Tulum’s Best Beach Clubs to Visit NOW: Your Ultimate Guide Post-Lockdown (November 2020)

Above photo by @travelinglamas

Tulum, the once tiny, off-the-beaten-path beach destination tucked into Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, isn’t so tiny anymore. And neither is its offering of oceanfront accommodations boasting their prized possession: beach access. Visit Tulum today and you’ll have your pick of a dizzying number of beautiful oceanfront hotels and correlating beach clubs, awaiting your arrival with everything from daybeds and cabanas to craft cocktails and beachfront bites, oceanfront massages to live DJs. With so many options, which to choose?

After living in Tulum for the past year, we’ve compiled our master guide to Tulum’s best beach hangs, ranging from affordable to luxury, rustic vibes to hip vibes, laptop-friendly to family-friendly and everything in between. We know details matter, so we’ve packed in tons of useful information including entry requirements and minimums, parking info, are towels provided, pool access, happy hours and more.

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➵ TULUM ➵ / photo by @travelinglamas

But first, a few Tulum beach club basics:

As we are still in Covid times please be diligent in wearing your mask upon entry and exit to any hotel/beach club. It’s not only a courtesy to other guests and staff, but currently mandatory at all establishments in Tulum (beach road and in town).

Can you get to the beach without going through a beach club? Yes! If you’re looking for a DIY beach experience without the service of a restaurant or beach club, you can simply enter at one of the few stretches of sand in Tulum with free, easy beach access. All are beautiful and include: Playa Las Palmas, Playa Paraíso, Playa Pescadores, Playa Santa Fe (this one has views of the famed Mayan ruins) and Playa Punta Piedra.

Are all Tulum beach clubs associated with hotels? Not all, but most. There are a few exceptions that are beach club-only, but for the most part you’ll be going through a hotel to get to their beach club and hence, the beach.

How do I get to, and around, the Tulum beach road? Whether you’re already staying on the Tulum beach road (also known as the hotel zone) or in Aldea Zama, La Veleta, Tulum Centro or otherwise, the most common way to get from one place to the other is by bicycle or taxi. Bike rentals are plentiful both along the beach road and in town, as are taxis. Please note there is NO Uber in Tulum, so be prepared to either flag down a taxi or have your accommodation help you arrange one. If you’re here for an extended amount of time you can also do what a lot of locals do – start building a list of reliable, go-to taxi drivers that you can message for on-call pickup (WhatsApp is your best friend here). Another option for getting around is to rent a car or motorbike/scooter for the duration of your stay, and you’ll find plenty of options for both in town as well.

I’m driving. Can I park my car? Most of the hotels/beach clubs in Tulum have their own parking, but not all. Of those that don’t, look for the nearest Estacionamiento (parking lot) which typically charge around $200.00 pesos (roughly $10 USD) for the day. With few exceptions, you should NEVER park your car in a random spot on the actual beach road in Tulum. We made this mistake once towards the south end of the strip and got towed, amounting to a stressful and costly experience (upwards of $250.00 USD) to get the car back.

Only park your car on the actual beach road if it’s clearly marked as designated parking for an establishment you’re going to – and even then it’s a good idea to ask and double check. OR if you’re headed to one of the public beach access points like Playa Punta Piedra or Playa Las Palmas, which typically have free roadside parking. Always look out for parking signs (remember that “E” means parking in Mexico!) and when in doubt, put your car in a lot and pay the fee. It may very well save you a lot of stress (and funds) later on!

Please note the below information is accurate at time of publishing – November 2020. Pricing including minimums, happy hours, etc are season-dependent and subject to change.

Is there a beach club you love that we missed? Send us a shout and tell us! This guide is a work-in-progress and we are regularly checking out/adding more spots to the list. 

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AHAU (AHAU COLLECTION)

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Photo by @travelinglamas

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Editor’s Note: One of Tulum’s original hotel groups, we love that Ahau continues to respect and support this magical slice of paradise in a number of ways. Committed to true sustainability and environmental consciousness, Ahau is Green Key Certified (only 75 properties in all of Mexico hold this claim) as well as founded the yearly, community-driven arts festival Art With Me. Plus, a discount for locals (with Quintana Roo ID) and one of the top – if not the top – photo op in all of Tulum.

