A Week In Bohemian Paradise: Insider's Guide to Tulum / by Tegan Henderson

STAY

Coco Tulum – A stylish and cute eco-style hotel on the beachfront. Bungalow style rooms are stunning and good value for the money. Location is perfect and it is surrounded by many other hotels and little restaurants. Try to book a tower room in order to get a good view of the ocean, and stay away from rooms near the beach bar as it can get quite loud in the afternoons and evenings.

Be Tulum –A luxury boutique hotel on the beachfront. The hotel and rooms are absolutely gorgeous, and look like something straight off a Pinterest wish list. It is located a little farther away from the hustle and bustle of the beach road so it feels quite private and zen. Guests receive a one-day complimentary session to the spa across the street, Yaan wellness energy spa, so make sure to take advantage of that! It is simply wonderful. Additionally, the food is great and the servers really take care of you at the beach.

Other hotels that I haven’t stayed at but have been recommended to me are Coqui Coqui, MangleX and Papaya Playa Project.

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SEE

Tulum Ruins – Beautiful Mayan ruins situated along the cliffs and beach of Tulum. The entrance fee is pretty cheap so definitely worth doing! Make sure to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon because lines to get in can get very long. 

Cenotes – These are beautiful limestone caves and caverns with turquoise, fresh water. You can swim, snorkel and scuba in them. My two favorites were Dos Ojos and Grand Cenote.

Siaan Ka’an Biosophere Reserve – Beautiful nature reserve where you can kayak, fly fish, boat tour etc. Try booking a private sunset kayak tour with Green Paddle. The guides are very kind and knowledgeable. 

EAT

Hartwood – The most famous restaurant in Tulum. It is a open-air spot famous for its local, fresh ingredients cooked on an open fire and wood fire grill. Make sure to go at 2 PM to put name on list for the evening you want to go because it is always booked up!

Posada Margherita – Delicious and cute restaurant to go for lunch or dinner. Get pasta or pizza and eat their little nibbles while you enjoy a glass of wine or a juice on the beach. This restaurant also has a very cute women’s boutique inside.

Casa banana – Argentinian steak restaurant with great vibes and music. Yum!

Restaurare – Vegan, open-air style kitchen in a jungle setting.

Manglar – Off the beaten track pizzeria. Very intimate. Make sure to wear bug spray!

Campanella – Tasty, tasty ice cream.

La Nave – Delectable Italian restaurant in town. The gnocchi is to die for!

Be Tulum – Talk a walk on the beach and stop by the hotel for lunch and a tasty cocktail or juice.

**Make sure to check out restaurants in town. Although the restaurants on the beach road are fabulous, they can get very pricey and the ones in town are half the price!

DRINK

Papaya Playa Project – A hotel that has weekly parties on the beach, cool scene. Sometimes they have full moon parties!

Casa Jaguar – Very fun bar with good vibes and great looking people. Always has parties on Thursday evenings.

La Zebra – Salsa band and dancing on Sunday evenings

Batey – Small mojito bar in town that is always crowded. Often has live music!

Gitano – Very cool restaurant / bar in a jungle setting. Always has parties on Friday evenings.

Mateos – Get a drink and watch the sunset on their rooftop deck. Stunning!

Curandero – A bar in town. I didn’t get a chance to try it but I have heard amazing things!

Coco Tulum – Live band and dancing on Sunday afternoons at their beach bar.

DO

Sanara – Biggest yoga studio in Tulum. Take a class and afterwards enjoy a delicious smoothie on the deck.

Shopping – On the beach road there are many cute boutiques including Caravana, Coqui, La Llorona, Josa Tulum, Hilo Rojo, Loltulum-boutique, etc.

Tulum Art Club – Hosts events of mixed arts.

Rent a bike and ride into town or explore the Tulum ruins.

Mayan Clay Spa – Unfortunately didn’t get a chance to check this out but I hear it is a heavenly experience!

Walk along the beach in the direction of the Siaan Ka’an Bisophere Reserve. Towards the end,  the beach gets very quiet and peaceful.