our trip to tulum

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A few weeks ago Brendan and I took a “babymoon” in Tulum, Mexico. We’ve been trying to take a trip each Spring, and this year we combined it with a little R&R before the baby comes and my birthday! We’d been looking at Tulum since our honeymoon a few years ago and it turned out to be the perfect spot for what we had in mind. It’s definitely touristy, but it has sort of a hippie vibe so it’s not so much a party town. Think lots of yoga, massage, and vegetarian restaurants. The food was really good, and the plus side of it being touristy was that there were a bunch of restaurants within walking or biking distance of our hotel. In other words, we didn’t have to drive much, or plan much (perfect if you only have a few days!).

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We flew into Cancun, rented a car, and made the super easy drive 2 hours south to Tulum. We stayed at Coco Tulum (below) in one of the cheaper cabanas. There was no AC, but in March we didn’t really need it (just a fan, and we kept the screen doors open at night for the breeze off the water). I wish we had some pictures of our room, it was simple and beautiful. If you ever go, I’d recommend one of the 2nd floor cabanas a little bit back from the beach. We stayed in #22 and loved it. The bathrooms at Coco Tulum are shared unless you book one of the more expensive tower rooms. We didn’t mind at all, and there were a couple of heavenly outdoor showers as well. It was quiet and their mint lemonade and large smoothie menu made me slightly less sad that I couldn’t have any vacation cocktails!

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We didn’t do much except eat, sleep, read, and hang out on the beach. But Tulum has beautiful Mayan ruins, and we did do some snorkeling in caves (at Dos Ojos) which was very cool. We skipped the more adventurous stuff, but Tulum has enough activities that you couldn’t possibly get bored even if you had a couple weeks.

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And of course, we couldn’t resist bringing a souvenir home for baby.

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—Ellie

9 Responses to “our trip to tulum”

emily

April 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

ah, divine. Mexico was my favorite holiday of all time. That little shirt is adorable too. Understandable why you couldn’t resist!

erin

April 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

that looks lovely. isn’t it fun being pregnant and wearing a bikini!? i love the little dress you got for the babe!

Chelsea

April 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm

We stayed at playa azul (same owners) last year for a close friends wedding. Both playa azul and coco tulum were taken over by our entire wedding party and guests. My dads side of the family is from there too. Tulum is the perfect get away for the Eco hippie on the cheap. Best vegan restaurant ever there!!

ellie

May 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Hi Alison!
We mostly ate at our hotel just out of convenience, and a couple from the list below. We also drove into town one day and had really amazing food from a local restaurant (I can’t remember the name, we just randomly stopped at one). This is the list of recommendations that my friend Jane (http://carolynjane.com/) gave me:
Hartwood: great octopus/cocktails/ribs
Casa Banana: great seafood/steak
Posada Margherita: great italian food
il barino – vegetarian/fresh juice
Mateos- smoothies/roof top bar
Casa Jaguar
Simple
Hemingway
Mezzanine- great Thai food
You really can’t go wrong… there are SO many restaurants, and all seemed great!
-Ellie

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