Beaches in Tulum

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Tulum is known for long stretches of uninterrupted beaches which feature soft, powder-white sand and calm waters.  Although this is a popular tourist destination, the beaches are never over-crowded since they are so spacious, and many of the private areas backed by resorts have lounge chairs and cabanas for guests to take advantage of and non-guests to pay to use. 

The Area's Beaches

You will find several beaches to consider in and around the area. For a detailed article concerning any specific beach simply click on the names of the ones you're curious about.

Playa Tulum

Playa Chacal: Exit off of Highway 200 at the "Chacala 9 Kilometers" sign. Follow the road to the beach.

Another place worth considering is Playa Akumal. Blinding white sand powders the shore of Playa Akumal, which is lined with palm trees. As visitors sit ashore and look out over the sea they are awarded an expanse of clear topaz waters dotted with sail boats.

Half Moon Bay Beach: The beach is backed by a number of privately owed condos, but that shouldn't deter guests from planning a day on this beach. The snorkeling is worth a trip, with turtles, barracudas, small fish, and even a shark on occasion.

Check this table for more information.

Beaches In and Around Tulum
Name Location Coast
Half Moon Bay Beach 16.5 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum East
Hidden Beach 20.7 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum East
Playa Akumal 15.9 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum East
Playa Chacal 12.8 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum East
Playa Tulum Central Tulum East
Playa X-Puha 22.5 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum East
Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach Central Tulum North East

Of course, you can find additional attraction types available too. Click here to read our extended discussion of other interesting attractions for Tulum.


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