Tulum - A Travel Guide

“beach” (noun) : a place of relaxation, rest, & tranquility… AND mojitos

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Stay

Kasa Hotel Parota Tulum:

Located in the Aldea Zamá neighborhood in Tulum, this hotel is a must-stay. The neighborhood of Aldea Zamá is a relatively new planned development about half way between the downtown city of Tulum, and the playa. Though new, it is already home to several restaurants, cafes, & bars flaunting authentic Mexican, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisines. 

With that said, the Kasa Hotel, is an oasis all on its own. I stayed in the 1 bedroom suite, and let’s put it this way— if I could move in tomorrow I would! 

  • spacious bedroom with a grand king size bed 

  • vast living space with open kitchen, including fully stocked appliances & kitchenware

  • wrap around balcony, furnished with hammocks and outdoor dining area

  • and the most incredible part — a 2nd floor private rooftop pool & terrace with outdoor kitchen

Located in the center of the hotel complex alongside the central resort pool, is the Kocina Restaurant. Their breakfast is everything: more chilaquiles please! They have an incredible lunch & dinner menu as well which I even got delivered to my rooftop pool. All of their spices and produce are locally grown. Plus I can’t forget about their hand-crafted cocktails.

The entire staff is amazing! Stay here and you will never want to leave Tulum!

…go ahead and get lost in their IG


Eat

La Coqueta:

my first recommendation is this cute somewhat hidden spot just at the beginning of town. Erika, the owner, will greet you with open arms, and probably a giant sombrero to put on. Authentic mexican food, cooked and served from the heart. Nothing fancy, but flavors and vibe kept me going back just about every day. [*Erika did actually just open up a second location alongside a cenote nearby. Ask her for the deets and she will even take you herself!]

Centauro by Vucciria:

this hidden gem of a restaurant is actually some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had! Located on the main street in Tulum Downtown, you will be amazed as soon as you step into this patio. You will feel like you are right in the middle of the Tulum forest. Perfect romantic date night.  

La Chula:

this delicious spot was a last minute find for me. On the way biking between downtown and the beach, be sure to stop off at this trendy mexican spot. Their tacos mix tons of new & fresh flavors (great vegetarian options), and the vibe is modern but still Tulum authentic.

Drink

Batey:

did you even really go to Tulum if you didn’t get a few (yes, a few) mojitos from Batey? I could spend all night here. Live music, tropical vibes, amazing people, oh— and of course the most incredible mojitos you will ever have! They press the sugar cane right there in front of you using a special machine built into a tropically painted VW Bug (pictured above). I recommend the watermelon mojito!

Estancia Jujeña:

This Argentinian grill is one of the coolest spots downtown. Built basically just between 2 neighboring building, they have created a romantic backyard vibe of course with some Tulum flare. I recommend sitting at the bar, and ordering a mojito!


Explore

Bike:

if your place doesn’t have free bike rentals (Kasa Tulum does), I definitely recommend renting from town. With a bike path connecting the beach and the downtown it is simply the best way to get around, plus the best way to explore every curve Tulum has to offer. 

Xplor Park:

this may seem a bit touristy from advertisements along the trip down from Cancun, but I am so glad I went. It was truly the perfect adventure in the middle of the Tulum forest: Zip-lining, kayaking, swimming in a cenote, 4-wheeling. It is like being at a waterpark, but all of the attractions are exploring the natural area. 

Ziggy’s Beach club:

with several hotels along the beach, there are many options to choose from, but I love this location best. Comfortable day-beds, canopies, and lounge chairs make this spot prime for sunbathing & relaxing. Their bar has swings as chairs, which obviously just makes it that much cooler, plus the cocktails are top-notch. 

  • Ziggy’s is also right nearby the famous Tulum jungle-gym, where as they put it themselves— you can workout like you are Fred Flintstone. Nearly all the gym equipment is made from wood, bamboo, and natural stone, making it not only a great spot for a workout, but of course some great Insta pics. 

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