The second day in Chetamal we mostly rested, that is Sally rested while Hugh walked the two miles up to the bus station to check on buses going north toward Cancun. After being in some of the border towns along the US border, Chetemal is like night into day. It is relatively clean with broad streets where pedestrians have the right-a-way most of the time. Hugh indulged himself by eating at some of the street vendors on the way to the bus station. The weather was warm 85 F and clear so we spent the afternoon by the pool.
The next morning we took a taxi to the bus station for 30 Pesos ($2.50). The ticket lady was very helpful and we caught the bus to Tulum which was about 2/3 of the way to Cancun. The ticket was 172 Peso ( $13.23) for the deluxe bus that had big soft seats that reclined with ample leg room and best of all a clean restroom in back. They even had TV with a good western playing - in Spanish of course.
Before we left the Caye we talked to a lady that had spent a few days at the beach at Tulum and gave us a name of a hotel on the beach. She said the beach from Tulum Ruins to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is about 10 miles long and is full of small hotels or cabanas. There are no large deluxe resorts like you find in Cancun or Playa del Carmen (as yet) with few vendors and gift shops and less people. The beach is wide and white and the Caribbean is blue and peaceful most of the time. Since we had no plans, we headed there. When we reached the town of Tulum, that is 2 or 3 miles from the beach, we took a taxi to the beach but could not find the hotel so stopped at a few places before finding one we liked. Each had their advantages and disadvantages. One place had cabanas right on the beach 8x8ft with small window and the bathroom back by the road for $40.00 a night. The place we decided on was much more but much nicer. The beach had clean, white, soft sand that was cool to walk on, and the Caribbean was warm and fun to swim in. One evening we walked down the beach barefoot, a mile or so to another small hotel-cabana giving Salsa Lessons. We watched for a while but had no shoes and could not participate so walked back in the dark. What fun! The breeze off the sea was warm and the sky was alive with a million stars as there was no moon. Orion was so bright you could see his sword glistening. The warm waves caressed our feet as we strolled back up the beach to our bed. For some reason we forgot all about winter.