Things to Do on a Cloudy Day (September 2011)

by Mari Pintkowski

Some people think the sun shines all the time over the turquoise Caribbean and the beautiful Mayan jungle that encompass the Riviera Maya. Truth be told, six months of the year, June until the end of November, is technically the rainy season. Photo 1

Growing up in Florida with similar tropical weather patterns, we looked forward to the afternoon rain to cool things off.  When the showers started, we simply retreated indoors or to a screened-in porch with a good book or our coloring book and crayons and waited until the drizzle stopped.

But, you say you paid a lot of money to come to the Riviera Maya for a tropical vacation, and you aren't happy with cloudy skies. As a Bed and Breakfast owner in a small Mayan village 20 km from Tulum off the Coba Road (La Selva Mariposa), I thought it would be fun and helpful to our guests and others visiting the area to make a list of some of the things you can do to occupy your time on the cloudy/rainy days that present themselves during la temporada de lluvia (the rainy season).

* Get a massage or other spa treatment

* Attend a yoga class at one of the classic spots along Tulum Beach like: Maya Tulum

* Go shelling and bird watching at Punta Soliman

* Explore the jungle and watch for birds and monkeys in the wild at Punta Laguna where the tall trees provide a natural umbrella above you. If you are a little unsteady, use a stick or cane to give you support as you maneuver the uneven path through the jungle.

* Cloudy days are actually perfect during the warmer months to visit the nearby ruins of Coba, Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, Muyil and Tulum

* Go to Valladolid and take in the 10 a.m. tour at Casa de los Venados that houses a spectacular collection of more than 3,000 pieces of Mexican Folk and Contemporary ar