hello all. your expertise would be greatly appreciated. i've been to playa del carmen several times and love the fact that you can just walk everywhere, but want to check out a new destination this time.
i get a sense of isla from researching online, but not so much with tulum. if i stay in tulum town, is the beach within walking distance? it seems like the beaches are accessible only through beach-front hotels. is this assumption right? are the hotels ok with that? are bars/restaurants/shops within walking distance or would i need a car/bike?
on the flip side, it seems like the beachfront hotels are very separated from everything else and that i'd definitely need some mode of transportation to go elsewhere. i like to check things out when i travel, so would hate to feel "trapped" at the hotel. any insight would be great! thanks in advance.