How To Reach Tulum

Tripadvisor – the popular travel website gets flooded with queries for Tulum and one of them being how to reach Tulum from Grand Palladium. Read on to know more…

When at Palladium, there many options which you can explore. Mainly there is Tulum, the historical town and then there is Akumal, the perfect beach and snorkeling getaway. If you and your little ones love their history, they would definitely fall in love with the ruins of Tulum. You can hire a cab from outside the Palladium. If you book a cab from inside the resort, you will not be able to bargain your way to Tulum. You will find the ruins by the highway about 1 km further into town, and the main beach area is 2 km from town with 5 miles of pristine beaches, small hotels and restaurants and beach bars to sooth your nerves. It is quite a fun if you go for the collectivo, but there is a bit of a walk from where the collectivo drops you off. You have to talk the bridge back over the highway and then walk down the street into the town.

On the other hand, you may find Tulum to be very hot and boring if not into history and archaeology. Then head towards Akumal Bay in a colectivo or taxi. It’s a very nice place where the kids can enjoy.  Akumal has beach, restaurants, shopping in a close area and far lesser hot than Tulum. You can also hire a golf cart tour to Half Moon Bay or Yal-Ku Lagoon. A cab ride from the resort to Akumal should cost you $10. But you will have to bargain a lot but it’s worth it as it is basically the same cost as the collectivo but less walking.

Also read: Day trip to Akumal

Whichever destination you choose to explore from Palladium, make sure to have loads of fun even if you feel tired after walking. Hold hands and start on an interesting journey.

Come and Relax In Akumal

Akumal Snorkeling

Photo compliments of photographer Micheal Hall

Interested to get a glimpse of local people and culture or just relax and forget all your worries, Akumal might be the place you want to visit. Hop over in any taxi or just for the thrill go on a hop-on hop-off bus that’s very inexpensive named colectivo to reach Akumal. It is just over an hour’s drive from the resort city of Cancun, Mexico, and about a half-hour from Playa del Carmen. Cancun is best known for its beautiful beaches and fruity drinks.

Most of the tourists head for Cancun due to its lavish luxurious options. But as Akumal is strategically located about twenty-minutes from the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum you cannot give the place a miss. The spectacular Mayan ruins of Coba are about an hour-and-a-half away. Along the way, you’ll find stops for beautiful cenotes – a Mexican version of an underground swimming hole – in which to take a dip. In fact, there are three wonderful ones right near Coba.

Located on the Caribbean Sea, Akumal Bay is breathtakingly beautiful, with lots to do. Depending on where you stay, you’ll find different activities to suit your taste. Stay in a resort on the main bay if you are fond of luxurious larger hotels, jet-ski rental, beach-bars, parasailing and more. Stay at a place on North Akumal Bay and you’ll experience a more serene experience, quite opposite. On North Akumal Bay you’ll have a choice of staying at small, boutique-like properties, as well as renting condos and rental homes. Even you can find fabulous restaurants with delicious food where the flooring is the actual sandy beach.

Akumal means “place of the turtles” in the Mayan language. The beaches to the north and south are endangered Green Sea Turtle habitat. The Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA), local NGO, educates residents and visitors about habitat preservation. Yal Ku Lagoon, to the north is a haven for snorkelling; an area where fresh water percolating through ground limestone meets salt water and creates nutrient-rich habitat for marine life. Just a short swim out and you’ll have one of the best views in the area; colourful fish and beautiful sea turtles!

Be it food, surroundings or the people, Akumal has it all just to enjoy and relax. Let yourself loose to soak up the feeling.

Good News For Foreign Real Estate Buyers – Mexico’s House Loosens Fideicomiso

The House Chamber of Deputies, following an overwhelming majority vote of 356 in favour and 119 against the real estate scenario is about to change. Though the measure was approved in the House, the bill still needs approval from the Senate and state legislatures before it officially becomes law.

Up till now, foreign buyers were allowed to purchase property in and around Mexico’s coastal and border towns under supervision of a real estate trust known as a fideicomiso. However, following a historic vote in Mexico’s House last week, a new bill that will loosen these restrictions is one step closer to becoming law.

In the case of owning property in Mexico it refers to a bank trust. It is a legal agreement between the “property owner” and his bank that establishes that the bank hold the property in trust for the “owner”. This arises from the fact that foreigners cannot own property within 50 kilometres of the coast or within 100 km. of the northern border. This is sometimes called the foreigner exclusion zone.

If the bill gets passed, it will permit foreign buyers to bypass the “red tape” that is created by the current fideicomiso system, which is outlined in Article 27 of the constitution and prohibits direct ownership of land by foreigners within 50 kilometers (31 miles) of the coast and 100 kilometers (62 miles) of the border. The bill will change all of this, permitting foreign buyers to purchase real estate directly in oceanfront areas for residential use. Changing the current laws could have a positive impact to the Akumal real estate market, and economy along with other coastal towns around Mexico.

