- Below you will find some useful information about your upcoming trip to Tulum! I have a lot of experience with travelers here, so know the kinds of things they need to know before they come. Hope you find it helpful! If something comes up that is not on this list or if you have any other questions please let me know!
- If you didn´t come to this through my website, please go check it out! Myfeelgoodway.com
- It is evolving all the time, and you may find some things that I offer other than massage that you are interested in. Why not turn your trip to Tulum into a personal retreat and include learning new things about how to take care of yourself? I am an expert on chronic pain and stress and can help you lower both and offer you tools you can use while you walk around in your life to FEEL GOOD!
Trip and Information about traveling to TULUM!
TIME CHANGE IN QUINTANA ROO!
- There has been a change in our time here. We have gone OFF of DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME! Which means we turned our clocks ahead in Feb of 2015 and now will NEVER change our clocks again. (never?)
- So, that means half of the year we will be on the same time zone as Central time (Spring ahead) and half the year we will be on the same time zone as Eastern Time (Fall behind) The auto system on phones and computers have not caught up with us yet, so I recommend that you go into settings and take off the “Set automatically” setting and find out from someone what time it really is here.
- For Shopping and stocking up, we have some major stores now in Tulum. The Super Mercado San Francisco de Assisi is on the right at the first stop light when you come into Tulum from Playa del Carmen. They have most of the groceries, booze and pharmacy stuff you may be looking for.
- Chedroui is a big box store with everything, tires, clothes, food, booze, beach supplies, pet supplies, electronics…etc, you get the drift, everything. To find them you take a left off the highway at the same stoplight and go about a quarter of a mile and it is on the left.
- Fruiterias ~there are many smaller stores and fruit and vege places in Tulum, and I love them. One of the most complete is Fruiteria Pool. To find it, go into Tulum Town and turn left at Scotia Bank onto Avenida Satelite. Go one block and it will be on your right.
- I have lots of friends that do tours…..Kayaking in Sian Ka’an, bird watching either in Sian Ka’an or in the Punta Laguna/Coba area, Snorkeling, fishing, Snorkel in Akumal followed by a visit to the coolest cenote I´ve ever been to.….just to name a few. Also can recommend which of the bigger ones to use if you are wanting to go with a group. Contact me!
Tulum Maps and Info
- Any other questions about where to go eat or that kind of thing, there are maps all over Tulum. In the meantime, todotulum.com has the map I use if you want to start dreaming of where you are going to go!
- If you didn’t find me through Tulum.info, you may want to go there and meet some nice people who are also excited about Tulum! No matter what your question, you will find an answer there.
- You will want a flashlight or headlamp. Tulum Beach is off the grid, so we don’t have as many streetlights and yard lights as you are used to. It also will help you be visible if you are walking on the dark road at night. Restaurants often have “romantic” lighting, so if you are like me, you’ll need a light to be able to see the dang menu! Please bring turtle friendly red lens flashlight, see below! (It is prohibited to use white flashlights on the beach this time of year).
- THIS IS TURTLE SEASON! You are likely to see Mamas on the beach to lay their eggs and also babies hatching! WOO HOO! So, please bring a flashlight with a red lens or some other way to use a turtle friendly light. Hotel Nueva Vida De Ramiro has a hatchery, often they release babies just after it gets dark, so check in and see if that is happening. If you see a turtle coming out of the ocean, GIVE HER SPACE! Here is a bit more info about what you might get to see! http://mytulumtravel.com/additional-information/news-letter-tulum/
- There just is no way to predict the weather here. I do recommend bringing some clothes that you can layer in, especially in the evening and early morning. Mosquito Happy Hour. And honestly it can get a bit cool and I feel better with my skin covered. Don´t pay attention to the weather reports, I find they often are misleading. They usually say thunder showers but here, that may mean just a nice light show over the ocean, or a 15 minute soaking in the afternoon, before and after very humid or no rain at all, or just a great light show over the horizon! That may happen while you are out and about, so suggest pretending like it will rain when you leave your place! Don’t want to come back to soaked bed or suitcases due to an open window.
- Many people ask about what they can do to prevent gastro problems….I suggest starting to take a good probiotic a couple of weeks before your trip according to the package directions and bring it with you to take while you are here. I also recommend buying one that does not have to be refrigerated such as PB8, just because you bought it from a refrigerated area, does not mean it has been refrigerated since it was manufactured. Also this way you can bring it with you without problems. I also suggest Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE). Get the tablets or capsules, the liquid tastes NASTY!!! You can start taking it before your trip as well. Then if you do get problems, take more of each of these, and it usually clears the problem right up. Another tried and true remedy is Coconut water, with or without Rum = ) And just to make sure, a couple of weeks before your trip, start drinking beer in the morning, and shots and margaritas all afternoon and evening so that when you do get sick in Mexico, you won´t necessarily blame it on the water or the food.
