Weekend Getaway: Tulum Edition

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A few months ago, my sister decided on Tulum as the perfect place to have her destination wedding. Even though I adore Mexico and have been there several times, I had never visited the Yucatan Peninsula. Naturally, I was thrilled at the prospect of visiting this magical place.

Living in Florida, I usually shy away from tropical destinations. I get enough fun in the sun year round. Thankfully, this opportunity to celebrate my sister in Tulum came along because otherwise I would have missed out on discovering this fun and trendy little spot. 

Visually, Tulum is exactly what you’ve come to expect. The lazy little town is incredibly Instagramable, and there is a reason why bloggers and influences have drunk the kool-aid. The rustic structures are breathtaking, and the mix of vernacular architecture with boho beach decor just works.

Days in Tulum are spent lying on the beach, biking, swimming in cenotes and visiting Mayan ruins. Tulum plenty of easily accessible spots worth visiting. It is relaxingly easy to get around via bikes, and there are taxis available at all times.

My favorite thing to do in Tulum was nothing.  It was liberating to feel guilt-less over missing out on a museum exhibit or not doing some cultural tourist piece. There is no FOMO to be had here. If anything, there’s a high value placed on rest and relaxation, and Tulum has certainly cornered the market on that.

All this do-nothingery in Tulum also made me nostalgic, as if in a state of suspended deja-vu. Growing up in Ecuador, I spent childhoods on the beach, endlessly dragging sand inside the house and falling asleep to the soothing sounds of the ocean. In Tulum, I got to revisit the Ecuador of my dreams for a spell, and reconnect with that sense of zero urgency I never knew I missed.

In the last decade the boho seekers and gypsetters have flocked to Tulum because of its weather, yoga and ease. Fabulous chefs have apparently followed suit. As far as cuisine, Tulum has a lot to offer. My favorite meal was at Arca, wow just wow, and Casa Jaguar was a close second.

There are plenty of hotel options in Tulum. We rented the entire Nest Villa, and had the comforts of home along with the amenities of a hotel. My family stayed at the hotel and raved about the service. Rooms were well appointed, comfortable and as close to the beach as you could get. Do not miss their mixed ceviche, which was incredible and served on the beach by request.


Tulum Packing List:

Sun screen and bug repellent.
Big hat, I love mine from D’Vro which did not collapse in my suitcase. 
Flowy dresses, it’s hot and mugggy at times. Mine were from Simplicity in Mind in WPB.
Sneakers and sandals (skip the heels)
Swimsuits, more than usual
Hair detangler and detangler brush. It's sooo windy, and you want to save your hair from the elements. 
A light sweater or jacket bc it can get rainy and chilly.
Portable phone battery, and a flashlight for sure

 

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Gabriela Viteri