In case you weren’t already aware, Tulum is HOT. The site of the Tulum ruins seems to be even hotter, somehow. After a morning of exploring this ancient Mayan city (which we totally recommend doing on your own, sans tour operator!) you’ll no doubt be hankering for somewhere to cool down and grab a refreshment.
If you’ve foregone the guided tour option and are exploring the area on your own time schedule, marvelous. Now you have time to check out the Santa Fe Beach. Just a short walk from the ruins.
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After exiting the ruins, follow the signs that say “Acceso Publica a la Playa” aka “public beach access”.
We went at noon, which one would think would be the busiest time of day. And yet we were amazed to find we had almost the whole beach to ourselves. The plastic loungers were vacant, and the open air restaurants and pop-up shops had seating to accommodate a large group, and yet we had our pick of the place.
It was almost a little eerie how empty Santa Fe Beach was. But after coming from our overcrowded mega resort in Akumal, it was a welcomed change.
It should be noted that this fine-as-baby-powder sand doesn’t come for free. But really, what does nowadays? If you need to use the washroom you either have to pay a fee or buy something from one of the vendors. And the lounge chairs have a daily rental rate.
We wanted something cold to sip on, so purchasing drinks was no issue for us. I wasn’t in the mood to be nickeled and dimed for a plastic chair, though. Not after feeling so accomplished for having saved myself 100 bones on a self-guided tour of the Tulum ruins.
If you, too, aren’t feeling like shelling out your pesos just for a place to sit. Let me tell you, the sand here is some of the softest I’ve ever wiggled my toes in. Just find a spot with minimal seagrass and plop your bottom down.
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