Tulum Beach Guide
The 5 Best Beaches in Tulum
Updated July 2022
Welcome to Tulum
Tulum beaches are famous for warm white sand and clear blue waters. As a destination, Tulum is easily becoming one of the most popular vacation spots in Mexico.
With some of the most tranquil beaches, impressive Mayan ruins, and countless water sports, it is no wonder why Tulum tourism is on the rise. Here is our guide to five of the best beaches in Tulum for you to check out this year.
*Note: Since 2008, Sargassum (seaweed) has regularly arrived on the Caribbean coast of Mexico (Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, etc.) from April to August. Many resorts and beaches remove the seaweed from the sand daily, but it can pile up by the water’s edge and be stinky in places where it’s not removed. For this reason, we suggest getting a hotel with a nice pool area for swimming or spending some time on the islands of Cozumel or Isla Mujeres which are largely protected from the seaweed.
Playa Paraiso is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Tulum. While it is popular, it doesn’t feel to crowded since the beach is expansive and runs over many miles on the coast. The beach is known for its towering palm trees and turquoise waters.
There are a few small hotels along the beach, but the most sought after spot is the Playa Paraiso Beach Club. Visitors can rent one of the beach chairs, drink a cold cocktail, and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere. If you want more of a lowkey experience on this beach, then visitors can go further away from the beach club, where things can be a bit quieter.
Playa Ruinas is small but is one of the most unique beaches in Tulum. The beach is set at the foot of a cliff holding El Castillo, Tulum’s largest ruins. The turquoise waters are calm and inviting, making it perfect for some great photo ops.
To get some fantastic pictures, head to the beach early in the morning, where you can have the chance to be on Playa Ruinas alone. While you can get in the water and relax on the beach, the area is small and may become quite crowded around the early afternoon.
Akumal Beach is just a short 20-minute drive from Tulum off of Highway 307. There is a small entry fee to go to this beach, but it is well worth it for the clean sands and beautiful clear water.
One of the most appealing things about this beach is the sea turtles. Visitors might have to book a boat tour to swim with these creatures as they are usually found further away from the shores.
Because Akumal sits in a bay, the water is usually calm and perfect for swimming. Visitors should be aware that if they book a trip between April to August, then the seaweed at this beach can be bountiful.
Las Palmas is one of the best beaches to relax, unwind, and swim. With only two hotels along this beach, there are typically not many crowds to contend with.
The beach is small with a rocky cove at one end and beautiful white sand sweeping to the other end. This is the perfect beach for couples as the atmosphere is quieter and less crowded. Make sure to bring your own snacks and umbrella, as there is not much around.
Playa Pescadores is known to be one of the most picturesque beaches near Tulum. If you arrive early in the morning, visitors can witness fishermen arriving in their small boats to bring fresh fish to the town.
In the early afternoon, kiosks open along the beach offering excursions like snorkeling. If you take a boat tour from Playa Pescadores, be sure to have your camera ready to take pictures of the Tulum Ruins that are nearby.
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