For a nice lunch at the beach, check out the chic boutique Nomade Hotel.
Once inside the grounds, you will find a beachside eatery: La Popular: Parilla De Mar.
If you have problems crouching down, you may opt for one of the 10 actual tables for two or four diners with real chairs!
Underneath the tables, Oriental rugs are strategically placed in a somewhat futile effort to prevent sand from flying into your margarita. It works, sort of. Overhead, nine triangular panels, secured to surrounding palm trees, provide a bit of shade.
Waiters dressed in chic, beige linen tunics with matching drapey pants and aprons serve carefree diners soup, ceviche, octopus or the catch of the day.
I opted for the mini-fish tacos– three portions with freshly grilled slices of fish and topped with a mix of shredded red cabbage and carrots with a garnish of bean sprouts. Lime wedges artfully displayed on a rectangular wooden tray adding an additional pop of color.
I also tried the steak tacos, filled with medium well skirt steak (“Arrachera”). They were equally tasty.
A visit to the Nomade Hotel’s La Popular definitely warrants a visit on your upcoming trip to Tulum. You won’t be disappointed, especially if you retire to the pool deck for a cocktail while taking in the beach landscape.
That’s the Lowdown!