This is how we go there:
We arrived at cancun airport, hit the ATM to get pesos, exited, and immediately took the ADO bus to Playa del Carmen (140 Pesos pp). The ADO buses are located outside terminal 3 to the right, you can not miss them nor the employee selling tickets. There arent any direct bus service from the airport to Tulum, only from the other bus terminal in the city of Cancun. Bus ride from Airport to PDC took 1 hour. Bus was clean, had AC, made 1 other stop only, and had a bathroom
Once at the PDC bus station, there were no ADO buses running to Tulum, so we took the Mayab bus,which was 38 pesos pp. Cheap! These buses had no bathroom, were a little run down,had a urine stench, made alot of stops, was not on time, but had AC. We didnt care, we just wanted to get to Tulum. Once in Tulum, we walked to the San Francisco store (12-15 min walk with rolling carry on luggage). We bought ice, beer, and a foam cooler. From there we took a taxi to Zamas (70 pesos).
Now to Zamas:
We walked to the reception desk, and immediately greeted. Atmosphere was relaxed, the ocean was 3 different shades of blue, and great vibe. We had the last small beachfront bungalow on the beach(south end). Think there were a total of 4 or 5. There were 2 hammocks in front, a palapa with some wooden recline chairs, and some sun beds. The bungalow was clean, petite, steps to the water, and romantic. 2 bottles of water and beach towels were provided. There were outlets to charge your electronics, no converter needed. Light in the room was 24 hours. Very eco friendly. There was a fan above our bed. We didnt have a/c, and no need for it in January.And remember, do not flush the toilet paper down the toilet!
The ocean when first getting into was a little rocky, then it was soft sand. Water wasn't that calm, but not rough. Zamas is on a little cove, and not the best for swimming I would say.
We walked south on the road, which was busy, to see other hotels. On the way back, we walked the beach. Wow, that side of the beach was beautiful. Big was much bigger, ocean was better for swimming, but it was crowded. The walk from Le Zebra to Zamas on the beach took about an hour. The walk was amazing. Def recommend doing it.
We ate at Zamas. Food we ordered was excellent. We only ordered the BBQ chicken pizza (120 pesos), guacamole (65 pesos). Pizza just wasnt crispy, but still very good and fresh.
The margaritas with Don Julio were amazing. All alcohol and fresh lime juice ( 90 pesos), well worth it! 70 pesos for a regular margarita.The beers were 30 pesos. Very affordable place to eat and drink, especially for being on the beach, the romantic atmosphere (at night) and the freshness of the food/drinks.
We only stayed for 2 nights, which was enough for us. We wanted to explore different areas of Riviera.
Only cons I can think of were the mosquitoes in the room at night. I know they are impossible to keep out. It did not bother us. We didnt use the net on top of our bed, and we did get bit. Our fault, but you are in tropical Mexico. Use the net! For not using repellent, not bad at all.
The beach definitely beautiful, but not the best for swimming. The road is busy, and if you do not like car sounds from morning til night, it may bother you if staying at the beachfront rooms. We didnt mind it at all.
Everything else, all pros. Definitely try to stay here for at least 1-2 nights if within your budget. Our small beachfront cost $370 usd total for 2 nights.
We are going to stay more south next time, just to have a better swimming beach and less traffic on the road.
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- Also Known As:
- Zamas Hotel Tulum
- Zamas Tulum