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.

Located in the Riviera Maya, Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach is on the North East coast of Mexico. You might want regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Travelers looking for a spot that's a little out of the way, but still active, may really like the middle ground found at Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's not dead and empty 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 may also have the option to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Since Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach will be found inside an area popular for visitors., many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North East coast of Mexico. It is near Temple Of The Initial Series (Temple Of The Stellae), which is situated less than a hundred yards away, and it is among the popular spots in the area.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed 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

Guests visiting Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach who are hoping to find other opportunities for exploration will want to think about heading over to Tulum, since it's nearby and is a particularly busy area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. From the shore, Tulum is just up the road, roughly two miles (three and a half kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Those looking to find a place to stay close to the beach shouldn't find it that difficult, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to choose from close-by. Find the closest booking options by looking over those listed in the table below.

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
La Vita e Bella 1.0 mi. SSW Hotel
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
El Hotelito 2.1 mi. W Hotel
Cabanas Copal Hotel 2.4 mi. SSW Lodge


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to try an area restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest restaurants is El Mirador. El Mirador is known predominantly for their juices & smoothies. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of dining options near this beach.

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

Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices in Mexico besides Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Hidden Beach, located certainly within a car's reach of the coast. Others might prefer Playa Tulum, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's located a half mile to the south.

You may also want to consider Playa Akumal, another favorite sun-spot in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Perhaps Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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