Travel Blogs from Tulum
... the northern Yucatán area. The site contains several large temple pyramids, the tallest, in what is known as the Nohoch Mul group of structures, being some 42 metres (138 ft) in height. We climbed the 130 step pyramid right to the top. When climbing to the top it felt like we were in an Indiana Jones film. Once at the top of the pyramid your surrounded by jungle.
On our drive back to Tulum we past quaint little ...
... but it was great fun! On the way out, there was a large grey and black iguana hanging out in the car park! I later found out these are actually totally common here (probably why I was the only person excited by it!!). After a quick lunch, off to explore my first Mayan ruins - at Tulum. The ruins are 2km away from where I am staying and there is a specially built bicycle lane running parallel to the huge dual carriageway! Perfect! So ...
Today we went on our first historical excursion: a bus trip to Coba and Tulum. Coba features several traditional Mayan temples in the jungle - like the ones you see in travel photos - including the tallest one in this part of Mexico. Tulum is a seaside area with smaller but equally impressive structures. That area was used as a commercial port. Imagine when the Mayans saw the Spanish ...
... the water so magic! These things aside I think we are both having a hard time being tourists although we thought that's what we wanted!! Where's the challenge, the hardship and the learning that's made out other experiences so worthwhile?! Has the desert changed our expectations of 'good times'?! We've applied for more volunteering in Guatemala for December and have found a language school/ home stay programme for couple of weeks before that; phew! More challenges on the horizon ...
... walk to them. One of the beaches the ruins are set over is called Tortuga playa (turtle beach) where there was turtle eggs, you could tell because they put chicken wire around them. After we finished we got our bikes, headed back through the river over the road and rode back to the hotel. On the way we searched for a restaurant Bobbie had read about called Hot Wok that does good Thai food. We found it but it didn't have a sign or anything, the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Posada Lamar Tulum
Drop out of Society
I just read the previous review and think we stayed in Cabana Rubi right before the other reviewer did! Anyway, really charming place. I liked the neandering sand path through all the funky individual casitas. We also stayed at the expensive Azulik up the road for more than double the price a few days prior to Posada La Mar. Gotta say, the difference was minimal though LaMar had electricity (not enough to read by) btwn. 6pm and 7am. Still, when coming home from dinner it was nice not to stumble over our bags. Bring a reading flashlight though! And plan to wake at 6am with the gorgeous sunrise right in front of the bedroom windows in Rubi! The beach and crashing waves put me in a trance all week. The sun managed to come every day even though north of us there were flash floods! This stretch of beach is serene and the swimming/snorkeling divine, dahhhling! It's super casual even though a bit overpriced at $150/nt. I went with my mum who loved every minute of the laissez faire lifestyle. Do yourself a favor and avoid the resorts to the north like the plague and try chilling out where the day is yours, the silence is golden and no one's pushing expensive drinks at you. Enjoy!
Just returned from a stay at Posada Lamar and agree with the positive reviews posted here. We stayed in Bungalow Rubi, which is beachfront, and absolutely loved having the ocean on our doorstep. I agree that this seemed to be one of the best beach locations in the area. And the grouping of lounging chairs and matresses made it seem like the guests were on their own little private stretch of beach. I do agree that the rooms are on the pricey side, but think that the setting made it worthwhile. (In general it doesn't seem like Tulum is cheap like it used to be.) And I also agree that the linens weren't exactly sparkling white, but were more than sufficient given that you're right on the beach and everything gets sandy anyway. One other thing that stood out to me was how laid-back the place was run - don't know if I've ever stayed anywhere else that didn't give you any information, rules, etc. Nothing about check-in/check-out times or anything like that. Which perfectly fit the vibe we wanted on this trip. Having said that, it did seem like help would be available if we needed it. Overall, a very pleasant place to be!
In the elements !
We stayed at Posada Lamar with our friends who wrote the review below. What had a wonderful experience. We wish to endorse their comments.......
Posada Lamar was a joy to stay in. The rooms provide the perfect balance of being close to nature and the elements, yet feeling safe, secure and with a very comfortable bed (superb matress !). Hot showers, electric lights from 6-11pm, clean sheets, towels and water (almost everyday). Beautiful use of tiles and wood give the cabanas extra appeal. Plus the wooden shutters that open to let the cooling breeze through (but the blowing drapes make for less privacy !). The main factor is the beach location. We walked most of the length of the beach and it confirmed to us that we had made the best decision with Lamar. Some places are not on such a nice stretch of beach, and there's just too much concrete going on ! The structures of Lamar seem to sit in the sand and among the trees in a more natural and friendly way. With loungers, hammocks and a swing on the sand, you can do nothing but relax.
