Spending a day at one of the best beach clubs in Tulum is one of my favorite things to do in the tropical Yucatán hotspot. Trendy Tulum day clubs attract a glittery crowd of celebrities, influencers, and travelers looking to take their Oran sandals out for a day of relaxing or partying.
Of course, many favorite celeb hotspots in the city aren’t worth the hype, and that’s not to say that there aren’t more lowkey Tulum beach clubs for those who don’t care for flashy experiences. These sunny hangouts are big business—every single Airbnb I’ve stayed at in the city has come with a lengthy list of the best beach clubs in Tulum, according to the host.
From La Zebra’s laidback vibes and expertly honed mixology to Casa Malca’s loungey, Instagrammable space, there’s definitely a beach club in Tulum to fit your style.
I’ve visited Tulum multiple times, spending my fair share of time at several of the resort town’s top beach clubs along the way. Although I haven’t made it to every single one of the beach clubs on this list personally, I’ve spent time or dined at many of them. The remainder have strong recommendations from locals and other Tulum frequenters.
Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: Overview
- Best beach club in Tulum all-around: La Zebra
- Best beach club for food: Bagatelle
- Most affordable beach club in Tulum: Cinco Tulum
- Best for photos: Casa Malca
- Worth the splurge: RosaNegra
- Where to party: Taboo or Tantra
- Best beach club in Tulum for families: Ziggy’s
Address: KM 9.5, Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: $100 to $150 USD, depending on the season. $50 of that spend is a non-consumable cover charge.
Casa Malca is a glitzy beach club in Tulum with an—erm—unique past, to put it lightly. The luxury resort and beach club are located in what was once one of Pablo Escobar’s former mansions.
After Escobar abandoned the estate in 1993, it wasn’t discovered again until a decade later in 2003. In 2012, Lio Malca, a Colombian art collector, bought the property and turned it into the trendy Tulum hotspot is it today.
Malca’s personal art collection now graces the walls of the former drug lair, each space in the eclectic, design-forward hotel curated by the collector himself.
Though many of the resort’s most Instagrammable moments are off-limits to guests on day passes, beach clubgoers will still be treated to several photo-worthy spots on the brief walk through the property to the shore. Plus, day guests are welcome to use the oh-so-aesthetic pool by the beach—nearly unheard of at other top beach clubs in Tulum.
While Casa Malca’s food is just solid rather than standout, my boyfriend and I agree that the beach club’s vibes, service, and comfort are nearly unmatched in Tulum. It’s a splashy, luxe escape that makes shelling out for the day feel worth it, even if it’s a far cry from more authentic experiences in Mexico.
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila 8, Tulum Beach, 77760 Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: Varies by day. Often no minimum spend, but on busy days, the minimum spend may be upwards of $130 USD per person, fully consumable.
During my first trip to Tulum, Bagatelle didn’t exist. As a matter of fact, many of the best restaurants in Tulum didn’t exist, along with most of the major hotels that now have properties there.
Imagine my surprise when I returned just a few months later to discover that Bagatelle, one of NYC’s most beloved nightlife hotspots, opened a restaurant and beach club there (the number of texts I received from my friends during my college years saying, “Come to Bagatelle” at 11 pm, seriously).
Although Bagatelle’s original Frenchy club restaurant in New York is now defunct, its spirit lives on at its property in Tulum.
From the beach club’s cushy blue day beds to its French-Mediterranean menu and signature striped awnings, Bagatelle embodies the spirit of the South of France with a little of Tulum’s boho-chic flair.
Bagatelle has quickly become known for having some of the best food of any Tulum beach club. In a town where money can get you (almost) anywhere, good service can be tricky to come by at some of Tulum’s beach clubs, yet Bagatelle receives high praise for its attentive, professional staff.
Bagatelle often has no minimum spend per person, which is almost unheard of among the other best beach clubs in Tulum. During particularly busy days, however, the beach club sometimes implements a minimum of around $130 per person.
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 8.2, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: Ranges from no minimum to up to $75 USD per person, fully consumable.
There is no Tulum beach club that I’ve recommended more to friends, family, coworkers, and readers than La Zebra.
Recommended to me by a local Airbnb host, La Zebra was my first foray into beach clubs in Tulum, and it set the bar high.
The mixology-focused beach club and hotel is much smaller than other major beach clubs in Tulum, often looked over by the tourists seeking celebrity-studded hangouts despite being on the main beach road, which is honestly, one of the best things about it.
