Hey guys! Alex and I just got back from our vacation to Tulum and I’m planning the next one already! This was a special trip for us because it’s our last trip together before we get married! We both really needed this little getaway and I’m so happy we went with Tulum. Tulum has beautiful beaches, Mayan ruins, cenotes, and most importantly delicious food and drinks! I wanted to share a travel guide to help you plan your next trip to this beautiful beach town.
How To Get There
Tulum doesn’t have an airport, so you’ll have to fly into Cancun Airport and take a shuttle bus, taxi, or public transportation. The drive from the airport to Tulum is around 1:30.
Things To Know
- Pesos are the main currency but they do accept US dollars in most places.
- Most locals speak English but make sure to brush up on your Spanish.
- There is no Uber in Tulum but it’s easy to flag down a taxi. If you are staying in downtown Tulum a taxi will cost you between 200-250 pesos to get to Tulum Beach.
Where to Stay
When planning your trip it’s important for you to know that most of the pictures you see are taken in Tulum Beach. Here you will find the most beautiful stretch of white sand beach, chic seaside restaurants, cute coffee shops, stunning hotels, and high-end shops. This is also the most expensive area to in Tulum, which means you have to book way in advance.
If you don’t mind a 10-15 min cab ride I suggest you stay on Av. Coba. Here you will find Villas, upscale boutique hotels, and condos. The beach is also private but it’s along a rockier stretch of beach. A cab ride will run you 400 pesos (500-600 in the evening) but you can always bargain with the taxi drivers.
What To Do
Lounge By The Beach
If you aren’t staying on the strip, don’t worry; you can access it through one of the hotels or beach clubs. We spent the day at Coco Tulum, they only ask a minimum consumption of $50 per person and it’s cash only. Great music, delicious drinks, white sand beaches, what’s not to love!
Sunset Experience at Azulik
Kin Toh is where you’ll find those nest-like tables at the roof and hanging nets. The sunset was beautiful and the property is so unique! It opens at 5:00PM so if you want a photo before the sunsets I would go as soon as it opens. There is usually a line already before the restaurant opens. You’ll walk across a cute wooden bridge that leads you to some spectacular views. Drinks are around $15-20 bucks and the entrance fee is $50 USD but it includes a drink.
You have to check out the Mayan ruins when you are visiting Tulum. The ruins sit on cliffs overlooking the sea! Go early in the morning to avoid the midday heat and the huge crowds.
Where To Eat
Tunich– delicious coffee, amazing fish tacos, and they offer great options if you are vegetarian or vegan. They offer happy hour from 3-5 pm and everything is made with fresh to order.
La Popular @ Nomade – La Popular is one of two restaurants at the Nomade hotel, set right along the beach. The property is gorgeous! You can sit at one of their low coffee tables on cushy pillows and carpets or a proper table. You must try their ceviche (amazing) and their grilled seafood was amazing.
Photo taken by Casa Malca
Philosophy @ Casa Malca – This place was beautiful and the décor is very unique and artistic. Perfect for a romantic dinner with your honey or also with friends. The drinks and food were delicious, especially their mezcal cocktails. We tried the pizza and had some seafood dishes.
Other recommendations: Raw Love, Posada Margherita, Matcha Matcha, Hartwood
Gitano– if you like hand crafted cocktails and mezcal this is the place for you! The vibe here is very laid-back, head to their outdoor seating area and enjoy some live music on Saturday nights.
Mateo– It’s a great place for lunch and dinner. They offer live music on Sunday nights on their terrace and offer happy hour from 5-7 pm.
Rosa Negra– We didn’t eat here but the food looked amazing! It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the in-house DJ mixing the latest hits and chill step music with a cocktail in hand.
Other recommendations: if you want to party on the beach head over to Papaya Playa Project on Saturday nights.
Tulum is such a special place, we honestly can’t wait to go back! I hope this helps you when planning your trip to this beautiful beach town.
Thanks for stopping by! Xo, B!