Traveling to Latin America: 15 Things You Need To Know

Cayo Cangrejo, Providencia

If you’re considering a trip to Latin America in 2023, but struggling to plan your vacation, we understand. This guide will help you decide where to go in Latin America, how to plan your vacation and what to bring and do once you’re here. Read on for our Guide to an Unforgettable Latin America vacation!

Latin America is high on many people’s travel wishlists, and for good reason. The region is popular for its stunning mountain ranges, exotic rainforests, sun-soaked beaches, biodiversity and cultural diversity. It’s also very affordable, whether you’re looking for luxury or a more rustic vacation.

Deciding where to go on vacation in Latin America

Latin America is huge with nearly 20 countries to choose from! We may be biased, but the numbers don’t lie – in the last year, both Mexico and Colombia were two of the most popular countries to visit in Latin America. No matter where you go in Mexico and Colombia, you’ll find a fascinating mix of modern and traditional cultures, awe-inspiring nature and biodiversity, bustling nightlife, world-class cuisine, and the ruins of ancient civilizations.

Planning a trip to Colombia or Mexico

Both Colombia and Mexico are easily accessible by plane from both the US and Europe. You’ll often find good deals if you’re flying from Miami, New York, Milan or Amsterdam. Given their location within the tropics, you’ll find the weather is affected more by the altitude of your chosen destination than the time of year you decide to visit. But be aware that hurricane season hits Mexico in October, so it’s best to avoid that month for your vacation.

Preparing for your Latin America vacation

Barranquilla, Colombia

Colombia and Mexico are both exciting, seductive countries, but some first-time visitors might feel overwhelmed by the demands of the culture and climate. It’s quite different to the USA or Europe. Whether you decide to head to Colombia, Mexico, or another Latin American country, here are a few tips to make the most of your trip to this enchanting region. Follow this guide to learn about the do’s and don’ts of planning, packing, and traveling in Latin America!


1. Be Informed

Before planning your vacation in Latin America, it’s a good idea to research not only where to visit, but what to expect in each place. Videos, blogs and social media cover a lot of ground, so you know what to pack, what to leave at home, and what risks you might find in each place.

Learn about the safety of the places you’d like to visit. Mexico and Colombia have areas frequently travelled by tourists and areas best avoided. Take a little time to understand which areas (especially of cities) are safe to be in day by night. Understanding the risk of petty theft, food poisoning, or mosquito-borne illnesses will help you make informed decisions throughout your travels.

2. Don’t Over-Travel

Every country in Latin America is unique. From Mexico to Argentina, you’ll find vast differences in culture, art, cuisine, climate, and nature. While it can be tempting to visit as many countries as you can, you may find that you’ll enjoy your adventure more if you cover a little less distance.

Travelling slowly through one country or visiting 2 or 3 regions for a few days each will help you adapt to a different pace of life and more deeply experience what a country has to offer. If you only have a long weekend or a week for a vacation, slim it down to just the highlights or maybe just one city or region. If you love it, you can always come back!

3. Get Vaccinated

Well before your visit, check in with your doctor to make sure your vaccinations line up with current travel health requirements. Also check what proof you might need in order to reduce problems arriving in your chosen destination.

4. Learn Some Spanish or Portuguese

While many people in Latin America speak some English, it can be helpful to know some common Spanish or Portuguese phrases, especially if you will be traveling through smaller villages. Even knowing a few key phrases such as “thank you” or “please” can help your journey go a little more smoothly!

If you don’t have time or need some extra help, hire a concierge service like Two Travel (our whole team is bilingual!) or invest in a translator or bilingual driver who’s a local. They’ll open up your eyes to a more enjoyable experience and reduce the hassle you may experience in some areas.

5. Understand the Local Currency

Almost every independent country has its own currency, which all have different exchange rates. It’s a good idea to be familiar with the currencies and rates before you travel. Even more useful is knowing the going rates for taxis, drinks, meals etc. Knowing what locals and expats typically pay means you’ll be less likely to get caught out with “a gringo price”.

Know what payment methods are accepted wherever you’re going. In both Mexico and Colombia, you’ll find ATMs in towns and cities, and cards are accepted in bars, restaurants and supermarkets. Always choose to pay by card in local currency (your bank will work out the conversion fee and 99 times out of 100, your bank will give you the best rate).

Don’t forget to bring some cash though. Always take money out in the daytime from a secure ATM location – supermarkets are some of the best places to do this. There are plenty of places where it’s advantageous to pay in cash, and if you’re walking on the street, always have a few small notes within easy reach, just in case.

6. Be Mindful of the Weather

If you’re travelling anywhere between the tropics, know that it’s hot whenever you’re close to sea level. It’s the altitude that makes the difference to temperature in this area, and the seasons are more simply “dry” or “rainy”. Avoid Mexico in October as it’s hurricane season. In Colombia, there are no hurricanes, but the rainy season can sometimes disrupt plans, especially if travelling by road.

