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Caleta Tankah: A Tulum Treasure Highlighting The Best Of The Riviera Maya

Juanita Rodriguez 07-31-2023

Caleta Tankah, Riviera Maya

Just before the ancient Mayan city of Tulum, sits yet another Riviera Maya treasure offering a magnificent three-for-one experience. Caleta Tankah features a breathtaking rustic beach as well as an open-air cenote engulfed by lush jungle foliage. But the sublime natural beauty does not end there. Due to centuries of erosion, the waves have carved out one of the most spectacular coves found in the Mexican Caribbean. 

Not only is Tankah’s cenote fed by the Yucatan Peninsula’s underground river system, but also the cove is a mix of fresh and saltwater. This phenomenon is not widely known, especially if you’re a visitor to the Riviera Maya. However, with this guide, you’ll discover how easy it is to plan a day trip to this natural wonder next time you’re in Playa del Carmen. 


What Is Caleta Tankah

Caleta Tankah Cove, Riviera Maya

Situated amidst a stretch of powdery soft coastline  bordered by shimmering, turquoise waters, is Caleta Tankah. The remarkable inlet is protected on two sides by porous, limestone embankments. A narrow opening in the rock wall allows the sea to lap in creating a crystal clear, all-natural pool. 

In addition to the picturesque cove, the beach club offers lounge chairs, day beds, as well as food and beverage service. Although the menu includes flank or ribeye steak dishes, we suggest sticking to basic Riviera Maya dishes such as ceviche and fish tacos. Plus you can’t go wrong with their margaritas and piña coladas.  

Cenote at Caleta Tankah, Riviera Maya

Next to the main entrance and beach club, meander along the sandy path to find a refreshing cenote. Its remote jungle setting and translucent waters are as enticing as ice cream on a scorching day. Indeed, Caleta Tankah is special destination. After all, it’s not common to find a scenic cenote, a captivating cove, and beautiful beach all in one place.    


How To Get To Caleta Tankah

Caleta Tankah Beach Club, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Without a doubt, renting a vehicle is the most convenient way to visit Riviera Maya gems like Caleta Tankah. Since parking on this property is free, a rental car is optimal. Furthermore, with your own vehicle, you are free to add more fun stops to your excursion, such as Tulum (under 15 minutes from Tankah.) However, you can hire a taxi or private van service if you have a large group. As a guest of Bric Vacation Rentals, your designated ambassador is available from the moment you book to assist in trip planning and transportation arrangements. 

Alternatively, you can catch a colectivo, which runs along the main highway (307 Federal) from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. For under $5USD one way, you hop on these shared van taxis at Calle 2 around 20th Avenue in Playa del Carmen. Look for the signage on the van stating Playa del Carmen · Tulum and be sure to tell the driver your stop is Caleta Tankah. Carry small change in pesos to pay for the fare each way, approximately $45 MXN. 

When coming from Playa del Carmen, there is a large sign on the left side of the highway. If you are taking a colectivo, you will have to cross the highway and walk to the entrance, which is about 5 minutes from the drop off point. On the other hand, if you have your own vehicle, you will drive just past the sign then take the next u-turn to head back north to the entrance. In any case, Caleta Tankah is an easy 30 to 40-minute day trip from Playa del Carmen.  


Facilities At Caleta Tankah

Caleta Tankah Beach Club, Cove, and Cenote, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Upon arrival, a fee of $300 MXN for adults and $150 for children aged 6-12 is required. This fee gives you access to the bathrooms, showers, cenote, and beach loungers. 

Goggles and life jackets are available to rent if you’d like to snorkel around the bay. Because the Mesoamerican Reef System is nearby, there is a good chance you will spot some interesting marine life. Also available for rent are beach towels if needed. As mentioned above, restaurant service is offered. Therefore, no outside food or beverages are permitted. 

The beach club’s hours of operation run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Occasionally, the property is closed for private events, so it may be best to call before you go. 

For more information on Caleta Tankah or other beautiful places to visit near Playa del Carmen, reach out to a Bric hospitality expert at