RobertSDF is the Valladolid expert, but here are a few suggestions:
With regard to liquor stores, I've only purchased bottled liquor in the supermarkets. There's a large store on your left as you come into town from the Cuota.
There are several farmacias in Valladolid and Tulum, but with all Mexican pharmacies, make certain you use one that is air conditioned, as many drugs lose their potency in the heat.
Have a good trip!
Thank you EJ! We will when we l definitely visit the supermarket. I love to visit supermarkets travel! And, thank you for the farmacia advice.
I did not know that about drugs and heat, EJ! Funny too, because about 97.5% of pharmacies do not have AC down here, not even in Merida! Well, maybe it's at 87.5% here. :D
Not sure if one exists, but if there is a COVI in Valladolid, that is your best bet for specialty rums, none of which are made here BTW. Do pick up a bottle of Xtabentun, which IS made here and is a Sambuca like liqueur made with local honey. Great over coconut ice cream or on the rocks after a big Yucatecan meal.
Thank you Bill! Xtabentun, is on our list. My husband is looking for that certain rum that is made in a country nearby that we can not buy in the US. We will look for a Covi. Do you think that the prices would be the same as the Covi in Tulum or would we save by waiting to purchase until we are in Valladolid?
In Cancun, there is a specialty liquor store called La Europea which is fantastic. They sell wholesale and also retail and have just about everything you could want. They may have a branch in Playa.... Prices might be higher in Tulum than in Valladolid but then Valladolid may not have the specialty kind of store... What a dilemma! :)
What is the name of the rum you are looking for?
Thank you Bill! What fun information you have! I am not sure what my husband is looking for. I think that he likes to look at different kinds and hopes to find something he has read about but hasn't tried. I know that he likes to get the Cuban rums since we can not buy them here. He makes classic Tiki bar drinks and makes all of his own syrups, etc.
Not sure but I think if must not be legal to take Cuban rum back into the USA, the same rules as for Cuban cigars. But maybe he wants to drink it all here!
Agree about the pharmacies, Bill. Other than the ones in the supermarkets , I dont recall many with ac.
The Farmacias del Ahorro (http://www.fahorro.com.mx/index.php) is one chain that has temperature control in its stores. There are several in Merida, but none in either Tulum or Valladolid. The closest to where you will be is in Playa del Carmen.
Also, Wal*Mart and supermarkets with pharmacies are air conditioned.
Thank you EJ. I think that I read somewhere about a pharmacy at the airport- ?
Anyone know if there is one at CUN?