Where to eat, stay and play in Tulum.
Tulum is a remote area located an hour and a half away from Cancun. It is home to some of the best food and beaches in the Mexico region and we have the pictures to prove it.
Although Tulum remains largely untouched by overwhelming development, recent touristic pressures have given way to disrupting its charming landscape. We stayed with Casa Huhh in support of making sure the native environment is preserved.
The developers of the project created a design that respects the space, enhances green areas and utilizes techniques and materials developed by ancient cultures (cc: this palapa or thatched roof).
This set of techniques combined with special focus on the environment, allowed them to reduce the energy consumption and pollution by avoiding the use of air conditioning and other unnecessary contaminants. The home was not only incredibly comfortable and accommodating, it was also beautiful!
We visited the ruins midday and to say the sun is unbearable at that time is an understatement. Thankfully the Tulum Ruins boast its own beach. Still you should absolutely plan for lots of water and sunblock. The Mexico UV is no joke and the humidity and heat at the Mayan landmark is much higher.
For $35 pp you can embark on an archaeological tour of the area and hitch a boat ride to enjoy panoramic views of the scenery and snorkel with turtles and stingrays.
Playa Paraiso and Cenote Dos Ojos
Locals advised us that Playa Paraiso was one of the better beaches in the region, but they are all beautiful. We had our first beach day there and sampled enough Mezcal margarita to stay the entire day and want for nothing.
The next day we went to Cenote Dos Ojos and took a dip in the fresco water. This particular cenote is also known as one of the 10 longest under water cave systems in the world. The water is crystal clear and did wonders for temporary relieving our sunburns. Do not wear sunscreen that isn’t biodegradable if you plan a visit, they are very protective of their ecosystem.
Vacationing with foodies is a major plus and Tulum’s culinary footprint did not disappoint. Naturally we tried the guacamole at every eatery we stopped in, and Ziggy Beach offered by far the best rendition of the appetizer in my opinion.
Creamy, buttery and garnished with toasted sesame seeds for added texture, Ziggy’s recipe is rich in traditional flavor with a delightful twist. We ordered the beer battered fish tacos, shrimp quesadilla and the garlic fish to accompany our starter and everything was delicious.
Co.Con Amor is an all in one organic store, vegetarian and vegan restaurant. The hippy gastronomy ensures they try to make everything that goes into the food. In many cases they grow what they can right on the property in scattered pots and planters as well as the rooftop garden area. The restaurant’s setting is an outdoor garden with mix match furniture, large stuffed sofas, wooden tables, and ethereal quotes for major chill vibes. This is the perfect guilt-free meal after a night of Mezcal binging.
El Camello Jr
It wouldn’t have been a successful trip if we didn’t sample the locals favorite go-to spot. The downtown restaurant is known for its ceviche and extremely reasonable prices. We ordered the large portion size to split among four and of course accompanied it with guacamole, frozen margaritas and fried fish.
We totally lucked out the first night we arrived in Tulum. After traveling six and a half hours (including an hour and half shuttle trip from Cancun with a bottle of Tequila) food was top of mind. We stayed in Downtown Tulum so finding a place nearby wasn’t an issue, but making sure we avoided the tourist traps was priority. La Malquerida not only had some of the best shrimp tacos and mezcal margaritas I’ve ever had but the service was amazing. We felt right at home and made new friends with the waiter Hermano.
Batey Mojito and Guarapo Bar
That same night we walked four doors down to Batey; the small bar is hard to miss, live music and a pretty crowd spills through the sidewalk. Not to mention they boast the best Mojitos in town made with fresh sugar cane juice. Flavors include: Classic Lime, Ginger Lime and Watermelon and you can pair it with your rum of choice.
Spring break is here and many vacationers are planning a trip to Cancun, but we definitely recommend a stop in Tulum to check out these gems.