Sunday, March 20, 2016

Tulum, Mexico

Jason's Birthday Trip this year was to Tulum. We caught a super early morning flight from Dallas, made a quick transfer in Houston and arrived in Cancun around noon. After managing the ridiculous timeshare salesmen and annoying taxi drivers, we located our airport transfer and caught an hour and a half ride down to Tulum.

We could have easily stayed in Cancun, but the further away we drove, the more enjoyable we found it. Arriving in laid-back Tulum, it was like we were in a different world. Tulum isn't on the power grid, so all power used has to be generated by the hotels/restaurants/etc. We were lucky because our hotel had A/C every night between 7pm and 7am. It wasn't hot when we went though (around 78F), so a fan was plenty.

We arrived at our hotel, Villa Pescadores (house of the fishermen), and grabbed lunch at the beach restaurant. We ate so much guacamole in 3 days, it was unreal! We walked along the beach and catch a quick cat-nap on some lounge chairs. The beach was incredible and it was literally right outside of our doors. The sand was the softest we can remember. It was heaven!

We had dinner reservations at Kitchen Table, which is apparently the "new Hartwood". We can't compare as we only tried one, but we did enjoy our time here. The service was actually really great, but unfortunately, the place is super tiny and we didn't get to sit at our table for around 1.5 hours. We ended up chatting with a couple from St. Louis though, so time did fly. The food was really yummy and the (comped) drinks were great!

The next morning, we woke up and grabbed breakfast at our hotel. We got a taxi to take us to Gran Cenote and he waited for us while we swam around for the next few hours. I liked this one because there it was easy to rent snorkel gear (80 pesos) and lock up our things in a locker (15 pesos). The cenote was beautiful and the water was crystal clear. I think scuba divers would be in for a big treat! I would definitely advise getting there early as they got more packed as the morning wore one. By noon, we were ready to escape the crowds. 

In the afternoon, we biked into Tulum town. We wandered around for a while, finding a random place at the end of the strip. We only saw locals there and picked food by randomly pointing to things. It was delicious and less than $10! After, we grabbed some paletas at Flor de Michoacan. After some shopping, the skies opened up. We ran to a restaurant and waited out the rain with a few beers and queso (literally...melted cheese and nothing else, haha!). We grabbed a bottle of wine at the supermarket on the way back to the hotel and enjoyed the rain while we sat on our balcony.

Our last morning, we biked over to the Tulum Ruins. While we enjoyed walking around up top, we really loved walking down to the beach and swimming for a few hours. Make sure to bring your swimsuit!!

We checked out of our hotel and headed back to our beach restaurant. We ate a slow and leisurely lunch, soaking up our last little bit of paradise. We had a few drinks at the beach bar as well, passing the time until our airport transfer arrived to collect us. We did so much, but so little in our quick weekend away. I think it was a pretty great way for Jason to bring in the next year! Southwest flies to Cancun now, so I know we'll be back. Hopefully it remains the same amazing place we left it!

Up Next: In a few weekends, we'll be headed back to one of our favorite places - Russian River Valley!!


  1. Love your pictures and it looks like a wonderful getaway! I've added Tulum to our list of places to travel after baby #3 arrives!!! :)

  2. Oh, you will love it so much. We saw a bunch of families there OR it's a great little getaway that not too far away from the boys!!