When the winter gets tough, many New Yorkers seek salvation in the Carribbean, but Mama went to Tulum, a hippie town that’s about an hour and half drive from the Cancun airport and has exploded past few years w/ a robust food and health/wellness scene. So many New Yorkers went to Tulum to develop the area, some say it’s the Brooklyn of Mexico. The area has grown not into the typical American holiday spot with big chain hotels and all you can eat buffets, but instead, it has a great balance of luxury, sensibility, sustainability and yes, there are hipsters.
Since the last time I visited Tulum 5 years ago, the area has added a few more miles of accommodations, restaurants, and retail boutiques, so I had to begin my travel research all over again. I lucked out with my choice of the hotel Nomade. It’s a sister hotel to the super popular , Be Tulum which is almost always sold out. The decor and vibe of Nomade is Morocco meets Mexico… the epitome of Boho Chic. Our room had 3 queen size beds inside but other less expensive glamping tents were available throughout the resort. When I came 5 years ago, a lot of hotels didn’t ofgfer AC, but that seemed to have changed.
Our best meal in Tulum was the lunch at Nomade. Grilled fish and lobsters were pricy but worth every peso. The ever popular Tulum restaurant Hartwood was closed so headed to the other town staple, Posada Margarita for their homemade pastas. Fish tacos at the Coco Tulum(bar with swings) was also excellent. The vegan scene is also thriving in Tulum, so much so that a Vegan Festival is held once a year.
My friends and I spent our first 2 days in Mexico driving around like maniacs to the wondrous pink lakes of Las Coloradas (click here for a review) and also to Chichen Itza, so by the time we got to Tulum, we just lounged by the blue ocean and caught some sun. Once you have children, laying out in the sun becomes replaced with non-stop activity thus, on this childless trip, it was such a treat to lay out with girls talking about life, drinking some green juice, and taking the occasional salty dip in the ocean.
Tulum remains a paradise despite the bustling traffic during American holidays.
Cenotes – Cancun/Tulum have the largest underwater worlds w/ caves connecting in and out
Shop – so many beautiful arts and crafts
Juice – fresh green juices to rejuvenate
Drive outside to Copa (1 hr drive), Valladolid (2 1/2 drive), or Merida (4 hour drive), Las Coloradas (4 hour drive)
Nomade (lunch and dinner)