Published On: Sat, Jan 14th, 2017

Escape to Tulum, an oasis on The Mexican Caribbean

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It’s no news flash to report that Tulum is exquisite. Yet despite all the media attention (sorry!) this tropical oasis on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula still feels remote and disarmingly in tune with the sprawling jungle that pushes up against its dazzling Caribbean beaches. Who knows how long this will last—recent years have seen more hotels built (and some inscrutable issues with the local government) but the new properties are still boutique, even if they are increasingly luxurious. Blessedly, Tulum still retains the vibe of a laid-back beach destination, with pristine beaches and those fresh ocean breezes that seem to whisper in your ear, “Uhhhh why go home?”

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The view from a room at The Beach Tulum (Photo: John Del Signore / gothamist)

I visited Tulum with my wife for the first time last year, in mid-May, which turns out to be an ideal time—highs in the low 80s, spring break is over, and family summer vacations not yet in play. (The peak tourist season is September through March.) Getting there is no hassle from New York City—fly direct to Cancun, where you can rent a car at the airport or arrange for ground transportation (our hotel had a driver pick us up for $150). It’s about a ninety minute drive from the airport, and I fell asleep almost immediately as we plunged south down an ugly highway, only waking up as we rumbled onto Tulum’s one-road hotel zone, with jungle (and the restaurants) on the west side of the road, and the beachfront hotels on the east.

A friend had recommended The Beach Tulum, an adults-only boutique hotel with just twenty rooms and a pleasant beach restaurant/bar with swing seats called Ziggy’s. I can’t say with certainty that The Beach is the best hotel on Earth, but it is the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in.


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