Boating and Sailing Near Tulum

Towns nearby Tulum allow yachters to get their sailing fill

For many, the adventure of sailing to Tulum is just as important to them as their time in this town.  Although the boundaries of the town are such that it is completely land-locked, the coast is close enough that vacationers can plan sailing tours and charters with ease. 

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

A sea tour is a great way to see the Caribbean coast, but you will have to first travel to the shore to enjoy the experience.  Akumal is where Tulum's visitors generally go to sign up for this type of excursion.  

If you want to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the stress and cost associated with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. See the table below to get names and phone numbers for area day sail providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Robinson Crusoe Tour -- 0.4 mi. (0.6 km) Southeast of Akumal Mexico

Boat Rentals and Charters

You can spend a few hours to a few days sailing around the Yucatan even if you don't own your own vessel simply by chartering a yacht locally.  Though you cannot do this directly in Tulum, if you head to La Gloria you should find a few companies that will allow you to do so. 

If you're considering the option of renting a boat, you can contact one of these area agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
CataMaya (984) 803-4008 The vicinity of La Gloria Mexico


There are a few things you should be aware of in advance of prepping your yacht for the trip.  Tulum is not an official port of entry, which means you will have to first stop at Cozumel, Puerto Morelos, or one of several other more distant port of entry locations to clear customs.  There are three steps to gain entry in Mexico, so you'll have to dock your boat and meet with officials in the Port Captain's Office, the Immigrations Office, and the Customs Office.  

Required documentation includes proof of ownership of the yacht, a list of the ship's stores, a list of the crew, and of course, a passport for each passenger and crew member.  Once the paperwork has been presented and you have been cleared, you can then sail to Tulum and dock your boat at a local marina for your stay. 

Whether you're going to sail yourself into Mexican waters, you're planning to charter a boat when you arrive, or you'll sign up for a sailing tour, you'll have to leave Tulum to do so.  Fortunately it is still near enough to the coast that this isn't too much of a hassle and it is definitely worth the drive.  


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