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Old 06-27-2015   #1 (permalink)
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The good, the bad and the ugly . . .

We were in Tulum and PDC from June 8-17. Lots of really great things to share:
1. Posada Luna Del Sur in Tulum Pueblo was an affordable and fantastic place to stay for a couple of nights. $100.00/night for a large, clean room with a comfortable King size bed.
2. The ceviche at Ziggy's was delicious.
3. Xaman Ha 7102 is a great condo. Our only issue with the condo is that when pushing the twin beds in guest bedroom together to make a king, it was quite uncomfortable. Our friends said they ended up essentially sleeping on one side of the bed bc the other was too soft and the seam was noticeable. The view from our unit was amazing. The pool was lovely and our bartender Robin was such a great guy. XH could definitely use a few more umbrellas. We had to hustle down to the pool every morning to make sure we had an umbrella to use for the day.
3. Food - I echo all the others who sing the praises of the Grumpy Bakers. We LOVED their cinnamon raisin breakfast bread, the multi seed bread, and I think I downed the 12 sea salt chocolate chip cookies all by myself in 3 days. We loved La Brocherie. And all I can say is THANK GOD for Playa Now. We ended up ordering in 4 of our 7 nights because we were there when tropical storm Bill was building it's head of steam before pushing off into the gulf. We were disappointed in Carboncito's. The tacos al pastor are NOT what they were when we there 4 years ago. Wish we had made it to El Fogon to try theirs. Our curry at Babe's was delicious. We also hit up Dirty Martini several night. Love the Ginger Martini and Chocolate Martini.
4. We rented a car from American Car Rental for the drive down to Tulum. The cost for 3 nights was $220.00. We will likely avoid using them in the future because we had to wait 45 minutes at the airport for their driver to show up and take us to the off site office/car pick up. We drove from CUN to Tulum, from there to Coba, then on to PDC. Not sure how many km's that is, but we ended up spending $450 pesos total at Pemex. No issues with scams at the pump and we always drove the speed limit, so no issues getting pulled over.
5. Tip, if you are on the hunt for Sprite Zero, they carry it at Chedraui.
6. Also am hooked on the Centanario Reposado. Great mixing tequila.
7. We took Pepto each day for first half of the trip, then just forgot to keep that routine up. No intestinal issues at all.
8. Now for the bad - the seaweed sucked!!!! Couple that with the weather being pretty bad for half of our trip . . . and even though we had a great time, it was still a bummer. Nothing could have been done about it. Mother Nature rules. Still, waiting out 48 hours of torrential rains and several days of cloud cover was depressing to say the least. And the seaweed, my God. If you go to PDC for the world class beach experience, then be ok with rolling the dice that you may end up with some pretty awful circumstances to deal with. We were unable to get in the ocean 2 of our 3 sunny days bc there were mats of seaweed all around XH and it was worse between the piers. We didn't enjoy walking along the shore bc the seaweed was so high and smelly. This is pretty heartbreaking. We are finally at a place in our lives where we can take at least one and possibly two big beach trips a year, and we were hoping that PDC would be our go-to destination. Unless and until there is sustained improvement in the seaweed issue, we just don't feel comfortable risking booking another trip. Yes, I know, the sargasso comes and goes, and it is better in some places than others, and that shifts from day to day. With that, though, is the reality that the odds are good that (unless and until this phenomenon runs its course) you could end up dealing with a beach experience that is pretty crappy. If you go to Playa for the town, the food, the people and are happy hanging at a pool, then this is likely to be a non issue for you. But if you go for the world class beach experience, then it could very well end up negatively impacting your trip. I know that is beyond a bummer for those whose livelihood is based on tourism. I worry what might happen to tourism if the seaweed situation becomes the "new normal". I REALLY hope this is just a long cycle and will clear up and the beach returns to it's previous, predictable, pristine glory. When that happens, I will be sure to be back.
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We were in Tulum and PDC from June 8-17. Lots of really great things to share:
1. Posada Luna Del Sur in Tulum Pueblo was an affordable and fantastic place to stay for a couple of nights. $100.00/night for a large, clean room with a comfortable King size bed.
2. The ceviche at Ziggy's was delicious.
3. Xaman Ha 7102 is a great condo. Our only issue with the condo is that when pushing the twin beds in guest bedroom together to make a king, it was quite uncomfortable. Our friends said they ended up essentially sleeping on one side of the bed bc the other was too soft and the seam was noticeable. The view from our unit was amazing. The pool was lovely and our bartender Robin was such a great guy. XH could definitely use a few more umbrellas. We had to hustle down to the pool every morning to make sure we had an umbrella to use for the day.
3. Food - I echo all the others who sing the praises of the Grumpy Bakers. We LOVED their cinnamon raisin breakfast bread, the multi seed bread, and I think I downed the 12 sea salt chocolate chip cookies all by myself in 3 days. We loved La Brocherie. And all I can say is THANK GOD for Playa Now. We ended up ordering in 4 of our 7 nights because we were there when tropical storm Bill was building it's head of steam before pushing off into the gulf. We were disappointed in Carboncito's. The tacos al pastor are NOT what they were when we there 4 years ago. Wish we had made it to El Fogon to try theirs. Our curry at Babe's was delicious. We also hit up Dirty Martini several night. Love the Ginger Martini and Chocolate Martini.
4. We rented a car from American Car Rental for the drive down to Tulum. The cost for 3 nights was $220.00. We will likely avoid using them in the future because we had to wait 45 minutes at the airport for their driver to show up and take us to the off site office/car pick up. We drove from CUN to Tulum, from there to Coba, then on to PDC. Not sure how many km's that is, but we ended up spending $450 pesos total at Pemex. No issues with scams at the pump and we always drove the speed limit, so no issues getting pulled over.
5. Tip, if you are on the hunt for Sprite Zero, they carry it at Chedraui.
6. Also am hooked on the Centanario Reposado. Great mixing tequila.
7. We took Pepto each day for first half of the trip, then just forgot to keep that routine up. No intestinal issues at all.
8. Now for the bad - the seaweed sucked!!!! Couple that with the weather being pretty bad for half of our trip . . . and even though we had a great time, it was still a bummer. Nothing could have been done about it. Mother Nature rules. Still, waiting out 48 hours of torrential rains and several days of cloud cover was depressing to say the least. And the seaweed, my God. If you go to PDC for the world class beach experience, then be ok with rolling the dice that you may end up with some pretty awful circumstances to deal with. We were unable to get in the ocean 2 of our 3 sunny days bc there were mats of seaweed all around XH and it was worse between the piers. We didn't enjoy walking along the shore bc the seaweed was so high and smelly. This is pretty heartbreaking. We are finally at a place in our lives where we can take at least one and possibly two big beach trips a year, and we were hoping that PDC would be our go-to destination. Unless and until there is sustained improvement in the seaweed issue, we just don't feel comfortable risking booking another trip. Yes, I know, the sargasso comes and goes, and it is better in some places than others, and that shifts from day to day. With that, though, is the reality that the odds are good that (unless and until this phenomenon runs its course) you could end up dealing with a beach experience that is pretty crappy. If you go to Playa for the town, the food, the people and are happy hanging at a pool, then this is likely to be a non issue for you. But if you go for the world class beach experience, then it could very well end up negatively impacting your trip. I know that is beyond a bummer for those whose livelihood is based on tourism. I worry what might happen to tourism if the seaweed situation becomes the "new normal". I REALLY hope this is just a long cycle and will clear up and the beach returns to it's previous, predictable, pristine glory. When that happens, I will be sure to be back.
We were on the Atlantic coast (Algarve) of Portugal last month. Some nice beaches and no seaweed. I know it is a long way to go, but I also know that friends in other parts of the Caribbean (US Virgin Islands) have had more seaweed this year.
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Sonya, I feel your pain. Was at La Lortuga June 9-17, and although we still made new friends, ate great food, and even endured the weather, the seaweed was very depressing. What you described was, at the least, being nice. Haha....I'll continue to come back, and yes, I had read of the seaweed problem, but it was worse than I could have imagined, literally waist deep in places. Hoping for bluer water next summer.....
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We've been going down for well over 10 years now, and I've never seen anything like this before. In October last year the water and beaches were looking better than they had in a few years we thought.

