I am resurrecting my personal blog to tell you all about our recent trip to Tulum! All of my friends that have ever visited Tulum have come back and told me that I need to visit because the whole place just seems like me. After now visiting this is an amazing compliment! And they were all right. I loved every inch of Tulum. We wanted to do a trip, just the four of us, becuase Josh’s schedule is so busy and he rarely gets quality time with the girls. Although traveling with kids limits you a little bit – the girls were champs, and we had so much fun togehter – no regrets bringing them! I received so many messages asking what it was like, what we did, where we stayed, so I thought this would be the easiest way to tell you everything!
Tulum is divided into two sections, the beach town, and town center. It’s about a 15-20 minute drive from town center to the beach road. And there are lots of pros and cons about staying at each one.
If you want to stay at the beach – the pros are… you are on the beach! But it’s more expensive, and you probably won’t get a ton of space or extra bonuses like a kitchen, which we definitely wanted since we were traveling with kids. But if you just wanted to hunker down in one spot and relax and not move this might be a good option!
It’s a little pricey, but if you want to stay on the beach I would recommend La Zebra hotel. It’s in a great location and the service and food is wonderful. There were some other hotels that looked nice like Posada, but that one is a little further up the road, the location of La Zebra is A+. The beach road is LONGGGGGGG, and sometimes the traffic on the little road is super heavy and moves very slowly – you can not get from point a to point b quickly – It seemed like most people grabbed taxis or biked. But there are a lot of cars on the road and we didn’t feel good about biking with the girls.
(All the photos below were taken at La Zebra)
We chose to rent an Airbnb in town. It had a kitchen, and extra space for the girls to stay in and a little pool. And it was in walking distance of great restaurants, which are much less expensive than the ones by the beach. So every day we would drive to the beach and most of the hotels let you use their chairs if you spend a minimum amount – which was easy to do after a couple mezcal margs and nachos 🙂 Then we would head back to our airbnb late afternoon to swim in the pool or rest, and then we would walk to dinner in town! It was important to us that wherever we stayed that a nice outdoor space since we would be putting the girls down for bed and then spending our evenings at the house! (Ezra locked herself into the room, and the bathroom – those were both highly stressful moments, but will a little coaching we were able to tell her how to unlock herself – haha – lesson learned!)
(All the photos below were taken at our Airbnb)
Gitano – we did this one it was AMAZING and it’s gorgeous. (if you are bringing kids, there are really not good food options for them, and no high chairs) Photos below are from Gitano.
Hartwood – This is supposed to the best restaurant in Tulum, we had a reservation but fortified it because the girls were ready for a nap that day!
Posada Margarita – This place is GORGEOUS – you can order pizzas on the beach or eat fancy pastas and shrimp in the restaurant. It’s probably overpriced but it was so beautiful and so good. They bring you out a huge tray of the best focaccia bread you have ever had. (Photos below from Posada Margarita)
We had breakfast at El Pez and it was also excellent… Honestly, I don’t think you can find bad food here.
For cheap best tacos all the locals say to go to Taqueria Honorio – get the quesadilla with the pork in it – it was amazing.
We had dinner at Estancia Jujena – super pretty and right on a fun street to people watch. Get the cheese fondue with the chorizo.
We didn’t have time to go to the following in town but if we did, we would have tried:
We LOVED this airbnb and I would stay there again. It was so cute, and we loved our outdoor kitchen and pool. We felt very safe and it was less than a block away from the best restaurants. A few things to note though – It’s VERY loud at night. You can hear all the music from town until the wee hours of the morning. You also hear dogs, roosters, trucks…. Etc. It didn’t bother us, and our girls surprisingly did fine with it, but if you or your kids are light sleepers it might drive you nuts. Also, there is not really hot water. The shower is cool – but it’s so hot out that we didn’t mind!
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Other things to do!
We didn’t do it, but the Tulum Ruins are supposed to be pretty amazing.
Visit a Cenote! This was so fun. There are a ton of them! We did some research and tried to pick one that was kid friendly – so we did Gran Cenote. It was only about a 10 minute drive from our Airbnb in town. A Cenote is pretty much collapsed limestone with fresh water. Ours had turtles and lots of fish swimming around with us. There we some deep parts and swallow areas – we stayed in the more swallow with the girls – and they loved it. The water is quite cool, but it’s so hot out that it felt good. This particular Cenote has a pretty green space with hammocks, so bring a picnic lunch!
I hope this helps and that you will be packing your bags for Tulum soon!