The travel bug comes quickly for me, and after traveling through several iconic urban cities on my last vacation, I knew my next getaway had to be somewhere outside a concrete jungle. Mexico is an easy trip from Los Angeles, and my buddy, Michael, was down to go on a quick, inexpensive vacation. One of his favorite destinations is Mexico City, and I had wanted to visit Chichén Itzá, so we ended up deciding on Tulum, Mexico for a five day escape.
Flights were cheap, and we found a really reasonable Airbnb just off the main city street with an open air kitchen and a rooftop with seating. Tulum is small enough that we could rent cruiser bikes to get around for about $6 a day! The town mainly consists of one main street filled with shops, restaurants, and bars, and a long beachside street with access to all the resorts. Tulum also has two amazing cenotes within biking distance – more on that below!
First thing on the list was to ride our bikes out to the beach to swim and get our fruity drinks! It’s a beautiful four mile bike ride down a manicured bike path to the public access beach.
Around sunset, we explored up the coastline of the beach. We wandered up cliff-side stairs and found ourselves in a weird abandoned set of buildings. Full of trash, but still with a great view, it was definitely not the Tulum Ruins.
Not pictured is our crazy night at the Papaya Playa Project Full Moon Party on the beach. We got in thanks to a friend of Michael’s, and I would definitely recommend going to a Full Moon Party if you’re going to be in Tulum at the right time!
On our second day, we ate an amazing breakfast at the boutique Teetotum Hotel. We needed our energy so we could ride our bikes out to the Grand Cenote. My photographs don’t do it justice; it was one of our favorite parts of Tulum. Swimming in the caves with bats hanging overhead and fish swimming in the clear, turquoise water below was one of my most memorable experiences. They even had a sectioned off area with turtles swimming around! We also visited a smaller cenote later, which was smaller, but less public and had several scuba divers exploring the cave systems!
To finish up the trip, I had to visit the Tulum Ruins. The Mayan ruins are 7,000 years old and overlook the sea. While I didn’t get to visit Chichén Itzá or Coba, the Tulum Ruins were beautiful and a great substitute for the grander sites!