If you are planning a vacation in Tulum, I am sure that its spectacular beach will be your main playground and in this post, I will list the trendiest Tulum Beach Clubs so that you can choose the perfect place for you to spend a beach day in peace and tranquillity, or partying, depending on where you go and what you like. If you want to know more, read on.
Tulum has become one of the hottest vacation spots in the world, in the past decade. Despite its popularity and a few unfortunate episodes of crime, it still retains its charm. Tulum offers people escape from the busyness of city life, with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, exquisite hotels, and world-class restaurants.
Before moving forward you should know that although the beach is probably the most exciting of the Tulum attractions, there are many things to do in Tulum including the incredible Cenotes near Tulum that you absolutely cannot miss.
If it’s your first time in the area, this Tulum Travel guide will definitely help you find your way around and live like a local but make sure you include a day in a beach club in your Tulum itinerary.
Note: Unfortunately, at the time of writing this, the beaches in Tulum are not at their best because of seaweed. If the beach is one of the main reasons you’re visiting here, make sure to confirm their current condition in advance before doing so, by contacting your hotel in Tulum and ask them how they are handling the situation.
Before talking about the Tulum Beach Clubs you should know more about the beach in Tulum and how it’s laid out.
Best Tulum Beaches
Although Tulum Beach is one long stretch of beach with just a couple of interruptions for rock formations, we can still mention some beach names that have been named after local attractions or features. Also Tulum beach can also be neatly divided into two categories: north beaches, and south beaches both amazing but definitely with different ambiance.
South beaches are more populated with hotels and beach clubs and are thus more crowded. If you like partying, bars, and want to get pampered in the best hotels in Tulum, you should pick the south beaches. But you can also find tranquil beach clubs here as well. You will see further down in this post.
The north beaches are closer to the ruins on a stretch of coast that is less developed with fewer restaurants and hotels and therefore it’s more tranquil and peaceful, except on weekends.
As you can see from the below map north and south beach are related to the road that connect Tulum Beach side with downtown. About 5 km of paved road, with a cycling lane, for those who love to bike to the beach (it’s recommendable not to do it at night as it can be dangerous)
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Do you fancy a beautiful beach mixed with archaeological sites? Playa Ruinas would be perfect for you. It’s situated within the famous Tulum Mayan archeological site and you can access it only if you pay an entrance fee. It’s usually very crowded but, if there are no seaweeds, worth visiting. Make sure you go early to the ruins. It’s a completely deserted beach with no infrastructure, so make sure you bring water with you.
The name of this beach translates to “Paradise Beach”, and with a name like that, you know you’re in for a treat. Playa Paraiso is also considered one of the best beaches in Mexico. Playa Paraiso offers beautiful sights mixed with delicious food. The beach clubs here are reasonably priced and won’t break your bank. However, because of its affordability, this beach can also get very crowded during weekends and the holiday season, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to visit here.
If you are ready to splurge you can also stay in the beautiful Hotel El Paraiso, right on that beach.
Technically, Playa Pescadores is part of Playa Paraiso. But it’s beautiful enough to warrant mentioning it separately. There are a lot of watersports activities on offer, which you can take advantage of while you’re visiting here. If that’s not your thing, you can also lie down and relax under the beautiful palm trees while enjoying scrumptious food and drinks.
Among the tours organized by the local fishermen (Pescadores), the best one is a snorkeling tour where they take you on the barrier reef right in front of the Tulum archeological site where you can also enjoy spectacular views of the ruins, besides exploring the unique underwater world.
Playa las Palmas
Playa las Palmas is a gorgeous beach situated close to Playa Paraiso. I recommend going here if you feel like taking a dip; the water here is clear and calm, the views are amazing, and the beach usually isn’t crowded.
It’s worth mentioning that, since the south beaches are mostly maintained by the beach clubs, the seaweed problem is less pervasive here because the clubs’ staff tries to remove the seaweed, when possible.
