WILD Tulum – By far our favorite bar on the trip in overall experience and quality of cocktails. The staff is friendly and the space is oddly breathtaking thanks to towering cement canopies. Like many of the outdoor restaurants and bars in Tulum, you’ll get whiffs of copal, a natural mosquito repellent, that colors the experience further.
10km, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
Nômade – This.place.is.gorgeous. One of the most breathtaking beach resorts we saw also made thoughtful cocktails served up by an incredibly friendly staff. Make a plan to enjoy a cocktail and a couple appetizers and watch the spectacular Tulum sunset. Even more, move inside to experience their second bar that has a sexy, darker feel to it.
Carr. Cancún – Tulum KM 10
+52 984 803 2243
Todos Santos Bar – A crafty-ish cocktail spot for the finer palates that can also make a vodka soda to another’s liking. Look out for ladies night when the ladies drink fo’ free.
Azulik – This resort’s unique, earthy design is the embodiment of eco-chic. Their cocktails are some of the more creative we saw in town, so whether for a late night drink or a brunch, this spot needs to be experienced.
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, KM 5 (Hotel Zone/Beach Road)
+52 984 980 0640
Gitano – GIT your butt here for a slightly more elevated dinner experience. Make sure to visit the gorgeous bar in the back and enjoy the architecture along with the meal.
Beach Road Km. 7, Boca Paila
Casa Jaguar – Laid-back, creative cocktails in an open-air space make for a nice spot for dinner or drinks.
Carretera Boca Paila Km 7.5
+52 984 202 2464
Bolas de Postre I Scream Bar – Hold on to your bar stool (or you hat if you walk by) … this irreverent bar is a good stop for a quick drink at almost all hours (8am-3am). It’s a simple spot where you can get your 1-and-1 or a decent margarita. (And if you don’t stop at the bar, after a certain
time number of drinks, you’ll probably be jovially harassed by the staff and whichever guests they can get to chime in with them on your way by.)
Pasito Tun Tun – This late-ish night spot in Tulum Town is a change from Beach Road, but still laid-back. Don’t miss their beer and mezcal shot special or their “besos de mezcal” neon sign.
Calle centauro, Av. Tulum esquina (Tulum Town)
+52 984 688 8550
Batey Mojito and Guarapo Bar – Pop in for fresh mojitos and stay for the live music! (cash only)
Calle Centauro Sur (Tulum Town)
+52 1 984 745 4571
Chamico’s – Slightly outside of the main tourist areas of Tulum, this beach restaurant (literally, on the sand … on a beach) has the best ceviche I’ve ever had … and in the best setting. Grab a seat, palm tree, or sandbar to enjoy this unique dining experience. Also not to be missed is the full fried fish that you can see the cooks preparing on the walk in.
7JG9+V9 San Pablo (Tulsayab)
+52 984 216 6761
Safari – They do the “food truck” thing really well here. In fact, they do it so well that the truck doesn’t even have to move. The kitchen of this outdoor eatery is an Airstream with a fire out front where you’ll watch some of your food be prepared right next to a small patch of herbs they use regularly. The cocktails are simple, but incredibly well done. Ceviche, tacos, and a margarita … simple and perfect.
15 Tulum, Quintana Roo
+52 984 134 8322
Casa Malca – Even if the food and drink weren’t as fresh and delightful as they are, this space is wildly artistic. Each space, including outdoor areas, offers a unique look and feel, giving diners and guests the chance to enjoy the multifaceted art hotel that occupies a space once inhabited by Pablo Escobar himself.
Carretera Fed, Av. Boca Paila km 9.5
La Zebra Hotel Tulum – Pop into their restaurant for their delightful fish tacos. They’re..worth.the.visit.
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 8.2
+52 1 984 115 4726
DelCielo – Enjoy breakfast in this cozy spot in town before taking a walk around the local shops to experience the town’s color.
Av, Satélite Sur 5, Centro (Tulum Town)
+52 984 160 0770
Mateos – If you’re looking for a spot to watch your game while on vacation, this is it since many of the hotels and resorts don’t have TVs. It’s good for late-night food to soak up the mezcal and cervezas.
Carretera, Boca Paila km 5.2 Manzana 10 Lote 16
+52 984 179 4160
BEACH SO HARD — It’s a beach town … go to the beach!
SOAK — Visit some of the striking cenotes (natural swimming holes) on the beach and in the jungle. It’s truly an incredible experience. (Take a towel and a diving mask to take a look around underwater.)
BIKE — There are bikes to rent all around town, but be safe as the streets aren’t the smoothest.
SHOP — Shop around in town or in the Beach Zone and it won’t take long to find a fun item or eight you’ll want to take home.
RELAX — It’s a chill town; go with the vibe.
MEDITATE— Yoga on the isn’t hard to find around town, be it on a beach or in a studio.
Chat with The Beach Planner about where to stay. With her services, she’ll help coordinate your trip from dining to diversions as long as you book your lodging with her!