Tulum beach and the Maya Templo Dios del Viento, Maya Riviera. Photo by Dennis Jarvis.
Tulum is one of the prettiest beaches in the Americas, albeit very small, but with a picturesque Mayan temple overlooking the sand and more ruins away from the shore.
130 km south of the massive and style-free resort of Cancún, it is a tiny but perfectly-formed white sandy cove, with a few palm shade and the azure Caribbean sea to swim in.
The entrance to Tulum is totally touristy, with a huge car park, souvenir shops, café and restaurants.
There are a few hotels and restaurants in Tulum village and also (far better option) plenty of resort type places, cabañas (beach huts) and campsites along the coast road south to Punta Allen.
Temple of the Wind Gods: It’s thought that the holes in the temple roof made a whistling noise when the wind picked up speed, thus warning locals of impending storms or even hurricanes and giving them time to move to a more protected area. The structure is not especially impressive but the location is magnificent.
For seekers of more Maya culture and relics one of the world’s best ancient sites is just a couple of hours away by car or 4 hours by bus – Chichen Itza.