Spend Quoted in: MXN / GBP / USD
Length of Stay – 18 days / 17 nights
Amount Spent – Mex$24,000.60 / £1025.67 / $1276.63
Average per Day (For 2 People) – Mex$1,333 / £56.98 / $70.92
Exchange Rate at Time of Visit – £1 : Mex$23.4 / $1 : Mex$18.8
Dates – 23/03/2017 – 09/04/2017
Accommodation – Mex$10,880 / £464.96 / $578.72, (Mex$640 / £27.35 / $34.04 per night) – 45.3%
We were back to staying in Air B n B’s. In Tulum we had the best set up with a well equipped kitchen including a coffee machine. Isla Mujeres had the best location being just 10 minutes from an amazing beach and in the centre of everything. Playa del Carmen was the cheapest but our least favourite of them all.
Transport – Mex$2,173 / £92.86 / $115.59 – 9.1%
The best way (and only in some cases) to get around Tulum and PDC was using taxis. We took 13 taxis in the space of 2 weeks, much more than we normally would. They were keen to take advantage of tourists in PDC and we quickly learnt to only take moving taxis as they offered the best prices. Getting to any of the attractions on the road between Tulum and PDC was easy using a collectivo.
Activities – Mex$1,740 / £74.36 / $92.55 – 7.2%
There was no shortage of activities in this area. We went to 4 more cenotes which were open and different to those we visited around Valladolid. I dragged Jak to more ruins at Tulum which he would’ve happily skipped, but even he had to admit that the cliff setting made them a worthwhile visit. One of my favourite beaches was Xcacel beach where there was a $1 entrance fee. Whizzing around Isla Mujeres in a golf cart was a great way to see the island and we paid entrance to Punta Sur where we were at the easternmost point in Mexico.
Eating Out – Mex$3,543 / £151.41 / $188.46 – 14.8%
We didn’t eat out at all in Tulum. In PDC the kitchen was pretty rubbish so we ate out much more than we planned but there was a great selection of restaurants to choose from. We treated Isla Mujeres like a proper holiday and found a great little breakfast spot where we went every morning before hitting the beach. All the research for Cuba suggested that we would be eating very bland food for the next 2 and half weeks so Shaun treated us to one last blow out at TGI Friday’s at the airport and we contributed the last of our pesos. It was a great meal!
Cafes, Snacks & Treats – Mex$1,768 / £75.56 / $94.04 – 7.4%
We got into a terrible habit when we stumbled across a bakery selling fresh donuts and frappuccinos on our first day in PDC. Pretty much everyday afterwards we dropped in for a frappuccino whilst Jak browsed their freshly baked goods. Having an Oxxo every few blocks was another down fall of ours. It was way to easy to grab a can of coke or a snickers.
Groceries – Mex$1,555.60 / £66.48 / $82.74 – 6.5%
We ate in the whole time in Tulum and half the time in PDC. We also drank a lot of water.
Alcohol – Mex$639 / £27.31 / $33.99 – 2.7%
Jak had some beers in the evening in the apartment in Tulum and we met up with our German friends in PDC for a few drinks and our first taste of real Mexican tequila.
Miscellaneous – Mex$1,702 / £72.74 / $90.53 – 7.1%
We made a lot of other purchases. We got another snorkel mask and a beach umbrella. Jak had a haircut and a free mini facial in the most professional barbers he’d ever been in. We paid to use lockers rather than leave our valuables on the side whilst we were in the cenotes. Lastly we gave a generous tip to a very entertaining musician who gave us a great send off on the return ferry from Isla Mujeres.