We plan on travelling along the Caribbean Sea for a long time. So this is probably not the last time we’ll claim to have found Paradise on Earth. But can you tire of seeing photos of paradise-like beaches? I think not! So here we go…
This week we went to Tulum with our friends Mirje and Antti from Anywhereism. We started off by taking a colectivo (local inexpensive mini bus) to Tulum center and then went straight for a taxi to the Gran Cenote (more on that in another post!).
After that great experience we got another taxi and told him to take us to the beach. “Take us to the most beautiful beach in Tulum!” we demanded. The taxi driver didn’t hesitate: “we’re going to Playa Paraiso”
And so we went. The beaches were quite far from Tulum center and it was a long drive to the beach. We got there quickly, though. I sat in the back and saw the speedometer pass 110 km/h as we went by a 40 km/h sign. Oh well …
He suddenly took a right and we were now driving on perfect white sand. Then he stopped.
Wellcome to Playa Paraiso!
Our view as we stepped out of the taxi
What a welcome! We immediately fell in love. Playa Paraiso is different from the beach in Playa del Carmen with all the palm trees shooting up from the sand everywhere. It was perfect. The white sand, turquoise water and then the splash of light green.
It doesn’t get much better than this!
When we got down to the water, Jonas was eager to dive into the Caribbean Sea and who can really blame him!? I had just dried up after our dive in the Gran Cenote, so I decided to wait for him, burying my feet in the warm, white sand. And snapping some photos, of course!
He felt very refreshed after the swim. We went to look for a place to eat, but as you might already have guessed everything was very overpriced on Playa Paraiso.
In the end we ended up at a nice little place right by the beach and enjoyed 90 pesos tacos and a beer (I had a coke as the giant child I am – haven’t yet learned to drink beer!).
The owner told us that the Tulum Ruins were very close by a short 10 minutes walk north – perfect! We weren’t really ready to leave Playa Paraiso, but the ruins were totally worth it – more on that soon.
Here are some shots from the walk from Playa Paraiso to the Tulum Ruins:
If this isn’t Paradise on Earth, I don’t where it is. We had an amazing time in Tulum and are really glad we made it there. Also very grateful that our taxi driver chose to take us to Playa Paraiso!
Have you ever been to Playa Paraiso? If not – put it on your bucket list!