travels:  tulum, mexico

Before I dive into this post, I’d like to take a moment to apologize for the lack of blog posts in the past few weeks!  Since I last posted A LOT has transpired.  We flew back to Oklahoma for my grandmother’s funeral, celebrated Valentine’s Day and our one year wedding anniversary, I’ve been busy planning my sister’s upcoming Bachelorette in Vegas, and we attended a destination wedding in Tulum, Mexico.  So blogging took a back seat, but I vow to write at least one new post each week from here on out!  Today I want to share with you the four days of pure bliss we recently experienced in Mexico…

tulum, mexico map

We were beyond excited when JC was asked to be a groomsman at a good friend’s wedding in Tulum, Mexico!  We love to travel, love weddings, and really love the bride and groom, so not going was not an option.  I’ve been to Mexico quite a few times in the past, usually staying at big, all-inclusive resorts, but Tulum was such a different experience and is an such an amazing “off the beaten path” destination that I knew I wanted to share about it here.

Tulum is a sleepy little beach town with one main drag of “mom and pop” feeling hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops.  You can walk, bike, or scooter (a few amigos from our group rented scooters – only $40 a day!) along the main drag, it’s completely safe.  All of the various events that made up the wedding weekend were at different locations and it was so much fun to explore the town!

Tulum, Mexico

Many of the hotels in Tulum are “eco chic” and geared toward health and wellness – offering yoga, healthy eats, and the like.  We walked down the beach one morning and came across a few “yogi’s” practicing on the beach.  Health and wellness were not exactly on our agenda for this trip, maybe next time…  We stayed at Los Lirios, a hotel that was selected for the wedding party by the bride and groom.  It was beautiful (see photo below) and simple, we loved it.  The groom’s family stayed in an amazing villa called Hacienda Paraiso; it accommodated the groom’s parents plus three siblings and their families.  Mom and Dad, if you’re reading, you should really check out the Hacienda Paraiso link (hint, hint).

Los Lirios - Tulum, Mexico

Tulum is an emerging “foodie” hotspot.  It also has fun bars and an unexpectedly vibrant night scene. We had drinks one evening and lunch on the beach (courtesy of the sister’s of the groom) at fun restaurant called Ziggy’s.  We had the “best fish tacos on earth” at Mateo’s (pictured below).  We had crazy good empanadas and fresh fish, not to mention incredible live music, at Puro Corazon.  We had way too many margaritas at Gitano, a really, really cool bar and restaurant.

Mateos

Most of our time in Tulum was filled with wedding related activities, but there is so much to do in and around the town.  This is definitely a place for those with adventurous spirits!  The groom’s family hosted an incredible (and festive) rehearsal dinner and party at their villa, complete with a mariachi band.  The ceremony and reception were held at the breathtakingly gorgeous Akiin Beach Club.  In our spare time, we took a day trip to go snorkeling at the Dos Ojos Cenote, a system of flood caves.  This was such a unique experience that I’d highly recommend.  Side note, if you’re a fan of the show “The Bachelor,” swimming in the cenote’s was once a featured date!  There are so many other activities we would have liked to do if our stay had been longer, including a trip to the nearby Mayan Temples, especially Chichen Itza which is regarded as one of the world’s seven wonders.  You can also sit on the beach with a drink in hand.  We did a lot of that.

Rehearsal DinnerCeremony and Reception

It’s safe to say this won’t be our last trip to Tulum.  Want more information?  Check out the New York Time’s “36 Hours in Tulum, Mexico.”  Have you been to Tulum?  I’d love to hear your recommendations!

xo, emily

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