Vibe: Hip, Zen Vibes, Instagram Hot Spot, Local-Friendly

Hours: 10am – sunset daily

Parking: NO

*Ahau has on-site parking, however this is exclusively reserved for hotel guests. Plan on parking at an off-site, nearby lot as a day guest.

Entry/Minimum: $40.00 USD minimum consumption, per person, for use of daybeds.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash and all major Credit Cards. CC’s incur an additional, varying transaction fee depending on the card. (We are unsure of the exact fees.)

Towels? YES, included in minimum.

Swimming Pool? NO

Price Range: Tuluminati *most dishes $200 – $300+ MXN

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? YES. These vary and are constantly rotating – please inquire for current specials prior to your visit.

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? YES. 10% off for locals showing QR ID. 

Cuisine: Mexican

Standout dishes: Yucatan Mussels, Quinoa & Coconut Salad, Seafood Casserole Au Gratin, Salmon Skewers, Fire-Roasted Flat Iron Steak 

Wifi: YES

Laptop Friendly? YES, laptop-friendly tables and power outlets available in the restaurant area.

Family/Kid Friendly? YES

Pet Friendly? YES (pups must stay on a leash) 

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? YES. Beachfront massages available starting at $120.00 USD. 

Regular/Weekly Events? YES.

➳ Rotating live music and sunset DJ sessions held throughout the week.

➳ Yoga classes offered daily for $20.00 USD.

➳ Further wellness activities including Cacao Ceremonies, Temazcals and Sound Healings available by advance reservation, for an additional charge.

AMANSALA
Your Ultimate Guide to Tulum's Best Beach Clubs in 2020 (Post-Lockdown) / TravelingLamas.com / Photo courtesy of Amansala
Photo courtesy of Amansala

Editor’s Note: A true Tulum original, Amansala holds claim as one of the town’s very first beachfront hotels. The property practically coined the term “eco-chic,” known for its world-class yoga & fitness retreats held on the sprawling, bohemian grounds. If you’re looking for a beach day experience that’s authentically Tulum, this is it!

Vibe: Boho, Wellness-Focused, Laid-Back, Local-Friendly

Hours: 8am – 9pm daily

Parking: YES, on-site and complimentary.

Entry/Minimum: $50.00 USD entry fee per person. Of this, $25.00 goes towards food & beverage consumption.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Credit Cards with a +9% fee (Visa, Mastercard)

Towels? YES. Included in entry fee.

Swimming Pool? YES. Access is included in the entry fee.

Price Range: Reasonable with a hint of Tuluminati

*Cocktails and wine by the glass $9 USD / cerveza $4 – $6 USD / smoothies $6 – $7 USD / most dishes $14 – $15 USD

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? NO

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? YES. The entry fee is reduced to $30.00 for locals (who have and can show QR ID). Of this, $15.00 goes towards consumption.

Cuisine: Beach Cuisine/Seafood

Standout dishes: Grilled Garlic Shrimp Bowl, Green Goddess Salad, Manchego Quesadillas, Blackened Fish Tacos

Wifi: YES

Laptop Friendly? YES. Amansala has a restaurant area with plenty of work-from tables and power outlets to plug in, in addition to a dedicated co-working space (with ocean view!) that day guests can use at no additional charge.

Family/Kid Friendly? YES

Pet Friendly? YES

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? YES. Beachfront massages are available starting at $95.00 USD for 1 hour. View their full spa menu online here!

Regular/Weekly Events? YES. Daily yoga classes are offered twice a day at 8:30am or 5:45pm. $20.00 USD per class. 

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CASA MALCA
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Editor’s Note: An easy choice for art aficionados, Pablo Escobar buffs or anyone who likes to see and be seen, this former home of the infamous drug kingpin is worth the splurge for an epic beach day on the south end of the Tulum hotel zone. Bought by renowned New York art collector and gallery owner Lio Malca in 2012, the original mansion has now been renovated and expanded into today’s Casa Malca: a luxury, 71-room boutique hotel filled with valuable pieces from Malca’s own art collection (think Keith Haring, Marion Peck and Jean-Michel Basquiat, to name a few) sprinkled throughout the property and beachfront. 

