The best place to stay in Tulum is right on the beach. The narrow beach road contains miles and miles of small motels and cabana rentals. We chose an ocean view cabana at the Piedra Escondida . This gorgeous property is nestled between two large rock outcroppings, giving you the feel of a private beach hideaway. Here was the view from our room:
During peak season, it's best to book your accomodations in advance. However, if you travel to Tulum in the off season, you can usually drive down the beach road and have your pick of many available rooms, some with negotiable prices.
Tulum is home to one of the world's most beautiful coral reefs. For less than $30 (USD) per person, you can charter a small boat to the reef, complete with a dive guide and snorkeling equipment. In the first picture above you'll see Manny, our dive guide for the afternoon, working on the boat that took us to the reef.
After a long day in the ocean, we headed to the coolest restaurant in Tulum, El Tabano.
El Tabano is located on the jungle side of the beach road, tucked behind a row of palm trees and huge cactus plants. It features an open-air kitchen where traditional recipes are given a gourmet twist. The staff are incredibly welcoming and really goes the extra mile to make you feel at home. We recommend a fresh mojito paired with the mouth-watering ceviche, full of fresh caught local seafood.
In the third and final post on Tulum, we'll show you some of the incredible ancient ruins that you can tour while you visit.