El Castillo

El Castillo Beach, Tulum
Tulum beach

The beach at Tulum is pretty much your standard Caribbean coast beach; crystal clear turquoise waters, soft white sand and low limestone cliffs draped in tropical vegetation. However, the beach at El Castillo can do even better than this.

Located on what has been dubbed the Riviera Maya, the beach here is backed by the ruins of an ancient Mayan port of Zama. The Tulum ruins are believed to date back as far as 200 AD and may have been home to as many as 1500 people. Tulúm is the Mayan word for wall which alludes to the walls surrounding the site. These were part of fortifications built to defend the city from invasion by land or sea. The ruins culminate in the largest structure - the pyramid-shaped Castillo which sits on a bluff where it surveys the Caribbean Sea beyond.

Obviously a site as impressive as the ruins of Tulum are going to attract a fair few visitors and it does get busy. Therefore, we would recommend getting here early, like around dawn to watch the sun rising over the dramatic ruins and Caribbean Sea beyond.

Tulum is around 2 hours from Cancun, but unlike many of the resort beaches on the Yucatan Peninsula Tulum has escaped large scale development.

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El Castillo Weather Info

5 Day El Castillo UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

El Castillo tide times & sea state

Thu 12/12 »

Surf report for Thu 12/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
13:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
19:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:51
Sunrise07:15
Sunset18:11
Dark18:35

Fri 13/12 »

Surf report for Fri 13/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
13:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 8mph
19:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:52
Sunrise07:16
Sunset18:11
Dark18:35

Sat 14/12 »

Surf report for Sat 14/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 2mph
13:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 5mph
19:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:52
Sunrise07:16
Sunset18:11
Dark18:35

Sun 15/12 »

Surf report for Sun 15/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 9mph
13:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
19:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:53
Sunrise07:17
Sunset18:12
Dark18:36

Mon 16/12 »

Surf report for Mon 16/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 5s  °  ° 15mph
13:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 14mph
19:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:53
Sunrise07:17
Sunset18:12
Dark18:36

Tue 17/12 »

Surf report for Tue 17/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 14mph
13:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 12mph
19:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:54
Sunrise07:18
Sunset18:13
Dark18:37

Today's weather

Fair

28 °C
(82 °F)

Gentle breeze, 14.4 km/h from ENE

Sea temperature

28.7°C / 83.7°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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