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This Blog, updated frequently, aims to provide Tulum hotel visitors useful information all about Tulum and the entire Riviera Maya. Subscribe or check this site often--in addition to general information about activities, trips, tours, and transfers, we also include topics we think guests of Tulum hotels will find interesting, such as Mexican history, holidays, or special events. Please feel free to contact us if there’s a subject you’d like us to explore.

Cabanas Tulum Hotel Makes Tripadvisor's Top 10 Beachfront Hotels

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luca zannelli - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Beaches can have sand that comes in a variety of colors and textures, the quality of the water differs, and the atmosphere of the general surroundings can vary from busy party beaches to quiet, romantic getaways replete with coconut palms and a gentle breeze. The best beaches are the ones that excel in these categories while also providing accommodations of the highest quality. Such hotels, like the Cabanas Tulum Hotel, are the ones that have made it onto Tripadvisor's list of the Top 10 Beachfront Hotels in the world and one of those choice options for lodging happens to be located in Tulum.

Top 10 Beachfront Hotels

*Picture taken from Tripadvisor page Tripdvisor's list of the Top 10 Beachfront Hotels

The beaches of Tulum would match anyone's vision of a tropical beach paradise. The incredible, snow white sand is like soft, soothing powder for tired feet. The clean, clear waters of the Caribbean Sea beckon with warm temperatures and are colored in subtle shades of aqua green and soft blues. As for the surroundings behind the beach, there are quiet groves of coconut palms, excellent restaurants that serve Mexican and international fare, and the perfect places for taking a romantic stroll. The stunning beauty of the Riviera Maya can match any other beach on Earth but the fact that one of our Tulum hotels made it onto Tripdvisor's list of the Top 10 Beachfront Hotels also shows that the quality and beauty of our beachfront accommodations are simply among the best in the world.

Certificate of Excellence
2013 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
2014 Winner

Stay at Cabanas Tulum Hotel to see how it can match the quality and beauty of the best beachfront hotels on Earth.

A Different Kind of Christmas in Tulum, Mexico

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luca zannelli - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The holiday season is meant to be a time of quiet reflection, when people gather together with families and friends to celebrate the past year and anticipate the coming new year.

Cabanas Tulum Hotel

Unfortunately for many, the season has devolved into an extremely hectic and stressful time, with too many obligations and pressure to buy gifts, bake cookies, and prepare elaborate meals.

Tulum fisherman boatIn short, many people find the Christmas Season to be anything BUT relaxing. As a result, each year, more and more people decide to flout convention, instead booking their stay in Tulum hotels in search of a peaceful Holiday season. Here are some reasons to consider traveling to Tulum during the holidays.

- Reduced obligations : You won’t have to attend that casual acquaintance from work’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Party if you’ll be out of town. Create your own schedule in Tulum: Breakfast, then Beach Time/Lunch, then Siesta...rather than an endless cycle of holiday parties, you’ll have endless grains of sand to count.

New yaer eve Tulum Mexico- Less Pressure to buy gifts : Since you won’t be attending all the parties, your gift list will be reduced only to those nearest/dearest to you. Some families prefer to forego gifts altogether in favor of “gifting” each other with their Tulum trip instead.

- No Decorating : Traveling during the holidays means not having to wrangle with tangled Christmas lights or climb up into the attic to retrieve that dusty old box of ornaments. Holiday Tulum hotel guests get to enjoy Christmas decorations with none of the hassle of having to put them up themselves!

- No Stress : You won’t have to cook elaborate meals, waste time in crowded shopping mall parking lots, or overschedule your time. Being on Tulum holiday during the Holidays means having your needs met by friendly people going out of their way to make you happy.

Pulling your hair out about all you’ve got to do this holiday season? Do yourself a favor and book a flight instead--you’ll be glad you did.