If you’re travelling to the far south of Latin America for your vacation from anywhere in the northern hemisphere, be prepared for a climate shift! The seasons are opposite to those in the north with peak temperatures in December and January and colder weather in July and August.

Always check what to expect before you pack.


7. What to Wear

Between exploring the beautiful adventure sport destinations, enjoying sunny beaches, and sampling tantalizing South American cuisine, you may quickly find your suitcase overflowing with outfits! Think about where you’re going and what type of vacation you’re taking.

If you’re heading for a city break and booking Michelin star restaurants, bring your cab shoes and dress up (just check the weather first!). If you’re searching out the road less travelled, the more casual, practical and low key the better. You don’t want to look like a rich fish out of water. If it’s hot, make sure to pack natural fibres – Colombia, Mexico and anywhere in the tropics can be quite humid. If you’re heading up to altitude, make sure to have a hat and shades – the sun can be brutal closer to the Equator.

And if you forget anything, don’t worry. If you’re on the tourist trail, there will be a shop selling you what you need. And if you’re in a big city, some of the boutiques are incredible – keep a little space in your suitcase and make sure to have a day for some shopping.

7. Leave Valuables Behind

Many regions of Latin America are very safe and the majority of Latin Americans are warm and will welcome you to their town or city. However, inflation and the pandemic have hit some people hard. Keep in mind that a minimum wage in many places is just $250-300 USD a month, and although prices are lower than the US, it’s not easy to survive on the minimum.

For this reason, some destinations may have a higher risk of theft, and your iPhone can feed a family for months. It’s a good idea to understand where you’ll be each day or night, and dress appropriately – not just for the weather, but so you’re not a target for petty theft. Only carry the cash and card you need, consider a cross-the-body bag if you’re out in the streets, leave expensive jewelry behind, and don’t go waving that iPhone around in areas where it’s not safe to do so.

While on your Vacation in Latin America

8. Whether or Not to Drink the Water

Let’s be honest, no one wants to be sick on vacation, so we recommend you play it safe with water. Many locals will tell you that the tap water is just fine, and for them it may be. But you never know how you might react to a change in water, and if you have a sensitive stomach, take the safe route and use a water filter or buy your water from a supermarket. When it comes to juices and ice, in hotels and restaurants, you should be fine. Be aware of how you feel the first few days, and take it from there.

9. Taxis and Transport

Taxi scams are fairly common in South America, so take precautions to avoid them. Only take licensed cabs, download the local taxi app, or book transportation with your hotel or concierge. Be aware that in some cities, Uber is a grey area, so it may not be as convenient an app as you’re used to. It can also be a good idea to ask the hotel or concierge for a sense of travel time and cost, which will help you gauge whether or not your taxi driver is being honest with you. Outside of the main cities, make sure to connect with a trusted driver, preferably who speaks English, so you can learn more about where you’re travelling.

10. Staying Connected

Many South American countries and communities don’t have reliable infrastructure. Power cuts can be commonplace, especially during bad weather. Most restaurants, bars, villas and hotels will have wifi, but it’s worthwhile getting a local SIM card if you want to be constantly connected. Short-term data plans are very cheap. If you’ve chosen a concierge, local driver or local guide, make sure to download WhatsApp. It’s the most common communications app across Latin America. On the flipside, if you’re heading out on a retreat or wellness vacation, make sure to turn off your phone and enjoy being disconnected for a few days!

11. To Tip or Not To Tip

More likely than not, you’ll receive help from travel guides, translators, boat captains and drivers during your travels. Tipping is a customary part of South American culture and many of the locals support themselves this way. Be sure to offer something to your guides as a thank-you for their help.

In bars, it’s not customary to tip – it’s at your discretion. In hotels and restaurants, the tip will often be included in the bill. 10% is normal and it will almost always go to the waiters, or be divided equally among staff.

12. Getting the Best Photo

There are countless Instagram opportunities while on vacation in Latin America. Like anywhere, going out early will give you the best light and quieter streets or tourist locations. Don’t put yourselves at risk in getting that perfect shot – no climbing to the edges of waterfalls and cliffs, nor filming in risky neighbourhoods. Take advice from locals and you’ll have amazing photos.

13. Street Shopping

Bartering on purchase prices is an expected part of South American culture. Don’t be afraid to give it a try! But always be respectful as you negotiate a price – remember that the salesman will be much more affected by a reduced amount than you will be.

14. Try Local Cuisine

South America offers a wide array of delicious cuisine. Don’t be afraid to try out the street food, where you can experience authentic local favorites. Follow the crowd, and your nose, to find the best places. Food poisoning is common in parts of South America, so be alert to make sure all your dishes look and smell right before enjoying.