The modern Mexican restaurant serves up some of Tulum’s best tacos while guests sip on divine drinks made of fresh, local flavors (do not skip trying at least one margarita variation).
Staff works hard to provide attentive service, keep the beach clean, and prevent vendors from harassing guests. It’s the combination of top-notch service, quality drinks, and fair pricing that convinced my boyfriend and me that we needed to visit more than once in a single trip—it’s really that good.
Ziggy’s Beach Club
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila km 7.5, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: Varies by day, typically $30 or $50 USD but can reach $70 USD during peak season. Fully consumable.
There’s hardly a beach club in Tulum that’s been able to maintain its reputation like Ziggy’s.
While flashier establishments, like AZULIK, may have declined over the last several years, Ziggy’s reputation is stronger than ever.
The tropical institution is still widely regarded as one of the best beach clubs in Tulum, managing to remain extremely popular even as large chain franchises rapidly develop in the once-quiet beach town. It may have something to do with how tranquil Ziggy Beach is—the beach club doesn’t play music or throw loud parties.
Open daily from 9 am, Ziggy’s Beach Club is simple and laidback by Tulum standards, focusing on gastronomic food and consistent service.
In a town where food and service can both be extremely hit or miss, Ziggy’s never fails to deliver—likely why every local Airbnb host I’ve ever had has put it on the top of their recommendations.
Ziggy’s minimum spend is extremely reasonable. Expect to spend at least $30 to $50 USD most days. On rare occasions, the minimum spend may be up to $70.
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 10.5, Tulum Beach, Zona hotelera, 77880 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: Fixed rate of $70 USD. Fully consummable towards food and beverage.
Bohemian glam resort Nômade has changed a lot about its beach club since I first started visiting Tulum. Back in the day, before major hotel chains began entering Tulum, it ruled Instagram for its swoon-worthy photo moments, which, honestly, are still absolute eye candy.
Seriously, Nômade’s treehouse-esque eco-resort is total “aspiring influencer runs away to Mexico post-breakup to ‘find herself’” vibes, especially thanks to the resort’s wellness program that includes yoga, meditation, and Tezmezcal Ceremonies, but that’s neither here nor there. This is about the beach club.
I visited Nômade’s beach club partially for the eco-chic vibes and partially because the menu has tons of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options that make accommodating dietary restrictions much easier.
Admittedly, Nômade’s food, service, and beach club itself were not my favorite in Tulum, but it makes the list for its unique grounds and ease of access. I really appreciated that Nômade was more reliable in its minimums than other beach clubs.
Gone are the days of Nômade’s no-minimum entry or $50 USD spend requirements on busy days. The beach club has raised its minimum to $70 USD and no longer allows non-resort guests to use its daybeds, restricting them to the bean bags and sofas.
Non-resort guests are also prohibited from using any of Nômade’s pools, like at several other top beach clubs.
Address: Carretera Tulum Boca Paila km 1.8, Zona Hotelera Tulum, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: $500 to $700 pesos (approximately $29 to $40 USD) fully consumable, depending on the day. $100 pesos ($5.83 USD) for beach towels. A $58 peso (approximately $3 USD) fee is necessary to enter the national park that Cinco Tulum is located in.
Cinco Tulum is frequently praised as one of the best beach clubs in Tulum for its exceptional food, safe beach, serenity, and live music.
Nestled in the Parque Nacional Tulum (Tulum National Park), the Mexican restaurant and beach club also has glamping that offers the unique experience of staying among just seven tents for practically private beach access at night and early morning—you might even be able to see turtles hatching after-hours.
Beach chairs and tables fill up quickly during peak tourist season, so it’s recommended that you make a reservation in advance on Cinco Tulum’s website.
Expect to spend at least $500 to $700 pesos, depending on the day, if you want a beach chair or bed. Seats at the bar typically have no minimum but also don’t receive full beach club service.
Ana y Jose
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 7, Tulum Beach, Punta Piedra, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: Ranges from $50 to $100 USD. On quieter days, the beach club may just have a two-drink minimum per person in lieu of a fixed dollar amount.
Ana y Jose embodies quiet luxury. The luxe hotel’s beach club has all the comforts of an upscale establishment with a casual, approachable feel.
Food focuses on fresh seafood, highlighting dishes such as ceviche, served in generous portions that justify the price tag. Accompanying the food menu is a program of carefully crafted cocktails.
Minimum spend for Ana y Jose’s beach club typically ranges from $50 to $100 USD per person, often remaining around $75 USD, which includes the use of the beach chairs, towels, and facilities.
