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JEAN­NETTE CEJA SHOWS US WHY THE BEACH TOWN OF TU­LUM HAS BE­COME THE TOP CON­TENDER FOR RE­LAX­ATION

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There’s an emerg­ing beach town on the hori­zon in Mex­ico. And this time the spot­light is not on Can­cun or Cabo San Lu­cas. Sit­u­ated on the coast of the Yu­catán Penin­sula. If you have not heard of Tu­lum yet get ready to hear more in the fu­ture. As this beach town con­tin­ues to grow as a pop­u­lar get­away for those who are seek­ing more than a “tra­di­tional beach va­ca­tion.”

And the ho­tel in­dus­try has taken no­tice. Take the re­cent an­nounce­ment from the Dream Ho­tel Group with news that the com­pany wants to add a ho­tel in Tu­lum. Ad­di­tion­ally, the town con­tin­ues to ex­pand with an in­crease of eco-friendly bou­tique ho­tels that offer ex­pe­ri­ences like yoga, med­i­ta­tion and sweat lodges. Ho­tels on the beach worth a visit in­clude Azu­lik Ho­tel Tu­lum & Maya Spa, Ahau Tu­lum and Ho­tel Calaluna Tu­lum.

Trav­el­ers can fly into Can­cun In­ter­na­tional Air­port and choose from a range of trans­porta­tion op­tions to Tu­lum. Just a 90-minute drive from the air­port, vis­i­tors can travel ei­ther by shut­tle, bus, taxi, or rent a car. Once you ar­rive, a unique way to ex­plore the beaches is with a bike.

Apart from the pic­turesque crys­tal clear beaches, an­cient ru­ins from the Mayan civ­i­liza­tion sur­round Tu­lum. In this area, tourists can ex­plore the Mayan Ru­ins for a small en­trance fee. Ar­rive early and be pre­pared to wait in a long line, as this is one of the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions for tourists. Bring com­fort­able walk­ing shoes and your swimwear, as you will have ac­cess to a cliff­side beach just be­low the ru­ins. If you are feel­ing up to ex­plor­ing more of the Mayans, plan a short trip to the pyra­mids at Cobá (a 45-minute drive) or to Chichen Itza (2 hour- drive) away from Tu­lum.

Tu­lum is cen­tral to breath­tak­ing cenotes. Whether it’s the fact that you find your­self

swim­ming un­der a cave or sur­rounded by the jun­gle. Around the world, vis­i­tor’s flock to swim, snorkel or scuba dive in these nat­u­ral won­ders. And what ex­actly is a cenote? A “sink­hole or nat­u­ral well” as de­fined by the dig­i­tal dic­tionary Dic­tionary. com. Dis­cover the Gran Cenote, Dos Ojos (Two Eyes) and the lesser-known cenote Cape-Ha. Sur­rounded by the jun­gle, a hid­den gem like Cape-Ha is a must visit.

So, nat­u­rally, after a swim if you find your­self with an ap­petite. You can walk from cenote Cape-Ha next to an out­door fire pit res­tau­rant called Sa­fari. Try the Yucca Truf­fle Fries, Esquites, Tacos and a wash it all down with a re­fresh­ing sig­na­ture cock­tail. Trust me on this one. Be­sides the de­li­cious food, the res­tau­rant cre­ates the per­fect am­biance with a sexy playlist of worldly mu­sic- just an­other prime ex­am­ple of what makes Tu­lum so spe­cial.

It’s worth men­tion­ing, as well, that Tu­lum hosts a vi­brant nightlife of bars, mu­sic and danc­ing. Fa­mous DJ’s, like Matthew Dekay and Yokoo, travel to Tu­lum to per­form at events like the Full Moon Party. While you are there, don’t miss an evening at Gi­tano. A very pop­u­lar out door res­tau­rant and bar that has a weekly line-up of ex­cep­tional in­ter­na­tional DJ’s and mu­si­cians per­form for you.

For those want­ing to truly have a one-ofa-kind ex­pe­ri­ence, make reser­va­tions at the res­tau­rant Kin Toh lo­cated in­side the Azu­lik Ho­tel Tu­lum & Maya Spa. Where else can you grab a drink and lay on a net nes­tled in­side a tree house over­look­ing the ocean? Fur­ther­more, you can en­joy a din­ner in a “pri­vate wooden nest.” Whether a solo trav­eler, fam­ily trip or a ro­man­tic get­awaythere’s some­thing ev­ery­one can en­joy in Tu­lum.

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