15. Tours and Trips

You’ll find plenty of tours and trips to book on Google, as well as walking the streets in any tourist town. Always compare prices if you can, or talk to a local or your concierge, who will be happy to find you the experience that you’re looking for.

If you’re planning a trip to Colombia or Mexico, our Concierge team can help you get the best from your trip, arranging accommodation, tours, reservations and unique experiences. Our local teams know all the hottest spots – whatever kind of Latin America vacation you’re looking for.

Get in touch and we look forward to seeing you on your next vacation!

The Best Sunsets & Instagram spots in Tulum

Tulum beach at sunset
Tulum beach at sunset

Tulum’s Best Sunset Spots

There is no better way to end the day in Tulum than to watch the golden sun sink into the Tulum jungle. Tulum faces east, so the only way to watch the sunset is to put yourself high above the jungle that stretches to the West. Gather at the coolest places in Tulum to watch shades of bright cerise pink and burnt orange spread across the sky as the sun sets.

Read on for Two Travel’s best Tulum Instagram sunset spots picture perfect for your Instagram feed!

Mateo’s Mexican Grill and Bar

Watch the sunset at the incredible sunset spot of Mateo’s Mexican grill and bar, located at the south end of Tulum Beach Road. Mateo’s has its very own sunset lounge built high above the treetops. Head to the two-level platform with hammocks, squishy sofas, and cosy nooks, including yummy food and fruity tequilas, live music, great service and an electric atmosphere.

Ciel Rose

If you are looking for 360º views of Tulum, plus amazing food and drinks with the bonus of a spectacular sunset, you’ve found it… welcome to Ciel Rosé translated as ‘pink sky’. As you are dazzled by the glorious Mexican sunset, be sure to try the pulpo (octopus), tuna ceviche tostada, washed down with a punchy margarita, and a side of zesty guacamole.

Enjoy the most spectacular sunsets in Tulum at Ciel Rose, the cosy top of the Mayan Jungle just a few steps from the beach. Located in the back of Puro Corazón restaurant, you can literally climb a stairway to the sky to spend a memorable evening with family and friends.


Azulik in Tulum

Welcome to the luxurious tree house for adults, an eco-friendly hotel with a boho lux design. For evening drinks, move to the upper floor bar where the Alice In Wonderland world awaits. A maze of handmade wooden paths twist and turn in between the treetops. Push your way through wooden hobbit style doors that open up to rooms finished with polished concrete floors and walls. Step outside into the jungle and sit in the huge ‘bird’s’ nest filled with cushions: the perfect place to gaze at the Mexican sunset, cocktail in hand.

Azulik is located between the Mayan jungle and the beautiful turquoise waters of Tulum, this place will literally take your breath away from the moment you arrive.

It’s a unique, but expensive expensive like no other in Tulum, and we highly recommend sunset drinks here. This hotel is popular and booking is always recommended to avoid disappointment. Two Travel can help you with that ,-)

Tulum’s Daytime Instagram Hotspots

Make sure you don’t miss any of these daytime Instagram hotspots in Tulum. Read on for Two Travel’s top recommendations. We recommend arriving by 7-7:30AM to avoid the crowds.

Follow that Dream, Tulum
Follow that Dream in Tulum

Follow that Dream sign

It’s safe to say that this is easily one of the most Instagrammable places in Tulum. There is something about this random sign on the side of the road that just screams Instagram. The Follow That Dream sign is located on the Tulum Beach Road, just in front of Lolita boutique.

Ahau Tulum

Ahau Tulum is a hotel in Tulum that has the most stunning hotel entrance, a piece of art from Daniel Popper. It is a wooden sculpture of a woman who also created the beautiful and equally instagrammable structure Ven a la Luz.

Tulum Ahau

Ven a la Luz (Ahau)

Probably the most famous and popular Instagram hotspot judging by the crazy long line of girls perfecting their pose ready for their turn. A spectacular 10-meter-tall sculpture made with steel, wood, rope and greenery. Commissioned for the first Art with Me event in Tulum in 2018, the event was created to raise awareness of the sensitive ecosystem of Tulum and symbolizes our deep connection with nature. It was designed as the entrance into the pavilion area of the festival and in 2019, it was decided that the structure would be a permanent feature to the entrance of the hotel, AHAU Tulum.

Matcha Mama

Matcha Mama is one of the great places to visit in Tulum, not to mention one of the best Instagram spots. This roadside stand serves some of the best acai bowls in Tulum, topped with lots of berries and granola. Relax on the swing with your iced matcha for the perfect shot!

Casa Malca Swing

Casa Malca swing in Tulum

Casa Malca is a mansion previously owned by Pablo Escobar. For a classic Instagram shot, you will find the very unusual sight of a swinging sofa hanging from the ceiling located in the “lobby” of the now hotel.

Be prepared to pay for the privilege, $25 USD or buy a fancy cocktail to add to the experience.

