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January 2018

Tulum Diaries- Part II

Lifestyle, Places, Travel
walking on the beach

So, Tulum diaries part II is finally here! Well, I can talk about Tulum all day long if you leave me! I’m still searching for ways to go back there ASAP!

This second part will give you all the details about where to go, what to eat, and where to shop in Tulum. There are so many amazing places to go, see and of course snap a few pictures because everywhere is photo-worthy in Tulum!

Where to eat & drink in Tulum?

Posada Margherita– a cute Italian restaurant with delicious food! If you crave for something other than Mexican, this is your spot!

Casa Jaguar– the atmosphere, food, music are amazing! It’s as if you are in the jungle. I highly recommend their fish!

Hartwood– we didn’t eat here because they take their reservations at least a month in advance. And if you don’t have a reservation, you need to go there at 5.30pm and wait for them to seat you. I feel like it’s a little bit overrated with its chef from NewYork but it may be worth to try!

Raw Love– a vegan heaven! a lot of healthy, yummy bowls and salads and even pasta!

Hotel Ahau- Went there for Raw Love and ended up staying for the live music! Perfect location to sip your margarita while listening to great music next to the ocean!

Gitano– we went there two nights in a row! there’s live music and mezcal cocktails are amazing!

Murmur– we loved its cute little bar! the octopus was so delicious!

Matchamama- Soo instagrammable! Matcha heaven!

What to see and where to shop in Tulum? 

Tulum Ruins– we really wanted to go there, but a small accident with the bike prevented us, unfortunately. They are very close, though. You can even bike there.

Casa Malca– as I mentioned in Tulum Diaries Part I, apart from its relation to Pablo Escobar, this is a very unique place. Very mysterious and fabulous decor!

Town center– Well, there are a lot of boutiques where these restaurants and bars are, but they are insanely expensive! We wanted to buy some souvenirs for our families, so we biked to town center, which was 25 min. away from our hotel. There are a lot of shops one after the other, so you have the option to bargain! I got the cutest authentic leather bag from one of these shops! (See it in the pictures)

Hotel Azulik- personally, not been here, but I heard it’s great for pictures!

What not to do?

I mentioned that taking the Supershuttle from Cancun airport to Tulum was a mistake in my previous post. Here is why: While we were booking our roundtrip shuttle at the airport on arrival, they told us to call them one day before our flight and confirm the time. We did exactly what they said, but they called the hotel on the date of our flight and told that they were not able to pick us up because they were overbooked. I mean, what kind of company does that? So we had to find a taxi that would take us from Tulum to Cancun. Luckily, we found a very decent one and avoided a crisis! So my recommendation is do not book with Supershuttle, they are irresponsible and unprofessional!

Thanks for reading!

XOX

gulin

 

sunrise in Tulum

Watching the sunrise in Tulum

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Tulum Diaries-Part I

Lifestyle, Places, Travel
hammock

It all started when my husband Oz and I started thinking about our honeymoon in May 2017. As always, we could not agree on a single place so we decided to draw from among the six different spots that we had previously written down. He drew Tulum and I drew Bahamas. So we ended up with these two different yet both magical places! We casually left the final decision after the wedding. When all those hurricanes struck certain places this year, we decided to play it safe and went for Tulum.

I am so glad we agreed on Tulum looking back on our wonderful vacation. It was the perfect combination of tropical idyllic beach and unique places waiting to be discovered. I wanted to both lie down and work on my tan and walk around the cute town for hidden gems. And Tulum was both!

We flew directly to Cancun and after reading a lot of reviews and advice, we decided to take the Super Shuttle, which was a big mistake that I will tell you about in Part II. Upon landing in Cancun, a warm and nice breeze and tropical palm trees welcome you. It was interesting to me that palms have lighter color and the leaves are thinner over there. It takes about one and a half hour to get from Cancun to Tulum. It is a nice long drive with no curves or complications.

When we arrived at our hotel, Tata Tulum, the pants and sweaters were already starting to feel extra, but we were very pleased to get rid of them for the next six days! We were warmly welcomed at Tata Tulum and pretty spoiled by the Tata Tulum crew! Our room was facing the ocean and conveniently located next to the restaurant and the bar. A delicious desert and champagne were waiting for us in our room.

room in Tulum

Our amazing room in Tata Tulum

By the way, we took the red-eye flight to Cancun so we were pretty exhausted the first day. Our hotel had the most comfortable sunbeds, so we tried taking it easy just hanging out on the beach. And of course, looking around and taking some pictures! I’m sure you have seen a lot of travel bloggers going on and on about Tulum and how everywhere is full of photo options, but I must say it is true! I love the fact that it offers best of both worlds: a beautiful, idyllic beach and a bustling, cute town.

Tulum beach

Gorgeous beach in front of our hotel

birds in Tulum

palm tree

The famous leaning palm

Turquoise water, tropical birds, leaning palms.. What else can you look for on a perfect beach? Oh, I know! Maybe freshly-cut coconut served with Mexican chili and lime? These are the things you can see and eat in Tulum on a daily basis. In the afternoon, you have the option to check out these unique and authentic restaurants and bars. Luckily, Tata Tulum is only 5 minutes away from this part of the town. Most of the time, we biked to grab coffee or lunch, but there were nights that we took a taxi, which was so cheap. On our first night, however, we decided to walk and discover. We drank amazing margaritas in a hotel called Coral Tulum Boutique. This hotel and its bar were so colorful that I couldn’t miss the photo opt!

a bar in Tulum

I’m in love with the colors of this bar

margaritas

A tamarind margarita for me and a regular margarita for Oz

Coral boutique hotel

Our view while sipping our margaritas

Our morning routine included waking up before sunrise (how can you sleep knowing that there’s this beauty!), going for a walk on the beach followed with the most lavish breakfast you could imagine, loading up on tropical fruits and coconut juice while tanning and then grabbing our bikes to discover the town more. We even found a Turkish place (Pasha) that makes Turkish coffee, which is one of my favorite coffee in the whole world!

sunrise in Tulum

Sunrise in Tulum

coconut with lime

Fresh coconut with Mexican chili and lime

Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee in Pasha

fresh coconut juice

Fresh coconut juice

Another coffee place I had been wanting to go was Matchamama. Anything matcha really draws me in! It is a cute place to hang out after breakfast or for your coffee fix in the afternoon. Needless to say, with the iconic “I love Tulum so Matcha” sign, it is highly Instagrammable! This cute place is a little bit further down the road but if you ever end up going there, I think you should visit Casa Malca, too, which used to belong to Pablo Escobar back in the day. They turned it into a luxury hotel/villa with limited rooms. Be careful, though, because we almost couldn’t find it since there is no sign on the door. Use your navigation and look for a huge wooden gate with security!

matchamama

Matchamama

matchamama

Matchamama

on a swing

Casually swinging in Casa Malca

Entrance to Casa Malca

Another thing I love about Tulum and where we stayed is the sunset views on the beach! You cannot imagine the colors the sky turns to in sunset! We not only took walks in sunset but also managed to take a few pictures but of course the photographs do not do justice to the colors and the view!

sunset beach

sunset beach

I will be posting another Tulum Diaries since this one is already too long! Stay tuned for more recommendations about where to eat and where to go in Tulum!

Thanks for reading!

XOX

gulin

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