Just south of the archaeological site Tulum, you will find the most beautiful strip of beach, where you can sail out and see the ruins from the waterside. The official name is quite hard to find, but we found out that Santa Fe Beach, Tulum must be the right name. When you leave the ruins, just walk south for 10-12 minutes, then turn left towards the beach, where you see different signs.
If you are up for it, you can find a lot of low-tech cabanas right at the beach, or stay in tents in the sands. Here it is all about boheme-lifestyle the entire way down to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
A lot of the boatmen on the beach also offers snorkeling tours along the coral reef, which could be a great idea after a warm walk in the ruins. We grabbed a simple sightseeing-tour, which was headed for the ruins and with a english speaking guide to tell us more about the history of the ruins – but due to the fact that there was also 2 young spanish-speaking girls in the boat, the young guide suddenly forgot everything about the english part of the tour. Never mind, we just enjoyed the views instead, and wished him good luck with his “fishing”.
A trip like his will add an hour to your trip, but it is worth it for sure, and gives you a great angle to the ruins.
But it saddens us to see how much trash is found along these mind-blowing pieces of nature. Both at the beaches in Cancun and in Tulum, which isn’t privately held by a luxury hotel or similar, you will see a lot of old bottles, plastic and other stuff washed up on shore.