The Mexican Mayan riviera is the total (vacation) package – Stunning beaches, a tremendous amount of history, culture & biodiversity, kind & eccentric locals, and tropical everything. We spent 10 days exploring in paradise and I wanted to share our favorite parts with you.
Del Cielo – This space is bright and airy with fresh baked breads, tropical fruit smoothies and brunch staples like huevos rancheros or smashed avocado on a thick slice of sourdough. Be sure to try one of their croissants with housemade marmalade and fresh pineapple, orange and ginger smoothie. This place is a MUST as far as affordable, healthy & laid-back breakfasts go.
Pop by Art & Coffee for a delicious latte & peruse their diverse display of local art.
Co. ConAmor – Tucked away just off the bike path to Tulum beach, Co. ConAmor is the place to go for superfood smoothies & healthy vegan / vegetarian dishes. It’s laid back and lounge decor make it a nice stop on the way to the ocean or a quiet place to relax outside and restore those electrolytes with a superfood smoothie.
Tulum Night Market – It runs each evening with a variety of food vendors selling everything from fresh fruit to churros, nachos & burritos and our personal favorite – elote or fire grilled corn on the cob sprinkled with fresh lime & chili salt.
Rent a Cabana – At Las Palmas Public Beach you can rent a cozy cabana for the day. It costs about $400 pesos for the day and affords you drink & food service as well as much needed shade from those sizzling Tulum rays.
Ki’bok – Great espresso & coffee bar with house-baked pastries and cakes. A small shop with really friendly staff & locals.
The Kitchen Table – Located just off of Tulum beach, this oasis in the jungle served us our most favorite meal on our trip. The menu changes daily as they source their ingredients from local fisherman & farmers to get the most sustainable and fresh ingredients possible. Everything is cooked on an open fire grill & although the menu is fairly limited, they did offer a great selection of plant-based options. We were able to walk in moments after they opened for dinner service but I think making a reso beforehand would be a great idea to secure a table.
Cenote Grande – There are many cenotes in the Mayan Riviera and within close proximity to Tulum so we jumped on our bikes early one morning and pedalled to the Cenote Grande. Early in the morning or later in the day when the sun is setting are ideal times to visit this cenote as the rays of sunshine illuminate the water in the caves and allow for a more vibrant cenote snorkel experience. FYI – there is no designated bike lane on the side of the highway so biking there was an intense and at times a scary journey. In hindsight I would pay the $50 pesos to hire a cab and arrive stress free.
The Batey – Guacamole was pretty much its own food group on our holiday and I must say that The Batey had the best guac in town, hands down.
Enomeno – A quaint juice and smoothie bar with a small selection of tasty raw desserts and energy bites.
Snorkel in Conzumel – A 45 minute ferry ride off the coast of Playa Del Carmen, Conzumel is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world and man oh man is it beautiful. We spent a sunny afternoon on a snorkel tour exploring the reef, in awe of all the sea life and hues of crystal blue and green waters. Our excursion took us to Punta Sur which has shallow beaches where you can watch manta and sting rays swim and where we saw hundreds of colorful, massive starfish. It was magical and I would go back just to see it all again.