Tulum, Mexico

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1 Week | Spring 2015 |2 Moms with Teens | Beach

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Trip Overview

Spring Break trip with two moms and 4 children 12-16 years old. Loved Tulum and the cenote water holes the most!!

Full Itinerary

Hotel:We stayed at the Playa Mambo. Small huts on the beach. Run by a young couple from S.America. There are tons of places, just make sure that it’s on the beach and not across the street from the beach.

Town:There is no need to go into the town of Tulum. Just stay at the area on the beach! The Tulum beach road where all the hotels are is a great place to ride a bike and explore the few shops and restaurants.

Car:recommend having one – much easier to get around than taxis etc. Unless you plan to just be at the beach and not go to ruins, cynotes etc. If you are just at beach then maybe don’t need one.

Food:There is one totally hip spot – just before the Amansala Resort which is where all the stars etc go but I can’t remember the name!!!! I think it may be El Tabano….which is on the list I’m sending.

Activities: SOOOO many things to do besides the awesome beach!Ruins:

-We went to the ruins at Coba that are not right in Tulum (there are Tulum ruins super close by) but were told that you can’t climb on those any more etc and that the other ones which are about half hour drive are one of the last ones that you can climb up to see the area etc. They were really good. We got a guide for the first part and then rented bikes and a little bike tuk tuk type thing and explored the rest of the ruins that way (a long walk). Our bike driver guy also acted as a guide. Totally worth doing these ruins. There is a cynote right next to the ruins as well but Taber was sick so we didn’t go.

-Cenotes:HAVE TO DO THESE! There are lots of these underground swimming rivers/holes etc in the area. You can go on your own or you can go on a tour. We did a tour which cost a lot more but our guides were TERRIFIC and took us to three very different ones.If they want to do them on their own, the three we went to were:

  • Cenote Calavera: (this is en route to the ruins). This one has one big hole that you jump into as well as two little ones that you can jump into as well. Without our guide we may not have had the courage to do the little ones!
  • Grand Cenote: This one you swim in caves and explore underneath them
  • Casa Cenote: This is swimming in a river/pond type of area Tankah Bay surrounded by mangroves and you dive down to look at things. It’s not in caves and not jumping. People were having scuba lessons here too.If you want to use a guide, we booked online at Adventure Tour Center, or you can go to their little desk which is at Mateo’s restaurant on the main drag. Jeff has a Tulum food blog as well so is an expert on local restaurants.Jeff Daubney & Kate NolteAdventure Tour Center at Mateo’sTulum, Mexico(52) 984 106 6433www.adventuretourcenter.com

-Dolphins etc: En route from the airport you pass the place where you can swim with dolphins, manatees etc – it’s within a huge complex. We did this and it was really fun! The one we did was called Dolphin Discovery.

-Rio Secreto:A bit of a drive from Tulum (closer to Playa Del Carman) this is a place where you do a few hours walking and swimming through an underground river in caves. Was beautiful and we loved that too!



Time of year


Type of Trip

Adventure/Active, Nature


1 week

Who Went

Family with teen kids, Multi-family

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