Shades of the Coconut

By Jenn Rose Smith

Tulum Inspiration Board

This weekend I’m headed south to my happy place — the soft sandy beaches of Tulum. If you follow me on instagram then you already know I’m somewhat addicted to Mexico in general, and I love exploring new areas of this beautiful and mysterious country. But Tulum is a place I find myself drawn to over and over again, no matter how many times I visit. With a string of off-the-grid hotels and restaurants scattered along a pristine white sand beach, the town has become a low-key oasis for design lovers and foodies alike. I once read a travel article where the author described the colors of Tulum “like living inside of a coconut.” Much has been written about the town over last year, most of it focused on the latest incidents in a long history of land disputes concerning the increasingly valuable beachfront property. (I recommend this article for a fascinating look at the politics of Tulum, and this one for a solid travel guide about what to expect if you’re interested in visiting the area.) I can say this much: if you like wild-feeling beaches, huts with grass roofs, swimming in clear cenotes, candles and incense burning under thousands of stars at night… Tulum is still worth visiting. I like to stay at the Papaya Playa Project and, highly recommend their fun bar scene and newly built casitas. Look for me while you’re there — I’ll be the one asleep with a stack of untouched novels beside me.

image sources: mila photograph by gigi stoll, girl in hammock from cristina navarro pinterest, girl with hat via nordstrom, staircase images and hammock on wall image all of coqui coqui, coconut image via pinterest, girl in black bikini top by cos