Anyone who knows me knows that I studied in Mexico during college, that in Mexico you can find me speaking Spanish all day long, that I’m obsessed with micheladas, paletas, markets and loomed garments, that it feels like home and that if you bring me there, you’re going to have to drag me home. On this trip, we visited the lesser known island of Holbox, Tulum, Akumal and swung through an old favorite, Playa del Carmen.
This relaxed island (pronounded Hul-bosh) blends the perfect amounts of la vie boheme, endless yoga, colorful beauty, healthy eats (smoothies/bowls everywhere and vegan options on almost every menu), relaxing beaches and lots of doggies (we brought ours along for this trip!). The best part? Grab a swing at a beach bar for the day and then walk to dinner barefoot. The roads are unpaved and are made of some sort of clay, so there are no cars - just beach cruiser bicycles, golf carts and your haute hippie flip-flops or bare feet.
Never again. I visited what was a pristine, serene, magical and spiritual place forever ago, before it became the Mexican Hamptons (love the Hamptons… but not here). There are still some things to love and appreciate, namely the beaches are ever beautiful, it’s a fun place to visit with friends, the culinary scene has exploded, the boutique shopping is curated and chic, and it’s a scene - just not ours.
Akumal Natura Glamping made our Akumal experience amazing - we stayed in chic tents in the middle of the jungle, swam in the crystal clear waters of our private cenote (all cenotes used to be more or less private, but now you can expect to buy tickets in advance anywhere near Tulum), rode bikes to the beach to swim with so many sea turtles we lost count, gathered for daily morning yoga under a giant palapa and visited town for some amazing tacos and homemade habanero hot sauce. And we took some photos to prove it.