tulum1{Mayan Ruin}

Tulum, Mexico has been on my bucket list for a while now.  Unlike Cancun or Playa del Carmen, you won’t find giant resorts or a Starbucks here.  I was yearning for an experience much like the one I had in Southeast Asia about ten years ago.  The experience where you sleep under a mosquito net in a beach hut with no electricity and the only sound you hear are the waves.  Tulum offers this type of experience for those who are not afraid to get a bit sticky, spotty wifi, and slowing down.

Tulum is a bit of a trek even with a direct flight from New York.  We flew into Cancun and rented a car to drive the 1.5 hours to Tulum.  On a side note, I successfully drove stick for 15 minutes-Success!!  Everything is in slow motion.  I am fully aware that I’m fulfilling the typical New Yorker stereotype right now.  The problem was we were only there for the weekend so time was the issue but in the end, it’s exactly what I needed.

At the beginning of the trip, I couldn’t shake off the fact that unlike ten years ago, I became a pampered New Yorker.  I love AC and it’s pretty crucial in humid weather.  In Tulum, AC is almost non-existent.  We stayed at this jungle-esque eco lodge, Nueva Vida de Ramiro and our hut was right on the beach.  It was every romantic idea you have of a beach hut minus the AC (insert two sticky and sweaty individuals here).  Because electricity was sparse, we went to bed at 9 pm every night and woke up with the sun every morning.  It was great because I got so much sleep I felt fully rested when I returned to NY.

In a weekend, we did a lot.  We went diving at the Cenote Dos Ojos.  Cenotes are sacred Mayan sinkholes.  It was one of the most amazing and unique experiences of my life.  We were diving through an underground river system that only divers get to see.  We visited an ancient Mayan ruin situated on the beach which has been on my bucket list since I first learned about them in middle school.  We ate the best meals at Simple for its fresh seafood and Hartwood where they source all their ingredients locally.  Mexican food is my all time favorite and we had the best at Mateo’s.  They also have the best spot for sunset cocktails.  There’s so much to do and to see in Tulum you’ll never run out of things to do.

I think the reason why most people love Tulum is that you’re one with nature and you go back to a simple life.  You’re forced to slow down, take care of yourself, and not be reliant on the luxuries that you’re used to.  It’s the simple life away from emails, stress and drama that we all crave.  It’s probably why I was so drawn to Tulum all these years.  It’s definitely rustic but it felt very romantic.  Every dinner we had was outside under the stars in candle light.  If you’re looking for a place to relax and slow down, Tulum is your place.

tulum2{Our Beach Hut at Nueva Vida de Ramiro}

tulum3{Morning Run Solitude}

tulum4{The Bar at Hartwood}

tulum5{Shopping in Town}

tulum6{Cold Coconuts are the Most Refreshing Treat}

tulum7{Diving the Cenote Dos Ojos}