I was late when it came to ‘discovering’ Tulum. By the time I booked a vacation for my husband and I to explore Tulum, it had already blown up on Instagram, was considered a “Yoga Destination” and was featured as THE hottest spot to visit in various publications world wide. It was December of 2014, and Benjamin and I decided to have one last holiday before we were going to try for our first baby. I chose Tulum because of the yoga factor, and we were were searching for a place where we could ditch the alcohol and focus on clean eating and juicing. We certainly found what we were looking for…and then some!!! The beautiful long stretches of white sand beaches with aquamarine waters, dazzled my eyes. The countless yoga shalas to practice in, soothed my muscles. The incredible array of fresh fish, ceviche, fruit and juice nourished my body, and the magic of it all fed my soul. In many ways, Tulum awakened my senses. The gentle reminders on various road signs like “Stay Present” and “Follow that Dream” kept me in the moment.
The variety of places to explore ignited the adventurer in me. The hidden gems on the jungle side of the beach road sparked up the romance with the soft music and candlelight. Tulum sounds like the ocean, smells like copal, tastes like mezcal, feels like yoga bliss, and looks like paradise. However, waking up to the sunrise over the ocean each day was perhaps my most priceless experience. On any given morning I would see many gather on the beach for the sun to rise. Some would be walking the shore, others would be practicing their Sun Salutations, I even encountered a gorgeous topless opera singer who would serenade the sun with her voice. She reminded me of one of my dearest friends, and I was drawn to her freespirited fiery soul. I myself looked forward to the ritual of the sunrise, and envisioned my own dreams by manifesting them in those quiet moments before the day began. Perhaps Tulum is part of the reason I got pregnant with my first without ever trying. I literally got home after our first visit to Tulum, and within a week conceived. My soul had been satisfied, my heart was full and I set my intentions on that sacred beach the Mayans discovered centuries before.
Over the last 3 years we have visited Tulum a handful of times and I’ve comprised a list if my favorite places to enjoy while there.
Offers an incredible array of yoga classes in a beautiful jungle side yoga shall.
A stunning yoga studio right on the beach, offering the most exquisite view.
One word: MAGIC
Good vibes, amazing mixologists, and great daybeds to post-up on.
This place has a fun atmosphere with a caribbean feel.
Italian food, extremely romantic, and beyond charming.
Authentic thai food with the best view in Tulum.
Gluten, dairy, grain and refined sugar free food. SOOO delicious.
JUNGLE SIDE DINING
Argentinean steakhouse with a beautiful ambiance.
A magical mezcal bar to enjoy a cocktail or dinner, then dance under the palm trees and disco ball.
Really romantic place to settle in and try an array of fabulous cocktails.
Located on the best block in downtown Tulum and my favorite place to get caffeinated. Also next to the best bar downtown that serve fresh mojitos right out of an old painted volkswagen beetle.
Local dive. HUGE portions. The ceviche is ridiculously good.