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

Sun 19/05 »

Surf report for Sun 19/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 16mph
13:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 15mph
19:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:48
Sunrise06:11
Sunset19:20
Dark19:44

Mon 20/05 »

Surf report for Mon 20/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 15mph
13:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 13mph
19:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:47
Sunrise06:11
Sunset19:20
Dark19:44

Tue 21/05 »

Surf report for Tue 21/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 15mph
19:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:47
Sunrise06:11
Sunset19:21
Dark19:45

Wed 22/05 »

Surf report for Wed 22/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
4:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 16mph
16:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:47
Sunrise06:10
Sunset19:21
Dark19:45

Thu 23/05 »

Surf report for Thu 23/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
4:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 13mph
13:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:46
Sunrise06:10
Sunset19:22
Dark19:46

Fri 24/05 »

Surf report for Fri 24/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
10:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:46
Sunrise06:10
Sunset19:22
Dark19:46

Today's weather

Fair

27 °C
(80 °F)

Gentle breeze, 15.5 km/h from ESE

Sea temperature

27.8°C / 82°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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