Playa Pescadores, one of the best Tulum public beaches
Playa Pescadores, one of the best Tulum public beaches – CreativeFamily (depositphotos)

Travelers seeking a Caribbean tropical getaway may ask themselves – Tulum or Cabo? For starters, Tulum makes a bold statement for having internationally-famed beaches, and any beach-going enthusiast should experience such splendor on their Tulum itinerary at least once in their lifetime. The unique fusion of tropical jungle and coastal landscape has remained virtually untouched despite Tulum’s tourism-driven development over the past ten years.

Remarkably preserved Mayan ruins, exotic wildlife species, top-rated shopping, wellness centers, and culinary cuisine alone make Tulum well worth a visit. The beaches pull tourists in and keep returning for more adventure. Sand softer than silk, palm trees rustling in the wind, and glistening cobalt blue waters are a dream come true. Barefoot cuisine at seafood shacks, yoga classes at sunrise, and snorkeling with underwater sea life add to the thrill of a beach experience.

Are Tulum beaches public?

NOT every beach in Tulum are public as some of them are ‘private’, meaning you have to pay to one of the beach clubs or stay in a certain hotel to gain access. Fear not though, there are many beautiful public beaches in Tulum and we’ve complied a list of them just for you!

Here are Our Recommended Tulum Public Beaches:

1. Secret Beach (Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve)

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve secret beach
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve secret beach – Manel Vinuesa (canva)

Secret Beach is a secluded gem outside the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, designated as a protected area of pristine natural beauty (and the third largest in Mexico). Taking a guided tour is one of the most remarkable features of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and although it is expensive, there are more budget-friendly options available.

Tourists can find the entrance slightly past Tulum south beach’s southern tip. Nature is wild and lush here, with thousands of flora and fauna native to this region. Although Tulum’s beaches are known for having exceptionally clear water, the beaches here are exceptionally so. Lucky travelers may even swim amongst dolphins and sea turtles or capture remarkable photos of the native wildlife.

The Sian Ka’an Biosphere is also home to nine different ecosystems, 320 species of birds, roughly 100 mammals, 90 types of native bees, 74 species of beetles, 318 butterfly species, 84 coral species, and five species of felines. In addition, Sian Ka’an belongs to a naturally rich region known as Maya Ka’an that combines natural environments with unique tourist experiences, along with the Mayan communities’ modern cultural and historical elements.

Sian Ka’an Biosphere also a great place for fly fishing, just make sure to take care of the permit before doing it.

2. Playa Ruinas

Playa Ruinas, Tulum
Playa Ruinas, Tulum – drelyea (pixabay)

The gorgeous Playa Ruinas is located within the Tulum Archaeological Zone, just below the Tulum Ruins. Glistening white sands and bright turquoise waters make this beach a tourist hotspot, where travelers can also explore Tulum’s ancient history and culture at the nearby archaeological ruins at the far north end. In addition, Playas Ruinas is an incredible photography destination combined with a towering, rocky cliff along the coastline.

To avoid tourist crowds, arriving early in the morning is ideal before the nearby Tulum Ruins open. Travelers can also come later in the afternoon, after the arrival of tour buses around 10 am. This beach is an excellent destination for families and pets to enjoy. However, the far northern end is a designated turtle nesting area and is closed off from tourist access.

3. Las Palmas

Las Palmas is a tranquil stretch of coastline with silky white sands and calm turquoise waters. Although this secluded gem doesn’t have the conveniences of food vendors or restaurants nearby, it’s the perfect little getaway for travelers looking to escape the crowds of nearby Cancun or Playa del Carmen beaches. The quiet seclusion also makes Las Palmas a relaxing destination for a picnic.

Las Palmas is open all day and night and has no on-site lifeguards or tourist amenities. It is located in North Tulum and runs along the Zona Hotelera road north of the traffic roundabout.

Playa Pescadores

Playa Pescadores, Tulum
Playa Pescadores, Tulum – loeskieboom (canva)

Just north of Playa Paraiso is the stunning Playa Pescadores, the go-to destination for the best ceviche in Tulum. The crystal clear waters here make Playa Pescadores an exceptional snorkeling hotspot while travelers can marvel at the scenic backdrop of the nearby ruins. Also nicknamed the “Fisherman’s Beach,” this is where local fisherman haul in their daily catch.

Various beach clubs and hotels are nearby, such as the famous Villa Pescadores. Travelers who want to make the most out of Playa Pescadore’s laid-back vibe can hire a boat captain to tour nearby Akumal or get a sea view of Tulum’s ruins while enjoying breathtaking sunsets.

4. Playa Paraiso

Playa Paraiso, Tulum
Playa Paraiso, Tulum – Lunamarina (canva)

A quick trip south of Playa Pescadores is the beautiful Playa Paraiso, widely known as “Paradise Beach” for its stunning beauty. Relaxation in the sun, recreational entertainment, and scenic views make Playa Paraiso a memorable tourist destination. This beach is close to many hotels, restaurants, and beaches, such as Maia Restaurant and Playa Paraiso Beach Club. Nearby attractions include the National Park of Tulum and the archeological site.

Playa Paraiso is free to explore, and beach items from the nearby beach club are available for rent daily, including tables, chairs, and umbrellas. Early arrival for beach set-up rentals is ideal to ensure item availability and avoid surges of crowds. Nearby El Paraiso Beach Club and Restaurant feature International and Mexican cuisine, including light snacks and decadent full-course meals such as lobster.

5. South Playa (‘Private’)

South Playa is the general name for the stretch of coastline in Tulum’s south beach, which is ideal for guests who want premium Riviera Maya hotel and beach club experiences. Although South Playa is public, beach access is limited if you didn’t book a stay at one of the nearby hotels since resorts here prefer to preserve guest exclusivity. Geographically speaking, the beach here is narrow compared to wider coastlines in Tulum, so having adequate means of navigation to find a beach access point is undoubtedly advisable for visiting tourists.

South Playa beach clubs are exceptional in quality and only require a minimum consumption fee of roughly 300 pesos ($15). This fare covers lunch, soft drinks, extended lounge time in the sun, and restroom access. Gorgeous white sands and pristine blue waters make South Playa a fun destination for beach activities such as kitesurfing.


Tulum’s public beaches are more than just a vacation hotspot – they are a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that offers a unique experience and benefits for travelers of varying interests. Those with love for photography can marvel at Tulum’s tropical beauty and its exciting memories for the years to come. Traveling families can develop a passion for the outdoors while developing stronger bonds and a curiosity for new cultures and places. Travelers who are spiritual enthusiasts can reap the health benefits of yoga, as well as walking amongst the jungle/coastal environment on Tulum’s public beaches. And lastly, couples who consider an elopement wedding will find Tulum a fantastic choice.

Now that you know which beaches to visit during the day, where to go for a great time during the evening? Here’s where: 8 best clubs in Tulum.

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