Clothing Optional Opportunities
On the Fabulous Mayan
|For nude friendly accommodations in or near Tulum
beaches, your choices boil down to basically: 1) Renting a private villa with
pool and beach access 2) Staying at small, simple resorts that invite clothing
optional beaching and recreation near Tulum or 3) Trying a nice, upscale
clothing optional condo project (Intima) near downtown Tulum, where nudity is
accepted throughout the small 26 rooms resort.
| Resorts Overview
||Travel Alert from U.S. State Department about
Mexico The alerts concern primarily the border areas between the
U.S. and Mexico. Alerts do not include Cancun, Cozumul, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta,
Manzanillo or similar tourism centers. The primary concerns are on the border
of Mexico along the state lines of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and southern
California. See more from the U.S. State Department concerning Mexico.
We've been to all the resorts and villas described below and can advise you
In addition, several other nude friendly resorts with more
amenities in the Cancun area are already included in the Castaways website. See
specific web pages for: Hidden Beach Resort,
Vita B& B (near Tulum),
Pearl Resort (both Desires in Puerto Morelos) for other nude or
adults only options such as Intima
Resort a few blocks from downtown Tulum.
including resort or villa stays near Tulum, Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula are
possible in a few areas that stretch from the Akumal resort zone to the beaches
around the Tulum archeological site. And then southward to the ecological zone
near Tulum town, there are numerous small, simple beachside resorts located on
the road leading from Tulum to the entrance to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve eco
park. The local area described here is located about 1.3 to 1.5 hours south of
the Cancun International Airport.
Historically, beaches in the Tulum
area have been known for years for their informality and nudity but
encroachment by new building, villas and resorts have begun to limit nude beach
use in the area.
For nude friendly accommodations, your choices boil
down to basically: 1) Renting a private villa with pool and beach access or 2)
Staying at a few small resorts that provide clothing optional fun in or near
Although it may be possible to drop your drawers in many spots
in the Tulum area and get away with it, you run the risk of complaints from
local residents or from other guests at villas or resorts nearby.
"Regarding the clothing optional policy.. nudism is prohibited in
Mexico's Federal Zones, including the beaches. The practice of nudism in the
beach may cause inconveniences with the authorities, even though many of the
beaches in Tulum are clothing optional." The facts, the resorts and websites
are subject to change without notice...the status of beach use and the resorts
are NOT guaranteed and we make no warranty or guarantee about them.
Traditionally for years, the eco zone near Tulum has been used for clothing
optional beaches although it's not technically legal. You do so at your own
The closest is
a few blocks from downtown Tulum.
Many beachside villas from Akumal to Tulum are
available for rent usually on a weekly basis (especially during high
winter time) but plan to limit your nudity to the villa itself and
its private pool. If the villa is somewhat secluded, you may enjoy beach nudity
but check it out first and you do so at your own risk. From Cancun to the
Riviera Maya and on to Akumal, most commercial development on the beaches has
been for hotels and resorts. From Akumal south to Tulum, most development has
been for villas, smaller hotels and a few large resorts. Most rental villas are
located near Akumal to the south, then on several secluded beach areas
including Soliman and Tankah Bays.
||By Air: The Cancun-Tulum area is a
world-class vacation destination, served by many airlines from North America,
South America and Europe. Both scheduled air carriers and charter flights fly
into Cancun International Airport (CUN) with frequent service from just about
anywhere in the world.
By land: Taxis and shuttles are
available outside the arrival terminals and rental cars are plentiful at the
Cancun airport. Tulum also has rental cars available locally. An alternative is
to rent a car for a couple of days while you're in the area to see the local
sites and perhaps visit Playa del Carmen or Tulum town itself.
highway Mexico # 307 runs most of the length of the Yucatan Peninsula from
north of Cancun down to Tulum and from there on to Chetumal, Mexico, near the
Belize border. This super highway between Cancun and Tulum is built similarly
to most divided freeways you will find in developed countries such as in North
America and Europe. A rental car is an option if you have the itch to go
exploring on your on since the highways are so well developed.
By car: From the Cancun airport, head due south on Mexico highway
# 307 to Tulum, a trip of about 1.5 hours. Turn left at the light near Tulum at
the road to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve until it dead ends (about a mile).
