Tulum, Mexico Travel Guide: 10 Most Instagrammable Spots

Let's be real for a second. If you are an influencer or simply an Instagram user who curates their feed, you likely view your world through an Instagram lens. It's kind of an eye rolling thing but it's a way of life now. Savannah and I often make a mental note and sometimes a real note if we see a place that would be a great place to take a picture. We prefer locations that are multi dimensional (i.e not a mural to stand in front of) and that have color and texture. The great thing about Tulum is that is all photogenic.

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**A friendly note about photo taking etiquette- you'll notice that a lot of the places we recommend are businesses of some sort. Please keep that in mind. I'm sure it goes without saying, but if you are going to take pictures in a restaurant or cafe- please buy something and be as respectful as possible. With that said, if you are visiting Tulum here are 10 of the places we found most IG worthy.
10. Nicte-Ha Cenote // If you read our last post about Tulum you will remember that we found out about this cenote from one of our servers. He told us there were flowers in the water so we nixed our plans for other popular cenotes to go here. It was peaceful and not crowded- we were literally the only people there the whole time we stayed. There were tons of beautiful fish and the water was crystal clear.
9. Tata Tulum // Beach side swings + pool with an ocean view + colorful animals floats = Instagrammable. Oh and they have a beach side hammock as well.
8. Estancia JujeƱa // As I'm sure you know by now, we love all things boho. But we love that Estancia was a little different from the majorly boho Tulum vibes. This restaurant has more of a colorful shabby chic old world thing going for it. All the different colors, textures, and plants make it the perfect place to snap a picture. Also, they have beautiful colorful plates and cups that make a nice addition to your pictures.
7. Sugar Shack at Mateo's // Most of Tulum is muted colors which we do love, but Sugar Shack is a break from the norm with it's brightly colored exterior. These bright colors and ice cream comes make for a great set up for an IG picture.
6. Coco Tulum // This is where we stayed on our trip last year and we did not struggle to find IG worthy backgrounds here. They have an all white bar on the beach with swings which makes it a great place for a picture. They also have hammocks and jungle views that are picture worthy as well.
5. Anastasia Tulum // This is an Airbnb so you'll have to stay there in order to enjoy this Instagram delight. Our pictures from here always perform so well on our Instagram account and Airbnb reposted one from last year. That picture was one of the top 10 most liked pictures on Airbnb's entire account. Airbnb has also asked to repost another picture from this years trip. This place is IG gold. Never stayed in an Airbnb before? Click here for $40 off your first stay!
4. El Pez // This is one of our Tulum favorites. We visited twice this trip and 3 or 4 times on our last visit. The outdoor patio looks onto the ocean and it's decor is beachy + boho. They also have dishes worthy of an IG picture. Their inside is gorgeous as well.
3. Matcha Mama // This might be the most Instagrammed spot in Tulum, well at least this year. We actually couldn't take the picture we came to take because another woman was there having a full on photo shoot. I also feel like the workers expect it at this point.
2. Habitas Tulum // That first picture speaks for itself. The two palm trees with the hammock against the backdrop of the turquoise ocean- begging to be featured on Instagram. They have black hammocks everywhere which is different than the normal white hammocks you see the most in Tulum and I love the way they look against the sand. Also, the pool with the ocean view. All of these are perfect backdrops for Instagram.
1. Nomade Tulum // Every nook and cranny here is photo worthy. They have the nest (second picture) which is settled right in the jungle. Then there is the restaurant- swoon. Basically, I want to redecorate our entire home to look more like this. Who needs real chairs? We'll be sitting on poufs from now on! We have a huge picnic table outside and I told Savannah that we need to cut the legs short and just put poufs all around it. The other bonus of Nomade is that there were other people snapping pictures so we didn't feel like "those people."

Like we said before, all of Tulum is so beautiful and decorated to perfection, so this list could go on an on. We hope this helps you figure out where you want to go on your trip to Tulum!

xo, Savannah

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10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Stock Tank Pools

We are happy that our stock tank pool blog post from last year is performing so well! And the video is performing even better. Since this is our third season using the pool, we have been asked many of the same questions over and over again. We decided we would compile a list of all our answers so they'd be easily accessible by you who are considering making a stock tank pool of your own. It is important to note that we are not stock tank pool experts. We've only set up ours, so we can only speak to our personal experience.

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Let's get started!

1. Can I use a pool liner?
I'm not sure if they make pool liners to fit perfectly inside stock tank pools. My guess is probably no, but you could make another liner work. Keep in mind that stock tanks weren't originally designed to be pools, so there isn't much out there in the pool world specifically for them. Also, a pool liner is definitely not the look we were going for, so we don't use thus we don't have any experience with them.

2. Why don't you just get an above ground pool?
That is what we first considered but we really don't like the look of above ground pools. We could actually get a bigger pool for less money than the stock tank pool, but ultimately we love the look of the stock tank. It's perfect for what we need- all we really want is to be able to dip in and cool off. Also, our pool already exists so we won't be going back in time and using an above ground pool. If you don't mind the bright blue color and the size of the above ground pool, maybe that choice would be better for you. I will say that we read that above ground pools usually last about three years, but a stock tank can last well over 10 if you take care of it. Again, I'm no expert so I can't say any of this for sure. These are just the reasons behind our choice!

3. Can you make it a hot tub?
Possibly. We've explored this option but haven't been able to find a way to heat this properly and efficiently. We also aren't sure we want to turn it into a hot tub. We enjoy the break from maintaining the pool during the winter. We may try to do it this fall, but by the time summer is coming to an end, we really are ready to drain the pool. We will be sure to update this if we do try it and succeed!

4. Will chlorine cause rust?
Eventually yes. We actually have rust for the first time on our pool this season. We are exploring our options for how to fix this and will update this with our solution when we do it. Plenty of people have commented and told us that chlorine will cause rust and we shouldn't use it. The truth is the stock tank will rust with time even with regular water with no chemicals or salt in it. The goal is to catch it in the beginning and fix the problem before it spreads. Like I said, we haven't had any rust problems until this year and we aren't worried about it.

5. How long will this last?
There is no definite answer to this. I've read about people using theirs for 10+ years and we are on year 3.

6. Why don't you make it a saltwater pool?
We considered this but after researching this, we ultimately decided to use chlorine. Salt water will cause rust as well. But you could certainly make this a saltwater pool if you wanted to. Chlorine was just the best choice for us.

7. Why don't you get a poly pool?
Much like the answer to #2. We really don't like the look of the poly pools. They are about half the price but they look like large kiddie pools.

8. How much did this cost?
The stock tank was around $350 and the pump was another $100. There were a few other parts so I'd say around $500-$600.

9. Where did you buy it?
We purchased ours from our local Co-Op.

10. How big is it? How many adults fit in at one time?
Ours is an 8ft stock tank that is 2ft deep. We can fit 2 floats in there. The floats don't really move around unless there is only one in the water. We have had at least 8 adults sitting in the pool, but we usually only have 2-4 at a time. With our stock tank pool bench we can fit 16+ people either dangling their feet in the water or sitting in the pool. I mean that would be a little excessive but we could do it.

If we didn't answer a question you have, please feel free to ask us below!