Tulum Eurostar Blue Hotel Robbery Ring
A wedding party staying at this hotel was robbed in 20 rooms of over $100,000 on Oct. 27, 07. Thieves were able to access all the safes in the rooms. Reports to the hotel management were met with hostility and threats. Local and Federal investigators were of no assistance. See the article in the Fort Bend Herald web site for November 1 for details. DO NOT GO To THIS HOTEL UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!!
- Luxury Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Caution: Mayan Riviera is not for Spring Break!
Although the beaches are wonderful and the resorts are top notch the Mayan Riviera caters mostly to couples, families and seniors. The single groups of the young men and women are few and far between.
FACT: There was a group of young. canadian men on our trip and my boyfriend and i felt very sorry for them. They were never with girls and they probably ended up playing pool with themselves for most of the vacation...
Tip: Stick to Cancun...much more party oriented!
- School Holidays
Watch what you touch. We were...
Watch what you touch. We were warned not to touch the trees at Coba as some of them are poisonous. Our guide explained what would happen and let me tell you it was not pleasant!
Some updated info from VT'er Zahirah:
"The "poisonous" trees are called che chen, and the nasty rash can only be healed by a mush made of the bark of a chakah tree, which is always found near a che chen, a good thing!"
It's not a danger or a real...
It's not a danger or a real warning, just an advisory about their mail service. My friend and I mailed postcards at the end of November that arrived at their destination in middle of January. And some were only going to the US! I think they walked them there. So if you're waiting for someone to say 'Got your postcard' you could be in for a long wait!
You might possibly lose your...
You might possibly lose your heart to all the cats at this resort. There were so many strays but the staff would feed them. We started taking a plate of food out after dinner to feed them. Some of them were so cute. This is my friend Julie feeding a few of them.
Salty tap water
Many of the resorts around Tulum, mainly the more rustic ones and bungalows - have salty water coming out of the tap. Not that you'd drink it even if it was fresh, but just be ready for it. It feels quite strange, especially in the shower, and on long hair. I used extra conditioner to help.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Safety in the Riviera Maya coast.
Many people have contacted us recently about safety concerns. The national US media has cast a dark cloud over an entire country based on incidents and problems that are primarily along the Mexico-US border.
The Rivera Maya is fine, there are no drug wars happening. We have staff on the coast with families; their kids go to school like normal, we are not living in fear, or flak jackets! Lots of people are on vacation as I type, enjoying the area. In a FOX News interview on March 11 it was even said that the "crimes are not against tourists". The problems are between cartels and government agencies that want to put a stop to them. Cancun and the Riviera Maya are safe. You can rest easy coming to the Riviera Maya. Read the recent travel alert from the US State Department on February 20. It does not mention the Rivera Maya.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Hotel Charges -- Ask cost of Breakfast and Water!
We stayed at two Cabanas in Tulum. I made both sets of reservations by email and did deposits. One worked out fine, that was Hotel Dos Ceibas. The other was more expensive than planned, that is Eco Hemingway. Both are very nice Cabanas, beautiful places with nice staff and lovely artistic touches. However, I thought i had nailed down the cost of the room, including taxes, and all other charges before making the arrangements. I think what went wrong with Eco Hemingway was that one of the staff there told me breakfast was included when we arrived. The bill was over a $100 USD more than I had been promised when we checked out. At the time, we needed to get to the airport so we paid rather than risk problems that would affect our flight. However, we sought explanations by email and were told it was the food and water. We only had breakfast and the water bottles provided in the room. The strange thing is that Hotel Dos Ceibas told us when we arrived that the breakfast cost and the price was clear, likewise the water so even though it was more than the original reservation, we had no resentment since we had the option of eating or getting water elsewhere.
To make a long story short, add this to your list of questions whether breakfast is included and if not, how much it costs. Whether drinking water is included and how much a bottle costs. Take a printout of the email with you in case you need it.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
This area of the Yucatan Peninsula was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Emily last year, and most hotels have recovered to some extent. You may want to make sure that the hotel you are staying in does not have ongoing construction. Also, much of the vegetation such as palm trees has been uprooted. They have been replanted, but are young trees and smaller. Beach erosion, always a problem in this area, was terrible, and most beaches have only just started to re-open in the past few months. You may have a pipe running the length of the beach. Also, if you plan on traveling to Cozumel for snorkeling and scuba, the reefs have been damaged too. From what I've heard from friends, the snorkeling won't recover for some years, although if you're going to scuba, you can go deeper and still see plant and marine life.
My valuables got stolen from inside the cabaña!!! :-( I was stupid enough to leave my bag in there for a short swim...
Don't leave anything valuable in there, and make sure your door locks well (ours didn't)! There also will be safety deposits (sometimes for free, sometimes they charge you) at the different hostels.
Just watch your step!
If you are a senior just watch very carefully your steps... If you are young just watch more carefully!!!
Loose rocks and stones...
And this cute criature that I found wandering around.
- Historical Travel
Careful with the Crabs !!
All along the road to Boca Paila and Punta Allen there are signs warning you to drive slow and look out for turtles and crabs crossing the road.