Vibe: Luxury, Art & Design, Instagram Hot Spot, Scene

Hours: 10am – 6:30pm daily

Parking: YES. Directly across the street. $200.00 MXN per vehicle.

Entry/Minimum: $100.00 USD per person. $50.00 access fee*; the other $50.00 goes towards consumption.

*Day visitors may access the beach club, 3 on-site restaurants and works of art exhibited in the beach area. Please note the lobby and main entrance (swings) are not available for day visitors; these areas are exclusively reserved for hotel guests. 

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Credit Cards with NO fees (Visa, MC, AMEX)

Towels? YES. Included with minimum.

Swimming Pool? Sometimes. Pool access for day visitors is based on hotel occupancy, high season, etc, so depending on when you go it may or may not be exclusively reserved for hotel guests. Please inquire prior to your visit for the current policy. 

Price Range: Baller

*Cocktails $310 – $370 MXN / wine by the glass $250 – $375 MXN / cerveza $110 – $190 MXN / most dishes ranging $300 – $600+ MXN

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? NO

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? NO

Cuisine: Day visitors have access to all three of Casa Malca’s on-site restaurants:

➳  Philosophy (Mexican): Casa Malca’s main restaurant, complete with incredible ocean views. 

➳  Ambrosia (Asian): Accented with works from artist Keith Haring, this space was built entirely with recycled wood from Casa Malca’s 2012 renovation.

➳  Head of the Mad Man (Seafood & Grill): This restaurant’s name was inspired by one of the works of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, which holds important sentimental value to Casa Malca owner and art collector Lio Malca.

Standout dishes: Too many to count! You can view menus from all three restaurants on their website, here.

Wifi: YES

Laptop Friendly? YES. Tables and power outlets are available in the main restaurant, Philosophy.

Family/Kid Friendly? YES

Pet Friendly? NO

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? YES. There is a full-service spa on-site, offering everything from massages to facials to body scrubs.

Regular/Weekly Events? NO

CINCO
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Photo courtesy of Cinco Tulum

Editor’s Note: One of the newest additions to the Tulum beachfront scene, Cinco just opened this past August. We love it for it’s totally unpretentious and laid-back vibe, rustic-chic atmosphere (this place will transport you back to Tulum’s early days!) and refreshingly reasonable prices. Not just a beach club, Cinco also offers beachfront glamping for those truly wanting to spend the day (and night) in paradise.

Vibe: Boho, Attitude-Free, Rustic-Chic, Authentic Tulum

Hours: 11am – 6pm daily

Parking: YES, free

Entry/Minimum: $30.00 USD per person, all goes towards consumption.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Credit Cards with NO fee (Visa, Mastercard, American Express)

Towels? Available to rent for $5.00 USD per towel.

Pool? NO

Price Range: Reasonable!

*Cocktails $150 MXN / Mexican wine by the glass $180 – $230 MXN / cerveza $60 MXN / food ranging from $120 – $260 MXN

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? YES: 3 drinks for the price of 2 on all tequila/mezcal cocktails and shots, daily from 12noon – 2pm. Inquire about additional, rotating food & drink specials.

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? NO

Cuisine: Mexican Caribbean

Standout Dishes: Go for the burger (hand-ground from rib-eye steak), the vegan bowl of the day, or any of the tacos.

Wifi: YES

Laptop-Friendly? Yes – with a caveat. Tables are available in the restaurant area where guests are more than welcome to set up their laptops, but there are no power outlets. You CAN however give your laptop (or other device) and charger to a staff member, who will happily plug it in behind the bar while you take a well-deserved work break!

Family/Kid-Friendly? YES

Pet-Friendly? NO. 

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? Not yet, but stay tuned!

Regular/Weekly Events? Not right now, but activities in the works include: Sunrise Yoga, Beachfront CrossFit, Full Moon Events.

