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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The Best Cartagena Beaches and Beach Clubs

Cartagena Beach Man Cocktail
Enjoying a coconut cocktail on a Cartagena beach

As you start to plan a trip to the city, no doubt you’ll find some articles complaining about the beaches in Cartagena. And it’s true that some Cartagena beaches don’t have the best reputation and are best avoided. But we’re here to help you get the best out of your trip.


We know some fantastic Cartagena beaches, and let’s just say – the secret to really enjoying a beach day while on vacation is to hit the beach clubs.

Not got time to read the whole article? Check out this reel for a quick guide to the best beach clubs in Cartagena, and follow us on Instagram for more content like this!

Although relatively new to Cartagena, the beach club scene has exploded over the last few years, as the city has opened up to a wider range of international tourists and discerning locals looking for more than just a day trip to a public beach like Playa Blanca.

So, believe us when we say, ignore the posts telling you how bad Cartagena beaches can be. Those people weren’t in the know like you. Get ready for sun, sand and so much more!

Here’s our “cool kids” guide to the best Cartagena beach club spots!

Blue Apple beach club
Blue Apple Beach Club, Tierra Bomba

You’ll find the best beach clubs on the island of Tierra Bomba (10 – 20 minutes away by boat) and a little further out in the Rosario Islands (45 minutes away by boat). As a rule of thumb, as soon as your view of the city disappears, you’re out of the bay, and it’s these beach clubs that have the clear blue water you’re probably searching for.

But not all beach clubs are alike! Before you go, decide how much time and money you want to spend, and most importantly, what kind of beach vibe you’re looking for.

Take a look at our comparison chart at the end of this post to get an idea of what to expect.

Beach club options

Every beach club featured here gives you the option to visit for the day (un pasa día), which is a great idea if you´re short on time, if you’re a big group, or if you want to party, then return to your villa or hotel in the city for the evening.

Take note that the vibe is often quieter and more chilled on a weekday than on a weekend, when many of the beach clubs are busier and some run special events with DJs, entertainment and dancing. The exception to the rule is Bora Bora, which offers music and dancing every day of the week. Or head to Amare on a Tuesday for “Industria on the Beach” – to see how locals in-the-know take a day off work in Cartagena!

If you’ve got a little more time, or you’re a serious beach lover, you can stay overnight at many of these beach clubs. We highly recommend Blue Apple Beach on the island of Tierrra Bomba, and also Gente de Mar on Isla Grande in the Rosarios. Both offer great accommodation if you’re looking to extend your beach stay beyond one day!

Best Cartagena beach clubs for a party

Cartagena loves to party, so start your day early with a boat to Bora Bora, and you can party all day long on the beach any day of the week. It’s a great choice for groups of friends, bachelors and bachelorette parties. Although the beach is small, the club overlooking it is extensive and the view is fantastic. Book the VIP pass with us and we’ll make sure you get the best spot.

Cartagena beach clubs for a party

For a weekend party near Cartagena, head to Blue Apple Beach, where you’ll find a gorgeous mix of discerning locals and tourists, looking wonderful in and around the double-the-fun pool. You’ll find top class DJs and dancers to teach you the steps alongside the regulars who dance the weekend away. It’s also a great spot if you’re craving decent wine – not easy to find in Cartagena!

Closest to Cartagena at just 10 minutes away by boat, is Fenix Beach – where you’ll find a laid back festival vibe, a large white sandy beach, beautiful natural sculptures for a photo and large pool that’s often surprisingly quiet. By day, you’ll find two vibes – a DJ on the beach, and a DJ in a cute booth further back, and by night, be prepared to dance around a fire pit with an amazing view of the city in the distance.

Best beach clubs for a day ON the beach

Amare Beach club
Amare, Tierra Bomba

Amare may be one of the newest beach clubs, but it’s already a firm favorite with locals craving a beach day without the crowds of tourists or the vendors. Set on the far side of Tierra Bomba on a beach called Playa Linda (beautiful beach), this really is a gem of a place – white sands, blue sky, clear and clean waters. You’ll find excellent cocktails recommended by all the city’s bartenders, plus delicious satisfying design-your-own bowl-style lunches. This beach club truly is for those in-the-know wanting to experience local Cartagenero culture at its coolest!

Head further out to the Rosario Islands to Gente de Mar for the only beach club boasting not one, but three beaches, and all of them picture perfect! You’ll find some well known Instagram hotspots as you while away your day in the sun, relaxing, snorkelling or even exploring in and around Isla Grande by kayak or by foot. This place is perfect for a romantic getaway, especially if you choose to stay the night to enjoy the sunset together away from all the crowds.

And last but not least, don’t forget Fenix Beach. Set in the bay of Cartagena, it has a wonderful view of the city and a long white sandy beach, dotted with beach beds, a bar, a DJ and a dragon (yes, really!)

Best Cartagena beach clubs to relax and treat yourself

Cartagena Beach woman relaxing


Makani is a new luxury beach club, located on Tierra Bomba island. If you’ve got the budget and really want to treat yourself to one of the biggest beach club pools we’ve seen in Cartagena, or take a day to enjoy a wellness spa experience, this is the place. We highly recommend Makani for a day of pampering and indulgence, with excellent options for food and cocktails.

Although Blue Apple is lively at the weekends, if you’re looking for a place to relax during the week, this is one of the best options. As well as the beach, the pools, the food and the wine, during the week, you can also explore the island on a horse, take a tour to discover how Fundación Green Apple is creating opportunities for locals on the island, go diving or get a massage. And if you have the time, stay the night in one of five amazing bungalows that have their own plunge pools.

