For Beach Relaxation And Nearby Coastal Ruins, Visit Tita Tulum In Quintana Roo, Mexico
July 3rd, 2007 · 4 Comments
With all the many exciting places to visit in the world, can a hotel really encourage you to visit twice? If it’s Tita Tulum Hotel Ecologico in the Yucatan region of Mexico it can. Back when I was less experienced as a traveler, I couldn’t imagine being interested in visiting Mexico. It was too close. It seemed devoid of interest. It was where you went to get the shits or buy generic prescription drugs for your desperate grandparent. But I was young and naïve when I made that assessment. And I was ignorant of the fact that pyramidal-shaped ancient ruins (a personal favorite) were poking out from every grass-covered mound in the region near Cancun. I was ignorant of conchinita pibil. I was ignorant of desolate toll-roads with colorful butterflies concentrated like soup noodles. I was ignorant of a lot of things, which made it quite a bit more delightful to find myself staying in a solar-powered ecolodge with only 8 cabins and an entire beach to myself. Tita’s place taught me that although there were many unexpectedly wonderful things to do in Mexico, the most wonderful was to simply relax.
During our first visit, Travel Boyfriend and I did only one of three things. We swam in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea lapping not 25 yards from our 2nd story balcony. We sat in our Adirondacks at night drinking Cuba Libres (not advised) watching the television that was the stars (highly advised). Most importantly, we snacked on Chorizo con Queso and French Fries with a side of tangy guacamole until our hearts literally ached from cholesterol. Oh, and maybe we also had lots of sex. That’s four things, but it’s just that kind of place.
During our second visit, our impression that this was a tropical paradise was confirmed when, not 100 feet from our beach towels, a camera crew was shooting a Corona commercial. Tita happened to be away on vacation during our second stay (I can’t imagine where she’d go!), which was a bit of a letdown as she is a gracious and charming proprietor. But, even without her to captain a tightly run ship, the ship ran tightly without her.
Yes, there are plenty of places to stay in the “Riviera Maya” (a name I find absolutely nauseating as it is meant to appeal to the all-inclusive tourist looking for a Mexico that doesn’t cause the shits, how dare they!!), but there are only a few places where you will truly feel like a beach goddess lording over your own sandy domain. You know how sometimes you go to a beach and you’re made to step over people to find a spot big enough to house you and your threadbare towel? Well, consider the concept that there is a beach where you can stand at the water’s edge and look left, and then look right, and then look backwards with your head upside down and NOT see a damn single soul in any direction. It can be yours at Tita Tulum’s. But if I were you, I’d get there before someone else reads this post.
Travel Betty Basics
Tita Tulum Hotel Ecologico
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
(about 2 hours south of Cancun)
Rooms $80-170 per night (We stayed in lovely Cabaña #6 Tucan both times)
Ask for a discount for multi-night stays
The open air restaurant serves delicious food and strong drinks
The only known coastal ruins in the Mayan Empire
Open 8am-5pm daily
Entrance Fee: around $4 (I’ve heard it is free on Sundays)
Make sure to bring a bathing suit so you can swim out from the small beach and look back at the ruins looming overhead.