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HOTEL BARDO
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Photo courtesy of Hotel Bardo

Editor’s Note: Not a beach club at all, Hotel Bardo easily deserves a spot on this list nonetheless. Tucked into the jungle on the edge of Tulum Centro, this hidden gem is my & Alberto’s go-to for a peaceful, poolside day hang. Zen vibes abound as you enter the hotel and emerge into a beautiful open-air oasis, where you’ll find a restaurant, cocktail bar, fire pit and the chicest touches everywhere you turn – all centered around a stunning, sprawling swimming pool. Complete with consistently welcoming and friendly service, this secluded oasis is an easy choice to catch up on some serious R&R in Tulum.

Vibe: Relaxed, Peaceful, Zen, Oasis, Local-Friendly

Hours: 7:30am – 11pm daily

Parking: YES. On-site and free for day guests.

Entry/Minimum: $30.00 USD per person, all towards consumption.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash and Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard). No fee for cc’s.

Towels? YES. Included in minimum.

Swimming Pool? YES (obviously!)

Price Range: Tuluminati

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? NO

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? YES. 10% off for locals showing QR ID.

Cuisine: Mexican / Seafood / Italian

Standout dishes: We personally love going in late morning to catch Bardo’s breakfast menu, which includes the best Chilaquiles Rojos. For afternoon nibbles, go for the Beet Hummus, Guacamole or Truffle Fries!

Wifi: YES

Laptop Friendly? YES. Plenty of work-from tables and power outlets in the restaurant, bar and lounge areas.

Family/Kid Friendly? YES

Pet Friendly? YES

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? YES, there is an on-site spa. Please inquire with Bardo as to available services and pricing.

Regular/Weekly Events or Classes? YES. All of the following are available for an additional charge:

➳ Yoga held daily at 9am.

➳ Temazcal held Wednesdays at 10am and Sundays at 6pm. Advance reservation required.

➳ Sound Healing held Saturdays at 7pm. Advance reservation required.

HOTELITO AZUL
Your Ultimate Guide to Tulum's Best Beach Clubs in 2020 (Post-Lockdown) / TravelingLamas.com / Photo courtesy of Hotelito Azul
Photo courtesy of Hotelito Azul

Editor’s Note: A relative newcomer on the Tulum beach scene, Hotelito Azul opened its doors in December 2018, followed by the opening of its coveted rooftop in Summer 2019. As if the spectacular rooftop views and IG-worthy beach club weren’t enough reason to spend a day at Hotelito Azul, the friendly service, laid-back vibe and reasonable minimum (not to mention perks for Tulum locals) certainly are!

Vibe: Chill, Hip, Instagram Hot Spot, Local-Friendly

Hours: Beach Club 8am – 5pm / Rooftop 1pm – 11pm (both daily)

Parking: NO, but there is a parking lot right across the street. $200.00 MXN for 24 hours.

Entry/Minimum: $35.00 USD per person (all towards consumption), subject to increase on holidays.

Accepted Payment Methods: Credit Cards only with no additional fee (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX).

Towels? YES. Rental fee is $100.00 MXN, which can be added to your minimum and apply towards consumption.

Swimming Pool? YES. Access to the rooftop pool is included in the minimum.

Price Range: Tuluminati

*Signature cocktails $15 USD / wine by the glass $12 – $13 USD / most dishes (pizza, sandwiches, seafood) ranging from $14 – $18

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? No happy hour, however seasonal promotions are sometimes offered. 

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? YES. They offer a VIP card for locals with QR ID, giving you 15% off.

Cuisine: International Fusion

Standout dishes: Aguachile Ceviche, Vegan Jack Fruit Salad, Funghi Pizza, Sauteed Octopus

Wifi: YES

Laptop Friendly? YES – plenty of tables and power outlets in the oceanfront restaurant.

Family/Kid Friendly? YES. The only exception here is that the rooftop becomes adults-only from 4pm, Fri/Sat/Sun.

Pet Friendly? YES

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? YES. Beachfront massages start at $150.00 USD.

Regular/Weekly Events? YES. On-site yoga and meditation classes, available by group or you can book a private session.