Kin Ha next door was an easy and friendly breakfast option (though not very varied menu). Posada Margherita, again next door, looks very special for those on a slightly higher budget. Zamas (20 min stroll up towards the busier end) became our favourite for evenings with a great menu and live music. Posada del Sol , the sister hotel, is also located at this end. The beach front rooms look gorgeous, set on a small cove, and the plus point is the convenience for shops and restaurants. However, Posada Lamar provides more of a sense of a hideaway location.
Go there ! And give our love to the beautiful family (Fernando and his mum and dad) who look after the place !
There's an ATM at the HSBC in town centre, but also a convenient ATM at the San Francisco Supermarket at the crossroads before town, if you need to pop in just for some cash.
Taxis are the best way to get around. 50 pesos (approx £2.40) from Lamar to Tulum town. They go up and down the beach back road frequently.
Go to the ruins early (around midday too exposed and busy).
Check out Mezzanine on a Friday (at the top near the ruins section of beach) if you want a bit of entertainment - with the fantastic Bandikoro percussion group (not to be missed).
Fancy steak ? Buenos Aires restaurant in Tulum Pueblo is excellent.
Good live music spot also appeared to be Akubar (across the road from Buenos Aires).
But the beach is undoubtedly the best place to be !
Have a great time.
Tulum is a slice of heaven. It's a hippy town (which this snobby New Yorker wasn't crazy about), but the advantage of that is that it's really low key and not overly-developed. The strip is lined with posadas at the most 2 stories high. The beaches are empty and gorgeous. We had the front cabana, about 20 feet from the ocean. This means that you go to sleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up with the sun, to the sound of the waves. The room itself was super cute and romantic. It's not ritzy, but nothing in Tulum is. If you're looking for that, Tulum is not for you. But, if you're looking for gorgeous empty beaches, yoga classes during the day and star gazing at night, this place is paradise.
The posada is really low-key and consists of a few cabanas on a narrow strip. We paid $170 per night which is clearly a rip off, but was worth it only because we had the best room in town; how can you beat being right on a (deserted) beach?? When I come back to Tulum, and I definitely will, I will probably stay either at Shambala or Ana y Jose or Mezzanine (just don't eat there...Thai food in Mexico? Come on now!) as those places are a bit more chic but I would definitely recommend this posada as an alternative (but only if you can get the front cabana).
As far as food, we ate breakfast and lunch next door at Posada Margherita, Alessandro's place. We couldn't get dinner with them because they were booked up every night, and with good reason. The food is delicious. Period. It's Italian though, so it may or may not defeat the purpose of being in Mexico.
We had dinner at Ana y Jose one night and it was good, but expensive (NY prices). We also ate at Zahra and it was ok. We ate there more than once, partly because it was edible, partly because we were too lazy to look elsewhere and partly because we were hoping that the Flamenco band would play again and we can take our tequila right to the beach outside and sip it as we listened to the music, watched the stars and smoked a Cuban cigar...
For yoga classes we went to the Maya Tulum, I think it was $10 a class. Gabriel is an amazing instructor and actually met us for a private sunrise class on our last morning. He also took us to a cenote which we were impressed with. You're swimming in a hole in the ground that leads to a cave with bats flying above your head. The water is crystal clear, with fish swimming in it. I was not sorry to have missed 2 hours of beach time for this.
A group of four of us from England stayed at these beautiful cabanas at the end of Jan and beginning of Feb for 1 x week. Our booking was actually at Posada del Sol (sister cabanas)and we were misled into thinking our cabanas there would be on the beach and nice and quiet with the sound of the sea. Unfortunately the ones we got (rooms 3 and 4 ) were not and although the rooms were clean and well designed etc. they did not fulfill the beachside living dream we had for the holiday plus the road was close by and we could hear the noisy traffic.
We explained to the staff that we would like to change and if it would be possible to go to Posada Lamar and it was! Our cabanas there were stunning and right on the beach as we wanted. We stayed in 'Cristal' and 'Marfil' and they were gorgeous..with the sound of the sea and set in my opinion on the best bit of beach on the whole stretch. We were right next to Kin Ha for breakfast which was highly recommended and normally ate dinner in Zamas further up towards Posada del Sol which had live music and delicous fresh fish and cocktails etc.
The staff at Posada Lamar are the sweetest people in the world. A married couple with their adorable son Fernando who made us extremely welcome and were very friendly.
If you are choosing between Posada del Sol and Lamar there is no comparison in my opinion. It is a bit more expensive but worth it! Better beach, nicer cabanas, dream holiday!!
Not great for the price.
We stayed at the Posada Lamar early January 2007.
I have to agree that the care takers where adorable. The overall experience in the hotel was fine. BUT, it is incredibly overpriced (Especially in high season). I will return to Tulum, but I will not pay what what we paid at Posada Lamar having seen other hotels on the beach which are quite reasonably priced and offer more services. For example, most of the other hotels offer purified water dispensers so you never lack water. And the fact that they do not have at least a coffee machine is too bad. It is true that there are restaurants not too far but still.
