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Tulum: Our Travel Tips for the Riviera Maya’s Prettiest Bohemian Village

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Always on the lookout for new adventures and hidden treasures, we explored Mexico’s Riviera Maya with Hayla, Air Transat’s flight director and travel enthusiast. Tulum, this seaside paradise, is more than just a destination: it’s a journey into the heart of Mexican authenticity, with a relaxed atmosphere typical of coastal villages.

Imagine majestic Mayan ruins overlooking white sandy beaches, a bohemian atmosphere that invites you to relax and explore, and culinary experiences that awaken the senses. To find out what to do in Tulum, let our colleague Hayla take you on a tour of the juice bars, secret beaches, craft shops and other well-kept secrets.

Getting around in Tulum

Bikes in Tulum, Mexico

The village centre is easily accessible on foot, but if you want to explore the surrounding attractions, the solution is simple. Hop on a bike, which can be hired from the lobbies of many of the hotels along the main road.

Gitano: spicy happy hour

Tulum is famous for its bedazzling nightlife where partygoers eat, dance and drink the night away under the palm trees. Many eateries offer a good meal and lively times come dawn, such as Gitano, a typical Tulum mescal bar perfectly nestled in the jungle with a decor that’s straight out of a magazine. The grill is where the kitchen magic happens. It’s also a great spot to sip on a brightly coloured, slightly spicy cocktail. Hayla recommends “Kisses in the Car”, a skilful mix of mezcal, passion fruit, tangerine and habanero pepper.

The boho boutiques

Boutique with a bohemian vibe in Tulum, Mexico

As soon as you set foot in Tulum, you will feel a very special atmosphere… Everything is relaxed and elegant at the same time. Numerous boutiques offer unique collections for the bohemian look, and local designers even offer handmade pieces. Watch your budget though: shopping in Tulum isn’t cheap! You could easily spend a whole day window-shopping for leather goods, textiles and other unique items along the Tulum-Boca Paila road.

Must see: Tributo Tulum, La Valise Store, Malvia and the Spectacle Room.

Raw Love, breakfast and smoothie in a bowl

Hayla, Flight director at Air Transat, fresh coconut juice, Tulum

The healthy fruit, nuts and grains bowl trend speaks for itself. At Raw Love, the latest fruit harvests are turned into shakes, whether it’s for a vegan breakfast or a tasty, colourful snack. At the funky counter under the palm trees, Hayla orders two of her favourite bowls: the Green Goddess (a green smoothie of spinach, pineapple and passion fruit) and the Berry Love (a heaping helping of strawberries, blueberries and banana). Ask nice guy Adan to crack open a fresh coconut for the road!

Casa Jaguar: Dinner in the jungle

As soon you enter Casa Jaguar, you know you’ve stepped into a place unlike any other. The delightful and heady scent of burning copal fills the air, chasing away insects and reinforcing the eatery’s bohemian vibe. It’s one of the best restaurants in Tulum, serving freshly cooked Carribean dishes with a Mexican flair. Hayla’s favourite? The tostadas de atún (tuna toasts). Exquisite!

Taqueria La Eufemia, tacos on the beach

Hayla, Air Transat Flight Director, eating tacos at La Eufemia, Tulum, Mexico

While dwelling on the main route as we roam near the tropical groves by the sea, we come across a groovy taqueria. La Eufemia is the perfect joint to enjoy tacos and delicious margaritas on the beach, just footsteps away from bathing in the refreshing turquoise water. Ordering the fish tacos is a must. Garnish at will with toppings from their homemade salsa bar.

Matcha Mama, refreshment counter

Hayla, Flight director at Air Transat, fresh green smoothie, Tulum

This intimate matcha bar is one of the most picturesque spots on a Pinterest board off the Tulum-Boca Paila route. Relax on one of the swings while sipping on a smooth matcha blend or a scoop of homemade ice cream that’s just sweet enough (Hayla’s find!). Matcha Mama is a must-stop that’s a feast for your taste buds and your eyes!

Ceviche tasting at El Camelo Jr.

If you’re a fan of fresh fish on any occasion, El Camello is the place to go! They serve the best ceviche in the area, perfectly marinated in lime juice for an energizing meal. Locals gather in large numbers and that’s a good sign!

Tulum is undoubtedly worth the visit when you’re in the Riviera Maya. Whether it’s to walk in the sun, enjoy a cocktail on the beach or indulge in an authentic feast, Hayla has discovered a colourful village that’s vibrant and cozy. She highly recommends it!

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