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 21/02 »

Surf report for Thu 21/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 20mph
13:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 18mph
19:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Low 02:20am (0.45m)
High 08:27am (5.83m)
Low 02:43pm (0.48m)
High 08:47pm (5.49m)
Daylight
First light06:52
Sunrise07:14
Sunset18:51
Dark19:13

Fri 22/02 »

Surf report for Fri 22/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
13:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
19:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Low 02:59am (0.73m)
High 09:02am (5.56m)
Low 03:22pm (0.85m)
High 09:21pm (5.22m)
Daylight
First light06:51
Sunrise07:14
Sunset18:52
Dark19:14

Sat 23/02 »

Surf report for Sat 23/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
13:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
19:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Low 03:37am (1.11m)
High 09:36am (5.21m)
Low 03:59pm (1.29m)
High 09:54pm (4.91m)
Daylight
First light06:51
Sunrise07:13
Sunset18:52
Dark19:14

Sun 24/02 »

Surf report for Sun 24/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
13:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 15mph
19:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Low 04:15am (1.54m)
High 10:11am (4.85m)
Low 04:38pm (1.73m)
High 10:33pm (4.62m)
Daylight
First light06:50
Sunrise07:12
Sunset18:52
Dark19:15

Mon 25/02 »

Surf report for Mon 25/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
13:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
19:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 04:59am (1.95m)
High 10:58am (4.51m)
Low 05:27pm (2.13m)
High 11:33pm (4.38m)
Daylight
First light06:49
Sunrise07:11
Sunset18:53
Dark19:15

Tue 26/02 »

Surf report for Tue 26/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 12mph
13:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
19:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Low 06:01am (2.28m)
High 12:18pm (4.26m)
Low 06:40pm (2.38m)
Daylight
First light06:49
Sunrise07:11
Sunset18:53
Dark19:15

Today's weather

Fair

26 °C
(78 °F)

Gentle breeze, 18 km/h from ESE

Sea temperature

26.7°C / 80°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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