Tulum is a vibrant city in Mexico, about 90 mins away from the Cancun airport. It’s a great place to go for solo or group travel. Tulum is becoming just as popular as neighboring Playa del Carmen and Canun, thanks in part to boho-chic aesthetic (perfect for Instagram) and beautiful beach. Tulum is a city that you can always find something new to do but it can be hard figuring out what to do if it’s your first time. This Tulum Mexico travel guide breaks down where to eat, what to do, and where to stay in Tulum Mexico.
Where to Eat:
Whether you are in the pueblo (the city) or at the beach, Tulum has wonderful options to fit every budget. Here are some of the best places to eat.
– Botanica Garden is a great place for breakfast or brunch. They have an outdoor garden seating area with plants, vegan options, and other healthier options like chia bowls and fruits.
– Antojitos La Chiapaneca is the best taco spot in Tulum. It’s great for a quick meal anytime and it’s super affordable.
– Bak Tulum is a trendy beach restaurant with good food and a fun atmosphere. Go there for dinner and enjoy a sparkler light show. Be sure to try the Hamachi Sashimi (very very good). I also enjoyed my steak.
–Ziggy beach club is a great option for a relaxing day by the waterfront or if you want to work remotely from the beach. On my trip, I ordered a traditional ceviche (shrimp, fish, octopus) and it was the best one I’ve ever had. It also was a great big portion, making it perfect for lunch. I highly recommend trying it even if Ceviche isn’t usually your thing.
– The grocery store Chedrali is a great place to stock up on staples to eat at home between meals or if you want to cook at your Airbnb. While there I went here and was able to find a small area with dairy-free and gluten-free options.
Where to Go:
– Tulum is known for snorkeling and swimming in Akumal with the turtles, this is a must on any visit to Tulum. It’s best to head to the beach and then find locals that can guide you for your excursion rather than paying in advance for a guided tour.
– Another attraction unique to Tulum is the ruins. Visit the ruins in Tulum to enjoy a day walking through history and learning about past cultures
-If you’re looking to take Instagram photos be sure to check out Raw Tulum and Mia beach club for super instagramable landmarks like the picture above.
-No Tulum Mexico travel guide would be complete without mentioning Cenotes. Be sure to check out one of the many Cenotes while you are in Tulum. They are large natural occurring outdoor pools that are a refreshing way to beat the heat.
Where to Stay:
In Tulum, you can either stay on the beach strip or in the city. Both options have their advantages depending on the experience you want. A third option is to stay in Aldea Zalma, a newer development in Tulum. Aldea Zalma is located between the downtown area and the main beach strip, making it a super central location. I stayed here during my trip and enjoyed my experience. There are several hotels and luxury Airbnbs in this area, making it a comfortable although slightly more expensive option.
Overall Tulum has quite a long list of activities to suit whatever you want for your vacation. Comment below and let me know if you have been to Tulum. What was your favorite part of your trip?