The old law is serving as more of a hindrance than a protective measure, since giving added legal certainty to foreign property ownership rights will financially benefit the local governments and people of coastal and border towns. When the new bill becomes law, it will also mean additional tax revenues for the areas in question.

Several expert opinions are pouring in about the bill and Wall Street Journal too has aired their view, Mexican real estate developers and local government officials are backing the new bill to remove the restrictions, citing the success of landlocked towns such as San Miguel de Allende, which is very popular among expats and has developed a strong local economy to prove it.

Fideicomiso is a complicated process than buying direct from developers and real estate professionals will be. By removing these outdated restrictions, the new bill is expected to bring an added burst of new activity to Mexico’s already strong real estate sector.

The development that happened last week, was the first governmental step to changing the real estate law, however the process is still a long journey to completion. Hope this proposal to lift the fideicomiso law which has been circulating for over a year in the capital gets passed.

Mexico’s Economy Rebounds The Most In Last 5 Months

The retail sales in Mexico rose more than analysts expected in August. Accelerated job creation and a rebound in consumer confidence helped bolster spending.

A jump of 4.4 percent sales rose from the earlier year, the fastest in five months. The statistic agency of Mexico reported this rise on their website. According to median estimate of expert analysts saw an increase of 2.7 percent. This was the second consecutive month in which sales growth has beaten economist forecasts by experts.

Mexican economy is gaining steam which is relevant with the jump the sales. The growth had stumped even the expert economists’ forecasts in seven of the past nine quarters, according to PNC Financial Services Group and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Recovering from the lowest level in almost four years in January after Mexico introduced new taxes on sugary drinks and junk food and raised the sales tax in some states, the consumer confidence rose to the highest in a year last month.

According to Bill Adams, senior international economist at PNC in Pittsburgh, said in a note to clients, “Mexico’s economy is back, the real estate market dislocation of 2012-2013 is behind us, North American manufacturing is performing well, and Mexico’s unemployment rate fell in the latest September release.”

In September only, the economy generated 156,400 payroll jobs, beating the 118,000 forecast by analysts surveyed by experts. The gain was more than twice as big as the August increase.

The economy is regaining momentum as the gross domestic product expanded 1 percent in the second quarter from the previous three-month period, surpassing estimates of a 0.8 percent increase. The economy grew at an annualized rate of 4.2 percent in April through June.

Another expert, Alberto Ramos, chief Latin America economist at Goldman Sachs, said in a report, “The July-August retail sales figure supports our view that after regaining momentum during the second quarter, the Mexican economy is likely to improve further in the second half of the year.”

To further jazz up the consumption gains, the path is to create stronger job creation and faster credit growth, according to Ramos. Wage growth has been sluggish over the past year and “significant slack” remains in the jobs market, Ramos further added.

Though all is not good, there is weakness too in some measures of consumer spending. Same-store sales tracked by a trade group called Antad, which represents supermarkets and department stores, fell 2.1 percent in September from last year, missing analysts’ estimate of a slight increase.

Last month’s same-store sales at Wal-Mart de Mexico SAB, the nation’s largest retailer, slid 2.7 percent and shares hit a six-month low Oct. 20 after its third-quarter profit missed analyst estimates.

Ramos further stated, “Mexico’s statistics agency changed the base year in its retail survey to 2008 from 2003, leading to substantial revisions to prior data.”

Victoria’s Secret Model Training Camp At Tulum

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This year, the casting calls for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show where top models will flaunt their abs by spending four days boxing in Tulum, Mexico according to a yahoo article. Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Mayan walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayas; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have been the cause of its demise. One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is today a popular site not only among tourists but also between celebrities. Even the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show authorities could not get past the allure of Tulum and set up their casting camp. Former pro boxer and owner of New York City’s Aerospace High Performance Center, who conceived of the Boxing Camp for models, Michael Olajide, Jr., along with his partner Leila Fazel said, “When we used to prep for a fight, we’d go to a training camp, where you will not have the distractions you’d have at home. All you can do and should do is to focus on yourself and getting healthy.”

Olajide and Fazel have designed the program in such a way that the models get involved in the schedule. They will do about five hours of physical training per day, incorporating all the elements from their different classes like Aerobox, Aerojump, Aerosculpt, and Yoga. Plus the trainer duo has set up the women in a healthy meal plan that’s full of protein like fish and chicken and fresh, local fruits and vegetables. According to the article published with yahoo, Olajide has informed that he has based much of the itinerary on the technique he famously used to get Adriana Lima ready to walk the runway just eight weeks after she gave birth.

The training is though primarily for the Victoria’s Secret casting, but as per Olajide, the end goal is much bigger than that. According to him, the workout is making the models feel so good, and they are getting this sense of accomplishment, doing things they didn’t know they could do. There’s a mission and a purpose. They’re living like fighters.  And instead of a belt, their prize could be Angel wings, and household recognition.

