Travel Diary: Tulum

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Each anniversary, George and I travel to a new destination so that we can explore & experience it together. To celebrate our 4 year anniversary, we decided to go to Tulum, Mexico . Tulum is located on the coastline of Mexico along the Caribbean coast of the Riviera Maya. The pace in Tulum is very relaxed & the vibe overall is like a jungle oasis. The architecture and woodwork was like nothing I had ever seen before. So much detail & wonder!

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Accommodations: In the past, we’ve always stayed at all-inclusive resorts, but this time we got an Airbnb Condo (which was a steal for $70 a day by the way) and had a native and immersive experience.

Airfare: We secured Free flights by saving Amex points which was a win. Flights to Tulum fly into Cancun International Airport. When you arrive to Cancun, the commute into Tulum is about an hour. We got a shuttle round trip to make the process easy.

Airfare tip: If you live in CLT, Flights out of RDU are half the price. It’s worth the 2 hour drive. For example, our flight valued at $1,200 from CLT & $600 from RDU.

Weather: Sunny entire trip 90 degrees entire stay. Very humid!

What to wear: Swimwear: Most Days I had on swimwear and a cover up. Shop my swim looks here & here!

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For dinners, I rocked cute 2-piece sets and sundresses.

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Mosquito Repellent is a must because the Mexico mosquitos don’t play games and Zica is still a concern.

Currency: Pesos. Some places are cash/pesos only and don’t accept credit cards, so come prepared or go to atm or covert upon arrival.

Transportation: Since we stayed in a Airbnb condo, we used the local taxi service to get around which was very affordable usually $5-$10 per ride. Most drivers take pesos or cash only.

Connectivity: We had no issues with WiFi or cell signal because Mexico is in included in Verizon service.

Places to Eat:

My Favorite restaurant from the trip: Rosanegro. They served Latin cuisine and had the best flavors, ambiance & service. We had 3 waiters assigned to our table who treated us like kings and queens. Order the ceviche and the Caribbean lobster and you won’t be sorry.

Fine Dining Restaurant - Kin Toh. Beautiful restaurant thats elevated into the sky like a tree house. They also have treehouse style hammocks in the sky. Fine Dining pricing. Reservation recommended.

Casual Dining - Mateo’s: Get the coconut shrimp & Puro Carazon: Get the chicken mole.

Italian - Pesado Margherita. Fresh made pasta with amazing flavor. I ordered a lobster pasta and it was fresh and delicious.

Amazing Brunch - Del Cielo. Fresh smoothies, amazing French toast and breakfast sandwiches for affordable price.

Healthy açaí bowls: Raw Love Tulum & Matcha Mama. We tried both and loved them. Raw Love is by the beach and has chill vibes. Matcha Mama has cute swings to sit on while you eat.

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Things to Do:

Cenotes are a rainwater network of underground caves and rivers. We did a 4 Cenotes tour at Casa Tortuga which was amazing. It includes cave Cenotes & open Cenotes. 

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Casa Malca is Pablo Escobar’s house that is now an hotel which has lavish decor and an amazing beach club.

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Beach Clubs allowed us to rent a cabana and enjoy food & drinks by the pool without having an all inclusive resort pass.

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Mayan Ruin Tour was recommended by the locals, but we didn’t get a chance to go.

Travel Tips: Most of the locals are bi-lingual and know English, but I used google translator for those moments that I needed to catch a taxi with a Spanish only speaking driver and it was super helpful.

Overall I really enjoyed Tulum and would recommend it for anyone looking for a relaxing retreat with amazing food.

Watch Vlog of my Tulum Trip Here!