T U L U M R U I N S
These Mayan Ruins are what drew me to Tulum in the first place. With stunning views of the ruins overlooking the caribbean sea, I just thought this place was truly a sight to behold. We happened to come at a time when there was a abnormal amount of seaweed. . . which sort of ruined the ideal white sandy beaches I was hoping to see. But, I will have no problem going back there some other time. (when there is less of a seaweed situation) Because It really was just a dreamy place to be.
T U L U M B E A C H
If you can stay anywhere in the Yucatan Peninsula, pick one of the boutique hotels located along this lovely stretch of beach located just south of the ruins. Talk about heaven on earth! I particularly enjoyed getting hurled by the waves out front of Papaya Playa. Then indulging in a delicious fruit smoothie at Posada Margherita afterwards.
C E N O T E C R I S T A L I N O
Cenote Cristalino was the swimming hole of my dreams! Surprisingly this vivid green Cenote was practically empty the whole time we were there, which made it seem like a secluded little swimming hole in the jungle. There is a platform to cliff jump off of, which was super fun. . . and little fish that love to nibble at your feet. I just kept swimming/treading water to keep them away. haha. Overall, I felt that swimming in the Cenotes was a very fun and unique experience. . . and I highly suggest it to any one looking to get off the beaten path a little bit.
The C O Q U I C O Q U I C O B A Residence & Spa
Located near the Ancient Coba Ruins (just 50min outside of Tulum) you will find this hidden gem tucked away in the jungle. Spend your time lounging around the outdoor pools, enjoying any of their luxe spa treatments, and eating their original Mayan cuisine. I also highly recommend that you pick up one of their Perfumes in the Boutique while you are there. I personally love the Coco Coco scent. . . every time I wear it I feel as if I am right back on the beach in Tulum.
C H I C H E N I T Z A
Being One of the 7 Wonders of the World. . . Chichen Itza is a must see while in the Yucatan Peninsula. Chichen Itza was truly astounding to see in person and ended up being one of the biggest highlights of my trip. (Even though the real wonder was the number of selfie sticks I saw at this place.) I recommend standing at the base of the steps of the pyramid and clapping your hands. Also make sure to make a quick stop at Cenote il Kil for an unforgettable underground swimming experience.
C A N C U N
This had to be the most pristine stretch of white sand I have ever seen in my life. The sand was incredibly soft and the water was warm, which made this beach absolutely perfect for swimming. I was blown away by the electric teal color of the water . . . it was unlike anything I had seen while growing up in Hawaii. Not to mention that because the water was clear as day… I was able to see these amazing translucent fish that shimmered as they swam by me in the water. It was the perfect way to spend our morning before jumping on a plane back to Colorado.
Needless to say . . . Take Me Back To Tulum!