summarizing an escape to paradise (aka. Tulum, Mexico)
Earlier this summer, we were offered the opportunity to escape in September to somewhere we’d probably never adventurously venture on our own initiative… and we jumped at the chance to enjoy a week of relaxation and nature. We expected heat, sand, beer and the company of good friends, but we got so much more.
Tulum, Mexico is about 120 km south of Cancun… but it in no way/shape/form even resembles the beach towns that the Yucatan Peninsula is famous for. It’s truly a sleepy little coastal community with amazing stretches of white sand beaches, insanely good food from around the world, and a true eco-friendly vibe that permeates throughout. I tried to take pictures that would show just how “small” it is, but I think you really have to be there to realize the true scale.
This pretty much sums up a good part of our days in Tulum. Sun, sand and gently rolling waves in the clear blue sea.
Wonder where we were sitting? Under these shady palapas…
And we slept in the far building on your right…
… and woke up daily to this amazing view!
But we didn’t limit ourselves just to pure relaxation 24/7….
We went on an adventurous trip, which led us to happen upon Cenote Zaci…
… and we stopped for souvenirs on the way back.
We watched 121 baby sea turtles hatch and be rescued from their nesting hole and carried out to sea…
… and avoided blue crabs at every turn each and every night.
We rented Jeeps to go on an adventurous trip through the Sian Ka’an biosphere…
… where we chartered boats to get a closer look at the sea turtles, dolphins, and even got to snorkel on the 2nd longest reef in the world.
On our final day, we headed just up the road to explore the Mayan ruins.
The rest of the trip was just us relaxing…
… we mostly had the place to oursevles it seemed… as slow season was really slow…
… and each night we’d invariably end up at the Sand Bar next door for a cocktail or treat.
We also got in quite a bit of celebrating in honor of the birthday girl turning 30… like Mayan coffee all aflame…
… but mainly just good times and giggles 24/7.
Uber thanks to the lovely Miss Cathy for the invitation and allowing us to spend her 30th birthday party in pure sweaty bliss. There are not enough words to thank her for her friendship and generosity and kind kind soul.
[photos courtesy of my camera and that of so smithy design]
Mmm…beautiful. So many tears now that it’s over…real life is a drag… :)
I can’t imagine spending my birthday without you. Thank you to you both for sharing the week! xxxxx
Ah the Tulum life. Such a great trip and with an amazing group of people. I really felll in love with that place. Watch out water camera pics coming soon.
I am so jealous! The trip sounds amazing! Mexico really is beautiful. I’m glad you all were able to do so much!
Beautiful photos! You know how much I love MX, esp. in the slow season. You did a great job capturing the vibe of the area. Welcome back! ?
Fantastic photos, and it looks like you guys had so much fun. What a great trip to share with friends!
Oh my goodness, what an amazing trip!!! We are heading to Mexico at the end of the month and this is only making me 10x more excited! Thanks for sharing :)
Ok – this looks amazing. AMAZING!!! Adding Tulum to my must-visit list.
such a nice treat- and just in time to get me super jazzed about my own upcoming Mexican vacation.
looks like you had an amazing time- welcome back :o)
This trip looks amazing!! I would be sooo jealous if I wasn’t in Maui right now. ;) Actually, I’m still jealous!
What an amazing place! Looks like you guys had so much fun. LOVE the photos.