Located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo,the eco-chic town of Tulum is situated just south of Playa del Carmen and Cancun,overlooking the nation’s only Caribbean coast in the famed Riviera Maya. Today,this once unknown fishing village and former seaport of the ancient Mayans is quickly emerging as the region’s most popular new “must-see” hotspot,as a tourism boom sweeps Tulum in 2015,CCTV America reported.
“This beach village has gone from hammock heaven to a must-visit magnet of chic bungalow hotels and restaurants,in a decade. Most visitors feel at home in Tulum and want to return.”
Tulum is a quick and easy 90 minutes’ drive south along the coast from Cancun,which is known for its endless array of glitzy resorts,and less than one hour south of Playa del Carmen. It is a truly ancient town that still has the heart of an off-the-grid hideaway despite its burgeoning popularity.
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According to Caribbean Journal,visitors should pack light when visiting Tulum,which is one of its charms. Bring only the essentials – flip-flops,swimwear,sunglasses,a T-shirt and shorts; then be prepared to get swept away by the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean Sea.
“The Caribbean beach vacation is distilled to its essentials [in Tulum]; seemingly endless stretches of bone-white sand; Instagram-worthy turquoise waters; and inexpensive small hotels and restaurants strung together with vibes that encourages you to just relax and soak it all in.”
Spend a day tooling around the small puebla (town) of Tulum proper,where you will find a main street brimming with tour companies,cantinas and bars,many with live music and excellent margaritas.
“Tulum is one of those precious few places where if you’re wearing more than the minimum for propriety,you’re likely overdressed,” writes the Caribbean Journal.
Fortunately,there are also a variety of mouthwatering places to eat in Tulum. For a laid-back vibe,check out Que Fresco!,a beachfront palapa and seaside bar that boasts an array of brightly colored tables and some of the best fish tacos and coldest “cheladas” (beer served in a salt-rimmed glass) to be found anywhere in town. Also,the ancient Mayan ruins in Tulum boast the only pyramid overlooking the Caribbean Sea,perched atop a cliff with the beach stretching to meet the cerulean ocean 40 feet below.
“Chances are you’ll spend most of your time in Tulum doing what the locals do: simply taking life as it comes. Sunny skies will invite beachfront languor. An afternoon thunderstorm offers justification to linger longer over your cerveza. And sunrise brings the opportunity to do it all over again.”