I feel like we need a virtual vacation here, which is why I’m finally posting my Tulum girls trip that I took with Gina and Brandy this past February.
We visit each other two or three times a year and one or two of the visits always involve a destination trip (domestic or international).
For this trip, 1. we didn’t know that it would be our last international trip for quite some time and 2. this was right before COVID exploded and became a pandemic.
This was also a nightmare of a return trip for me and I remember crying to Aaron on the phone while sitting on the tarmac at the Cancún airport. I just wanted to get home (after already being at the airport for over 8 hours and being stuck at the airport overnight was a high possibility if they couldn’t get us off the ground in time before all the staff was overtime) and not to mention, Aaron got the flu (which was 100% COVID looking back on it all and the symptoms) while I was in Mexico so I just wanted to be with him.
ANYWAY, I will be looking forward to the day we can travel again internationally but for now, enjoy these photos!
We stayed at boutique hotel called Mi Amor in Tulum. It was actually a couples resort and adult-only, which honestly, I want to vacation like that for now on, haha…it was so serene, peaceful, and a dream.
I told Aaron that we need to go back together. It felt like our little private destination because of the small capacity of this place. Every morning we were able to snag a cabana along the cliffs on the beach and we would set up for the day there. It was seriously one of the most relaxing vacations ever and it’s ironic it happened right before a pandemic.
As you can see, the hotel and the views were INCREDIBLE and we completely lucked out with the most gorgeous weather.
We had breakfast at the hotel every morning and mostly always the same thing. I loved their chilaquiles with red sauce and an egg on top. The food and drinks there were never disappointing. We even got smoothies one morning and they were so fresh!
We discovered this gem of a restaurant on the main Tulum strip. It’s called The Real Coconut Kitchen and it’s a plant-focused, 100% gluten-free, grain and dairy-free restaurant. Everything we got there made you feel healthy haha and it was also so fresh and vibrant!
This was one of our fancy restaurants that we went to, Kitchen Table.
The entrance to this place was like walking into a jungle. It featured an open kitchen and it was so neat to be able to sit in front of it and just watch them so meticulously cook and put together our meal. It was so well-orchestrated.
Get your butt in a taxi and get to this roadside taco joint called Antojitos Chiapaneca. Literally every local tells you to go here. It has THE BEST tacos al pastor I’ve ever had and get this – they’re 50 cents a piece. I had three orders LOL
After we loaded up on tacos we went to the cenotes! It’s definitely “touristy” but I still think it was one of the cooler experiences I’ve ever done.
Like you literally swim into these caves and if you’re claustrophobic, I do not recommend. You’re in tight spaces and even I was feeling a little uneasy at times. They give you life jackets and snorkels to use to see into the water…which is so neat how deep some of these go.
If you have a GoPro, TAKE IT WITH YOU. I didn’t think we were doing cenotes the day we actually went because we were only heading into town for tacos but then the taxi guy convinced us to do it and well, my GoPro was back in the hotel room. SO BUMMED!!!
Friday 5th of August 2022
I was in Tulum in 1977 and there was nothing there but the pyramids and the cenotes. No tourists, no hotels, nothing. It was Amazing! We drove from Cancun having stayed in a very small hotel. Great adventure! Appears utterly changed now but still beautiful!
Saturday 5th of September 2020
I’m so glad you posted about this trip. I remember the stories you posted and it all looked amazing. I will definitely put this on my list for future trips.
Wednesday 2nd of September 2020
I went to that part of Mexico in my first international solo trip 5 years ago and I loved it, the food was so amazing everywhere and the cenotes are breathtaking Tulum was my favorite town there and I loved the ruins and biking to get there. That hotel looks amazing, I was planning another trip to Mexico this year and wanted to back to Tulum and definitely it's not going to happen so it's good to see those beautiful pictures. So glad that you got to enjoy a trip before the madness began.