Five Reasons to Visit Tulum From November to Mid December

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luca zannelli - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

With its wide, white sand beaches, sparkling Caribbean Sea, and laidback vibe, Tulum is a wonderful getaway any time of year, but November to mid-December is arguably one of the very best times to visit. Here are five reasons to book your stay in Tulum hotels now:

Sea of Tulum Mexico

- Weather: The rainy season has ended and the sun-filled beach days have returned. It’s not as unbearably hot as in the summer months, with temperatures in the balmy high 70s to low 80s. Combine this with the fact that the more Northern areas of the US and Canada are already enduring snow, ice, and cold, and you’ve got the most important reason to get away to Tulum.

- Pre-Holiday Calm: The busiest season in Tulum and the Riviera Maya is during the holidays, beginning around Dec. 15 and lasting through the first week of January. This is when hotel occupancy rates soar and the beaches get crowded. Get a jump on the holiday travelers and enjoy all the area has to offer before it’s too busy.

- Lower Hotel Rates: Although the weather’s better than in the truly low season months of August, September, and October, the rates are still lower than they will be during High Season. Avail yourself of the best hotel amenities and features for less than High Season travelers will pay just a month later.

- Cheaper Airfare: Airlines steeply increase their rates for holiday travel--get your tickets now, before rates go up.

These five reasons to visit Tulum and the Riviera Maya during November to mid-December are just a drop in the bucket of why you should consider booking your vacation today.

Relax, soak in Tulum’s peaceful atmosphere and head back to your home refreshed and ready to face the chaos that the holiday season can bring.






Why Do Mexicans Love Chile

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Nicola Mina - Monday, November 10, 2014

When many people think of Mexican food, they think of spicy, chile-laden food that burns the tongue. Tulum hotel restaurants which specialize in Mexican food will likely offer a variety of spicy dishes for guests to try. While it’s a misconception that all Mexicans love spicy food or that all Mexican dishes are spicy, it’s very true that a great variety of chiles figure prominently in Mexican cuisine. Why is this? Let’s examine some theories.

Mexican Chile Habanero

* Cultivation of chiles in Mexico date all the way back to pre-Hispanic times, forming an important part of the indigenous Mexican diet along with corn, chocolate, avocado, many varieties of bean, squash, and cactus, among other things. All of these native foods are still central in Mexican cooking today.

* Theories suggest that eating chiles in a hot climate help preserve food, enhance sluggish appetites, and cause one to sweat, which helps one to feel cooler. Also, spicy food makes you want to drink water, which the body needs after sweating a lot in a hot climate!

* Some studies suggest that some chiles have medicinal properties that help rid the digestive system of parasites or bacteria.

* Chiles add flavor to an otherwise bland diet of corn and beans.

* Finally, many Mexicans explain their love of chile as a point of pride: machismo! The hotter the pepper, the stronger the man who can eat it!

Chiles of Mexico

In the Yucatan, the most commonly-found chile on everyone’s plate is the habanero, which figures at the top of the Scoville Scale, which was developed to rank the hotness of chile peppers. Though very spicy, the habanero adds a delicious flavor to dishes, but a little goes a long way! If you can’t take a bite of a whole pepper, don’t despair; a few drops will give you all of the rewards of chile flavor with very little of the pain.

Tulum celebrates Mexico's Day of the Dead

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luca zannelli - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

While all cultures have their traditions surrounding death and the deceased, Mexico’s Day of the Dead Celebration, or Dia de los Muertos, is arguably the country’s most important holiday. Falling on November 1 and 2, this celebration marks a happy time of the year when the living feel closest to their beloved family and friends who have passed away.

With its roots thousands of years old in Pre-Hispanic indigenous traditions, Dia de los Muertos combines ancient rites with Catholic traditions brought by Mexico’s conquistadors in the 1500s to arrive at today’s present day festival of life and death.

Day of the dead in Tulum Mexico

Here are some interesting facts about Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration:

- The two Days of the Dead, Nov. 1 and 2, coincide with the Catholic All Saints and All Souls days. Traditionally, November 1 is the day for honoring dead infants and children and November 2 is the day for honoring dead adults.

- Many Mexicans create altars in their homes to honor the lives of their deceased loved ones. These colorful altars include photos of the dead, candles, flowers--especially the marigold, which is considered the traditional “flower of the dead,” and items the loved ones might have enjoyed during life, such as alcohol, cigarettes, favorite foods, etc.

