Off the Beaten Path"
Feb 4, 2008
|I just LOOOOOVE the way the Universe works!! Last night..(althought I still had packing to do) a NUDGE...encouraged me to go for a beer and burger for the CHLY Fundraiser that happened at the Windward Pub. Heck..I had 6 tickets on the GREAT prizes, and was really excited about any of them! When I got there..the first person I saw was an old friend from the Ferry Days Lynn Thompson who is an amazing photographer and also has a program called "Living on Purpose" www.livingonpurpose.com It was great to catch up with her, and another lady that was sitting at the table with us started to get reeeely excited when I told her I was going to the Yucatan. Quickly she began to share an amazing plethora of info about some "off the beaten path" type places and even told me of a woman with a little Casita in a place just south of Tulum calle Puta Allen...WELL...that's how it works..check it out below. Just like my other little jem north of Peurto Vallarta that I used to go to called Chaclla...they are always up a NASTY ROAD! I love it!!
Well...I HAVE FOUND IT!!! www.casasirena.com Stay TUNED!!
Getting away from it all on the Yucatán Peninsula's booming Caribbean coast is a tough job. Cancún -- Vegas by the beach -- hosts millions of visitors a year, and its success has spawned amusement parks, housing tracts and hundreds of resorts elsewhere along the coast. But dedicated escape artists willing to brave some rough roads can still find empty beaches, vast sheltered lagoons and healthy reefs teeming with sea life. Those with the inclination can even indulge in some world-class fishing.
How does relaxing in the heart of a 2,000-square-mile nature reserve sound? The lobstering village known as Punta Allen (officially Javier Rojo Gómez, pop. 499) is about 116 road miles south of Cancún. It rests near the southern tip of a sandy, 24-mile-long limestone spit in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, amid the enormous variety of protected flora and fauna in the region. Beneficiaries include jaguars, monkeys, tapirs, manatees, storks, flamingoes and hundreds of other bird species, as well as sea turtles and crocodiles.
Stretching the entire eastern length of the spit is a narrow, mostly empty swath of beach, backed by palm trees and scrub and begging to be relaxed upon.
A reef a few hundred yards offshore holds a kaleidoscope of corals and tropical fish, while sand flats in the shallow waters separating the western side of the spit from the mainland are bonefish heaven. Other fighters taken by catch-and-release anglers include tarpon and snook.
Though Punta Allen is only about 30 miles south of Tulúm's seemingly endless string of seaside cabañas (a scene that would have Leonardo DiCaprio's character in "The Beach" frothing at the mouth), a horrendous road keeps it a world apart. With a dry track, the drive from Tulúm takes 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. Even the potholes have potholes. After a good rain you can't tell the puddles from the Hummer-swallowers.
Thus isolated, the village has managed to keep its population almost entirely Mayan and to maintain a very easygoing atmosphere. It offers a few modest grocery stores, three or four restaurants and a handful of places to stay.
Has Punta Allen changed since electricity recently became available all the way from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.? Well, more folks can make ice cubes now. And run a blender after dark. Where did that salt shaker get to?
-- Ben Greensfelder
"Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there.
What you choose to do with them is up to you."
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