Honestly, why go to Tulum if you're not going to visit the beach?! Since we stayed in the city we took a quick taxi to the numerous beach hotels/clubs every other day while we were there. My favorite beach clubs are Hotel Poc Na and Papaya Playa Project.
Hotel Poc Na was out first beach club stop. It was a beautiful mid-Monday morning and the weather was absolutely perfect. We ended up renting two chairs and an umbrella for less than $50 and purchased lunch and drinks too while we were there too. Our total spending for the two to four hours we were there was definitely under $75 for the entire duration! Plus, they had a live band as well.
Later in the week we ventured to Papaya Playa Project further down the beach! We actually went to Papaya Playa Project the night before for the Full Moon party but the line was so long and cover was $30 per person! Plus, the DJ for the night was playing mostly EDM and Aeriel and I just weren't into that. So, we ended up coming back the next day around 10 am and ended up being some of the first people on the beach! I had Chilaquiles (tortilla chips, salsa verde, eggs, creama, and cheese) with a freshly squeezed power juice and Aeriel had pancakes and fruit.
Papaya Playa is within walking distance to great shopping, so once you leave be sure to roam around and pick up a few items!
After some morning shopping on the beach one day, we stopped by Maria del Mar hotel to hang out on the beach and eat lunch. The hotel has a slightly smaller beach front but the rocks are pretty cool! We grabbed a lunch here while hanging out on the beach. I must say, this spot was so quiet and I absolutely loved it! Perfect place to grab a bite to eat and steal a quick nap.
I grabbed the green salad with tempura fried shrimp and fresh citrus fruit along with a watermelon mojito. Aeriel had calamari and a frozen strawberry daquiri. Plus, Maria del Mar is directly next to amazing shops like De La Rosa, Naia Tulum, and Psylo Fashion as well if you want to shop.
There are numerous beach clubs to visit so be sure to have a few in mind before you arrive or you can chat with your hotel concierge or host for help! When you finally peel yourself off the beach chairs, be sure to check out a major spot in Tulum - the Ruins!
Unless you already know about the Tulum Ruins, I highly recommend getting a tour guide to take you around the park. Our tour guide, Esperanza, is actually a fourth generation tour guide! She was so kind and knowledgable about the ruins and the Mayan culture. It was only about $30 and we were out there for about an hour and a half with her, roaming around afterwards.
Be on the look out for iguanas as well - they're EVERYWHERE!
While visiting Tulum, be sure to check out the city and neighborhood too. It was so exciting to see beyond the glitz and glam of the beach and fancy hotels.
We had a blast in Tulum and enjoyed every minute of it! I'll be sharing just a photo recap later this week and will highlight my New York trip on the blog soon! If you have any questions about my trip (travel methods, housing options, etc.) please feel free to leave them in the comments section and I'll be glad to help!
Hello, I'm Margo
I'm 24 years young and taking one day at a time! Sharing my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you through my blog, Simply Monday Musings.
Constantly remembering to
Thanks for reading!
Follow Me on Instagram!
Shop love...Kenedie on Etsy!