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The Beach Tulum is Among the Top 25 Small Hotels in Mexico on Tripadvisor

Posted by luca zannelli on Oct 15 2014

Trip Advisor has become the top travel site in the world. It’s tough not to make use of this helpful site when planning trips to just about anywhere on the planet because it allows us to get the “inside scoop” on accommodations, tours, and other travel activities. Since we can see what other people have to say about the actual appearance of a hotel, the cleanliness of the rooms, and the degree of service, visitors to the Trip Advisor site feel as if they are getting a more accurate, detailed perspective than the information on the hotel’s own website. Travelers can make better decisions based on what others have to say and the more people who talk about the place in question, the more accurate the assessment of the hotel.

In this sense, Tripadvisor has been a great help for both guests and hotels because potential guests know what to expect and the advantages of the hotel are showcased. 

In the case of The Beach Tulum Hotel, we have been very pleased to see our hotel making it onto the Tripadvisor list of the top 25 best small hotels in Mexico. We believe that this is an accurate reflection of the attention we have placed on detail and the efforts we have made to provide guests with spotless, beautiful rooms on the gorgeous Riviera Maya. 

The high ranking on Tripadvisor also lets us know that we are meeting our main goal; offering accommodation and service of the highest quality to visitors who include Tulum on their itineraries.

To see why so many people are talking about our Tulum hotel, make your reservation today.

Car Rental in Tulum - is it necessary?

Posted by luca zannelli on Oct 13 2014

So, you’ve taken the leap and booked a vacation in Tulum--Congratulations! Most likely, you’ll be landing in Cancun airport, which is about 1.5 hours from Tulum, which means you’ll have to consider ground transport.

Many people wonder if a rental car is necessary, or if they can simply get by with public or private transportation or taxis.

Whether or not you should rent a car when staying in Tulum hotels will depend on a couple key factors:

  1. Are you an active traveler, who likes to get out and about seeing the sights or are you more prone to long beach days relaxing in a lounge chair and eating at your hotel or nearby? If the latter, hiring transport from the airport to your hotel should be perfect for you, and once in your hotel, walking, bike rental, or short taxi rides should be sufficient. If you are the former, car rental would probably be the most efficient and economical decision for you.

  2. Are you comfortable navigating in a land unfamiliar to your own? Can you understand enough rudimentary Spanish to read road signs? Will you be comfortable handling the sometimes frustrating experience that can be visiting Pemex to refill the car with gasoline?

Once you have made the decision to rent a car, there are a handful of tips to keep in mind:

  1. Consider renting from a well-known, reputable rental chain, not the smaller, unknown agencies. Be sure to check out reviews online, but be aware that nearly all car rental agencies will have some negative reviews.  Being prepared and knowing what to expect is your best defense.

  2. When you book online, print out any and all correspondence, including confirmation/reservation numbers and the agreed-upon price.

  3. Once you’ve arrived and gone to the office to get your rental car, consider using a credit card dedicated solely for this rental. Debit cards aren’t recommended, as there have been instances reported of compromised cards. Credit card companies will generally reimburse/help fight unauthorized charges.

  4. If you are at all in doubt about whether or not you’re covered under insurance, buy their daily insurance. Better safe than sorry.

  5. When checking over your car, be sure to carefully look over the vehicle for dents, dings, paint scrapes--note EVERYTHING. Take photos if you feel it necessary to back up your claim. Be sure to check the spare tire to ensure it’s inflated. Check the radio, A/C, lights, etc. Don’t be embarrassed to take your time, which will send the message that you are a alert traveler and not one to be scammed with trumped up charges later.

  6. Always lock the car and don’t leave any valuables in sight. If you’re leaving the car overnight or for long periods, remove anything of value, including from the trunk.

  7. Be sure to note the gas level when taking possession of the car and make sure you match that level when returning the car.

Renting a car in Tulum or anywhere in the Riviera Maya does not have to be a frightening experience as long as you are a savvy traveler who is alert to the hidden snags. Contact your concierge at The Beach Tulum today for more information or recommendations regarding private transportation or car rental.

