The beaches of Tulum are a tourist destination known for their beauty, the proximity of other attractions, such as cenotes and archaeological ruins, and the existence of more affordable accommodation and food options compared to Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Here is a guide to the top ten beaches in Tulum.
It is one kilometer from the Mayan archaeological site. It’s famous for a sloping palm tree that grew in the beautiful sandy area with the intention, fortunately, contained, to lean into the water. You can’t miss taking a picture of yourself on its emblematic palm tree, but you should hurry to travel to Tulum because, due to the inclination, it is destined to collapse sooner rather than later.
One of the most famous beaches that’s right next to the famous archaeological site of Tulum. Located in front of the sea on a cliff from which you descend towards the beach. From beautiful Ruinas beach, you have magnificent photo ops of the pre-Hispanic site, and you can take a tour to see it with another perspective from the sea or go to the Great Mayan Reef that runs parallel to the coast.
Akumal means “place of the turtles” in the Mayan language, and on this beach, you can admire the friendly chelonians who go to the site to breed. Akumal has achieved the objective of protecting its biodiversity while receiving so many visitors. Proof of this effort is the turtles that swim through its waters in plain view of surface divers.
Las Palmas Public Beach
It is four miles from Playa Paraiso, and it has good winds and waves, being one of the best beaches in Tulum for water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. Its white sands invite you to lie down to get a nice tan, and the bars and hotels of the beach provide the drinks, snacks, and meals necessary to spend a great day at the beach.
Sian Ka’an Beaches
Sian Ka’an (“where the sky is born” in the Mayan language) is a Protected Natural Area of more than 528,000 hectares. Located in the territory of the Quintana Roo towns of Tulum and Felipe Carrillo Puerto. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is the largest nature reserve in the Mexican Caribbean. You can get to know its virgin beaches on boat trips and watch the dolphins swim and fiddle along the side of the boat.
On this beach, named after the Turkish sultan, located between Tulum and Akumal, the reef’s proximity has created a shallow natural pool with calm waters, ideal for the enjoyment of the whole family. Under the water, you can clearly see all the multicolored fish and enjoy snorkeling.
For its tranquility, it’s one of the best places to isolate yourself in the Riviera Maya, and poor cell reception in the area will also help. A day without the internet and social networks can be beneficial once in a while, and nothing better than spending it in a fabulously natural environment like Playa Pescadores. It is close to the Mayan site, and pets are allowed.
It’s located a few minutes from the archaeological site of Tulum, and its tranquility is only occasionally disturbed by the sound of human voices or a jet ski passing by. It’s a small beach that can be accessed in a few minutes on foot from the pre-Hispanic ruins, and on the sand, you will have a postcard-worthy picture of the archaeological site with a different perspective. Depending on the day and time, you can have it almost to yourself as if it were a private beach reserved only for you. Its clear and warm waters and fine sand invite you to bathe and enjoy the sun without any hurry.
This beach has several entrances; some are private, leading to the restaurants and accommodations on the sand. The public area is reached by the second access coming from the city of Tulum, which is located 26 miles to the south. The sector on the left is quieter and solitary, with white sand and waters of incredible blue hues. In the sector on the right, there are several restaurants.
Punta Allen Beach
It is a land ledge that points to the northern end of Ascension Bay in the Sian Ka’an Reserve. It is 31 miles south of Tulum and houses a fishing village that still allows you to appreciate what life was like in the small coastal communities of Quintana Roo many years ago. On the beautiful beach of Punta Allen, you can swim in the ocean and eat lobsters freshly caught by local fishermen.
We hope you can soon visit several of these beautiful beaches of Tulum, the impressive Mayan archaeological site, and other attractions of this territory of Quintana Roo facing the Caribbean Sea.
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