Tulum

 

If Indonesia has Bali, Mexico has Tulum. I had been going to Mexico for as long as I could remember, but over the past some odd years since I’ve been living in New York, Tulum has become quite the hot spot amongst the entrepreneurial tribe communities of both New York and Los Angeles. Tulum is about 80 miles from Cancún and includes a range of white beaches, jungles & tropical forests, and the Mayan ruins. It’s the perfect destination to head to with friends or with lovers to get rome R&R through yoga, wellness centers, surfing, eating, and some great electronic beats.

Whether you’ve been to Tulum before or this is your first time, I’m sure you have heard about the infamous Hartford’s restaurant, which is owned by the former chef behind Vinegar Hill House in Dumbo and Peasant in New York City. Cafe Jaguar and Gitano are both set up in the jungle and perfect for those looking to dance to techno beats, while drinking colorful cocktails. I would book a treatment at Yäan Wellness; my favorite thing is the deep tissue massage with the Mayan Clay treatment with the added Herbal Bath. You’ll spend the afternoon relaxing there with tea and fruit and be in a state of bliss.

Dos Ojos is a flooded cave system located about 10 miles north of Tulum and one of the 10 longest underwater cave systems in the world (complete with their very own bat cave). Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is home to tropical forests, marshes, tons of tropical animals and about 300 different birds and remains one of the largest protected areas in the Mexican Caribbean. You can buy tickets in advance here. The El Gran Cenote is located two miles from Tulum on the Mayan ruins to Coba road and has large caves where swimmers can snorkel and do reef diving in their famous freshwater pools. An area called Akumal is famous of their sea turtles, so you could do a day trip there and go snorkel.