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MsEmilyAnn...How was Tulum??

We are thinking about going next year? What did you like, what didn't you like???
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Re: MsEmilyAnn...How was Tulum??

  • We got back from Tulum last night. We had a GREAT time but it was HOT HOT HOT, I've never sweat so much in my entire life! We really liked Tulum and would recommend it.

    We stayed at Dreams Tulum overall the resort was very nice we still had a few issues. One of the major points was that the pools (2) aren't very large, and the ocean is very rocky (but still beautiful). We could usually find a spot in the shade, but the resort wasn't at 100% occupancy either. If you are considering the resort, make sure to book a Dreams room (verses one that doesn't say Dreams as the first word). We booked a Junior suite before arrival and updated to a Dreams Junior Suite when we arrived, for an additional $30 per night. The first room we had was not updated, the location was far from everything, the bed was hard, and it had a strange smell. However, the Dreams Junior suite was great! No issues with the room itself. I have lots of info, and reviews on the resort. Let me know if you want it.

    It took us 2 hours to get to Tulum from the airport, which included 2-3 stops at other resorts to drop others off. We liked that we were away from other resorts, but for excursions (besides for the ruins) we did, we had to travel at least 40 minutes. However, there are closer attractions. This was a draw back, but not a big issue for us.

    If we were to go again, we would stay in an eco friendly place that is on the main stretch of small tulum hotels. They have an awesome beach, better than Dreams. Also, there are multiple major resorts that say Tulum in their name, or that say they are in Tulum, but they aren't.

    We didn't feel unsafe at any point, other than during the drive to and from the airport. The drivers are craazy behind the wheel!

    I have pictures posted on facebook if we are facebook friends. Ask me any questions you have!

  • sorry to butt in,

    we stayed at Dreams Tulum last year and absolutely loved it!!!  It was so peaceful and I couldn't believe how clean that resort was and the food was soooooo good.  The ocean was a little rocky which I didn't expect!  And I loved the tulum ruins, I thought they were soo pretty!  And if we went again, we wouldn't go in the summer when it's so unbelievably hot so we'd do in spring or fall or something. 

     Butting out...

  • What other excursions did you do - besides the ruins?

    H and I are investigated a Mexico trip in the Fall (Nov) and I'm thinking of either a cruise RT from New Orleans or to a resort in Mexico.  He'd be way into the ruins, but what else did you guys do?
  • I'm going to butt in as well - my friend's father has a house in Akumal which is about halfway between Cancun and Tulum.  I've stayed there a couple of times.  I would highly suggest that people consider getting a rental car.  There are a number of great places to see and things to do and its a lot cheaper to just rent a car than to pay for the excursions leaving from the hotels.  I go with Hertz and prices are comparable to those in the US.  There's one highway that runs south from Cancun, so it is really hard to get lost.  The locals are all pretty friendly.

    Sea turtles nest in Half Moon Bay near Akumal.  So it is a great place to snorkel (although rocky).  During the season, there are also nighttime eco-outings that take you near where the turtles lay their eggs.

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    What other excursions did you do - besides the ruins?

    H and I are investigated a Mexico trip in the Fall (Nov) and I'm thinking of either a cruise RT from New Orleans or to a resort in Mexico.  He'd be way into the ruins, but what else did you guys do?

    We did 3 excurions:

    1: Tulum Ruins, very nice and fun, but HOT!

    2: catamaya; it's a 1/2 day trip on a catamaran to the reef off the coast to go snorkeling. It's the second largest reef in the world. The snorkeling was okay, the water was a little rough It would have been great if the water was calm. It's about 40 minutes out and back each way, had a nice lunch, and an hour for snorkeling.

    3: we did a tour that had zip-lines, a jungle bike ride, and swimming and snorkeling in a centote and some caves.

    Our favorite was the adventure tour where we did the zip-lines and snorkeling.

  • image hbkises:

    sorry to butt in,

    we stayed at Dreams Tulum last year and absolutely loved it!!!  It was so peaceful and I couldn't believe how clean that resort was and the food was soooooo good.  The ocean was a little rocky which I didn't expect!  And I loved the tulum ruins, I thought they were soo pretty!  And if we went again, we wouldn't go in the summer when it's so unbelievably hot so we'd do in spring or fall or something. 

     Butting out...

    Feel free to butt in and out whenever you want! We liked Dreams Tulum, but they were NOT prepared for the rain that came on the last day. Water was dripping down the walls in the restaurants (sp?), the ceilings were dripping water, some 1st floor rooms flooded, and a ceiling even collapsed. They were closing places down (the club) because the floors had standing water. The power in our room kept going in and out. Luckily for us it was only the night before we were leaving and the day we were leaving. We still had fun, but I wouldn't have been happy if I was arriving on that day for a stay. This is one of the reasons we wouldn't stay there again, in case we had a semi bad rain again.

    I agree the food was pretty good, only a few things that I didn't like.

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