Travel Blogs from Tulum
... hence I had to make my request.
Right, off to the bus station I went and I asked for a ticket on the next bus to Tulum. It cost 90 pesos, which is around 4 Euros for a 2nd class 2 hour journey. Such buses are perfectly comfortable, though not luxurious. I read and listened to my MP4 player.
At Tulum I had to get a taxi to the ruins (70 MXP) and I decided not to get the touristy train, which was only a few hundred metres from ...
... The secons lagoon then had a natural canal which we passed into. Along this canal was a Mayan Ruin where taxes were paid to pass through the transport system, Bits of meat and other foods were left here which the tax house keeper would then throw to the crocdiles to keep them well fed so they didn't eat anybody passing through. We got out of the boat to have a look at the ruin, The doorways were really small so that people would bend down as they entered as a mark ...
Up at 7, Booked flight to Toronto for Friday night, booked accomm in Toronto, went to Akumul beach with Nat, swam with turtles, stingrays, baby squid. Enjoyed sun, pizza, beer, ice cream, met Nats friend - Nat 2, dinner with Nat 2 at local street ...
... staying in our dorm. He knew a place where we could get quesadillas for the equivalent of a dollar each...they were yum!
That evening we headed back to our new favourite Mojito bar, the barman even shouted us a couple free shots of tequila....well while in Mexico! We finished the night off with an ice cream, probably not the wisest of dinner choices!!
Day 12: Friday 10 January
There were a few fuzzy heads this morning. *******n those ...
... lakeside village or Gringotenango as it is sometimes called due to all the travelers that now call it home. We based ourselves here for 4 days and travelled by boat to visit some of the nearby lakeside villages. A beautiful place with a very laid back pace.
While travelling throughout Mexico and Guatemala we have met many fellow travelers along the way and many times our travel paths would cross again and again sometimes ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cabanas Tulum
Paradise on the beach and in the wallet
Perfect little beach rooms *on* the beach - Basic rooms, with nice little porches and hammock hooks. Friendly staff brought food to our porch. Ideal for our family vacation - all we wanted was beach and shade and we got it for a great deal.
Restaurant wasn't anything special.
Cabanas Tulum is literally a series of beachfront cement blocks. It's cheap, quiet, and totally decent for the very cheap rate that they charge. With the exception of the huevos rancheros, I wouldn't bother with their breakfast, but the rest of the menu is fine. Very simple, no frills, budget and no bones about it. You pay a lot more at a resort and rarely are you right on the beach. They clean the rooms daily, but you might have to ask. Our biggest complaint was the size of the bed (double) and the lack of beach chairs and no, you cannot buy a beach chair anywhere in the Mayan Riviera. We even went to the Walmart in Playa del Carmen. We ate most of our meals elsewhere which is fine if you have a car. There was some trash lying around which I wish they would have picked up, but the beachfront was very clean and lots of it. What's nice about a place like this is the annoying beautiful people are not there. We also stayed at Maya Tulum which is supposedly an upscale spa yoga resort and much preferred Cabanas Tulum.
Il Cabanas Tulum è letteralmente una serie di blocchi di cemento sulla spiaggia. È economico, tranquillo, e assolutamente accettabile per il prezzo basso che fanno pagare. Ad eccezione delle uova "rancheros", non farei la prima colazione in albergo, ma il resto del menu è buono. L'albergo è spartano, senza fronzoli, economico e senza pretese. Si paga molto di più in un resort, e raramente ci si trova proprio sulla spiaggia. Le camere vengono pulite giornalmente, ma a volte bisogna chiedere. La nostra lagnanza maggiore era la misura del letto (doppio), e la mancanza di sedie a sdraio, e non c'è nessun posto su tutta la Riviera Maya dove si può comprare una sedia a sdraio. Siamo persino andati al Walmart di Playa del Carmen. Abbiamo preso la gran parte dei nostri pasti fuori dell'albergo, ma bisogna avere una macchina. C'erano dei rifiuti qua e là che avrebbe dovuto essere raccolti, ma la spiaggia era molto pulita e vasta. L'aspetto più piacevole d'un alloggio come questo è che non è frequentato dal fastidioso "bel mondo". Abbiamo anche alloggiato al Maya Tulum che ha la reputazione d'essere un resort di yoga esclusivo con spa, e preferisco di gran lunga il Cabanas Tulum.
