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10 Tips on How to Completely disconnect

Posted by Nicola Mina on May 05 2016

10 Tips on How to Completely Disconnect from "Real World" on a Tulum Vacation

Everybody deserves a vacation once in a while. Taking a break from your normal routine to simply relax is a necessity, not just for peace of mind, but also for your health, as stress-aggravated diseases like hypertension and depression can be fatal.

The first hurdle to jump when planning a relaxing vacation is to find the perfect destination, like Tulum. Tulum offers a variety of activities and attractions that you can enjoy as as a solo traveler, a couple or as a family.

A successful vacation is one in which you manage to completely switch off from the “real” world, both physically and mentally, to simply enjoy the moment and your destination. While 

“switching off” might sounds easy, it is not always so. Redirecting your mind from your normal routine can be a daunting task, but it is necessary to enjoy your vacation in Tulum.

Here are some simple tips that you can use when on vacation to help you switch into vacation mode: 

1. Clear your schedule-When you are planning a vacation, make sure that your schedule 

is completely clear to avoid thinking about work or anything else when you should be 

relaxing.

2. Do not bring work with you on vacation-Since you have a lot of free time on vacation, it can be tempting to bring your work with you, but remember your vacation free time is meant for discovery and exploration of Tulum, not working. You will thank yourself later for simply enjoying your vacation destination.

3. If possible, take time away from all social media and switch off your phone. It is easy to get 

distracted by Facebook or Twitter or from a simple phone call. You can always give your Tulum hotel number to close friends and family in case of emergencies.

4. Plan your vacation itinerary in advance. If possible, ask an area expert for advice on the dos and don’ts.

5. Try and socialize, especially if you are a solo traveler. Meeting new people has a way of shaking us up and getting us out of a normal routine.

6. Tulum hotels have a variety of activities that can be enjoyed by tourists and which will help you to switch off from the real world. 

7. Take time to learn a little of the local language and enjoy local culture and cuisine.  You will not only learn something new but also create beautiful memories of Tulum.

8. Tulum hotels lie on a beautiful sandy beach; the perfect backdrop for peaceful meditation, allowing you to disconnect from your routine and reconnect with nature.

9. Take time to catch up on the sleep you have not been getting due to work and life stressors. 

10. Get some exercise: The warm waters of the Caribbean Sea in Tulum are perfect for watersports and you can learn an adventurous new sport like kiteboarding or stand up paddleboarding.

The Jungle Place Spider Monkey Sanctuary

Posted by Nicola Mina on Mar 04 2015

While each year Tulum Beach grows in popularity, the area still boasts wildly beautiful, unspoiled jungle and beaches, with many Tulum hotels doing their best to preserve the area’s natural resources. Along the Riviera Maya coast, however, touristic development has unavoidably caused displacement of local species, including spider monkeys.


Fortunately, there is The Jungle Place, a spider monkey conservancy located in the jungle between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, near a small town called Chemuyil. This sanctuary, started by ex-pats who retired to the area in 1999 looking for a quiet life, provides shelter and care for over 50 spider monkeys, most of which are the products of illegal pet traders who sell them to “owners” who are uneducated about the needs of such wild animals and find they do not make good pets. Thereafter, the monkeys are mistreated, malnourished, and kept chained in deplorable conditions.  The Jungle Place founders indicate there are hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of spider monkeys in the area living such sad and unnatural lives.

The Jungle Place offers orphaned spider monkeys (most of whom never learned how to live in the wild) the best possible life available to them in their natural habitat, as well as proper nutrition, expert medical care, and individualized attention, care, and love. 

To fund this project, The Jungle Place relies on donations and also offers limited, by-reservation-only tours of the sanctuary, with strict rules to ensure the monkeys’ safety and well-being. The sanctuary is not open to the general public and does not allow walk-in or drop by visits.


Gallery photos of visitors to The Jungle Place show that the human emotional experience of interacting with these lively animals is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The Beach Tulum hotel visitors can support this project by reserving their tours in advance by contacting:

The Beach Tulum hotel organize,
for GUESTS only,
day trip to The Jungle Spider Monkey Sanctuary.
info@thebeach-tulum.com
Email: concierge@thebeach-tulum.com

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

Posted by luca zannelli on Jan 06 2015

The Beach Tulum

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.
    


Winter: Up North vs. Down South

Posted by luca zannelli on Jan 05 2015

For many Northerners, winter is the season for bundling up and staying inside. Down here in Caribbean Mexico, however, winter’s the time of the year many people look most forward to, with mild temps and sunny days. We’re not saying our winter’s better than your winter, it’s just a different experience. For those of you considering a stay in a Tulum hotel this season, we’ve put together a handy side-by-side comparison of Winter There vs. Winter Here:

Winter Up north vs Down south in Tulum Mexico



There are great things to be said about Winter, both up North and down South. You can have the best of both worlds by booking your stay in Tulum hotels now, for a sunny tropical vacation in the middle of winter.

