Are you cold? We sure are. Over the past several weeks, we've had an extreme cold snap here in Washington, D.C., along with much of the rest of the country.
Which made it all the more wonderful when, a couple weeks ago, we snuck down to Tulum, Mexico, for a four-day weekend.
Tulum is amazing. It's a beach town on the Atlantic coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, about 50 miles south of Cancun. Until about 10 years ago, Tulum was a sleepy stretch of thatched-roof huts and a couple of food stands on a spit of land between the ocean and the jungle.
But in recent years, Tulum has grown up. There are now several boutique hotels and pricey little shops. And there's a burgeoning restaurant and bar scene.
Despite the growth, it still maintains the feel of a tiny beach town. The hotels and shops and restaurants all blend in to the surroundings. There's exactly one road, a narrow lane that parallels the ocean, with no side roads. So everything in Tulum is either on the beach side of the road (in which case it's likely a terrace with the most perfect view of the sparkling ocean you've ever seen) or on the jungle side (in which case it's likely this impossibly romantic restaurant with a thousand candles hanging among the palms). The whole place was beachy, breezy, casual and beautiful.
We stayed in a tiny hut we found on Airbnb. We mean tiny. And hut. It had a high thatched roof, a concrete floor, a bed and a bathroom area in the corner. There was one naked bulb hanging from the ceiling, and one electrical outlet.
But our hut was right on the beach -- maybe 50 feet from the surf, with nothing between us and the water. The crashing waves lulled us to sleep every night. (The photo at the top of this post is the view from our hut.)
An aerial shot of out hut (and several others). This photo from Jana/Airbnb.
Anyway, we wanted to share with you some images from our trip -- the foods we ate, and some of the sites we saw.
So without further ado ... ¡vamonos!