After spending a couple days along the beach and mangroves of Tulum, we were excited to experience more of the vibrant scene of Tulum Town. Having gone into town a couple of times, we had already started to appreciate the more pervasive presence of local Mexican culture.
The problem (not really a problem at all) was once we arrived to Hotel Howlita, we didn’t want to leave. I mean the pictures looked nice, but I was bewildered by the paradise I found. The pool garden and terrace were an oasis for relaxation. Our room was impeccably designed with minimal furnishings, excellent for rejuvenating the mind.
For lunch and dinner, we meandered through the backstreets of Tulum, taking time to appreciate the local gardens and casitas. We happened upon a little seafood restaurant, serving up the fresh-catch of the day. If Mexican roasted chicken is my favorite food, I have to say whole-fried fish might be my second.
We walked the strip in downtown Tulum noticing more souvenier shops and a couple more local restaurants. In the morning, we treated ourselves to a rustic breakfast at Estancia La Jujena, which ended up being my favorite breakfast while in Tulum.
Overall, I highly preferred the humble and more authentic eateries of Tulum Town over the flashy spots in Tulum beach. Still, there was a gentle mix of traditional Mexican business and places tailored more to tourists. Batey Mojito & Guarapo Bar was one of those special spots that catered to tourism, but provided a fun ambience and excellent drinks…complete with fresh cane juice extracted just outside on the sidewalk.
There are definitely treasures to be found in Tulum. We just scratched the surface. Now several months later, as we sit state-side planning our return to the Yucatan, we know we will visit Tulum again to take in more of Tulum Town’s charms.