23 EPIC Things to Do in Tulum at Night in 2024

a tulum party in the jungle is one of the best things to do in tulum at night


You’ve landed on the right article because I have lived in Mexico since 2018, including several months spent in Tulum and nearby Playa del Carmen. With this article, I’ve created the most complete list of things to do in Tulum at night available anywhere online!

No matter if you’re visiting Tulum for two days or 20 days, this list of the Top 23 Tulum Things to Do at Night includes all the must see Tulum sites and hidden gems. It’s sure to keep you busy, and help you plan an unforgettable Tulum itinerary.

Whether you’re looking for parties, rooftop bars in Tulum, a fun ice cream date, or an adrenaline-boosting adventure — there’s something for everyone on this list, no matter your preferences or budget.

Ready to get to this EPIC list of the Best Things to Do in Tulum Mexico at Night so you’re all set to have an amazing Tulum trip!? Let’s dive in!

The 23 Best Things to Do in Tulum at Night

1. Have Dinner in the Tulum Jungle

chef preparing a meal in the jungle, one of the best things to do in Tulum at night
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a luxurious dinner in a jungle when you’re in Tulum. (Photo: Airbnb)

Enjoy this 4-course dinner in a private jungle garden in the center of Tulum Pueblo (AKA Downtown Tulum). Beyond the food, which is amazing, this experience is also a mezcal tasting where you’ll learn about and taste this famous Mexican spirit.

With each dish, you’ll be served a one-ounce tasting of mezcal, and one additional small-batch and artisanal mezcal that your hosts hand-select. In total, you’ll taste five different Mexico mezcals throughout the night.

The food menu remains a secret until you arrive. While food allergies and dietary restrictions are considered (just let the hosts know in advance), the experience is geared towards adventurous eaters who aren’t afraid of trying something new.

For one of the top luxury things to do in Tulum, which includes delicious food, great vibes, and incredible mezcal, don’t miss out on the magic and book this Jungle Dinner & Tulum Mezcal tasting ASAP.

best things to do in Tulum at night

2. Xplor Fuego Park Nighttime Adventure

people on atv at xplor park tulum atv tours
Book this Xplor Fuego Park Night Adventure to experience rafting, ziplining, ATV riding, and more. (Photo © Xplor Park)

Happy hours are all well and good, but how about a dose of adrenaline instead? Ramp up your after-sundown hours with a full-blown adventure at Xplor Fuego Park.

Spend the hours of darkness ziplining through the jungle, swimming in underground caves, and roaring cross-country in an amphibious vehicle. Jungle pathways, starlit skies, and jungle treetops await.

In between cave rafting between glowing stalactites and stalagmites and careening over hanging bridges en route to crocodile pits, you’ll have access to hammocks and an all-you-can-eat buffet.

If this experience sounds unreal — that’s because it is! You’ll feel like you’ve entered a whole different world, because Tulum nightlife takes on a whole new meaning at Xplor Fuego 🔥

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3. Nighttime Taco Tour in Tulum

tacos in Tulum
I highly recommend booking a Tulum Food Tour to visit the best culinary spots in Tulum, including the best spots in the Zona Hotelera.

Whether you’re looking for a Tulum street food and walking tour combo or haute cuisine and fine dining with a private chef in Tulum, it’s all in Tulum. Though most of the best Tulum food tours take place during the day, here’s one you can do at night:

🌮 Best Tulum Taco tour at night

Tacos are the name of the game during this Tulum Street Food Tour. On it, you’ll sample everything from tacos de picadillo, tacos de chorizo verde, and tacos al pastor — the most popular of all traditional Mexico tacos.

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4. Do a Tulum Mezcal Tasting & Mixology Class

mezcal cup and bottle
This Tulum Mezcal Tour is a great way to get to know this delicious Mexican spirit.

Nothing says Mexico like tequila and mezcal, two signature drinks made from agave. Tasting these incredible liquors is a wonderful way to enjoy Tulum Mexico nightlife, and enjoy authentic Mexican culture.

One of the best ways to taste mezcal is by booking this Mezcal experience, hosted by craft cocktail experts. Enjoy local fruits, artisanal salts, and delicious local fruits alongside your tasting. 

On it, you’ll taste artisanal versions of tequila and/or mezcal from different regions of Mexico. You’ll also discover the nuances of flavor, learn what’s involved in creating these liquors, and discover how to mix them into incredible tequila and mezcal cocktails.

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5. Enjoy the Tulum Nightlife

Want to experience the Tulum Mexico party scene? (Um… who doesn’t?!) When it comes to making a Tulum Mexico things-to-do list, many visitors definitely want to add some Tulum clubs, bars, Tulum festivals, and parties to that list.

So, what are some of the best nightclubs in Tulum? My favorites include Bonbonniere Tulum Club, Gitano Tulum, Arca Tulum for fancy cocktails, Batey Bar and Santino Tulum — but I’ve also listed a few more options below.

🍻 Join the Tulum Pub Crawl

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Tulum nightlife Reddit users always recommend pub crawls, like this Guided Pub Crawl in Tulum so you can try different bars and meet new friends.