- People visit the graves of their deceased, cleaning the graves and setting up small altars with offerings to honor their loved ones. In many areas of Mexico, it is common for families to spend the night in the cemetery, celebrating “with” their loved ones, whom they believe return at this time of the year to enjoy the fiesta with music, food, and funny storytelling.

- Public celebrations in Mexican towns can take the form of parades, street parties, face-painting (skulls/skeletons), and other Day of the Dead festivals

- Brightly colored skulls made of sugar are made or purchased, then placed on altars or exchanged, along with other sweets. These sugar skulls have become synonymous with this important Mexican holiday.

Mexico art for Day of Dead
Some cultures might at first find Mexico’s celebration of death to be strange, but when closely examined, it seems clear that Mexico’s loving remembrance of and close relationship with their deceased loved ones is a beautiful celebration of life--that death is not something to be feared, but simply a continuation of the lovely cycle of life. In Mexico, it is comforting to think that the dead are not ever really gone, they have just passed onto another plane and are still remembered in the hearts of the living.

Day of Dead in Tulum Mexico

Visitors to Tulum hotels will find multiple opportunities to witness some Day of the Dead traditions. Though visiting a cemetery would be poor form, local nature park Xcaret puts on one of the most amazing Day of the Dead displays, including a very realistic reproduction of a traditional Mexican graveyard. Ask your reception staff for more information about Tulum and Riviera Maya Day of the Dead events.






Celebrating the 12th Annual Turtle Festival in Tulum, Mexico

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luca zannelli - Friday, October 10, 2014

One of the Riviera Maya’s most exciting events, the Annual Turtle Festival, which celebrates the end of turtle hatching season in the area, kicks off in Tulum, Akumal, and Xcacel on October 16, 17, and 18. A variety of activities are planned for 2014, the 12th year of operation for this important event which honors the sea turtle--one of this area’s most beloved residents.

Annual Turtle Festival in Tulum, Mexico

The schedule of events is as follows:

October 16 from 1500-1900 hrs. at the Turtle Sanctuary Marina Xcacel:
  • Inauguration
  • Sand Sculpture Competition
  • Recreational activities
  • Awards Ceremony
October 17 from 0900-1400 hrs. at the Domo Deportivo Parque de la Cultura Maya:
  • Academic activities
  • Environmental educational activities
October 17 from 1500-2000 hrs. at the Parque Museo de la Cultura Maya:
  • Official Inauguration
  • Artistic Event
  • Bazar/Fair
  • Children’s Games
October 18 from 0900-1400 hrs. at Parque Nacional Tulum/Playa Pescadores:
  • Sand Sculpture Competition
  • Rally
  • Bazar/Fair
October 18 from 1600-2000 hrs. in Akumal:
  • Mayan Ceremony
  • Children’s Games

Finding Balance with Holistic Treatments in Tulum, Mexico

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luca zannelli - Thursday, October 09, 2014
Spa treatment in Tulum, Mexico

Many people find travel to the Riviera Maya to be a relaxing experience and a break from their ordinary, mundane lives. Tulum, in particular, has earned a reputation as a Mecca for those seeking physical well-being, spiritual healing, and peaceful mental relaxation. Visitors to Tulum hotels can benefit from the following holistic practices.

Massage in Tulum

Holistic massage: "Holistic" therapies are those which treat the body and spirit as a whole and not simply the sum of its parts. Holistic massage focuses on the idea that massage or healing touch will help not only the physical elements of the body, but also will relax and center the mind and spirit.

Aromatherapy: Often combined with holistic massage or other holistic therapies, aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses plants, essential oils, or other organic materials in an effort to effect cures for physical, mental, or spiritual ailments. Aromatherapy's methods include topical applications, inhalation, and/or immersion in water.

