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A Winter Dream

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Dreaming of lounging on the sundrenched Caribbean shores of the Yucatan is how I procrastinate my way through a half workday on December 31st. Even here in sunny southern California the temperature started off in the 30's (°F) and my lawn and windshield were coated in ice. On my favorite beach in the world, Tulum, the air is hot, the beer is cold and responsibility couldn't afford a plane ticket down due to the poor economy. Tulum is just an hour or so south of Cancun and feels a world away from the Spring-breakers and mega resorts. There are several accommodation types to suit everyone’s fancy, from eco-chic to beachside, thatch-roof huts. I tend to stay in town at the Hotel Chilam Bilam, because it’s cheap, has air conditioning and is central to the bars and restaurants in town. Since I rent a car to visit Maya archaeological sites, cenotes and other nearby attractions, I can drive to Tulum’s public beach in front of the Café El Paraiso. The beach here is very wide and offers an incredible view of the Maya pyramids perched on a cliff over the sky blue waters. Additionally, there is a palapa stand that sells cold beer and coco locos, which are fresh coconuts that are opened up at the top skillfully with a machete and filled with white rum. Bring a book and your snorkeling gear and you are set for a perfect day. Wish I was there.

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Dreaming of lounging on the sundrenched Caribbean shores of the Yucatan is how I procrastinate my way through a half workday on December 31st. Even here in sunny southern California the temperature started off in the 30's (F) and my lawn and windshield were coated in ice. On my favorite beach in the world, Tulum, the air is hot, the beer is cold and...

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Dreaming of lounging on the sundrenched Caribbean shores of the Yucatan is how I procrastinate my way through a half workday on December 31st. Even here in sunny southern California the temperature started off in the 30's (°F) and my lawn and windshield were coated in ice. On my favorite beach in the world, Tulum, the air is hot, the beer is cold and responsibility couldn't afford a plane ticket down due to the poor economy. Tulum is just an hour or so south of Cancun and feels a world away from the Spring-breakers and mega resorts. There are several accommodation types to suit everyone’s fancy, from eco-chic to beachside, thatch-roof huts. I tend to stay in town at the Hotel Chilam Bilam, because it’s cheap, has air conditioning and is central to the bars and restaurants in town. Since I rent a car to visit Maya archaeological sites, cenotes and other nearby attractions, I can drive to Tulum’s public beach in front of the Café El Paraiso. The beach here is very wide and offers an incredible view of the Maya pyramids perched on a cliff over the sky blue waters. Additionally, there is a palapa stand that sells cold beer and coco locos, which are fresh coconuts that are opened up at the top skillfully with a machete and filled with white rum. Bring a book and your snorkeling gear and you are set for a perfect day. Wish I was there.

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