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.

Positioned in the Riviera Maya, Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach is on the North East coast of Mexico. You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Beachgoers tend to want a compromise between fun and relaxation, and Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach offers that middle ground. It's a spot that doesn't usually get packed with beachgoers, but it's still a popular and generally active spot.

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.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. Sometimes, visitors will be able to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

You should remember that Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach's location is highly urbanized, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North East coast of Mexico; this area boasts other attractions such as Temple Of The Initial Series (Temple Of The Stellae), which is less than a hundred yards to the north.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 hoping to find further attractions might think about checking out Tulum, since it's close-by and is an active, busy area. From the coast, Tulum is just up the road, about two miles (three and a half kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how full the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Beach-goers trying to find a hotel room near Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach won't find it very difficult, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to pick from in the area. You will find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over what's shown 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
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


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. One of the nearest places to eat is El Mirador. El Mirador is known for serving juices & smoothies. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists restaurants closest to 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

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Hidden Beach, found certainly within a car's reach of the coast. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Playa Tulum offers more action, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. It's located a half mile to the south.

Vacationers may also want to visit 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; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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