TL;DR: Tulum was awesome. You should definitely go for the food, adventure, and culture.
My motto has been “Might as well.” I’ve applied this to mostly every place that I’ve visited so far and it has always been an interesting journey. This phrase has definitely given me the courage to try new things and be a bit spontaneous.
When I told my parents that I was going to Mexico by myself, they freaked out. They obviously were worried for my safety since this was the first time I was going to Mexico, especially on a solo adventure. But I convinced them that I would be ok and that I’ll be back in a week.
So the adventure begins. I flew into Cancun International Airport and it was a dreary day. The rain was pouring like no other. I thought that this would dampen my time by the beach (pun intended lol). The best way to get around Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, is to utilize the public transportation. To get to Tulum, I took the ADO bus, which only costs about $8.00.
When I arrived to the Tulum bus station, my Airbnb host met me and we walked to where I was staying for the week. Once settled, I decided to explore downtown. The main street is one of the main highways, HWY 307. It’s lined with many gift shops and restaurants.
The next day, I decided to go ziplining. There is an amusement park in Playa Del Carmen called Xplore. This had about 14 different zip lines throughout the park.
On the third day, I decided to go snorkeling with turtles and see the Mayan ruins. The turtles were so cute but we weren’t allowed to touch them because the oils on our skin affects them, negatively. Other than turtles, we were able to see stingrays and other fish. Enough of what I did. The most important thing is what I ate.
The main street of Tulum was lined with many restaurants and bars wanting to grab your attention. I was somewhat on a budget so I opted for the take out/small plates that was cheap. Although these were cheap eats, the flavor was definitely there.
The best dish that I had in Tulum was the tacos, specifically Al Pastor tacos. There was a line out the door for these tacos and I had to check it out. Now I understand why people would wait for these tacos. It was cheap, like 7 cents per taco, and it was delicious.
I mean, look at that meat.
My last day, I wanted to just relax and take in the sun. I decided to go to the beach in the early morning and go for a walk. It was beautiful day and I couldn’t resist but take pics of the fishing boats.
All in all, Tulum was perfect. Perfect weather, perfect food, perfect vibes. Oh, the paletas were perfect as well.