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Playa Paraiso: Our Expert Visitor's Guide

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Playa Paraiso: Our Expert Visitor's Guide

Imagine a paradise where crystalline waters kiss pristine white sands, creating a mesmerizing landscape. Welcome to Playa Paraiso. If Tulum is the treasure chest of the Mexican Caribbean, then Playa Paraiso is undoubtedly one of its most dazzling gems.

What if you could unlock more than just the surface beauty of this paradise? I’ve been fortunate to have traveled in and around the area for over 15 years. I’ve seen Tulum grow from a small village of around 15,000 people to the almost 50,000 residents of today. Not to mention the two million visitors we get every year now.

Read on to uncover the secrets of Playa Paraiso in Tulum with tips to help you experience it like a true local. 

What and Where is Playa Paraiso?

Tulum's north beach is segmented into three distinct areas: Las Palmas Beach, Playa Paraiso, and Playa Ruinas. While each has its own charm, they seamlessly blend into one another and create a continuous and inviting stretch of sand for beachgoers to explore.

Located right in the middle, Playa Paraiso serves as a central hub for both locals and tourists alike. Its central location is advantageous for travelers. It's merely 3 miles away from the heart of Tulum’s downtown. This proximity offers a convenient short drive for visitors, especially when compared to other popular destinations like Playa del Carmen, which is 40 miles away, or even Cancun, situated at a distance of 83 miles.

Playa Paraiso translates to Paradise Beach. When you hear the word 'paradise', images of pristine sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and swaying palm trees probably dance in your mind. Playa Paraiso is the real-life embodiment of this.

Now, I get it. Mexico is a huge country with so many beautiful beaches. I live in the heart of Playa del Carmen and we have more than our fair share of beautiful beaches. But there’s something undeniably special about Playa Paraiso. Out of the various beaches Tulum boasts, Playa Paraiso holds a distinctive allure, mainly due to its pristine white sand and sparkling clear waters. It's not just a name; the beach truly embodies the essence of a paradise. 

Our Tips for Visiting Playa Paraiso

As with any destination, knowing a few tips and tricks can elevate your experience from just fine to absolutely memorable. Whether it's the best time to visit, navigating the famed beach clubs, or where to spend those hard-earned pesos, I've got you covered.

Pick the Right Time for Your Visit

When planning your Playa Paraiso holidays, make a note to check the Playa Paraiso weather forecast first. There's nothing like enjoying this beach's pristine shores on a sunny day. You'll want clear skies for the perfect tan and to make the most of those turquoise waters.

For example, Playa Paraiso's weather in September is vastly different from what you can expect in March. In general, the most popular time to visit Tulum is from December to April. This is when you can expect the least amount of rain and a reprieve from the warmer months in the middle of the year.

The Beach Club Experience

Playa Paraiso Beach Club has been dubbed one of the best in Mexico. With its inviting atmosphere and high-quality services, it's easy to see why. The beach club is found at the access point to the beach so you can decide whether you want to spend a few hours there or head a bit further to enjoy the beach on your own terms.

If you do decide to hang out at the beach club, there are spacious beach beds, sun beds, and a whole lot more to make your visit comfy. And the best part? No entrance fees. Oh, and they've got secure parking, convenient dressing rooms, and clean restrooms. You're literally sorted for the day.

If you've got your eye on those oversized beds or are keen to sit under an umbrella, rentals range from MXN 100 pesos (USD 5) to MXN 500 (USD 25). Depending on the season, there might also be a minimum restaurant consumption, starting at MXN 1,000 pesos (USD 50).

Couple Your Beach Day with Sightseeing

Here's a pro tip: the Tulum Ruins are just over a mile away from Playa Paraiso. So, whether you're walking, cycling, or catching a taxi, you're just moments away from some historic sightseeing. I suggest spending the morning at the ruins and then heading to Playa Paraiso after to cool down and relax.

Shop Till You Drop

No visit would be complete without a little shopping. The area is dotted with local artisans showcasing their crafts which makes it the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs. You likely won’t even have to get off your towel. Some vendors walk up and down the beach selling tempting items to take home or local snacks for you to try.

Dealing with Payments

While the nearby beach clubs and roaming vendors do accept US dollars, you might want to stick with local currency to avoid any unfavorable conversion rates. And if budgeting is a priority, come prepared with your own towels and snacks. 

How to get to Playa Paraiso

Making your own way to Playa Paraiso? You're in luck! Whether you're venturing from Tulum Pueblo, the heart of the Hotel Zone, or anywhere in between, reaching this beachy paradise is a breeze.

From Tulum Pueblo

It's a mere 4.2 miles from downtown. If you're driving, crank up those vacation tunes because, in about 15 minutes, you'll find yourself stepping onto that pristine white sand.

But hey, if you're feeling a bit more adventurous and environmentally friendly, why not rent a bike? It's a scenic 20-minute ride, and I promise, the destination is worth every pedal push.

From Hotel Zone

If you’re staying in the Hotel Zone you've already got a head start! You're a stone's throw away, precisely 1.4 miles. By car, you're looking at a brief 5-minute drive. And if you’re biking? Just 7 minutes.

Parking Pro Tips

Now, if you're coming in hot with a car, parking won't be a headache. You can park right along the beach road for free. Just a heads up, though – during those peak seasons when everyone's chasing the Playa Paraiso dream, spots might be a tad limited.

For my fellow bikers, I can't stress this enough: Bring along a sturdy bike lock. Bike theft is an unfortunate possibility in Tulum and having to walk all the way back to town is an unfortunate way to end your beach day.

