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Tulum Beaches in Brief

View north from ZaZilKin with ruins in the distance. 20140220-163729.jpg

We briefly explored the beach from the Tulum ruins south for about 15 kilometres. About 4 kilometres south of Tulum highway 109 rejoins the coast and intersects with the beach road at the new Tourist Police Station. To stay the course south on 109 you encounter several very good and some very expensive beach clubs. If you want to go full gringo this is a good area to explore. Lots of amenities and kite surfing. One day we would like to continue the 60 or so kilometres further down 109 to Punta Allen which we understand is a delightful coastal town.

At the Tourist Police Station should you decide to head north onto the beach road towards the ruins there is an expanse of over 2 kilometres of wonderful and mostly public beach. Here there are a handful of private beach clubs. Some clubs require your patronage and some request maybe you purchase a cerveza. It really depends on wether you want to use their beach loungers or not.

We choose instead to lay upon our sarongs, take a picnic lunch and beverages. The only issue is you want relief from the sun and who doesn’t enjoy the breeze under the shade of a palm. But this will necessitate the use of a beach club. As long as we purchase a couple of drinks the beach club we use is content to let us be.

We relax at ZaZilKin. Lots of palms, very secure and between noon and 3:00pm they offer 2 for 1 happy hour. Two drinks will cost $60.00 pesos and cerveza is $25.00 pesos.

From anywhere along this beach one can snorkel the reefs, kite surf, enjoy good food with live music. Relaxing and fabulous swimming. Never crowded and so far very secure and safe.

One small but important beach culture thing we learned straight off is never take a beach towel to the beach. They are bulky and hold too much sand when wet. Sarongs take up a fifth of the space and weight, dry instantly and are larger to boot.

You’ll be thankful too when it comes laundry time because you pay by weight at the lavenderia and with the humidity in Tulum a wet beach towel rarely dries thoroughly.

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Paying Tribute. Almost. Alan. Call Me.

We are having a blast at the Penticton Farmers Market. So gratifying making new friends and looking forward to serving them each week as a casual vendor. That is our descriptor: Casual Vendor. We are allowed to participate each and every week but we do not yet enjoy the ‘rewards’ of membership. The waiting list for that is long. It will take several unfortunate accidents… some time before we achieve market maturity. This is a long winded explanation/apology to our friends as to why after saying “Yes, we are here every Saturday” we won’t. Be. On Saturday.

We, (me) were warned a couple of weeks ago from a certain Market Organizer, (won’t name names here) that to allow space for the annual Peach City Beach Cruise some casual vendors might be bumped for the day. Well, we were warned again yesterday. Ya’ don’t need to tell me twice.  Although maybe in this case you did. Warned me I mean. Twice. So yeah, in all likelihood we will not be there this Saturday, June 23. We apologize. Sorry. We will make room for some… old Ford. Chevy. Or Ferrari. So while we are the real deal with real bread *insert wild applause sound track here* you can instead take in some tribute artist…

and some exquisite cars too.

Shelby - Photo by Ed Davies
Shelby – Photo by Ed Davies

Exquisite. Yes. Very Nice. And of course the Penticton Farmers Market with all the superb farm fresh produce and meats, crafts, and baked goods minus one will be there. As usual. As it should be. Yup. Seriously, if you are anywhere near Penticton this weekend the Peach City Beach Cruise is a must see. Very popular. Very. I got land for sale. Call me.