In the beginning...

Tulum Travel Blog

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Former velociraptor gazing at the Carribean

Long, long ago, before Lonely Planet guidebooks were invented, before X-drive had even one travbuddy award, there was a giant meteor that came out of the sky and killed all the dinosaurs, poor little overgrown things. That meteor happened to strike a giant chunck of limestone called the Yucatan Platform, creating a massive crater-shaped fault line and sending a lot of climate-changing, velociraptor-choking debris into the air. Over time, weakend chuncks of limestone would collapse into underground cave systems carved out by the erosive force of water on rock, creating cenotes. A little bit later, some Mayan people would throw human sacrifices into these cenotes. A little bit later than that, I would read about how you can float in these clear blue waters, swimming with blind fish under creepy stalactites. And that, my friends, is how we get to Mimi and Johnny's Yucatan adventure 2009.

sunrise on the beach

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  • Day 1
  • Highlights: Good food, getting a cabana on the beach
  • New Mosquito bites: 1

First of all, let me say that flying to Cancun from NYC is dayum cheap. It's only $270 to paradise, people.

We landed in Cancun and took a bus straight out to Play Del Carmen, and then to Tulum. As far away from spring breakers doing tequila shots as possible.

We ate tasty fish and fajitas at restaurant by the bus station, where the town drunk happened to be sitting at the next table. El Boracho got into a fight with another local while we were eating. Dinner and a show.

The map of Tulum can be boiled down to an H. One big road running through town and out towards PDC, one road running along the beach past all the beachside hotels, and one road connecting them. The transportation situation is a little annoying, in that it's not a big place but you have to take cabs from the beach to town, and there's only one connector road between. Collectivos run along the road through town, but not the beach road. We cabbed out to Cabanas Copal, which was right on the beach but not too far from the connector road. By the time we got there, the sun was going down and they were all sold out of cheap huts, so we negotiated on a 600 peso cabana facing the beach. By candlelight, I sipped on a cocktail served in a pinneapple head with mango ears and watched the light fade from the sky as the ocean rolled against the beach. It was gorgeous!

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Former velociraptor gazing at the …
Former velociraptor gazing at the…
sunrise on the beach
sunrise on the beach
white sand beach in tulum
white sand beach in tulum
Cabanas Copal - our beachside hut
Cabanas Copal - our beachside hut
The beach right outside our hut
The beach right outside our hut
pinapple rum drink
pinapple rum drink
mosquito net bed
mosquito net bed
first evening in on the carribean
first evening in on the carribean
Tulum Hotels & Accommodations review
Cabanas Copal. It's Rustic, and Romantic.
This was the biggest lodging splurge on on our trip - about $60 for a beachfront cabana with private bathroom. The words "rustic" and "romantic" proba… read entire review
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