Things to do in Tulum
Tulum was such an easy town to navigate. You can walk the length of the beach or ride bikes down the main street of the Hotel Zone, and of course, taxis are readily available to take you to the many great restaurants and fun attractions in the area. I think the most we paid for a taxi in Tulum was about 160 pesos (about $8) and about 60 pesos (about $3) within the Hotel Zone.
We loved staying in Tulum because we were so close to all of the great restaurants, beach clubs, shops and activities. I have included a basic travel guide below to help you plan your next visit!
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- Tulum Ruins - Go early and you will have it all to yourself. You can read my full guide about visiting the ruins here.
- Cenote Cristal and Escondido - For the best chance of having a cenote all to yourself, read my full guide here.
- Gran Cenote - This cenote is in a cave. It costs about $10 to enter with locker rentals available, as well.
- Cenote Dos Ojos - Probably the most popular cenote in Tulum, prices will vary depending on if you book a tour and rent gear.
- Cenote Sac Atun - A beautiful and less crowded cenote with several open and closed caves to explore. A tour is a required though, which will cost around $40. You can rent an underwater camera as well!
- Day Trips
- Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik Kil - About two hours from Tulum, this day trip is worth it to see one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and one of the most beautiful cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula!
- Sian Ka'an - This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is beautiful place to see plenty of wildlife including sea turtles and dolphins. Tours typically include a leisurely lagoon boat ride followed by snorkeling at a reef. The Muyil Ruins onsite are also worth exploring.
- Shopping- There are so many cute boutiques along the main road in the Hotel Zone in Tulum. From the Instagram worthy display fronts to the bohemian chic beach styles, including well known labels, you'll be sure to find something fun to spend those pesos on
- Josa Tulum - This open air boutique is your source for chic, flowy kaftans and dresses inspired by the carefree lifestyle of the Tulum based designers.
- KM33 - This boutique sources some beautiful accessories from Latin American designers
- Hoki Poki Pana - This trendy boutique features styles from designers like Lisa Marie Fernandez, as well as, trendy resort wear styles and accessories from local designers.
- Ziggy Beach- Okay, do me a favor and just eat every meal here. Start with the cinnamon, pineapple and cardamom horchata with the chilaquiles for breakfast, followed by the fish tacos, your choice of ceviche, and guacamole in molcajete with a spicy Mezcal margarita for lunch. Finally, enjoy a sunset dinner of the Grilled Grouper Al Pastor marinated in bitter orange and plated with grilled pineapple while being serenaded by relaxing live music. Seriously, I do not have the vocabulary of a food critic, but the flavors, plating, and texture of everything I ate here was incredible!
- Frescos- The Beach Tulum's health food restaurant offering fresh smoothies and juices, avocado toast, and overnight oats with quinoa.
- Encantada - This place is a hidden gem, tucked inside one of the nicest boutique hotels in Tulum. The restaurant offers an intimate ambience set to romantic live music, and the staff was so incredibly sweet and accommodating. I highly recommend the Cochinita Pibil Tacos!
- Casa Violeta - A beautiful ocean view, the freshest ingredients, and the perfect blend of your favorite Mexican and Italian dishes. We loved this boutique hotel and restaurant! You can dine in the restaurant or enjoy a great cocktail in a hammock on the beach.
- Matcha Mama - We were biking in Tulum at midday and the heat began to get the best of me. We saw Matcha Mama's adorable drink stand just in time. Enjoy vegan ice cream, coconut acai bowls, or iced lattes from the swing bar.
- Raw Love Cafe - If you love beautiful smoothie bowls, then this is the place for you. The cafe offers a full menu of health foods and hippie inspired decor set in the shaded grounds of Ahau Tulum.
- Notable mentions we did not have a chance to try -
- Taqueria Honorio and Burrito Amor are both beloved Mexican restaurants in the main Tulum town (not in the Hotel Zone) which attract locals and tourists alike.
- Posada Margherita - In case you get tired of Mexican food, this Italian restaurant was recommended to me by so many people!
- Rosa Negra - Gorgeous interiors paired with a blended menu of Latin American dishes.
- Ziggy Beach - The Beach Tulum's hotel beach club is open 9AM to sunset and costs $30 USD to enter. The fish tacos, guacamole, and drinks were the best we had in Tulum. A mix of plush loungers and dining tables make it one of the classier beach clubs.
Coco Tulum - As one reviewer stated, this beach club is where twenty somethings go to take their Instagram photos. White decor includes plenty of hammocks and beach swings while a DJ plays club music throughout the day. Entry is $25 per person.
- Nomade Tulum - This trendy yogi resort has a great beach club with really nice cabanas and beach chairs. However, it is only available to non-guests for an undisclosed minimum consumption when the hotel is not full. You can always visit the beachfront sea grill La Popular for lunch, dinner or drinks and pretty much anyone can wander their instagram friendly grounds. Just beware the scent of constant fumigating.