Forbes has called Tulum, Mexico, a bohemian beach paradise. Fashion, food and travel bloggers tout the city as the ultimate eco-friendly escape. The stunning stretch of sand that lies south of Playa del Carmen and Cancun is known for being an ideal place to unplug. Travelers go to Tulum to unwind. They don’t visit the area to party all night.
However, there is plenty to do in this tranquil seaside town. When you’re on the soft, white sand, you can while away the time reading under a palapa or practice sun salutations by the ocean. Adventurers can spend their days floating in a kayak within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve or visiting cenotes, natural sinkholes filled with crystal-clear water.
Two different downtown areas offer a casual vibe with a multi-cultural flair. The multitudes of world-class restaurants beckon guests with fresh cocktails and lively cuisine. Seafood and daily catch are dining staples, and they’re often prepared in innovative ways. Don’t expect traditional Tex-Mex fare. You’ll get much more than that when you visit Tulum. Try homemade pastas or passion fruit margaritas for something that’s classic but has gourmet panache.
Shopping is world class in the downtown area too. Specialized boutiques offer everything from maxi dresses to candles. You won’t have to worry about what to bring home as a souvenir. Make room in your luggage for all of the colorful items that you pick up.
When travelers talk about Tulum, they often reference its rejuvenating energy. Most people who visit Tulum return home feeling invigorated. That might be due to the wide range of health food that’s available in the area, the spas that incorporate ancient Mayan rituals into their physical and spiritual cleansing treatments or the fact that you aren’t encouraged to get on your computer during your getaway. In fact, you may find it hard to find Wi-Fi at all.
The Tulum weather is divine throughout the year. Temperatures don’t drop below 60 degrees Fahrenheit even in the dead of winter. The warmest months are in the summer, when temperatures reach the mid-80s. Visit after hurricane season but before spring break to enjoy the quietest season and avoid the summer downpours.
In addition to seeing the ancient ruins, some of the highlights of a holiday in Tulum are biking to scenic lookout spots, sharing a bottle of rosé on the beach and relaxing in a hammock under the coconut palms. Whatever you do when you visit Tulum, leave your suits and high heels behind. This locale is carefree and effortlessly stylish. Embrace beachy hair, breezy fashion and a connection with natural beauty. You’ll leave with a sunny glow and a sense of wanderlust.