I started at the first public entrance on the north end just past Mezzanine where the rocks end, and I walked down to the old El Mirador property. I took pictures the whole way.
If you are not familiar with Tulum, on the road to the beach, you will come to a circle and police checkpoint. If you go left, this is the northern part of Tulum’s beaches that are easily accessible to the public. This is where the pictures below were taken.
If you go right at the circle, you hit the more exclusive cabana properties on the southern end. The public can still access the beach at this end. It’s law in Mexico – the beach is for everyone. But some properties discourage public cut-throughs in order to keep their clientele happy and the beaches, which aren’t theirs, “exclusive.” There are no official public access points at all on the south end. In my experience, simply asking to access the beach and being polite has been enough. I’ll have more on the south end in a future post.
Now, let’s take a walk, shall we?
As soon as I took that last picture, the rain finally got me. I put my phone in my purse and wrapped it in a plastic bag, and walked back to where I started. It’s not that far, but I was soaked when I got to that area, so I went for a swim since I was wet anyway.
Then: I saw the most amazing rainbow – the most vivid rainbow – I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ve never seen a purple that alive. All the colors were alive. It was so clear and sharp and right. I actually cheered. I was so happy and at peace.
I didn’t get out of the water to take a picture. I won’t ever forget it- and I didn’t want to waste time getting out of the water to fumble for the phone. I was pretty far out. Instead, I just floated. And enjoyed.
That’s the magic of Tulum’s beaches for me. They force me into the moment, to enjoy right now. That’s all we really have, anyway.
Who knows what the beach will look like tomorrow or in the coming days? Nature changes it, constantly. But I sure did have a great walk today – and a great ride out to the beach and back to town!
A quick thank you to readers from so many different countries. In no particular order – Spain, France, Ireland, Argentina, Belize, Colombia, England, Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, Australia, Mexico and of course, the U.S. I love you guys! If you are coming to Tulum, safe travels, and maybe I’ll see you at the beach or around town!