Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach

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If exploring the Mayan Ruins aren't enough of a reason to visit Tulum, then the nearby beach will certainly make it so. From the calm waters and the gorgeous view to the local vendors that give the beach an eclectic vibe, the Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach is one that shouldn't be missed.

Situated in the Riviera Maya, Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach is on the North East coast of Mexico. You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying very close. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, may want to give Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach a try. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it's not quiet or boring either.

Amenities and Ambiance

Backed by black cliffs, the blue waters of the beach look even more vibrantly turquoise than is the norm in this region, making this beach a great picture op. Swimming and sunning are top activities here, plus there are vendors selling food, drinks, and local crafts to make it a full service experience.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You might also have the option to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Since Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach will be located inside an area popular for visitors., you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North East coast of Mexico; the area hosts attractions such as Temple Of The Initial Series (Temple Of The Stellae), which is not very far away, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If a visit to the Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Temple Of The Initial Series (Temple Of The Stellae) Historical Site 0.0 mi. N --
Temple Of The Sea Historical Site 0.1 mi. SSW --
Tulum Maya Ruins Historical Site 0.1 mi. N --
Temple Of The Descending God Historical Site 0.1 mi. N --
Temple Of The Pinturas Historical Site 0.1 mi. NW --
House Of The Columns Historical Site 0.1 mi. NNW --
House Of The Chultun Historical Site 0.1 mi. NW --
The Grand Palace Historical Site 0.1 mi. N --
Tulum Outer Wall Historical Site 0.1 mi. NW --
Temple Of The Wind Historical Site 0.1 mi. N --
Casa del Cenote at Tulum Mayan Ruins Historical Site 0.2 mi. N --
House Of The Cenote Historical Site 0.2 mi. N --

Cities and Towns

Those visiting Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach who are seeking some additional excitement will want to consider going to Tulum, which is nearby and is an area full of activity. From the shore, Tulum isn't far off, about two miles (three and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because the beach is situated in a fairly popular tourist destination, it shouldn't be all that tough to find a hotel close-by that's to your taste. For vacationers hoping to find a place that's on or near the beach, the following table shows the accommodations closest to Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach.

Accommodations near Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cabanas El Mirador 0.4 mi. SSW Hostel
Xbalamque Tulum Eco Camp 0.6 mi. NW Lodge
Mezzanine 1.3 mi. SSW Hotel
Diamante K 1.4 mi. SSW Lodge
Zahra -- -- Cottages
Cabanas Los Arrecifes 1.5 mi. SSW Cottages
Blue Tulum Resort and Spa 2.0 mi. SSW Resort
L'hotelito 2.1 mi. W Hotel
Posada Luna del Sur 2.6 mi. W Hotel
Freedom Paradise 2.7 mi. W Resort


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the closest restaurants is El Mirador. A sure-fire favorite at El Mirador is their juices & smoothies. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's only a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Mirador -- -- -- 0.3 mi. SSW
Don Cafeto -- International -- 0.5 mi. WNW
King Kebab -- Fast food restaurant -- 0.5 mi. WNW
Selva Maya -- International -- 0.5 mi. WNW
Pizza Pizza -- Italian -- 0.5 mi. WNW
Subway Tulum Parque -- American Very Casual 0.5 mi. WNW
Maui Wowi (998) 880-6184 International Very Casual 0.5 mi. WNW
Andreas Restaurant -- -- -- 0.5 mi. NW
Santa Fe (612) 145-0340 -- -- 0.5 mi. SSW
Dairy Queen -- American Very Casual 0.5 mi. WNW
El Regalo De Dios -- -- -- 0.5 mi. WNW
Fredy's Fajitas -- Mexican -- 0.6 mi. WNW

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Mexico, and Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach is just one option.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Hidden Beach, found a little ways away, but is well within reach if you've got a car. On the other hand, Playa Tulum offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. It's found a half mile to the south.

Travelers may also want to consider Playa Akumal, which is an additional nearby Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean destination.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean; then again, a trip to Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach could end up a family favorite.


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