Here's the truth about our honeymoon. We forgot all about it. We were so busy planning the wedding we forgot all about our honeymoon.
I remember about a year ago, I was in the studio with my producer, and Adam had just proposed to me. He congratulated me and then said 'You should go to Tulum for honeymoon!' Tulum? Where's that? 'Mexico!' He said. I've been in LA for 7 years now, and I've never been to Mexico despite it being pretty close. I googled a little bit and saw photos of Tulum, it was beautiful! So Tulum had always been on my mind.
We were maybe 3 weeks away from our wedding day, and still no decision was made. Where should we go? Italy? Too cold right now! Bali? We've been there! Then I remembered that little conversation about Tulum. I went on Expedia (I'm an Expedia addict - always looking for trips that I don't have time to go on) and compared prices to all these obvious honeymoon destinations and then, I came across a really cute resort in Tulum, Coco Tulum. It looked so cozy, kinda homey, and kinda backpack-y. Adam and I weren't looking for anything luxurious, we just wanted to be alone and experience something new together. I clicked through all the photos of Coco Tulum, and saw a little white bamboo villa, with an ocean view. I loved it. I could see us having out morning coffee there, hanging out on the hammock. I checked if there was any places of attractions nearby.. the Mayan ruins! Yes! We love history! And oh, the grand cenotes! We love secret natural pools hidden in caves! I pitched this to my husband and it was pretty easy to convince him - all of that, and lots and lots of Mexican food! On top of that, flights and hotel was affordable! We were sold. Booked. Let's go!
Tulum reminded us of Bali, it's a small beach town. There was one main road along the coast with plenty of restaurants, shops and hotels. There were a lot of tourists, mainly Americans, but at this time of the year its not too crowded. Everyone there was super friendly and helpful. It's busy once you get out of the hotel, but our resort Coco Tulum was very peaceful, we spent the first 2 days just chilling at the beach, and getting food around the area.
The best thing about Tulum for me, is the beach, and the food. And the combination of both- having great good by the beach. Also, maybe the fact that nobody would come up for a photo - that was a huge thing for me. I was able to just be myself, I could fall asleep with my mouth open by the beach, and no one is gonna care. Here I was just a girl enjoying the beach with her husband!
Well back to the food. OMG. Where do I even begin, I didn't expect that I would enjoy the food here, I thought everything would be overpriced and bad based on my past experiences going to islands or secluded beach.. but every place we went to in Tulum really hit the spot! Our favourite place to have breakfast early morning when the sun was still coming up was Hemingway. It's a cute little shack on the beach, and you'll just have your coffee, mexican scrambled eggs and toast while enjoying the view and the ocean breeze.
We had dinner at Posada Margerita, one of the best Italian restaurants in Tulum, also on the beach, and the interior of the restaurant is so cute. Juanita Diavola is attached to Coco, and it was an easy place to get really good pizza and pasta when we didn't wanna walk far. I still dream about their marinara spaghetti and ceviche... so so good! We had pretty amazing tacos at Taqueria La Eufemia, and on our last night, we decided to try out the only Thai restaurant in the area called Mezzanine, and yup, it was pretty amazing!
After 2 days of just walking around Tulum Beach and hitting up all our favourite food spots, we decided to spend a day going to the ruins and swim in the cenotes. Tulum is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city serving as a major port, and it is well known for its beautiful view. The ruins were located on top of the cliff, overlooking the ocean. We spent maybe an hour here, and then headed to the Grand Cenote, about 20 minutes away. We've seen a lot of photos but none could've prepared us for the real thing. Cenotes are underwater sinkholes and there were plenty in the Yucatan Peninsula, and you'll see a ton of colourful fish, sea plants, tortoises just.. hanging out in the cenotes. You're not allowed to have sunscreen or creams on your skin when you swim in the cenotes as it could poison the fish and all the delicate sea life. I was blown away. I wish we had the time to check out all the other cenotes! But this was a great one off adventure for our honeymoon before we head back to Coco and hang out at the beach with our books. Next time, definitely!!
Tulum was amazing. I'm glad I got to go to there finally! It was a perfect honeymoon destination for us. Even though it was a short trip, but we loved our time there.. I feel like if we stayed any longer we would've gained a few more pounds! We were eating amazing food everyday! And the fact that I can go everywhere now with my best friend, my husband, although we've never traveled together before.. it was a wonderful to know that he makes such a wonderful companion when we're traveling! That's a huge thing for me! Awesome traveling buddy for life : Check! ✓
I can't wait for our next adventure!