Things I Love About Tulum, Mexico…Even If Just For One Night

There is plenty to love about Tulum, Mexico (and I have gushed about it all before)…but #1?  The amazing, amazing beach.  You can read about it here:  Best Beach in the World.

and I’ve visited and talked about the cool Mayan ruins before…

But I didn’t make it to either on this trip.  I was only passing through for about 18 hours on the way home from my trip to Colombia.  I’d gladly spend a night here any time (and I FAR prefer it to a night in downtown Cancun).  At first glance, it might seem like just a small strip along the highway but it is so much more.  Tulum town has a ton to offer and I always enjoy eating and drinking…I mean staying there.

The food!  Here is who I visited on this trip…

This DELICIOUS Italian/European deli that makes fresh sandwiches…slices the meat while you wait.  This is really one of the things I miss most for the NYC area.  In San Pedro, sandwiches tend to be overpriced and skimpily stuffed, the Italian and fresh mozz I ordered at Gourmet Tulum was not.

Or fresh croissants at two different bakeries?  Yum.

A real bagel and lox at my favorite breakfast place called Azafran (find it when you are there, it’s delicious).

Or well…the beer.

There are great gift shops…

Lots of Mexican art work is very…unique.

And I stayed in a cute little hotel attached to a very good bakery/coffee shop called Maison Tulum.

Here is the check in area.  Love the colored glass balls.

And the eating area for the bakery.

Really love the glass work.

So, as always, I recommend a trip to Tulum if it’s for one day or one month.

And, I know I am going to get a few emails that ask me:  “if you love it so much, why don’t you just move there?”. Typed, surely, with that “Nanny Nanny Boo Boo” tone.  Yes, I do love it.  And no, I’m not moving there.  But I can be awfully happy that it’s only a few hours  away.




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  • I think we’ll rip ourselves away from Isla Mujeres in November and spend 3 nights in Tulum. And I think we’ll stay in town because I can’t see paying the huge bucks for rustic on the beach. Then we can rent bikes and ride to the beach, take a collectivo to Coba, etc… A friend also recommended the same place you stayed! Can’t wait!

  • Me

    Great idea. I’ve never biked to the beach…but I like the idea.

    And I’ve never been to Coba. I must go back!