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“Leaving Tulum, and all those crowds!! Sol Caribe & Sian Ka'an!”
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Sol Caribe
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Park City, Utah, United States
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“Leaving Tulum, and all those crowds!! Sol Caribe & Sian Ka'an!”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

After several days in Tulum Mexico, we headed south on hwy. 307, into the Sian Ka'an Biosphere reserve. If you want to avoid crowds of tourists, hawkers and barkers, skip Tulum and just keep going from the Cancun airport. If you rent a car, get a good one as the road is a potholed, pitted dirt road, after leaving Tulum a jeep is great but a normal car is fine. We used Hertz at the Cancun airport, and were miffed why it took an hour to get us into our car, and away, then it dawned on us that the time had been dedicated to trying to sell us a lavish breakfast and snorkelling adventure at a great savings, with only an hour and a half presentation? If you want to buy a house or condo or time share just tell someone and you will be escorted via sedan chair to the fleecing station, which by the way is in the only air conditioned building around, and right next to the Hertz counter, wonder why the car was hard to find?
A stone arch denotes the beginning of the Biosphere after driving past hotels, retail fronts and cute eateries to numerous to mention, and the pavement ends. A 27 peso per day, per person donation is expected at the entrance, the conversion rate is around 12-1, but they want pesos. Get some otherwise the rate for things you buy will be around 10-1, if that. There are several banks in Tulum, US cash in hand and a passport will be required, no sunglasses or hats either!
35 kilometers from the Biosphere entrance is Sol Caribe, exactly 35 km, on the left, you will not be dissapointed. The beach front cabana is the best room, we stayed there, but the others are all great and have ocean views and are comfortably appointed. Hot and cold running water, great beds, ceiling fans, no ac, no bugs, cleaned to a sparkle every day. The resturant is small and oceanside, the food was teriffic, the bar well stocked, prices very fair, service and hospitality was especially fine. The fresh ingredients, prep process, and table service were first rate. Every evening different menu items were available. The bar tender was the bomb!
There are no neighbors up and down the beach for some distance, the beach is white sand, beautiful, the water classic caribe aqua to deep blue, swimming is easy, hiking is easy.
Activities available a la carte, guided fishing in the lagoon, bring all your own gear, or Ascention Bay, an hour away in a boat, eco tours via boat for birdwatching, fish looking, etc.. Snorkelling the nearby reef is fantastic. The Sol Caribe website is very informative, read the FAQ. Be sure to book any guided activities ahead of time as the availability of guides is not endless. There are several kayaks on the grounds for use by guests, as well as snorkelling gear, for a fee.
Mauricio and Yvonne Rita run the place and do a great job end to end. The staff is heads up, the grounds kept just right and the vibe is the best. Do not expect to buy anything you might need like sunscreen or toothpaste, bring it with you. Punta Allen is twenty minutes by car to the south, and has several Super Mini's, like a Mexican version of a 711, but far simpiliar. We were told that 500 folks call Punta Allen home, they all seem to drive a boat, or work in the tourist service business in some capacity. Well worth a half day just to see it.
Everyone we came into contact with was more than polite and comfortable to be with. Many of our encounters were with people who had better english than our spanish. There are more than a few places to stay in Punta Allen, but the feeling in town vs at Sol Caribe is like Venus and Mars. At this time, you cannot buy gas for your car in Punta Allen, unless you have a gas can, so fill up before leaving Tulum, but be sure to leave Tulum, unless you like all the noise and traffic.

Room Tip: Beach front cabana was the best, but the other rooms, first or second floors are all very nice, spac...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

I dropped in announced hoping to get a room and was lucky to do so in mid-March. I was greeted at the reception desk by Yvonne. She and her husband Mauricio are the mangers and
do a great job of making you feel welcome. This was my first visit since the new owner took
over and the hotel has been completely refurbished and upscaled. My room was immaculate
and Mauricio was kind enough to make a steak for me outside the regular dining hours. All
I''d been eating for days was the fresh fish I caught and lobster (poor me!). I am considering coming back when it is way off season with my wife and and possibly another couple.
They have done a great job here and the managers know the area.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

This was our first visit to the Yucatan, and we hesitated a little that it is really worth taking a bad road hike to Punta Allen, instead of choosing a posh all inclusive resort @ Playa del Carmen... Well after our visit we may say that it was definitely worth it, we enjoyed our short 4 day (let's have a try though) stay much better than the other 5 at a fancy big resort.

