We found a pocket of paradise about 2 hours south of Cancun, on the Yucatan coast at Tulum, and have just returned from our third visit. This community of 16 thatch roof cottages, next to the most gorgeous blue sea, is called the Zamas Beach Cabanas.
There are no phones and no diversions, just a great seafood restaurant, friendly Mexican staff, and the sea outside the door of your typical Mayan style bungalow.
The owners have two children of their own and that’s part of what makes it so comfortable for families. We rent a car to explore the area because it is just north of the Mayan ruins of Tulum, not so far from Coba (it was hot there!), and near one of the national parks, Xel-ha.
We paid $115 (in 2004) for a two-room bungalow, really large and comfortable, but not right on the beach. There’s more information about it, and some other neat looking bungalows that belong to the Turquoise Reef Group ( 800 538-6802).
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