I spent the first week of 2018 exploring Tulum & Quintana Roo, and I was not disappointed by my first time in this part of Mexico! Tropical climates are definitely my favorite and where I feel most inspired and creative. I love the lush life flourishing everywhere- green jungle, warm(ish) salty Caribbean sea, fresh fruits and veggies; humidity & sweat beads forming while just sitting there in January... bikinis & sarongs & sandals the only real necessity on the packing list.
Tulum definitely wins the yogi's choice awards on this part of Mexico. My heart started fluttering as we drove down Highway 15 into the foliage lined streets. Familiarity washed over me. It was my first time there, but the people, the local vibe, the shops, the yoga shalas and the cafes all felt like home.
Yoga + Accommodation in Tulum
If it seems like there's a million yoga retreats in Tulum, it's because there are! This town was created for conscious people to get away, feel off the grid and reconnect to source and self. And have a damn good time doing it.
The peaceful beach town is carved out of the space where the jungle meets the sea and there's an abundance of boutique hotels that offer daily yoga, a health cafe & spa on site.
Check out these four beautiful choices for places to stay in Tulum that offer yoga + accommodation + healthy food all in one!
Healthy Eats in Tulum
If you follow a plant based, gluten free or otherwise restrictive diet, you know it can be hard to maintain while traveling. I am instantly a big fan of places where this is easily accessible and Tulum offers just that.
I don't know about you but the beach makes me super hungry. If you've ever thought vegan food isn't indulgent, please prove yourself wrong all over Tulum.
For lunch you'll want to check out Charly's vegan tacos for the most bomb.com vegan take on authentic Mexican tacos around. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
After lunch I'd recommend renting a bike and popping in all the shops for chic beach outfits, beautiful gems, and traditional Mayan souvenirs. Feel free to cruise with just your bikini, a sarong, & sandals and no one will look twice.
Enjoy a mid day snack like guacamole, plantain chips or vegan ice cream at I Scream Bar or head to Taqueria La Eufemia to lounge on a day bed and watch the waves come in as you enjoy a pina colada or fresh coconut and a siesta.
You won't have a hard time stumbling upon your own favorite places to eat. Just wander and don't worry about time at all here.
Plan in your adventure days, and relax, beach, shop it, and eat when you stay in Tulum.
Adventure in Quintana Roo & Yucatan
Per usual, I'd recommend renting a car to get around. We got a car from Avis at the Cancun airport (make sure you request local Quintana Roo tags) and explored all the way from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum to Chichen Itza in just 5 days time. We also had plenty of time for lounging and recalibrating mind, body and spirit.
My can't miss adventures for staying anywhere in the Quintana Roo & Yucatan area are exploring Mayan ruins, swimming in cenotes & an island day trip.
Chichen Itza is the main attraction for ancient Mayan ruins and the #1 tourist destination in Mexico.
I went on a Tuesday in the middle of the day in January and it was warm but not hot; busy but not crowded. It's a 2 hour drive from Tulum or Playa Del Carmen, but well worth it in my opinion. You could also visit the less popular + closer Coba which looked cool as well.
Swimming in cenotes are a must when visiting this part of Mexico. Cenotes are sinkholes in limestone that expose freshwater down below the ground and they are super refreshing to jump in after a long day of adventure or for a post yoga morning swim!
I went to the Gran Cenote just outside Tulum and Cenote Sagrado right by Chichen Itza. There's tons along the entire coast so check out one you can get to easily or venture off the beaten path, just have about 500 pesos cash just in case for entry fee, towel & locker rental.
Day trips to either Cozumel or Isla Mujeres are a great way to get away for a day and break up your trip if you are staying for awhile. You can easily get a ferry to Cozumel from Tulum or Playa Del Carmen, or to Isla Mujeres from Cancun. You could also head to Akumal to swim with turtles for the day!
I must say we are inspired to potentially host a little something in Tulum at some point. Is this a place you'd love to travel with us? Let us know with a like on this and leave a comment if it was helpful to you!
(Side note): For the drive to Chichen Itza from Playa Del Carmen, you will want to have cash for 2 different toll roads. Pesos are better (have up to 500 pesos cash for this day trip). Also, do not be alarmed that there are check points where police officers have machine guns. In my experience, they will wave you right through.