Well let's see the facts:
1.) Road: a bit longer than expected, and the second part (after the bridge at Boca Pallia) is a little worse. However there is no need for a 4WD should you manage the bad parts carefully... Punta Allen is only few miles away.
2.) Accommodation: there is only ~8 rooms, so do not expect masses on the ~3-4 mile beautiful beach. There may be periods you will be using it alone, which is not very common 50 miles north... Rooms are spacious, basic but quality furbished. We had an upper level room, and really enjoyed the continuous breeze, there was absolutely no need for an AC.
3.) Cleanliness: above the highest expectations. They have chosen a pretty hard theme (palm leaf roof, natural style bathrooms, no real windows) and still: not even a half spider nest, 0 bugs, everything is exceptionally clean + count the nice thick towels, quality linen like you were in the best Steigenberger in Vienna...
4.) Beach: we had a windy period, which we liked it much, however there was pretty much seaweed. But it was not a big fuss, only the first couple of meters, so we grabbed a body board, could easily swim in, or find a place (50-100m walk) without any of them. Consider, that if you stay more south, the style of the beach changes, and the sea side water in Punta Allen is more suitable for fishing than beaching...(no waves, shallow blurred water).
5.) Food: well you will definitely receive something different, and you will like it pretty much, because in Sol Caribe the manager is the chef. Menu differs every day and mainly depends on his mood & the available ingredients. Everything is prepared on the spot. Fresh, straight, simple, honest. What else you need?
Food & drink prices are not cheap, but reasonable. You will probably not take the all inclusive package, during a week 1-2 lunches might be fun in Punta Allen just for the variety (there is a really run down "garage", where the owner makes really good fish, also really fresh). We had plenty of drinks, did not hesitate on eating anything anytime, but still did not reach the all inclusive rate this way.
You might also consider taking a private boat ride organized by Sol Caribe. It is a little more expensive than in Punta Allen, but you will be definitely be provided a nice guide, and you will be independent enough to do the pace you want...(in Punta Allen, you might get some other people in the boat...).

Anyway if you are at least as anti social as we are, hate the masses, like calm places, like to be alone on the beach, like to be taken care with special service this is the place for you. Otherwise choose a big resort, and drink cheap beer an pee in the pool bar with the other gringos... :)

Room Tip: The upper room possibly get some more breeze...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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solcaribe1, Manager at Sol Caribe, responded to this review, April 3, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review of your recent stay with us. Sol Caribe
makes the ideal location for discovering the Sian Ka'an Biosphere and we are glad you enjoyed the private Eco tour. Your opinion is very much appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. All the best,
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

We've been visiting the Yucatan Peninsula for many years, and taking groups down with us to the Tulum area for many of them. Sol Caribe, under the management of Yvonne and Mauricio, has far surpassed any of our previous experiences. This is a peaceful, impeccably clean and beautiful place. The food is amazing! The staff are sweet, completely helpful, yet nonintrusive.
All of our needs were flexibly and graciously met. Yvonne arranged snorkeling and other trips out for us, and they were magical. Our Art of Peace group had a wonderful experience, and we WILL be back! (We wish we were going right now!)

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful. Just tell Yvonne what you need and you will be happy with your room.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Roskilde, Roskilde, Denmark
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

This is an amazingly beautiful place. Yvonne and Marizio made me feel home from the start of the stay. The rooms are spacious and very well cared for. The food is stunning and varied. It is situated in a remote place. Transportation needs to be planned beforehand. You cannot just wave down a taxi. Trips by boat are very beautiful in this nature reserve with loads of wild life.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

beautiful place. the staff were warm and welcoming. service was great. food was great. thank you for a wonderful stay

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Montpon-Menesterol, France
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

Sol Caribe is situated in a place just outside the main touristic area; it might take a little longer to get there, yet this quickly becomes part of the charm that surrounds this place. Seated by the blue Ocean with very fine sand (in two weeks time, I only wore shoes to leave the venue), and right at the edge of the Jungle, this is also a heaven for animals: Birds from very big to small and iguanas in particular.
It is a place that still feels true and untouched by human consumptionism - and yet with very high standard accommodation, impeccable maintenance and nurturing meals. A place that reflects the beauty and warm-hearted caring dedication of Yvonne, Mauricio and their staff, for this land and visitors alike - always keen to respond to any needs, from sipping fresh coconut to organising the most amazing boat trips. I also appreciated how they followed our needs as a group, adjusting their rhythm to ours.
This is a one-in-a-lifetime experience, which I am keen to revisit.

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Property: Sol Caribe
Address: Punta Allen 77780, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Punta Allen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Punta Allen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sol Caribe 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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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