Lifestyle Travel

Tulum Mexico Travel Diary

Tulum is a small town in the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is an easy 2-hour drive from Cancun. Its known for its spectacular coastline,  jade-green water, yoga retreats, white sand beaches, chic hotels, luxury resorts and some of the cutest restaurants to fit almost any budget. You can also find the Maya Ruins and some of the most popular Cenotes nearby.

During my time there, I stayed at the Nomade Tulum, this hotel “is a human-centered hotel, conceived as a temporary habitat for those ready to learn and share. Ready to awaken the soul, shake the body and free the mind.” Read more about their philosophy here. Tulum’s overall vibe is very chill, and the people and atmosphere at Nomade were identical. Check out what the property looks like here.



Where I ate

The taxi driver recommended a few places and unfortunately, I just had the opportunity to visit one – Arca. Monday night I had the pleasure of dining at the famous Kin Toh located in the Azuil Hotel.

Acra has a very inviting scene.  You know everything was made with fresh ingredients just by the aroma in the air.  At the end of the night I had three glasses of prosecco (yes, it was that good) and the Organic Cornish Hen with Roasted Yucca Purée and Pickled White Cucumber – to die for.  My only caution is if you haven’t eaten all day to keep in mind the portions are small. Otherwise, it’s a must visit if you’re ever in Tulum.

Kin Toh: If you’re into fine dining like I am and in the mood to splurge, this is the place to go. The food at Kin Toh was mouthwatering and leaves you satisfied even though the portions are small –  bite size seems to be a trend in Tulum.  The ambiance was romantic and perfect for a special celebration. I honestly don’t remember what I had, lol. I was so mesmerized by the space I completely forgot to write it down. Luckily I captured it on video here.

CASA Malca and Rosa Negra were the other two recommended places to visit. While I didn’t have an opportunity to sit and eat I did visit both. Rosa Negra was closed when I visited – their hours are 2 pm to 2 am and my taxi was scheduled to take off at 1:20 pm for my trip back to NYC. But the space was amazing from what I saw, I regret not being able to dine there. I did manage to have drinks at CASA Malca and wasn’t as impressed with the drinks as I was with space. Check it out here for yourself.

What I did

Honestly, after breakfast each morning, I stayed at the beach and sipped on margaritas and had mouth-watering fish tacos from La Popular. Later in the day, I rode the Hotel bikes (they came at no additional cost) into the town. I got to see plenty of the town this way. During the night if I was dining outside of my hotel, I opted for taxis. The cost each way was 100- 150 pesos. The Cenotes  were close by, but I did not visit on this trip – I have no regrets since I plan on visiting Tulum at least once a year.


What I packed

I did a lot of research before going to Tulum so that I was prepared. I packed a lot of swimsuits, coverups, cotton and linen mini dresses and sandals. Honestly, I felt overpacked on this trip because I barely wore most of what I brought with me. My advise for a three-day trip would be to take the following:

  • 2/3 SwimSuits – trying styling your swimsuit with shorts or a skirt
    • One pair of shorts/skirts
  • Two coverups – bring coverups that can be worn as a dress (add a belt if necessary)
  • One dress for dinner
  • One pair of slippers/sandals
  • 1 lightweight jacket for the night
  • 1 Beach Bag
  • Your favorite pair of sunnies
  • SunScreen
  • Conditioner for your hair if you plan on taking a dip into the ocean

I wanted to keep this very short for you to read and not get bored – I hope I accomplished that. If you have any questions, please ask me in the comments, it would be such a pleasure for me to share more with you all. Thank you very much for following along on my stories and for your sweet comments. I appreciate every one of you and want to say, knowing that you all look forward to reading my posts, is what keeps this blog alive.

With love and light,


You Might Also Like

  • Vee
    August 13, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Awesome !!!
    Can’t wait to go

  • Mikaela
    August 14, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Great tips, Ken! I definitely plan to visit Tulum soon, and will have your fool proof guide for having a good time. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lils
    August 14, 2018 at 2:30 am

    This is so beautiful. I’m sure the photos does nth for this beautiful hotel . My favorite is the gray couch that turn into a swing. Definitely adding to my bucket list . Thanks for always sharing your amazing travel. I’m pumped

  • Michael Lee
    August 14, 2018 at 2:38 am

    I love this resort, The place looks very relaxing and the food looks great!! I also love your black bathing suit with the white lace skirt!!!

  • Amanda
    August 14, 2018 at 2:43 am

    When choosing your hotel for vacations, how did you find this hotel or any amazing hotel you stayed at before cause this is by pass my favorite.

  • Jay Taylor
    August 14, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Oh Ken! I think I’m more than ready to visit Tulum. Absolutely Beautiful! Your experience looked so dreamy. I enjoyed this read. Thank you for the lovely insight. So helpful! 😘

  • Chioma
    August 14, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    You did it again Ken. Great writeup. Worth the wait.

  • Lauren Lee
    August 14, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Great Tips! I wanted to go but was hesitant.