Selina Tulum

Another instagrammable hotel entrance is the entrance to Selina Tulum. It is just a couple steps away from the other Instagram famous spots in Tulum and it’s a great place to take a photo. The circular wooden design is a great photo opportunity to snap it up and add it to your Instagram grid!

Vagalume Beach club

The most instagrammable place at Vagalume Hotel, is the wooden bridge over the outdoor pool. Why so special you ask? The bridge is held by 2 giant concrete hand structures. The bridge leads from the indoor area to the beach and has a beautiful ocean view, making for a great photo spot. The unique design and beach access attracts many tourists! A mix of Bali and Morrocon design, you will find cosy areas adorned with patterned rugs and wooden macramé’s.

I scream Bar

For the best vegan ice cream make a stop here at the ‘I scream bar’, directly opposite the Vagalume beach club. You can’t miss it with the turquoise tuk-tuk that serves as an ice cream van and the upside down cars that hang in the air above the bar.

If you enjoyed these recommendations, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for more inspiration for your next trip to Tulum or Cartagena. And get in touch if you need help in building your journey.

2022 Things to Do in Tulum

Tulum cenote

You may think that Tulum is all about lazing the day away on sumptuous beach loungers sipping mezcal margaritas, floating in the Caribbean turquoise waters, or eating gourmet lunches in quirky little eateries. And YES, you would be right to think that, because it is absolutely all about that.

However, Tulum offers so much choice, it can be difficult to decide which places work best for you. So to help, we’ve selected our Top Six options for things to do in Tulum.

Two Travel can offer a wide variety of customised excursions set up exclusively for your group. From cultural experiences to active adventures and everything in between. Whether you’re celebrating a bachelorette, a wedding, or a family vacation, we help create incredible experiences and unforgettable moments.

Don’t miss out! Here are some of our favorite things to do in Tulum.

Take a dip in a Cenote

Cenote hole in Tulum

A cenote is a magical, deep freshwater pool fed by underground springs, and they are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Many cenotes open up into vast underwater worlds, filled with tunnels and lagoons. Cenotes are number one on many people´s must see list while in Tulum and for good reason! If you’re travelling independently, the cenotes are usually open between 8am and 5pm, and some charge an entrance fee.

Take a look at our cenote tour.

Cenote Dos Ojos

Cenote Dos Ojos, translated as “Two Eyes Pool” because it’s formed by two neighbouring circular cenotes, is the most photographed in Tulum. It’s easy to see why, as the sun beams glisten over the rock formations and transform the water into an aquamarine paradise. This place is also popular with divers due to the world’s longest underground water cave, so grab your snorkel and your GoPro, this is one not to miss!

2. The hottest beach clubs in Tulum

As soon as you arrive in Tulum you´ll want to hit the beach clubs. With so many to choose from, where do you start? The beach clubs in Tulum are split across the Beach road and the Hotel road and they range from rustic chic to luxury.

Here are our top three recommendations for beach clubs in Tulum.

Casa Malca

For pure opulence and a touch of the bizarre, head to Casa Malca, which once upon a time was one of Pablo Escobar´s homes. Now transformed into a boutique hotel, art sculptures and abstract pieces fill every corner. The draped fabrics, swinging sofas and armchairs dotted around make the perfect backdrop for a photo, before you take the winding staircase to the rooftop for incredible 360 views. For non-residents of the hotel, a day pass is available, so don’t worry, you’ll be able to enjoy beautiful grilled seafood lunch with a crisp rosé – the perfect combination.


A relatively new member on the beach club scene, Cinco opened its doors in August 2020. Here you’ll find a rustic laid back beach club full of bohemian charm. Located on the beach road in a quieter part of Tulum, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing beach day with friends and family. With a help yourself beer cooler, sorbet stand and swinging hammocks, plus glamping tepees for an overnight stay, what’s not to love about this beach club!

Papaya Playa Project

Surrounded by beautiful, lush green jungle, Papaya Playa Project is a luxurious eco-friendly beach club in the very heart of Tulum. With guest DJs and beautiful people draped across sun loungers, this is the place to be if you want to party into the night.

3. Rent a yacht or catamaran and explore Tulum by boat

Boat Rental in Tulum

For an unforgettable day out with family and friends, jump on board your very own private yacht or catamaran. There is no better way to explore the area. Spend the day gliding across crystal clear waters and visit some of the most extraordinary beaches and sights in the Mayan Riviera.

Your boat will take you to the best places to swim and snorkel amongst tropical marine life, and if you’re lucky, you may spot sea turtles or dolphins bobbing in and out of the water alongside you. Take in the sights and enjoy an open bar, as well as gourmet lunch, freshly prepared by our chef. For added luxury, choose an onboard DJ and your very own photographer!

4. Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve

Get away from the hustle and bustle of central Tulum and step into the natural beauty of the Sian Ka’an nature reserve, which translates as “Origin of the Sky”. To negotiate the bumpy ride, a 4 wheel drive is essential. Deep in the jungle, with only the sounds of jungle birds and the rustle of a lizard at your feet, fun and adventure awaits!

Walk along the pontoon to your private lagoon boat, perfect for couples, families or large groups of friends. Cruise through the lagoons where the sea water meets with freshwater and you may even see a manatee, as wild birds swoop overhead. For added fun, pop on your life jacket, jump in and let the current gently pull you through the mangrove lined waterways.

After the lagoon tour, explore the gorgeous secluded beaches. The Sian Ka’an is completely untouched, and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Think white powdery sand and crystalline turquoise waters as far as the eye can see. As the sun sets, your food and drinks platter is served on the beach, brimming with fresh fruit, pastries, pasta salads and fresh juices, maybe even a bottle of fizz for that special occasion.

5. Spa and Detox Day in Tulum

Woman with a smoothie

Your vacation is all about balance. Too many midnight tacos might have you and your BFFs craving a detox. Rejuvenate your mind and body with a sensual spa day at the luxurious Yaan Healing Sanctuary spa in the hotel zone.

Here you’ll find a healing water circuit, with warm and cool massage pools, sauna, steam room and marble stone hammam. The spa uses natural waters from the crystalline springs of the Yucatan’s natural cenotes. Expect offerings of delicate herbal teas, made from herbs freshly harvested from the rooftop garden, followed by a natural scrub to stimulate your senses, and that’s just for starters.

Two Travel can help arrange unique spa experiences that will purify and cleanse your body, mind and soul. Choose from many different treatments including reiki, sound healing and traditional Mayan massages.

6. Tulum Cenote Adventure by zip line and ATV

For the adrenalin junkies, this activity is for you! Glide through the jungle on a zipline, ride an ATV through dense jungle before jumping into cool cenotes and crystal-clear waters. Experience the top adrenaline sports of the Riviera Maya on a trip that combines off-roading, ziplining, and snorkelling in a cenote.

These are just some of our top recommendations for your trip to Tulum. You can find more experiences here, or get in touch with details of the kind of vacation you’re looking for, and we’ll help you craft your dream trip to Tulum.

Tulum’s Nightlife and Party Hotspots

Women dancing

Tulum isn’t just about beautiful beaches, yoga and matcha lattes. It’s also home to some of the hottest music events in the world and people travel from far and wide to enjoy Tulum’s nightlife.

Tulum is renowned worldwide for its nightlife and party scene. It’s slightly more upmarket than its neighboring towns of Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Art installations and trancey electronic beats echo the Burning Man Festival: a hipster’s dream.

As the sun sets, hips sway to the beat, chiselled jaws and toned midriffs at every glance, as the Tulumaniti come out to play. Leave your heels behind sister, grab your fedora and slide your best flats on, Tulum always delivers.

Read on to find out why Tulum’s nightlife is the place to party this year!

Who are the Tuluminati?

Tulum ati

Well, at first glance the Tuluminati seem to be an elite group of aesthetically pleasing people who come from an exclusive gene pool, almost like a private members club! They live, travel, blog and pose for Instagram. They float around barefooted, and scantily clad, riding their bicycles sipping a spirulina juice. However, you have to admire them, as they have chosen one of the most beautiful places in the world to live.

Tulum’s nightlife and party scene

The nightlife in Tulum is lively! Whether you’re on the hunt for a relaxed jungle vibe, or are looking to dance the night away, the nightlife in Tulum can take you from a laid-back bar with a mariachi band to a dance party on the beach under a full moon and shooting stars.

COVID-19: at the time of writing, precautions such as mask wearing were in place for venues and at times, closing times can vary depending on the current risk. Please contact us if you want advice on the current situation.

Chill out Bars

Begin the evening at one of these chill rooftops where you can enjoy dinner along with a drink or two (some spots have great happy hour specials). Most bars have live music or DJ sets starting from 10 pm till late.

Tulum night life party cocktail

Naná Rooftop Bar in Tulum town is a great bar to start your evening. Choose one of many mezcals from different regions of Mexico, or select a cocktail prepared with fresh juice, fruits, and herbs. The atmosphere is sophisticated, yet casual. Expect underground electronic and house music.

Batey Mojito & Guarapo Bar is located in the heart of Tulum town. Be sure to spot the converted VW beetle which is used to press sugarcane to add to mojitos. Expect unusual flavours like a dragon fruit martini or a lemon and rosemary gin.

Pasito Tun Tun. For a relaxed pace, join friends in the garden patio and listen to live bands.

Santino Bar Tulum. If you are a fan of reggae, head here and join the locals.

Boujee Bars

Tulum party boujee bar

La Zebra Hotel is located in the hotel zone on the beach. It’s a classy restaurant with a sexy mezcal bar in the back, and hosts live DJ nights with a cool, bohemian vibe. Expect bespoke cocktails and authentic cuisine. There’s live music on Friday afternoons, and salsa dancing on Sundays.

