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(Panorama, Looking North along the beach, from the resort.)
CARIBBEAN OCEAN, LOOKING NORTH

(Panorama, Looking South along the beach, from the resort.)
CARIBBEAN OCEAN, LOOKING SOUTH


Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

A half hours drive South of Playa Del Carmen, or an hours drive South of Cancun, will take you to a pleasant little town called Tulum.

From Playa Del Carmen it is only $20 on the bus, or a small van.

When I was there, in early `04, the main street, highway 307, was under construction.

Just North of the construction, on the edge of the shopping district is an intersection.

Turn East at the sign that says BOCA PAILA.

After a two Kilometer drive on paved road you will find an intersection.

At the intersection there is a small police station.

From here you can turn North, or South, and find a wide range of, smaller, beach resorts.

We turned North, went to the very end of the road.

Well, not the end, but as far as you can drive. A gate prevents you from driving to the light house and the ancient ruins.

Those are accessed by road from the main highway.

Turning about we drove South to the third resort.

(People walking on the road.)
(Sign at entrance to the resort.)
THIRD DRIVEWAY FROM THE END

(Sign at entrance to the resort. (Society Co-operative of Fisherman's.
SOCIETY CO-OPERATIVE OF FISHERMEN
(Banner, telling of events, over driveway.)

(Beach behind restaurant, jeep under palm tree.)
(Thatch roof restaurant)
RESTAURANT

(Sign, Mar Caribe, on side of restaurant.)
(Restaurant, from the beach side, showing outdoor seating, with netting to stop the drifting sand.)
NETTING STOPS THE DRIFTING SAND FROM
BOTHERING THE PATRONS WHO WISH TO
EAT UNDER THE STARS

(Thatched roof office.)
OFFICE
(Close up of office.)
$100 DEPOSIT FOR THE LOCK TO YOUR CABANA
They also sell hammocks that they make in the office.

(Panorama, Looking South around the resort.)
LOOKING SOUTH FROM OUR CABANA

(Panorama, Looking West around the resort.)
LOOKING WEST FROM OUR CABANA

( Panorama, Looking North around the resort.)
LOOKING NORTH FROM OUR CABANA

(Thatch roof bar.)
THE BAR, across from our cabana
(Thatch rood cabin.)
OUR CABANA, either #9 or #14
the number on the door wasn't very clear.

The cabins, or bungalows, come in various sizes: two bed; one bed and hammock; one bed; one hammock, no bed.

Bring your own hammock or buy one from the office.

(Tent between sand hills.)
(People and boats on beach  and in water.)
The white waves in the background is the surf breaking on a reef.

You can also rent a place to pitch a tent, or hang a hammock, or just sleep on the sand.

(Interior of cabana.)
BIN EXAMINES THE PILE OF THE CARPETING
Note the candles on the wall.
(Interior of thatch roof.)
I WAS CHECKING OUT THE ROOF STRUCTURE

There is no water or electricity.

The cabins are basically four walls. The lower portion of the walls are poured concrete. The upper portion is wood on the outside which is lined with a layer of concrete.

There is no floor or foundation. The walls are built directly on the sand.

The sand has to be constantly shoveled away form the doors and the walls as it is being constantly shifted by the winds.

(Bathrooms with exterior sinks.)
BANOS (BATHROOMS),
THEY ALSO HAVE A SHOWER INSIDE
(Shower building.)
DUCHAS (SHOWERS)

The temperature of the water depends on how long the sun has been shining on the reservoir on the roof.

(Birds around a boat on the water.)
BIRDS GATHER AS FISHERMEN CAST THEIR NET
The reef breaks the waves,
making the swimming near the beach more pleasant.
(A sailboat lying on its side, near the shore.)
ALL IS NOT ALWAYS SERENE

There is great snorkeling on the reef. One of the small boats will take you out, for a price.

(A kite style parachute pulling a man on a board across the water.)
I'M NOT SURE, BUT I THINK,
IT IS CALLED KITE BOARDING
(Close up of the man on the board.)
THIS MAN AND HIS TWO FRIENDS
WERE AT IT FOR SEVERAL HOURS

Definitely more strength in their arms than I.

(A small crabs sticks his head out of a hole on the beach.)
THIS LITTLE FELLOW WAS BUSY CLEANING HOUSE
(Closer look at the crab in the hole.)
OR PERHAPS HE WAS BUILDING A NEW HOME

`08 MARCH - ADDENDUM

In `08 we wanted to spend a couple of nights on the sand but, after Hurricane Wilma the only thing left of our little cabin was part of one wall sticking, at an angle, out of the sand.

We enquired about a different cabin but their rates had jumped to a minimum of P500 and the manager didn't seem very friendly.

After a bit of searching around we decided to stay at the motel next door, to the North.

The price was the same P500 but it wasn't like last time, concrete instead of sand for the floor, electricity instead of candles for light.

(Sign at entrance to the resort.)
SECOND DRIVEWAY FROM THE END
(Reception for the resort.)
RESORT RECEPTION

Exterior of cabana.
THE NUMBER ON THE DOOR - `COZUMEL'
(Interior of cabana.)
(Beach, palm trees, ocean, clouds.)
THE EARLY MORNING SUN WAKES UP THE BEACH
(A light house on a rock hill)
THE LIGHT HOUSE MARKS THE END
OF THE PUBLIC BEACH

(Open cabana with massage table.)
(Sign for massage.)

(Sign, dive shop logo.)
(Sign, dive prices.)
(Cabana, dive office.)

(Cabana on the beach as a bar.)
I DON'T THINK THEY ARE SERVING TODAY
(Sign over bar.

(Exterior of very small church.)
I THOUGHT THE WORLD'S SMALLEST CHURCH
WAS IN SASKATCHEWAN
(Interior of very small church.)

(Sign telling of the powers of the pyramid)
(A healing pyramid.)
ENERGIZING PYRAMID

(Hotel.)
HOTEL
(Aztec art.)
AZTEC CALENDAR

Zazil-Kin
Ph:(984) 124-00-82
cabanas_zazilkin@yahoo.com.mx
www.zazilkintulum.com

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