Tulum Beach, the best area to stay in Tulum
The beach area is a great area to stay in Tulum due to the actual beach being one of the most beautiful beaches found along this coastline. This area is very safe too and is well connected to the rest of the place as there are an adequate number of buses and taxis that can get you to the town area and the actual ruins can either be pursued by foot or by local public transport. The closest airport is Cancun, which is around 90 minutes and you can get a bus straight to Tulum or even better is renting your own car and doing it at your own pace.
The thing that makes this area the best is the amazing beach that sits along the front of the coastline. Tulum Beach has been claimed by many to be one of the most visually gorgeous beaches along the Mayan Riviera with its picture-perfect sand and tranquil and clean water. It is perfect to walk along, sunbathe on and swim in and there are a variety of activities that you can experience like kitesurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing as well as exploring various cenotes in the area.
Tulum Beach makes way to the Tulum ruins and there is a mile-long road that runs up to it with the road itself having restaurants, shops and a few middle-range hotels lined up along it. The ruins that are found here are the reason why this place is so popular and can get exceptionally busy during public holidays and in the summer time. Being compared to the likes of Chichen Itza, perhaps the most famous archaeological site in the country, is no easy feat and its impressive location is the main bearing for that as it was erected on top of a cliff that has a sheer drop into the beautiful turquoise Caribbean Sea that sits beneath it.
The buildings that you see here come from the Post Classic period, which is as early as 1200 AD and were protected by a 12 foot wall that surrounds them. It is best to visit the site at sunrise or at sunset to avoid the crowds and especially on a clear day so you can get the maximum atmosphere of the site. The major highlights of the city include the Temple of the Frescoes with the interior actually having original Mayan frescoes that depict classic Mayan gods and other religious people. The tallest building in the walled city is El Castillo, which is the castle and is said to have mainly functioned as a navigational aid to the ships that were coming into the port. There are also many traditional houses and places of worship within Tulum and you can either go around by yourself or join a tour.
All along the beach road there are shops that cater for all tourist needs from supermarkets to banks and clothing shops to pharmacies. You can also rent bikes and there are a good amount of restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines as well as bars, clubs, cafes and of course the best located hotels.