Tulum has become a mecca for yogis, kitesurfers, conscious travelers, eco-friendly tourists, as well as upscale city-dwellers looking for paradise. And honestly Tulum is as close to paradise as I have come on my travels. To me, Tulum has everything. Besides being drop dead beautiful, Tulum has plenty of yoga and a spiritual community, it is great for kitesurfing, and it has friendly people, white beaches, warm water and my all time favorite food – Mexican. I simply love tacos!
Where to stay: Shambala Petit Hotel has a wonderful vibe and a friendly and smiling staff ready to help you with just about anything. The food is delicious, and all the beautiful casitas are located within steps from the Turquoise waters of the Caribbean Ocean, which is revered as the best beach in Mexico.
Don’t miss: Tulum is Mayan land, and it’s filled with amazing history and traditions of their indigenous people. Every full moon there are temezcals, or sweat lodges, which are guided by a local shaman. The temezcals is a spiritual ceremony used to cleanse impurities and toxins, improve health ailments, and reveal mental tendencies of fear. Me and five other girls decided to do one on the Scorpio Full Moon, and it was one of the most beautiful experiences I have witnessed.
Yoga: Absolutely! Tulum, like Bali is a yoga Mecca. With Tulum being a bright portal of energy, there’s no shortage of range of styles to accommodate all levels. Check out Shambala Petit Hotel, Maya Tulum or Yoga Shala Tulum for daily classes.
Kitesurfing: The windy season goes from December to April, but when I was visiting in May I could still see kites (12-14 m2) on the water every day. The spot is beautiful, with soft white sand, no big rocks, shells or concrete and just a few people.The wind is stable, and the water flat with little chops as perfect natural kickers. Dominant winds are NE, E and SE, and respect to shore; onshore, side-onshore ad side-shore. The wind strength varies between 12 knots to 25 knots, and it’s pretty much windy all day long.
Wave Surfing: No, the long reef prevents waves from getting large enough to surf. But Mexico’s got plenty of amazing surf! Click here for the best surf destinations in Mexico
Good for non yogis/surfers: Yes, there is plenty to do. Chillin’ on the beach, excursions to the ruins, natural pools and other amazingly beautiful natural sites, there is world-class diving, snorkeling, great SUP opportunities and of course lots and lots of yoga. Tulum is paradise for anyone.
When to visit: The winter months is the high season, but it’s possible to visit all year around. Actually, the best time to visit might be between April and June, before the rainy-season, when the weather is still nice, but with less tourism and more affordable room rates.