Here is a little roundup of photos of a few of our favorite places we visited in the Tulum. I highly suggest Azulik as a hotel worth splurging on even for just one night. It is one of the most stunning hotels I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. Our room was right on top of the cliff with an unobstructed view of the crystal clear Caribbean. The rooms are all free of wifi and lit by candlelight. It also has a new restaurant called Kin Toh. It has Mexican and Mayan inspired cuisine, an open air atmosphere and breathtaking view of the jungle below. We also stayed at Hotel Tiki Tiki, a stylish boutique hotel located about 10 minutes from the strip. It’s nice to be a little removed from the scene sometimes and the sleek 50’s art deco hotel is the perfect place to unwind after a long day in the sun. A few of the other places in Tulum we loved were Papaya Playa for the tacos, beachfront party, and the full moon party. Gitano is a great choice for a more elevated dinner in Tulum. Antojitos La Chiapaneca was our favorite spot for late night tacos. Pro tip : try the salsa first before dumping it all over your tacos. Some are next level spicy. There are also a ton of cute clothing shops on the Tulum Beach strip. I particularly enjoyed a lovely concept shop from the designer Miguelina who has a beautiful collection of locally made pieces perfect for wandering around Tulum. Also a must is Gran Cenote, it is a limestone cave with fresh water and it is absolutely beautiful. Make sure to go early as it can get crowded.
Los Angeles has been unseasonably rainy this month which has been great for all those coats I can never find a reason to wear but always end up getting anyways. We’ve been exploring our new neighborhood lately and with the drizzly weather our favorite stop has been our neighborhood coffee shop, Paper or Plastik. It’s a great hideaway for a midday pick me up. Sam and I love to perch up over the coffee bar and people watch while hiding behind our laptops. It’s becoming our little weekday routine whenever we find ourselves at home.
I hope you guys had a chance to see my post from El Cuyo where I talked about the Trove app. It’s the perfect on the go app for shopping the current trends and outfits from your favorite bloggers. Download it today and shop this outfit right from your phone.
I’ve already mentioned our trip to El Cuyo, but I wanted to talk more about what brought us to this remote village and our unforgettable experience while there. The whole trip started when our friend Maddie called us out of the blue and informed us she will be moving to El Cuyo for the next 3 months to be with her boyfriend while he set up a kite boarding school with his pro kite boarding friends. Since Sam and I are always up for a new adventure we booked our flights to Mexico 20 minutes after getting off the phone with her. Less than a week later we flew to Tulum and after a few indulgent days there we embarked on our road trip through the Yucatán state in Mexico to go visit our friend.
I have been preconditioned for years to believe that most parts of Mexico are unsafe and that driving through Mexico is not a good idea. None of these fears held up. There was not a moment where I felt unsafe while traveling through the Yucatán. Once we arrived at the tiny fishermen’s village of El Cuyo we were smitten. The ocean was crystal clear, the local people were kind, and the village was full of brightly hued homes, stores and restaurants. But when we pulled up to our airbnb we knew right away something was off. We went in and kept our smiles going as we explored the uninhabitable shack. It was so overpriced I cringe knowing other people had actually paid this price. We knew the place was going to be bare bones, we did not expect it to be full of questionable deep red stains, mold covering every surface and prison style bathrooms. It looked nothing like the pictures. It was a fail on all accounts. Once we got to talking to some of the locals, they quickly informed us the place was known to be a scam. The amount of mold alone was enough to convince us we could not possible stay there (there were many other things that were very wrong but I’ll let your imagination go wild). We ended up sleeping in the car until the next morning when the whole village pulled together to find us a real place to stay. By 8:00am, we had a comfortable place that cost less than breakfast for 1 in Los Angeles. It was our first taste of the type of kindness that would define our stay in El Cuyo.
Once we got settled in, the rest of our time in El Cuyo was spent eating the fresh local cuisine prepared by hardworking yet cheerful local women, swimming with 8 foot manta rays, and trying to get close to the wild flamingos that populate the surrounding lagoons. Every day was wonderful, but nothing can beat the last day when we woke up to a crystal blue ocean that looked like a pool. There was not even a hint of a wave and absolutely no one on the beach but us. That last day will forever remain as one of my favorite memories. We spent almost the entire day frolicking in the ocean, paddle boarding, tanning, swimming with the manta rays while avoiding the deadly sting rays, taking Tequila shots on the beach, and all the while indulging in home cooked dishes from our local friends. It was one of those days that you never wanted to end.
We did not know what we were getting into when we decided to road trip to El Cuyo. What we found was something only a handful of people have/will ever experience. This is a place for those of you with a heart for adventure. There were no luxuries there. There was only an authentic experience of a small village filled with happy, kind people, and a crystal blue ocean that never seemed to end.
If you don’t go off the beaten path, you’ll never know what you’re missing.
It’s no secret that Sam and I have caught the travel bug. As we travel to new places we’ve made a point of taking time out of our trips to explore destinations that are completely off the beaten path.On our current trip through Mexico we found ourselves leaving Tulum in search of something untouched by other travelers. We found just what we were looking for in the tiny village of El Cuyo in the Yucatán.The village consists of kind people, brightly colored houses, and crystal clear water that stretches as far as the eye can see. It is places like this that make me feel the most inspired. This inspiration inevitably leads to a renewed desire to shop for something special that fits my new found inspiration.
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Happy Valentine’s Day and happy anniversary to the love of my life. To celebrate my and Sam’s special day we decided to treat ourselves to a stay at the breathtaking Azulik Eco Resort and Maya Spa in Tulum. The premise behind the stunning resort is to get back in touch with nature. The rooms have no electricity, no phones, no TVs, and no Internet. In the evening they light dozens of candles in your room and around the property creating a magical experience. Our stunning room was perched right over the water with a panoramic view of the coastline. Falling asleep in candle light with the ocean roaring and the breathe sweeping through the treehouse style suite was something we will never forget. It will be one of our most cherished memories.