"Exclusive bay with calm, translucent waters." - Reviewed by Deborah
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- Deb says: “Sunrise over the Caribbean Sea here is certainly worth getting up early for.”
- Anna says: “This calm bay is perfect for snorkelling and it’s not unusual to spot turtles while swimming in its crystal-clear waters or watch them come ashore to nest.”
About 45-minutes south of Playa del Carmen, just before you reach Tulum, is Soliman Bay and neighbouring Tankah Bay. This classy haven is full of luxury villas – many of which boast direct beach access to a semi-private beach with translucent waters. While Tulum bustles with boutique hotels, Soliman Bay and Tankah Bay are the beaches of choice for guests seeking more exclusivity and an even slower pace. Expect to share that signature soft white sand and turquoise hues with fewer people.
Largely a residential community, you’ll find the soft sand beach that runs the length of the bay perfect for family playtime in the calm shallow waters or romantic walks. Paddleboarding, kayaking and snorkeling are favourite pastimes here. You might also need to keep an eye open for nesting turtles. Arrive during the summer and you could witness the release of hatchlings.
Though the homes we promote in this area come with the option to fully cater for your stay with a full-time chef and wait staff, Soliman Bay has some great dining options. At one end of the bay, the Chamico restaurant has earned its reputation as one of the bucket-list options in the area for authentic, albeit rustic, culinary experiences. This restaurant owned by a Yucatecan local has been serving delicious meals on the beach for years. At the other end of the bay, you might choose to dress up for a gourmet meal or sunset cocktails at the Jashita hotel restaurant.
- 1.5-hour drive to Cancun International Airport
- 45-min drive to Playa del Carmen
- 20-min drive to Tulum
- 2-hour drive to Chichen Itza Maya Ruins
EXPERIENCES IN AND AROUND SOLIMAN AND TANKAH BAY
- Ancient Wonders — Explore the Tulum Mayan archaeological site nearby or enjoy a daytrip to see other famous ruins including Chichen Itza and Cobá.
- Beaches — White sand beaches and shallow, calm waters .
- Cenotes — Extensive underground cave systems and sinkholes known as cenotes are a unique feature of the Yucatan Peninsula. Fabulous for diving, snorkelling and river wading.
- Whale Sharks — The official whale shark season runs from June to September when tours can swim alongside the harmless whale sharks in their natural habitat.
- Boat Trips – Book one of the many boat cruises offered in the area and see some spectacular scenery.
- Fishing – All types of fishing expeditions can be enjoyed in the area. Angling is particularly popular.
- Snorkelling and Diving — The clear warm water and soft sand in Soliman Bay makes it ideal for snorkelling. For diving and more adventurous snorkelling, the nearby Mesopotamian Reef is the third largest coral reef system in the world.
- Theme Parks — Close-by you will find many high-quality theme parks packed with zip lines, wading rivers, animal sanctuaries, pre-Hispanic rituals, classic Mexican dancing and more.
- Gastronomy– Try out Chamico a rustic beachfront restaurant whose Yucatecan owner has been serving delicious local cuisine for years or enjoy the gourmet restaurant at the Yashita boutique hotel.
- Kayaking and paddle boarding — Soliman Bay offers many non-motorized water sports.
- Golf — Many of Mexico’s best golf courses can be found in the Yucatan Peninsula, many of which have holes with a sea view.
- Yoga — There are several yoga studios in the region and many top instructors available for private lessons.