Autumnal Equinox in Tulum

Posted by Patrizia Pezzola on Sep 22 2014

September 23 will mark 2014’s Autumnal Equinox, one of 2 times in the year when the earth’s equator passes the Sun’s center and when daytime and nighttime are of equal duration. Ancient Mayans predicted equinox dates with great accuracy, often orienting their buildings to point toward the equinoxes in such a way that sunlight would brightly beam through windows or doorways. The Ancient Maya used the equinoxes as indicators for when it was time to plant or harvest their crops. 

The Autumn Equinox is a great time to be a visitor to Tulum hotels for the following reasons:

Daytime temperatures drop from the extreme summer highs, to more tolerable temperatures in the 80 degrees F range.
Rainy season is almost over, meaning less likely chances of a hurricane or excessively wet weather
Hotel rates are still as low as they’ll be all year, and many tour providers and restaurants offer special deals to lure the off-season traveler

Tulum is a mecca for the spiritually-centered and like-minded travelers will find several equinox-themed ceremonies or events to harness the good vibrations and peace many find this time of year to bring.

The archaeological sites of Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza are special places to visit any time of year, but particularly so at the equinoxes, as guides can point out special phenomena that occur only during the equinoxes. At Tulum, sunlight beams through the windows of buildings built particularly to “catch” the equinox. At Chichen Itza, light directed along the length of the steps of its main pyramid will appear to be in the shape of a serpent

During the Autumn Equinox, travelers can take advantage of low airfare, low Tulum hotel rates, and a less crowded tourist experience while enjoying one of the most harmonious and peaceful moments in our earth’s revolution around the sun.

Mexican Independence Day September 16

Posted by luca zannelli on Sep 04 2014

A common misconception in the US and Canada is that May 5, aka Cinco de Mayo, is Mexico’s Independence Day. In fact, Mexico celebrates Independence Day--arguably the country’s most important national holiday--on September 16.

El Grito de Dolores (the Cry of Dolores) refers to the Mexican “cry” for independence, first begun in the town of Dolores, near Guanajuato, on September 16, 1810, which marked the beginning of Mexico’s War for Independence. A Roman Catholic Priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, gathered his congregation, ordered the church bells loudly rung, and gave a speech in front of the church, encouraging the townspeople to revolt--thereby starting a movement that would, after a decade of war, finally set Mexico free from oppressive Spanish colonial rule.

September is an exciting month to visit Mexico--while still less crowded than in more popular travel months, September affords visitors to Tulum hotels the opportunity to witness authentic local experiences like Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations. Ambulatory street vendors carry a multitude of Mexico-themed paraphernalia like flags, t-shirts, earrings, and much more. Locals wear their green, white, and red with national pride and their enthusiasm and love for their country is contagious.

Visitors will enjoy regional and national entertainment like traditional song and dance, while children can enjoy carnival rides and games. Street vendors proffer a plethora of delicious Mexican food and snacks, and everyone can enjoy celebratory fireworks. All of this leads up to the most important event: El Grito. Just before midnight on September 15, townspeople gather in the square, waving their flags and proudly wearing their Mexican apparel. Just as the clock strikes midnight into September 16, everyone yells and cheers, celebrating again the first fateful stand made for Mexico’s Independence so many years before.

Eating Green in Tulum

Posted by luca zannelli on Aug 20 2014

Although Tulum is no longer the dirt-cheap backpacker’s mecca it once was, the hippie, earth-conscious vibe remains. Many tourists flock to Tulum hotels to immerse themselves in the eco-friendly, “at one with nature” ambiance Tulum’s wild, palm-strewn beaches provide. 

In keeping with its peaceful, yoga-centered reputation, Tulum restaurants offer many options for vegetarian and vegan visitors, or those who simply prefer to “eat green”.  Most restaurants, including Ziggy Beach Club and Restaurant, use locally-procured, organic ingredients whenever possible. Meat-free options are plentiful and even dishes normally served with meat can be modified to suit nearly anyone’s

A number of Tulum restaurants don’t even have a fixed menu, instead opting for a menu that varies daily, depending on the freshest, best ingredients the chef could procure on that specific day.

Sustainable practices also figure prominently, with chefs growing their own herbs or vegetables when possible, and choosing local fishermen and farmers rather than large chain purveyors for their menu’s ingredients.

