• UO Guide: A UO Guide to Tulum

    With its crystal clear water, pristine white sand beaches, and travel culture heavy on hammock lounging and streetside fish taco eating, truly: Life is sweet in Tulum. To kick off a summer of exploring, here's our guide to and souvenirs from a quick escape to the Riviera Maya. 


    Historically believed to be sacred portals to the underworld, cenotes are pools formed by the collapsing of limestone caves. There are literally thousands along the Yucatan—our choice was Cenote Azul, a quiet freshwater lagoon with a cliff for jumping into the water. 

    Opting for analog memories, we snapped pictures with a Instax Mini 8, Fujifilm's portable instant camera.


    Tulum beverage-of-choice: Mojitos made from freshly-crushed sugarcane juice, lime, and extra mint, served to you from a converted VW Beetle at the Batey Mojito and Guarapo Bar.

    For a quick taco, we recommend Mateo's, complete with a row of empty hammocks on their giant deck.

    Acapulco chairs on the beach, designed from traditional Mayan hammock-weaving techniques.

    Laid-back beach vibes.

    How the locals do coconut water: Find a young coconut, whip out a machete (!), cut off the top, scrape the sides, and stick a straw into the top.  

    Bikes at the compound, with baskets handy for trekking around town.


    For afternoon adventures: 
    Snorkeling on the reef in front of the Maya Ruins
    The ruins at Coba—rent a bicycle and get lost in the jungle
    Exploring nature at the Sian Ka'an biosphere
    The perfumery at Coqui Coqui

    For a fancy night out: Hartwood

    For a quick post-beach taco: Mateo's

    For lodging: Zazil-Kin, Papaya Playa, Ahau, S&S Hip Hotel 

    For nightlife: Gitano Bar, Ziggy Beach, Adelita, El Curandero 

    We documented our trip through a travel scrapbook—read more here on our DIY tutorial.