- If you are sensitive, stay away from unpeeled uncooked veggies for a few days such as lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes and carrots. Avocados and cucumbers which have a peal should be ok, and squeeze lots of lime in your water and beer and on everything you eat, it has some bacteria killing properties as well as lots of vitamin C for your immune system. They are plentiful and cheap here, you can ask for them at any restaurant. They are also I think more delicious and juicy than the ones we typically get in the US.
- We now have a hospital in Tulum. It is a private hospital and is 24 hours a day. There is a doctor on call that speaks English at all times. It is located on the main highway on the south end of Tulum Town. When you see Subway on your left, the hospital is on your right. Phone number is 9848712271.
- Other Emergencies, call 611.
- Make sure you call your bank if you plan on using your ATM or credit cards here in México, if they don´t know for sure it is you, they sometimes put a fraud hold on your account which means you would not be able to withdraw money or use your card until you talk to them and prove you are the one using the card in México. Really, it even still happens to me! Also know, there are still a lot of places especially at the beach that do not accept credit cards or travelers checks, so make sure you plan on having cash that you either bring with you or get from the ATM here. (Seriously discourage you from bringing travelers checks, only place that will take them is the bank and that could mean a whole afternoon of your precious vacation spent in line).
- If you want to exchange money in Mexico, get some of it at the airport. They have a fairly decent exchange rate. The only major bank that I know of in Tulum that will exchange is Scotia Bank. You will need a copy of your passport and the real thing with you in order to exchange there. There are also now some smaller banks on the main drag that will exchange, notably CI Banco. Other than that, you will find many “Casa de Cambio” on the main drag and here you will also need some ID to exchange money. You will not get a great exchange rate, but better than at stores and restaurants. Although, Chedroui does often give the best exchange in town, but only for your purchases and they have some rules that apply about using USD to buy there.
- I have a lot of people ask me about tipping customs here in Mexico. First off, it is a myth that we like your one dollar bills. In reality, when we go to cash them in, we get a lower rate on one dollar bills than on bigger bills. Get pesos and tip in pesos. Technically, Mexican tipping custom on food and services is 10%. However, most of the people waiting on you are making around $100pesos per 10 hour shift in salary, and could sure use the money. They also have to split what you left on the table with a lot of other people. I usually leave at least 20%. For carrying your bags and such, probably $10 pesos. Hotel maids, I´d say $20pesos per person they are cleaning for and leave it daily. In houses where they are doing your dishes and more, probably $50pesos per day per person and leave it at the end of your stay with the manager. For tours and such, really depends on the service and length and cost of the tours. Usually the guys on the tour are making a small fraction of what you are paying. For massage, it is customary even though I work for myself, but of course not mandatory, and very much appreciated!
- You are in a different climate than you are used to. On your first day, you will burn, no matter what kind of skin you have or your past experience if you do not use appropriate precautions.
- I recommend 50spf sunscreen or above for the first day for EVERYONE, and reapply frequently. EVEN IF IT IS CLOUDY (maybe especially if it is cloudy). There is a part of me that doesn´t agree with this, it does seem odd to smear chemicals all over your body to prevent cancer, but it does keep you from getting a burn that could ruin your trip and more to my point, your massage!
- Get someone to help you put it on. Almost everyone I massage has at least one spot that didn’t get sunscreen and they are burned there. Especially if they used a spray…they just are not very accurate, especially if it is windy. There can be large areas that didn’t get covered so BURN very badly! With my experience, I am really not a fan of spray.
- If you are snorkeling, take extra precautions for the back of your legs.
- Do put sunscreen on your feet, I see MANY people forget this and they are very uncomfortable.
- After your first day, depending on your skin, you may be able to go down in SPF.
- Many people get burned under shade palapas and just walking around the area, so if you are outside, use sunscreen even if you plan to be in the shade.
- Put sunscreen on your face even if you are wearing a hat, the sun reflects off the sand and water.
- Some cloth allows the sun to get through, so does not protect you from burning if you have very sensitive skin. Once had a guy who had on 100spf under his gauzy shirt and STILL got VERY sunburned on his chest and shoulders walking on the beach!
- Use biodegradable sunscreen and insect repellant if you plan to be in the water.
- If you came here with sunscreen that is not new, it may not work, so don’t risk it and buy some new sunscreen.
- If you do get badly sunburned, you can take an anti inflammatory, this will help with the pain and also make it go away faster. My mom always gave us a vinegar bath and that seemed to help. lots of hotels have Aloe Vera growing around, so ask them for it. It is called Salvia here.
- Please follow this advice, and drink more water than normal to be sure you have a fun vacation.
- SEE YOU IN PARADISE!!!!