Playa Tulum

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Tulum was the only Maya city built along the water, and today serves as the majestic watch guard of nearby Playa Tulum. For a solid dose of history, architecture, and even anthropology with your beach going experience, there is no better option than Playa Tulum.

Situated in the Riviera Maya, Playa Tulum is on the East edge of Mexico. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Even though you won't find a bustling urban center here, guests frequently find this a destination worthwhile as a way to escape the crowds.

Amenities and Ambiance

Tulum translated from the Maya language means wall. The structure stands are three walls, and opens onto the Caribbean, leaving the sea as its final enclosure. Just off shore is a reef and several underwater caves, while on shore guests can sink into blindingly white sand as they gaze out over the topaz waters.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Remember to take into account that the area surrounding Playa Tulum is highly urbanized, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the East coast of Mexico. It is near Tulum Lighthouse, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of a few favorite destinations in the area.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the nearest historical attractions is Temple Of The Sea, which is a half mile to the north.

If you can't wait to see as many of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Tulum
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Tulum Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.4 mi. N --
Temple Of The Sea Historical Site 0.5 mi. N --
Temple Of The Initial Series (Temple Of The Stellae) Historical Site 0.6 mi. N --
Tulum Outer Wall Historical Site 0.6 mi. N --
Temple Of The Pinturas Historical Site 0.6 mi. N --
Tulum Maya Ruins Historical Site 0.6 mi. N --
House Of The Chultun Historical Site 0.6 mi. N --
Temple Of The Descending God Historical Site 0.7 mi. N --
House Of The Columns Historical Site 0.7 mi. N --
The Grand Palace Historical Site 0.7 mi. N --
Temple Of The Wind Historical Site 0.7 mi. N --
Casa del Cenote at Tulum Mayan Ruins Historical Site 0.8 mi. N --

Cities and Towns

Playa Tulum tourists looking for other interesting places to see should think about going to Tulum, because it's nearby and is an area full of activity. From Playa Tulum, Tulum is just up the road, maybe two miles (three kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since this beach is located in a relatively popular tourist area, it is not usually all that difficult to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you and your group are hoping to book a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the closest accommodations to Playa Tulum.

Accommodations near Playa Tulum
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cabanas El Mirador 0.2 mi. N Hostel
La Vita e Bella 0.4 mi. SW Hotel
Mezzanine 0.7 mi. SW Hotel
Diamante K 0.8 mi. SW Lodge
Cabanas Los Arrecifes 0.9 mi. SW Cottages
Xbalamque Tulum Eco Camp 1.1 mi. N Lodge
Blue Tulum Resort and Spa 1.5 mi. SW Resort
Zahra -- -- Cottages
Cabanas Copal Hotel 1.8 mi. SSW Lodge
El Hotelito 2.0 mi. W Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you visit a nearby restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest restaurants is Don Cafeto. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Playa Tulum
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Don Cafeto -- -- -- 0.0 mi. W
La Cantina -- -- -- 0.0 mi. NW
Santa Fe (612) 145-0340 -- -- 0.1 mi. NNW
El Mirador -- -- -- 0.3 mi. N
La Vita E Bella (305) 831-4970 Mexican Very Casual 0.5 mi. SW
Mezzanine (303) 578-1301 Thai Informal 0.7 mi. SW
La Condesa no phone -- -- 0.7 mi. SW
Selva Maya -- International -- 0.8 mi. NNW
Diamante K -- Caribbean, International Informal 0.8 mi. SW
Don Cafeto -- International -- 0.8 mi. NNW
King Kebab -- Fast food restaurant -- 0.8 mi. NNW
Pizza Pizza -- Italian -- 0.8 mi. NNW

Other Beaches

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Playa Tulum.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Hidden Beach, located definitely within a car's reach of the shore. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might find that Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach is just right. You'll find it a half mile to the north.

Vacationers may also want to visit Playa Akumal, another great Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean beach site.

Of course, Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but visiting Playa Tulum or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean even more memorable.


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