Where is Tulum Ruins Beach?
The paradise you see here is Tulum Ruins Beach. This breathtaking little corner of the Earth is located in the Tulum Ruins, which lies within Tulum National Park.
If you are driving down the Riviera Maya to Tulum National Park, you’ll be able to self park in their lot and then walk to the entrance. Tours and taxis will drop you right at or near the entrance.
During our trip we rented a car, so we drove to every location. If you are driving you’ll need to pay for parking, which was about 50 pesos if I remember correctly.
Once walking through the entrance you’ll get to admire the ancient Mayan ruins, which are breathtaking. (You’ll also encounter a fair number of iguanas.) Making your way through the park you’ll get to the cliffside coastline. Here you’ll get an impressive view of the green-and-turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
A wooden staircase situated along the cliffside winds its way down to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Riviera Maya. It wasn’t very crowded when we arrived and getting a chance to cool off in the water was heavenly after walking in the scorching heat.
The sand is a soft white, the water a gorgeous turquoise and incredibly warm. It’s perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Make sure you come prepared to get in the water because once you arrive at Tulum Ruins Beach there is nowhere to change, unless you want to hide behind a towel. Before entering Tulum National Park there is a restroom, so it’s best to change there.
Getting to Tulum Ruins Beach
The Tulum Ruins and Tulum Ruins Beach are about 45 minutes from Playa Del Carmen, an hour and 45 minutes from Cancun, and 13 minutes from the little town of Tulum. It’s a straight shot down the 307 highway.
You can get there by driving, taking a tour, taxi, bus or minivan (colectivo). A colectivo is a minivan that runs from Cancun to Playa Del Carmen to Tulum all day, every day. It’s an affordable option that ranges from 20 to 40 pesos, depending on how far you’re going.
There are many tour options available. If you don’t want to worry about how to get there or finding your way around the ruins, then a tour might be a good option. Some tours also have have the options of visiting other locations that are near Tulum, like the Gran Cenote.
Travel Tips and Advice
Planning on visiting Tulum Ruins Beach? Keep these tips in mind:
- Come prepared with your swimsuit on; there is no where to change on the beach.
- Bring plenty of sunscreen. It’s very HOT and you will get burned or very very tanned. (NOTE: It’s best to use eco-friendly sunscreen to protect the reef.)
- Wear a hat and sunglasses. These not only protect you from the sun but also makes it easier to see.
- Bring plenty of water—we brought a liter of water per person.
- Bring a backpack to put your belongings in when you get in the water.
- It’s easier to wear sandals than shoes.
- Bring a camera!
I hope you like these travel tips and the gorgeous photos Peter took!
P.S. The one piece swimsuit I’m wearing is from Target!