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Nah Uxibal on Soliman Bay ~ Tulum, Mexico


The morning at Nah Uxibal and the vacation rentals along Soliman Bay begins with the caretakers raking their stretch of the beach. “Hola Javier”, “Buenos Dias” is our morning greeting. Mimi watches, then trots across the freshly raked sand to her favorite chaise lounge to survey her territory.

So what do we want to do today?? How about lie about and enjoy this tropical paradise a while? (Mimi has the right idea.) IMG_8675The neighbors to the right of Nah Uxibal, Casa Canciones and Casa del CorazonIMG_5142Around Nah UxibalIMG_8637IMG_8661IMG_8664Nile liliesIMG_8680My happy place…IMG_5187The “big house” of Nah UxibalIMG_8673IMG_5363IMG_5211IMG_5212IMG_8691For those feeling like a bit of exercise… you can kayak, swim, snorkel or walk in either direction to the points of the bay (wear sturdy shoes, put on sun screen and take water!).fullsizeoutput_3f96DSCF2783IMG_0644Tidal pools on the point to the north of the bay.

IMG_0644Sometimes the black birds rule the top of Uxibal, sometimes the buzzards… They’re airing out their wings! IMG_8698IMG_8700Mimi loves chasing kites and the kiteboarders, and will swim all over the bay after them! And if she catches them down she will SHRED THEM!

You never know what you might see from your hammock… IMG_5247


How about a bottle of mid-day prosecco? Salut!  IMG_5259IMG_5260Hmm. Getting hungry and need a few supplies from Tulum. Off to Mezzanine for our favorite afternoon 2 x 1 margaritas and best Thai on the beach (anywhere I’ve been so far). Divine food and drinks, amazing view, attentive service, and you can take your beach gear and go crash on the beach afterwards – what more could you ask from a beach front restaurant?

Back to the bay… low tide… you never know what you’ll see skimming along beneath the surface of the water. Below is a trunk fish, spotted eagle ray and stingray. Sometimes you can see the eagle rays leaping out of the bay – it’s absolutely astounding! And if you watch closely you can see the turtles poking their noses up for air!

Do a bit of kayaking or have a “Massage by Lucia”, with our Italian masseuse Lucia right on the beach. It’s best to email her for an appointment at: luciasi90@hotmail.comIMG_0654

Those ghost crabs keep skittering around teasing Sookie.


My project for this trip is to make some driftwood and beach find mobiles. I brought string with me, and Javier let me borrow his drill. We walked around the point and collected driftwood, sea fans and seed pods that had drifted in from the Caribbean.


The day is drawing to a close…


For dinner, we chose Cetli, located a few blocks off the main Tulum Pueblo strip. It’s located in a cozy home type setting and has been there for years. It’s cash only and closed Wednesdays. This was our first time dining here, and the food was beautifully presented and delicious, and I loved our cocktails. The menus are hand made and so unique, and the restaurant is decorated with handmade Mexican artwork and local accents. Be sure and try the fried grasshoppers!

Back to the bay and the full moon is rising… we love to lie on the beach and watch the stars at night.

Another day begins and is pretty much a repeat of the day before… Why not? IMG_0639

fullsizeoutput_301eToday we went to have massages at Maya Tulum Spa down on Tulum Beach Road. I really like the hot stone massages and you can choose some of their Mayan treatments. You go into the reception lobby and choose your masseuse and treatment and make your reservation.

You never know what you’ll see on the Tulum Beach Road!

After our massages, we were starving and craving a burger and fish tacos, so decided to try Mateo’s, whose slogan is “Best Fish Tacos on Earth”. What have we been thinking not eating here before??? They’re on the new favorite list for great food and drinks, and you can watch sports here too! Their sunset deck is the happening place for cocktails in the evening.

This talented artist was set up in the restaurant and painting magnets, cards and pictures, and selling them at very reasonable prices. I picked out a magnet with a beach sunset. He was very funny and nice, joking and laughing as I tried to pick my souvenir!

fullsizeoutput_418cSadly, it’s our last day on the Bay, so we soak up the afternoon’s sun on the beach. fullsizeoutput_3067We say Hasta Luego to our friends, dogs and the bay, and head off to the Cancun airport for an early dinner at Guy Fieri’s in the airport before our flight. As you can tell by the portions, they don’t aim for you to leave hungry!! Beautiful presentation and delicious food. If you’re counting calories, avoid the burger and fries! They have an outdoor patio you can smoke on or just be outside, but you have to pay for the privilege (deducted with food purchase).

