When you visit Tulum, there are two different places you can choose to stay – either the Tulum Beach Strip or Downtown Tulum.
About 10-15 minutes away from each other, each location offers their own distinct vibes, as well as different kinds of accommodation, restaurants and things to do. In our opinion, you just can’t go past the Tulum Beach Strip.
With the most luxurious and unique hotels, beautiful boutiques, bikes everywhere and some of the best food you can find, you really can’t go past the beach strip!
Whether you decide to make the strip your home base or not, make sure you take the time to take a walk or bike ride along the sandy road and check out all the real Tulum.
Where to eat on the Tulum Beach Strip
Almost everywhere on the Tulum Beach Strip looks like it was created specifically for Instagram. The year round perfect weather means that everything is open air dining, with sandy floors, super cute interiors and designed as the ultimate beach side holiday spot.
If you’re looking for smoothies, healthy and raw food options some of the best are Matcha Mama and Go Raw Love Tulum.
Hartwood is an extremely popular choice along the beach strip, known for it’s locally sourced ingredients with a wood-fire menu that changes each day. They open at 5:30pm each day, but it’s a good idea to make a reservation or put your name down on their wait list.
The ultimate taco shack, Taqueria La Eufemia is known for it’s laid-back vibe, delicious cocktails and fish tacos. It’s the perfect spot for a afternoon of chill music, cheap food and tequila of course!
Head to Campanella Cremerie for a sugar hit with amazing gelato and waffles the most popular on the menu.
If you’re looking for a little Italian in Mexico you can’t go past Posada Margherita, right on the beach. The highlight of this restaurant is that they can offer gluten free pasta and focaccias. Amazing when you have a limited diet on holidays!
Safari , Taqueria Honorio and El Camello are all great spots for a light meal with cheap tacos and fresh guacamole.
For the ultimate treetop dining experience, you can’t go past Kin Toh which is part of the Azulik hotel. It looks absolutely amazing with beautiful decor, breathtaking views nd of course, the simple fact that you’re dining high above the trees. Make your reservation early enough to visit before dusk for the ultimate experience.
No matter where you eat along the beach strip though, make sure you try out their margaritas and see if you can find the best in Tulum!
Tulum Beach Strip Accommodation
All the best hotels and accommodation options in Tulum are along the Tulum Beach strip, with each one offering you amazing Instagram photos and beautiful backdrops to enjoy your beach holiday.
For the ultimate tree house experience you can’t go past Azulik. An ultra luxury resort that offers you the chance to stay in an open tree house, with swings and private pools on every balcony. It’s the ultimate place to stay on a honeymoon or a luxury couple getaway.
Offering rustic cabins with a private beach, rooftop pools and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, Papaya Playa Project offers a unique vibe, with high ceilings, lots of natural light and tropical gardens. It’s also home to a Full Moon Party each month with local DJs at the beach bar.
Coco Tulum is the ultimate all white eco resort, where you can stay at a private beach shack right on the beach. There’s nothing better than opening up your door to the sound of the ocean and sand on your doorstep. It’s in a great location on the strip as well, with lots of amazing restaurants and cafes only a short walk away.
Casa de las Olas is located right at the end of the beach strip and is the only 100% sustainable hotel in Mexico. From the ocean breeze to the rainwater, the hotel takes advantage of everything the environment offers to have a minimal impact on the earth, while still bringing you an amazing experience.
Another popular spot for a bit of luxury is Be Tulum, offering just about everything you might want for a luxurious Mexican escape. With a private beach, the chance to go swimming with dolphins and balconies overlooking the ocean, Be Tulum is one of the most popular in Tulum.
Things to do around Tulum
Cenote hop your way around Tulum, with lots of the most beautiful cenotes along the Yucatan Peninsula being located just a short drive from the Tulum Beach Strip. Some of our favourites include Cenote Maya at Caleta Tankah, Ceonte Zacil-ha, Cenote Nicte-ha and the Gran Cenote.
Explore the insane cave system of Dos Ojos where you can scuba dive and snorkel around to explore heaps of the caves river system and underwater life. There are almost 500 kiometres of interconnected passageways to explore and keep you entertained for hours.
Visit the ancient Mayan Ruins that can be found scattered around the Mexican countryside. The most iconic in this region are the epic Tulum Ruins which are one of the only Mayan sites that were built by the sea.
Rent a bicycle and explore as much of the beach strip as you can by bike. It’s the best way to get around this part of Tulum, giving you the ability to stop for a shop or a bite to eat whenever you see somewhere pretty!
Check out the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. This UNSECO World Heritage Site is located south of Tulum and is a very unique natural reserve running along the Gulf of Mexico. You can spot all kinds of wildlife here, including crocodiles, monkeys and birds as well as float around their epic river system.
Hit the beach. Simply use your time in Tulum to kick back, relax and soak up the rays at the beach. There are heaps of beach bars, restaurants and beach clubs running out the front of the hotels on the beach strip so you can always find somewhere to chill and unwind.