Dream Island Escapes

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Escape to Tulum

Once the preserve of hippies and back-to-naturists, a laid-back town on Mexico's Caribbean coast is luring a new set of stylish travelers without sacrificing an iota of its quirky charm.

Jungle Meets the Sea
Photo: Thayer Gowdy

The Jungle Meets the Sea

This stretch of jungle-flanked beachfront in the Riviera Maya may be Mexico's latest white-hot destination, but Tulum is about as far from spoiled as you can get. Here, it's as easy to shuck off the concerns of the real world as it is to shuck off your stuffy city clothes for a bathing suit and sarong.

From Sian Ka'an, a breathtakingly pristine UNESCO biosphere of mangroves, canals, and wetlands, to the famous Tulum Archaeological Zone—pre-Columbian Mayan ruins situated on a magnificent bluff, to the “hotel zone,” where almost the entire stretch runs on solar power, wind power, and the occasional generator, Tulum has something for everyone.

Left: The Mayan temple Dios del Viento rises from the sea.


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