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KANAN (AHAU COLLECTION)
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Editor’s Note: Think Flintstones meets Swiss Family Robinson meets seriously chic, and you have Ahau Collection’s Kanan: easily holding claim as one of the more unique offerings on the Tulum beachfront. The best way to experience Kanan? By reserving a private, elevated nest in its beachfront “treehouse,” complete with daybeds, fringed umbrellas and a bird’s eye view (literally and figuratively!) of the sparkling Mexican-Caribbean ocean. Don’t forget to take a dip in the oasis-like swimming pool, where you’ll find waterfalls, a secluded jacuzzi area and a swim-up bar.

Vibe: Unique, Zen, Instagram Hot Spot, Local-Friendly

Hours: 10am – sunset daily

Parking: NO

*Kanan has on-site parking, however this is exclusively reserved for hotel guests. Plan on parking at an off-site, nearby lot as a day guest.

Entry/Minimum: $40.00 USD minimum (per person) to access the property; OR a $60.00 minimum for use of Kanan’s beachfront nests. All minimums apply in full towards consumption.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash and all major Credit Cards. CC’s incur an additional, varying transaction fee depending on the card. (We are unsure of the exact fees.)

Towels? YES, included in minimum.

Swimming Pool? YES, included in minimum.

Price Range: Tuluminati

*Cocktails in the $200 MXN range / most dishes $200 – $300 MXN

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? Sometimes – seasonal promotions vary and are constantly rotating.

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? YES. 10% off for locals showing QR ID.

Cuisine: Mexican

Standout dishes: Aguachiles, Pork Leg Tacos, Flank Steak Torta, Vegan Burger, Bass with Green Mole

Wifi: YES

Laptop Friendly? YES, laptop-friendly tables and power outlets available in the restaurant area.

Family/Kid Friendly? Adults-only

Pet Friendly? YES (pups must stay on a leash)

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? YES. Kanan has an on-site, full-service spa. Please inquire for available treatments and pricing.

Regular/Weekly Events? YES.

➳ Rotating live music and sunset DJ sessions held throughout the week.

➳ Yoga classes offered Thursday – Sunday. Please inquire with Kanan for pricing.

LA EUFEMIA
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Photo courtesy of La Eufemia

Editor’s Note: A name synonymous with the Tulum beach scene, there are many reasons why La Eufemia is a beloved favorite of both locals and tourists alike. From refreshingly affordable prices and NO entry minimum to killer tacos and daily 2×1 margs, not to mention a seriously laid back vibe, Eufemia is our pick for a chilled out, no-frills beach day right in the center of the action on the Tulum beach road.

Vibe: Laid Back, Rustic, Hippie, Peace & Love 

Hours: 8am – 10pm

Parking: YES. Parking lot is free and right across the street from the entrance to Eufemia.

Entry/Minimum: None.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Credit Cards with a +5% fee (Visa, Mastercard)

Towels? NO

Swimming Pool? NO

Price Range: Reasonable!

*Cocktails $100 – $120 MXN / wine by the glass $100 MXN / cerveza $40 MXN / ice’d coffee $70 MXN / smoothies $80 – $120 MXN / tacos $25 – $65 MXN / ceviches, salads, nachos $90 – $240 MXN

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? 2×1 margs every day, 3pm – 5pm.

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? Time to start brushing up on your Mayan. While Quintana Roo ID alone won’t do you much good here, Mayan speakers get 10% off.

Cuisine: Mexican 

Standout dishes: Tacos! Shrimp, Octopus, Chicharrón, Mushroom with Garlic, Al Pastor, Steak & more

Wifi: YES 

Laptop Friendly? Sort of. There are plenty of laptop-friendly tables in the restaurant area, but only a few power outlets.  

Family/Kid Friendly? YES

Pet Friendly? YES 

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? NO

Regular/Weekly Events? NO

LA ZEBRA
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Photo courtesy of La Zebra

Editor’s Note: La Zebra is easily a go-to spot to spend a beautiful day on the beach for a number of reasons. Another Tulum original, La Zebra has stood the test of time thanks to its friendly service, delicious Mexican cuisine, excellent craft cocktails (2×1 on Tuesdays!) and welcoming, fun and lively atmosphere. Admittedly biased, La Zebra also has a special place in my & Alberto’s hearts as we held our welcome dinner here for our Tulum I do’s in 2014. ❤︎

Vibe: Hip, Lively-yet-Chill, Local-Friendly

Hours: 10am – 7pm daily

Parking: YES, no charge.

