A Mayan Riviera Advanture
Wandering blogger @thenotvanilla has taken over our blog from the sandy shores of the Riviera Maya. Scroll down – you can almost feel the margarita in your hand and the sand beneath your feet…
I stayed at Villa Las Estrellas, a beautiful hotel on the main strip with beach side bungalows and an amazing complimentary breakfast. Since I was in relaxation mode for most of the trip, my friends and I went between swimming in the ocean to lounging on the hotel’s beach chairs.
No matter what kind of trip I’m taking, eating is always the #1 priority. There’s nothing I love more than discovering amazing restaurants and indulging in the culture’s finest feasts. The restaurants along the beach are on the pricier side (but totally worth it). My two favorites were Posada Margherita, which boasted homemade pasta that felt like a trip to Italy in each bite. My other fav was Hartwood’s beautiful setting and eclectic menu of fresh fish, ceviche and unbeatable pork ribs. For something more classically Mexican, and easier on the bank account, my friends and I ventured into town many a time to stuff our faces with Aguachile’s impossibly fresh fish tacos.
Though I spent most of my time sunning on the beach, I made sure to check out the two main attractions in Tulum: the Mayan ruins and the Cenotes. The Mayan ruins were incredible to walk through, and surrounded by lazy, unphased iguanas. I also highly recommend a dip in the crystal blue water and looking back to see the size of the ruins from down below. The cenotes are swimmable, fresh water caves full of fish, turtles and bats. I went snorkeling through the Grand Cenote and fed turtles – definitely a must!
The best way for you to get a feel for where you are is to explore. Each day my friends and I would either wander up and down the beach collecting coral and rocks and poking our heads into beachside restaurants or we would venture into town and walk around testing tacos, drinking margaritas and meandering through the countless shops filled with colorful tchotchkes that make a perfect souvenir.