This Guided Pub Crawl in Tulum has been a nightlife staple for some time now.

On it, you’ll join other travelers for drinks, shots, and party games at some of the hottest nightlife venues in Tulum. Your drinks are included in the cost of the tour — so make sure you have some Liquid IV hangover cure for the morning after 🍻

🪩 Papaya Playa Project: Saturday Tulum Party

people partying in Papaya Playa Project
Tourists also go to Papaya Playa Project to party; it is one of the best clubs Tulum has to offer and is also highly rated as one of the best clubs in Tulum Reddit users say. (Photo: Expedia)

Looking for things to do in Tulum this weekend? One of the most popular options for nightlife in Tulum is the Saturday night party at Papaya Playa Project. This massive Tulum dance party is something people look forward to all week.

You also won’t want to miss Papaya Playa’s famous full moon party.

💃🏻 La Zebra Hotel: Sunday Salsa Nights

Looking to do some Tulum salsa dancing? This Salsa Lovers Worldwide class is very popular. (Photo: Airbnb)

Another mainstay on the Tulum party scene is the Sunday Salsa Nights at La Zebra Hotel. If you want to dance salsa in Tulum, head here for free salsa lessons from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, and a live band from 7:30 pm-10:30 pm.

⚠️ Update: It seems La Zebra may have canceled this event or put it on hold (hopefully the latter). For those who want to take a salsa lesson in Tulum, you can book yours here with Salsa Lovers Worldwide.

best things to do in Tulum at night

6. Dine With a Private Chef in Tulum

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Taste Tulum with Private Chefs and learn more about Yucatan and Mexican cuisine. (Photo: Airbnb)

Looking for a luxurious Tulum culinary dining experience? Look no further than your new favorite private chefs in Tulum: Chef Leonel and Chef Omar.

With a nice blend of traditional Yucatan cuisine and traditional Mexican food dishes, you’re in for a treat. Drawing from rich culinary traditions, your chef prioritizes fresh and seasonal ingredients, always infusing a modern twist into each dish.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can join the cooking action to learn from the best and learn new skills. Chefs Leonel and Omar know that cleaning after cooking is the worst part, so they will always leave your kitchen spotless on their way out.

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7. Take the Xoximilco Night Cruise

Xoximilco Night Cruise
Book this Xoximilco Night Cruise for an unforgettable experience in Tulum. (Photo: TripAdvisor)

This Xoximilco Night Cruise is undoubtedly the best place to party in Tulum to enjoy Mexican gondolas, delicious local food, dancing, and live music. What could be better?

You’ll hop aboard a traditional Mexican trajineras (gondola boats), then float along the water.

During the first half of the evening, you and the other guests will eat tasty dishes like fish, steak, and molé — which is actually the national dish of Mexico.

Your gondola will stop by other gondolas with by Mexican musicians who will serenade your group with mariachi music. (If you’re thinking “this all sounds familiar,” that’s because it’s identical to the famous Xochimilco Mexico City boats).

Dance, laugh, drink lots of tequila, play games, compete in contests, and get to know the other guests on your Xoximilco Cruise in Riviera Maya.

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8. Take Salsa Dancing Classes in Tulum

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Book this Tulum Salsa Class to learn how to dance on your vacation.

Learn new dance moves, immerse yourself in an aspect of Latin culture, and enter the vibrant world of salsa.

Whether you’re a beginner or are interested in practicing advanced moves, taking a salsa dancing class is a fabulous nightlife Tulum activity.

Join this group of fellow Latin dance enthusiasts for a night on the town 💃🏻 Here, you’ll learn new skills from your party host, socialize, visit the top salsa night clubs in Tulum Mexico, and dance to your heart’s content.

Steve Dance Academy is another excellent option, offering private salsa and bachata dance classes at a studio.

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9. ​​Enjoy a Dinner with a Show

Fire breathers, belly dancers, sparklers, plate smashing, live DJs, and aerial dancing are a few of the entertainment options available in Tulum.

  • Fashion Grill House Chamao offers aerial dancing paired with mouth-watering Mexican cuisine.
  • At Mamazitta, you’ll find delicious local dishes and a sparkler experience.
  • Ilios is a Greek restaurant with amazing entertainment, including acrobatics, belly dancing, plate smashing, DJs, and fire breathing.
  • Art Beach Tulum Dinner Shows offer a spectacle of light, sound, and dancing from innovative artists.
  • For more options, check a Tulum nightlife guide for the latest hot spots.
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10. Take a Cooking Class in Tulum

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Learn the traditional way of cooking Mexican food by booking this Tulum Cooking Class.

Want to learn to cook Mexican food on your Tulum vacation? Smart choice! While most think Mexican food is simply tacos and burritos, that’s actually not the local food of Tulum and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Here, it’s all about traditional Yucatan foods like cochinita pibil, poc chuc, relleno negro, sopa de lima, and panuchos.