Playa South is where the beaches are at their most vibrant, though you’ll also find them more crowded. The numerous beach clubs are basically hotels that allow access through the purchase of a pass, which ranges from 30 to 150 USD, depending on how luxurious is the hotel.
Although all beaches in Mexico are free and public, the easiest entrance to these beaches is through the hotels with the exception of a few public access points. Here below I will give you a list of the most popular beach clubs in Tulum.
Most popular Tulum beach clubs
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular beach clubs in Tulum. All of them have something different to offer, depending on what you’re looking for. In that spirit, I’ll arrange this list going from the more relaxing beach clubs to ones with a lively, partying atmosphere. Although they may seem a little expensive I believe it’s always worth joining a beach club versus a free beach because you will enjoy the comfort of their beach chairs and beds, the use of the toilet, and the world-class restaurants for which Tulum will almost never disappoint you.
Keep in mind that what you spend for the pass can be redeemed as a credit for the restaurant, so at the end of the day there is not really much waste.
Tranquil beach clubs of Tulum
Minimum spend: US$50 (1000 Pesos) per person
Atmosphere: Relaxing, peaceful, and serene
Ma’xanab Hotel prides itself on providing the very best that Tulum has to offer. 5-star luxury property and relatively new, Ma’xanab Hotel offers a very elegant and intimate ambiance. There are no parties or crowds here; you can lie back and enjoy the tranquil vibes of the place. The food and drinks here are a bit above the average but the tasty gourmet Mexican and international cuisine pays off.
Minimum spend: US$30 (600 Pesos) per person
Atmosphere: Relaxing yet vibrant and lively
La Zebra is a 3-star hotel that also acts as a beach club. The guests at the hotel can take advantage of their beach facilities without any extra charge. This beach club thrives in its authentic Mexican vibes combined with the natural beauty of Tulum. La Zebra also offers some of the most authentic Mexican cuisines in the area, so be sure to try it!
Unfortunately, no pool access is included unless you’re a guest at the hotel. But with a beautiful ocean right next to you, it shouldn’t be a problem, right?
Minimum spend: US$20-25 (400-500 Pesos) per person
Atmosphere: Luxurious and chill with great music
If you’re new to the area, the popular Coco Tulum is one of the most elite clubs in Tulum and the beach club to go to. During the day, you can sun lounge in hammocks or beach chairs and enjoy the great food; you’ll honestly feel like you’re in a movie because of the gorgeous surroundings. At night, the club offers a great partying scene featuring famous DJs from all over the world.
There are a lot of other activities available here as well, like spa, yoga, guided tours. You can even get around the minimum spend by politely asking at the reception to just let you pass through to reach the beach, though in this case you won’t be allowed to make use of the facilities here.
Cinco Tulum (North Beach)
Minimum spend: US$50 (1000 Pesos) per person on weekends (requires reservation)
Atmosphere: Authentic and natural
If your idea of a perfect beach club is to be closer to nature, Cinco Tulum is an exclusive beach club that combines an authentic Tulum vibe with the natural beauty of the area. I highly recommend staying in Cinco’s cozy tents, even for a day or two. At night, the atmosphere here is just dreamy!
As a guest, there’ll be no minimum spend and you get to experience breathtaking views every morning when you open your tent flap; the free continental breakfast doesn’t hurt either. Do be aware though that if you are not staying in the glamping, this beach club requires a reservation, even if you just plan to use the club during the day.
Minimum spend: US$50 (1000 Pesos) per person
Atmosphere: Simple, natural, and authentic
Dos Ceibas is a 3-star hotel and provides an eco-retreat for those looking for a break from their city lives. If you’re looking to spend your day here, you’ll first have to make a booking. The restaurant in Dos Ceibas offers delicious food from all over the world, local cuisine included. You can also avail of other services here, such as massages, yoga sessions, and temazcal; you can even rent bikes or cars to go around.
Ziggy’s Beach Club
Minimum spend: US$50 (1000 Pesos) per person for adults, no minimum spend for children
Atmosphere: Laidback and lively
Ziggy’s offers a perfect mixture of relaxing yet lively. During the day, you can enjoy friendly service with a great ambiance; the beach beds under palm trees offer some of the most beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea. At night, the club offers different events, in addition, to live music, for each day of the week.
