The beaches in Tulum are gorgeous from every angle (that’s the reason they’re #1 on our list of the best things to do in Mexico).
But do you know where they look especially stunning?
Imagine turquoise clear blue water lapping up against white sand beaches, all set against a lush green jungle.
Ok, actually you don’t have to imagine any of this because I’m going to show it to you in the following drone photo series of the beaches in Tulum.
And be sure to scroll through to the end for a few bonus pictures of some of the other incredible non-beach sites around Tulum. And, while I don’t want to make any promises, there might even be a surprise video in the works for you!
Oh, and before you go be sure to check out these 17 Insanely Useful Mexico Travel Tips!
Tulum, Mexico has some of the most incredible beaches on the planet. If you’re planning a visit to this Riviera Maya destination, be sure to check out my full guide to the beaches in Tulum.
Unlike the modern beach developments in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, you won’t find any high-rise condos in Tulum.
While the town has exploded in popularity recently, it still retains its charm as a relatively small Mexican beach town (pro tip: take a day trip to check out the nearby colonial town of Valladolid). Despite the tourism-driven development, these photos from above prove that Tulum is still primarily an amazing natural destination!
The beaches in Tulum can roughly be divided into the southern beaches (pictured above) and the northern beaches (pictured below). The southern beaches have been heavily developed by high-end hotels and resorts, while many of the northern beaches remain accessible to the public (and are just as gorgeous).
The northern beach is probably my favorite because the beachfront is wider and the water is a bit more clear than on the southern front. But the truth is that all of the beaches in Tulum are quite excellent! I’ve been to hundreds of beaches all around the world, and Tulum’s really are some of the most incredible beaches in the world.
One of the most unique things about the beaches in Tulum are that you can find Mayan ruins set against a cliff overlooking the ocean! Sure, the ruins aren’t nearly as large as those at nearby Coba, but just look at this gorgeous setting!
Another one of the greatest things about the beach in Tulum is that the Caribbean water has this cool, almost enchanting, blue/turquoise color to it:
Not to mention the fact that the sand is silky smooth as well!
No wonder Tulum, Mexico is such a popular holiday destination on the Riviera Maya!
The Caribbean waves crashing up against Tulum’s amazing beaches creates the perfect environment for relaxing on a beach towel or cabana with a drink in hand. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop in the warm water for some swimming, boating, or even kite surfing!
And don’t forget to stay for a sun-downer. When the sun settles in over the Yucatan, the beaches in Tulum glisten against the jungle.
But, no matter the time of day, the beaches in Tulum always look incredible from above.
Have you put Tulum on your travel list yet?
I mean, just watch this quick one minute video I made and tell me you don’t want to go! : )
The beaches in Tulum are absolutely incredible. But there are a lot of other reasons to go to Tulum too! In fact, I wrote a whole post loaded with 10 reasons to visit Tulum.
For example, you can visit this magical lagoon – which has a cenote in the middle of it!
Or you can explore stunning underground caves, where the water creates these awesome reflections:
So what do you think? Have you booked those tickets to travel to Tulum, Mexico yet?
If you’re thinking about it, be sure to check out my full guide to the beaches in Tulum. It has helpful and practical information on subjects such as where to stay, what to do in Tulum, how to get around Tulum, and much more.
Lastly, if you’re booking your next trip to Mexico, be sure to check out my article on whether you should buy travel insurance for Mexico.
I’d also love to hear your thoughts – on Tulum, the beaches, my photos, or just anything at all – in the comments! Thanks for visiting and I hope you love Tulum as much as I have!
Nate Hake has traveled to 65+ countries across six continents around the world and blogs about his travels at TravelLemming.com. He is from Denver, Colorado, and recently concluded a six month stint living in Mexico.