Travel Blogs from Tulum
... bars and restaurants. We had an apartment in town because it was $10 (USD) a night instead of $80 (USD) to be beach side. The beach was about a 20 minute drive from town but it was a really nice drive past the national park and cool little restaurants. We spent the afternoon at the beach - which was amazing. We thought Cancun's beach was beautiful, Tulum's is even better. There's no high rise hotels or clubs just palm trees and ...
... guest and me - a nice small group!) in the car for the 2 minute drive north. We arrived at 9am, still nice and quiet! After kitting up in the car park (and with a full length 5mm wetsuit on - eugh! 25 degree water! That's a bit chilly), it was just a short walk down to the entrance. The entrance wasn't all that spectacular looking - just a small pool of water under a small overhanging section of rock, surrounded by a pretty jungle. But once ...
... that to another, lesser known ruin. We spent 2 hrs there taking photos in the beautiful sunlight, with only vivid blues, greens and whites! After the bike ride back we watched the sunset on the raised deck over the ocean and went the 20metres down the road to a nice restaurant on the water with only a single candle to let us see what we were eating. We went to bed early but were listening to the live music from the bar across the single laned road until we drifted ...
... late... and I was starting to drink anyway so I wasn't about to drive anymore. We had a lot of fun playing pool and by 1:30 am, we all thought we should call it a night since some of us have to get up really early tomorrow morning to go on a tour. :) Overall, today was a day of great adventures and lots of fun. I've made new friends and great memories. Time to sleep and get some rest as tomorrow will be another long day. At least I'll be able to sleep in the van/bus. ...
... an open air one to the South of Tulum. There was supposed to be a small crocodile but didn't spot him! Did a bit of diving off a platform that was built and headed off back to the hostel before it got dark.
Gonna head to Caye Caulker in Belize ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Piedra Escondida Tulum
I and my girlfriend Serena have spent our last part of a tour in the Yucatan peninsula in Tulum, after being some of the ancient Maya sites, Merida, and in the isles.
Our family of 4 stayed at Piedra Escondida for 8 days in June, 2005. We reserved through Loco Gringo with free breakfast included in our rate. When we got there, it was obvious that the restaurant was undergoing major maintenance and was shut down. It re-opened half way through our stay and I was pleasantly surprized when the management reimbursed me for the cost of breakfast for 4 for the days that the restaurant had been closed. The restaurant specializes in Italian food (the owners are Italian) which we did not try as we were so taken with Zamas, Zahras, and the places in Tulum for traditional Mexican food. Take cash...lots of places do not have the ability to do credit cards, although we did use a credit card at Ana y Jose. The Piedra Escondida room was cute...."headboards" painted on the walls. Beds comfortable, fresh towels all the time, beach towels available upon request, tile floors, lots of storage space. The only bugs in the room were the flying ones that came in when we let the door open and some ants that came to feed on their carcasses when they had been swatted....no cockroaches. The beach is small with sometimes rough surf and an overabundance of seaweed. We often walked about a block down the road to Zamas to eat, which was really good. There is a nicer swimming beach there. We also drove to other beaches to swim...Sian Ka'an and Playa Maya. Not too much sitting on the beach because we were busy seeing things and the mosquitos were bad unless the wind was strong. There were screens on the windows. It was hot at night, but the big window by the bed let in the almost constant breeze. Our room was near the road and 2 or 3 trucks roll by early in the morning...."traffic" is too strong a word to describe the road noise, but it is there. From the edge of the road to the edge of the water is less than 200 feet. The water coming from the tap is brackish....nice and warm on sunny days, not warm at all if it is overcast for a long time. You are supposed to put your toilet paper in the trash can because they rely on "Wetlands" treatment systems. This is required at all of the resorts that we stopped at along the beach....Ana y Jose's, Zamas. The electricity was on from dusk until 10:00 pm. Candles were provided. We used the small flashlights that we brought with us. The hotel is so small and quaint. The beach is small but beautiful. Quite private. Often when we went out, we were alone. It was perfectly located for us.....before the pothole fest that begins when the pavement ends just south of Zamas. It was easy for us to go into Tulum and eat at many amazingly good restaurants. Don Cafeto's has a well deserved good reputation. Don Karonte's (next door to Don Cafeto's) is equally delicious...a bit more upscale. They serve "Fortified" margharitas and I don't even want to know what they contain, but all it takes is one. The shops on the right (west) side of Rt. 307 as you drive into the town of Tulum had the best prices for souvenirs; even better than those places that seem to be in the middle of nowhere along the road to Coba. This type of place is not for everyone, but we had a woundeful Mexican experience there. I will go back...between November and February when, I'm told, the mosquitos are a bit less robust.
Not a good time
April 28- May 4, 2005
My wife and I may have had a better stay but due to the poor weather (were not able to cool off even at night), rooms were never real clean, noisy throught out the night and early morning due to traffic right outside our room and other hotels (all very near our room). The staff was friendly. The beach was just adequate, small and rocky. Would not stay here again.
My husband, two children and I have just returned from 10 days spent in this fantastic place. First of all I want to thank Andrea. Last December I wanted to book two rooms for March, but they were not available so he suggested the "suite", in reality it is a very big room that I had already seen in Piedraescondida web page.
