Breathtaking Photos of Tulum, Mexico That Will Make You Wish You Were Here Right Now

One of the finest beaches in Tulum lies below Mayan ruins
One of the finest beaches in Tulum lies below Mayan ruins | Photo by Damon On Road on Unsplash
Photo of Stephen Woodman
3 September 2021

Blessed with some of the most pristine natural beauty spots in Mexico, Tulum is a destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Throw in beachside Mayan ruins, underwater sinkholes and delicious local cuisine, and you can see why this Caribbean coastal town is a photographer’s dream. Need more proof? Here are some stunning shots of Tulum.

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The 13th-century Mayan ruins of Tulum are an impressive sight, especially given their location overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

The ruins of Tulum overlook the sea | Photo by Nathan Cima on Unsplash

The clifftop Castillo was built as a watchtower and is one of the most photographed sights in Mexico.

El Castillo is Tulum’s best-known historical structure | © robertharding / Alamy

The warm, azure waters of the Caribbean Sea are a major draw for visitors to Tulum, Cancún and other resort destinations along the Riviera Maya.

Tulum enjoys access to the cobalt waters of the Caribbean Sea | Photo by Tanja Cotoaga on Unsplash

Tulum also has pristine white beaches.

Tulum’s sands are white and fine in texture | Photo by Anna Sullivan on Unsplash

Nature lovers are drawn to the region year-round. Huge iguanas such as this roam freely along Tulum beach.

Come to Tulum and you’ll share the coastal hotspot with wild iguanas | © Natalia Golovina / Alamy

Sea turtles are another common sight on the beaches and waters of Tulum.

Green sea turtles live in the waters off Tulum | © WaterFrame / Alamy

Traditional handicrafts such as these brightly colored bowls are sold around town.

Souvenir stores selling ceramics are a common sight in Tulum | © Jeffrey Isaac Greenberg 2+ / Alamy

Tulum has long had a reputation as a hippie hub, although in recent years the atmosphere has shifted in response to growing interest from expensive hotels and property developers.

Tulum is home to a leading boutique hotel scene | Photo by Jared Rice on Unsplash

The area surrounding Tulum is known to have the largest number of cenotes (or underwater sinkholes) in the world. Once celebrated as sacred by the ancient Mayans, they now attract divers, swimmers and adventurers alike.

You can drive from Tulum to Cenote Oxman in Valladolid for an epic swim | Photo by Free Birds on Unsplash

Casa Cenote, which sits just north of town, is one of the most visually arresting natural spots in the region – and a great place for a swim.

Casa Cenote is beautiful from every angle | © Droneview / Alamy

Lagoon Kaan Luum, just south of Tulum, is also a stunning place for a dip.

Kaan Luum lagoon is popular with swimmers | © Mountaingoat_Tom / Alamy Stock Photo

Tulum has a lively culinary culture, with thriving, hip restaurants such as Mur Mur drawing foodies from across the world.

Tulum is a great place to grab a healthy bowl for lunch | © ALP AKSOY / Alamy

Fruits are in abundant supply in Tulum and a fruit salad with coconut is a fantastic way to start the day.

Coconut trees are a common sight in Tulum | © Jon G. Fuller/VWPics / Alamy

Tulum also has excellent street food – unsurprisingly, tacos are a popular (and inexpensive) choice.

Tacos are typically served on plastic plates | © Margarita Almpanezou / Getty

Tulum is an excellent place to stargaze and offers awe-inspiring night skies.

Tulum attracts stargazers thanks to clear night skies | © EyeEm / Alamy

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