Casa Jaguar is a fashionable Caribbean restaurant with an open-air jungle setting. One of the original restaurants to hit the Tulum nightlife scene with amazing food and an even better ambience on days with live music. Their signature Thursdays are still the hot spot to be! Local and international DJs set the tone with electro and house tracks.

Gitano is the place to be on Friday nights for all-night drinking and dancing under a jungle canopy.

IT restaurant – mentioned in our Best Restaurants in Tulum, ‘IT’ is also famous for its wild parties. Taking inspiration from their sister restaurants in Ibiza and London, enjoy dinner and dancing while some of the biggest DJs in the world take to the decks.

For queue jumps, Tulum nightlife reservations and VIP tables to the latest party hot spots, Two Travel can assist you with all your party needs! Get in touch to Build your journey.

The Best Restaurants in Tulum

The Best Restaurants in Tulum

Tulum is a small town in the Yucatan peninsula, surrounded by the jungle, nestled into the Caribbean coastline of Mexico. Famous for its idyllic white sandy beaches lapped by warm turquoise Caribbean waters, and its bohemian chic style.

Tulum is also a foodie’s paradise and is crammed full of restaurants offering flavors from all over the world. From budget to fine dining and everything in between, whatever you’re craving, Tulum has it all!

Tulum’s restaurants are split across 3 areas – downtown Tulum, the beach road and the hotel road. Expect to pay $1-$2 for street food in downtown Tulum, $6-$8 for a classic cocktail, and for dinner in the luxury area of the hotel zone, expect to pay around $100 per person.

And don’t forget to tip – it is part of the custom in Tulum, and 10% – 15% is the standard rate. Tipping is accepted in pesos or dollars.

As part of your Concierge Service with Two Travel, we can help you choose the best restaurants in Tulum, whatever the occasion. And you can count on us to get you the best table in the house and make any special arrangements you need.

Here are just three of Two Travel’s recommendations for fantastic eateries to get you started on your culinary journey in Tulum.

Must eat tacos – Taqueria Honorio

Street food tacos – eat like a local!

Tulum offers many international flavours, but the taste of real Mexico can still be found, and Mexican traditions are still very much alive in the backstreets of Tulum.

Taqueria Honorio

For a no-frills street food with dine-in option, be sure to try the bustling Taqueria Honorio, the oldest street vendor in Tulum with to-die-for tacos. The preparation that goes into cooking the meat is quite amazing.

The conchinita pil pil and lechon honduros which translates as suckling pig is marinated in oranges and spices which are buried in a fire pit underground and slowly cooked for 12 hours. Each morning at 5am they collect the meat from the ground ready to serve to hungry locals and tourists alike.

The menu is packed full of authentic delights – fresh homemade tortillas filled with stewed meats, chopped red onion and cilantro, and if you’re brave enough, add lashings of super-hot habanero chilli sauce and a squeeze of lime. Pair it with a Mexican ice-cold coke and you’re good to go!

For $1 -$2 there really is no excuse not to rub shoulders with the locals and try the real culinary delights of Mexico. Taqueria Honorio can be found on Avenida Satelite Sur on the north side of the street between Calle Andromeda and Calle Sol.

Good Burger, Tulum

More than just a burger bar.

Bonkers about burgers? Well, this is the meat feast you should not miss! Aesthetically pleasing to the eye, this restaurant is all concrete polished floors, hand woven wooden décor, moon crescent shaped booths and lush green plants.


Good Burger, Tulum

A classic juicy steak burger, oozing with cheddar cheese, crunchy lettuce, tomato and a few sliced pickles is always our first choice. However, this place, of course, offers all the fillings, including maple flavoured bacon, Oaxaca guacamole and German sauerkraut topped burgers, in homemade brioche buns. Be sure to choose a side of crunchy well-seasoned fries which do not disappoint, accompanied with an array of dunkable dips, such as, siracha lemon mayo, chipotle aioli, chilli jam and truffle mayo. Wash it all down with a punchy pineapple margarita or an ice-cold beer with a wedge of lime. Simply delicious!

Expect to pay $15-$20 for a burger with a side and around $5 for a beer and $8 for a cocktail.

Day to Night

More than just a restaurant, Good Burger has three floors to explore. On the second floor, you’ll find the lounge bar. Enjoy a fragrant mint shisha with friends or boogie to a selection of funky beats and experience some cocktail wizardry.

With live music until 1am on Fridays, don’t forget to reserve a private air balloon shaped booth on the rooftop to take in the night time views and sounds of downtown Tulum below, as you get tipsy on tequila.

The Good Burger can be found on the main road in Tulum near the corner of Avenida Satelite. Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Reservations are recommended for the rooftop as the booths tend to fill up quickly around sunset.

