Monday, 20 August 2018

My Tulum Itinerary | Travel Guide (Part One)



Hi Guys,

I just got back from what I consider to be one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited. If you have never been to Tulum, I urge you to take a trip there sometime soon. The way I see it, Tulum can only be experienced and not necessarily explained.

Since I have been back, I have received several DMs asking me details about my trip. So, my aim with these Tulum posts, are to make them as informative as possible and to include prices wherever I can.

I am splitting this post into two parts because, for the first part of my trip, I stayed at a villa in town. The other part of the post will detail the beach side accommodations.

Day 1
Jason and I arrived in Cancun at approximately 8:30am; we had booked our airport transportation for 9:30am, so we ended up spending around an hour and a half waiting. We used Cancun Transfers(~$71 USD) and had booked it the night before we departed.


We arrived at Central Park (Los Amigos) at about 12:20pm and they were nice enough to hold our bags and allow us to use the facilities while we waited for our group’s villa to be ready (check in wasn’t until 3pm). We decided to have lunch at the restaurant on property (Sugarfree- ~$16.50 USD PP) just to pass the time. We were allowed to check in one hour early and this was really appreciated because we were tired from our long day of travel.











The villa was more beautiful than I anticipated. It was a 3-bedroom luxury penthouse with a private glass bottom pool on the roof. I remember, thinking to myself, that Shannon (fellow blogger) had outdone herself with this find. Did I mention that this was an AirBnB?! When I think of AirBnB’s, I don’t usually think of fully staffed luxury residences with daily cleaning services, a gym, spa and restaurant all on the same property. Much to my surprise, this was the case and I definitely did not complain. Central park also provided bicycles for you to ride (free of cost) but I can’t ride, so that was not an added benefit to me :(.










Later that evening, after getting some well-needed rest, we headed to dinner at Gitano- ~$42 USD PP. This was one of the restaurants that I was most excited about and they did not disappoint! I had the SLOW-ROASTED PORK BELLY w/ Sweet and Sour Pineapple and Crispy Cabbage. The cabbage was grilled to perfection and had this buttery, smokey taste and all the flavors from this meal were just to die for.


Dress: Asos (similar here/here) | Sandals: Old  (similar here) | Bag: Urban Outfitters




Day 2

This would have been our first full day in Tulum and the first day our group was all together.  We had 3 couples total on the trip, coming from the UK, Jamaica, and the US. We started the day off right, by having a clean, healthy breakfast at The Real Cococut - ~$14 USD PP. This spot was definitely one of the restaurants that prided itself on being gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free etc. etc. etc. and really set the tone for the cuisine on the remainder of the trip.







Cover-up: H&M | Bag: Zara (similar here/here) | Sandals: Tory Burch


We left the restaurant and headed to Grand Cenote- ~$180 Pesos PP. Cenotes were sacred to the Mayan people, as they believed that they opened into an otherworld inhabited by Chaahk, their rain deity. The cenote was fun but not “black girl friendly” as I was instructed to wash my hair before getting in.
Swimsuit: Calvin Klein (similar here)

El Camello Jr. is where we decided to have lunch – ~$7 USD PP. We wanted to give a local spot a try while searching for the best fish tacos (which are still elusive). The best thing about this spot is that the drinks are large and the food is cheap. Jason had octopus tacos and I had fish, while we both had the largest glasses of tamarind juice ever.






At 9pm, we headed to dinner; Casa Violeta(~$33 USD PP) is a charming beachfront restaurant with what I imagine to be a spectacular view of the ocean. We went at night so we couldn’t see anything but you could definitely hear the sounds of the waves breaking on the shore. This, to me, is the most relaxing sound to hear while eating. Our food was great and our server was very attentive and friendly.



Dress: Target | Sandals: Gucci
Day 3

This was the day we were checking out of our amazing villa and it was bitter sweet. I had gotten so used to hanging out by the pool with Jason and our friends that I was definitely going to miss this place. We decided to get breakfast at Sugarfree, then take a cab to our boutique hotel on the beach. 

Swimsuit: Target | Sunglasses: Gucci

Part two here

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Until next time guys, thanks for reading
xoxo TianShanae
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