Have no clue what I just said?! Then you better book this Tulum cooking class ASAP 👩‍🍳

During your class, you’ll get the chance to make a meal from scratch with a Mexican Chef, Lily Rivera, who uses only local ingredients and recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

She offers both day and evening classes, so it’s easy to fit into your schedule. Book your class for the evening, and you’re in for some of the best late night food Tulum has to offer.

best things to do in Tulum at night

11. Have a Fancy Dinner at Arca: The Best Restaurant in Tulum

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Grilled venison comes topped with pickled red onions, caramelized peanuts, and a chive/grilled onions mixture.

Led by Mexican-American chef José Luis Hinostroza, Arca has been a Tulum hotspot since opening in 2015, both for food and drinks. If you’re a foodie, this Tulum restaurant must be on your radar.

While it’s not always easy to get a table, and not cheap to eat there, you’re probably wondering, Is Arca Tulum worth visiting? I ate there and would say that it lived up to the hype.

Between the food and the ambiance, it’s easily one of the top things to do in Tulum at night for couples looking for a romantic meal. Of course, Arca place is also great for a girl’s trip or night out with friends.

However, not all dishes were winners. To see the ones I loved and the ones I didn’t, as well as many Arca food photos and more, in my honest Arca Tulum review article.

🍽️ Want to check out more of the best restaurants in Tulum?

There are many great Tulum restaurants to choose from, but here are five top-rated places to eat in Tulum:

  • Burrito Amor: Best burritos in Tulum
  • Posada Margherita: Best Italian restaurant in Tulum, especially for pizza
  • El Asadero: Best burgers in Tulum, and best steaks
  • Ki’Bok Tulum: Best coffee in Tulum
  • DelCielo Tulum Cafe: Best brunch in Tulum
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12. Have a Mojito at Batey Bar

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Whenever I visit Tulum, I always get a passion fruit mojito at Batey Bar in Tulum Pueblo.

You have a lot of choices for things to do in Tulum at night, and there are a lot of places that serve mojitos but Batey Tulum is in a class all its own.

Once you enter this low-key Tulum bar, you’ll see an old VW bug that’s been converted into a sugarcane extraction station because they use fresh sugarcane juice and fresh fruit to make their famous mojitos. There are lots of flavors, but I always get a maracuya mojito (passion fruit).

🍹 In case you’re wondering, How much are the mojitos at Batey Tulum? They are $120 pesos each (about $8 USD).

This spot is popular with locals and visitors, and many people start their night out here. You can also spend the whole night at Batey Mojito & Guarapo Bar, where there’s live music most evenings, and a lively and eclectic crowd that spills out into the streets.

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13. Go to a Tulum Jungle Party

While you’ll want to check out the best clubs in Tulum Beach by day, the amazing parties with lights, DJs, and high energy don’t kick in till the sun goes down.

Combine all that with the untamed Mayan jungle setting as a backdrop, and you now have a recipe for something stupendous. In short: Don’t pass up the chance to let your wild side out beneath the tropical trees of Tulum at a jungle party.

One of the best spots to enjoy a jungle party is Casa Jaguar in the middle beach zone. This could be the best nightclub Tulum has to offer. They hold jungle parties every Thursday featuring DJ sets, live hybrid sets, and artists from all over the world.

Gitano’s Jungle Venue is another great jungle location to hit up. Enjoy mezcal-infused drinks and dance to the gypsy disco music all night long.

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14. Stroll Around Downtown Tulum

colorful shops in Tulum Town (AKA Downtown Tulum or Tulum Pueblo)
Check out souvenirs in different shops in Tulum’s downtown area.

Explore the heart of Tulum by walking around downtown by night. When the sun goes down, this neighborhood comes to live with a vibrant scene with bars, restaurants, street taco stands, and bustling local shops.

After some of the best Tulum tacos at the yummy-yet-affordable Antojitos la Chiapaneca, stop in at La Reyna de Michoacan for a refreshing fruit popsicle.

Alternatively, opt for a seafood fusion meal at Sabor de Mar. Not only is the food delicious, but the rooftop terrace offers a perfect vantage to take in the nightlife in Tulum.

End the night with drinks at a bar before heading back to your hotel. If you need a recommendation for one of the best bars in Tulum, don’t miss Batey Bar for their famous mojitos, live music and great people-watching.

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15. Watch the Tulum Sunset at a Rooftop Bar

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Looking for the best place to see the sunset in Tulum? Head to the rooftop bar at Mateo’s Tulum.

Watching the sunset from a rooftop bar is an incredible way to kick off your Tulum Mexico nightlife experience.

Enjoy dinner and happy hour specials while lounging on a scenic rooftop, watching the sun sink into the horizon. Then follow things up with a lively time at one of the best night clubs in Tulum.

Some of my favorite places for watching the sunset in Tulum include: Naná Rooftop Bar, Mateo’s Mexican Grill, Puro Corazón, Xibalbar, and Ático Rooftop Bar.

Naná Tulum offers music, specialty drinks, sweeping views, and a casual yet sophisticated ambiance. Mateo’s is more casual, with jungle views, a DJ, and an entire level dedicated to hammocks.

