Part I: Tulum Travel Guide

   

Ahhhh Tulum. I’ve been to other places in Mexico, but Tulum really takes the cake. From the beaches to the atmosphere, there’s something just so magical about this place. I went for my birthday two weeks ago along with my 3 year-old son and my mom and we had such an amazing time. In case you’re planning your own trip to Tulum, I’ll be sharing a 3-Part Series complete with everything from what I did, tips for traveling with a toddler and much more. To kick-it off, here’s a quick guide to Tulum. Hope you enjoy!



How to Get There: Getting to Tulum was fairly easy, especially since I was traveling from Miami, Florida. I ended up flying JetBlue (my favorite) to Cancun, Mexico, since Tulum doesn’t have an airport. The flight itself was about an hour and a half. Once we arrived to Cancun we booked a car service (in advance) through Amstar, which took us straight to our hotel. The car ride was actually a bit longer than the flight itself—-1 hour and 40 minutes and cost about $215 (for 3 people round-trip).



Where to Stay: We spent 6 days in Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa, which was absolutely breathtaking. The rooms were spacious, super clean and the staff really went above and beyond to make us feel right at home. I also love that it’s a family-friendly hotel, every day there were so many activities that catered to all ages from tennis lessons, yoga to their kid’s Explorer’s Club and nightly shows.




The resort was also all-inclusive, so we definitely took advantage of all the restaurants on the resort (and even their free-of-charge room service—hello Pizza at 12 am). The resort is right on the beach, so every morning we would wake-up, have breakfast and then alternate between some pool time and beach time. (I’ll be sharing a more detailed review of the resort next week, so stay tuned). 






Where to Eat: Aside from eating at the resort, we also ventured into town to check out some local hot spots. My favorite was Casa Jaguar. We went there for dinner for my birthday. It’s an eco-chic restaurant with the most amazing vibes that combines open air spaces and nature. The food was delicious as well. It’s a mix of Mexican and Asian cuisine. For appetizers I had the Tostadas de Atun (which was marinated raw tuna on a crispy corn tortilla with leeks, onion, avocados and sweet chipotle—yum) and for dinner me and Andres had the ‘Pez Romero,’ which was the catch of the day fish cooked on a brick oven with rosemary butter, white wine, orange and honey. My mom had the Whole Fish (catch of the day) wrapped in hoja santa.







Things To Do:
Gran Cenote: Tulum has several ‘cenotes’ (large natural open water pools). We decided to check out the Gran Cenote, which was about 15 minutes from Dreams Tulum (and a 300 pesos cab ride). The water was beautiful and crystal clear. We went on a Thursday, so it wasn’t that crowded. It also had 2 cenotes, one where you can actually touch the ground, which is good if you’re traveling with little ones. You can rent a locker (30 pesos) and snorkel gear while you’re there. **The locker is large enough to store a large backpack.






Xcaret Park: On our last full day in Tulum we were contemplating whether we should stay and relax at the resort or if we should go explore Xcaret Park. We finally decided on Xcaret and I’m so glad we did! This place is UH-MAZING. It’s like a Disney World meets Nature. My three-year old loved it! It’s about a 25 minute cab ride from Dreams Tulum. It has everything from underground rivers that you snorkel, horse shows, animals, walking trails, restaurants, aquariums…etc…etc. Just make sure you stay until the night show that starts at 7pm (it’s worth it). Overall you need a full day for this park and it’s worth every peso!






We also enjoyed just walking through the town of Tulum and laying on random hammocks haha.



I’m already scheming a way to get back there again. Oh and Andres keeps asking me when we are going back to Mexico—he LOVED it! You need to check this place out for yourself!






Special thanks to Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa for providing a complimentary 3 night stay. 





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