Wearing: H&M top, One Teaspoon shorts, Fossil watch, Ray Bans, Franco Sarto sandals
We took a bus to Coba, a city just north of Tulum, to explore the Mayan ruins there. The Nohoch Mul Pyramid is the tallest structure in the Coba ruins at 137 feet and you can actually climb up the 120 steps to the top where the view overlooks an endless jungle! It was really nice walking around under the cover of trees and stumbling upon all sorts ruins scattered throughout the area. After we left Coba, we took a taxi to a nearby cenote called Tankach Ha that was recommended to us by some locals who said it was their favorite cenote. There are a variety of types of cenotes in this area, but the Tankach Ha was very much like an underground cave with stalactites hanging from above enclosing a pit of groundwater, similar to a spring (in that the water was as cold as a spring!). There is a built-in spiral staircase that takes you down underground and suddenly opens up to this cave that you would never have known was there. It really is amazing, I can see why it was a local favorite! The staircase also has two separate “diving” platforms that you can jump off of into the water. We stayed for a while as I tried to coax myself into the cold water to go swimming, but I am so happy I did! By the time we left the cenote, all the taxis had left for the day so we had to walk back to the bus stop where we also found that all the buses had left for the night. Fortunately, everyone we asked was extremely helpful in giving us directions to a town close by that had taxis that would take us back to Tulum. So the takeaway lesson here is always make sure you have a way to get back!
Wearing: Forever 21 dress (similar here and here), Ray Bans, Madewell sandals
We spent the better part of an afternoon walking along Tulum’s gorgeous beach at sunset after filling our bellies with tacos (veggie for me). The food at the resorts bordering the beaches is a little pricier than in town but oh so delicious! The beaches were never as crowded as I anticipated, but that probably has something to do with the aforementioned resorts blocking public access. That is not to say you cannot go out there unless you are staying at one of these places because you totally can by just cutting through, which is what we did many times! It was well worth it, I mean just look at that stunning view!!
Wearing: Paige top, One Teaspoon shorts, Fossil watch, Ray Bans, Franco Sarto sandals
Tulum is a pretty small town and you can get around primarily by foot but we decided to rent bicycles to travel faster and cover more ground a few of the days we were there. I recommend to rent bicycles if you are staying in town and want to visit the beaches as the walk can be a bit brutal in the hot sun. One of the many places we came across was a large touristy market area right outside the ruins. I just love the bright colors covering every square inch of space possible, even in the trees! This market was definitely a hot spot for visitors aside from the main road. After scoping it out we deciding to bike through lesser known areas and bought some bananas from a street vendor. We also found a small park littered with kitties just hanging out and enjoying kitty life. There is so much graffiti art down the side streets as well, and of course each house was even more vibrant than the next! It was definitely a day to just take in the Tulum culture and atmosphere before diving back in to the main attractions.
Wearing: One Teaspoon shorts, VS bikini bottoms, BP bikini top, Fossil watch, Ray Bans, Franco Sarto sandals
Playa Delfines is pretty much the crowned jewel of Cancun for people like me looking for sun, sand, and surf! It is also the same beach where you can take a really cheesy candid with the bright Cancun sign 😉 This beach has the kind of sand that just melts between your toes (in the good way, not in the quicksand way). The beach does steep off pretty quickly into the vast Caribbean blue water and the waves are pretty large in comparison to Florida. I thoroughly regret forgetting to take off my watch as I still have this ridiculous tan line two months later 😀 Oh well! This was the last day spent in Cancun before taking a bus through Playa Carmen to Tulum where we stayed the remainder of the week. More on that soon loves!