Adventures + Travel Mexico

Exploring Tulum, Mexico :: Where to eat, drink, relax and adventure


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Got no place to go
but there’s a girl waiting for me down in Mexico
She’s got a bottle of tequila, a bottle of gin
And if I bring a little music I can fit right in.

– Counting Crows

I feel extremely blessed to have been surrounded by three of my favourite amigos during my Mexican adventure.

Tulum was by far my favourite destination, followed by Bacalar and Akumal (which I’ll share a bit about below). Playa Del Carmen was a whirlwind of fun for New Years. However, I was NOT a fan of Cancun at all, so I’ll skip right past that.

From the moment we arrived in Tulum, I fell in love.

It’s like a chilled bohemian beach paradise with palm trees for days.


You could quite easily go BIG and LUXE and blow your budget in a huge way, or rough it and have the cheapest holiday of your life – if that tickled your fancy. We chose to stay in a cute little apartment in between.

When my husband and I go back, we’ll go big and stay at Papaya Playa.  It’s cocooned by the jungle on a pristine stretch of the Caribbean coast. Absolutely divine.

Or Coqui Coqui Tulum. This gorgeous place was inspired by the coconut trees and the white sand beach of Tulum.



Photo: Vogue

Playa Paraiso Beach Club :: The perfect place to lay in the sun, drink mojitos, climb palm trees, swim in the ocean and laugh with your people.

Batey Mojito & Guarapo Bar :: Possibly the world’s best mojitos ever. They’re homemade using raw sugar cane – the passionate fruit flavour was my choice every time. They also have live music out the back.

El Tabano :: Beautiful food. Beautiful people. Plus they have free hugs on the menu.

Burrito Amor :: Holy guacamole. Without a doubt my favourite burritos. I’d recommend the Shrimp burrito.

Estancia Jujeña :: An Argentinean steak restaurant. My husband said it was the best steak he’d had in a long, long time. It’s a beautiful place. I LOVED the interior style.

Mateos Mexican Grill :: Awesome juices, burrito salad bowls, guacamole and vibe.

Hemingway :: A romantic little restaurant right on the beach. While we didn’t get a chance to eat there, the menu looked amazing. A place for the seafood lovers.

Hartwood :: While we didn’t get a chance to eat here either, it’s highly recommended from the research I did online. I’ll be checking it out next time we go.


Cenotes ::

Tulum has heaps of cenotes you can explore. They’re beautiful natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock.

We went to the Gran Cenote. The water was so fresh and clear you could see everything.

I didn’t get any good shots, but took the GoPro for a quick dip, so enjoy my little clip below.

Mayan Ruins ::

We cartwheeled around the Chichen Itza. Learning lots along the way of course.



Akumal ::

Holy guacamole. This place is b e a u t i f u l. We spent the day swimming with sea turtles and exploring the coral. A must adventure, only 20 minutes from Tulum.


Bacalar ::

It is called the lake of seven colors because of the white sandy bottom that gives the effect of having so many shades of blue.

The vibe is super chilled here. It’s about a two hour drive from Tulum.

We stayed at the Casa Lahar Lake Front Hostel for two nights, one of the nights they hosted a small festival with live music, food and lots of Spanish dancing. It would have to be one of my most memorable nights of the trip. The four of us were up till the early hours of the morning dancing and connecting with some amazing people.

The best place to eat was La Playita. My goodness the food was extraordinary. Plus it backed onto the lake so we spent the day drinking, lounging on hammocks and jumping off the jetty.

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Cozumel ::

When we stayed in Playa Del Carmen, we headed over to Cozumel which is an Island 30 minutes away via ferry. It was absolutely stunning. We explored the entire island on scooters, stopping at every place that caught our eye to soak in the sun and have a cheeky drink.

Feeling free, alive and full of joy ? #Mexico #scootin

A video posted by Danika Downting ✌️? (@danikadownting) on

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Adventures are meant to be shared.
I’m so grateful I got to share mine with these three beautiful souls.
My husband. My soul sista. My amigo.

Adiós Mexico.

Photo Credit :: All images are my own, unless stated below.
NB: I completely forgot to take photos of the food we ate.
So I sourced two food photos from others who’d been to Tulum. 

First food image: Tuula Vintage
Second food image: Vogue

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  • Reply
    Dave Smedley
    February 2, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Sweety

    That was awesome a great selection of photos and fantastic description

    I loved it xxxxxxxxxx

    • Reply
      Danika Downting
      February 2, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Aww thanks Dadda :) xxxx

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