I promise, one of these days we’ll start exploring places other than the beach communities along the Riviera Maya. But give us a break, we’re new in town and just can’t help ourselves. We’d heard great things about Xpu Há (one word? two words? hyphenated? I’ve seen it every way so your guess is as good as mine) and decided to make it our destination for the day.

We loaded up the car, made our weekly stop at immigration (no dice) and then hit the road. Xpu Há is about 25 miles south of Playa del Carmen and unless you know what you’re looking for to turn at it’s pretty easy to miss.  There are three entrances to the area, we wanted to find La Playa Beach Club so turned at this sign.

Turn right at the jet ski - a normal way to give directions around here.
Turn right at the jet ski – a normal way to give directions around here.

And went down this road.

Wait until you see what's at the end of this road.
Just wait until you see what’s at the end of this road.

And then found this.

A piece of paradise in paradise.
A piece of paradise in paradise.

There are a few beach restaurants and hotels along this area that, provided you spend a minimum amount of pesos, you can hang out on their chairs all day or you can pay to rent them. There’s also a dive operation and a kite boarding school which made for some fun people watching.

Why yes, it is very stressful around here. I should lay down in a hammock and relax.
Why yes, it is very stressful around here. I should lay down in a hammock and relax.

There wasn’t much of a crowd and, except for the couple that I think were either in honeymoon phase or attempting to make a baby on the beach lounger just down the way, not much in the way of entertainment. But that was kind of the point.

Where have all the people gone? Apparently back home after Semana Santa.
Where have all the people gone? Apparently back home after Semana Santa.

 

I'm too relaxed here to be worried about sharks (or work). At least for today.
I’m way too relaxed here to be worried about sharks (or work). At least for today.

The soft white sand, the beautiful views, the good food and the cheap beers ($100 pesos for a cubetazo – bucket of four beers) kept us plenty satisfied.

Commercials really do come true!
Commercials really do come true!

Next day trip we’re thinking something a bit more adventurous, any suggestions?