Straw Hat also has a rooftop terrace, plus a reputation for hosting the craziest Tulum Mexico party on the block.

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16. Relax at La Zebra Lounge

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Another place to experience the best Tulum nightlife is La Zebra Tulum. (Photo: Expedia)

Tulum Beach nightlife doesn’t have to be crazy and wild. If you’re looking for chill vibes, the Zebra Lounge at La Zebra Hotel is the place to be.

It’s worth coming here for the beach views alone, but the amazing Mexican food prepared by Chef Eleazar Bonilla kicks it up a notch. He is one of the best Mexican chefs working today.

You can also go on a Friday afternoon for live music, as this is one of the best day clubs in Tulum.

best things to do in Tulum at night

17. Eat at the Nest Tables at Kin Toh Azulik Tulum

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Dining in Azulik Tulum should be on your to-do list in Tulum. (Photo: Expedia)

Looking for Tulum places to visit that you’ll never forget?!

The Azulik Tulum Resort was one of the first Instagram-famous Tulum tourist attractions, thanks to its unique treehouse look with suspension bridges through the jungle that connect one building to the next.

The bohemian rope, bamboo, and reclaimed wood aesthetic that made Tulum famous can be seen throughout Azulik Hotel. However, the most coveted spots on the property are the nest tables at Kin Toh Restaurant.

There are only a handful of these picturesque tables available, so if you want to eat at the Azulik Kin Toh nest tables, you’ll need to book well in advance. There is also a minimum spend which changes often, so make sure your ask when booking.

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18. Enjoy an Ocean View at Mezzanine Bar in Tulum

Are you wondering what to do in Tulum at night? How about top-notch Thai food, great drinks, and unparalleled ocean views?

The Mezzanine Restaurant on Tulum Beach is the perfect place to kick off a fabulous night.

Few places do as wonderful a job as the iconic Mezzanine of combining great service, spectacular flavors, and breathtaking views. 

You can relax to the house music, order your favorite Thai food from the regular or beach menus, and wash it down with a Monkey Buffet or Smokey Dreams drink.

The tantalizing food is flavored with natural ingredients such as freshly squeezed coconut milk, fragrant herbs, and piloncillo raw cane sugar. You won’t find any refined sweeteners or MSG here.

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19. Take Part in a Tulum Temazcal Ceremony

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A popular activity among wellness enthusiasts, the temazcal Tulum ceremony is a purification ritual. (Photo: Airbnb)

Many people ask me about spiritual things to do in Tulum, and I always suggest participating in an ancient Mayan ritual during this Tulum Temazcal Ceremony.

During this cultural ceremony, you’ll enter a small dome-shaped structure traditionally made of adobe. Water infused with specific plants and herbs is poured over red-hot lava rocks, creating a steamy environment designed to make you sweat.

Similar to a Native American sweat lodge or traditional banya (Russian sauna), the combination of heat, humidity, and herbs helps purge the body and spirit. At the end, you’ll sweat out toxins and be purged of negative mental elements.

The Temazcal by Holistica Tulum, Yaan Wellness Energy Spa, and Huaya Camp are all great spots to enjoy a private or group temazcal ceremony.

Of course, this isn’t for everyone. If you’re claustrophobic or don’t show up properly hydrated, you will not enjoy your Mayan temazcal experience. There are other contraindications as well, so check with the temazcal operator before booking.

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20. Try the Tacos at Antojitos la Chiapaneca Tulum

street taco shop called Antojitos la Chiapaneca in Tulum Mexico
For another taco hotspot, go to Antojitos la Chiapaneca Tulum street tacos.

Looking for the highest-rated and best tacos in Tulum? I’m here to help! Antojitos la Chiapaneca is one of the best restaurants in Tulum Town (AKA Downtown Tulum), and a place locals and visitors both love.

A favorite for Tulum late night dining, this legendary taco stand is known for piping hot and perfectly seasoned tacos al pastor.

These are the king of all the various types of tacos in Mexico, and a must-try for all taco aficionados. Get them with a cold beer or agua fresca (fruit water) to drink. 

If you want to try something else, they also have some other tacos, as well as sops, empanadas and tostadas. Most of the tacos at Antojitos la Chiapaneca Tulum cost just $1 USD, so go nuts trying the best cheap tacos Tulum has to offer.

🌮 BONUS: Taquería Honorio Tulum

plate of four tacos at Taqueria Honorio Tulum Mexico
Taqueria Honorio is one of the best places to go in Tulum for tacos.

Speaking of street tacos in Tulum, this is another one of the places you must add to your Tulum itinerary — but it’s only open during the day. Still, this is a Tulum institution, so I had to mention it.

Taqueria Honorio Tulum is a small taquería on Calle Satélite Sur downtown. It’s one of the best taquerias in town for traditional Yucatecan foods like relleno negro tacos, poc chuc tacos, lechon tacos and cochinita pibil tacos.

