If you are looking for a peaceful retreat, you will find it at Soliman Bay. Soliman Bay is located 1½ hours south of Cancun but couldn’t be more than a world away! Located in the southern end of the Mayan Riviera, 10 minutes north of Tulum ruins, in Soliman Bay you can choose to relax or seek adventure.
Protected from the waves by a coral reef, Soliman Bay offers great kayaking and snorkeling. The calm water is ideal for young children. The beach is gorgeous with fine, white sand and very few rocks. Turtle grass grows to the shore in some areas of the bay, so water shoes are recommended. However, sandy entrance points into the water are along the beach. Palm trees surround you and birds sing above you. Pelicans and other ocean birds dive for fish in the water.
Tie your kayak to one of the buoys near the reef and snorkel in the clear, blue water. You will see many kinds of tropical fish, rays, coral, and maybe even a sea turtle. Sea turtles nest in this part of Mexico from May to September and have nested in the sand of Soliman Bay. Diving trips are possible from the area as well.
Soliman Bay is lined with private vacation residences on a 24/7 secured access road. One small, high-end hotel is located on the northern end of the beach, and features an excellent restaurant, Sahara, featuring international cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. A little outdoor restaurant, Chamico's, the perfect beach experience, is on the southern end of the beach. They have great food in a casual environment. Oscar and Lalo’s restaurant is on the beach highway, about a kilometer inland from the bay; they feature good Mexican food in a lush jungle garden setting. Many other good restaurants are within a short drive to Tulum or Akumal.
Soliman Bay is very close to Tulum Mayan ruins. Tulum stands on a bluff facing east towards the Caribbean Sea. One of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans, it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. These are one of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is a popular site for all travelers. With many standing structures and dramatic sea views, Tulum is a must see.
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