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Old 04-20-2017   #1 (permalink)
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Tulum questions

We plan to drive to the ruins and then south to one of the beach hotels for lunch and the beach. We've driven from Rt 15 (Av Cabo) north to the Las Palmas public beach, and I just want to confirm that we can drive south from the ruins along the shore road to get to the beach hotels south of Rt 15. We can access the road from the ruins, correct?

And any recommendations for a place to enjoy a lunch that offers free lounges?
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We plan to drive to the ruins and then south to one of the beach hotels for lunch and the beach. We've driven from Rt 15 (Av Cabo) north to the Las Palmas public beach, and I just want to confirm that we can drive south from the ruins along the shore road to get to the beach hotels south of Rt 15. We can access the road from the ruins, correct?

And any recommendations for a place to enjoy a lunch that offers free lounges?
Nope. You'll need to drive back out from the ruins to Hy 307, turn left, then turn left at the stop light, 109. Continue on 109 to the intersection of the beach road, and bear right to get to the beach clubs. (There are also beach clubs if you hang a left, but I'm not as familiar with them). Can't speak for free loungers, but we enjoy Zamas. Had a Celosa to drink there that was awesome.

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We plan to drive to the ruins and then south to one of the beach hotels for lunch and the beach. We've driven from Rt 15 (Av Cabo) north to the Las Palmas public beach, and I just want to confirm that we can drive south from the ruins along the shore road to get to the beach hotels south of Rt 15. We can access the road from the ruins, correct?

And any recommendations for a place to enjoy a lunch that offers free lounges?

I've had food and drinks at Ziggy's last June, no charge for the beach 'beds' they had. I'd also suggest Om, they have loungers, also no charge as long as you order something. Plus, at Om, a good photo op with their 'famous' bench. Service was good at both places, both very casual and not crowded at all, but again that was in June, every time I've been down there.
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Thanks guys. We have friends visiting the Riviera Maya for the first time and that will be late September. Since they are interested in seeing these ruins we want to take them to the beach there for just a couple hours, and I was hoping some places let you use their lounges as long as you ate there (and there were lounges not being used by their guests).
Thanks for the recommendations!
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Thanks guys. We have friends visiting the Riviera Maya for the first time and that will be late September. Since they are interested in seeing these ruins we want to take them to the beach there for just a couple hours, and I was hoping some places let you use their lounges as long as you ate there (and there were lounges not being used by their guests).
Thanks for the recommendations!
Doesn't that apply at any beach club? Or turn it around, what beach club adds a lounger fee to their customers food/beverage bill?
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Doesn't that apply at any beach club? Or turn it around, what beach club adds a lounger fee to their customers food/beverage bill?
I was asking about beach hotels and using their facilities when having lunch, if there are beach "clubs" along the strip great. Seems like there wouldn't be many patrons there though...
Some beach clubs definitely do charge a fee whether you eat there or not, and some go the AI route. So any recommendations on beach hotels or beach clubs are appreciated.
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Or turn it around, what beach club adds a lounger fee to their customers food/beverage bill?
I thought most beach clubs in this area have a fee to use the usual set-up (loungers/palapa/table). That has been my experience, anyway. Come to think of it, it's pretty much the norm everywhere in Mexico now.

Some take it off your food/beverage bill, which is a good deal, but some do not.

the average on our March trip seemed to be about 150 pesos for two people. Includes use of whatever facilities they have there, too- pool, banos, showers.

This was at Mamitas, Mimi del Mar, Dia y Noche in Puerto Morelos. We had lunch and drinks at Mezzanine in Tulum so never asked about fee to use their loungers, although I suspect they are reserved for hotel guests, but you can wrangle a deal if you eat and drink there if they are not busy- which usually is the case with hotels.
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Yes in Playa and Mahahual you'll find tons of beach clubs. In Playa because there are so may hotel guests that are not staying on the beach, and in Mahahual because of the cruise ship passengers. We haven't spent time at Kool or Mamitas because we don't like the EDM, but we have enjoyed other places in Playa, as well as Grand Coral Beach Club to the north. In Mahahual cruise passengers can reserve a lounge and umbrella weeks in advance for free at Steve's Tropicante with the expectation they will spend money there, or they can pay $50 + for an AI option elsewhere.

