We’re just a few months into the new year, and I’m digging the way it’s going so far. I’m sensing that there are going to be lots of new adventures and exploring for me this year. Christopher and I visited Tulum last summer (you can read all about that trip here). It was one of my favorites that we’ve taken so far. You can imagine I was excited to be going back. This time, I celebrated Lisa’s birthday with a girls trip to Tulum!
I asked you guys on Instagram what you’d like to know about this trip, and these seem to be the questions that were popping up the most. If there’s anything else you’re curious about, don’t be shy to drop a comment below 🙂
Where to stay on your girls trip to Tulum
We were so lucky to be able to stay at such beautiful locations during this trip. When you go to Tulum, you can stay closer to the beach (which is what we did this time) or you can stay in town (about a 30 minute bike ride to the beach). I’ll share with you guys exactly where we stayed below 🙂
1. Zorba Beach Homes
The architecture at Zorba and the attention to detail is unlike anywhere I’ve stayed before. Everything about this villa is perfect. There’s a giant wood table in the kitchen, epic walk in showers, a pool, a lounging area on the beach, and it’s only a short bike ride away from my favorite taco spot, Charly’s Vegan Tacos!
2. Tata Tulum
They happen to have one of the nicest pools on the beach! The rooms are similar to what you’d expect from a hotel. We were on the ground level. Privacy-wise, it can’t be compared to the two villas we stayed at, but breakfast in the morning was great! 😉
On a completely different note, someone once told me that if you don’t like papaya the first time you try it, to keep trying it when you travel to new places. I didn’t like it when I tried it in Montreal and I wasn’t a fan of the one I had in Hawaii, but I actually enjoyed all the ones I had in Tulum!
Nest is a Pinterest lovers dream villa! When you’re in the front yard, it feels like you’re in the jungle. When you’re in the backyard, you feel like you could be a beach bum for the rest of your days, and when you’re inside-you never want to leave!
There are outdoor showers to rinse off all the salt. There are hammocks all over the place. I think there are at least 7 on the property, in 4 different places! It’s a great place to stay when you’re traveling in a group. The kitchen is fully stocked so you can cook meals, no prob, with lots of space to relax when you’re done.
If you aren’t interesting in staying directly on the beach and prefer something a little bit closer to the city, Christoper and I stayed at this stunning villa last year.
There’s enough space for 6 people, with two private plunge pools and tons of natural light – perfect for any girls trip to Tulum. It’s also super affordable, especially in a group.
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What to do on your girls trip to Tulum
1. Bike around town
It’s a fun way to see the area! There are lots of rental companies along the beach strip, and there are some up in the city as well. We ended up paying 150 pesos for 24 hours. My friend Jordan (she’s got an awesome blog) told me we could have got them for less. Maybe try your luck when you go 😉
Before you take off, make sure to test the breaks. My first one had me looking like Fred Flinstone.
2. Catch a sunrise
The sunrises trumped the sunsets (at least when we were here!) Check what time the sun is going to rise before you go to bed. It’s the best way to start your day.
3. Visit the Coba ruins
It’s 120 steps to the top, 137 feet high, and it’s the only Mayan ruin you can still climb! Worth the 55 pesos.
Don’t do that I did. Wear some shoes and …maybe avoid wearing a dress!
4. Take a dip in a cenote
I’ve been to Dos Ojos and Gran Cenote – both were beautiful! You’ll want to make sure you have some pesos with you to get in. Also, everyone needs to shower before going in, so save the sunscreen for after you’re done!
Where to eat on your girls trip to Tulum
Crunchwrap. Do you really need another reason?
They also serve the Beyond Burger. If you haven’t tried one yet, you need to. You can thank me later.
2. Raw Love
It’s so good, we came here TWICE! The risotto special was A1. The Thai coconut curry is also worth trying if it’s on the menu when you visit.
It’s cash only here, so come prepared!
3. The Real Coconut
It’s a little bit on the pricier side as far as vegan food in Tulum goes, but the views from the restaurant make up for it 😉 If memory serves me right, the dessert smoothies were around 11$. A bit steep, no?
If you do end up here, make sure to try their coconut chips – it’s one of their specialties (you can get a bag of them to go). Order their nacho bowl for the full experience.
For more food recommendations, check out our last Tulum post here!
I’d love to hear from you if you thought this post from my girls trip to Tulum was helpful 🙂 Drop me a comment if it was!