Beach vs. Town
The first thing we had to decide was exactly where in Tulum we wanted to stay, at the beach or the town. I spent a lot of time reading blog posts and videos comparing the two sides of Tulum. After finding that all the places where we wanted to eat and party were near the beach, we decided it was the ideal place.
There is only one road that leads from the main part of town to the beach, and I read that there can be traffic causing a less than two-mile drive to take anywhere from 20-45 minutes on busy weekends. That did not sound nice for our group especially since our large group of nine would need to hail more than one taxi.
Note that there are no Ubers or Lyfts in Tulum, so taxis are the only way to get around town without a car. Bikes and Mopeds are also very common, but the roads are not very well-maintained, so driving or riding isn’t really easy.
Staying near the beach, however, came with a huge upcharge. Airbnb’s were at least three times more expensive, but being able to walk everywhere was worth every penny.
Tulum is Expensive
Compared to the rest of Mexico, Tulum is a very expensive, touristy town. We spared no expense with our Airbnb but tried our hardest to save money when it came to things like taxis and some of our meals.
One of the best perks about our Airbnb was being able to hire a private chef! Our first night, we had our host bring in a chef to cook us the most unbelievable four course meal. It included three kinds of appetizers, shrimp, octopus, an entire fish, then two rounds of different cuts of steaks. It was incredible.
Our host also helped us stock our fridge and pantry with groceries, fresh fruit, snacks, and coffee. There was also plenty of fresh water to drink!
Tulum is a Party Town
Tulum is a major party hub; that’s part of the reason I wanted to come here! That being said, we stayed near some of the most popular clubs and bars, and it was very noisy every night. Even on Sunday, we could hear loud bass music until nearly 8 in the morning. It was pretty insane. I recommend bringing earplugs no matter where you stay.
In a party town, comes safety concerns too. Lots of drinking can lead to wild nights, and as a group of girls, we were on high alert, but the place we rented came with a 24-hour security guard! It was very comforting. Everytime we came home, he was standing there waiting to walk us back down the driveway and lock the gate behind us. We felt so safe.
Now, The House(s)...
The Casa Cosmo Tulum came with three separate houses enclosed in one fenced area complete with a pool and full kitchen. There was a master house featuring a balcony with a view of sunrise and sunset and two cabana houses each with showers and multiple bedrooms. In total, the compound could have easily slept 12.
It costs us $6,800 for three nights in early January. As I said, we spared no expense to rent these houses. The safety, the location, staff, and everything was just perfect and worth every penny.
Book your own stay in The Casa Cosmo on the Airbnb website HERE and let them know Taylor, aka The Traveling Tacos, sent ya!
Chloe and Sarah will enjoy knowing it!
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This photogenic beach club is one of the first things that pops up on Google when you search Tulum. These famous pool hands were something I made sure we saw during our trip.
We booked a pool day here for Saturday afternoon, and fortunately, the club wasn’t terribly crowded or rowdy when we were there. This was both a pro and a con, but we were a touch hungover from the night before, so it was nice to not have blaring music and tons of people around. I have seen photos and videos on their Instagram when the place gets lit for certain DJs or events.
Instead of craziness, we had ourselves a nice, secluded spot and could get as wild as we wanted without feeling forced. Luckily, we got a covered cabana spot. Our reservations were from 1 - 6 pm, and had we not had a cover, I feel like we would have all been sunburned.
There was also a $150 per person minimum which was not expressed to me when we made the reservation. It was a little hard for us to actually hit that minimum with nine people, but we purchased cocktails, a bottle of champagne, two bottles of Titos, and some food and only went over the tab by $100 total (not including tip)!
The quesadillas were AMAZING. We talked about how good the sauce in them was literally all weekend. Probably one of the better, unexpected places we ate in all of Tulum.
This place is awesome! I will say it was a bit different than we expected at night. We thought it was going to be a club, but instead, we were seated at a table just like any other restaurant.
The music, though, was fantastic, and there was a live violinist who would play along to the hip-hop music getting everyone up and into their chairs dancing and singing along. It was so much fun especially when they gave us all sparklers!
I wish we would have also made a daytime reservation here, because this beach club gets WILD based on their social media! They have saxophone players and bottle girls with sparklers lining the pools. If the day club is anything like it is at night, this place is crazy no matter when you go!
Check out their social pages to see what I mean and check out my own TikTok below to see more!
For a more traditional club vibe, we found Confessions. This sandy floored club was just what we were looking for – a good house DJ with lots and lots of dancing. We were advised to come here by our bartender at Taboo, and we were very happy to have found it. We stayed here till closing time at 3 am and had an absolute blast.
This is one party place we did not make, but it was on my list and recommended by one of the girls on my trip who had been. It is on the north end of the beach, so it would have required a taxi ride for us to get too. They have lots of concerts and DJs here nearly every night of the week.
Papaya Playa Project
Check out their website, here, to see their schedule of events, hotel room pricing, and to make a reservation for their day club or a table at night.
Even though it was a super quick weekend, we packed a whole lot in and got an amazing feel for the clubs and bars there. We truly had ourselves a time at my bachelorette party. Read more about Tulum in my “Full Guide to Tulum”, here, or in my itinerary post here!
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We reserved one of the larger nests which comes at a hefty price of $700, but it was completely worth the price to check this place off my bucket list. We also had a minimum of $150 per person for food and drinks. At the end of the meal, the price for the reservation of the table was taken off the final tab, and we each spent just a bit over our minimum not including tip.
We passed around plate after plate of freshly caught seafood rolls, and I think we tried nearly everything on the menu including the deserts! It was remarkable.
Our favorite things we ate here were the Black Cod Misoyaki and the tempura rolls.
See more from our dinner above the trees in my TikTok video below!
We found that Fresco’s was a great, easy place to grab brunch. Their menu changes weekly or monthly depending on the season and the ingredients they can get, and I loved that! Everything was super fresh and delicious making it a great place to cure a hangover.
Funky Burrito Garden
This alleyway restaurant is crazy! We were the only patrons in the restaurant when we went, and the servers went all out to show us a good time. They brought us round after round of shots, hookahs, and were pulling us onto the bar to dance with them by the end of the meal. It was a dance party with dinner on the side.
The food wasn’t anything to remember, but the service and experience sure were. The food was inexpensive, the drinks kept flowing, and we all left very happy to have found this funky little place!
Pablo Escobar’s former mansion is now turned into a luxury hotel and restaurant. We had reservations to eat here one night but canceled our plans after having a bit too much to drink during the day.
I was very excited to see this gorgeous estate but wasn’t too bummed when we changed our plans. It is a bit pricey, so it helped us save money by not going!
Another place we didn’t make was Casa Jaguar. A friend said she made reservations at this restaurant months in advance during her trip to Tulum, and it was her favorite place to eat. It looked like a nice, 5-star restaurant under a beautiful, thatched roof, but we just didn’t have time to make it.
All the places we ate were spectacular. Read when and where we ate at each place and about all the things we did in between in my full “Tulum Guide” here!
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