27 Apr 2017 40 comments

Our Trip To Tulum.

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I’ve had Tulum on my list of places to visit for some time now, and we managed to find some reasonably priced flights to Mexico at the start of the year. We thought we’d go somewhere a bit special to celebrate our engagement, and to relax before the wedding planning commenced!

Tulum is on the Caribbean side of Mexico, which means it’s absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. It’s the first place I’ve been that actually looked straight out of a travel magazine… we both couldn’t believe that somewhere could hold so much beauty.

We flew to Cancun, and then got a car from there down to Tulum. It wasn’t a bad drive but it did take an hour and a half, so we stocked up on water beforehand! It went quick, and it was a good chance to see more of Mexico.
The main beach area of Tulum feels very tucked away and well preserved, with restaurants setting up shop on sandy floors, the kitchens often propped up in little vans or the occasional Airstream. I loved the jungle vibes, it just felt so hidden and peaceful.

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Our hotel, Coco Tulum, was made up of eco-cabanas. Little huts that only had a bed and a private bathroom (although some of the rooms have shared bathrooms), and a small balcony/outdoor seating area and hammock. Very basic, but oh so cute.
We were just steps from the most mesmerising beach I’ve ever seen. Incredible deep turquoise waters and the purest white sand. The hotel staff kept the beach immaculate, and there always loungers and hammocks free to relax in.

Coco Tulum was a delight – the restaurants were all incredible, we loved the beach restaurant for tacos and cold beers.
Juanita Diavola made delicious pizza, and the best French Toast I’ve ever eaten. It was too easy to head here for breakfast before a big morning walk.

I would say, if you’re not okay with creepy crawlies, maybe a cabana isn’t for you. There were a lot of ants and lizards in our room, although we did have a mosquito net to pull around at night.
They didn’t bother me at all, but it’s something to think about if you’re not good with insects!

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I didn’t really prepare a list of places I wanted to see in Tulum, I gathered that we would stumble across restaurants as we explored – and I was right. We didn’t have a bad meal in Tulum, and the main beach road is lined with interesting places to eat and drink.
We stayed away from the hotel restaurants and instead tried out most of the smaller, more interesting restaurants, which seemed to work for us.

A few highlights included;

Ukami; Even just thinking about this place has me all heart-eyed, it was divine! Japanese with a Mexican twist… does it get better than that? The passionfruit margaritas were the best I’ve had, and the shrimp tacos and sushi were 10/10. I think this was our favourite place of the trip!

Posada Margherita; Everyone recommended here, and it was right next to our hotel so we ended up going a couple of times for drinks. I thought the food was good, but nothing mind-blowing. My favourite part was taking our drinks to the beach and sitting in the swing seats.

Safari; Another foodie favourite, Safari have an open pit fire in the garden and an Airstream cooking up delicious tacos and fries. I loved the vibe here, and the cocktails were lovely too.

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The beach was one of the highlights for me, we spent hours in the waves as they were huge and so much fun! The water was a gorgeous temperature, and it just looked so perfect and crystal clear.
Jordan lost his sunglasses in the water though, so leave them behind if you’re heading in to the crazy waves. So much fun!

We did a lot of walking up and down the beach road and the beach, stumbling across little restaurants and shops.
We also went to the Ruins which was worth it for the animals we saw – a little racoon-type guy and the biggest lizard ever! We walked here which probably wasn’t the best idea because we were exhausted by the time we arrived, so hire bikes if you’re looking to go!

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So many people recommended Hartwood to us, and we managed to get a table very easily. I’d heard it was hard to reserve, with several people telling me to line up at lunchtime to get a dinner booking for 6pm. A few tales of sitting next to celebrities too!
In the end, I emailed in the morning one day and asked for a booking that night and they replied saying it was confirmed, so I would try that approach – it was effortless, all in all.

The restaurant itself has a great vibe, so it’s worth visiting. We loved the cocktails and the staff were lovely, and the menu was so varied and delicious.

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Tulum really is a magical place, it feels very tucked away and untouched in so many ways. I think because the main beach road is quiet, and we went after the popular Christmas season, it was so relaxing and beautiful.
It’s a perfect Honeymoon destination, but it’s the kind of place that you can tailor to you. We wanted relaxing, with tacos and margaritas and swimming and photo opportunities, and that’s exactly what we got!

Have you got Tulum on your travel bucket list?

  • Helen

    Amazing! I am so mesmerised by that dress and bag combination! I love the leaf print dress and that blush bag sooooo cute! Recently got back from Fiji and now I’m dreaming of Tulum!

    x Helen http://www.seaandstyle.com/blog/

  • Lucie Evans

    Ah! Such pretty pictures! I’m going to Mexico in 2 weeks and tulum is not far from where we are staying so thanks for the reccomendations!

