The beach is awesome. We were actually unimpressed by Playa del Carmen in general. The water seemed dirtier and definitely more cluttered than in Cancun. This beach was an exception, but it's a good 20 minutes south or so. They tried to rip me off though. I went there and the attendant said that we should donate 500 pesos per person. He was pushy. It was 4PM (they close at 5), and I told him that I was just checking it out in case I wanted to come back later. He said that I should give him the money. He asked me how much I would give and that he would write it down so I didn't pay the next day. I got frustrated and left. I came back the next day with the car jack's metal handle under my seat in case I needed to reason with the attendant. I told my wife to just stick a 50 (yes 50, not 500 for each of us, just 50) peso bill out the window and not say anything. This guy was totally different though. He thanked us for the donation and then explained that the money goes to keeping the beach clean. If you feel up for it, write the following on a piece of paper that you can give the gatekeeper if he tries to rip you off:
Gracias por su asistencia. Por informacion que recibe de la Municipalidad de Solaridad, no hay cobro ninguno para entrar. Por favor deme su nombre para que pueda comunicarme con la ciudad de Tulum para aclarar esta situacion.
Thank you for your help. From information I received via the Solidarity County, there is no charge to enter. Please give your name that I may communicate with the city of Tulum to clarify this issue.
Bring a cooler and an umbrella though. There is NOTHING at this beach which is exactly why I liked it.
Also, do NOT park beneath a coconut tree. Yep, shattered window and coconut juice greeted me at the end of the day.