If you feel the need to get your feet nibbled on and cleaned by fish, you can do that too while waiting for your flight. Check out this trend in Mexico – I tried it, and it seems to work but tickles!

Winging north to NashvilleIMG_5944IMG_5945We’ll be back soon!

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Mexico April 2016 ~ Bird Watching and a day along Tulum Beach

When we awoke in Puerta Zama (the first condos inside Aldea Zama) and opened the balcony door, I heard birds calling all around in the jungle. I love watching the birds, so grabbed my camera and took off for a walk. Not sure what they are but saw little parrots, Baltimore oriole nests hanging like little baskets from the trees, black and blue jay type birds, and some noisy Mexican wild turkey looking guys that make lots of noise!

Deep in the Aldea Zama development is a plastic pyramid little park.

We hadn’t driven down the Tulum Beach Road towards Punta Allen in several years, so thought we’d drive down to the bridge in Sian Ka’an.

We stopped off on the way to make afternoon massage appointments at Maya Tulum Spa. You pick your treatment and choose from the available therapists at the time you would like and pre-pay for your treatment. We have been here several times and always enjoyed it. We did stop off at a few other places to check out their prices and treatment offerings but came back to Maya Tulum Spa as they were more reasonable.

We checked out the Azulik Maya Spa but they were more expensive and we preferred to go back to Maya Tulum Spa. At Azulik, you enter through a crazy stick walkway that works to hide the mangrove type area.

While we wait for massage time, we packed our backpacks and beach gear and headed down to Ziggy’s Beach Club on the Tulum Beach for lunch and some beach time. If you eat or have cocktails you can hang out on their beach. They have nice bathroom facilities, hammocks, some styrofoam beds and outdoor showers you can use.

Delicious, great service, beautiful beach! Highly recommend for lunch and a bit of beach time! Now… for those massages at Maya Tulum!

Followed by nap time and then a wonderful conclusion to our day, dinner with our friend Donna and one of her friends at La Zebra on Tulum Beach. This was our first time to La Zebra and the service was good, the food was amazing and of course there’s the beach. We arrived at dusk and I took lots of pictures before it got dark. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the painted tables and art!

After a few cocktails, our food arrived…mmmm!!!

IMG_4990A new Tulum favorite… we’ll be back!

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Tulum Honey Store, Lunch at Mezzanine, Massage at Maya Tulum Spa ~ Tulum, Mexico

Being beekeepers, I always like to find local honey to sample and we had seen a new honey store on the Coba Road on a previous visit. So our excursion for the day was to the Honey Store, then lunch at Mezzanine on the Tulum Beach and then massages in the afternoon at Maya Tulum.

The Honey Store is a cooperative of many of the local beekeepers and they have a great selection of items from honey and pollen to bath and body products, food and candy. They also sell a local book about native plants that is really neat.






IMG_4749Their special Mayan bee honey is VERY expensive, but they only get a limited quantity

IMG_4750The regular honeybee honey is reasonable and you can sample the different flavors.


IMG_4752I fell in love with their honey shampoo after we started using it. Wish I had bought a case of it and will next time we go! It smells wonderful and leaves my hair soft and manageable. You can also use it as a body wash.




IMG_4762Our purchases were honey, shampoo and lotion, which I also really like. It smells divine!


IMG_4765Honey hard candy

IMG_4766Honey extractor used to “sling” the honey off the comb





IMG_4771I love the cold cocos you can buy from locals on the Coba Road in the villages. “Coco Frios” are very refreshing and even better with some rum!


The Grand Cenote is located along the Coba RoadIMG_4776We always go to Mezzanine for their afternoon 2 x 1 margaritas and delicious food.



















IMG_4825We rested a bit and then it was time for our massages at Maya Tulum Spa (R & R Resorts) on the south end of Tulum Road. Our Soliman Bay masseuse, Lucia, was in Italy visiting family, so we headed to Tulum Beach for our spa fallback. You go ahead of time to pay, choose your service and who you would like.

Maya Tulum masseuse board

Your therapist will greet you and lead you to your massage palapa…

Maya Tulum massage girl  Maya Tulum path & signFacial and massage ~ all better for now…

maya Tulum jamie and therapist selfieTime for a nap…


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Nah Uxibal, Soliman Bay, Mexico ~ February 2014

Two Weeks in Paradise…

Tropical view of heaven, Soliman Bay

Nah Uxibal front blue sky day

Nah Uxibal on Soliman Bay, Mexico is our favorite tropical destination, and we always try to escape the cold winter blahs in Tennessee during January or February. This winter was especially brutal. Wally had recovered enough from his knee replacement surgery in November to finish off his recuperation on Soliman Bay. We got online at when his doctor gave him his marching orders to see if there were any openings and got lucky.  Studio Ha was open the first week, and Nah Ka’an was open the second. Woo hoo! Ready for my hammock and warm breezes.

