Tulum Mexico -Small Eco-Chic Bohemian Beach Town off the Grid

Ruins by the Beach in Tulum
Caribbean turquoise waters, beautiful sandy beaches, Mayan ruins, lush jungle, and exquisite food await you in Tulum, Mexico. And you might want to take a few yoga lessons too!

Tulum Beach and Ruins
You can follow Beth as she is touring the Mayan Ruins of Tulum. And if you need a break, hit up the beach for a swim in the beautiful warm water!

Carebbean beach Tulum Mexico on Yucatan
Amanda who writes the blog 100 Layer Cakes shares her Tulum Honeymoon Vacation. They stayed in one of the cute bohemian, eco-boutique hotels there.

Town of Tulum Mexico
Photographer Sarah Yates documents her Tulum Trip and she is full of praise. “Tulum is a magical little town on the Caribbean side of Mexico with miles of beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters. The days you spend there are the things postcards are made of. It has a little something for everyone- great places to practice yoga, all the beach and sunshine you could want for a totally relaxing escape, and the fact that the jungle runs right up to the sea is just really delicious icing on an already perfect cake.”

Thatched Roof Houses in Tulum Mexico
Sarah also snapped a beautiful photo of Tulum’s thatched roof houses along the beach.

Beach Cabana in Tulum
A peek into a cozy beach cabana at The Papaya Playa Resort via Jetsetter.

Tulum Bars and Restaurant Tiki Huts
Hot spot Hartwood is reason alone to visit Tulum! The restaurant is owned by two New Yorkers who went on a vacation there and decided to stay. They serve the freshest most delicious food in a dreamy setting under thatched roofs surrounded by exotic plants, lights hanging from the trees, the scent of Mayan incense and wood grilled food filling the air. Photo via The Selby.

Reataurant on the Beach at Zamas
For dinner or lunch by the beach, I’d head to the Zamas hotel. What’s not to love here? Gorgeous views, right on the sand, with Brightly Colored tables and chairs.

Zamas in Tulum
Sea-esta at Zamas.

Coconut Drink with Funny Straw
Cheers! From Design Love Fest’s Tulum Travel Guide.

This small eco-chic bohemian resort town on the Yucatan peninsula might not be the secluded getaway it once was, but it is still a quiet alternative to other resort towns in the area (think Cancun to the north). Below is an excerpt from Fodor’s Tavel that describes Tulum then and now. Especially interesting: Tulum is off Mexico’s grid and generates its own electricity (… no street lights).

It used to be that Tulum was simply known as a Mayan archaeological site and dusty little town with a few palapa huts scattered along a 7-mile stretch of luscious beach. No longer. Discovered by the international eco-set, Tulum now has whitewashed, solar-powered bungalow hotels that line the spectacular powdery white beach 1 mile east of town. Chic boutiques and organic jungle restaurants quickly followed. In the last few years, tourist dollars have opened a new hospital, a giant supermarket, and the town’s first luxury resort, an anomaly in a protected beach town that still generates its own electricity.