Also, our first night we had about one inch of water in our room, and there was no rain.... (the care takers did fix the problem quite rapidly)
The worse thing about Posada Lamar and the service were the linens. I think they were changed every other day but they ALWAYS had stains on them. My boyfriend's pillow even had paint stains. That is unacceptable. They seemed clean but they should be white, not white and yellowish. (Again, for the price they charge...)
To finish on a postive note: The rooms are very very pretty. They are definately set up by an artist, not someone practical... (I tried to stay positive!!!)
What a place to take in the natural BEAUTY!
We celebrated our Anniversary the end of Sept 06. M. and F. the caretakers (the owner is lucky to have them!) were so sweet placing balloons outside what we called the Blue Room - (closest to the beach). We stayed at quite a few places and loved Posada Lamar - it's truly special - Fernando will cut a coconut and stick a straw in it for a refreshing drink on the beach... a walk next door or to Zamas for a fabulous healthy meal along the wite soft sands and how blue can an ocean be?? Once walking it poured out rain and even THAT was excellent as we watched about a hunderd little sea turtles making their way to the waters. It is definately a place I'd recomend - the room has slatted wood shutters (below knee level) open them all up and what a breeze - so comfy - the ocean lulled us to sleep ready to wake to spectacular dawn!
Our camera was stolen at the airport or you'd see for yourself :-(
Suzanne & Tim
A gem !
Stunning location on the best stretch of beach in Tulum, fabulous rooms, close to good restaurants. We highly recommend Posasa Lamar !
Comfortable, beautiful, relaxing, and friendly
I looked at Posada Lamar on the web and almost booked a reservation, then decided to stay elsewhere because the other place offered breakfast. BIG mistake. After checking into Luna Maya (see separate review) I immediately set out to find other lodgings. Since it was off season, I was able to get a beautiful cabana (Marfil) at Posada Lamar at a great price, which was US$10 less per night than the place I was escaping from.
The cabanas are large with very high Mayan-thatched ceilings, large open shower areas with non-salty water, decent beds with mosquito netting, lots of windows and shutters, and interesting, artful details in the decoration. Simple but pleasing. Some have their own porch/patio areas with chairs and hammocks. As with almost all of the hotels in this ecological zone, electricity is limited to a few hours in the evening, which means no ceiling fans at night. While I enjoyed using candles for light, I stayed in September and had a couple of uncomfortable nights due to the heat and humidity. If I left the shutters open it let in mosquitos and sand, if closed it cut off the air - as did the mosquito netting. I finally decided to slather up with mosquito repellent and leave the shutters and mosquito net open, then shower off the sand on my skin in the morning. This is an observation, not really a complaint, since these are generally the conditions along the Boca Paila hotel zone this time of year.
The sewage system can't handle toilet paper, so most places have you throw it in a garbage can. A simple solution to make this less icky-sounding is to fill an empty water bottle with tap water and leave it by the toilet. Use the water to rinse off, then the toilet paper to dry.
The beach in front of Posada Lamar is kept clean, and the ocean is clear and easy to walk around in. There are several chairs, loungers, and a couple of water-proof mattresses for guests' use, as well as partially and completely shaded areas. The grounds are very well kept, as are the rooms.
The couple who lives on the site with their young son is vey accommodating and friendly. Mirna booked a cenote tour for me, as well as two massage treatments with Claudia, who came to my room. I had a Mayan clay treatment (wonderfully smooth, like soft butter) and an aloe very wrap. Much better than my spa experience elsewhere.
My only complaint is that I had a bit of a lack of privacy in my cabana. There were many windows (and shutters), situated in such a way that it made it difficult to run around the cabana naked -- especially if I wanted to keep the wonderful breeze from the beach flowing through. It made getting dressed in privacy a little challenging.
I would definitely recommend Posada Lamar, and will stay there again if I return to Tulum.
This place MADE our vacation! A jewel of a place.
My husband and I stayed at this beautiful, minimalist place in Tulum right on the beach. It was incredibly clean (including the beach out front which was cleaned daily) and it had very tasteful furnishings/decor. We are a couple in our 20s and we loved the romantic solitude of this quiet location. We spent our time lounging on the beach in front of the resort and on our private patio.
All the rooms are newly built bungalows and operated by a very nice family. We found the place by driving by it while searching last-minute for lodging. The price was reasonable given the time of year, and it was an absolute jewel of a find.
I highly reccommend this place, as well as their "sister" resort in the heart of Tulum. Only caution: the operators of the property do not speak much english, so some Spanish-speaking may be required. That shouldn't stop anyone, however. Also, not all rooms have electricity, which we found to be an OK thing. Flashlights & candles were provided. It was incredibly natural and peaceful.