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Tulum Beaches

Rich historical past on some of the most sought-after beaches

Unlike other ‘popular’ beach destinations of the Caribbean, Tulum beach boasts a rich historical past. Being one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayas, Tulum beach hosts the ONLY archaeological site located along the shores of Riviera Maya. Most Tulum visitors remain on the beaches located right in front of the Tulum Ruins, but move further south and you will find the pristine beaches everyone talks about.

To reach the Tulum beaches outside of the Tulum ruins, take the Coba road east in the direction of Boca Paila and bear right on the Tulum beach road. There are beach clubs located along the Tulum beach road, where you can use their parking, restaurant and beach chairs for the mere cost of a lunch. If you prefer not to use a beach club, turn to the left at the end of the Coba road and seek out the old Santa Fe Beach where locals and regular visitors hang on the beach.

With the soft white sand under your toes, you’ll understand why Tulum beach is a bohemian beach destination. Long stretches of uninterrupted beach allow for long walks, privacy, a feeling of solitude and few other people sharing your little paradise. The sand is finer than other beaches, and the water can seem ‘bluer’ than other cities.

Tulum beaches are loved by locals and visitors alike as people are scarce and beauty is abundant on the shores of Tulum. The simple pleasures found on the beaches of Tulum remain timeless!

A Word to the Wise: Tulum Beach

  • This is a sandy beach with isolated rocks
  • The beach is semi-private in front of the resorts and hotels
  • Foot protection is not required in most areas
  • Snorkeling and swimming are recommended when seas are calm
  • Beware of currents, stay near shore

LocoGringo suggests these great vacation spots:

Casa Madera
Casa Madera, Tulum beach house for rent, Riviera Maya, Mexico
This windswept beachfront is all about unwinding and getting in touch with nature. Awe-inspiring views of Papaya Playa and Tulum beach, 2 stylish bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, over-sized terrace...
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Hip Hotel
Hip Hotel, Tulum beach rentals
This beachfront hotel with only 22 rooms is located away from the busier beach road sections of Tulum for a peaceful, tranquil stay for couples and families. Recently opened by the Ana y Jose Hotel...
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Casa Carolina
Casa Carolina, Tulum beach house rental, Riviera Maya
Claim the best section of Tulum’s beach to yourself and stay at eco-friendly Casa Carolina! With 5 bedroom, 5.5 baths, beachfront pool, amazing rooftop bar, flat screen TV’s in each bedroom and...
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El Paraiso Hotel Tulum
El Paraiso Tulum Hotel, Tulum beach, Riviera Maya
Without doubt, such a heavenly place, with miles of powder-soft sandy beaches and the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, deserves nothing less than the name El Paraiso or "paradise" hotel. 10 air...
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Casa Mandala
Casa Mandala, Tulum beach rental house, Riviera Maya
Casa Mandala Tulum, A tropical paradise for you to unwind in. Come enjoy this semi-private home tucked away with 2 other homes in a private slice of Paradise.
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Casa Bonita
Casita Bonita, Tulum beach house rental
Cute little beach bungalow, casita right on Tulum beach. This is a rare find as most accommodations are in boutique hotels. The casa can sleep up to 4 people. A cozy little gem for sure. Alternate...
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Casa de las Palmas
Casa de las Palmas, Tulum beach house rental, Riviera Maya
20% off select dates in May! One of few beach houses on amazing Tulum beach. This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom alternate energy house is close to restaurants & beach bars. Each bedroom has a balcony....
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Suenos de Tulum
Suenos de Tulum Hotel, Tulum beach, Riviera Maya
Art imitates life on the beach at Suenos Tulum  with amazing wall reliefs and murals that reflect Nature and the Maya in the context of the beach environment. This alternate energy mini-resort has...
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