Having lived in southern California, I was used to seeing beautiful people, dining at amazing restaurants, and enjoying pristine beaches. So when asked ‘why is Tulum magical?’ I had to reflect on my time here and find what makes this little Mexican beach town magical to me. As I was riding my beach cruiser to my secret spot at the beach one morning it hit me, Tulum is magical and there are many reasons why.
Below are just a few of of the many reasons why Tulum, Mexico is magical to me:
The Caribbean sea is a shade of turquoise like I have never seen before and the water is always warm, so no excuse not to dive right in! There are public beaches and hotels that offer beach front access. Below are my favorites:
- The public beach area next to Mezzanine Hotel at 8:00 am. I arrive here via beach cruiser from the town, approximately 1 mile each direction. There are very few or no people here at all at this time, making it safe to leave your bike and dive in topless if you choose! After around 10 am the beach and bike racks become very crowded.
- Uno Astrolodge, this hotel offers an amazing beachfront area with juices, yoga and mediation classes, also the freedom to be topless or completely nude if you are not afraid of sunburn in a particular area, this is the place to be free!
- Sanara I come to this hotel’s beach front when I want to feel like Britney Spears, sipping on mimosas and lounging on beds by the sea. The only thing that would make relaxing here more magical would be if a good looking man resembling Benecio del Toro was serving you.
I believe this town was created for vegan foodies. It is easy to eat healthy here with fruit and vegetable markets every where and the vegan restaurants on every corner.
- Wheatgrass shots. I go to a place that may be a little intimidating from the outside, and by intimidating I mean scary looking. There is just a fence for walls however, the 25 peso wheatgrass shots are worth walking in without fear.
- Fruits and vegetables. The fresh fruit and vegetable markets are scattered through out the town and offer low prices.
- Tacos, of course I can’t mention Mexico without tacos. My favorite food truck is Charlys Vegan Tacos located on the beach road and offer a unique alternative to the taco with all vegan recipes.
There are yoga studios on every corner in Tulum therefore when visiting it may be difficult to chose your desired one. I personally love the following:
- Yoga at the beach. The Sanará Hotel offers more than just mimosas and superstar atmosphere like yoga classes in a studio overlooking the sea. Yoga classes here are 20 USD per class.
- Yoga in the town. Tribal Tulum is my first choice for classes in the town. The atmosphere of the studio is peaceful and serene with large windows overlooking the green jungle. Yoga classes here are 15 USD per class.
- SUP Yoga. Stand up paddle board yoga is my favorite type of yoga. I love SUP Yoga Tulum as they take you to a private lagoon in the Sian Ka’an biosphere and allow you to feel at one with the sea in peace.
In conclusion there is nothing you can do that would be wrong or disappointing in Tulum – it is truly magical.