This delicious taco is a fresh tortilla topped with their signature pulled pork. It is marinated in local naranja agria (sour orange) and achiote (annatto powder) and then slow-roasted in an underground oven for up to 12 hours.

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21. Visit the Tulum Night Markets

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Night markets in Tulum have the best selection of products and fresh produce.

Hunt for bargains in the liveliest night market Tulum has to offer. Head downtown to browse stalls, taste various local foods, and polish your bargaining skills. 

Several spots to peruse include Hernandez Gallery Tulum and Mexicarte Tulum. Parque Museo de la Cultura Maya between Calle Osiris and Calle Alfa is another point of interest.

Although Tulum’s markets aren’t nearly as large as the ones you’d find in Southeast Asia, you’ll still discover an abundance of local stores selling handcrafted souvenirs, jewelry, cosmetics, and more.

The Tulum night markets are also excellent places to find high-quality Mexican silver.

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22. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Tulum Ice Cream Shops

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Another one of the best things to do at night in Tulum is indulge your sweet tooth. What could be better than a late-night velvety ice cream? 🍦 Here are a few Tulum ice creameries open until 11 pm every night:

  • Panna e Cioccolato is one of the best spots to eat Italian-style ice cream in Tulum. The staff are wonderful, and the flavors are scrumptious. If you don’t know which flavors to try first, consider Ferrero Rocher, choco-menta (chocolate mint), or lemon pie.
  • Campanella Cremerie is another prime spot for frozen treats. There is vanilla for fans of traditional flavors, and avocado and beetroot for adventurous foodies.
  • La Reyna de Michoacan in Tulum Centro has delicious fruity popsicles made with fresh local fruit.
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23. Visit a Tulum Cenote

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All the travel guides recommend a visit to a cenote, and I wholeheartedly agree!

There’s something mystical about swimming in a cenote at any time of day, but go swimming at night, and you’ll take the experience to a whole new level.

Very few cenotes are open past 5pm-6pm, but some Tulum cenote night swims are available with a tour — just not all year. 

Head here to check out all the best Tulum cenote tours and see what’s available. You can also reach out to some of the tour operators directly and see if they offer night tours. Since the daytime tours are more popular, the might only list those.

Things To Do in Tulum at Night: FAQ

Is it safe to walk around Tulum at night?

Tulum is a fairly small place, so it isn’t considered too risky to walk around at night. That said, you should listen to your gut.

Keep in mind that Tulum Beach Road is not well-lit, so if you do go out, you should take a headlamp or use your phone flashlight (just make sure it’s charged).

If possible, avoid walking by yourself after dark. Tulum at night safety decreases when you’re alone (and/or intoxicated). Instead, opt to travel by taxi — and for added safety, ask your hotel to recommend a reputable driver and save their number in your phone.

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Can you walk around Tulum at night?

For the majority of visitors, yes, it’s safe to walk around in Tulum by night. However, safety is a complex issue, and you should only do what you are comfortable with.

As a rule, it is probably best not to walk around by yourself after dark, especially if you’re staying in an isolated area. Plus, Tulum isn’t very walkable to begin with, as it can take hours to walk from one side of town to the other.

🚖 Wondering how to get around Tulum at night? Since there’s no Uber in Tulum, the best way is to travel by taxi.

You can ask your hotel for the name and number of a trusted driver, or hail one on the street. When taking Tulum taxis, make sure to have cash (pesos) on you, as they don’t take credit cards.

best things to do in Tulum at night

Does Tulum have nightlife?

Absolutely — Tulum is a veritable hotspot for nightlife. It’s one of the biggest party towns in Mexico, and the world.

You can attend a Tulum beach party, a jungle rave, an intriguing dinner and show complete with fire-breathers, or cash in on the Tulum salsa dancing scene

Live music, DJs, sparklers, belly dancers, and delicious food make Tulum a favorite nightlife destination.

There is something for every preference and vibe, from adrenaline junkies to foodies to romantics seeking a chill ambiance. You can pack plenty of variety into a single night and evening. 

best things to do in Tulum at night

Where is the party area in Tulum?

Most of Tulum’s parties take place either in the beach clubs of the middle beach zone of Tulum Beach or Tulum Pueblo (the main part of town).

The spots in town are usually more casual. For a collection of fabulous, affordable restaurants and bars, check out Calle Centauro.

The beach and jungle venues tend to be more upscale, with outdoor seating and a rustic chic vibe. Casa Jaguar, Papaya Playa Project, and Gitano’s are prime spots for parties.

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What time does nightlife start in Tulum?

About 10pm-11pm — While the nightlife scene tends to start pretty late in Tulum, it also depends on what you’re planning to do because times can vary.

plate of two tacos at Tropi Tacos tulum
One of the best things to do in Tulum at night is try different tacos from the street vendors.

For example, the best times to go to a rooftop bar will be in the late afternoon, so you can watch the sunset. The Tulum sunset is around 6pm in winters, and 7pm in summers.

However, if you’re planning to head to one of the best Tulum clubs, it’s better to go later at night once the energy picks up. In fact, some DJs don’t even start their sets until 11pm or so.

