Tulum is probably one of Mexico's most expensive and luxurious coastal towns. This is the kind of place where rich, yuppie Americans come to spend their holiday dollars. It's quite the contradiction though, for on one side it represents this bohemian, carefree beach-side lifestyle, but on the other, it's not entirely accessible unless you have the bankroll.
Coming from Australia I've been spoiled with world class beaches my whole life... Sorry, not trying to brag, just sayin... Whats more, not one of our beaches are privately owned or restricted from public access. To me that just doesn't make sense. It's public property and open to nature - in my mind it's sacrilege to privatise a natural resource.
However, that's certainly not the case in Tulum. The entire beachfront is glazed with high end resorts and mega-hotels barricading even the slightest peek of the ocean. It's a posers paradise, just insta-search #tulum and you'll see what I mean.
Anyhoo, let's get off my ranty, negative path and talk about what's actually on offer in Tulum... Here are a couple of tips from my experience:
- Holistika - labelled as a "Transformative Hotel", hidden away in dense forest, Holistika offers a sanctuary away from the noise of Tulum. They have a beautiful yoga shala and pool area. It's affordable to stay here and the wifi is solid.
- Check out the beautiful Cenotes in the area - a "cenote" is a natural sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. The water is crystal clear and the bluest of blues. It's absolutely mind blowing how beautiful these places are. You can swim with turtles and fish and the colours are incredibly vibrant. There are tons of Cenotes in the area!
- Enjoy some sunset Fish tacos and Mezcal Margaritas at Tres Galeones: Hands down the most delicious Margaritas I've had in my life! And the fish taco's are really delicious. This place is just off main strip and I'd recommend coming in just around sunset so you can get a spot right out the front.
- Rent a car! It's super affordable with rentalcars.com. The roads are extremely safe and you can basically park anywhere you like. This will save you some $$$ because taxi's can be quite expensive and annoying to hail down.
- Plus, having a car will allow you to explore the more adventurous Mayan ruins and Cenotes that lay out of town. There is a deep ancient culture in Mexico that you don't really get to appreciate being around so much commercialism. I wish I was more informed before I went, as I'm currently reading an incredible history book about the America's that's blowing my mind.
I most certainly could write another post on Tulum as I've only scratched the surface here. But in my opinion, it's the kind of place where you either love it or hate it. I'm still undecided, but that's likely because I'm spoiled from my many trips to South East Asia where the beer is cheap and the beaches are bliss 🌴.
What about you? If you've been before I'd love to hear your thoughts!