Ménage à Quatre

Tulum, Mexico

Mar 1, 2005
Outside Magazine
Tulum, Mexico

The un-Cancún    Photo: courtesy, Mexico Tourism Board

Why It Beats Cancú;n » Escape the sweaty crush of spring break farther north and head 90 minutes south of Cancú;n to Tulum, a sleepy pueblo on the Yucatá;n's east coast. Tulum's virtually deserted beaches make it a far better spot to soak up the tropical vibe and take in the surrounding Maya ruins.

Where the Action Is » Action isn't exactly the operative word here. Since electricity is limited, guests spend evenings tiki-bar-hopping between the handful of resorts along the beach.

There's More » Have your hotel arrange a bike excursion to the ruins and then take an afternoon plunge in one of Tulum's cenotes, or freshwater swimming holes. Or sea-kayak through the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (011-52-998-884-9580, www.ecotravelmexico.com), 1.5 million acres of mangrove swamps, coastal dunes, savannas, and freshwater lagoons to the south.

Where to Stay » The two-year-old Amansala Eco-Chic Resort & Spa ($1,075 per person for three nights; 011-52-984-1000-717, www.amansala.com) features "bohemian chic" beach cabanas stocked with candles and incense. It also offers yoga classes, surf-side massages, and a session in a temezcal, or Maya sweat lodge.

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