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.
THIRD DRIVEWAY FROM THE END
SOCIETY CO-OPERATIVE OF FISHERMEN
NETTING STOPS THE DRIFTING SAND FROM
BOTHERING THE PATRONS WHO WISH TO
EAT UNDER THE STARS
$100 DEPOSIT FOR THE LOCK TO YOUR CABANA
They also sell hammocks that they make in the office.
THE BAR, across from our cabana
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.
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.
BIN EXAMINES THE PILE OF THE CARPETING
Note the candles on the wall.
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.
THEY ALSO HAVE A SHOWER INSIDE
The temperature of the water depends on how long the sun has been shining on the reservoir on the roof.
BIRDS GATHER AS FISHERMEN CAST THEIR NET
The reef breaks the waves,
making the swimming near the beach more pleasant.
ALL IS NOT ALWAYS SERENE
There is great snorkeling on the reef. One of the small boats will take you out, for a price.
I'M NOT SURE, BUT I THINK,
IT IS CALLED KITE BOARDING
THIS MAN AND HIS TWO FRIENDS
WERE AT IT FOR SEVERAL HOURS
Definitely more strength in their arms than I.
THIS LITTLE FELLOW WAS BUSY CLEANING HOUSE
OR PERHAPS HE WAS BUILDING A NEW HOME
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.
SECOND DRIVEWAY FROM THE END
THE NUMBER ON THE DOOR - `COZUMEL'
THE EARLY MORNING SUN WAKES UP THE BEACH
THE LIGHT HOUSE MARKS THE END
OF THE PUBLIC BEACH
I DON'T THINK THEY ARE SERVING TODAY
I THOUGHT THE WORLD'S SMALLEST CHURCH
WAS IN SASKATCHEWAN
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