Entry/Minimum: $600 MXN adults, $300 MXN kids. Children under 5 years do not have a minimum. La Zebra did give us the head’s up these minimums will be increasing for high season, although they have not yet set those minimums.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Credit Cards with no fee! (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX)

Towels? NO

Swimming Pool? There is an on-site pool, however access is exclusively reserved for hotel guests.

Price Range: Reasonable with a hint of Tuluminati

*Cocktails $200 – $220 MXN / cerveza $75 – $120 MXN / wine by the glass $190 – $260 MXN / smoothies $160 MXN / most dishes ranging $150 – $300 MXN 

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? YES:

➳ 15% off Mexican wine by the bottle on Mondays.

➳ 2×1 Tuesdays from the Mulberry Project pop-up bar. All craft cocktails are 2 for 1, Tuesdays only from 12pm – 8pm. Discount applies whether seated at the bar, restaurant or beach.

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? YES. Locals with QR ID can get a special discount card at the front desk, good for 20% off.

Cuisine: Mexican

Standout dishes: Book the “Chef’s Table” at La Zebra for a private, 8-course dinner experience hosted by Chef Eleazar Bonilla, complete with a view into the kitchen and the chef in action. The table can seat up to 8 people, priced at $150.00 USD per person + 18% service (tax is already included).

Wifi: YES

Laptop Friendly? YES. Tables and power outlets available in both the restaurant and the rooftop.

Family/Kid Friendly? YES

Pet Friendly? NO

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? YES. While not offered on the beach itself, La Zebra has an on-site spa offering a wide range of massages in addition to romantic couples therapies. You can check out their full spa menu here.

Regular/Weekly Events? Normally yes (including La Zebra’s famed Salsa Sundays!), but at the moment all events are on pause due to COVID. With one very notable exception! Head there on Saturdays to browse one-of-a-kind pieces and meet the designer behind Global Gypsy Collection: an artisanal jewelry line utilizing silver, stones, feathers and more from Tulum resident, tastemaker and connector Suzan Crane. 

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MAXANAB

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Photo courtesy of Maxanab

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Editor’s Note: This one flies a bit under the radar and for good reason! A beachfront haven to truly get away from it all, those seeking peace, relaxation and zen vibes only should head to Maxanab. You won’t find parties, DJs or a “scene” here. Instead, you’ll find a beautiful boutique hotel committed to providing a calm, tranquil experience, in a seriously chic setting – pool goals included! A head’s up that when Maxanab is at full occupancy with hotel guests, they limit day visitors to just 10. Best to call ahead here and make a reservation if you have your heart set on a day of true tropical bliss. 

Vibe: Chic, Relaxed, Zen, Peaceful

Hours: 11am- 6pm 

Parking: Limited on-site parking is available at no additional charge. Once the lot is full (and note that hotel guests get priority) you will need to find and pay for an off-site lot. 

Entry/Minimum: $1,000 MXN per person for use of daybeds.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Credit Cards with NO fee (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX)

Towels? YES. Included in minimum.

Swimming Pool? YES! Included in minimum.

Price Range: Tuluminati

*Cocktails $250 MXN / wine by the glass $200 – $300+ MXN / most dishes $200 – $300+ MXN

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? NO 

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? YES. 20% off for locals showing QR ID.

Cuisine: Modern Mexican / Seafood

Standout dishes: Aguachiles, Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Calamari, Fish Tacos, Caesar Salad, Beetroot Toast, Club Sandwich (fully loaded with bacon, poached chicken, roasted garlic aioli & more)

Wifi: YES 

Laptop Friendly? YES. Work-from tables and power outlets in the restaurant area.

Family/Kid Friendly? Adults only. 

Pet Friendly? NO

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? YES. While not beachfront, Maxanab has a beautiful on-site spa with massages starting at $300 USD.

