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: Urban Outfitters top, One Teaspoon shorts, Nordstrom Rack bikini top, VS bikini bottoms, Fossil watch, Ray Bans, Franco Sarto sandals
TULUM!! I am so in love with this coastline, it is like endless sandy beaches and azure waters just waiting to be explored. We started our day by biking from in town to the local ruins. For anyone planning to visit here some day, any “touristy” activities should be done as early as possible to avoid the crowds. We got to the ruins just after sunrise and were able to enjoy the peaceful rumble of the waves with a refreshing breeze. The ruins are spread out in what looks like a giant ancient golf course, but the true gem of this place is the view of the ocean over the cliffs and stairs taking you down to a hidden beach. There are iguanas just everywhere, but that is the Yucatan for you! I have heard from the locals that a lot of people tend to skip going to these ruins in favor of some of the more popular ones and I say they do not know what they are missing. We did visit some of the more tourist heavy hotspots North of Tulum and I still think this one was by far my favorite. I just love places that give you a feeling of serenity and intimacy, as if you are the only one soaking it all in, just you…and like fifty iguanas. This is just my take on things because I am a “long walks on the beach” kind of person (which should really come as no surprise at this point) who had once again found her happy place.
Wearing: Missguided romper, Report sandals, Quay sunnies, vintage purse, Bling Jewelry ring and necklace
The day started out a bit clouded and rainy as we set out through the streets of Roatan, but the further we walked the more the clouds dissipated to reveal blue skies and sunshine. We walked for quite a while and found some real gems including a couple pigs chilling by the sea. While admiring the cute pigs a young girl approached to try to sell us fresh coconuts. That’s how you know you’re in the right place.
We eventually got tired of walking and took a taxi to the beach. The driver was nice enough to take us through his awesome resort entrance to avoid the crowds. After a quick swim, we grabbed some food and enjoyed the view from the bar. At the far end of the beach was a rock ledge that played host to iguanas above water and tropical fish below. There was even a monkey climbing on tourists and I have to say it was pretty adorable even though I’m not a fan of monkeys. After some solid snorkel time we haggled with another taxi driver to take us back and that was the craziest ride I’ve ever been on. The whole trip he was basically driving on the other side of the road into oncoming traffic passing people. Somehow still safer than a carnival ride…