Live Tulum streaming view of the beach and surf. This is a high quality, live streaming video feed with a time-lapse option.
The town of Tulum is located in the southeast portion of the Yucatan Peninsula right on the Caribbean coast, just north of Belize and about a 90 minute drive south of Cancun. The Mayan ruins of Tulum are perched on the cliffs above the ocean and offer spectacular views of the coastline. The area is generally flat and consists of mangroves and sink holes, also known as cenotes. Cenotes are pools of water that were created by underground rivers that have eaten away at the limestone above and created huge sinkholes, some of which are accessible for swimming and exploration.
Tulum is a popular tourist destination and often is used as a base camp to explore other Mayan ruins in the Yucatan peninsula such as Coba and Chichen Itza. There are some nice resorts that are much less crowded than those in Cancun's hotel zone and nearby Playa del Carmen to the north.
The Tulum ruins take a few hours to explore and can easily be combined with a day trip to the nearby Coba ruins. Coba is located inland a bit and should be visited early in the day due to the heat and humidity that can be more intense when you get away from the coast. While the temperatures in Tulum can be uncomfortable at times, the cooler air due to the proximity to the Caribbean makes it much more manageable. To learn more about the Mayan ruins and other fun things to due that are close to Tulum, visit our Cancun Things to do page.
Once interesting fact about the area of Tulum is that if you have visited for any length of time, and then returned home in the United States, you will not be allowed to donate blood for a year. This is due to a higher rate of the mosquito transmitted disease Malaria found in this area. However, if you visit Cancun or Playa Del Carmen just to the north, there is no such donation restriction. I have visited Tulum several times and experienced no adverse health issues but after returning home and trying to donate, I was denied since I had travelled there.