Welcome to Tulum
Tulum is a spectacular beach getaway on the Caribbean coast located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Famous for the nearby Mayan ruins of the same name, the historic port city has crystal-clear turquoise waters and a thriving gastronomic scene. Tulum’s eateries are generally in the beachside Zona Hotelera (hotel zone) and the Tulum Pueblo (town center). Whether you’re looking to just grab a bite or go on a culinary adventure, here are some great recommendations for where to eat in Tulum.
Where to Eat
The Top Neighborhoods
TULUM PUEBLO / CENTRO
The town center or Tulum Pueblo has restaurant options for all budgets and almost all of them have air conditioning. The pueblo holds dozens of authentic restaurants, exciting night clubs and bars, and often street festivals. On the edges of Centro are a few jungle areas that have some funkier more eclectic dining options.
ZONA HOTELERA / ESMERELDA K
The Zona Hotelera and Esmerelda K beach areas are about 10-20 minutes south of town (by car) right on the ocean. The Zona Hotelera has mostly upscale restaurants, many with private beachfronts and beautiful swimming pools. The Zona Hotelera itself is roughly divided into three different areas. The North, located up near the ruins, is the quiet, romantic area. The chic Middle has the beach clubs, restaurants and most of the nightlife. And the South and “Esmerelda K ” areas are very family-friendly and boast wide sandy beaches.