Holistic therapy in our Tulum Hotel

Crystal Healing: Another form of alternative medicine which some people swear by, Crystal Healing involves the use of various colors and kinds of crystals and stones to effect balance and well-being. Often, these crystals will be placed on various parts of the body or aligned with the body's chakras in an effort to heal. Others find simply wearing a specific crystal surrounds their bodies with a healing aura.

Many holistic practitioners will combine some or all of these three therapies, or other therapeutic practices designed to treat their client's body, mind, and spirit together as one vital life force. Contact your reception staff at Cabanas Tulum Hotel today for more information about these practices or to schedule your holistic treatments while you are a guest in mystical, magical Tulum.

Mexican Independence Day September 16

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luca zannelli - Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Viva Mexico

A common misconception in the US and Canada is that May 5, aka Cinco de Mayo, is Mexico’s Independence Day. In fact, Mexico celebrates Independence Day--arguably the country’s most important national holiday--on September 16.

Mexican flag

El Grito de Dolores (the Cry of Dolores) refers to the Mexican “cry” for independence, first begun in the town of Dolores, near Guanajuato, on September 16, 1810, which marked the beginning of Mexico’s War for Independence. A Roman Catholic Priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, gathered his congregation, ordered the church bells loudly rung, and gave a speech in front of the church, encouraging the townspeople to revolt--thereby starting a movement that would, after a decade of war, finally set Mexico free from oppressive Spanish colonial rule.

September is an exciting month to visit Mexico--while still less crowded than in more popular travel months, September affords visitors to Tulum hotels the opportunity to witness authentic local experiences like Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations. Ambulatory street vendors carry a multitude of Mexico-themed paraphernalia like flags, t-shirts, earrings, and much more. Locals wear their green, white, and red with national pride and their enthusiasm and love for their country is contagious.

Celebration of Mexico’s Independence day

Visitors will enjoy regional and national entertainment like traditional song and dance, while children can enjoy carnival rides and games. Street vendors proffer a plethora of delicious Mexican food and snacks, and everyone can enjoy celebratory fireworks. All of this leads up to the most important event: El Grito. Just before midnight on September 15, townspeople gather in the square, waving their flags and proudly wearing their Mexican apparel. Just as the clock strikes midnight into September 16, everyone yells and cheers, celebrating again the first fateful stand made for Mexico’s Independence so many years before.

Low Season in Tulum, Mexico

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luca zannelli - Sunday, September 14, 2014

While Tulum has become a popular tourist destination, there are still months of the year less busy than others. Visitors to Tulum hotels will find Tulum’s low season to be from May to about mid-December, with the slowest month to be September. 

Tulum beach at Cabanas Tulum Hotel

While technically considered the rainy season, constant, sustained rain is not very common; short bursts of cooling tropical rain interspersed with the daily hot sunshine is more likely. Average daily temperatures at this time of the year are in the 85-88 degrees Fahrenheit range, with some highs in the 90s. Tourists who take the small risk of traveling during low season can be rewarded with low airfare, many restaurant and shopping specials, and some of the lowest hotel rates they’ll find all year.

Some people worry about hurricanes during this season, and while it is possible, it certainly isn’t common. Buying trip insurance is an economically sound decision for those traveling during the rainy season; even with this expense, traveling at this time of the year is still less costly than traveling during the holiday and high seasons.

beautifull sea of Tulum, Mexico

In addition to lower rates, sparsely populated beaches and less-crowded tourist attractions are the hallmarks of low season travel. If you prefer shorter lines, uncrowded streets, and a peaceful, relaxing vacation, traveling to Tulum Mexico, in September and October might be perfect for you.

Whale Shark Season 2014 Begins at Cabanas Tulum

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luca zannelli - Sunday, July 06, 2014

If you're the type of Tulum hotel visitor who prefers extraordinary adventures over simply lying on the beach all day, Whale Shark Season 2014 is for you!

Roughly beginning in May and ending in September (with July and August being the most active months), giant whale sharks begin migrating from all over the world to swim in the warm, clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean Sea.

Whale shark in Mexico sea

Contact your Cabanas Tulum staff today to arrange your day trip to swim/snorkel with these amazing, giant fish.