After a delightful but very hot morning of exploring Tulum Ruins, we were ready to sit on a beach somewhere and relax in some much-needed shade. Upon leaving the Ruins, we ended up on a dusty road on the other side, leading only one way. Still in an exploring mood, we decided to follow said road and see where it would take us. Two minutes later in the scorching 11am heat, we gave up and considered taking one of the many taxis lining the side of the road. Realising that we were probably going to overpay significantly – preying on clammy, tired-out tourists is not the one – we picked our feet up and continued for the sake of finding a tropical beach.
Finally, a beach
Not too far down the road, we spotted a sign with the all-important word playa. Hooray! Turning left at the sign and a rocky slope upwards, what greeted us was a beautiful almost-deserted stretch of white sand and the bluest water that could put the Maldives to shame. Recovering from our awe at the tropical beauty of this beach and the fact that we had finally arrived, we were immediately approached by a man selling boat tours to see Tulum Ruins from afar on the sea. We declined politely and headed over to a beach bar with sunloungers and – most importantly – beach umbrellas perched in front on the sand. Long story short, we were almost tricked into a bit of a sunlounger scam but managed to escape last minute with some quick thinking and my willingness to question everything. Slightly miffed, we carried on past our new nemesis and found a few palm trees dotted around with perfect free shade underneath! Tip: always look for a palm tree first 😉 Beach towel out, we were finally able to relax!
‘The Island’ vibes
One of the highlights of this beach were the quaint little wooden boats perched on the shore, paint peeling but looking happy nonetheless. With just a handful of tourists stepping off a boat at one point, and another savvy couple chilling under a palm tree, we were pretty much the only ones there. This suited us just fine. In such a touristy area as Tulum, this was a true gem to come across and filled that need for an exotic beach perfectly. The vibe here was perfect: relaxed, non-pretentious and the definition of peaceful. I only wish that we had also explored more to the left, closer to Tulum Ruins, but I guess in 32-degree heat, the mind tends to slow down and ideas go out of the window – or, in this case, into the sea.
Out of the handful of beaches we sampled during our stay in Mexico, this was by far my favourite. Calm and with a down-to-earth, slightly hippie feel, it reminded me of the kind of places that backpackers would hang out in. Most likely, it becomes busier later in the day, but as we were here before midday, we had this tropical paradise almost all to ourselves.
What’s your idea of an idyllic beach? Have you been here before?