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
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 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!