Regular/Weekly Events? NO

MINA

Your Ultimate Guide to Tulum's Best Beach Clubs in 2020 (Post-Lockdown) / TravelingLamas.com / Photo courtesy of MINA
Photo courtesy of MINA

Editor’s note: Alberto & I have been to MINA many times and are big fans! While it isn’t a beach club in and of itself, it’s one of our fave work-from spots on the beach road and thus deserves a spot on this list. We love MINA’s chill & relaxed vibe, comfortable tables (with ocean views!), power outlets, floor fans that they’ll set up right in front of your table upon request, reasonable prices and friendly, no-attitude service.

Want toes in the sand? You can head next-door to the affiliated Maria Del Mar Hotel and their beach club (plus pool)! We have reached out to Maria Del Mar and are currently awaiting a response on their minimums, pool access, etc. Once we have, we will update! In the meantime, please note the information below is specific to MINA only.

Vibe: Chic, Chilled Out, Laptop-Friendly, Local-Friendly

Hours: 7:30am – 10:30pm daily

Parking: YES and free! Entrance to the spacious parking lot is right across the street from Mina.

Entry/Minimum: None to sit anywhere in the restaurant.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, all major Credit Cards (no fee!)

Price Range: Reasonable!

*Americano, espresso, etc $45.00 MXN / most dishes $100 – $200 MXN; seafood & steaks $300 – $500+ MXN 

Cuisine: Latin American Fusion

Standout dishes: We have tried and LOVE the chilaquiles rojos for breakfast. Also, you can’t go wrong with any of their ice’d coffee drinks. For dinner – order anything cooked in the horna de leña (wood-fired oven).

Wifi: YES

Laptop Friendly? YES, plenty of power outlets located near tables all throughout the restaurant.

Family/Kid Friendly? YES

Pet Friendly? YES

Happy Hour? YES: 2×1 cerveza and spicy margaritas, daily 4-6pm

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? YES: 20% off for locals showing QR ID.

NEST
Your Ultimate Guide to Tulum's Best Beach Clubs in 2020 (Post-Lockdown) / TravelingLamas.com / Photo courtesy of NEST Tulum
Photo courtesy of NEST Tulum

Editor’s Note: A Tulum original, NEST has stayed committed to respecting the history and lifestyle of the region’s native Mayan land, culture and spirituality since the mid-1990s. Now, head to NEST for serious zen vibes in a tranquil, stylish and minimalist setting with delicious beach bites by neighboring restaurant NÜ Tulum.

Vibe: Minimalist, Chic, Boho, Chill, Zen

Hours: 8am – 10:30pm

Parking: YES, free.

Entry/Minimum: Varies depending on season, generally ranging from $700 MXN in low season to $1000 MXN in high season (all towards consumption).

Accepted Payment Methods: Credit Cards only (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX). No additional fee!

Towels? YES, included in minimum.

Swimming Pool? NO

Price Range: Reasonable with a hint of Tuluminati

*Cocktails $190 – $220 MXN / wines by the glass $170 – $210 MXN / cerveza $80 – $100 MXN / smoothies, americano, espresso $85 MXN / most dishes ranging $100 – $200+ MXN

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? NO

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? YES, during low season only. Please inquire with Nest as to the exact discount offered once low season returns!

Cuisine: Mexican

Standout dishes: Tacos! Shrimp, Pulpo, Steak, Mushrooms Al Pastor & more. Plus – Ceviches and a killer Burger with guacamole, caramelized onion & more.

Wifi: YES

Laptop Friendly? YES. Laptop-friendly tables and power outlets in the restaurant area.

Family/Kid Friendly? Adults only.

Pet Friendly? NO

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? YES. Nest has an on-site, rooftop spa offering massages and facials for around $1,700 – $2,200 MXN per treatment.

Regular/Weekly Events? NO

VILLA PESCADORES
Your Ultimate Guide to Tulum's Best Beach Clubs in 2020 (Post-Lockdown) / TravelingLamas.com / Photo courtesy of Villa Pescadores (Ahau Collection)
Photo courtesy of Villa Pescadores / Ahau Collection

Editor’s Note: Head to the north end of Tulum’s beach zone and just before you reach the famed Mayan ruins, you’ll find Villa Pescadores: a laid-back, rustic-chic property paying homage to the town’s early days as a quiet fishing village. Our pick for a seriously chilled out day reminiscent of early Tulum, not to mention stunning views, attitude-free service and some of the more reasonable prices you’ll find around.

