While on vacation in Playa del Carmen, you should definitely hop down south and spend a day in Tulum. It’s only 66 km / 41 miles south of Playa del Carmen, about an hour by car. Here are the sites you should definitely visit there:
You haven’t been to Tulum if you haven’t eaten at Zamas. We recommend to start your day with a breakfast at this picturesque place, before the crowds start to arrive. Enjoy the places magic calmness in one of the colorful chairs, sipping a cappuccino and watching the Caribbean Sea kissing the shore (yes, that’s just how poetic this place is).
2 Tulum Ruins
Of course you can’t go to Tulum without visiting its archaeological site. The scenery with its impressive pyramid watching over the turquoise Caribbean Sea is absolutely breathtaking. It’s the only ancient Mayan city build on a coast, but since it served as a sea port, this obviously makes sense. What makes this site unique is also its secluded beach. And did you know that you can book a tour to visit the ruins directly at Playa Palms Beach Hotel? With pick up and drop off at the hotel? Just ask Carlos or our staff at the front desk.
3 Playa Paraiso
We already raved a lot about this beach, and we won’t stop. Because, no matter if you’ve been to the Maldives or used to relax in Corsica – nothing like the shores of Tulum. Its beaches truly are among the most beautiful in the world, especially Playa Paraiso. Picture a wide sandy, beach leading into crystal clear water, in the background the pyramid.
4 Gran Cenote
The name says it all. The partially open air cenote is great for snorkeling and diving. And also a great way to spend a hot, tropical summer’s day for its fresh, cool water. You will see plenty of stalactites and stalagmites, fishes and turtles. Don’t miss out on this experience! For those who prefer a guided tour, you can book a combined tour with the Tulum ruins directly at Playa Palms Beach Hotel. Ask Carlos or our staff at the front desk.
5 El Camello
After a long day in Tulum you’ll probably be hungry, and since you’re in a coastal town, seafood might be the choice. El camello might lack some elegance, but you won’t find better seafood. Plus their prices are really reasonable. Try their ceviche!