Mexican Christmas Traditions

Posted by luca zannelli on Dec 19 2014


Mexico’s Holiday traditions, like much of the rest of the world’s, are strongly rooted in the country’s dominant religion. In Mexico’s case, the onset of the Holiday season begins in early December by honoring Mexico’s Patron Saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe day and continues until early February. Here are the major Mexican Holiday dates and some of the most popular traditions.

December 3: A nine day novena is begun in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, or the Mexican Virgin Mary. All over the country, her image is honored and pilgrimages to pay proper respects to this important Mexican saint are begun, ending on her feast day of December 12.




December 12: Virgin of Guadalupe Day. This day celebrates and honors the Virgin of Guadalupe. Young boys will often dress up as Juan Diego and go to church to be blessed, recreating the traditional tale of how the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to him in 1531 on the hill of Tepeyac, then outside Mexico City.



December 16-24 is the season of Las Posadas, or processions and parties celebrating the season. In its most traditional incarnation, children dressed as Mary and Joseph head out into their neighborhood along with a parade of their friends and neighbors to reenact the religious Christmas story of the pair seeking shelter before the birth of Christ. These processions include singing and candles and, by tradition, the pair is “rejected” at two houses before finally being accepted at the third. More modern interpretations of the posada can simply be as a Christmas party, but all posadas are meant to cement the bonds of family and friendship.


December 24, Christmas Eve. This is the biggest night for holiday celebrations in Mexico. Many attend a late night mass, ending with a midnight feast of dishes like bacalao, turkey or ham, mole and more. Ponche or hot spiced cider, is the traditional drink.



December 25, Christmas Day, is a quieter day of rest and reflection in Mexico, as families spend time together recuperating from the big celebration the night before.




December 28: Los Santos Inocentes (the Sainted Innocents). This is Mexico’s version of April Fool’s Day, originally meant to commemorate the lives of the infant boys killed by King Herod in an effort to avoid the coming of Christ. This day of pranks is also a day in which you can borrow something without having to return it.


New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day--December 31 and January 1: These are celebrated much as the rest of the world, with a couple of interesting twists. Twelve grapes are quickly consumed at midnight as the clock ticks into the New Year, each representing good luck for each of the coming twelve months. Mexicans also believe that wearing red underwear will bring love in the new year, while wearing yellow underwear will bring money/wealth.


January 6; Three Kings Day: This day celebrates when the Three Wise Men brought their gifts to the Baby Jesus. This is commonly when children will receive a gift. A round fruit bread/cake called a “rosca” is cut into pieces and served--one person will find a tiny plastic Baby Jesus in their piece, which means they will be responsible for making or providing the tamales for the upcoming Candlemas celebration.


February 2--Candlemas celebrates the presentation to the temple of the Christ child. Mexicans will bring their images of Baby Jesus to church to be blessed, and will afterwards share tamales and atole.



This is just a rough outline of some of Mexico’s most popular traditions, rooted in old religious rites, but regional and contemporary changes are common. No matter the differences in Holiday traditions, this time of year is a wonderful, interesting, and colorful time to be in Mexico.

Tulum Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by luca zannelli on Dec 02 2014

Tulum gifts

Canadian and American Thanksgiving Days marked the beginning of the long holiday season, but you have decided to jet down to Tulum for a relaxing respite just before the really hectic days of mid-December--good plan!

Make the most of your time by taking advantage of the wide range of interesting and unique shopping opportunities in Tulum and the Riviera Maya. Impress your friends and loved ones with thoughtfully-chosen, one-of-a-kind gifts from magical Tulum, Mexico.


Here are 10 easily-transported gift suggestions for Tulum hotel visitors :


  1. Scarves or Shawls (rebozos): You’ll find a Scarves or Shawls of Mexicoplethora of knit or embroidered shawls and scarves, brought from other areas of Mexico.

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  3. Handbags: Elaborately embroidered, brightly colored fabric handbags are perfect for those with a more bohemian taste, while well-made, high quality, tooled leather handbags from Central Mexico could delight even the most refined fashion sense.

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  5. Fabric Home Decor: Hand-embroidered, brilliant-hued pillowcases, Souvenirs of Tulum, Mexico tablecloths, table runners, and wall hangings will lend a vibrant jolt of color to a home.

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  7. Jewelry: Mexico is known for its high-quality silver, so expect to find many lovely things in the stores, but Tulum also boasts a number of independent jewelry designers, for those looking for more customized, original, boutique jewelry.

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  9. Beauty Products: You’ll find a number of shops carrying locally-sourced and made beauty products like handmade soaps, creams, lotions, and masks (such as Mayan Clay).