Olajide and his partner are also enjoying along with the gorgeous women in between sweat sessions to bring the best out of them in the tropical runway training camp at Tulum.

Playa del Carmen TO Get Hyatt By 2015

Playa del Carmen’s La Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) in the heart of the tourist destination south of Cancun, is all set to get the newbuild, 314-room Hyatt Playa del Carmen. Though an opening date has yet to be determined but the gates should be open sometime in mid-2015.

Cancun is a city in south eastern Mexico, located on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is a major world-renowned tourist destination. The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, and is one of the easternmost points in Mexico. Cancún is located just north of Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort band known as the Riviera Maya. The island tourist zone is actually a part of the world’s second-longest coral reef and a perfect place to get the new kid on the block – Hyatt.

The hotel spokesperson informed further that presently they don’t have a specific date to share but they are targeting for next spring. They are taking reservations for July 1 and going forward, but when a more specific spring date is available, they will open reservations for the earlier dates.

The urban beach hotel property will not be an all-inclusive but will offer two restaurants and three bars/lounges located along the Paseo, a large, open-air corridor that will connect the entrance of the hotel to Playa Mamitas beach. Other facilities will include the Spa at Hyatt Playa del Carmen, a fitness centre, events space and a business centre.

In Cancun, Hyatt currently has the all-inclusive Hyatt Zilara Cancun; the Hyatt Ziva Cancun is slated to open in December 2015.

Funky and Wacky Tulum

Funky and Wacky Tulum

Funky and Wacky Tulum

Tulum is a three-mile stretch of sand on the Mexican coast, two hours south of Cancun. Once known as the preserve of backpackers and yoga enthusiasts, it now attracts a more chic crowd and bohemian film stars. You can wander along the beach nibbling on local food, waxing surfboards and clicking photographs of one another and the coast. At Tulum you will get a vibe of Goa meeting Jamaica with a few ancient ruins thrown in to up the funky quotient. Tulum’s great vibes got published with Dailymail. Come, let’s chill at Tulum.

Tulum is a much laid back place and is disconnected from the mainland power supply, so no need to pack anything more than a phone charger. Even the food’s not bad, either. If you want to taste authentic Mexican, try the small stalls down the coast. Whopping garlic butter lobsters and octopus with pea puree is staple here; all accompanied by shots of tequila’s younger cousin – mescal.

At Tulum, you can stay in boutique hotels or try the Grand Velas north of Tulum on the Riviera Maya. As you approach Grand Velas, it looks like a Roman fort. An array of suites is placed across a large area of jungle right up to the sea. The area is so vast that the hotel runs its own safari car in order to explore the jungle, where you’ll find multiple birdlife to utter enjoyment.

When at Tulum, take a drive inland towards the hidden city of Vallodolid, a colonial outpost of Spanish arcades and spas. Here, the Yucatan peninsula was home to the Mayan civilisation, a society highly advanced in art, trade, and temple-building. You can also visit the Coqui Coqui perfumery, near the city centre. It was originally an ancient townhouse where the Franciscan monks who colonised the Yucatan in the 16th century and concocted herbal remedies and perfumes. Coqui Coqui perfumery was set up by Nicolas Malleville and his wife Francesca Bonato.

When visiting Coqui Coqui, you can put up at its sister establishment about an hour away in Coba. The hotel overlooks a crocodile-laden lagoon. Coba was once home to 100,000 people and you can find many old structures uncovered, but 6,500 more are thought to be below the surface. We have made several efforts to entertain ourselves but visiting Coba is a unique experience in itself. See for yourself, how nature has created structures for its own entertainment. Cenotes, or sinkholes, are formed from the collapse of limestone bedrock to create wondrous cave lakes. Once you reach the end of the cave, a deep pool will welcome you for a chilling experience. You can also dive in and feel the icy water charging all your sensation right from head to toe. It’s an electric grand finale to a thrilling Mexican adventure at Tulum.

Visit Tulum to be a part of ancient Mayan ruins, gulp multiple shots of mescal, and refresh in the surrounding at Cenotes. Mexico’s Tulum coast is an out and out stylish, funky and wonderfully wacky destination.


Explore your foodie side at Playa del Carmen

Mexican cuisine is famous around the globe. It has become a global sensation but its basic staples still remain to be the native foods such as corn, beans and chili peppers, beef, pork, chicken, goat and sheep and cheese and various herbs and lots of spices. Mexican cuisine is as complex as any of the great cuisines in the world, such as those of India, China, France, Italy and Turkey.

Travel blogger Ryan Gargiulo of ‘Pause the Moment’ who had recently spent a year as an ex-pat in Playa del Carmen, in an interview shared his experience of the best spots to eat in this bohemian Mexican city on the Caribbean Sea. Situated on the edge of the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean, Playa del Carmen is truly a destination that can’t be missed when traveling to the Riviera Maya.