Rounding out the locally-obtained vegetables, Tulum now boasts an impressive array of international imports that once were difficult to find in the area. Tofu, lemongrass, dill, Asian cooking sauces, Indian spices, and more are now easily added to area chefs’ arsenals, providing Tulum hotel guests with a dizzying palette of dining options.

Whale Shark Tours from Tulum

Posted by Patrizia Pezzola on Aug 01 2014

Whale Sharks are huge, harmless and gentle creatures who grow to be around 50 feet long and around 15 tons in weight. They eat plankton, swim slowly through the water, and are not a threat to humans. During whale shark season, tour operators take guests out in small boats, in search of a whale shark pod. When a pod is spotted, guests take turns jumping into the water to swim with these massive, beautiful beings.

After taking a whale shark tour, most visitors describe feeling a “high” after an experience unlike any they have ever had. 
Contact our staff to get more info about this amazing experience

Helpful Spanish Phrases and Basic Mexican Etiquette for Tulum Tourists

Posted by luca zannelli on Jul 15 2014

As laid-back beach destinations, Tulum and the Riviera Maya in general are typically informal, casual places to visit; Tulum tourists need not worry too much about etiquette or formal Mexican customs. That said, here are a handful of small Mexican traditions and some helpful Spanish words and phrases that might enhance one’s vacation.

Mexicans are, for the most part, a friendly and welcoming people. They are polite, respectful, and modest. When you have left the beach, please cover up your bathing suit, especially when visiting shops or restaurants. Men should wear shirts when not on the beach.

One delightful Mexican custom is to wish someone “Buen provecho” (enjoy your meal) when they are eating--try this when entering or exiting a restaurant and you’ll receive friendly thank yous in response.

When meeting Mexicans, even for the first time, it’s very important to acknowledge and greet everyone--most commonly with a kiss on the cheek. By the same token, taking leave of a party can be a long process, as everyone must be bid goodbye as well.

Greetings and simple words:

Hello: Hola!

Goodbye: Adiós!

Good Morning: Buenos días!

Good Afternoon: Buenas tardes!    

Good Evening: Buenas noches!

Yes: Si

No: No

Please: Por favor

Thank you: Gracias

You’re welcome: De nada

Excuse me: Perdón


Breakfast: desayuno

Lunch: almuerzo/comida or even lonch

Dinner: cena

Menu: carta or menú

Spoon: cuchara

Knife: cuchillo

Fork: tenedor

Bill: cuenta

Table: mesa

Plate: plato

Glass: vaso

Sugar: azúcar

Hot: caliente

Cold: frio/a

Jam: mermelada

Honey: miel

Salt: sal

Pepper: pimienta

Sauce: salsa

Rice: arroz

Bread: pan

Strawberry: fresa

Lime: limón

Apple: manzana

Orange: naranja

Pineapple: piña

Banana: platano

Onion: cebolla

Mushrooms: champiñones

Lettuce: lechuga

Potato: papa

Tomato: tomate or jitomate

Carrot: zanahoria


Entrance: entrada

Exit: salida

Information: información

Open: abierto

Closed: cerrado

Men: hombres or caballeros

Women: mujeres or damas

Times and Dates:

What time is it?: Qué hora es?

Today: hoy

Tomorrow: mañana

Yesterday: ayer

Monday: lunes

Tuesday: martes

Wednesday: miércoles

Thursday: jueves

Friday: viernes

Saturday: sábado

Sunday: domingo

Sustainable Tourism in Tulum

Posted by luca zannelli on Jun 23 2014

As tourism has steadily increased in the Riviera Maya each year, responsible Tulum hotels have strived to increase awareness of sustainable tourism practices. Also called ecotourism, sustainable tourism aims to reduce the environmental and economic impact of tourism on an area while promoting sustainable practices that will support the area and its residents for the foreseeable future.

While it’s not possible to eradicate all negative consequences of tourism, here are a handful of ways you can participate in responsible tourism, while still enjoying your vacation.

