CABANAS COPAL: Tulum, Mexico

The founders of had the pleasure of spending two nights at Cabanas Copal while back-packing the Yucatan in the summer of 2002. They sum it up in one word: Gotta.

You will not find a friendlier, happier, more enjoyable staff, nor will you find better food. Just steps away from the beach, the cabanas are candle-lit at night, as there is no electricity on the Tulum beach. All power needed to heat water, cook food, and operate the internet cafe and reception area is provided by generators, and drinking water is delivered twice daily by truck.

If you're looking for something peaceful and romantic, easy and relaxing, then the Cabanas Copal should be at the top of your list. Put another way, if you can't relax here, then perhaps relaxation is not what you're looking for.

If you still want to get out during the day, rest assured that there's plenty to do in the area. The Tulum ruins are only three miles away, and Tulum pueblo (the town itself) is only four miles away. Also nearby are Akumal and Xel-Ha. For the snorkelers, there are dozens of cenotes in the area, each its own, unique, underwater world. For those who are somewhat adventurous, you might want to drive to Punta Laguna. Ask for Alfredo when you get there. He'll take you into the jungle where you can see the spider monkeys, or, perhaps you'd like to rent a canoe and paddle out to the spider monkey island.

To wrap up your day, return to Cabanas Copal for dinner and drinks, under candle light, of course. And if you plan ahead, you'll want to be sure to spend a Friday night there. This is when you can experience a Temazcal, followed by a fruit snack and a dip in the ocean...

For even more information, check out a week at Cabanas Copal!

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Cabanas Copal
Tulum, Mexico