Travel Guide: Tulum

If you’re looking for an easy-to-get-to tropical destination from the U.S., look no further than Tulum. Just a short drive south of Cancun, Tulum provides a little bit of everything–sun, surf, sightseeing, and so much in the way of good food. Flip through photos of Tulum, and you just may be convinced. Here’s a mini travel guide to help you plan your stay.

IN THREE WORDS: Bohemian beach hideaway

WHERE TO STAY: Jashita Hotel for elegant seclusion or Papaya Playa Project for rustic luxury (new casitas) 

WHERE TO EAT: Hartwood for one of the best meals you’ll ever have, Cetli for a dose of local flavor in the pueblo, El Tabano for creative fare in the garden, Papaya Playa Project for lunch and sips.

WHERE TO DRINK: Both Gitano and Casa Banana ooze charm in their garden settings and serve up delicious concoctions.

BEST BEACH: The private cove of Soliman Bay that stretches around the Jashita–lounge, snorkel, kayak, swim and relax.

WHAT TO DO: Visit the Tulum ruins (about 2 hours–get there when it opens to avoid tour crowds) and snorkel in the Gran Cenote or Dos Ojos Cenote (again, go early). Fit in a half day at the Coqui Coqui spa if you can.

HOW TO GET AROUND: By car if you’re staying at the Jashita and want to explore the ruins and cenotes or eat in the pueblo. Walking for the hotels, restaurants, and shops on the beach strip of Tulum.

WHAT TO BRING HOME: Perfume from Coqui Coqui, a colorful kaftan from Josa, jewelry from Mr. Blackbird.

WHAT TO PACK: Swimsuit, cutoffs, tees, and sunglasses for day. Dresses and flat sandals for night.

WHEN TO GO: End of May – after the busy season, before it gets too hot!

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