  10. Copal Incense: Easily packed, this heady-scented natural tree resin makes a great stocking stuffer. Many believe it has healing qualities and can ceremonially “cleanse” one’s space of negativity/evil.

  11. Honey: Yucatecan honey is among the world’s finest! A gift of this sweet treat will have your loved ones thinking of you with each spoonful they add to their tea.

  12. Mexican blankets: Beyond the very inexpensive, mass-produced souvenir blankets, you will find a number of beautiful, higher-quality throw blankets that come in handy in any household, particularly those with colder temperatures.

  13. Art prints or original art: Many wonderful artists call Tulum home. Support local creativity by purchasing an original work of art or art print that can be easily flat-packed and brought home.

  14. Warm Weather Attire/Gear: Tulum residents are lucky to live in year-round summer, but not everyone is so lucky. If you’ve got friends or family living in the frozen North who plan to go on vacation somewhere warm this winter, help them out by purchasing some of the warm-weather gear they’ll need, but can’t find at home this time of year. T-shirts, beach cover ups, bathing suits, beach bags, sunglasses, etc.

Riviera Maya's 12th Annual Jazz Festival November 27-29

Posted by luca zannelli on Nov 18 2014

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2014

As the Riviera Maya has grown in popularity as a tourist destination over the last decade, more and more exciting special events and festivals have been launched in an effort to entertain the locals and visitors who flock to this area.

Jazz Festival in Playa del Carmen


This year marks the 12th Annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, one of the area’s most popular and best-organized free events, to be held November 27, 28, and 29 on Mamita’s Beach on Calle 28 in Playa del Carmen.


Playa Mamitas at Jazz Festival riviera maya



Beginning in 2002, the Jazz Festival has over the years included an impressive array of internationally-renowned musical artists, with 2014’s lineup to boast well-known artists like Pat Metheny and Chick Corea, among many others.


stage of riviera maya jazz festival

Entrance to the festival is free and starts at 7 pm each night. Talk to the reception staff at The Beach Tulum if you’d like more information about the Jazz Festival or for your options for transport from Tulum hotels to Mamita’s Beach in Playa del Carmen, an easy drive North from Tulum, Mexico.


From Hippies to Hipsters;
The Evolution of Tulum

Posted by luca zannelli on Nov 13 2014


Fifteen years ago, Tulum was known as a backpacker’s paradise, with its hotel zone populated by rustic, sand floor cabanas with inexpensive nightly tariffs for the cash-strapped.

While the area still draws the spiritually-minded and evokes a neo-hippie vibe, reimagined and revamped Tulum hotels now attract the world’s hippest and most chic travelers, including high-end foodies, supermodels, and celebrities.

Despite its new tony reputation, Tulum has managed to retain its laid-back atmosphere and “at-one-with-nature” heritage.


Here are some of the reasons why Tulum has become the Riviera Maya’s IT destination:


Unparalleled natural beauty: Tulum’s wide,
white-sand beaches and impossibly turquoise Caribbean Sea are among the world’s most gorgeous natural vistas. Lounging under Tulum beach’s majestic palm trees while being lulled to drowsiness by the lapping of waves is soul-restorative. It’s been said that just a few nights in Tulum is the equivalent of a few weeks relaxation elsewhere.

 

 

Health consciousness: Tulum hotel guests will find a wide variety of activities to care for both their physical and mental wellbeing. Beach walks, meditation, yoga, massage, and spa treatments--Tulum has it all.

 

 

World-class restaurants: Foodies flock to Tulum not just for the beach, but also for the
amazing international foodie renaissance occurring daily. Area restaurants procure the freshest localingredients and combine them with carefully chosen imported items to create unique and interesting dishes that will satisfy even the most worldly traveler. Slow food, wood-fired food, vegan, vegetarian, high-end, home-style comfort food, fancy food, Tulum boasts the best of the best.

 

Fashion: With a growing number of independent clothing and jewelry designers, Tulum is becoming known as a place where the fashion-conscious can pick up unique wardrobe elements to highlight their individuality and mark them as trendsetters.

 

Nightlife: Once a sleepy town where a setting sun marked the end of the day’s activities, Tulum’s hip beachfront lounges now offer music and events under the stars, with sophisticated decor combined with Tulum’s original rustic elements, combining to create a chic atmosphere where the young (and young at heart) and beautiful go to see and be seen.


While Tulum has changed, it has still managed to retain its relaxed feeling. Though hipsters have newly discovered Tulum, the hippies who originally flocked to Tulum will still find themselves welcome. The magic of Tulum is that no matter where you are from, you belong.

Car Rental in Tulum - is it necessary?

Posted by luca zannelli on Oct 13 2014

Car rental in Tulum Mexico

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.

Tulum in Mexico


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.


Mexico travellingRenting 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.