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Cabanos Copal in tulum

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Cabanos Copal in tulum

Does anyone have any suggestions on this place ? and the area it is in ? Thanks for your help

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1. Re: Cabanos Copal in tulum

Loved it. But, I also love camping, winter or summer, and I don't really mind bugs, rain, sand, or candle light. The beach there was really nice, the people were very laid back and very friendly. The area was close to the town (short cab, long walk) along a narrow paved road that leads to other restaurants and hotels (walking distance).

As his wife who normally doesn't like camping too much when it's cold, I loved it and had no trouble adapting. The bugs were minimal, especially if you don't were lots of perfume, scented lotions or deoderants etc. It took a day or so to get used to never getting the salt completely off, but my skin looked the best it has in years after a week of no products, great air, great food and great swimming. Would do it again in a heart beat.

So enjoy an adventure, not just a vacation.

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I stayed there a couple of years ago, with my daughter in law. We are outdoors type people and loved it. The beach was not the best, not the long stretch of wide white sand that Tulum is famous for, but you can easily find that just a short walk to the south. I quite liked Copal's beach, as it is somewhat private with Rocky outcroppings. The location is nice because it is only 5 minutes from town.

Copal is rustic, bathrooms are primative but functional, and the beds were very comfortable. Cabanas are not spacious, but there is plenty of room for two people.

Their restuarant at that time was their weak point, but with so many great places to eat, both along the beach and in town, you do yourself a disservice if you eat only at Copal.

Tulum Pueblo is a small town with a "real" Mexico feel. Plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants, etc. It's closeby to the beachroad so you can go into town for any supplies you need, and is a fun place to explore.

Suggestions for Copal would be to bring a flashlight, or battery powered lantern. Book a seaview cabana to catch to benefit of the seabreeze. The garden and jungle cabanas can be sweltering. Be sure to bring insect repellant too. You won't encounter many bugs on the beach but much of Copal is set in the jungle and it can get buggy.

Rent a car to get to those places away from town at your own pace and for maximum enjoyment. Drive south along the Boca Paila Rd past Copal and you will find some amazing secluded beaches and Sian Kaan Reserve. Head inland on Coba Rd..Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve, Grand Cenote and Coba Ruins are well worth exploring.

Head south on Hwy 307 to Muyil Ruins, about 20 minutes from Copal..you will likely have this place to yourself. Not the biggest but not at all touristy..set on the Laguna, Muyil Ruins are among my favorites because they are not as well known.

It's an easy drive from Cancun.

Tulum is an amazing place to explore or just lay back and enjoy the beach and the food!

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We enjoyed the clothing optional beach at Copal, the beach service for drinks and snacks. On our last trip in May, we thought Copal's coffee at breakfast to be one of the best we had. (The coffee in Tulum seems to be hit or miss by being freh brewed, or instant.) We stayed at their sister property next door, Azulik. There are many great places to eat along the beach road, as well as in Tulum pueblo. Here is a great map link you can cut and paste into your browser of both the beach road, showing Copal, and of the Pueblo:


I posted some trip reports with photos from our May trip. We stayed At Azulik, but it is connected to Copal, which we visited a few times, so there is information on massages, restaurants, ect that may help you plan things to do, places to eat. Hope you enjoy your trip!

Here are the links you can cut and paste:

Trip Report Part 1


Trip Report Part 2


Trip Report Part 3


Trip Report Part 4


Trip Report Part 5


Trip Report Part 6


Trip Report Part 7


Trip Report Part 8


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We have been there twice in the last two years. In my opion the main draw to Copal is the clothing optional beach. If you don't want "neaked", there are less expensive places just as nice in the same area..

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I agree with the last post, it's hard to say that a place is hugly in tulum if you know what I mean, but you can find much better for the same price nicer beach, larger cabanas, I think copal ones are to small and to many, the only thing that is really handy of copal is that it's close to town . By the way I heard from many guest of that hotel that receptionists are trying to sell you the most expensive tours and activites even if they know you can get cheaper and better than that, it's just to make good money out of the commissions, so if you go there arrange your own excursions, there are many offers in town and don't let them arrange you any taxis or transportations you would end up paying double price

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Neither myself nor my daughter in law chose to opt out of clothign while at Copal and did not feel out of place staying clothed. Yes, there is some nudity, but the idea of Copal is that you do as you choose..whatever you are comfortable with.

I don't find their pricing to be out of line with the quickly rising prices of other places along the beachroad..in fact, a seaview king cabana is now one of the more reasonable accomodations in the area in both high and low season..however..this place is not for everyone. If you must have electric, Copal is not for you.

Copal is what I would call "rustic comfortable". It's more like a camping experience than a hotel experience.

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Tulumadvisor, I think you have some misinformation. Copal receptionists do NOT sell tours or excursions of any kind. They provide check-in and check-out services and guest assistance, but they do not sell tours.

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I've stayed at Copal many times and have stayed next door at the sister hotel, Azulik, many times. Copal is a little paradise. Friendly, warm staff. Great atmosphere. Very nice beach, good restaurant. Great beach bar. I've never been solicited by any staff member who was trying to sell an excursion.

However, anyone who has ever done any traveling knows that buying an excurion from a hotel, or a cruise ship, is going to cost more than you going out and finding one on your own. The convenience of buying one at the hotel or aboard ship is worth a bit of premium. But if you prefer, you could spend hours doing your own research to save a couple of dollars.

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