Uxibal red hammock, palm, big hori

Our time slot was the first two weeks of February, so we got to watch the Super Bowl in Mexico and a full-moon Valentine’s Day on the beach.

Uxibal sunset view sunspot

The grocery is always our first priority on arrival. The new Chedraui on the Tulum Beach Road is our favorite. However, do NOT, EVER, go on a Sunday after lunch time. That is when the locals do their shopping and the lines can be 10-15 people deep.

Chedraui produce

Once back at “home” we soak all our veggies, fruits and leafy things in the iodine soak and put them in the drainer to dry. This kills the bad stuff and hopefully keeps us from getting sick. I love all the bright veggie colors!

Nah Uxibal rinsed veggies

Now time to hang out at the beach… Ahhhh

Nah Uxibal palapa fringe, shadow

We always meet new friends at Nah Uxibal, and this time there were quite a few from British Columbia and the Northeast, also escaping the horrible winter, as well as California (not so cold).

Uxibal Debbie, Patty & CliffOf course, Mimi the beach dog always sniffs out the dog lovers and hangs out for pets and treats.

Nah Uxibal Andrea & MimiSo how to spend the time in paradise…

Soliman Bay floaters

Nah Uxibal beach paddleball, Mimi

Soliman Bay beach float lounger

We tore ourselves away from the beach at dusk to head up the road to Oscar & Lalo’s bar to watch the Super Bowl.

Oscar & Lalo sign, full lot

Oscar & Lalo bridge & entrance

Oscar & Lalos maya head temple

Oscar & Lalo iguana & WallyOur group from the bay had the bar to ourselves with two televisions, so had a great time. Appetizers and cold cervezas kept on coming. The game was a big disappointment for us, but we had fun.

Oscar & Lalos Super Bowl amigos

Back on Soliman Bay…  we couldn’t have picked a better two weeks! The weather was perfect…

Nah Uxibal Palm and Kayaks

Uxibal, Wally reading, Soliman

Caretaker Victoria and family…

Uxibal Victoria and babies 2014

Mimi ear up on chaise

Uxibal sunset palapa top, birdWe love the new house, Nah Lu’um Ka’an and stayed upstairs our second week

Nah Luum palm, kayaks, chaises, blue sky

Nah Lu'um Ka'an, Wally on chaise

Nah Lu'um Ka'an front yard & house, blue sky

Hammock heaven…

Nah Lu'um Ka'an double hammock heaven

Uxibal red hammock, feet & palm vert

Uxibal palm and kayaks

Wally kayaking in

Uxibal palapa, blue sky


Wally in hammock, Uxibal

Uxibal palapa top, sunset burning, palms

Uxibal palapa top sunset silhouette

Uxibal palapa top cloudy sunset

Uxibal palapa top bird centered sunset

Uxibal kayakers Mimi on chaise

Uxibal chaise, palm, water vert

Uxibal beach view to south, blue skiesA visit to Tulum Beach by Mezzanine to show our new friends at Nah Uxibal around…

Tulum Beach view

Tulum Beach Debbie & AndreaI always love the refeshing and rehydrating Coco Frios – chilled fresh coconuts full of juice. Add some rum and you have a divine cocktail.

Tulum Beach coco frios vendor

Tulum Beach Coco Frios guy

Back at Soliman Bay, I am cruising through Ann Vanderhoff’s second book on their Caribbean adventures.   Spice Necklace book


Soliman sunset, birds in clouds


Soliman stormy sunrise kayakers, Beryl & mom

Soliman stormy sunrise kayakers, Beryl & mom 2Tropical showers bring brilliant rainbows…

Soliman Bay palm, big rainbow

Soliman Bay double rainbow

Soliman Bay rainbow, Mimi, kayaks

Soliman rainbow, Wally & Mimi

Soliman rainbow, palm, bird

The weather is here…  Soliman palm view, pretty water big

Soliman kayakers and sailboat

Soliman coco pretty waters

Soliman Bay weiner crab hunting, full moon

Soliman Bay View, rainbow in cloudsOur pilgrimage down to the south end of the beach to Chamico’s for fresh ceviche

Soliman Bay view from south to north

Chamicos mixta cevicheI always love seeing what creative children find to do on the beach…

Soliman Bay sand pyramidMuch to Wally’s dismay, I packed two metal detectors to hunt for treasure…

Soliman Bay treasure hunterMy big find – a $10 peso (about a dollar) and tons of beer tops and a few lost toys and trinkets. Sadly, no gold and no jewelry, but I had fun!

