What a magical place you turned out to be.
I’ll admit I was a bit nervous of what to expect. My previous experience in Mexico involved broken down buses, power outages, and men catcalling to me as “brown sugar”. So mentally I was preparing myself for the worst.
But as it turned out, Tulum ended up being the perfect mix of relaxation, fun, and adventure for us. It was all we could’ve asked for in a honeymoon.
If you’ve never heard of Tulum, no worries – I’d never heard of it till I a fellow Instagrammer suggested it as a possible honeymoon destination. Turns out it’s quite the up-and-coming spot.
It’s located about 2hrs south of Cancun, and has a more chill, yet still hip party scene in comparison.
Cancun is where you rage – dranks on dranks on dranks, clubbing till 4am and waking up wondering what happened the night before. (note: I’ve never actually been to Cancun, even in my party girl college days, I just assume this from what I’ve seen in movies/tv and heard from friends)
Tulum, on the other hand, is where you spend the night eating gourmet tacos and various Mexican cuisine while trying a all sorts of craft tequila cocktails. A place perfect for a girls trip or romantic getaway for two!
We ended up staying at a boutique beach front hotel – La Vita e Bella, and we loved it!
You pull up and walk into the lobby and immediately feel that ocean breeze, plus the floor was all sugary white sand. DCT and I kicked our shoes off and didn’t put them on again until we left 6 days later.
We booked one of their beachfront bungalows which was about 15ft away from the beach. Every morning we woke up to sunrises like this right outside our window:
Like I said – magical.
We were technically visiting during their low season so the hotel, beach, and restaurants were all pretty quiet, which was nice as we were able to get to know the area more without feeling overwhelmed.
Most of our days were spent lounging around the hotel either getting some sun while reading and sipping mezcal cocktails or splashing about in the sea.
One of the cool things about Tulum is it’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene. Unfortunately many of the highly recommended hot spots were closed due to the low season, however we still ate a quite a few gems.
There was Mateo’s, which became out go-to for a late-night mezcal (DCT and I became slightly obsessed with the smoky liquor thanks to Mateo’s. I want it all the time now and we even bought a bottle to add to our bar cart at home 😀 ).
Casa Jaguar was another cool spot we stumbled upon. It’s an open air restaurant and bar quite literally right in the middle of the jungle. I got eaten alive by mosquitos, but the cocktails and food made it worth it.
Out favorite place had to be Posada Margherita, a beachfront hotel and Italian restaurant. It had the most idyllic atmosphere, plus wonderful food and drinks. Everything was perfecto – we absolutely loved it.
Besides eat & drink our way through Tulum we also did our fair share of activities. We rode bikes into town where we got some killer street tacos (again – all about the food). We spent a day at the Xel-Ha adventure and water park where we biked through the jungle, tubed down a lazy river, jumped cliffs, and even snuba-ed (a crazy combination of scuba diving and snorkeling) for the first time.
Finally on our last day we walked the beach over to Tulum’s Mayan ruins – which were quite the sight, definitely way more than I was expecting.
Overall, I think we knocked Tulum out of the park. It was all we could’ve hoped for and more from our honeymoon.
Even though when it was time for us to go I felt good and ready, I would jump at the opportunity to visit Tulum again.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed our pictures!
Dreaming of that beach bum life,