  • Oh gosh these photos are so dreamy!! I adore your tropical jumpsuit as well, very very cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • It’s definitely on my bucket list now! x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Looks gorgeous!! x

    Millie | http://www.bymillie.co.uk

  • Becca

    Tulum looks absolutely amazing! Definitely one to visit at least once in your life. Your photos are amazing and looks like you had a fab time. Becca xx


  • Lizzie

    I have now, it looks absolutely breakthtaking and not as tourist laden as other parts of Mexico!


  • Kay Nguyen

    Such a beautiful place! Now Tulum is on my bucket list <3


  • This looks amazing! I love all of the photos you took. X

  • Tulum looks INCREDIBLE. I love the playsuit you have on in the first series of photos.

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • Kristina

    Your are right, Tulum looks perfect. I definitely have to add this to my travel bucket list!

  • I have been to Cancun, which was pretty but a little crowded, but didn’t drive down to Tulum. I regret it now that I see your pictures. Crawlies don’t bother me much, as long as I wake up to that view!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking</a

  • Oooh, this looks so dreamy! And it’s making me realize how much I need a holiday.. xx


  • So glad you did this post! We’re actually going here in September, I’m so excited x


  • Such beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Omg Tulum looks amazing!


  • Omg these photos are absolutely beautiful! Tulum looks so dreamy!

    Lynnsay x

  • Yasmine Melbye Gonzalez

    I am dying to go to Mexico. I grew up in Texas, which is basically mini mexico but sadly never made it across the border. Tulum looks SO beautiful. I think its time to start looking for tickets cause I am going! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! They make me feel so relaxed! haha thanks for sharing your tips! kisses:D


  • Juliana Paz

    The photos are breath taking! I love the fresh vibes I get from them. Mexico is still on my bucket list of places to visit.


  • Your photos are always a real treat Kate! I most def. have Tulum on my bucket list, especially after seeing these photos ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Beautiful photos, I really enjoyed this post! Tulum looks wonderful.

  • These photos are incredible and so beautiful. Plus the location looks amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Claire | rose-tinted.com

  • Your photos look so beautiful. I watched your little video on YouTube and I have total wanderlust to travel there! The sand and the sea look absolutely gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

  • Superb. Very beautiful


  • Tulum was actually one of the places that I didn’t get to visit the last time I was in Cancun! Super jealous! The beaches are always so pretty and clear! I’m definitely thinking of going back to Mexico just for Tulum! Loving all of these gorgeous photos!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Himeros Photos

    Tulum is one of the best examples of the growing interest in ecotourism. Living in palapa cabanas right off the beach and restaurants that serve amazing food .. again on the beach. Waking up to the sound of waves and either going for a jog on beach or spending time on the beach doing yoga… It’s just heaven.

  • mgb gt

    Thanks to people like this Tulum is expected growth is a hundred thousand people.

  • I can’t believe I live in Mexico and never been to Tulum. Such a beautiful place, thanks for sharing! x

    | http://www.noirettediary.com |

  • Tulum is breathtakingly beautiful, I will show this post to my boyfriend and try to convince him that we really need to go!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

  • tulum just looks unreal and i want to go asap.


  • Tulum looks so awesome – definitely need to plan my trip soon!
    xx Mirjam | http://www.miiju.ch

  • Tulum looks sooooo awesome, like literally such a cool place full of great vibes! Loooove your photography.

    xo Romy


  • Those restaurants sound epic! What a beautiful place.
    I love driving in a foreign country – definitely the best way to discover hidden gems!


  • Wow. Well this is now going straight on my bucket list. It looks heavenly.

    Don’t mind me…I’m just sitting here salivating over a) your gorgeous playsuit and b) the food in this post! ?

    katie xx lacoconoire.com

  • i’m dying to go to Tulum and your photos look so gorgeous!! not sure i could do the ants in the room (why am i so afraid of them!?! haha) but everything else sounds incredible. trying to decide between here and cabo for a summer getaway!

  • The beaches look breathtaking there, wow! Tulum it is in my bucket list also for my next travel itinerary but I am happy soon we go to Bali!


  • Hey Kate,

    How do you make your photos arranged like that? Your blog is amaziiinggg cant stop reading alll your content. I’m so inspired!

  • I just discovered Tulum for the first time this year and it looks unbelievably gorgeous! It’s now one of the top places on my bucket list. Your photos are gorgeous and have just increased my wanderlust!


  • Sepideh

    Such beautiful pictures!! I’ve been to Mexico but never to Tulum – definitely adding it to my list!!