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Is it expensive to party in Tulum?

It depends — The amount you spend to party in Tulum depends largely on which venues you visit and how much you consume.

As a general rule, the clubs and bars in town are going to be more affordable than the ones located on the beach. If you’re in Tulum on a budget, heading downtown could be the best way to save money, while still having a blast.

best things to do in Tulum at night

What time do parties end in Tulum?

Parties in Tulum tend to end around 1am or 3am, depending on the venue. There are special events and Tulum Festivals (like Zamna Tulum, Day Zero Tulum and the Tulum Full Moon Party) that last until sunrise.

One of the best ways to get a feel for what things to do in Tulum at night is to join this Tulum Crawl to visit four to five different popping places in town.

It’s a great way to get introduced to Tulum, meet other people, and see which places to return to. Also, with a local guide leading the pub crawl, you can ask for pro tips on the best Tulum nightlife spots and after hours parties.

best things to do in Tulum at night

Is Cancun or Tulum better for nightlife?

It depends — Both Cancun and Tulum have great nightlife. Tulum’s nightlife, however, tends to be more casual with a hippie vibe.

Cancun has world-famous bars and a reputation for raves and hard parties. In Tulum, you’ll find jungle parties, rustic chic venues, ayahuasca ceremonies and natural medicines.

Of course, there are plenty of different options available in Cancun or Tulum, and if you don’t have particular party preferences, you’re sure to find something to like in either destination.

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Is Tulum fun for singles?

Yes — Tulum is great fun for singles. The best part about traveling solo is that you’ll have complete freedom over your schedule and activities.

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Tulum Ruins and other Tulum spots are perfect for those traveling Tulum solo.

If you want to meet people, group tours, cooking classes, bar crawls, and events are great ways to meet people as you’re traveling. If not, you can explore the beaches and jungles in Tulum, or head to nearby attractions on day trips

With the Tulum Ruins and other Mayan Ruins near Tulum, cute cafés, beautiful beaches, and lush jungles, Tulum could become your new favorite place to visit. In fact, it’s one of the most popular travel destinations in Mexico.

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What to wear in Tulum at night?

Since Tulum is on the beach, most people dress in casual bohemian clothing. Leave your heels at home, and wear clothing that is cool, breathable, and flowy.

And hey, if you’re a fashionista or an influencer, it’s totally okay to wear whatever you want. Just keep in mind that the weather is HOT.

If you’re going to a specific event or venue, you may want to check to see if they have any dress codes.

best things to do in Tulum at night

What time can you buy alcohol in Tulum?

You can usually buy alcohol in Tulum up until 11pm from local liquor stores.

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A mezcal tasting tour is a great way of tasting different types of mezcals.

In the state of Quintana Roo Mexico, where Tulum is located, these hours can vary based on Mexican holidays and other local events. If you want to be safe, buy your booze by 5pm.

Some bars and clubs pay an additional fee for a permit, allowing them to serve alcoholic beverages until 1am or 3am — so if you miss the cut-off point to purchase a bottle, you’ll have to head to the bars to drink.

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What is the drinking age in Tulum?

18 years old — Which is the drinking age in Mexico no matter where you go, from Mexico City to the Riviera Maya, Cabo to Oaxaca.

In fact, the lower drinking age makes Mexico a big draw for young people who haven’t yet reached their legal drinking age in the United States or Canada. This is actually why Mexico Spring Break is so popular with the 18- to 20-year-old crowd.

🚔 Note: Avoid providing alcohol to minors, as this is illegal and you could be punished.

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Can you drink on the street in Tulum?

No — It is illegal to consume open alcohol bottles on public streets or to get drunk in public in Mexico.

Instead, set up in one of the Tulum bars, clubs, or restaurants to enjoy your favorite beers, liquors, or cocktails. The ambiance will be nicer, and you may get the added benefit of live music and views of the sunset.

Tulum Travel Guide

Where is Tulum located?

Tulum is a Mexico pueblo magico (magic town) in the Yucatan Peninsula. The Yucatan which is located in southeastern Mexico, with the Gulf of Mexico to the north and west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

🗺️ Tulum Map

Tulum is about 1.5 to 2 hours south of Cancun (don’t worry; the Tulum Cancun trip is an easy one), and 45 minutes to 1 hour south of Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya. All three cities, as well as Tulum, are located in Quintana Roo state.

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Is there an airport in Tulum?

Yes — The Tulum Airport opened to international flights in 2024. However, some travelers still use Cancun International Airport (code: CUN) because it has more flight options.

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How do I get to Tulum from Cancun?

When you search for flights to Tulum, make sure to use Cancun Airport. From Cancun Airport to Tulum you have a few options: rental car, private transportation, or the ADO bus.

🚌 Private Shuttle: Cancun to Tulum Transfer service

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Cancun Airport Transportation is the best airport transfer from Cancun to Tulum, with a 4.7 out of 5 Star rating and 4,500+ reviews on Tripadvisor.

