A Sunny Escape to Tulum & Lunch on the Beach in Akumal

tulum-stairs-blue-sky-mexico
tulum-stairs-blue-sky-mexico

Along with pristine beaches and turquoise Caribbean seas, Riviera Maya is also famous for the archaeological site at Tulum. This ancient Mayan fortress city and port, built late in the 13th century--during the post-classic period-- was known for trading in jade and turquoise from the seaside location. The city is surrounded by walls of limestone on three sides and is nestled next to a beautiful beach. Scott and I had planned a day trip to explore the beauty of Tulum and Akumal. We rented a car at Secrets Silversands and headed out.

tulum-scott-mexico
tulum-scott-mexico
tulum-mexico-view-sea-stylemindchiclife
tulum-mexico-view-sea-stylemindchiclife

This is the iconic view of the Castillo, castle, with ancient limestone walls juxtaposed against the turquoise and blues of the sky and sea.

heather-lindstrom-tulum
heather-lindstrom-tulum

I would definitely recommend wearing your swimsuit under your clothing in warm weather. A number of fellow tourists stripped down and took a swim from the beach here. They ended up looking much more refreshed than I did. It was hot and steamy on this day in July. Walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and swimsuit are definitely recommended for a visit to Tulum.

seaview-tulum-mexico
seaview-tulum-mexico

The beauty of this place is memorable.

akumal-colors-collage-stylemindchiclife
akumal-colors-collage-stylemindchiclife

After leaving Tulum we drove through colorful Akumal.

colorful-akumal-rainbow
colorful-akumal-rainbow

We worked up quite an appetite hiking around the ruins so Scott had an eagle eye out for someplace fun for lunch...

beachfront-lunch-akumal-stylemindchiclife
beachfront-lunch-akumal-stylemindchiclife

and he definitely found it--La Buena Vida-- on the beach!

akumal-lunch-beach
akumal-lunch-beach

This spot, with tables, bean bags and hammocks on the beach was perfect for a relaxing, casual lunch.

treetop-table-akumal-beach
treetop-table-akumal-beach

For the more adventurous among us you can even dine in a tree top table.

margaritas in the sand
margaritas in the sand

It doesn't get much more relaxed than this...

fish tacos, guacamole and margaritas from your lounge chair on the sand.

orange-flowers-akumal-stylemindchic
orange-flowers-akumal-stylemindchic

For more on Tulum you can read Tripadvisor reviews here.

For more of our summer travel series:

Secrets Silversands

 and 

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita