Tulum beach to Punta Allen
Day trip: drive through the Sian Kaan Biosphere reserve to Punta Allen
Alternate energy and raw natural beauty
Up for an adventure? Here's a trip off the beaten path. A drive down the Riviera Maya coast on a sandy coconut road just 50 kilometers long (±30 miles) through the NE Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve past incredible beaches, pristine mangrove estuaries, finally to arrive in the little fishing village of Punta Allen (about a 2½ hour drive).
For this trip you will need durable transportation (jeep recommended), plenty of drinking water and snacks, your beach stuff, camera, binoculars and anything else you like to take on day trips.
Very few people make the drive all the way to Punta Allen because the road is very rutted in places after the Boca Paila bridge, and sometimes before. You can test your own tolerance but know that if you do make it to the stone archway that marks the entrance to the Sian Kaan you are only 3 kilometers (±2 miles) from a nice beach that's quite evident on your left.
Below are photos from our trip, points of interest and travel distances. To get an overview of the coast see our Riviera Maya road map.
*Please note: Approximate distances are calculated from the Coba road, highway 307 intersection (Cancun-Tulum hwy.).
Beach south of the Sian Kaan entrance 13km - the Boca Paila bridge 24km
Typical mangrove area for saltwater flats fishing - Mayan ruin along the road 40km
One of the deep powdery beaches of fine sand along the way, this one was exceptional
Sol Caribe's beach front restaurant - the front porch of an oceanfront room
their excellent beach with some shade palapa umbrellas and a great snorkeling reef nearby
The first thing you'll see in Punta Allen is Los Gaytones
A litte restaurant, fishing & boat rides offered
There's Xoken restaurant, 2 locations
And Muelle Viejo restaurant where we ate lunch
Another photo of Muelle Viejo restaurant, delicious seafood
And the beach next to them
Around the corner is Vigia Grande restaurant/bar
Vigia Grande offers eco-tours, fly fishing, snorkeling
Cuzan restaurant, cabañas, eco-tours, fly fishing & snorkeling trips
Continuing on you'll pass back into the Sian Kaan reserve, through Serenidad Shardon (sorry no photo) and on to the lighthouse, the old one (photo left) and the new one (photo right). There is a trail that goes to a "Miradoor" look-out tower. This is the land's end. The body of water to the south is the tremendous Bahía de la Ascensión, known for unpredictable seas, great fly-fishing and birdwatching.