The best beaches in Tulum

Marvel at the beauty of Tulum’s beaches. The Caribbean Sea with its turquoise and crystalline water tones reach the fine white sands creating a unique paradisiacal environment where everyone would like to get lost. The best thing about Tulum’s beaches is that they remain unspoiled and away from the bustle and festive atmosphere of the Cancun area or other more saturated tourist spots.

Tulum has about 9 km of coastline, completely covered with various accommodations. Unlike the large resorts that flood almost the entire area, small boutique hotels and cabins abound here. All the beaches are public although to enter some areas you have to go through a club or hotel. There are two beaches:

The beach of the ruins

To access this beach you must enter the archaeological site of Tulum and pay the entrance fee, which is no more than 40 pesos (4$ or about 3 ?). It’s worth it because besides taking a walk through the Mayan ruins you can go to one of the most impressive beaches in the world. In very few places you will be able to take a bath in crystal clear water while observing the Mayan ruins at the top of the cliffs. It gives a touch of mystery to the beach.

It’s not a very long beach. The white sands blend with the vegetation. There are rocks splashed along the coast and it has a little bit of swell which makes the waters a little bit rough on the shore. Another thing in its favor is that since most visitors enter through the ruins, they are not very crowded.

Boca Paila

Just south of the Tulum ruins beach is Boca Paila, a beach that has also managed to escape the tourist development that predominates in many of the other beaches of the Riviera Maya. The unspoiled beauty is only tarnished by some hut where you can have a drink or buy something to eat. There are also small hotels and luxury resorts like the Rosewood Mayakoba Riviera Maya that do not alter the landscape, but rather inspire effortless relaxation. It is such a private beach that many people go nudist. There are also cabins for renting water equipment.  It is the ideal place for a long walk while looking for curious lakes, coral remains or sea stones.

Boca Paila is located 15 minutes from the entrance of Tulum. Because it is a protected area, it is not inhabited and does not have any kind of service, so you must be prepared with everything you need to spend a day at the beach.

To get to these destinations easily is to move from Cancun to Tulum, through some shuttle from Cancun to Tulum.

How to get to Tulum

As we had mentioned, one of the best options to reach these destinations so full of nature, is to arrive by some private transfer from Cancun to Tulum service, a very good company is eTransfers, which offers from economic services to exclusive services and limousines.

To get to the beach of the ruins, you have to enter through the ruins and head towards the coast.

There is no public transport to the beaches, tourists usually go by taxi. There are, however, a few vans a day that take workers from the different hotels.

To go to Boca Paila there are several access points. You can walk on the road that leads to the ruins. This same road leads to the Sian Kaan Biosphere and Punta Allen. You can access the beach on foot through several paths from the road. Simply go into the jungle and head out to sea.

The best organized visits

Tulum’s surroundings offer a thousand options for adventure tourism and experiences. Organize your trip yourself comfortably from your home or work through the No. 1 tour operator in Tulum. We have the best tours of the Yucatan: The cenotes, the Mayan ruins, boat trips, diving experiences, adventure in the paradises of Xcaret and Xel-Ha, discos, encounters with whales and dolphins… and much more.


Hotels in Tulum’s beaches

Tulum is a very popular destination and it is important to book your accommodation well in advance. In seasons of high influx of visitors it is possible to have problems finding a hotel or perhaps only the most expensive rooms are available.