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

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.

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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.

Cinco

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.

Where to eat in Mexico City

Where to eat in Mexico City

Two Travel’s 2021 Guide to Mexico City’s Street Food and Top Restaurants

Planning a getaway to Mexico City? The Distrito Federal is the capital city and cultural hub of Mexico, but it’s also one of Latin America’s top destinations for great food!

So if you’re looking for the best places to eat in Mexico City, from delicious local street food to world class cuisine, take a look at Two Travel’s curated recommendations! We’ll start with our favorite bites when eating on the street, and finish up with a tour of some of the finest dining in Mexico City.

Street Food

Mexico City is famous for its wide variety of street food, with everything from early morning to late night snacks available. It’s said that about 75% of locals eat on the street at least once a week, and why not? With tantalizing options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, the offer is hard to resist. You can find sweet and savory dishes from food trucks, on bicycles and carts, or being served up from windows on the sides of buildings.

While no trip to Mexico City can be considered complete without at least one stop for street food, there are a few precautions you’ll want to take to make sure you have a positive experience. Because food poisoning can be a concern, we recommend that you choose vendors that look busy with locals. Sticking with a popular spot means you’ll most likely get the freshest ingredients and high quality preparation. Also, keep in mind that Mexico City street food is very spicy! When it comes to salsa, start by asking for a little, “poquito” and only add more if you’re up for it.

With that in mind, check out Two Travel’s Mexico City street food guide for ideas on what to order for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Breakfast

By far one of the most popular breakfast options in Mexico is tamales and atole. If you’re out in the morning keep an eye out for tamale vendors, usually notable for their large aluminum or steel tubs full of a wide variety of steaming tamales. Another staple at most tamale stands is atole—a hot, corn-based beverage sweetened with cinnamon, strawberry, or chocolate. Grab one of each and you can enjoy breakfast like a local! If tamales and atole are too adventurous for your breakfast, you’re sure to find coffee, pastries, and fresh fruit and juice easily accessible as some of the best street food in Mexico City.

Lunch

Tacos

Probably (and rightfully so) the most famous lunch and dinner option in Mexico City is street tacos. Check out the Tacos de Canasta at Los Especiales. This popular spot, located near the main plaza, is always teeming with tourists and locals and is a great option for a budget friendly lunch! Another favorite street taco in Mexico City is Tacos al Pastor, which are flour tortillas topped with shaved meat, finely diced pineapple, and cheese. You can’t go wrong just walking down the street and sampling a taco on every corner!

If you’d like to branch out from the standard taco plate, try tortas or tlacoyos. Similar to tacos, tortas are buns, typically bolillos or teleras, filled with almost any kind of meat from carnitas (pork) to barbacoa (slow roasted lamb). Mexico City tlacoyos are stuffed patties of blue corn masa, perfectly grilled until the outside is browned and the filling is hot. Typical fillings are requesón cheese or refried beans, and they are often topped with onions, cilantro and queso fresco.

Snacks and Desserts

Elote

Some of the best Mexico City street foods are elotes and esquites, popular with both tourists and locals. Elotes are grilled skewers of corn on the cob topped with mayonnaise, chili, and cheese. Esquites, served in cups, are corn kernels cooked in chicken broth and garnished with all the same toppings. While on some occasions you’ll be able to find this during the day, Mexico City street corn is much more popular as a late night snack.

Churros are another popular dessert, and are often served from specialized carts that offer filling flavors like dulce de leche, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

Fine Dining Restaurants

The Mexico City street food market only makes up a portion of the amazing dining available! The capital city is also home to some of the most famous restaurants in Latin America. Check out these three of the best restaurants in Mexico City, all of which have been listed on the 50 Best Latin American Restaurants of 2020 list!

Quintonil

Quintonil is often considered the premier fine dining restaurant in Mexico City, as well as one of the best restaurants in the world. Founded by Jorge Valejo and Alejandra Flores, it has been included on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since 2015 and is currently ranked 24 worldwide and 11 on the 50 Best Latin American Restaurants list. Here you will find culinary masterpieces that present Mexican flavors with a personal touch from a diverse menu that showcases unique ingredients and superb platings.

Check out the Quintonil menu here!

Pujol

Another of the acclaimed best fine dining in Mexico City, Pujol restaurant features the prestigious culinary creations of chef Enrique Olvera. The menu incorporates timeless techniques and classic Mexican ingredients into a modern and refined assortment of dishes with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Of particular note is Enrique Olvera’s famous mole. Served alone on a plate with an elegant side of tortillas, this mole makes a signature geometrical aesthetic— a large brown circle with a smaller orange circle at its center. Unlike conventional mole, this mole features a “mole madre”, a small portion of which is incorporated into each fresh batch. Similar to a mother dough in the bakery world, the “mole madre” becomes both more subtle and more complex with passing time and has recently turned 1,000 days old!

Check out the pujol menu here!

Sud 777

Sud 777, located in the heart of Pedregal, features the gastronomical creations of chef Edgar Núñez. With its diverse menu of local vegetables, seafood, and meats, this restaurant has been listed on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list since 2016 and is considered one of the best restaurants in Mexico City.

Check out the Sud 777 menu here!

If you want more great food suggestions or want Two Travel to help plan your trip to Mexico, get in touch with us!

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.

Menu

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,
get in touch with Two Travel today.

The 10 Best Tulum Beaches

Tulum Two Travel

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!