SOL CARIBE: Dec 28, 2010 – Jan 2, 2011 BY: Jackie & Dave
Just to give you some background…… This was the 40th Caribbean/Mexican vacation for my husband & me. We almost always stay at Adults Only, All Inclusive resorts, but this was our 3rd stay at Sol Caribe (& the 1st since it’s been renovated).
We have stayed at Sol Caribe: Dec 2008, Dec 2009 & Dec 2010.
RIDE TO SOL CARIBE:
We rented a Jeep Unlimited from Avis at the airport. The total driving time one way from CUN to Sol Caribe was 3.5 hours (1.5 hrs to Tulum, then 2.0 more hrs to Sol Caribe). The road wasn’t too bad until you got about 10 minutes past the Boca Paila bridge; then there were TONS of potholes all over the road. We arrived at Sol Caribe on a Tuesday evening & left on a Sunday morning. The ride back up to Tulum on that Sunday only took us about 1.5 hours (husband threw caution to the wind !! HA !!).
ENTRY to SOL CARIBE:
There is now a tall wooden fence along the road in front of Sol Caribe. The stone Sol Caribe sign is still there.
Parking is now along either side of the driveway, before you get up to the buildings, keeping the beach/cabanas free of cars.
There is now an actual lobby/reception area. They have Sol Caribe t-shirts & caps for sale.
There is 24 hour, solar powered electricity at Sol Caribe. But……you can no longer use your hair dryer here. Luckily it was pretty windy that week, so my long hair dried w/in a few hours or so. This was 1 of only 2 negatives for me.
Previously, there were 4 separate cabanas at Sol Caribe. Now there are 2 separate cabanas, and one hotel-like building that houses 5 suites (3 on the 1st floor & 2 upstairs). The Beach Cabana is in the same spot as the old Beach Cabana. And, the Jungle Cabana is in the same spot as the previous cabana that sat back there by itself, but is now 2 stories. The 5 suites are now in the same location that used to house those 2 parallel cabanas that shared the breezeway.
We were in the bottom left suite. We had 2 double beds, 4 nightstands, a small table & 2 wooden chairs & a “wardrobe” closet w/ a safe (w/ a key, not electronic) in our cabana. The front, end & back walls had lots of wooden shutters w/ screens behind them to keep out the bugs. The breeze that flowed across the room, kept the room pretty cool. There was also a ceiling fan, which we never even turned on (pretty cool temps in December). The new beds were a welcome change & really comfy.
The bathroom had dual sinks w/ a nice tropical wood counter, a nice, new toilet, and a HUGE stone shower area. Nice strong water pressure in the shower. The whole back wall, above the shower, sinks & toilet had shuttered windows which we kept open for nice air flow. But, here was negative #2 for me: you cannot flush toilet paper anymore.
The patio was one long patio across the 3 bottom suites. It had a table & 2 chairs in front of each suite. And, a very nice view of the ocean & palm trees & foliage !!
The 2 upstairs suites each have 1 king bed & 1 single bed.
The new suites & cabanas are really spacious so you should never feel crowded in your room now.
The restaurant has been totally renovated as well. A new kitchen has been built along the back of the restaurant, w/ full size appliances. There is also a new bar. There is all new furniture (tables/chairs) w/ many smaller square tables. The front wall of windows is still there, offering that fantastic view of the ocean & beach.
All the food we ate there was very good to excellent !! Mauricio & Liberato (who has been there since Michael started Sol Caribe in 1994) cooked our breakfast & lunch pretty much when we asked for it, within certain hours (breakfast maybe about 7:30-10AM & lunch 12-3PM…roughly). Dinner now is also within a certain time range (6-9PM ish) & no more family-style (w/ everyone eating together at the same table).
We had about 3 choices for lunch & about 3 choices for dinner every day. I’m a rather fussy eater & didn’t always like the exact menu items, so Mauricio was very accommodating for my fussy tastes.
Breakfast: They have an actual menu for breakfast now. Fresh fruit plate, eggs (fried, scrambled, omlettes, Mexican). The make the most delicious homemade bread; we couldn’t get enough of it !!
Lunch: As I mentioned above, there are about 3 choices for lunch each day (chicken, beef, fish prepared different ways). I special ordered quesadillas most days.
Dinner: Same idea for dinner’s 3 choices (chicken, beef, fish), always prepared very well. The broccoli soup we had was delicious. Salads were very fresh. Nice presentation for all the meals too.
We did the All Inclusive package, so I don’t know the prices of any of the drinks or food.
Bottled water, bottled beer (Sol, Dos Equis, Negra Modelo), pop (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Tonic Water), wine (red or white – we never had any, so I don’t know the specifics), mixed/frozen drinks. I do have to say that we missed Michael’s homemade Piña Coladas, as they were absolutely delicious !!
The beach at Sol Caribe is just gorgeous !! White sand & turquoise blue water. You can walk forever in each direction & not encounter another soul. Sol Caribe’s beach is raked clean every day, but you will encounter some seaweed & garbage if you walk up & down the beach away from Sol Caribe.
To wrap things up here, we just love the whole Sol Caribe experience & can’t wait for another return trip !!
Old vs. new Sol Caribe: the renovations are gorgeous, and have brought a bit of luxury to Sol Caribe. We do miss some of the charm & rustic feeling from Michael’s Sol Caribe, but, alas, everything changes and these new changes were very nicely done !! You still have the same, amazing tropical feeling, great food, isolation & that incredible beach, so, luckily, some things haven’t changed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casual, tranquil, secluded and relaxed, Sol Caribe is a small, exclusive, beachfront resort with private cabanas and suites, on the Caribbean Sea side of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula; in the state of Quintana Roo… it is one of the last untouched corners of the Mayan Riviera with a desert island feel. Just 35 km south of the town of Tulum and 8 km from the village of Punta Allen, Sol Caribe is located within a protected oasis of extraordinary natural beauty, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico’s largest wetland nature reserve and one of the world’s greatest fly fishing spots on Ascension Bay (Bahia de la Ascension). Explore the Mayan ruins dotting the jungle landscape, snorkel in the Great Meso-American Barrier Reef just off the beach, enjoy the fresh seafood in our beachfront restaurant,watch the sea turtles swimming in the waves… or just relax under a palapa on a white sandy beach that you have all to yourself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Caribe Hotel Punta Allen