  • 1. Choose your hotel wisely, considering smaller, boutique-style, locally-owned and operated hotels, rather than massive, energy-guzzling, impersonal, foreign-owned resorts.
  • 2. Research and respect local cultures and customs..
  • 3. Conserve energy and resources. Turn off lights and fans when not in use, shorten your showers, turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, consider not having your towels and sheets changed daily, unplug electronic devices when not in use.
  • 4. Support local business: Eat in non-chain restaurants serving locally-sourced food, shop in “mom and pop” stores, and book tours, trips, or transfers from small, locally-owned businesses. This puts food directly on the tables of local families..
  • 5. Don’t interfere with flora and fauna: Do not touch or stand on the reef, do not touch sea life, no feeding of wild animals (as this fosters reliance on humans, alters their natural diet, and can encourage disease transmission), adhere to all hunting/fishing rules, and don’t support the unscrupulous vendors who ask you for money to take photos with wild animals they have in captivity..
  • 6. Know your endangered species and avoid purchasing any souvenirs prohibited by law. Purchase sustainably-made handicrafts or food products, favoring those made by local businesses whenever possible..
  • 7. Don’t litter or pollute. Don’t leave your cigarette butts in the sand on the beach..
  • 8. DO visit well-managed conservation areas and plant or wildlife sanctuaries..

Tulum Hotels: Prime Yoga and Health Retreat Destinations

Posted by luca zannelli on May 16 2014

Tulum, the Riviera Maya’s crowning jewel, has rapidly grown in popularity not just because of its stunning beaches, but also because of its reputation as a Mecca for those seeking spiritual and physical balance through Yoga and other health-restorative practices.

Yoga, the ancient Indian tradition, encompasses many different types of practice, all of which are designed to promote self-actualization and healing through peace of mind and connection with one’s true self. All along the beach road, visitors to the area will find Tulum hotels and independent yoga studios offering various yoga classes or even workshops/retreats for those in search of personal well-being. Yoga unites body and mind; many consider a regular Yoga practice to be not just an exercise program, but also a powerful form of meditation.

In addition to Tulum’s strong Yoga presence, tourists and locals alike can take good care of themselves by visiting one of the area’s many spas, for massage, body scrubs or wraps, and even spiritual chakra cleansings, reiki healing, or temazcal experiences. Most Tulum massage therapists include organic, all natural massage oils or Mayan clay in their massages, and many therapists or spiritual healers incorporate into their services or ceremonies a traditional incense called Copal, an aromatic tree resin that was sacred to pre-Columbian Mesoamericans and is still important to many of today’s indigenous people in Mexico.

If you’re interested in aligning your chakras, getting in touch with your inner child, pampering yourself with massage or spa treatments, or simply want to perfect your down dog, reach out to the reception staff at The Beach Tulum Hotel they can get you on the road to wellness before you can say “Namaste.”

Tulum Hotels Celebrate Mexican Mother's Day May 10

Posted by Nicola Mina on May 05 2014

Unlike in the U.S. and some other countries, where Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May or at other times in the Spring,  Mother’s Day (or El Dia de la Madre) in Mexico is always celebrated on the same day: May 10. Similar to other countries’ celebrations, Mexican Mother’s Day honors motherhood in general, mothers individually, and their contributions to the lives of their children and families.

El Dia de la Madre in Mexico is a special day in which, traditionally, children send gifts of flowers and cards to their mothers, spending the day with their moms to thank them for their efforts in raising them. For very young children, many schools will organize skits or musical revues to honor mothers, and will assign children the task of making handmade gifts for their moms to show their love and gratitude.

The month of May is a great time to be a mother in Mexico--especially if she’s treated to a vacation in a Tulum hotel like The Beach Tulum. May hotel rates are lower, but the weather hasn’t yet started to get too hot or rainy. 

If you really want to impress your mom and show her how much you care, beachfront Tulum hotels offer an incomparable view of the Caribbean Sea, white sand beaches, and a tranquil vacation unplugged from the hassles and stresses that can sometimes accompany motherhood.

While in Tulum, your mom might enjoy peaceful yoga classes, relaxing massages or pampering beauty treatments like pedicures or body wraps, and special dinners out at one of Tulum’s world-class restaurants. The Beach Tulum’s staff can help you arrange for any and all of these services to put the spring back in your mom’s step. 

Flowers and cards are great, but your mother gave you the greatest gift anyone can receive--Life. Doesn’t she deserve the very best in return?