Located just one hour south of vacation hotspot Cancun,the town of Tulum,Mexico,is heating up with some of the trendiest new restaurants,fabulous markets,traditional Yucatan cuisine and exciting outdoor adventures to be found anywhere in the world.
Tulum is known for its many eco-chic accommodations,such as the solar powered Casa de las Olas,which offers thatch-roofed rooms from around $150 per night and is located at the southernmost point of Tulum’s main beach. Or,consider the boutique hotel Jashita,which starts at around $140 per night and boasts an on-site spa and swimming pool. If minimalism is what you are looking for,the CoCo Tulum offers a variety of beachfront palapas that are equipped with little more than a bed,storage and mosquito netting,for around $45 a night.
When it comes to cuisine,Tulum is tough to beat,with a wide variety of eclectic and traditional fare that is sure to please even the most discriminating palate. For a sustainable feast,consider opting for dinner at Hartwood,which offers a variety of farm-to-table options that are supported by chef Eric Werner’s relationships with local farmers and fishermen. If authentic street food is what you desire,check out Dona Lordes,which is a popular puesto,which is basically a nice way of saying ‘hole in the wall.’ Or,if getting to know the locals suits your fancy,opt for the new El Camello Jr.,which offers fresh seafood and is known locally for its sweet shrimp dish.
For serious foodies,Tulum offers cooking lessons at Altamar for just $75 per person,with classes that focus on the fundamentals of cooking Yucatan-style cuisine. Or,you could spend a weekend morning perusing the many fresh foods offered for sale at the local organic market,which is situated behind the El Jardin de Frida hostel. Favorites include amber Mayan honey,the spinach like green super food known as chaya,and local artisanal bread. Finally,if sport is also on the agenda,consider catching your next meal with the expert anglers at Boca Paila,who will take you out into the waters of the nearby Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to fish for bonefish,grouper or huachinango snapper.
Also,remember that although most of the food you will come across at roadside stands in Tulum has been grown in the region,keep an eye out for boxes from outside of Mexico that could indicate the food has actually been imported and is simply being passed off as local. The native juicy oranges with green rinds and young coconuts are local favorites.
The region around Tulum provides easy access to a wide variety of water sports and other outdoor activities,such as snorkeling in the sinkholes at Dos Ojos Cenote,which are characterized by warm,clear water and underground caves and lakes that are filled with stalagmites and stalactites. After working up a strong appetite,stop in for lunch at Tacos al Pastor,which features fresh-sliced pork off a vertical spit that is kept tender by marinating it in fresh pineapple juice. Also,the fresh fruit paletas of Flor de Michoacan offers unusual flavor combinations,such as mango with chili and lemon-pineapple-jicama.
By the way,be sure to explore the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve,which boasts 1.3 million acres in which you can kayak,bird watch or hike to your heart’s content,and there are even a number of unexcavated Mayan ruins to discover. Here,the Caapechen Lagoon offers many opportunities for watching the area’s indigenous wildlife,and it is not unusual to witness sea turtles in action from the shores.
Although real estate booms can often be tough to predict,an opportunity like the one currently offered in Tulum brings potential for gains that will be tough to beat in any type of investment vehicle. Schedule a visit today and come see what all the fuss is about – Tulum is waiting for you!