More than just a restaurant, Good Burger has three floors to explore. On the second floor, you’ll find the lounge bar. Enjoy a fragrant mint shisha with friends or boogie to a selection of funky beats and experience some cocktail wizardry.

With live music until 1am on Fridays, don’t forget to reserve a private air balloon shaped booth on the rooftop to take in the night time views and sounds of downtown Tulum below, as you get tipsy on tequila.

The Good Burger can be found on the main road in Tulum near the corner of Avenida Satelite. Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Reservations are recommended for the rooftop as the booths tend to fill up quickly around sunset.

IT Tulum

Michelin Star Mediterranean menu for that special occasion.

For fine dining in Tulum, the choice is endless, but we highly recommend IT Tulum for a super special night out. Head to the famous Hotel road, where you’ll be dazzled by candle lights, and the sweet smell of copal incense – Tulum’s signature scent.

IT Tulum

IT Tulum is an Italian inspired restaurant, whose fine dining concept began on the Mediterranean shores of the Balearic island, Ibiza. Tucked away in the jungle, this enchanting restaurant can now be found in Tulum – perfect for a special occasion!

Featuring a creative Mediterranean menu, designed by the two MICHELIN-Starred chef, Nino Di Costanzo, discover incredible Italian classics combined with a Mexican twist – cured meats, mozzarella and pesto tacos, Spaghetti ai pomodori, lamb chops with eggplant and olives or Risotto alla carbonara.

IT Tulum is open from 7pm – 1am and as with all restaurants on the hotel road, it is advisable to always book a table in advance. Two Travel can help you get the best table for your special night or event.

For more recommendations or to build a full itinerary for your Tulum trip or vacation,
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The 10 Best Tulum Beaches

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If you’re yearning for a slice of tropical paradise, the bohemian beach town of Tulum in Mexico may well be the answer to your vacation daydreams. This Caribbean coastal stunner is a delicate mix of picture-perfect beaches and thick luscious jungle topped off with a cool boho vibe. Located on the east coast of Mexico, this former fishing village is home to some of the world’s most Instagrammed beaches. So if you’re looking for crystal turquoise waters and sugar-white sand, there are ten miles of exquisite Tulum beaches for you to explore.

Tulum has two main areas: Tulum beach (playa) and Tulum town (pueblo). It’s a 90-minute drive south of perennial spring break favorite — Cancun — and although Tulum’s not as bold and busy as its northern neighbor, your Tulum vacation can be as social or as chill as you please. This idyllic spot enjoys a reputation as a nature lover’s paradise — an eco-chic destination brimming with yoga retreats, organic smoothies, and a burgeoning foodie scene. It’s also known as a music event hot spot, with big-name DJs drawing large crowds to epic jungle raves and full moon parties.

Where to find Tulum’s Top Beaches

Tulum beaches

When it comes to experiencing the natural beauty of Tulum, you can’t go past its breathtaking Caribbean surrounds. Tulum’s beaches stretch for more than 10 miles south of the spectacular Mayan ruins in Tulum National Park to the World Heritage-listed Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. So you’ve got plenty of choices regarding where to stay and where to play along the Tulum coast.

Less development in the north means fewer hotels and beach clubs and easier access to that silky-soft sand. The further south you go, you’ll find luxury accommodation and beach clubs and more of a party vibe.

And although Mexico’s beaches are public by law, many of Tulum’s resorts limit beach access to resort guests. Some beachfront hotels and beach clubs offer daybeds and cabañas for rent, as well as access to the beach if you dine or drink at their restaurant.

The Two Travel team are experts in all that Tulum has to offer, so to whet your appetite for your next visit to Mexico, we’ve put together a guide to Tulum’s 10 Best Beaches.

1. Playa Ruinas

Tulum Playa Ruinas

The spectacular 13th-century Mayan ruins are one of Tulum’s biggest drawcards. These well-preserved structures sit high on a clifftop, overlooking a dazzling beach called Playa Ruinas. This secluded cove is all glistening blue water and powder-white sand and can be accessed via steep steps down from the viewing platform.

Arrive early at the ruins to beat the crowds and the midday sun, and make sure to bring a towel and your swimsuit so that you can cool off in the crystal-clear waters below. The striking contrast of the tropical jungle, dramatic ancient architecture, and baby blue water of the Caribbean makes this one of Mexico’s most photographed locations.

2. Playa Santa Fe

The beautiful white sands of Santa Fe Beach are just a 10-minute walk south of the ruins. Playa Santa Fe is a public access beach, and its long, vast stretch of sand is the perfect spot for a day lazing in the Caribbean sun. You can still see the Mayan ruins from this stunning beach, and there are a handful of beachfront restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat or rent a lounge chair on the sand.

