The road was pretty awful and we went very slow. Most of the land on the beach side is privately owned and fenced. We're not sure how that all works in a Reserva but eventually we found an entrance to the beach just after crossing the bridge at Poca Paila. It was worth the wait - an endless stretch of white sand and clear water. I can see why many young people come out here to camp. We picked up two of them on the way back and they were grateful to avoid many miles walking the hot road. They enjoyed Punta Allen and camping on the beach but were finally driven out by the sand fleas - too bad. Even Paradise has it's problems.
We are flying to Cuba on Tuesday 2/28 for a 9 day stay in Havana. After returning to Mexico we'll move up to Isla Mujeres and wait for a weather window for an overnight to Cuba's south west corner at Port San Antonio where we will check into the country. Then Scott Free will cruise the south coast of the island. So Cuba by land and by sea!
|Scott silhouetted in one of the four entrances|
to Tulum through the defensive wall.
|These building do remind me of Greece.|
|The original cove which served as the trade port for nearby|
|Many iguanas roamed the ruins|
|Occasional greenery and flowers are a welcome respite|
from the sun.
|Hundreds of tourists were visiting the site with us.|
|The buildings have names based on their resemblance to|
other places but they have stuck. This is called El Castillo
or The Castle.
|There is access to the beach from the site and many people|
go down and enjoy the water.
|From Tulum we drove down the shore road towards Punta|
|The beach was long, white and perfect. And there were|
almost no people.
|It was heaven!|