From street side vendors to the best in Mexican and international cuisines, everything is under cover. Playa has some absolute gems on offer.

Let’s start the gastronomic journey…

If you’re looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant in Playa del Carmen, look no further than La Coronela. They serve authentic and delicious Mexican food in town and it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. “Some of my favorite dishes include the fajitas, burritos (chicken/steak/arrachera), the house salad with grilled chicken and the tortilla soup. Oh, and don’t forget to order a side of Guacamole. It’s to die for,” said Ryan Gargiulo.

Oh Lala is another food stop that you should consider along with Bio Natural. It’s the place where you can look for healthy food in Playa like fresh salads, falafel, quinoa, cous cous, tofu, vegan lasagne, veggie pitas and a whole lot more.

If healthy food is not your pick then what about mouth watering deep dish pizza? Look no further than Don Chendo. That’s right, folks, yummy pizza right at Mexico. You can also try a Jamaican jerk chicken joint, Ferron. Burritos, guacamole and tacos have become world famous. You can find the greatest burritos and tacos in Playa del Carmen at every small street food stall. Don’t forget to try the traditional Mexican dessert and hit up one of the many churro stands in town.

Savoury or sweet whatever your taste buds may ask for, each street of Mexico has a perfect answer to it. So what are you waiting for? Yummy days are waiting…

The OHL Classic At Mayakoba Will Be Live On ESPN

The OHL Classic At Mayakoba Will Be Live On Air

The OHL Classic At Mayakoba Will Be Live On Air

The OHL Classic at Mayakoba made into the history of golf in the year 2007. The tournament became the first to be a part of PGA TOUR event to ever be contested outside of the United States or Canada. At present, it remains México’s only PGA TOUR event and is regarded as one of the finest tournament by professionals, sponsors and spectators alike. The OHL Classic at Mayakoba on a very fast pace is building a strong tradition and a proud history. Legendary golfers and an outstanding golf course come together each year to rewrite golfing history and make exciting results.

The OHL Classic at Mayakoba this year will be aired for the first time on popular sports channel ESPN. This great news is confirmed by the event’s organizers. The 2014 edition will take place from November 10 till 16 at the swanky Mayakoba resort complex in the Riviera Maya. A whooping amount of 6 million dollars is this year’s prize money.  The winner will take home 1.1 million dollars and 500 FedEx Cup points. The organizers are hoping to attract around 15,000 people throughout the event.

It’s great to know that the estimated number of spectators is on a rise since the tournament was confirmed that Mexican Carlos Ortiz from Guadalajara, as it’s a very intimate event when compared to other tours. Mexico will be participating as a member of the PGA Tour, after receiving his membership card to participate in the official season this past August 25.

Beautiful golf course at Mayakoba will be the green carpet that will unfurl at Mexico and bring the world right at its door step. The OHL Classic golf tour is the great way to celebrate Mexican wave right on the golf course.

2nd annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic Charity Golf Tournament

2nd annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic Charity Golf Tournament

2nd annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic Charity Golf Tournament

The 2nd annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic Charity Golf Tournament will be held on November 1, 2014 at the Grand Coral Golf Club. The Rotary comprises of a group of Mexican and expatriate professionals who have come together and organized the new Playa del Carmen Rotary Club. The club is all eager to serve their community and give the meaning of companionship and fellowship a new edge. According to the members, their core mission is to help improve the lives and prospects of Playa’s needy children.

Originally a small fishing town, Playa del Carmen is located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. It is no doubt that the Riviera Maya is the landscape for some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world which coincidentally attracts many golf excited vacationers every year and some the most prestigious golf courses include Grand Coral and Maya Koba!

But if you are still not planning a trip down to the Rivera Maya to conquer those 18 holes, you might want to consider again. Love for your game and for vacation all in one. Shower a little extra love to your beloved game by entering a charity golf tournament. How often do we have the opportunity to do what we love and support an amazing cause at the same time?

The Grand Coral Golf Course that will be the hosting course for this game with a noble cause is a treat in itself. The golf course set amidst beautiful nature adds another perk along with the raised money. It will be a full day of golf including great food and prizes! El Taj, Plank Restaurant, Imprevist and the GYM are the proud sponsors of this incredible event. All proceeds for the 2nd annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic Charity Golf Tournament will be divided up to numerous charitable causes such as KKIS (Keeping Kids in School), Cruz Roja (Red Cross), DIF Solidaridad, Christmas Dreams and Kick4Kids. All of these are local charities that truly work hard to help out the community and are super geared towards extra smiles and better lives for children.

Hope to see you all golfing away and spread a smile across all those amazing kids of Playa del Carmen.