By Annie Shustrin

For some, Valentine’s Day is about flowers and greeting cards. For others it’s about delicious food and indulgent desserts. For travel-obsessed people like me, it’s about a trip with lots of time alone with my husband. If I could pick anything for a Valentine’s celebration it would be a day traveling around a new (or perhaps an old favorite) destination, tasting new foods, toasting with a cold drink and enjoying some down time.

Palm trees and lounge chairs - Tulum, Mexico

Downtime is best part about Tulum, Mexico. The sand is so white and the water is so fluorescent, they beg you to sit in a lounge chair and just stare. Sure, I love snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding – both things that are popular activities on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. But when my husband and I travel to Tulum, it’s time for a little relaxation. Some of our best romantic travel moments are often had in quiet beach destinations like Tulum where nature is the best entertainment and an evening beer is the party.

Tulum, ruins over water

Though the Riviera Maya has several different towns and a slew of all-inclusive and luxurious resorts, my choice is always a cabana on the Tulum beach. Nothing screams romance like a private hut with a front door that opens onto right onto the aquamarine ocean. In some eco-hotels, there isn’t even electricity at night – candlelight is the only light at nighttime.

Sunset on Tulum beach, Mexico

On our last trip, we made sure to put focus on enjoying the environment and each other. Our hotel shut off the lights at dusk, so we spent our time playing card games by candle light and drinking Pacifico we’d picked up at the tiny sundry shop along the road. There was no music to wash away the sound of the surf, no iPhone to steal away our attention. In the morning, our eyes were plastered to the ocean view. Lounge chairs begged us to sit on them all day between swims. Nearby clifftop massage tables gave the beach a touch of luxury as their white curtains billowed in the ocean winds.

Shade on Tulum beach, Mexico

View out to the beach in Tulum, Mexico

For a few days of nothing, Tulum is one of my most favorite places in the world. Its beach and low key feel is the perfect place for one-on-one time on the road.

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Annie Shustrin is a travel addict. When she’s not on the road, she’s either thinking about past trips, planning future ones, or fantasizing about where she’d like to be right now.  She has visited over 30 countries on both long and short term travels, and is now based in New York City. She writes for her blog, as well contributing articles to other online travel publications. Though Indonesia and New Zealand are amongst her favorite destinations, her favorite travel memory was in China, where she got to hold a baby panda on her very own lap.


  1. Tulum is also a great destination for a learning vacation. You can take Spanish classes at the Spanish immersion school in Tulum pueblo and have the afternoons free for the beach.

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