Can't tell you how happy and amazing was having the gorgeous Nicole Isaacs at our Zorba's & Mahayana's Beach Homes. Read her experience here and don't forget to visit her Instagram and Blog to see extra pictures and reviews.
Just got back from Tulum, and already getting so many questions on recommendations on what to do there, where to go and obviously where to eat
Thought I’d share my favorite spots with you guys.
I highly suggest renting a car when arriving in Cancun. You can rent a car for super cheap, and it gives you the flexibility and freedom to do whatever you want on your own time and not have to rely on finding taxi’s everywhere you go. Tulum is a 1.5 hour drive from the Cancun airport and it’s a straight shot on the highway basically. It’s an easy drive.
Tip: Check to see if your credit card provides rental car insurance benefits. You can decline their insurance and use your CC’s- I would print a copy of the insurance terms your CC offers and give to them in a hard copy form. Good way to save money, and most of the time you can get crazy cheap deals at any rental car company at the Cancun airport.
THE REAL SHIT
Before getting into the fun stuff and everything I love about Tulum you guys know I’m always honest in these posts lol. I do want to address a few issues I’ve had there so you guys know beforehand.
-Be careful when getting gas at a gas station- the workers pump the gas for you and they tried to scam me twice. The first time they said the credit card machines were broken so they could get cash under the table. We told them we had no cash and sat there until they said the machine “miraculously” worked again when they lost hope. Another time they went inside the gas station with my credit card and came out and gave me an identical card with someone else’s name. I didn’t bother to check the name on the card and 30 min later I got fraud text from my credit card company that whoever had my card tried to buy $700 of groceries on it in Mexico. Make sure you keep an eye on them while they fill up your tank.
-Also with rental cars, be careful because the police might pull you over because they know it’s a rental and you are a tourist. I had a bribe situation last time where I got pulled over for no reason and they wouldn’t let me go until I paid them under the table. (I got this all on video but hesitant to release the footage haha).
Now for the fun stuff!
WHERE TO STAY:
There are SO many great options to stay in Tulum. I’ve stayed at a few places and will share where, as well as places I want to stay in the future but haven’t yet.
MAHAYANA BEACH HOMES & ZORBA VILLAS: This past trip I stayed at both Mahayana Beach Homes and Zorba Beach Homes in Tulum- both properties owned by the same owner. They are not hotels, they are private villas on the beach in the heart of the best area of Tulum. I stayed in a beautiful 3 bedroom villa with a rooftop at Mahayana, and a luxury 2-bedroom sea front villa at Zorba. Both properties are great and I loved it because it felt so private. You pull up to a private gate off the main road, that are both closed off to the public. It feels like you are entering your private home right on the beach.
We were so lucky to get to Tulum right in time for the Blood Moon. We were staying at Mahayana and walked right onto the beach at sunset and the full moon was in full effect. We stayed up until midnight to catch the red blood moon too which was beautiful to see from the beach right in front of our villa.
They don’t have any food or restaurants at either properties, so you either have to go out to eat or go grocery shopping and stock the kitchen in your villa to cook. All the great restaurants are a short walking distance from both properties so super easy to walk right out and get some food. Also all the villas have beautiful & spacious kitchens so it’s nice to spend as much time in the villas as possible and cook. Every villa at these properties are right on the beach, and Zorba has a beautiful pool with comfortable lounges if you feel like a change of scenery. These villas are perfect for any occasion and I highly recommend for groups or families, but also great for a romantic getaway.
I really enjoyed my stay at both properties and I have recommended them to so many people already. I definitely plan to stay there again soon!