It has been awhile since I have added another hidden gem to the list of Qroo Pau’s picks. Well – cue the drumroll – the time has come yet again. Today we add Caleta Tankah to the list of worthy recipients.
What is it?
Caleta Tankah is a stunningly picturesque beach with a small inlet that is actually a fresh water spring (cenote). The next time that you cannot decide whether to go to a cenote or a beach, just head here.
There is another cenote on the property that is located just off the beach among some trees. It is worth seeing at least once, but it can’t compete with the one on the beach side.
Normally at this point in the article I would go into a lengthy explanation of how awesome a place is, but today I will just let the pictures speak for themselves.
Where is it?
Caleta Tankah is located just north of Tulum.
How much does it cost?
The entrance fee is $100 pesos per person, which is a little steep compared to other beaches in the area. I suspect that is why it is rarely crowded.
What are the hours?
Open 7 days a week from 10:30 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Is there a restaurant there?
There is a small restaurant and bar at the location. The margaritas and daiquiris were very good and the beer was cold. The only two choices of beer on this date were Corona and Leon.
Today we shared the Baguette Tres Quesos which had Brie, Manchego and goat cheese. We had him throw on some Jamón Serrano for an extra $30 pesos. It came with fries and it was delicious.
We were almost done eating before we realized that neither of us had bothered to snap a picture of the dish prior to digging in. Sorry folks, maybe next time.
Let’s Wrap This Up
If you’re looking for a laid-back beach bar that reminds many people of what the Riviera Maya was like prior to the tourist invasion — look no further. This place is a rare gem where we will often seek refuge during the peak season. When everything else is packed, we can usually find an empty beach chair here.
If you are worried that this article will suddenly make everyone want to flock to this little-known Caribbean refuge, don’t be — we don’t have that many readers. Besides, we want to help support small businesses and the people who work at them.
Today while visiting Caleta Tankah, we inadvertantly left my backpack — which contained my wallet — behind in the parking lot. We didn’t discover that is was missing until we were home and we immediately sped back to the scene. When we arrived, I saw a few visitors around the entrance but the backpack was gone.
When one of the employees saw us, she waved at us and held up the backpack. Nothing was missing and I gave her a reward for her honesty.
This is one of the many reasons why we love the Riviera Maya. The people here have a lot of integrity and they often go out of their way to help others — even strangers.