What a beautiful place! There is something about Tulum that stole my heart. Definitely was a mix of the beautiful ocean, the people and the amazing group of friends I was with. Taco days and tequila nights. A trip to remember! From team cooking, board games, exploring.. this has got to be one of my favourite vacations yet. So if you’re ever out in Tulum, here are some of my favourite spots – food, dancing & exploring.
Their menu changes daily depending on what the sea and land has to offer. Everything is so fresh and completely outdoors. The kitchen was open concept and tiny! They cooked all the meat in an open fire and the service was crazy quick. Every so often they would go around and release this calming smoke that we all thought was sage but turned out to be for the bugs lol. All their flavour combos were paired so perfectly we all had something to say about every dish.
The dishes that stood out to me was of course, the octopus (huge octopus fan) – it was BEYOND fresh and I don’t remember what they topped it with but I couldn’t stop eating it. Surprisingly another dish that stood out for all of us was the beets. We were all a passing them around like sure i’ll give it a try and there was just something so magical about those beets. From the ribs to the ribeye to the ceviche.. this restaurant BY FAR makes it on my top 3. We even ended our dinner with ice cream, but not your typical ice cream. One of the flavours was sweet corn, and it was everyone’s favourite. This place has got to be my number one recommendation for Tulum. It is located in a beautiful area right by the water. If you’re in Tulum, you have GOT to try this out! They accept walk ins, but it is recommended to book 1 month in advance.
Right down the street from Hartwood is a restaurant turned dance bar called Gitanos. The vibe here was so happy and care free. The drinks spicy and delicious as always, and the music on point. Pro tip – don’t request Fetty Wap, you will get some dirty looks haha. Such a beautiful open concept. You really get the feeling of being in the jungle in the middle of nowhere.
This was definitely our spot. We spent a beautiful day here in the sun, swimming in the ocean and experiencing their amazing day menu and came right back at night for their full moon party. This was definitely the place to be. All the staff here just looks so happy and constantly making sure you are having a great time. It is a mix of the jungle and the ocean and the music was amazing. Not to mention the day menu is fueeeegoooooo. Another open concept cooking, where you see them grill the fresh caught fight right in front of you. There was swings, cabanas, a dj.. all calling for a good time.
This is definitely a go to if you are in Tulum! You won’t regret it.
TOWN OF TULUM
We took an afternoon to go walk around the town of Tulum and experience it all. Grabbed some juices and walked around checking out all the cute little stores. Grabbed a bite to eat and of course had to surprise our Tacoteur Alex with a mariachi band. This guy, wherever he goes always finds a random mariachi band to pull through. My last experience with this was at Soubois in Montreal when we were having a nice dinner and all of a sudden a full blown Mariachi band pulls through to serenade us before dinner. So, had to surprise the guy full of surprises.
As a little group activity, we decided to check out the Dos Ojos Cenote. This place is magical. They give you the option to snorkel, which was not on our itinerary that day since the night before included a bit too much alcohol, but we got to go swimming in the middle of these beautiful baby blue caves surrounded by fish. BE CAREFUL cause I totally got bit twice by these evil little guys. I was the only one to get bit so obviously no one believed me. This place gives you the option to visit two cenotes “First Eye” & “Second Eye”.. definitely something you have to try in Tulum. Just driving through Tulum you see a dozen of cenotes lined up so you’ve got plenty options but this one was what we were recommended and I would definitely go back.
OUR AIRBNB – VILLA AMARA
I’m a big believer that you will get a better experience staying at an airbnb while travelling rather than a hotel or resort. I had to shout out our amazing airbnb since it was truly magical. The staff was so on point, including all the amazing breakfasts, fresh pressed watermelon and orange juices to true mexican cuisine, I was left in awe. If you have the chance to visit Tulum, try and stay here. We had full access to our private beach, an amazing pool.. outdoor showers.. a private little jungle, bike access.. everything you could ask for! Here’s the link.