Jamie's $10 peso

Soliman Bay sunset, pelicans, pastels

Soliman Bay Sunrise, black and orangeThis is why you ALWAYS shake out your shoes before putting them on. Unfortunately I hadn’t, but fortunately it didn’t have room to sting my foot before I yanked off my water booty. Scorpion – not deadly but very painful.

Soliman Bay scorpion on stick

Soliman Bay pelican patrol

Soliman Bay pelican on rock

Soliman Bay palms vert  Soliman Bay palm tops hori

Soliman Bay low tide waters

Soliman Bay kiteboarder

We always enjoy massages by our Italian friend Lucia, Soliman Bay’s masseuse. She does massages in the shade of the palms or in her massage palapa behind Nah Lu’um Ka’an. Check out her Facebook page and like it at: Massage by Lucia sign

Massage by Lucia, back view  Massage by Lucia side view

Soliman Bay kayaks and cocos

Soliman Bay heavenly clouds 2

Soliman Bay heavenly clouds 1

Lila, our guest resident artist from New York… plein air painting on the beachNah Uxibal Lila painting, back view

Nah Uxibal Lila painting side view

Nah Uxibal Lila contemplating

Soliman Bay dark, light & aqua

Soliman Bay bright sunset cloudsSkip with Javier and Victoria’s newest adorable grandbaby

Skip and bambino

Nah Uxibal fish rockOne afternoon we went to Maya Tulum Spa to have massages, and while we were waiting for our time, I glimpsed some activity at the beach. It was a swimsuit photo shoot, and what a gorgeous setting and girls! We later found out it was a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo shoot. These were taken with my cell phone, so not best quality – sorry guys! Here’s the link to check out Maya Tulum’s Spa,

Maya Tulum SI view

Maya Tulum SI photo shootThe mangroves between the highway and Soliman Bay are a stopover for many migrating birds.

Egrets in mangrovesHanging out with Casa Corazon friends

Corazon, Wally, Donna and friend

Corazon daschund lady

Wally, fly fishing couple

Soliman Bay full moon, pink silhouette

ghost crab

ghost crab going away

 Mimi and crab

Mimi digging, bay view

Wally face closeup

Wally and Mimi

Happy Valentine’s Day from Soliman Bay!

Valentines heart, Uxibal

Nah Uxibal heart & house hori, 8"

A touching Valentine’s Day gift from Javier and Victoria…

Roses and palms

Jamie and Wally, SolimanFull moon rising over Punta Soliman on Valentine’s Day…

Nah Uxibal, Soliman Bay full moon risingOur Nah Uxibal friends gathered for a group shot on the beach

Nah Uxibal Feb group picLos amigos…

Ana & Michael 2

Beryl & Leslie 1

B.C. sisters

Woodstock 4 best

Soliman Bay full moon over point, pastels

I’ll post some of our restaurant excursions in their own posts… until next time…

Hasta Luego!

Uxibal palapa hammock feet

Soliman palms blog banner

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The Spa Experience, Maya Tulum Resort, Tulum Beach, Mexico

For those of you craving a relaxing and indulgent spa experience, we have just the place for you. Located on Tulum Beach, past Zamas and over the bridge a bit, is Maya Tulum Resort. Their corporate name of R & R Resorts reflects the experience for visitors. You can learn more about the resort and their services at: 

Maya Tulum signThe resort is on the left side of the road but you park on the right side opposite their entrance. We’ve found the best way to schedule a massage or treatment is to stop by, pick out our masseuse from their bio board and make our appointment.

Maya Tulum masseuse board

Their spa waiting area is a nice place to relax while waiting for your treatment. Arrive a bit early to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Maya Tulum spa interior

Your therapist will then escort you to your massage cabanas. Aren’t they lovely?

Maya Tulum massage girls

Maya Tulum massage palapa path  Maya Tulum massage palapa

The last time we went I chose a hot rocks treatment to hopefully relieve the big rocks in my shoulder.

Maya Tulum massage table:room

Maya Tulum hot rocks

Maya Tulum sink & flowers

Ahhh!!! Much better now : )

So after your treatment, they have a gift shop and you can head toward to beach where enticing hammocks and chaise lounges have a heavenly view. They have a restaurant and cottages for guests.

Maya Tulum statue and restaurant

Maya Tulum hammocks

Maya Tulum beach chaises

Maya Tulum cottages

Time for a nap… zzzz

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