Tulum is a beautiful destination with stunning beaches, rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. Here's an efficient beach travel guide for Tulum
Is known for its powdery white sand and turquoise waters. Great for swimming and relaxing, there, many beach clubs offer sunbeds and umbrellas
A more laid-back beach with a bohemian vibe, ideal for long walks and beachcombing. Numerous beachfront restaurants and bars are to be found there.
Located near the Tulum ruins it combines both history and beach relaxation. From there, get panoramic views of the archaeological site. Before planning on going there, I advise you check first with the local authorities if it is open for visits.
Playa Santa Fe
It is quieter than some other beaches and ideal for those seeking a tranquil environment. There you’ll experience soft sand and clear waters.
Sites to Visit
Tulum Archaeological Sites
Explore the well-preserved Mayan ruins without missing the iconic cliff-top Castillo and get insights into the ancient Mayan civilization. The view on the sea is breathtaking!
Take a drive from Tulum to Chicken Itza famous Mayan pyramid. Nestled in the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, Chichen Itza stands as a testament to the architectural and cultural brilliance of the ancient Mayan civilization. Recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this archaeological site is a captivating blend of history, astronomy, and sophisticated engineering.
Visit Gran Cenote and Dos Ojos for a refreshing swim. Cenotes are typical crystal-clear, freshwater natural sinkholes surrounded by lush vegetation.
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Experience the natural beauty of the Ka'an reserve, you can take a boat tour to discover the diverse wildlife.
Activities to Do
Snorkeling and Diving
Explore the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Snorkel in the clear waters or go diving for a deeper experience
Rent a bike and explore Tulum's eco-friendly paths. Ride to the ruins, beaches, and cenotes
Yoga and Wellness
Tulum is known for its wellness scene. Try beachfront yoga classes or visit a spa for relaxation
Tulum’s premier destination for contemporary art, Sfer Ik is an architectural museum made with local materials and where international artists are exhibited. I recommend you to book a time slop for visit on their website.
A farm to table concept, good variety of meals for all tastes. Seasonal menu with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Plan to come early as it gets easily busy
Here they will serve you colorful & organic bowls. They also offer a good selection of homemade smoothies and juices in a convivial setting.
We mostly had lunches by the beach so here is a short selection
Pancho Villa $$
With high temperatures In February in Tulum, we had light lunch including Guacamole, fish tacos, and pico de gallo.
Gitano Beach club $$$
Known for its mezcal cocktails and vibrant atmosphere. Often features live music and a lively crowd. Mexican menu with a Mediterranean twist, including refreshing feta and watermelon salad
Offers a unique blend of Mayan and international flavors. Great cocktails in a stylish jungle setting
On a low budget option & if you want amazing seafood in Tulum, try this restaurant. Everything is prepared on the spot. If you love octopus as I do, give a try to the pulpo al ajillo !
Kin Toh $$$
Part of Casa Azulik, the Kin Toh, restaurant is nested in a luxury tree house offering an unprecedented view of the Mayan Jungle and Caribbean Sea. Each table is located on a real nest and offers a magnificent show at sunset.
Tulum's combination of natural beauty, history, and vibrant culture makes it a fantastic destination for beach enthusiasts. Enjoy your travels!