A quick flight to Cancun and we jumped into our jeep rental. And we were on our way down Mexico's highway 307 to Tulum. About 2 hours roughly, passing through another popular beach town of Playa del Carmen. The anticipation builds as you cant see the ocean until you make that left turn towards Boca Paila. Driving into the town our hearts were full of love. The excitement rushing through your body. There is nothing like it. My first thought was how they felt on the movie "The Beach" when they all arrived on that island in Thailand. I very similar feeling I had when I was 17 and moved to St John, it was my first time seeing the beaches after I arrived. Driving in the back of a pick up truck through the windy roads, the dense green forestry and warm air on my face. It was paradise and I remember it so clearly as if it were yesterday. The colors of the ocean are just so astonishing and it's hard to even put it into words. A very special moment in my life.
As we drove through the small town of cute open aired restaurants, small eco hotels and mexican shops. People playing guitar and drinking margaritas, a peaceful vibe with tiki torches lite and hammocks everywhere. Palapa styled rooftops and modest housing. Most places rely on wind and solar power. People riding bikes up and down the beach along the road. The air is thick in humidity, a slight constant breeze and a smell so sweet and fresh. I LOVE that air, it's home. It was so visually appealing to us being that we had just been through the dark canvas that is New York during the winter months. A very pleasant change in scenery, a much needed trip away. We pulled into the sand drive way of Coco. Checked in and was shown our adorable little cabana. Only a few steps from the ocean. It was heavenly, a very simple room but it was perfect for what we were looking for. A place to get far away from it all, a quiet spot on the sea. The cabanas are fairly small, a nice bed with mosquito net, a table, shelf and a view onto the ocean. You have your own private hammock as well as the ones scattered along the beach.
While being there you become very aware of the life around you. There are beautiful birds, bugs and animals. We share the planet with many things other then us, we tend to forget. I felt at peace with it and have missed it dearly. I grew up in a place where the night skies are black, where you see every star in the sky. I loved that about Tulum, I was reminded that we are living on an incredible planet. One that should never be taken advantage of. You wake with the sun and sleep with the moon. It was incredible to watch the sun setting over the jungle bright red and watching the moon rise over the ocean. These are the moments in life, this is what living is about. We will be back very soon.
Visit Coco Tulum's Website for more information and booking.