The Azul Blue family resort should be directly in front of you at the stop
sign. Turn right at the stop sign and drive south about a quarter mile to the
entrance to the resorts located on the left side of the road.
airport shuttle van: A shuttle from the Cancun airport is an
inexpensive way to reach Tulum. A nice treat is that a transfer company can
provide you with a private car or limo to the resort to start your vacation in
luxury and comfort. Castaways Travel can make the arrangements for you.
By bus: You may also use bus service and collectivos
(shuttle vans) available on the main road, Mexico highway # 307. Just flag them
down and tell them where you want to go. Most of the collectivos travel point
to point up and down highway # 307 and are inexpensive.
Airlines and charters arriving at Cancun Intl. Airport include the following
(subject to change and seasonality):
Cubana de Aviacion
The list above is not completely inclusive of all air
service to Cancun and is subject to change without notice.
Travel can assist you with travel packages that include airfare,
accommodations, rental cars, airport transfers and other guest services.
|| Resorts worthy of mention include Maya Tulum Resort and Ana y
Jose's Resort, both nice properties a mile or two south on the Tulum beach road
that include more full service amenities but with limited nude use (you may be
the only one on the beach nude if you so choose so be careful). Side note: The
Maya Tulum Resort was voted the # 10 Best (beach) Resort in the world in a
prior Travel & Leisure magazine. (Another resort nearby is El Paraiso,
which arguably has one of the finest beaches in the entire Tulum area
it's used primarily by local families so don't plan to go nude there).
The more upscale property of the small resorts dotting the Tulum area and
coastal beaches is: Intima
Resort a few blocks from downtown Tulum. Click on the link to see
the full list of amenities and services.
NOTE: NONE of
the resorts mentioned above are huge, sophisticated properties so don't go
expecting the Ritz! They are get away from it all, simple resorts. They're are
NOT party palaces so don't go there expecting a typical hotel-zone Cancun
Most villas for rent in the Tulum area are self
contained and may include a cook, gardener and caretaker. You and your party
will be expected to supply food and drink for yourselves, although the
caretaker or cook can assist you in advance with menus and purchases of
supplies and food. Castaways Travel can assist you with making arrangements and
reservations for a villa.
||Prices are moderate at the small resorts so expect
rates similar to U.S. or European fare for simple meals. Only Intima Resort
offers an "all inclusive" plan in addition to rooms with full kitchens if
you're a do it yourself vacationer. Most women we know do not mix the words
"kitchen" and "vacation" in the same sentence.
Try some of the other
little restaurants along the beach road or make your way into Tulum town where
you will find 10-15 more choices there.
||Room rates range from as little as $100/night (room
only) to $300+/apartment/night for a two bedroom Jacuzzi penthouse at
Resort in Tulum. Villas can range from $3,000-$5,000/week for 2-3
bedrooms up to $10,000+/week for 7-8 bedrooms. Food, drink and transportation
are extra for villa rentals. Room rates are seasonal and vary by date.
Disclaimer: Rates above are not guaranteed, are samples only and are subject to
change without notice.
| Age Ranges
|| At many small resorts along the coast, the occupants
might be couples and singles or at times, families of all ages. At
Resort in Tulum, guests are adult singles and couples.
|| Expect lots of quiet at the smaller resorts
the beach and in the resort. You may see a few other guests clothed or nude on
the beaches so if you're looking to get away for some peace and quiet, Tulum
may be the place for you. The largest of the resorts that may be nude friendly
is Intima Resort with about 36 separate accommodations with an on site
restaurant, small swim up bar and a bit of entertainment at night. Don't expect
any big production...Intima does not have an entertainment staff of site. The
smaller beach resorts may have a small, limited staff to conduct activities and
ALERT: Tulum beaches have historically been
used for nude beaching and sunning on an informal basis. Since all beaches are
public in Mexico, they are technically owned by the government so use your own
discretion about when and where to drop your drawers.
||Use this link from our parent company, Fox
Travel/American Express rep. to pre-book your excursions, tours and sight
seeing before you arrive at the resort. Typically, tours and sight seeing
include pick up at your hotel. See:
Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing
spectacular along the Mayan reef nearby as well as wall diving close to shore.
