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Calle Júpiter Sur, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
This little open air restaurant packed full of locals serves the best and freshest fish in the area and they have reasonable prices! Sitting out front on plastic furniture in the gravel on the side of the road might not sound that appealing but...
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
What combats humidity and sweltering air that feels like it's being expelled from a jet engine? Paletas! At less than a dollar and in a range of bright juicy flavors, these little Mexican popsicles offer a melty respite from the summer heat. Try...
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Eco-chic yoga beach spa. Even if you do not practice yoga, the spa treatments are heavenly. You can rent a bike and take a short ride to the ruins down the road. You probably get a better deal if you book a yoga package thru one of the yoga groups...
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Xpu Ha, Q.R., Mexico
I can't help it. I am drawn to Mexico's seedier side. This little chicken shack, boarded up now, sells a whole chicken slow grilled, a giant stack of tortillas, rice, beans, coleslaw, and habanero sauce...enough to feed four people...for 80 pesos....
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Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juárez Km 240, locales 1 & 2, módulo B, 77780 Q.R., Mexico
While in Tulum you must go to a cute little boutique at the Coqui Coqui Hotel...it is a great little shop filled with cute clothes and while you are shopping you feel like you are on the beach as the floor is all sand. My favorite aspect of the...
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
If you get sick of the all-inclusive, overdeveloped aspects of the Mayan Riviera, be sure to check out Playa Maya. Just a few minutes south of Tulum is the relatively undeveloped beauty of a beach lover's dream. We paid a few dollars for a boat...
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Carretera Tulum Ruinas Km 5.3, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
They lay claim to the Best Fish Tacos on Earth... and they mean IT! Delicious fried fish tacos done up Baja style with an incredibly good secret sauce and mango salsa. This place is on the north end of the Tulum beach and is a good pit stop when...
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Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
I spent one morning exploring the reefs of Akumal, just a short drive from Tulum. As our knowledgeable guide, Nick explained to us before we submerged ourselves to swim with sea turtles up to five feet in size, the reefs with all of their gorgeous...
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Carretera Tulum Boca Paila 7.6Km, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Hartwood prides itself on having no menu; instead, there are daily options based on whatever is available from nearby ranches and farms. Of course, that means locally sourced ingredients only, in the service of innovative, Mexican-inspired dishes....
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Carretera Federal Libre Chetumal- Puerto Juárez Km. 283.5 Ejido Sur, 77712 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Thousands of years ago, the entire Yucatán Peninsula was under water, as evidenced by its massive network of rivers that flow beneath the region’s limestone surface. No place better presents the area’s captivating caverns and...
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4552 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419, USA
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A tartine (open-faced sandwich) and orange juice at this bakery and cafe will cost you $11.86, but this was no ordinary sandwich. It was a killer slice of miche (the right blend of crispiness and chewiness) topped with roasted ham and gruyère, and...
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Cobá, Q.R., Mexico

Outside of Tulum, the ancient Mayan ruins of Coba go on for what seem like miles. This tower included 100-something steep steps, and after I got over my initial fear about tumbling down them, I climbed every single one—with a little help and...

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Cobá, Q.R., Mexico
They jump. But I didn't know that when I was lying on the ramshackle dock with my face two feet from his nose. Just before you arrive at the ruins of Coba, a half hour into the jungle west of Tulum, there is a sprawling lake. Stop when you see the...
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Cobá, Q.R., Mexico
Cobá holds the ruins of a large pre-Colombian Maya civilization located on the Riviera Maya. Lesser known than Tulum, the name Cobá means turbid (cloudy) waters - probably having to do with the five cenotes (underground rivers) in the region,...
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Carretera Puerto Juarez ~ Tulum Km. 104, 77776 Akumal, Q.R., Mexico
This pair of baby loggerhead turtles was less than 12 hours old when we saw and briefly held them. What was amazing was that no matter which direction we faced them, they instinctively knew to turn towards the ocean! There are seven species of sea...
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Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juárez Km 240, locales 1 & 2, módulo B, 77780 Q.R., Mexico
Parque natural para mergulho e caminhadas que vale muito a pena! Nele existe o encontro natural de água doce do rio e salgada do mar. Além disso, nos mergulhos podem ser visualizadas diversas espécies de peixes.
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México 307, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Tulum, Mexico, is a magical place that has never yet seemed to be to crowded or overrun. It is the smaller sister of Playa Del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula. The whole area is made of limestone and lowland jungle with amazing, crystal-clear...
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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Just about a 5 minute walk from the Amansala resort in Tulum, Mexico there is a great restaurant/coffeeshop/juice bar that overlooks the beach. They have great coffee but my favorite treat was the Pink Flamingo which was watermelon juice, basil...
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Cll Punta Celis Edificio F Local 3A LT SNS, 77733 Puerto Aventuras, Q.R., Mexico
I slink into Acentos early in the morning and am greeted by a fresh plate of croissants and chocolate pastries, an exotic hardwood bookcase filled with wines, a wire basket full of fresh eggs, and mi amigo, Cacca Wacca. "Hola, Laura," he rings...
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Calle Yalku S/N, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
One day while in Tulum a friend and I decided to just ride our bikes until we decided we wanted to turn around...there is a nice road to ride on and before we knew it we were riding into a National Park. We had to pay a few pesos to be allowed in...
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Carretera Federal Cancún-Tulum. Km 124, Jacinto Pat, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
This cenote’s name, which means “Two Eyes” in Spanish, refers to its two separate pools that lead into a large cavern of incredibly clear water. At more than 40 miles long, Dos Ojos is the largest underwater cave system in the...
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Quintana Roo 109, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
We decided to visit the Gran Cenote outside of Tulum and were expecting to swim with turtles and fish. While there were a few pet turtles and goldfish, the only real wildlife were bats that hang up in the cave openings. The Gran Cenote is more...
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If you are in search of flawless Mexican cuisine prepared with perfectly fresh ingredients, there’s no need to venture outside Rosewood Mayakoba. If you are, however, on your way to or from the Sian Ka’an biosphere or visiting Tulum for a morning,...
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Carretera Tulum Ruinas, Av. Boca Paila Km 3.5, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Stumbled on by accident, the Piedra Escondida was a happy little surprise. What originally lured us into this cute bungalow was the sandwich board outside the entrance listing the daily specials of lobster and fresh fruit smoothies. In an alcove...
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Km. 4.5, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
If you’re ready for a break from the local fare in Tulum (which is delicious of course), Posada Margherita is a good a choice. They make excellent fresh pasta and juicy tropical cocktails to accompany it. The décor is charming as well: it’s beach...
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Carretera Federal Chetumal-Puerto Juarez KM 287, Lote 13 Sur, Ejido Sur, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
AllTournative off-track adventures get you up close and personal not only with nature, but with the ancient Maya culture. Several tours are available, which may include a bike ride through jungle paths, exploring ancient archaeological sites;...
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Along the main road of Tulum, a converted Airstream with bright pink flamingos awaits, a treasure trove of locally-sourced art and objects, carefully curated to reflect the creative, artistic energy that makes Tulum such a special place to visit...