This resort/hotel was built in the 70's & everything in the room & bathroom is still from that era - the room has been repainted & was very clean & neat, just sparse looking. Each room has 2 double beds that sit on top of a concrete pedestal. There was not any dresser of any sorts to unpack your luggage to, just an area that served as a closet with a shelf 18" off the floor, with just a few hangers - We used the extra bed as our "dresser" & all worked out well - of course the beds were hard, but all beds are hard in Mexico!! We had no hot water our first day & half (it was Sunday), but was fixed first thing Monday - shower pressure was fine! I forgot to mention they gave us the key to the room next door to shower. The bathrooms were very clean & the fixtures were corroded as always, with being so close to the salt water. People have mentioned that the water is salty - did not taste the water to find out but seemed just fine to me. The room also had 2 plug ins on the wall for recharging batteries & such - just had to be aware to do it while the electricity was on. I am sorry but I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the room. We ordered from the restaurant quite a few times, & they would deliver it to our patio - this way we had our own drinks (wine for us) & had the ocean to look at also! (the restaurant is behind the cabanas & you do not see the ocean.) The beach here is probably one of the most beautiful I have seen! There are no palapas, but plenty of palm trees & a few beach chairs available. There is a table & chairs on your patio.
Je reviens à peine d'un séjour à Cabanas Tulum. Je dois dire avant tout que l'endroit n'a rien d'exceptionnel. C'est vraiment basique, sauf que l'électricité n'est disponible que 6 heures dans la journée, et 4 heures de le soir. J'ai trouvé ça très pratique, car il n'y a pas grand-chose à faire après le dîner à Tulum, lorsque l'on voyage seul. Il n'y a rien à faire du tout en fait, sauf qu'avec un partenaire, j'aurais sans doute trouvé quelque chose à faire. Ce que j'ai beaucoup apprécié à propos de Cabanas Tulum est son absence de prétention tout en ayant beaucoup de personnalité. Ce caractère réside dans sa vaste clientèle, de majorité européenne, qui arrive chaque jour au compte-gouttes, et revient régulièrement à Cabanas Tulum. Les hôtes sont des voyageurs, plus que des touristes. Les chambres sont d'une simplicité extrême, c'est-à-dire qu'il n'y a rien sur les murs - mais c'est propre, très propre - pour 45 euros la nuit, en front de mer. Je me suis senti en sécurité et bien traité par Carlos, l'aimable et chaleureux propriétaire. La situation m'a particulièrement plu. Il y a un restaurant, qui est bon et pas cher pour des repas simples. On se croirait en famille. Il y a deux très bons restaurants à côté : Ana y Jose (qui accepte les cartes de crédit) et Los Lirios. Tous deux sont gastronomiques à leur manière. Tout est à une quinzaine minutes à pied. Et la plage était vraiment géniale ! J'étais particulièrement contente de ça. Cabanas Tulum a la plus grande plage que j'aie jamais vue et le plus de cocotiers pour se mettre à l'ombre, ce qui signifie que l'on n'est pas confiné sur une petite surface avec beaucoup d'autres personnes. Choisissez sans hésiter le front de mer. Enfin, je vous conseille d'amener des tissus, des bougies et tout autre chose susceptible de créer une ambiance conviviale dans votre cabana. Bon voyage !
Cabanas Tulum a de gros problèmes
Notre concierge était malpoli et pas accueillant. Notre chambre était sale et la peinture s'écaillait des murs. Le pire était l'eau de la douche qui sentait les égouts frais. L'endroit serait super si quelqu'un se souciait de sa propreté.
I agree this is a good deal in a beautiful area that is otherwise full of cute but generally overpriced boutique hotels. The concrete bungalows are from the 70's I think--- our room was basic but not at all dirty (cleaned daily) nor did I find the water smelly or any paint peeling etc. We stayed there for a full week in May, and thoroughly enjoyed hanging out on the large front porch in chairs or hammocks. Each bungalow has its own covered patio and all are right on a sandy beach, just a few steps from the water. Chillin' on your porch at the sunset with a drink in hand is something you cannot find anywhere else in Tulum area for only $55/night (low season). This is the same price or slightly more than the "thatched roof cabanas" which are basically huts with no electricity on the same beach. The "Cabanas" Tulum are equivalent of a motel room, plus the cool patio, and has electricity from dusk till 11pm, which allowed us to to charge our camera battery and ipod as needed. (All hotels in Tulum use generators so many also only have elec. for selected hours.)
Cabanas Tulum has major problems
Our concierge was rude and unwelcoming. Our room was dirty with paint peeling off the walls. The worst thing is the shower water smelled like raw sewage. It could be a great place if someone cared enough to clean it up.
I am just back from a visit at Cabanas Tulum. I will tell you right up front that it's no frills. It is absolutely basic, except that it has electricity for six hours daily, four in the evening. I found this very useful, as there is not much if anything to do after dinner in Tulum, when traveling alone. There's not much to do period, except that with a lover, I may have found something.