• Lesslie Caro

What To Do When In Tulum

Updated: Jul 29, 2019

You may have seen from my Instagram Stories that my friends and I recently spent a weekend in Tulum, Mexico for one of their birthdays. During our stay, we had an unforgettable time exploring the area while still making time for some beach side tanning and relaxation.

For this trip, we stayed at Maria del Mar which is a really cute boutique hotel with a private beach. The hotel is located in the most popular area of Tulum, just a few minutes away from the Mayan ruins. The hotel offered a spa, yoga classes and one of the most delicious restaurants in the area called Mina, whose meals were prepared by an award winning chef. The first night we ate dinner at Mina, and the menu consisted of Mexican-Argentinian inspired cuisine. The food and the presentation were amazing.

The view from our room was beautiful. It was a dream to wake up in the middle of a beach-jungle paradise every morning. The hotel offers different types of rooms. We stayed in the one bedroom beachside ground level suite, which was perfect for getting out of bed, putting our bikinis on and jumping on the beach to get a perfect tan. For couples, I highly recommend the oceanfront penthouse which has a jacuzzi on the balcony with a beach view. I really liked how tropical yet chic the hotel was, and the service and hospitality was top notch.

On the second day of our stay, we decided to rent bicycles which were walking distance from the hotel, and we took them on an adventure through the Mayan ruins. The cost of the bicycles was very cheap, and going to the ruins was a magical experience learning more about the Mayans and their lifestyle.

We spent part of every day laying down on the chairs working on our tans and enjoying the amenities which were so beautiful you couldn’t resist taking a few pictures. On our last day in Tulum, we enjoyed the beautiful sunrise from the deck where they hosted some of their yoga and massage sessions. On the deck you will also find comfortable hammocks where you can lay down and feel the ocean breeze.

Our time in Tulum was magical, and I wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy all the fresh food and amazing beach they had to offer. Looking forward to coming back and experiencing more of this paradise.


Casa Jaguar

If you want to experience the mystical nightlife of Tulum, this is the place to be. Their quality crafted and flavorful beverages will not disappoint you. They don’t have a menu- you just tell your bartender what your favorite flavor is, and he makes a special drink for you. It was so much fun, and the DJ played the most interesting music. Also, if you make a reservation early, they offer you food as well. Definitely an experience you can’t miss out on.

Dos Ojos Cenotes

A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath with beautiful crystalize water. If you are the type who likes to do scuba and discover caves underwater, that is the place to be.

They have scuba, caves and snorkeling. We didn’t have the opportunity to go there, but definitely a spot I hear good recommendations for which I would like to try next time I’m there.

Casa Tortuga cenotes

It’s near Tulum (taxi is actually cheaper) and just as magical. We had the opportunity to discover some caves underwater, jump from a cliff and swim with tortoises. It was beautiful.


Another amazing boutique hotel next to Maria de Mar. Even if you don’t stay here you can swim by and stop for a drink at their awesome bar or have a moonlight dinner. Their style is very interesting and nothing else compares to it. It’s a must visit.

El Gitano

Very nice restaurant/bar where they have live music. Their decoration and bar area are beautiful. The cocktails were crafted and very fresh. Late at night the DJ comes out and plays the best music. We had a great time there.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

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