So I have to be honest, I went to Tulum not knowing what to expect. I was excited, but with little funds in my bank account I was nervous to be in another country
- Cenotes: pronounced (see-note-ays)
There are cenotes all around Tulum as they are unique to the area. Cenotes are a natural pit, or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Cenotes are associated with the Tucatan Peninsula of Mexico which is why cenotes are unique to Tulum and surrounding areas.
The Cenote pictured above is Cenote Calavera. This cenote is one of the “less popular” ones, and this is why we absolutely loved it. It is one of the most picturesque cenotes we had researched and gone to while in Tulum. There is a ladder that descends into the groundwater and has a rope hanging to look like a swing.
We arrived at 8:30 AM when it opened and no one was there. So I suggest always arriving at Cenotes right when they open because the options for photos are endless.
2. Downtown Tulum
Downtown is one street near the beaches of Tulum. Here, you will find many cute shops and restaurants ALL instagram worthy and gorgeous. Locations such as Azulik, Matcha Mama, Coco Tulum and Papaya Play Project are all along this strip.
Chicen Itza is a two hour drive from Tulum. I recommend getting there right when it opens at 8:00 am. There can be up to 5,000 people visiting Chichen- Itza a day during high season so getting there early for photographs is incredibly important.
4. Azulik/Kintoh (hotel/restaurant)
Azulik is known for it’s incomparable beauty, design and architecture. Azulik is incredibly expensive for accommodations, but if you want to head to their restaurant “Kintoh” I would recommend that for a drink.
Kintoh opens at 5:30 pm. You are not allowed up to the restaurant anytime before that.
There are three different “nests” you can have your drinks in. All the “nests” are shared tables so sit back, grab a drink and make some friends up there!
5. Coco Tulum
Coco Tulum is a hotel and beach club. If you are someone not staying at COCO Tulum for accommodations, I would recommend grabbing a drink on their all white deck overlooking the ocean.
Their most “instagrammable shots” are on the swings on the all white deck.