Whether you’re in Tulum for the crowded party beaches, the tranquil lagoons, discovering cenotes or mingling at locals’ favorite hidden beaches. This coastal city offers something for everyone. Here are some ideas for how to navigate your way through Tulum’s beautiful waters.
Summer of 2018 faced some of the harshest seaweed infestations to date, according to locals. Disappointing at first, this ended up being a great way to venture out of downtown and discover less known swimming spots.
THE BEACH STRIP
Quintana Roo is a stretch of coastal states on the Yucatán Peninsula covering destinations from Cancun, Riveria Maya, Tulum and everything in between. Undoubtedly, if you’re in Tulum you’re going to want to get right in the water off the main beach strip.
Papaya Playa – probably the most popular beach club and well worth a visit. Be in awe of the beautiful rustic décor, double decked restaurant with sea views and the most relaxing beach chaises.
Coco Tulum – beautifully painted white wood, a dance floor and beach swings for the perfect photo-op.
Ziggy’s Beach – less known but just as calm is Ziggy’s. Lay back on the oversized plush pillows and enjoy the scene.
If you’re welcomed by the seaweed at the edges of the shore in downtown – which quite frankly make it really difficult to go in for a swim – head to these seaweed free stops to enjoy the subtle turquoise waves. These were all recommended by locals and were not at all on our radar before heading out.
Caleta Tankah – the little rock enclosed cenote at Caleta Tankah is perfect for keeping the waves out and leaving you with crystal clear water. The only downside here is the restaurant, don’t fall for this trap. The food is below average and the wait is decades long.
Xpu-Ha Beach – a plethora of beach restaurants and bars right on the water. Live music and full on dancing on the sand. You can access the public beach for free or walk up the shore to rent a beach chair for the day. Depending on where you end up, the fee for the chair could include a free drink!
Luum Kaan Laguna – what a wonder. This green water lagoon is a popular destination for locals. The shallow water is perfect for just hanging around and floating while taking in the views.
Saving the best for last. There are over 2400 Cenotes in Yucatán. And they are more beautiful than the beaches. The trick here is getting there early; most cenotes are open to the public starting at 8 or 9 am. Be sure to be there bright and early to enjoy dips in the cool waters and some tranquil before the masses arrive. Here’s a pictorial guide to wish cenotes to jump into!
This is the only cenote that needs a bit of guidance; we got to this beautiful and massive cenote on the way back from day trip to Chichen Itza – which was about a two hours drive from downtown Tulum. Frankly, it was our favorite cenote. I recommend starting your day off here and driving up to see the World Wonder afterwards.
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