Last tenth of November I was once again in Piedra Escondida; since I discovered this place on a special service of Mexico in a very important German review in December 2002 (The photo of Piedra Escondida was the only one published in a full double page representing beauties of all Yucatan toghether with other five places that the editor chose for representing typical and fascinating spots of all Mexico), I must go there at least once or twice per year, obviously I tried other hotels and some very nice, but in the end I always go back to Piedra Escondida. The reason is very simple: the view of the small private beach set in the unique little bay is absolutely gorgeous. I lie in my hammock with a good book and relax, which gives me the energy to face stress and problems of my job at least for the next six months.
A little piece of paradise
We have just spent a fantastic seven days at the idyllic Piedra Escondida. If you thought that this part of Mexico stopped at Cancun, then think again. This is an unspoilt, piece of paradise, run by two people who really understand just what it takes to make a perfect place for a complete get away from it all holiday. The accomodation is simple but has all that you need to enjoy this spot between the jungle and the beach. The food is varied and always well presented with excellent service from the very friendly local staff. We will be returning for a third time again soon - you must visit this place.
Chris, Jane, Sarah and Belinda Aylward - October 2004
Been twice and will be back
We have stayed twice in the past year. Once by ourselves and the next time with our children. Each time we were treated to a warm and friendly staff and a great time. Escondida like all of tulum is a casual place, but the food(italian/mexican) was great and the beach/cove was beautiful. We loved the mojito's at the bar(with fresh mint picked when we ordered our drinks) and the kids loved the pancakes at breakfast.
We stayed 2 nights at PE in early November 2003 and were given room #8, which is on the groundfloor but pleasantly overlooking the beach. The candlelights during non-electricity hours give a nice touch to the stay and the beachfront offered some great waves, although the beach is rather small (between two giant rocks) and you share it with guests from two neighbouring cabanas who don't have a beach on their own.Pro's: nice room and beach.Con's: salt water showers (cold shower smells like a highly chlored pool, warm shower smells like you're showering in shrimp soup), ants crawling continuously on the inner wall by the bed and a COCHROACH in our bread basket at dinnertime!!!The cochroach was rapidly killed by the waiter, but he seemed rather indifferent about the incident and was even surprised that we did not want to continue with dessert. On the contrary, he added a service charge to the bill - so I guess we paid him money for killing a cochroach on our table? We also stuck to liquid breakfast in the morning...Compared to other Italian-run places on the Peninsula, Piedra Escondida is unfortunately lacking the warm welcome and attention that the others offered us. We also had a look at the Copal Cabanas a bit earlier on the same road and they seem to be a better treat for a lower price - if you can accept to have some old hippies around you, that is. Cabanas Ana & Jose are also supposed to have freshwater showers - that would be my investment advice to PE (apart from getting the kitchen free from parasites, that is).
Piedra Escondida is a delightful small hotel. I wouldn't call it "cabanas" - the rooms are wonderful. We had quite an adventure - we had reservations elsewhere and found out the day before we left that the hotel we had chosen was in a "land dispute". (There were Federales marching around at that hotel when we got there!) We managed to secure reservations at PE but since I meticulously research hotels in advance, I was nervous - imagine my relief when we arrived after dark at this darling, homey and welcoming place. The rooms have tiled floors, stenciled designs above the beds, huge tiled showers and are stocked with bottled water, and the hotel has a marvellously friendly staff who follow the owner's genial example. We ended up moving three times - our first room was number six, which backed up to the road and was noisy and quite warm. The hotel uses a generator until 10:00, and thus there are no ceiling fans; the back rooms are too far from the ocean to get a good breeze, although have hammocks on the tiled porches of each room and it was in the hammock that my son slept in fairly breezy comfort.
You dont go to Tulum expecting extreme luxury and quality. From the outside Piedra Escondida is much like any other establishement. Across the road from a convenience store and internet cafe, it doesnt stand out as a hotel. However this is just the front. You are led through and unaasuming check in area and through to the lobby which although small, immediately gives you a vantage point of the hotel compound. basically the hotel is built on the beach, but unlike budget cabanas these are relative luxury. You walk to your room (very secure) , which has its hammock in the porch for lazing away; inside are two standard double beds, with above standard ( for the area) amenities. the rooms are clean, and well presented. There are little touches which stand out too like the towel arrangements in the shape of a swan placed on your bed!!!. As you can imagine, Tulum is not a town with the standards of a multi-national city, this no more typified by the rationed electricity, which is only on from 18.00 to 22.00 as the generator only works from then, but then again the whole of regional Tulum is like this. However you manage to work with what youve got, and candlelight and gentle music by a live band make every night extremely romantic ( if in the restaurant ) or fun if on the beach with a beer. The restaurant serves traditional Mexican food and is cheap. A main course is about £3 or $4.50.I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a relaxing time with no real hassles , everything within easy reach, and have a bit more money to spend on a cabana/room, han sharing at a budget backpackers hostel...( which is also a 2 minute walk up the road with some cheap burgers and beers)