Tulum to me is Boho Beach Heaven. I first visited Tulum in October 2015 with my husband during our honey year and lovvveed it. Me being fun employed and also feeling bad that my mom couldn’t travel with us to Asia – I booked a ten day trip to Me-Xi-Cooo for March 2018. The last 5 days were spent livin the “Beach Life.”
I have so many pictures to post but I really wanted to quickly write a snippet to help those who are heading there soon.
First the options:
From QTO, Mexico we flew to Cancun, Mexico and hired a private shuttle called Happy Shuttle to head to the beach town. I didn’t rent a car from the airport to reduce the possibility of being pulled over by the cops. In 2015, I didn’t see any cops, but in 2018 I literally saw at least two check points before reaching Tulum City.
I wasn’t so happy with Happy Shuttle. We waited at least 30 minutes for them to arrive. There are attendants who call the driver once you actually step out of the airport. In 2015, the van (another company) was already waiting for us in the parking lot. If they know what our flight # is they should at least know when we land and not wait to pick us up when we actually step out of the airport which is then at around 1 hour from when we actually landed.
In general, it didn’t ruin our trip or anything, I just dunno if I would recommend them to anyone – unless they are the cheapeast hahaha. The drivers were super nice and the cops didn’t bother us so it can’t really complain.
I rented a car – but you can also take cabs.
Reasons why I rented:
Would I rent again?
Yea probably, we just went during a time when cops wanted to pull people over. Yall know how it is. Kinda like the states – the time of the month thing lol. Would I rent if I was with a big group of people? Probably not.
Make sure you pack enough clothes because the shopping in Tulum Beach is pricey. Which is understandable, but hot dang can I find a cute dress for under $100 please? The boutiques are designed and decorated incredibly cute and I loved wandering from one store to another. This in itself was a fun activity.
The conversion at the restaurants and stores from US dollars and Euros to Pesos isn’t great. And sometimes the waiters (I’ve noticed it was the local waiters not the ones who come from other countries) will jip you. The waiter who was from Cancun told me it was 15 pesos to 1 dollar. Called him out on that baloney and he goes oh I mean 17 to 1. Too late dude, you’re on my crap list now. By the way many places already include tip in the bill so this guy was trying to get more money out of me….
Many restaurants don’t accept credit card and couple of the ATM machines on the Tulum beach only dispensed US dollars. You might have to go into town to attain Pesos. We already had tons of pesos from earlier on the trip (we went to other cities) and didn’t need to exchange or go to the atm in Tulum. We actually ran out of Pesos on the LAST day. whew. So instead of exchanging it for pesos we used US dollars.
Book the popular restaurants in advance. I went with my mom so our dinners run early, I didn’t have a problem not reserving a table for 2 at 6pm. But I do know that any time after that – it would be impossible. Please book Arca, hands down legit.
I didn’t see ALOT of trash, but enough to catch my eye. Please everyone pick up after yourself. I would hate to see Tulum being trashed by tourists.
I went in October and March and yes there were mosquitoes both times. I’ve been to beach destinations where I didn’t see any…but nope not in Tulum. I’m still scratching away! So please be careful, esp if you’re trying to have a baby. I hear that males should wait 6 months after being in a Zika environment and females 2 months after to start trying.
Out of all the cities we went to in Mexico, Tulum had the most English speaking locals. So don’t worry if you don’t know a lick of Espanol.
Okay these were the basics.
Will dive deeper into what hotel I stayed at and more!
Amanda is from Houston, Texas. As a passionate, driven and adventure seeking gal, she engulfs her surroundings and see the beauty in all things. Her dream life would consist of she dressing as if she's walking the fashion runway and traveling the world snapping photos (as a job) to share with all her beautiful followers.