Rosario Island beach

And finally, our top recommendation especially for family groups, is Gente de Mar in the Rosario Islands. The kids will love the aquarium and water activities, and after lunch, you can all lie back and relax on the beach.

What’s not to love?

Choose your beach club

So now do you believe that Cartagena can live up to your beach dreams? Whatever your beach club desire, Two Travel is here to help you choose the best place for your day or stay in paradise. Get in touch if you have any questions about the beach clubs featured or need to rent a boat. We’ll help you get the best option for the best price, with all the care and attention you expect from a dedicated concierge.

The Best Way to Visit the Rosario Islands

You are not alone if you’ve never heard of the Rosario Islands before. Most people who’ve not visited Colombia have no idea that just off the coast of Cartagena, there lies an archipelago of nearly 30 protected islands to rival the picture perfect Caribbean islands of your dreams.

The Rosario Islands are nestled in a national park that protects the important coral reef and biodiversity found just an hour from Cartagena. And they are a must see for anyone coming to the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Despite being a protected area, the experiences you can have in the Rosarios are as varied as the sea life you’ll find here.

This Two Travel guide to the Rosario Islands will help you decide what kind of trip you want to take when you visit, the best things to do in the Rosarios, and the things you need to know, before you go.

What kind of Rosarios Islands trip are you looking for?

The Rosario Islands offer a wealth of options for visitors who want to explore this beautiful Caribbean setting, but it’s important to know what kind of trip you want, before you book.

Party Vibe with Friends

The party you can have in the islands with friends all depends on your time and budget.

If you’re on a budget with just one day to spare, hire a speed boat for an island hopping party.

For parties of 4 up to 15 people, a skipper will take you to a number of spots in the Rosarios to swim, snorkel and hit the beach. You´ll enjoy a traditional fish lunch and some dancing on the boat. And you´ll have time to explore some hotspots like Cholon which is THE party place in the Rosario Islands. Or maybe the hotspot where locals are flocking these days. It’s called La Piscina.

For a simple upgrade, choose a yacht or catamaran instead of a speed boat and hire your own DJ and chef. This is a great option for bachelor and bachelorette weekends or a pre-wedding event, or for friends looking for a spring breaks style day trip.

For a more exclusive party, or if you have a little more time, you can rent a villa on a private island and really kick back and relax, or adventure and party. Staying the night in the Rosario Islands really gives you the chance to enjoy the turquoise waters and perfect sandy beaches. If you have a private boat, you can explore at your leisure, then come back to the villa to relax, or continue the party.

Tell us what you need and our concierge will make sure everything is arranged for you – be it the boat you want, a DJ and bartender for the evening, or drinks and snacks for the ride.

A Romantic Trip for Couples

The Rosario Islands are the perfect weekend away for couples and there are some beautiful places to relax, reconnect and recharge. Even if you don’t stay on a private island, if you choose a weekday trip to a small island, you may well be the only people there after the day trippers leave. Go for a sunset stroll or take in the sunset with a cocktail on the deck of a beach-side cabin, before an intimate dinner for two in the most gorgeous of surroundings.

Exploring and Adventure

Exploring and Adventure

If you’re keen to explore the biodiversity of the Rosarios, there are a wealth of options to suit any visitor. See the wildlife, coral reef or the mangroves in a kayak or on a paddle board.

Take a trip out for some excellent snorkelling or even better, scuba diving, and you will find yourself swimming with shoals of tropical fish in a unique coral wonderland. And if you’re staying the night, local residents will often offer you a chance to see and swim with bioluminescent plankton!

Relax for the day on a Caribbean beach

Relax for the day on a Caribbean beach

If you’re in Cartagena, without a doubt, you’ll be offered a trip to Playa Blanca. Although it’s true that the beach has idyllic white sand, tropical palms and incredible turquoise waters, it can also get VERY busy.  If you don’t know the best spot, you will (most likely) be hounded by vendors. That’s not to say it can’t be enjoyable, but we know some better spots if what you’re looking for is an Instagram shot to keep or a day to chill away from everyone.

As well as the villas that are available on private islands in the Rosarios, we recommend a day pass at Gente de Mar, Isla Arena’s Bendita Beach, and Isla Marina’s Islabela Beach. Perfect for those iconic Caribbean Instagram shots in the warm, turquoise-jewelled waters, or on incredible white-sanded beaches. You’ll need to arrange a day pass or stay the night at these island hotels, but we can guarantee that they’re worth it if you’re looking to relax for a couple of days. We can help you get the best price – just get in touch.

What you need to know before a trip to the Rosario Islands

What you need to know before a trip to the Rosario Islands

Although a day trip is great for a boat party trip to the Rosarios, to really kick back and relax, we recommend you stay at least one night to enjoy more of what makes these islands so very special. Most boats, whether you go on a tour or hire a private boat, will leave from the main marinas in Cartagena between 7.30am and 9am, returning at around 4pm, before the sea gets too choppy.

As you can see from this post, there are plenty of options for places to stay and things to do in the Rosarios, but do your research. If you’re looking for a quiet relaxing day, don’t head to Cholon or Playa Blanca. Instead, up your budget for a more luxe affair that you won’t forget.

Also, beware of gringo prices. Some tours, boats and lunch options are blatantly overpriced, but when you’re out in the islands, there’s no choice to go elsewhere, so please choose a trusted operator who can tailor a trip to what you’re looking for.

Because there’s one thing we do know – the Rosario Islands are a great option for every visitor to Cartagena.

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