A couple of people recommended Tulum, a place I had never heard of and I did not know what to expect. Would it be a smaller Cancun or just a typical Mexican town. I know that I have said this before, but it is so incredible when you go without expectations and you are surprised beyond what you imagined.
When we first arrived we stayed for two nights in the cheapest possible accommodation I could find to give us time to find a nicer place to stay. It was a backpackers hostel of sorts which was a hoot. The rooms were converted giant pipes all looking onto a small garden. It was really fun. I felt I just stepped into the Shire and had turned into a hobbit who at night slept in a hobbit hole!
My daughter and I stayed in Tulum beach for a further two weeks and yes, granted that the company was superb, but the place was pretty perfect too. We were lucky that it was low season and the place was not even half full. It must be quite different in high season for Tulum beach is a rather small strip of beach, hotels and restaurants and I have no doubt that it may feel like you are on top of the next person. The hotel we found was not even a third full so we had the small beach cove to ourselves most of the time. During my trip I have noticed that few people, including me, commit to one place for more than a few days, constantly on the move to see the next item on the agenda. We chilled for two glorious weeks. And could not have asked for a better place. The ruins in Tulum, while there are nothing like Chichen Itza, are beautiful simply because of their setting by the beach. Wonderful.
White sandy beach, bluest of skies and the most beautiful emerald water. I just sat there and stared at the ocean under a beach umbrella. For hours. It was bliss.