Guide to Tulum
The Gran Luchito Guide to Tulum
We’ve been lucky enough to travel all over Mexico, and Tulum is definitely at the very top of our list of favourite beach destinations. Known for being a luxurious paradise filled with hipsters, this magical town has something for everyone and all budgets. Our guide to Tulum will give you an overview of what to do and where to find the best accommodations, food, nightlife, and beaches in Tulum.
First things first on our Guide to Tulum: Where to stay
If you’re on a budget, here are some great options:
Quintana Roo National Park Campground & Hiking
Are you a nature lover who doesn’t mind staying in rustic accommodations? If yes, then we recommend the Quintana Roo National Park Campground and Hiking. Your stay includes daily breakfast, also free parking, kitchenette and dining areas, and the opportunity to camp in the heart of the Mayan jungle.
The Hotel and Cabañas Zazil Kin is a budget-friendly option which offers the comfort of nice bungalows just a few feet away from the beach. Yes, Zazil Kin has its own private beachfront which is very hard to find without a big budget. Furthermore it offers a restaurant and other activities such as snorkelling, diving, and windsurfing at affordable prices.
If your budget can stretch a bit more, here are our recommendations:
Cabañas La Luna
First up for our mid-range selections is a true hidden gem. Cabañas la Luna offers a handful of spacious and secluded waterfront cabañas at a fair price.
La Selva Mariposa
This B&B is one of the best rated and a calm place in the middle of the jungle. It’s perfect for travellers seeking absolute bliss and relaxation. La Selva Mariposa is also the perfect option for nature and bird lovers as you can spot a variety of them around.
Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum
Finally on our mid-range options, Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum is set in the jungle and with minimalist design is perfect for those who like to travel in style. This boutique hotel offers everything you need for a comfortable and authentic stay in Tulum.
If you’re lucky enough to travel in luxury, then here’s our list of the best of the best:
Azulik Tulum is definitely one of the most dreamy places to stay in Tulum. While it is an eco-friendly accommodation, the villas are certainly luxurious and boho-chic.
Dreams Tulum is more than its name due to its amazing location just a few meters away from the Mayan Ruins. Its magnificent colonial architecture definitely is surreal. With breath-taking views of white sand and turquoise water, you will almost certainly feel as if you are in heaven.
Finally for our luxury options, we recommend Be Tulum where nature, intimacy, luxury, and design all converge. Take everything that makes Tulum a paradise and maximise it, and well, the result is definitely this world class hotel. Just remember, this beachfront hotel is highly in demand, so you better book a few months in advance.
Now on our Guide to Tulum, where to eat: our recommendations for all budgets
First up, cheap eats:
A favourite of both locals and tourists, Taquería Honorio pays tribute to the classical street taco stand. With a variety of tacos from all over the country and the feeling that you are a Tulum local, this place is a budget-friendly option for travellers who want to experience the real Tulum.
Taquería Honorio, Satélite Sur S/N, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
+52 1 984 134 8731
Sabor de Mar
This small restaurant is definitely the best place to eat seafood in Tulum at an affordable price. Some of its delicacies, such as their famous torres and fish tacos, will make you want to go back every day! Just keep in mind that it is usually busy due to its small size.
Sabor de Mar, Calle Júpiter Sur, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
+52 1 984 116 3187
Pizzeria Manglar may not be a Mexican food restaurant, but it is definitely one of the best places to dine in Tulum town. With a bohemian ambience and a variety of salads, pizzas, national beers, tequila, mezcal, El Manglar holds a special place in the locals’ hearts. And did we mention it’s on the beach?!
Manglar, Asunción, Manzana 38, Lote 2, La Veleta, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
+52 1 984 120 0770
Our restaurant recommendations for Mid-range budgets:
Zine Food & Films
Zine Food & Films is an independent movie theatre in the middle of jungle. Combined with a cinema, you can get late night drinks and dine there. With a variety of food options, it’s a great choice for vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free travellers.
Farm to Table
A restaurant where not only can you can eat real Mexican food, but the local cuisine is taken to the next level: healthy, organic, and vegetarian-friendly with a modern twist that makes of this place a must-try.
Mia Restaurant and Beach Club
Mia Restaurant and Beach Club is one of the best places to have a taste of different world cuisines. With a beautiful, beachfront setting it’s perfect for a romantic night or an afternoon with friends and family.
Our recommendations for the best high-end restaurants:
Rosa Negra is a luxurious restaurant is ideally located in the Hotel Zone of Tulum. Its eclectic menu pays homage to México, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Perú and will change your perception of Latin cuisine.
Rosa Negra, Zona Hotelera KM 7.5, 77503 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
+52 1 984 205 7491
Mi Amor Restaurant
This beachfront restaurant has an international and contemporary menu. With mind-blowing architecture and style Mi Amor welcoming place for people from all over the globe.
Led by Chef César Castañeda, alongside 6 talented chefs, NU Tulum demonstrates a devotion to the origin, culture, and coexistence of Pre-hispanic and the Colonial eras. What you experience is a set of dishes that have entirely their own style.
+52 1 55 8060 2747
Next on our Guide to Tulum is the Best beaches:
Tulum is known for its white sandy beaches and turquoise water and certainly made the list of Best Beaches in Mexico. Check out our picks for the best beaches in Tulum.
Also known as Paradise Beach in English, this magical setting is probably one of the most popular destinations amongst Tulum’s visitors. It has fabulous stretch of white sand surrounded by palm trees, clear waters, and a few cliffs. Perfect for sunbathing, finding a beautiful beachfront restaurant, and having sunset walks.
Las Palmas Beach
A bit more secluded than Playa Paraíso, Las Palmas Beach benefits from fewer tourists, fewer beach vendors, and more virgin beach territory to explore.
Secret Beach (at Sian Ka’an Reserve)
Secret Beach lives up to its name without a doubt. It is certainly off the beaten path and far away from the tourist crowds.
And now for the Nightlife:
Papaya Playa Project
This beachfront club is a world-class music hub that has hosted many well-known DJ’s from the underground electronic music scene. In addition, it is usually venue for the various Tulum’s music festivals that happen all-year-round.
PPP, Km 4.5 Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum, Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico
+52 1 984 871 1160
Best for: underground music lovers
Todos Santos is a bar that honours its namesake town in Baja California. Likewise, this bar in the heart of Tulum also pays homage to the laid-back and relaxed ambiance that rules in Baja and in the Tulum area.
Todos Santos, Av. Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
+52 984 211 0760
Best for: Casual weekday and weekend bar reunions
Pasito Tun Tun
Finally on our list is Pasito Tun Tun which is a local favourite because of its extensive mezcal and beers offering. Its bohemian decor makes it one of the best places to chill with friends while you stay in Tulum.
Pasito Tun Tun, Calle Centauro Sur 249, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
+52 984 688 8550
Best for: Craft mezcal tasting, casual evenings with friends, and snacking.
In conclusion, that’s our roundup of the best hotels, restaurants, beaches and nightlife for any budget. We hope you’ve enjoyed it and wold love to see your travel pics and recommendations. Don’t forget to tag us with #granluchito.