This to shall pass! Believing/hoping it's cleared up by October!
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We've been going down for well over 10 years now, and I've never seen anything like this before. In October last year the water and beaches were looking better than they had in a few years we thought.

This to shall pass! Believing/hoping it's cleared up by October!
I have friends that have lived in Playa close to 30 years and they all say that they have never seen anything like this year as far as the huge amounts of seaweed.
I hope that it is not caused by ocean warming.

By the way, Salciccium opens in the Artisan on Monday. Hopefully, it will still be open when you all arrive.

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Well living off the beach you would think that the seaweed wouldn't be an issue for us. But someone here in our community of Sacbe has been dumping hundreds of truckloads of PDC seaweed here. Can you imagine living next door to hundreds of truckloads of the stuff in a residential neighbourhood.

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To the OP (sonya_thomas): Should you move on Roni's suggestion to fly to Portugal to avoid the seaweed in Playa (and many other beaches of the Caribbean), consider the following:
"Fastest one-stop flight between Lisbon (Portugal) and Nashville, TN takes close to 13 hours . However, some airlines could take as long as 35 hours based on the stopover destination and waiting duration. The travel distance from Nashville to Lisbon is about 4126.5 Miles"

Personally, I think that I would stick with the seaweed.
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By the way, Salciccium opens in the Artisan on Monday. Hopefully, it will still be open when you all arrive.
Good to hear! Looking forward to your review of it. Gotta believe they will stick with it until high season to give it a real test, but I know opening a new restaurant in low season has got to be worriesome to say the least.
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Good to hear! Looking forward to your review of it. Gotta believe they will stick with it until high season to give it a real test, but I know opening a new restaurant in low season has got to be worriesome to say the least.
A friend of mine and a former chef has eaten at the Salciccium in Puerto Adventuras and he gave it a "thumbs up".
Will try to try it next week (the one in Playa) with my friend, Chef Luigi (also a former chef). Luigi made some of the best ribs, if not the best, that I have ever had for a few friends last night. And I just to serve great ribs in my restaurant. Way to go Luigi.
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To the OP (sonya_thomas): Should you move on Roni's suggestion to fly to Portugal to avoid the seaweed in Playa (and many other beaches of the Caribbean), consider the following:
"Fastest one-stop flight between Lisbon (Portugal) and Nashville, TN takes close to 13 hours . However, some airlines could take as long as 35 hours based on the stopover destination and waiting duration. The travel distance from Nashville to Lisbon is about 4126.5 Miles"

Personally, I think that I would stick with the seaweed.

Most likely NOT going to be vacationing in Europe in the summer. Too much $ and too far away. I'm thinking that if this seaweed situation does not correct itself, Isla Mujeres or Negril will be our next stop. Those locations seem to have dodged the seaweed invasion so far. Actually researching our next trip now - splitting our time between Country,Country on 7 Mile Beach in Negril, and Rockhouse on the cliffs. Negril will be more expensive than PDC . . . but I would rather pay a little more and feel more secure that we will have a good beach experience.
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