3. Playa Pescadores

The next beach heading south along the Tulum coast is gorgeous Playa Pescadores. This long stretch of sand gets a little busier at times because the local boat tours depart from here; it’s also pet-friendly so expect to see some four-legged friends frolicking in the shallows. Playa Pescadores is the kind of beach where you can just throw a towel down on the sand and spend the day bathing in the calm azure water. If you’re up for some adventure, you can head out on a snorkeling or fishing tour with one of the boats moored offshore, and make sure you sample the freshly caught seafood at one of the local restaurants.

4. Playa Paraíso

Playa Paraíso

Named one of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches, Playa Paraíso (Paradise Beach) is all crystal-clear water and pure white sand. It’s one of Tulum’s most popular beaches and has become an Instagram hotspot, with its famous leaning palm tree taking prime position on influencer feeds.

You’ll find this slice of paradise just over a mile south of the ruins, and although it’s long and wide, it’s best to get there early to secure a good spot on the sand.

Paradise Beach has become popular with daytrippers, and while it’s a public access beach, you can also rent a sunbed and fill up on food and drink at one of the local beach clubs.

5. Playa Las Palmas

The last of the beaches along Tulum beach road’s northern stretch is Playa Las Palmas — one of Tulum’s more secluded places to laze away a sunny day. This public access beach is the perfect spot to settle in for a day of sun, sand and baby blue water, and although it’s less busy than some of the other spots along the Tulum coast, you’ll still encounter local vendors selling their wares. Playa Las Palmas also has an outdoor beach gym resembling the one in Muscle Beach, California!

6. South Playa

South Beach is where you’ll find the majority of Tulum’s luxury hotels and eco-boutique resorts. Most of Tulum’s beach accommodation lines either side of the Tulum beach road, and South Beach is the go-to for open-air clubs and lively beach parties. The Tulum beach strip is brimming with fine dining options located within instagrammable interiors — think sand floors and rustic decor — as well as high-end boutiques stocking bohemian-style fashion, handcrafted accessories, and organic skincare.

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OK, let’s get back to those amazing beaches…

7. Sian Ka’an Biosphere

If you’re dreaming of lazy days on a secluded beach, get off the beaten track and venture into the wilds of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. This UNESCO World Heritage nature reserve is south of Tulum and spans more than one million acres! Home to thousands of species of fauna and flora, Sian Ka’an is tricky to get but worth it. Sian Ka’an boasts an abundance of stunning places to swim — we’re crystal-clear waters with not another soul in sight. There are miles of coastline to explore, and while some of the beaches are rough and rugged, others are protected and serene. The reserve beaches are not like Tulum’s developed areas, so bringing supplies is essential.

8. Soliman Bay

Woman swimming in Tulum

If you head back in the other direction — that’s north of Tulum towards Playa del Carmen — you’ll discover a hidden gem called Soliman Bay. This tranquil tropical hideaway has escaped the development found along other parts of the Riviera Maya, so you won’t find large beachfront hotels and loud bars along this stretch of sand.

But if you’re seeking sunshine and serenity against a tropical backdrop, this pristine piece of paradise is ideal. Soliman Bay is a semi-private gated community, so to gain access to the beach, you’ll need to refuel with an ice-cold drink or some tasty ceviche at one of the small beachfront restaurants.

There’s an outer coral reef that protects the bay’s calm turquoise waters and provides snorkelers with an amazing underwater world full of marine life. Make sure to pack beach shoes or flip-flops to avoid mishaps with broken coral and seashells.

9. Akumal

If you’re a wildlife lover, then a day trip to the town of Akumal is essential. Akumal is known locally as ‘Place of the Turtle,’ and it’s famous for giving visitors the chance to swim with wild sea turtles. It’s a small inlet, about 30 minutes north of central Tulum, that boasts brilliant underwater visibility and warm, calm waters thanks to the surrounding coral reef. As well as the juvenile sea turtles, snorkelers are spoilt with an incredible abundance of marine life, including manta rays, parrotfish, and pufferfish. This popular beach vacation destination was officially founded in 1958 as a scuba diving community and is quite commercialized compared to other beach towns along the Tulum coast.

10. Paamul Beach

For a stripped-back beach experience, travel a little further north towards Playa Del Carmen and make a stop at Paamul Beach. This crescent-shaped bay is less developed than other spots along the Riviera Maya. But what it lacks in beach clubs and facilities, it makes up for with calm blue-turquoise water and plenty of swaying palm trees to protect you from the midday sun. A favorite amongst locals and visitors, Paamul boasts superb snorkeling thanks to the offshore coral reef, and you can indulge in delicious local cuisine and an ice-cold beer at the resident beach restaurant.

Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

For the more adventurous, we can offer exhilarating day trips. Take an ATV into the jungle for a zip lining experience – it’s the best way to see the jungle from above. Hold on tight and explore the rain forest in a whole new way, followed by a short trek to a fantastic cenote for an end of day swim, and an ATV race back to the beach!