Tulum Beach



Tripartite Tulum

Tulum offers travelers a lot more than just a beautiful beach. This area is divided into three distinct “Tulums”: Tulum ruins, what remains of a Pre-Columbian Mayan walled city; Tulum Pueblo, a charming town that exists mostly to service travelers to the area; and Tulum Playa, the unforgettable stretch of beach with a unique, laid-back vibe, complete with majestic Mayan ruins as a backdrop.

White Sand, Rich History

Known for its eco-friendly establishments, Tulum Beach boasts white sand, affordable accommodations, and a few eateries and nightlife hotspots. Ride a bike, take a taxi or climb into a shared van and head to the ruins, which sit atop 40-foot cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

This Mayan city was most influential between the 13th and 15th centuries. Today, though some parts have crumbled, the site is still a powerful reminder of the area’s rich culture.

Tulum Tips

Keep in mind that while Tulum’s three parts are all definitely worth the visit, they’re not walking distance from each other, so make plans for transportation.

If you’re staying at an eco-friendly hotel or hostel on Tulum beach, be warned that electricity is rarely offered after midnight and water should be used sparingly. And bring your own food to the beach if you want to avoid the high-priced dining options there.

Tulum Beach at a Glance


Country or State:Mexico

Access:By bus or rental car

Best time to visit:October to December

High Season:January to March

Low Season:April to December


  • Restaurants, bars, shops, tour companies (In Tulum Pueblo and on Tulum Beach Road)
  • Bike rental, beach gear, lockers and chairs
  • No lifeguards
  • Camping

Beach Type:

  • White Sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Riviera Maya Jazz Festival