Most days we need to drive down the Tulum beach road, to get supplies, see a friend, do some chores. This has become a ‘normal’ thing to do and we forget that for visitors and guests the Tulum beach road and all that it is, is a forever memory of their vacation. Today, we took another look at our daily ritual, and the Tulum beach road is a rocking place. Jungle frames the road on each side, stores pop out of no where and have some really unique products from clothes, mayan clay, mexican art. Restaurants are about every 500 meters and bicyclists are joining walkers, drivers and runners on this super interesting 10.5 kms that is called the Tulum Beach road.
Restaurants, stores and hotels line the Tulum beach road
Casa de las Olas is near the end of the Tulum beach road so all guests get the luxury of seeing every single detail this road has to offer. LIttle neighborhoods exist at about every two kilometers, this being a group of restaurants and stores that seem to have gathered in one area and have formed a community of restaurant owners, servers and shop keepers who work together to highlight their unique area on the stretch.
These micro-communities seem to also have a theme to their unique area. It could be organic and sustainable products or art and clothes or just a group of interesting food options through small corner stores and restaurants.
Jungle and Cenotes on the Tulum beach road
When you see the videos below the most interesting landscape on the Tulum beach road is the jungle and cenotes that line each side of the road. The ocean is about 100 meters rom the road but the jungle covers that view in most cases so the visitor has no idea that what behind the palm trees and plants is the Mexican Caribbean. There is one little area that has a spectacular view of the Caribbean about 2.5 kms down the road. There are two cenotes that visitors can visit, one at around 6 kms and one at 10.5 kms.Both of there cenotes have a fresh and salt water mix and are mangrove cenotes.
What you need to know when driving the Tulum beach road
1. The entire road is paved up to the Sian Kaan gates
2. There are various unidentified speed bumps all along the road so drive slowly. They will pop up when you least expect it. In spanish speed bumps are called topes.
3. Watch for bicycles, walkers and motorbikes. Watch for poorly parked cars on the side of the road.
4. Watch out for the blue crabs that run across the road, all, the, time.These little creatures can be in packs or solo so drive slowly so you can stop and let them cross.
5. Watch for neighbourhood dogs that seem to think that they own the road. It is no unusual to see a dog in the middle of the road, hanging out.
6. Watch for oversized trucks. Deliveries happen all day long and though the road is a two lane road, it is wide enough for two small cars, not a large delivery truck and car so be aware of these oversized vehicles.
The Tulum beach road is a forever memory for many guests and a daily drive for us. It is hip, chic and fun, safe, eclectic and interesting. There are few places where industry works so well with jungle and cenotes but the Tulum beach has found a way to do.