I recommend Cancun Airport Transportation Services, which has an impressive 4.7 out of 5 Star rating on TripAdvisor. It is the highest-rated and best Cancun to Tulum private shuttle service available.

This Cancun to Tulum shuttle is also the easiest, fastest, most stress-free and hassle-free way to get from Cancun Airport to Tulum with door to door service! It is also the fastest way to get to Tulum from Cancun Airport.

Book your Tulum Shuttle now with Cancun Airport Transportation

This is a nice option because your private transportation service will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to Tulum. After a long day of travel, having someone waiting to take you from the airport straight to your hotel in Tulum is the best start to the trip.

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Is Tulum expensive?

When comparing Tulum to other beach towns in Mexico, yes, Tulum is on the expensive side.

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For an unforgettable experience, there’s no Tulum hotel better than the Azulik Tulum Resort. (Photo: Expedia, Tulum boutique hotels & luxury hotels)

However, doing Tulum on a budget is completely possible by making it a point to save money here and there.

One tip is to stay in Tulum Town (AKA Downtown Tulum) instead of staying on the beach. In fact, eating, drinking and shopping will all cost less in downtown than on Tulum beach, as it’s less touristy.

🏡 Need a Tulum place to stay that’s budget-friendly? Check out these 11 Best Cheap Hotels in Tulum Mexico.

If you’re a budget traveler, there are many other cheap Mexico beach towns you can visit instead of Tulum. These cheaper options include Sayulita, Zihuatanejo, Puerto Escondido, El Cuyo and Bacalar Lagoon, though it’s not technically a beach.

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What’s the best place to stay in Tulum?

Tulum Beach — While they certainly don’t always come cheap, Tulum hotels on the beach are the way to go for most travelers.

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The famous white swings at Coco Tulum Resort. (Photo: Expedia)

🏝️ Best Tulum Beachfront Hotels

Staying on the beach in the Tulum Hotel Zone means you’re in the middle of all the action and within walking distance of everything you’d need. Here are some of the best hotels Tulum Beach has to offer, at several price points:

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What are the best neighborhoods in Tulum?

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This Tulum map will give you a better idea of the town’s layout, so you know what to expect when traveling to Tulum.

🏝️ Tulum Beach

If you discovered Tulum on social media or YouTube, what you’ve likely seen is Tulum Beach. You might have even seen some of these unique Tulum glamping options or these best all-inclusive Tulum resorts.

This is where you’ll find all the beautiful large-scale art installations, beachfront eco-resorts like Alaya Tulum, high end restaurants, cool bars, and all the Instagram worthy places in Tulum.

🏩 Tulum Town (Downtown)

Tulum Town is also called Tulum Pueblo, and it’s the downtown area where many Tulum locals live. If you’re doing Tulum budget travel, you’ll want to stay here in downtown.

It has a charm all its own, but this is not the Tulum you’ve seen on Instagram — that’s Tulum Beach. However, you can always stay in Tulum Town to save some money, and spend most of your time at the beach.

🏨 Aldea Zama Tulum

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The Aldea Zama neighborhood is located between Tulum Town and Tulum Beach. Besides this great central location, it’s walkable, and there are lots of newer construction apartment buildings with nice amenities.

When I visit Tulum, I usually stay here as you can often find great deals for Airbnb Tulum Mexico options in Aldea Zama.

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What’s the best time to visit Tulum?

The best time to go to Tulum is during the Tulum dry season from November to April. This is also the high season, so expect higher price tags and bigger crowds — but also nice weather and low humidity.

For a rundown on what to expect in the different months of the year, use the links below. In these articles, you’ll get general weather info and travel tips, and also learn about different activities to do in Tulum during different months of the year.

🌡️ Tulum Weather & Temperatures

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Tulum has a tropical climate, so plan for hot weather all year long. Tulum temperatures average about 83-87° Fahrenheit (28-30° Celsius) in the fall and winter, and 93-97°F (33-36°C) in spring and summer.

Keep in mind that summer in Tulum is very humid — and it will often feel 5-10°F (2-3°C) hotter than the number reads. Don’t forget to pack your reusable water bottle so you stay hydrated.

💧 I recommend and use this Water-To-Go bottle with a built-in, three-stage water filter. They will filter your water so you don’t get sick in Mexico. Use code SOLO15 for 15% OFF your purchase.

Located in the tropics, it will likely rain daily from about May to October, though storms tend to pass quickly. June 1-November 30 is Atlantic Hurricane Season and Tulum Hurricane Season, though direct hit hurricanes are rare.

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What do I pack for Tulum?

As far as what to wear in Tulum, anything goes! For specifics, head to the Ultimate Tulum Packing List: What to Wear in Tulum Mexico.

You can expect to see everything from boho hippie style to decked out Instagram influencers. If you need a visual, head here for some Tulum outfit inspo — or just think flowy sundresses, cute sandals, a sunhat and sunglasses.

Tulum is hot, so don’t forget your Water-To-Go refillable water bottle. This not only keeps you hydrated, but filters your water so you don’t get sick in Mexico. Use code SOLO15 for 15% OFF your purchase.

