Punta Allen Mexico
Punta Allen is a small, Mayan fishing village of 500 residents at the tip of the Boca Paila Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. The only access into this village is on an incredibly bumpy drive down the Punta Allen Road from Tulum, which visitors should not navigate unless they can reach the village before the sun goes down. And only in a jeep equipped with 4-wheel drive.
There are avid fly fishermen/women from all over the world, who truly love bone (trout) fishing in the saltwater flats of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere and Punta Allen. If you are not one of those people, Punta Allen might not be for you. That is unless you are up for an adventure and don’t mind a village whose electricity comes from two generators that run twice daily from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to midnight.
The village is a 5 by 6-block sandbox comprised of lodging, restaurants, a few mini-markets, and a seafood storehouse. It is an isolated, rustic place, with fisherman, fishing guides and an empty beach, which is often littered with debris washed up from the sea. There is one public phone in town, no cell phone service and, - must I even say it? - no Internet café. It’s the perfect fishing village!
Getting to Punta Allen
From the Cancun International Airport, renting a 4-wheel drive may be your easiest option, one in which you can control the time you arrive or depart from Punta Allen. However, if you do drive, be sure to have a full tank of gas before setting out - there are no gas stations in Punta Allen, but a few enterprising individuals coming down from Tulum with gas will sell it to you for a small premium - and leave early enough to finish the two-hour trip before dusk. Another option is to take a bus to Tulum and rent a cab or transport service leaving from Tulum’s main bus station (check locally for times). Also, if you make advance reservations, some Punta Allen hotels will drive to Cancun to pick up a group of people.