Cesiak in Sian Ka'an, Tulum
Breakfast on the rooftop at Ceasiak. / Kurt's ubiquitous local beer vacation photo. / Reading at the beach shack.
Who needs electricity and running water when the ocean is in your front yard?
When it comes to beach vacations, I'm a girl gone mild. Who am I kidding, I'm basically non-stop mildin' out, unless prescribed codeine cough syrup, but those are not stories for a public forum. My point is, if our travel destination involves crystal clear waters and powdery white sands, then you better believe my corn-fed, landlocked ass is gonna want to look at the ocean until my eyes shrivel up, sun-dried and salt-cured from the ocean air. I've discovered that this is best done without the distractions of modern conveniences. Wi-fi, electricity, private bathrooms - all over rated when the ocean is crashing a stone's throw from the hammock of your candlelit beach hut.
Before we met our friends for a week in Tulum, we spent the weekend at Cesiak, an eco resort located down a quiet dirt road in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Our private thatched roof shack was essentially a furnished tent on a wood platform, perched on a jungle ridge overlooking the ocean. I could have lived on the hut's porch alone, facing the shore with Kurt in the hammock, I in the rocking chair. What more do you really need? All of the huts were off the grid, with shared access to a bathhouse at the resort's solar/wind powered restaurant and welcome center.
Of all the beaches we've visited, Cesiak's was the most beautiful. Extra plusses for the friendly staff, delicious chilaquiles, and enormous sunbathing iguanas.