May be heading that way and would like to know how the water is for swimming and floating around close to town. I see there have been various posts on beaches close by I am reading just hoping to wake up and go for a swim and then do excursions to better beaches if need be. Just was in Tulum late October and the water was too rough and way too windy on the beach to enjoy(Playa Del Carmen and Isla Mujeres were great though a short drive away). I am an intermediate swimmer and can make it past smaller breaks although I got slammed pretty hard this last trip! Boo...lost my prescription sunglasses when kissing the sand!. Also, looking for budget accommodations in town with great energy and pulse with an easy stroll to beach. Around $75. Would be great is coffee was available in the morning and perhaps a communal terrace for sunsets...nearby cocktails/happy hours or onsite a plus. What do you love about Zihua?