You’ll also need one of these best sunscreens for Mexico, some Frizz Ease for your hair, and anti-hangover meds if you plan to party hardy.

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What’s the best way to get around in Tulum?

Since Tulum is on the smaller side, you’ll only want to rent a car if you’re doing a few Tulum day trips. If not, it’s easier to rent a bike from one of the bike shops in Tulum Town, rent a moped, use taxis or walk.

Is there Uber in Tulum?

No — When planning a trip to Tulum, keep in mind there’s no Tulum Uber service, no Lyft in Tulum, and no Tulum ride share apps of any kind. There are plenty of taxis in Tulum, available day and night.

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Are Tulum taxis safe?

For the vast majority of travelers, it’s perfectly safe to use taxis in Tulum. You can hail one on the street, and if there’s someone friendly you like, ask for their number so you can text them if you need more rides.

tulum taxi SUV

🚕 Note: In Mexico, you need to agree on the price before entering the taxi, as there aren’t meters. Some drivers will be open to price negotiations, and some won’t. Also, you’ll need to have pesos to pay the driver.

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Is it safe to swim at Tulum Beach?

Yes — Tulum beaches are known to be safe for swimmers because the Caribbean Sea is usually very calm, it has shallow waters near shore.

Of course, you’ll want to double check for any warnings before you visit, as the waves can get high from time to time.

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Is Tulum safe for tourists?

For the vast majority of visitors, yes, Tulum is safe to visit. If you want to do a deep dive into the complex topic of Tulum safety, check out this Tulum Travel Safety Guide and this Tulum Solo Travel Guide.

While the majority of travelers simply visit and have a nice time, always be aware that no place on Earth is 100% safe. You have to make safety a priority by staying aware of yourself, your belongings and your surroundings at all times.

While not everyone would rank Tulum among the safest places to travel in Mexico, plenty of statistics show that millions visit each year — and by comparison, the number of incidents of petty crime and violent crime is low.

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Is Tulum worth visiting?

Tulum is worth visiting for those who love beaches, jungles and boho vibes — but also understand this is a popular place with large crowds and high price tags, even in the slower seasons.

Believe it or not, Tulum used to be a sleepy town. In the last decade or so, it’s become one of the top Mexico vacation destinations.

However, popular places are popular for good reason, as they have lots of things to see and do; Tulum included.

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How many days in Tulum do I need?

This will depend on you, of course. However, as a small town, you can see all the best Tulum sites within 3-5 days.

Of course, the more days you have, the more you can see. Even if you spend a week in Tulum, you’d never be bored as there are so many amazing things to do in Tulum Mexico.

Things to Do in Tulum at Night: Conclusion

When the sun goes down in Tulum, the party starts. This amazing beach and jungle location offers many things to do after dark.

Whether you’re looking for a rooftop bar to watch the sunset, you plan to eat dinner at the famous nest tables at Kin Toh Restaurant, or you want to go on a Xoximilco Night Cruise in a Mexican gondola, Tulum has something for you.

Which of these things to do in Tulum at night make it onto your bucket list?

Additional Tulum Things to Do

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Me visiting the beautiful Tulum Ruins.

Looking for more activities and things to do in Tulum? Check out these additional Tulum guides to know all the fun things you can do in Tulum:

Tulum Travel Planning Guide

1. Should I buy Mexico travel insurance?

100% YES! — With basic coverage averaging just $5-10 USD per day, enjoy peace of mind with a plan from Travel Insurance Master, one of the biggest names in travel insurance. (Read more)

2. Can you drink the water in Tulum?

No — You’ll want to buy this Water-To-Go Bottle, which filters your drinking water so you don’t get sick from drinking water in Mexico, and helps keep you hydrated while traveling Mexico. (Read more)

3. Is it safe to rent a car in Tulum?

Yes — Renting a car in Mexico is one of the best ways to see the country! I always rent with Discover Cars, which checks both international companies and local Mexican companies, so you get the best rates. (Read more)

4. Will my phone work in Tulum?

Maybe — It depends on your company, so check with your provider. If you don’t have free Mexico service, buy this Telcel SIM Card. As Mexico’s largest carrier, Telcel has the best coverage of any Mexico SIM Cards. (Read more)

5. What’s the best way to book my Tulum accommodations?

For Tulum hotels, Booking.com is the best site, but for hostels, use Hostel World. If you’re considering a Mexico Airbnb, don’t forget to also check VRBO, which is often cheaper than Airbnb.

6. What do I pack for Tulum?

Head to the Ultimate Tulum Packing List to get all the info you need on packing for Mexico.

7. What’s the best site to buy Mexico flights?

For finding cheap Mexico flights, I recommend Skyscanner.

8. Do I need a visa for Mexico?

Likely Not — U.S., Canadian and most European Passport holders don’t need a visa for Mexico; but check here to see if you do a Mexico travel visa. The majority of travelers will receive a 180-Day FMM Tourist Visa or passport stamp upon arrival.