We travelled to Tulum, Mexico for our first baecation in over 2 years. It was a great experience and I want to give you all of the deets incase you are thinking about going. I am breaking our trip up into several different blog post so it doesn’t get overwhelming. Part one will cover travel and stay.
To travel to Tulum you have to catch a flight to Cancun(CUN). The flight from ATL to CUN is only 2 hours.
Tulum is approximately 1.5 hours from the Cancun airport. You will want to set up your travel arrangements prior to arriving. We opted to get a rental car but I would not recommend it. They ended up flaking us on the price, $105 USD to $285 USD. Truthfully, you do not need a rental car in Tulum because there are bikes, scooters, atvs and inexpensive taxis to get you around. Plus, some of the roads are extremely unpaved you can barely drive down them. You can catch a cab from and to the airport and save time and money. Google taxis from Cancun to Tulum. There are many companies that offer round trip services. The drive to Tulum from Cancun was a pretty straight ride.
After a day or 2 trying to drive our way around we ended up renting a scooter from a little set up on the street for $50 USD for 24 hrs. There was a $100 USD deposit. We later saw another scooter rental place for $30 USD for 24hrs so it’s worth looking around before you grab a scooter. We traveled to the beach clubs, restaurants, Cenotes and stores on the scooter. So again, there is NO need for a rental car in my opinion, unless you just prefer that way of travel. Also note, if you do decide to grab a rental, take pictures of the car! Thank God we did because they tried to blame an old dent on us but we had the footage to prove otherwise. I would just stay away from Fox car rentals all together!
We stayed at an Airbnb instead of the hotel district. If you have a problem with stray dogs, trash, etc don’t go with this option, lol. The airbnb itself was nice and secure. I was taken back at first but Greg pointed out we were getting the “real” Tulum experience. We were smack dead in the mix with the locals and had a chance to really see how they lived day to day. It really humbles you and make you appreciate everything you have because some here have so little. Luckily, if you prefer to be in a touristy setting, the hotel district is a lot nicer! Lots of shops, stores, beach clubs, pretty palm trees, etc. It gave me a Miami feel, just doper and prettier! Lol
The Airbnb was in walking distance to restaurants and a market. It was also a short scooter ride from the main strip. We stayed in a 1 one bedroom 1 bath unit, with a roof top “pool” (more like an oversized jacuzzi) and lounge area. There was a full kitchen and living room area. Perfect for a baecation!! There was also couches, chairs and a lazy pool in the common area. Again, the Airbnb was nice and comfortable. So if you want to stay in an airbnb, there are some really nice places to chose from! Interested in this one? I can send you the link per request.
Tulum can be expensive so a little research and less convenience can save you some coins!
Any questions about traveling to and through Tulum? Shoot me a message. Watch out for my next blog post, things to do in Tulum.
Xo, Chelle B.