Last year, Mo decided we needed to blow the dust off of our passports, and she booked a vacation package through Apple Vacations to beautiful Tulum, Mexico. Our resort was Dreams Tulum, less than 1-1/2 hour drive south of Cancun. Our early morning flight put us at the resort in time for lunch (but too early to get our room). First impressions were the green everywhere we looked, the warm breeze, and the large iguana chillin’ on the main walk who was there to greet us.
main resort thoroughfare
We were very pleased with our room, barely 20 steps from the edge of the beach and in the quieter portion of the waterfront. We were also just a short walk from the pools and restaurants. The people we spoke with praised the Dreams resorts above the other Cancun and Riviera Maya locations for their smaller size and nice accommodations. The staff was very friendly; I used my time there to practice and build a little on my limited Spanish vocabulary. We had to keep “Hola!” and “Buenos dias!” on standby at all times.
early morning view of our room patio from the beach
We spent plenty of time lying at the beach during our stay. Mo reserved a cabana for a day, and we relaxed on the beach in style. We also became even better acquainted with our amigo Manuel, who kept us well hydrated. While at the resort I used the opportunity to try some new drinks — some were good, some were great.
morning view from our cabana
Our sole outing was a morning trip to the Mayan ruins along the coast just south of us. It was a very bright day, and we did a lot of walking, but thankfully we had a cool breeze off the water (which we had pretty much our entire stay). And we saw our first coatimundi.
Ruinas de Tulum
Several of the evenings featured a meal out in the open with any of a variety of entertainment. We used these opportunities to visit with other couples at our table, meeting folks from Ireland, Wales, Colorado, inland Mexico, Ohio, and a host of other places. There were several large screens set up for the Super Bowl broadcast, but we had no interest in it.
moonrise over the water
Tulum was a very relaxing respite. We absolutely enjoyed the friendly people, the perfect weather, and the beautiful location.
Postlude: One of my personal highlights of this trip was wandering out onto the beach at 4:30 in the morning on our second morning and seeing the Southern Cross for the first time, hanging in plain sight just above the Caribbean. I made good use of Star Tracker on my cellphone to help identify the several southern hemisphere constellations I had never seen before, or only the northern portion of them.
Being unable to take an actual photo of the stars, instead I swiped my cellphone to get a screenshot of the app to capture the moment:
the Southern Cross