Dune Boutique Hotel
Minimum Spend: $50 (1000 Pesos) – It’s best to enquire before. In case the hotel is operating in full capacity they won’t allow external guests, unless it’s only to access the restaurant, without the use of the beach club.
Atmosphere: Exclusive, natural, and comfy
Dune Boutique Hotel is a cozy and intimate 5-star hotel that is great at mixing luxury with natural and holistic experiences. It offers quite a romantic atmosphere enhanced by the delicious food and drinks right in the restaurant. You can also access the restaurant for dinner to enjoy a romantic and quiet evening with your significant other and bask in the luxury.
Playa Paraiso Beach Club (North beach)
They do not charge an entrance fee, the furniture is rented on the beach and prices range from 100 pesos to 500 pesos. The minimum consumption of the restaurant is requested at some seasons, which varies depending on the beach chairs you are renting and ranges from $1000 pesos to $3000 per bed. Kind of awkward I know, but that’s what it is.
They do not take reservations, it is on a first come, so I recommend you to arrive early so you can ensure your space.
Atmosphere: Relaxing, comfortable
Minimum Spend: US$150-200 (3000-4000 Pesos)
Atmosphere: Luxurious, artsy, and comfortable
Casa Malca has quite an interesting history; it was previously owned by Pablo Escobar (yes, that Pablo Escobar). It’s now been acquired by Lio Malca, an art dealer from New York who decided to turn it into a unique luxury hotel. The extravagant, and elegant, pieces of furniture, nicely combined with polished cement structure and finest amenities. The beach club offers a luxurious experience to its visitors, complete with three different restaurants, serving three different types of cuisines: Mexican, Asian, and seafood and grill. It might be on the expensive side, but if you feel like splurging, this is the place where you should indulge.
Villa Las Estrellas
Minimum Spend: US$17 (350 Pesos)
Atmosphere: Secluded, chill, and relaxing
If you’re looking to relax in a place that offers a feeling of seclusion and privacy, Villa Las Estrellas might be the one for you. You can lie down in a hammock or a beach chair, and it feels like there’s no one around for miles. Despite its seemingly private and expensive ambiance, the place is very affordable and offers delicious food.
Rosa del Viento Beach Club
Minimum Spend: US$15 (300 Pesos)
Atmosphere: Mellow, quiet, and relaxing
Rosa del Viento hotel is one of the few that remained humble and with moderate prices while offering great service and food. Together with Posada Margherita and Villas las Estrellas, it’s one of the hotels where I used to spend the day when I was living in Cancun and wanted to escape from the city. The staff is very friendly and they do their best to make sure you enjoy your time here. The food here is exquisite, and you can also avail of additional services like getting massages at the beach and engaging in yoga sessions.
Minimum Spend: US$50 (1000 Pesos)
Atmosphere: Natural and tranquil
Habitas has somehow combined the natural vibe of the jungle with the beauty of the ocean, and it absolutely rocks! This beach club is big on sustainability, and the open-air restaurant here serves authentic Mexican food prepared using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The food and drinks here are on the expensive side, but it’s completely worth it in my opinion.
Minimum spend: US$20 (400 Pesos) for adults, kids below 11 get free access
Atmosphere: Artistic and laidback
Ahau Tulum is a great example of art meets architecture. That’s why thousands of tourists flock to this iconic beach club every year. The open-air restaurant in front of the Caribbean Sea offers great food and the ambiance is very relaxing. Keep in mind, though, that the food you eat at its restaurant is not included in the minimum spend required to access its beach club services.
Mezzanine Beach Club
Minimum spend: US$30 (600 Pesos)
Atmosphere: Authentic and secluded
Are you in Tulum and craving Thai food? If so, Mezzanine offers some of the best Thai food you’ll find in the area. The menu here is very creative and the food is served in utensils made out of clay and wood. In addition, the minimum spend will get you access to the deck on the first floor, which offers spectacular views of the sea.
