My love affair with Mexico started at the age of 15 through a summer exchange program in Mexico City. Over the past 20 years, I’ve been back at least 25 times as I continue to explore the culture and learn the language. After seven years of studying Spanish, my Espanol should be better, but it’s good enough to navigate around the Yucatan Peninsula for 10 days.
My friend Katie and I started in Tulum where we spent 5 days eating, playing, and exploring the bohemian town. My first trip to Tulum was a few years ago and it was full of Europeans, Brooklyn bloggers, and fashion types. I still love Tulum although it has become more popular and overcrowded with a seemingly less sophisticated crowd. I love the familiarity and accessibility of Tulum and, even though it has changed over the years, I will continue to go back.
Since most of my beach vacations are all about the food and drinks, let’s talk about my favorite places to eat and enjoy some wine! Hands down, my favorite restaurant in Tulum is Posada Margherita and I eat there at least every other night when I’m there. Some people go to Mexico for the Mexican food... I go for the Italian food. Owned by Italians from Genoa, the servers and cooks are all native Italians and offer the most delicious homemade mozzarella, made-to-order pasta, and white fish cooked in salt water. The staff will make you feel like you’re in a small Italian town enjoying family recipes. The décor is impeccable and effortlessly chic with lots of plants, muted tones with pops of color, and a memorable view of the ocean. If you go, tell Simone “Ciao” from me. He’s the handsome gentleman that presents the menu in “Espanol, Italiano, o Ingles” and you can’t miss his charming hospitality.
After dinner at Posada, hail a cab and head to Gitano’s for a Gypsy Disco. My love of mescal and disco balls started Gitano’s. The glittery lights and smoky sweet drinks set the mood for dancing the night away.
On to hotels. So, I’ve stayed at a few places in Tulum but, most recently, I stayed at Viento de Mar and it was perfect for my bestie getaway. It’s casual, unpretentious, and in a great location. The rooms are made of concrete- clean and simple with a boho vibe. The private beach has the most comfortable lounges, making it the perfect spot for an afternoon nap or to catch up on summer reading.