Cenote Escondido

Summer fun

It's summertime and all this writer can think about are the fun, non-work activities she can enjoy without ever leaving Tulúm.

There are the obvious contenders: the beaches, the sun, and the Mayan ruins. But there are many specific activities we at ZAMAS enjoy in our downtime.


Of these cave-like freshwater swimming holes our favorites are Escondido (across the street from Cenote Cristal, this hidden treasure is colorful and ice-cold, the perfect place to dive into on a hot summer afternoon), Grand Cenote (a classic, good for snorkeling and diving and exploring), and Zazil-Ha (a little further up the highway to Coba than the Grand, this cenote is all about family fun, complete with inner tube rentals!)

Cenote Escondido


Paraíso (and its neighboring beaches) is good for sun-bathing and people-watching. Its waters are as clear blue as its sands are fine and beige. We also love to walk from ZAMAS headed south, crossing Maya Tulúm and continuing until we get tired and return home for a happy hour margarita.

Bibi walks on Paraíso beach, aptly called paradise, in my opinion


When we leave ZAMAS to eat elsewhere, we choose our destination wisely. If we are not in town for fabulous German breakfasts at Azafran, then we are getting ice cream at David's Gelateria or popsicles at La Flor de Michoacan, with an occasional freshly-made tamal (be advised, this tamale stand, located on the right-hand side of town, is only open from 3 pm onward)

Stopping by for an afternoon snack at the tamale stand


While the Tulúm ruins may not be the most impressive of the Mexican ruins, they are the only ruins on the water. Which means you can explore them FROM the water on a boat tour! (Of course, you can go the traditional route and walk through the ruins. We recommend doing so in the early morning or late afternoon, to avoid the worst heat)

The view of El Mirador from the water


On a warm balmy evening in late July it can be quite fun to venture into town to go to Divino Paraíso, which almost always features live music or a DJ. Or Mayamoon Cafe, where locals and tourists mingle. If you really want to have the Tulúm experience, pay 30 pesos and go to El Coloso Disco Bar and boogie down with the locals. And on Friday nights, Mezzanine throws a moonlit party on a balcony overlooking the sea. And after midnight there's always an LSD-inspired show to vamp up the crowd

The show at Mezzanine on Friday night