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A Week in Tankah/Tulum

An April 2007 trip to Tulum by pault36

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Quote: Seeking escape from the last throes of winter in central New York we pack up and head south to Tankah to bask, explore and revel.

Charlie's

Restaurant

Charlie's Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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Lime soup and very good molé. Casual, with a friendly chat on the night we dined there. My son, the vegetarian, had a fine dinner as well. It was a bit of a challenge finding good veg-friendly places to eat--rice and beans can only go so far for so many meals.

I highly recommend Charlie's for good Mexican at a very good price. It has great atmosphere and I have a real fondness for the decor, especially the glass embedded walls.

Very much worth a visit.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 16, 2007

Charlie's
Tulum Av. (hwy 307 So.) Westside
Tulum
+52 984-871-2573

Restaurant Don Cafeto

Restaurant | "Don Cafetos"

Restaurant Don Cafeto Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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A favorite. Each table receives a large bowl of pickled vegetables -carrots, peppers, garlic- along with the omnipresent tortilla chips. I lunched there, and I suppose I was so caught up in the heat and atmosphere - it was our first lunch since arriving - that I have no distinct memory of what I ate, only that it was good. Really suppose I should cart a notepad around to keep track of these things, but then I'd be less likely to get swept away in the total experience.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2007

Restaurant Don Cafeto
Av. Tulum No. 64 Lote 12
Tulum 77780
800 505 1713

Nave

Restaurant | "La Nave"

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Wood fired pizza oven is the key here. Excellent thin crust pizzas are the star, costing $7-$10. My wife and son shared a whole fish which was judged to be adequate but not the best ever. Friendly, attentive staff in a casual environment. We sat just off the street and I admit I developed a fondness for the fluid boundaries, common with many restaurants/dining places here. The openness and the street traffic, both human and automotive, add a liveliness to the experience and are easy enough to avoid by sitting further back into the restaurant.Capping off the meal: cappuccino. One of my puzzlements in visiting the Mayan coast is the mediocrity of coffee, but La Nave was a welcome re...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2007

Nave
Tulum Av. (Hwy 307 So.)
Tulum, Mexico

Xcaret

Attraction | "Body Surfing and Splashing About"

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Sparsely populated beach...some families and even the occasional "hippy". The first time we went some guy felt obligated to bang his drum at the edge of the waves. I feel somewhat at liberty to complain about such things because a couple of decades ago I might have done the same thing. It's an awesome beach which we humans share with sea turtles, though we saw none. A bit early for them to be out laying eggs. There's a small entry fee (donation), and one article warned about security of items, but we encountered nary a threat. Just a few people enjoying the beach. Waves the second day were perfect for body surfing and it's always fun to look up and see fish held in a waves crest. It's somewhat hard to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 17, 2007

Xcaret
South of Playa del Carmen
Quintana Roo, Mexico

Gran Cenote

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Attraction

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A cenote is a freshwater-filled limestone sinkhole which may lead to a cave system. You can read more on wikipedia. Gran Cenote is one of the most popular cenotes in the Tulum/Cancun area, and we stopped by on our way back from Coba. At first, we hesitated due to the $8-a-head entry fee, but heat and interest won out and we laid down our $32to get in. We had our own gear, so I can't tell you what the rental costs are, but we had to change and I have to express my disappointment at the "facilities" for changing we found. A men's room with a door that wouldn't shut, a very funky toilet, one sink that was questionable, and muck on the floor. I had expected a bit more for our entry fee. We didn't g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2007

Gran Cenote

Tulum, Mexico
+52 (984) 8030809

Pan Del Carmen

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A bakery after my own heart. I think we made 4 stops at Pan Del Carmen over the course of our week. An awe-inspiring selection of pastries and breads, flan, and cakes. Unavoidable temptation. If only I'd snapped a picture inside the bakery.
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When we were in Cancun two years ago, we took one-a-day trips, offered by the conference my wife was attending, to Tulum. On the way back to Cancun, we stopped for lunch at Caleta Tankah. Set up at the entrance to the resturant was a vendor who had these really unique necklaces for sale. We had shopped in Cancun for trinkets to bring back to the boys but hadn't found anything til we found this vendor and his necklaces. To shorten what could be a lengthy ramble, this time around, on our first trip into Tulum from the house we were staying at, we came upon a vendor with the same necklaces and in the course of bargaining with him, mentioned our first find of this particular style of necklace. He ment...Read More

Elegant simplicity

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I am about to extol the virtues of a device, or machine, so the open ended title of this piece does not indicate some exotic hotel/spa or the greatest chef we encountered but rather a machine of simple sturdy design that exists for one purpose and functions superbly without the latest intel processor inside. I will speak now of the exprimadore. Yes, a juicer whose sole function is to take a halved lime, lemon or orange and, through the application of brute force, wrest the tart or sweet essence from any of the aforementioned fruits. It is the essence of simplicity—cast aluminum, a lever, a basket to hold the halved fruit—and exactly perfect for the task at hand. No need to plug it in, no instru...Read More