What to Pack for a Visit to Playa Paraiso

Every great beach day begins with a well-stocked bag. So, let's get down to the essentials to ensure you have everything you need for a flawless day under the Tulum sun.

  • Sun protection: Start with the basics. A high-SPF sunscreen is a must-have. You'll thank me later when you're enjoying your evening without the sting of a sunburn. And while you're at it, throw in a wide-brimmed hat and UV-protected sunglasses.
  • Beach towel or mat: If you’re foregoing the use of a beach club, having a towel or mat to lounge on is essential. It'll give you that perfect spot to chill and soak in the views.
  • Water and snacks: Hydration is key, especially under the tropical sun. Bring a reusable water bottle to keep yourself refreshed. As for snacks? Pack something light and non-perishable. Think granola bars or fruit – they're lifesavers when hunger strikes.
  • Footwear: Sandals or flip-flops are perfect for the sand, but if you plan on exploring the nearby ruins, consider packing a pair of comfy walking shoes too.
  • Entertainment: A book, magazine, or a set of playing cards can take your relaxation to the next level. There’s something magical about reading a good book with the sound of waves as your background score.
  • Cash and identification: Some spots around Playa Paraiso might not accept cards, so having a bit of cash on hand is wise. And always keep your ID with you, just in case.
  • Personal care items: Think wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and lip balm. They're small, but trust me, these are the unsung heroes of any beach trip.
  • Waterproof bag or pouch: To keep your electronics and important documents safe from splashes or unexpected rain showers.
  • Camera: Lastly, but certainly not least, bring along your camera or smartphone. Playa Paraiso offers countless picturesque moments. You'll want to capture them.

Places to Eat at and Around Playa Paraiso

Tulum's culinary prowess is renowned in the region, a testament to its global allure that attracts top-tier chefs from across the world. Straddling the line between the contemporary cravings of its visitors and the rich, traditional flavors cherished by locals, Tulum offers a gastronomic experience like no other. Even with the hour distance between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, I’ve been known to make the trip just for the opening of a new restaurant.

Whether you’re in the mood for some fresh seafood by the beach or a fancy evening at a top-notch eatery, the area around Playa Paraiso won't disappoint. Let me share with you some of my favorite spots.

Playa Paraiso Beach Club

First and foremost, if you're hanging out at the beach, it's almost mandatory to grab a bite at Playa Paraiso Beach Club. With their beachfront location, they serve an impressive selection of dishes, from light salads to hearty Mexican main courses. Their drinks? Absolutely refreshing. Try their fresh coconut water or, if you're in the mood, a passionfruit margarita.

Revolucion Pancho Villa

Nestled beneath a grand palapa, this spot pays homage to authentic Mexican cuisine and seafood delights. A standout feature? Their array of Mexican sauces spans a heat range from 'wake-up-your-tastebuds' spicy to a blazing 'call-the-fire-department' level.

Matcha Mama Ikal

Embodying a spirited and tropical vibe, Matcha Mama Ikal has been sprinkling its matcha magic over Tulum since 2017. This matcha bar is a haven for plant-based and gluten-free lovers. Dive into their extensive menu of matcha teas, nutrient-packed smoothie bowls, refreshing açaí, invigorating cold brews, cold-pressed juices, and a myriad of other wholesome homemade treats. Perfect for cooling down on the beach with a healthy treat.

Canova Beach Club

Canova Beach Club is set against the backdrop of swaying palm trees, pristine white sand dunes, and the mesmerizing turquoise embrace of the Caribbean Sea. It seamlessly blends into the serene environment of the Tulum National Park. Rise and shine with them from 8:30 a.m. to indulge in delectable Italian cuisine.


Just a short walk away, Ziggy’s is an iconic spot. They’re known for their beachfront breakfasts – imagine sipping a fresh fruit smoothie while watching the sunrise. Their fish tacos are legendary, and their evening grill, where they cook up fresh seafood, is a delightful experience.

Kitchen Table

Nestled amidst the jungle ambiance, this gem boasts a menu created from local ingredients. Their offerings change depending on the season to ensure every dish is fresh and flavorful. If you appreciate an ever-evolving culinary experience, this is your spot.

El Camello Jr

For a truly local flavor, head over to El Camello Jr. It’s a favorite among locals and tourists alike. They serve some of the freshest ceviche you’ll ever taste. It's simple, unpretentious, and downright delicious.

Tulum Food Stalls

For those who are adventurous and looking to get a genuine taste of Tulum's street food, venture a bit farther from the beach to explore the local food stalls. Here you’ll find everything from spicy tamales to sweet churros.

Discover, Dream, and Dive into Playa Paraiso and Tulum

From the pristine waters of Playa Paraiso to the enticing flavors of its local restaurants, Tulum promises experiences that will stay with you long after the tan fades. This Mexican haven is more than just beautiful beaches; it's a blend of nature, culture, and tantalizing tastes waiting to be explored. And here at Tourbase? We're your gateway to discovering Tulum in its purest form. We blend our love for the Caribbean with curated adventures tailored just for you. Craving for more? Dive into the shimmering waters of Tulum with our top water adventures.

Written by: Cristal

Cristal Dyer was born in the Caribbean and has spent the last several decades travelling and writing, including several stints in Latin America. Currently based in Australia, she owns and operates her own travel site tofutraveler.com and is an expert travel writer, editor and photographer with a focus on solo budget travel and food tourism. 

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