The great Mayan reef is the second largest reef system besides the Great
Barrier Reef off Australia. A nice benefit is that there has not been lots of
development in this part of the Yucatan, so pressure on the reef system is
light. Fishing is also great for deep sea as well as bill fishing.
Optional dive trips can be arranged at water sports shops nearby in Tulum for
an extra charge. If you plan to dive, bring your "C" card. All SCUBA diving is
an additional charge. Dive at your own risk.
Here are the names and
website links if you wish to contact them before your arrival:
Worlds A local cenote dive site on Mex # 307 near Soliman Bay
Diving One of many local scuba diving operations
Aquanauts Dive shop in Puerto Aventuras.
Aqua World Water
Sports for diving in Cozumel.
Scuba Caribe Dive
shop on the beach at Kantenah Bay located in front of the Palladium
Kantenah Resort. Dive sites from 5-15 minutes from shore. Resort is about 15
minutes north of Soliman Bay.
Akumal and Tulum also have dive
operators, too. There's even a local private dive operation right on Soliman
Bay. One of the neatest things to do is dive the cenotes, freshwater pools
located in subterranean limestone formations, many of which are near Soliman
Bay. Some cenote dive operations are located out on highway 307. Just make sure
the dive operators are licensed and authorized to dive the cenotes.
Here's just a partial list of things to do:
Tulum, cruising the bars/discos/clubs in Playa del Carmen or shopping along the
way, snorkeling and swimming in the natural lagoons at Xcaret to the north or
Xel-ha nearby, visit the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza to the northwest or Tulum,
fish or dive on the Mayan Reef, the second longest barrier reef in the world,
extending all the way to Belize. Optional escorted tours with driver and guide
can be arranged with transportation that will pick you up right at the villa
for your guided tours. Deep sea/bill fishing and diving can be arranged, too.
Night club trips into Playa del Carmen, folklorico ballet shows, sunset cruises
and much more to see can be arranged, too.
Swim with the Atlantic
bottlenose dolphin just off the beach or ride horseback in the nearby jungle.
For a real treat, swim with the trained, captive dolphins at Puerto Aventuras
which has about 6-7 programs you can sign up for from simply swimming among
them to capturing it all on a personal video. If you want to see more of the
area, go to Playa del Carmen and catch a water taxi to cross the channel to
Cozumel. Trip takes only 30-45 minutes and costs $10-15/person, one way (rate
subject to change without notice).
Golf at two courses is nearby and a
jungle tour in an all terrain vehicle is fun, too.
The chic Mezzanine
club and restaurant in Tulum is self described more like Ibiza than
..it's about music, good drinks and great food at this "hip" spot.
Should we be scarred off? Well, there aren't many quality night life places
spots around Tulum so it's a good bet. The cliff top complex includes a hotel,
too, with four pool side suites. Each suite has a loft with futon couch and
jungle views in privacy away from clients visiting the restaurant or bar.
Expect to pay $200+ per night, too. Rates not guaranteed and will change
without notice. Nearby, massages and other treatments are available at the Maya
Spa at EcoTulum Resort.
For a place to just chill out, have a beer, do
a little beach combing and hanging out on one of the beach lounges, Ana y
Jose's offers a bit of relaxation among the palms. Just south on the beach
road, the trail leads you to Sian Kaan biosphere reserve on the Boca Paila
peninsula. Sian Kaan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site protecting coral reefs,
white sand beaches and lagoons. For details in Tulum, see:
Thanks to Travel Age West for the above
| Uppers &
||The smaller resorts are great places to get away
from it all without a lot of activities....great for beaching, relaxing,
reading a book and meeting new friends on the beach and at the bar.
||Services can be limited at some of the smaller
resorts and hotels so don't expect the Ritz
||Some of the best beaches and tropical scenery in
Mexico are located at the beaches near Tulum.
||Some of the small properties may not have air
conditioning or a restaurant on site.
||That said, along the beach road from Tulum to
Sian Kan, numerous small bars and restaurants line the road so pull over and
enjoy a cold beer and ceviche with lime for a fine snack.
Resortt has one of the best layouts for safe clothing optional
enjoyment since the property is completely surrounded by a high privacy
| Best Time to Go
|| Just about anytime is a perfect time to go to Mexico
and visit the Yucatan. Storm season is typically August-September. Plan to
purchase Travel Protection Insurance to protect your travel investment.
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