PS: If you arrive between 1PM-3PM, the margaritas are 2-for-1. I recommend giving it a try because the drinks here are delicious. They employ a world-class mixologist who really knows his stuff.
Ana y Jose
Minimum Spend: US$75 (1500 Pesos)
Atmosphere: Luxurious, natural, and relaxing
Ana y Jose is a 4-star hotel that’s popular for its luxurious accommodations and delicious food. The waitstaff here is wonderful, and the atmosphere is extremely relaxing in all the natural beauty. It’s a bit on the expensive side but it’s one of the most luxurious beach clubs around, so you get your money’s worth with the amenities.
In addition to access to the beach, you can also access their delightful pools, go to their terrace (which offers great views of the ocean), and you get access to a whole range of spa treatments.
Party Beach Clubs
Tulum is a town that’s famous for its party scene. If you want beach clubs where you can let loose and party, check these out.
Selina Beach Club + Mia Restaurant and Beach Club
Minimum Spend: US$40 (800 Pesos)
Atmosphere: Chill, vibrant, and comfortable
A modern, contemporary addition to the beach clubs of Tulum, Selina Beach Club, and Mia Restaurant have partnered up to offer one of the trendiest experiences you will find in Tulum. It’s famous for the innovative facilities it offers in the daytime, like coworking spaces, Instagram-friendly locations, and a relaxing vibe. In fact, it’s very much popular among digital nomads.
But things spice up here at night when the party scene begins, and that’s exactly why it’s on the top of my party beach clubs list. Partiers from all around the world come here for the extensive wine selection, delicious food, and all-night music.
If you are used to hostels, keep in mind that we are talking about Tulum beach, and although cheaper than other hotels on Tulum, Selina it’s still more expensive than the average hostel. And a bed in a dorm starts from 50USD + taxes.
Papaya Playa Project
Minimum Spend: US$50 (1000 Pesos) on weekdays and US$100 (2000 Pesos) on weekends, though they often waive the minimum spend requirement on the weekends
Atmosphere: Groovy, exciting, and fun
There’s a good chance you might have heard of this beach club. It’s one of the most famous beach clubs when it comes to party beach clubs in Tulum. The accommodations include a beachfront bar, DJs, world-class mixology, mouthwatering foods and beverages, outdoor pools and spas, yoga classes, watersports, and many more things. But the main attraction of Papaya Playa Project is the weekend parties. They’re a blast, to say the least.
Best beaches near Tulum
When it comes to beaches, your options aren’t only limited to Tulum. There are some of Mexico’s most famous beaches on the Riviera Maya that are really nearby that you can take a trip to.
No Minimum Spend or Entry Fee (parking costs 50 Pesos for the day)
Atmosphere: Charming, beautiful, and lively
You’ve already read about the powdery white sands and crystalline waters of the Caribbean that Mexican beaches are famous for, but Akumal Beach has something even more to offer—it has sea turtles! The name of the beach means “Place of the Turtles” and many people come here to swim with sea turtles. If you visit at the right time of the year, you can also watch the sea turtle hatchings.
Apart from its sublime waters, sugary white sand, wide beach, and natural wonders, Akumal also has watersports activities, a colorful nightlife, and lots of bars and restaurants lined around its coasts, which are a plus.
Minimum Spend: US$10 (200 Pesos) OR US$2.5 (50 Pesos) entrance fee
Atmosphere: Pleasant, gorgeous, and tranquil
Xpu-ha is another beach with immaculate waters and white sands, but what makes it special is its unique location, peaceful atmosphere, and relaxing vibe. Since it’s situated between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, not many people make their way there.
It’s been one of the most beautiful beaches of the Maya Riviera even when it wasn’t very developed. Now, with all the beach clubs, bars, and restaurants around it, it still remains a personal favorite for me because of its beauty and charm. It’s a 2-mile stretch along the coast, and despite being developed, you can find empty spaces to lay down and unwind. If you feel like socializing a bit, you can hit the beach clubs or participate in the watersports activities there.