We drove north of Av Coba and south through the Tulum beach resort strip just to check out the area while passing through. Some of the resorts had signs welcoming day visitors for lunch, but we didn't stop anywhere because we had lunch plans back in Puerto Aventuras.

I've read older threads in the TA Top Questions and elsewhere with recommendations on places to stop for lunch but no mention of the use of lounges. Since we'll have friends visiting the RM for the first time, and they want to see the ruins there, it makes sense to stop for lunch on the beach there. So any recommendations for a lunch spot with free or low-fee use of lounges would be perfect for a 2 - 3 hr stop.

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>> Some take it off your food/beverage bill, which is a good deal <<

Yes -we love La Playa (Xpu-ha) beach, and there they return your small entry fee when you show your receipt on the way out.
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I thought most beach clubs in this area have a fee to use the usual set-up (loungers/palapa/table). That has been my experience, anyway. Come to think of it, it's pretty much the norm everywhere in Mexico now.

Some take it off your food/beverage bill, which is a good deal, but some do not.

the average on our March trip seemed to be about 150 pesos for two people. Includes use of whatever facilities they have there, too- pool, banos, showers.

This was at Mamitas, Mimi del Mar, Dia y Noche in Puerto Morelos. We had lunch and drinks at Mezzanine in Tulum so never asked about fee to use their loungers, although I suspect they are reserved for hotel guests, but you can wrangle a deal if you eat and drink there if they are not busy- which usually is the case with hotels.
I'd appreciate it if you could provide the names of a few of these beach clubs, south of Tulum, since that's the area referenced by the OP, and an area that we frequent. I want to be certain I don't even slow down at a place that will charge us for a lounger if I'm spending my pesos there for food/drink.

Zama's didn't charge us for the loungers, and I don't recall being charged at Ziggy's either.

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I did mention my recent experience at Mezzanine. We also stopped for a beer at a place just up the beach north of Mezzanine -can't recall the name but there were a lot of people openly smoking pot there . A very hipster/Rasta type place. Loungers were free there so long as you had food and drinks.

In Mexico, things are often fluid and negotiable and inconsistently applied, including beach club fees.

Sounds like Tulum maybe doesn't do the practice as much as other places; they likely make up for it in their food and drink costs, which seem on average higher than other places. Or maybe they don't bother as they don't have the problem of people using their loungers there and bringing their own food and drink- which happens in other more populated places.
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We have not been charged at Ziggy's or at the Hip Hotel beach club. We had drinks and lunch at both of them. I think at Hip Hotel they had a fee but gave us a credit that covered it based on food/drink expenditure
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I did mention my recent experience at Mezzanine. We also stopped for a beer at a place just up the beach north of Mezzanine -can't recall the name but there were a lot of people openly smoking pot there . A very hipster/Rasta type place. Loungers were free there so long as you had food and drinks.

In Mexico, things are often fluid and negotiable and inconsistently applied, including beach club fees.

Sounds like Tulum maybe doesn't do the practice as much as other places; they likely make up for it in their food and drink costs, which seem on average higher than other places. Or maybe they don't bother as they don't have the problem of people using their loungers there and bringing their own food and drink- which happens in other more populated places.
Sorry, I didn't get whether you were charged or not for the loungers at Mezzanine.

From your original post, I interpreted that you've encountered beach clubs that charge for loungers regardless if you had food/beverages there. I haven't, thus trying to learn these places so we can avoid them.
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I'd appreciate it if you could provide the names of a few of these beach clubs, south of Tulum, since that's the area referenced by the OP, and an area that we frequent. I want to be certain I don't even slow down at a place that will charge us for a lounger if I'm spending my pesos there for food/drink.

Zama's didn't charge us for the loungers, and I don't recall being charged at Ziggy's either.
That was my question...lol
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I have spent the day at Ziggy's, OM and La Zebra (just last month) and none of them charged for the use of the loungers but you had to spend a minimum amount on food and drink. Can't remember the minimums as we had no trouble meeting them and didn't find it excessive.
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