Our favorite place to visit is Soliman Bay, Mexico, about an hour and a half south of Cancun and just 15 minutes north of Tulum. During certain times of the year, Delta has 3-hour non-stop flights from Nashville to Cancun, so we try to correspond our travels with their schedule.
So what’s the draw? White sandy beaches, a protected bay, coconut palms swaying in the breeze, world-class snorkeling 30 steps from our porch, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, cenotes to cool off in, Mayan ruins to explore, turtle watching, a diverse mix of friendly people, an excellent variety of restaurants from European to local Mayan fare, relaxing massages… and so much more!
Soliman Bay is a serene half-moon bay with the reef running across the mouth, protecting it from big waves. It’s paradise for those that love to relax, snorkel, kayak and hang out under coconut palms in a hammock ~ like us.
The bay has vacation rental homes from a single couple “casita” to sprawling mansions that can fit a family reunion or large wedding party. There is one boutique hotel on the bay with a restaurant on one end and on the opposite end a beach “shack” where you can get freshly made ceviche and mouth-watering fried fish.
We’ve been going to Soliman Bay for about seven years or so, spending a week and sometimes two at a time before having to tear ourselves away to return home. We’ve tried other tropical places, but so far, Soliman Bay is “it” for us. Our home away from home has become Nah Uxibal or “House of Good Energy” which has two casitas, two studio apartments, a “big house” with two bedrooms, a huge main living area and porch, and upstairs is a pool table and tv room. Check out their website at www.nahuxibal.com to learn more… It’s very reasonable!
The most recent addition is a new house next door, Nah Lu’um Ka’an, “the house of earth and sky” that has three levels that can accommodate couples or small groups. Cooks will love the kitchens in the new house and the outdoor patios look out onto the beautiful bay.
Tomorrow… packing and checklists for a week in Mexico!