Beach Entrance Fee: US$15 (300 Pesos)
Atmosphere: Picturesque and touristy
Just a few miles from the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Caleta Tankah Hotel features a lush beach that you can enjoy from the comfort of all its luxuries. The hotel offers snorkeling tours and you can explore the nature around it as well. Apart from beach access, the hotel also has outdoor pools, a restaurant, bar, and rooms with stunning views of the sea.
Top Beach Hotels in Tulum
Atmosphere: Natural, relaxing, and luxurious
With a lot of relaxing cabins and spacious suites to offer, Delek is one of the trendiest beach hotels in Tulum. Everything here is done with natural preservation in mind, so you won’t have to worry about inorganic ingredients in your food and the lodgings are also comfortable and eco-friendly.
Atmosphere: Pleasing, cozy, and vintage
Posada Margherita is an Italian-inspired boutique hotel with wooden furnishings and vintage decor. It’s a very luxurious place with its own pizzeria, beachfront bar, a restaurant with exquisite Italian cuisine, and pet-friendly lodgings. The only thing to keep in mind here is that it’s a cash-only hotel so your cards won’t be of use.
Hotel Nomade Tulum
Atmosphere: Attractive, fresh, and peaceful
Nomade is another great popular option if you’re looking for the typical boho-style lodging. It offers elegant outdoor tents that you can stay in to repair from the hot sun. Nomade also has yoga and plant-based cuisine which are perfect for replenishing your body.
The food at Nomade is great, especially its seafood menu. Since it’s a beach hotel, guests at Nomade can unwind by the beach in their private areas where comfy sunbeds and patios await them. As opposite to Posada Margherita, this one is a cashless hotel so make sure to bring your cards along!
Atmosphere: Contemporary and natural
Chiringuito is designed with contemporary looks in mind. You will find artworks featured on rustic wood and stone furnishings here. But don’t let the artsy looks of this hotel deceive you, it’s still very much in touch with nature. You will find a lush green jungle surrounding the hotel, and the famous white sand and sublime waters on its beachfront are a thing of beauty.
The cuisine is also very organic, with fish supplied directly by the town’s local fishermen. And all the other ingredients that are used in its Mediterrinean cuisine are also very fresh, so the food here is absolutely delicious.
How to get to the beach from Downtown Tulum
There’s only one road that takes you from Tulum downtown to Tulum beaches, you really cannot go wrong. There are plenty of options that you can use to get to Tulum Beach.
Getting to Tulum Beach by Bike
Biking is a fun way to get around in Tulum and many tourists enjoy using it as well. Since the road leading to Tulum beaches is a very straightforward one, biking on it is a very enjoyable experience. It’s also easy to find cheap bike rentals or if you stay for a long workation you can also think about buying one. You will be able to resell it easily when you leave. Keep in mind though that in the night the road is not lit and it’s not recommendable also for safety reason.
Read also about safety in Tulum on my Mexico focused blog.
Getting to Tulum Beach by Car
Another very convenient way to get to Tulum beaches is renting a car which you can also use to explore the surroundings with short day trips from Tulum. You can safely drive around in Tulum and the road to Tulum beaches is very nice—all you need is a
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If you don’t feel like biking or driving, hailing a registered taxi is always an option. All you need to do is agree on the fare with the cab driver before you get into it and you will make your way to any of Tulum’s gorgeous beaches in no time. I need to let you know though that taxis in Tulum are not my favorite people. I believe they got greedy and tend to overcharge you, almost all the time. So make sure you negotiate the price before hopping on a taxi. Or just rent a car. I swear, if you take about 3 taxi rides in Tulum, you will spend more than renting a car.
That was all about the beaches of Tulum, and the clubs and hotels around them. I covered everything that I know of, from the best beaches to beach clubs, beach resorts, Tulum nightlife, partying, and the modes of transportation to get there. Hopefully, you will find my guide helpful and make the most of your trip to Tulum. Happy vacations!