Tulum was actually larger than I thought it was going to be. Not a large city by any means, it was still an active town with many restaurants to choose from. One thing that was disappointing was that the prices were much higher than I thought they were going to be. While I expected the beach resort restaurants to be pricey, I didn’t think the in-town restaurants were much better. On my first night, I stopped at an Argentinian place along the main highway downtown. They brought a complimentary appetizer of bread and chimichurri sauce and sauteed onions. Isn’t it nice how everything is colored-coordinated, to include the beer and my sunglasses? Rich shades of browns and golds…would make a nice advertisement.
I didn’t know what to expect because I had never had this before, but it was wonderful. I could have been satisfied with having just this for dinner.
More tightly napkin-bound utensils…
For lunch I had the vegetarian crepes. I should have just stuck with the appetizer because this was WAY more than I was hungry for. This was one of the least expensive items on the menu and it was about 120 pesos. It was good…
Very rich and filling…
I could only eat about half of it. For dinner that night, the owner of my hotel recommended Charlies.
For a restaurant with such an American name, I would have thought it was owned by Americans, but the woman who seated me didn’t speak a lick of English. She seemed like the owner or manager, and was very nice, but it was very difficult to understand her. After some conversation, I was able to figure out that she wanted me to come back the next night because they were having entertainment. I’m always kind of amazed that even with my severely limited knowledge of the Spanish language I am able to understand some conversations just from various words I can decipher.
I ordered the shish-kabob, but was very disappointed. The meat was very tough and I couldn’t eat all of it. Again, it was pretty pricey at about 150 pesos…definitely not worth it.
After dinner, I learned that there were salsa dance lessons in the back room, so I decided to go back and check it out. The main participants consisted of an American couple with two small children. I will have to say that many Americans could learn a few things about dancing from our friends south of the border. Most of us are WAY too stiff and awkward and could use some serious loosening up before we try to come close to imitating our very talented southern neighbors. This couple looked like it was more work than fun and definitely needed a few shots of tequila in my humble opinion. Sorry I didn’t get photos.
It was hard not to notice that most restaurants that had televisions were showing the Olympics. Here’s the trampoline competition…
I just had a beer in this place and noticed that it had its own little Dia de los Muertos celebration on a Ferris Wheel. How fun…little skeletons with their arms up…wheeeeee!!!!!
Subway in Tulum. Yep… I went there after my day in Coba. I was tired and just wanted to get back to the claustrophobic hotel, believe it or not. The 6-inch sub I ordered was only about $1.70 US dollars…wow. And it was good!
Okay, so these are just some miscellaneous shots of Tulum…I took these the morning I was leaving for Akumal.
Ssshhhhhhhhh!!!!!! (Whispering…) I think someone had a hard night…
I wish they had had the prices on this sign…I would like to have known how much they were. They were cute.
I’d also like to know how much this place is, too. It was a half block off the main highway and actually looked very nice.
And another fruit and veggie stand…
Here’s where I had breakfast my last morning in Tulum…
A veggie omelet…
It was good…very cheesy…
I’m saying…it must be a law!
No matter where you go in Mexico, you get a feel that despite the problems, these people love their country.
And they love each other.
One more post to come of the “other” Tulum.
Nice post Deb! I just saw a link to your post of Puerto Morelos on a Puerto Morelos blogger’s page. (And I got to that blog from looking at blogs read by someone who’d posted on my page.) My take is that Tulum might be worth a visit?
August 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm
Thanks, Beck. I’m going to hold off on replying to your question until I do my next post on the “other” Tulum. I’m still mulling things over in my mind. And, yes…isn’t it funny how all these “south of the border” bloggers are all kind of interlinked? The wonders of the internet.
August 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm
love your comments about the napkins….I laugh at that every time, every where you go
August 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm
We noticed yesterday at the local Mexican restaurant here that the silverware was mummy wrapped. Ha!
August 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm