check out more information about Sanara click here

 

Best Cenotes in Tulum

Cenotes are very common in Mexico and are essentially sinkholes filled with fresh water caused by the collapse of surrounding limestone. They are beautiful to swim in and only cost about 100-200 pesos for each person.

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Cenote Suytan

We witnessed an ancient Mayan wedding celebration when we were visiting this cenote and it was one of the coolest experiences we ever had the pleasure of seeing. Pasquale got to take pictures with the indigenous Mayans dressed in tribal attire and paint while they prepared for the sacred ceremony.

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What to do in Tulum

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Best Restaurants/Places to Eat

It’s impossible to feel bad about yourself after you eat in Tulum because everything is incredibly healthy and delicious. The food and bar scene here is really brag-worthy. Our favorite thing to do here was eat and we couldn’t stop talking about how good everything was.

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I hope you found these tips helpful! If I missed anything worth sharing please comment below.

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