If history, culture, beach life and superb cuisine appeal to you, then Tulum on the Mexican coast may well be the destination for you. This smaller resort has a more laid-back and bohemian vibe than the larger resorts to the north, and is the very best place in which to base yourself if you really want to see ruins and remnants of the ancient Mayan civilisation at their best.
Base yourself at one of the many Tulum hotels, and you will be able to reach the Mayan ruins in peace, long before the day-trippers arrive. For those who enjoy life’s luxuries, there are 5 star hotels in the Tulum area to satisfy your every whim, while all inclusive hotels tick every box when it comes to having all the facilities right there on site. There, you can leave your purse behind as your food, drinks and many activities are included in the price.
For many, the chance to sample some real Mexican food is one of the highlights of a visit to the country. Start the day with huevos rancheros, a platter of fried eggs with tortillas and a tomato salsa flavoured with onion, chillies and coriander. Another breakfast option is chilaquiles, where corn tortillas are gently fried before layering below green or red salsa, fried or scrambled eggs, pulled chicken, cheese and sour cream. Later in the day, try enchiladas, which are rolled, stuffed tortillas filled with any combination of meat, fish, beans, vegetables and cheese. Tamales are steamed pockets of corn bread, containing all kinds of savoury and even sweet fillings, while tostadas are deep-fried tortillas, piled high with range of toppings such as refried beans, seafood, meat or cheese. If you want to stick to what you know and love, opt for a bowl of hot-or-not chilli con carne.
Beyond feasting, relaxing and ruins, there’s a whole lot more to do around Tulum - if you can tear yourself away from the soft, yielding sands that resemble icing sugar, the calm, clear azure waters, and the swaying coconut palms. You can go scuba diving, looking out for shoals of fish that are as brightly coloured as the birds that fly overhead. There are also caves and caverns to explore, and don’t miss a swim in a cenote - an oversized, underwater rock pool that is a key feature of this area.
If a holiday in Tulum sounds like your kind of getaway, why not see what accommodation options we offer there?