My wife, my 7 yo daughter, and I stayed at Posada Lamar (in Agata- closest to the road, but still quiet) in late Feb, 2012, and we loved it. The bungalows are comfortable and have a lot of character, the property is loaded with countless flowering plants & trees, the breakfasts are fantastic (yogurt w/granola, fresh fruit, toast, fresh oj, coffee, tea), and the employees are very friendly. My daughter was wild about all the little lizards, geckos, and the resident iguana. Needless to say, this is NOT the type of place for people who dig sterile, climate-controlled, all-inclusive resorts. On a sad note, the beach here is eroding pretty badly. The beach at Margherita (the 2nd property north of Lamar) is gone.
We rented a car in Cancun (was a little nervous about this initially) and the drive down really was not bad at all. I'd recommend renting a car- there are so many day trips around Tulum that would be difficult without one. [Another good reason to have a car: if you want real Mexican food at prices that are not extortionate, drive into town. Seriously- SKIP the beach restaurants. El Camello at the south end of town has outstanding seafood (ceviche, sopa de mariscos, etc). bear in mind the portions are quite large. Los Pepes, though seemingly always empty, is also very good.] We had no problems at all driving. People there drive much better than my fellow Bostonians. No problems with La Policia. DO watch out for TOPES! They are not always marked, and if you fail to brake you will annihilate that little rental!
I guess my only caveat about Tulum is that the beach has a dismaying amount of plastic trash washing up - especially plastic water bottles. We actually crushed all the plastic bottles we used, packed 'em out and recycled them back home. I also reduced my plastic use by drinking more beer (they reuse the glass bottles). Environmentalism has its perks.
random recommendations: get to Coba as early as possible, rent bikes. Tour buses start to arrive around 9 or 10 am, and spoil things rapidly. Cenote Escondido is very pretty - down dirt road in the jungle and you will probably have it all to yourself. My daughter learned to snorkel there. Cenote Cristal (across the road) had LOTS of algae and is just not as picturesque.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Eco-friendly and charming hotel is set on the beach, just 6 km south of the Tulum Beach road. It features beautiful decorated bungalows offering stunning sea views. Each room at Posada Lamar is decorated using local handicrafts and colourful fabrics. All bungalows offer a terrace with hammocks and have palapa thatched roofs. The Tulum Ruins are less than 15 minutes’ drive from Posada Lamar. You can also visit Tulum Pueblo, only 10 minutes’ drive away. Here you will find a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can also provide tourist information about the area. The beaches in Tulum are ideal for diving and snorkelling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Lamar Tulum
- Posada Lamar Hotel Tulum