Vibe: Chilled Out, Rustic-Chic, Authentic Tulum, Local-Friendly

Hours: 10am – sunset daily

Parking: NO

*Villa Pescadores has on-site parking, however this is exclusively reserved for hotel guests. Plan on parking at an off-site, nearby lot as a day guest.

Entry/Minimum: $40.00 USD minimum consumption, per person, for use of loungers & daybeds.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash and all major Credit Cards. CC’s incur an additional, varying transaction fee depending on the card. (We are unsure of the exact fees.)

Towels? YES, included in minimum.

Swimming Pool? YES. There is a small pool and access is included in the minimum.

Price Range: Reasonable!

*Cocktails $150 – $180 MXN / wine by the glass $160 – $180 MXN / cerveza $48 / smoothies $145 MXN / americano, espresso $55 MXN / most dishes $100 – $300 MXN

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? Sometimes – seasonal promotions vary and are constantly rotating.

Local Discount (with Quintana Roo ID)? YES. 10% off for locals showing QR ID.

Cuisine: Mexican

Standout dishes: Rock Shrimp, Ceviche, Grilled Veggie Sandwich, Hamburger (fully loaded with bacon, gouda cheese, and a blue cheese/chipotle sauce), Pasta Alfredo, Fresh Lobster, Pesca Del Día (Catch of the Day)

Wifi: YES

Laptop Friendly? YES, laptop-friendly tables and power outlets available in the restaurant area.

Family/Kid Friendly? YES

Pet Friendly? YES (pups must stay on a leash)

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? YES. Beachfront massages available starting at $120.00 USD.

Regular/Weekly Events? YES.

➳ Rotating live music and sunset DJ sessions held throughout the week.

➳ Yoga classes offered daily at sister property Kai (next door) for an additional charge.

ZIGGY’S
Your Ultimate Guide to Tulum's Best Beach Clubs in 2020 (Post-Lockdown) / TravelingLamas.com / Photo courtesy of Ziggy's
Photo courtesy of Ziggy’s

Editor’s Note: Another Tulum original, Ziggy’s continues to maintain the perfect balance between hip and laid-back year after year. Head here for a beautiful beach day with friendly service, then stay into the night for rotating live music – not to mention mezcal and tequila tastings. Salud! 

Vibe: Hip, Trendy, Chilled Out

Hours: 9am – 6pm daily

Parking: YES, free

Entry/Minimum: $50.00 USD per person, age 18 & older. All goes towards consumption. No minimum is required for children and teens under the age of 18.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash (pesos or USD), Visa/Mastercard with NO fee

Towels? Available to rent for $150 MXN / $7 USD per towel.

Swimming Pool? Reserved for hotel guests only; no access for day visitors.

Price Range: Tuluminati

*Cocktails $280 – $360 MXN / wine by the glass $280 – $300 MXN / cerveza $90 MXN / dishes ranging $200 – $500+ MXN

Happy Hour or Regular Promotions? No happy hour, however seasonal promotions are sometimes offered. 

Local Discount? NO

Cuisine: Mexican Caribbean Fusion

Standout dishes: Ceviche, Garlic Shrimp, Jamaica (hibiscus) Empanadas, Huitlacoche Risotto, Short Ribs, plus a kid’s menu.

Wifi: YES

Laptop Friendly? YES, tables and power outlets available in the restaurant.

Family/Kid Friendly? YES

Pet Friendly? NO

Beachfront Massage or other Spa Services? YES. A full range of spa services is available, with advance reservation only, at next-door sister property The Beach. You can view the full spa menu here.

Regular/Weekly Events? YES. Enjoy live music every night from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, ranging from saxophone to mariachi to spanish guitar and more. Plus! Mezcal, tequila and wine tastings, rotating depending on the day. And – sister property The Beach offers daily yoga classes at 9am.