While Any y Jose is one of the best beach clubs in Tulum to spend a day, you may want to think twice before booking a hotel room—overnight guests frequently complain about noise levels.
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila 5-Km 7, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: $30 USD on weekdays, $100 USD on weekends, fully consumable.
Mexico’s favorite high-end party restaurant, RosaNegra, now has a beach club.
The restaurant starts the party early at its beach club, hosting live DJs, a bongo show, capoeira, and sparklers.
If there’s one reason to visit RosaNegra’s beach club over others, it’s the restaurant’s indulgent cheese popovers that take the place of typical bread service (the sole reason I have to stop at Rosa while in Tulum).
Food is overwhelmingly focused on seafood. There are limited options for vegetarians and vegans. However, if you don’t eat meat, the mushroom and truffle risotto is a favorite of mine.
Both food and service are luxurious, but luckily, the minimum spend requirements aren’t overly astronomical compared to other top Tulum beach clubs. Expect to spend at least $30 USD on weekdays and $100 USD on weekends per person.
RosaNegra has been known to grant complimentary access to those with large spends at its sister beach club, Taboo.
Tip: RosaNegra is best visited on weekdays during shoulder season or outside holiday periods. Service was impeccable on my first visit when following this rule but awful on my second when visiting during peak season (which made for an unpleasant birthday celebration).
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 7, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: Typically $1,000 pesos (roughly $59 USD) non-consumable cover charge, plus $1,000 pesos minimum spend (consumable).
Grupo RosaNegra channels Indonesian style and bohemian luxury at Tantra, one of the best beach clubs in Tulum.
Music fills the air at Tantra, whether it’s coming from live violin and saxophone or from guest DJs carefully controlling the beach club’s dance floor as a well-heeled crowd loses their inhibitions and forgets the stress of their responsibilities back home.
Tantra’s appeal isn’t all entertainment—it’s more of a choose-your-own-adventure experience, and it wouldn’t be a RosaNegra property without a keen eye toward food, cocktails, and service.
Food takes inspiration from the club’s Balinese design, incorporating Indonesian and Thai flavors. Take your vegan friends—Tantra has several options to accommodate plant-based diets.
Unlike other beach clubs in Tulum, Tantra separates its party space from its other facilities. If you’re still recovering from whatever you got up to last night, you can keep it relaxed and chilled. A map of the beach club is available here to help plan your visit.
Your ocean-fearing friends are welcome at Tantra. The beach club has a pool for guests who aren’t so enthusiastic about saltwater and waves.
Expect to spend around $118 USD minimum at Tantra, $59 of which is a cover charge. The other $59 will be credited towards your food and drink purchase.
On quieter days, staff has been known to make exceptions for a fully consumable spend, though it typically stays around $100 USD total in either instance.
Address: Carr. Tulum a Boca Paila Km. 7.5 Zona Costera, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: $1,000 peso (roughly $59 USD) fee non-consumable for daybeds. $2,000 peso (approximately $118 USD) minimum spend, 100% consumable, for full beach club access
If you’re planning a trip to Tulum, you’ve probably already seen the iconic Daniel Popper “Ven a la Luz” statue that marks the entrance to Raw Love, a plant-based restaurant at Ahau Tulum, all over your social media feeds.
The airy beachfront resort has a beach club on the property that touts “barefoot sophistication.” Think laid-back beachy glam, rattan and bamboo furniture surrounded by unique art in a tropical setting.
Ahau Tulum is one of the best beach clubs in Tulum for vegans and vegetarians due to the plethora of healthy, plant-based food and fresh drinks like smoothies on the menu. Guests can choose whether to pay for a day bed only or full entrance to the beach club.
Those only looking for a daybed can expect to spend $1,000 pesos ($57.84 USD). If you’re willing to pay for entrance to the beach club for the day, you’ll get a much better deal as the minimum spend is typically $2,000 pesos ($115.69 USD), of which 100% of your spend is consumable (can be used as credit towards food and drinks from the restaurant).
Note that if you want to take a photo in front of Ven a la Luz, you’ll now need to pay a $100 to $150 peso fee ($5.78 to $8.68 USD), which includes entrance to an outdoor art museum. Even if you’re paying to spend the day at the Ahau Tulum beach club, you’ll still need to pay for additional entrance to Ven a la Luz.
Akiin Beach Tulum
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila km 7.5, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: Varies, ranging from no minimum spend to $30 USD or $50 USD per person. Minimum spend increases based on how close your bed is to the ocean.
Eat, drink, and relax at Akiin Tulum’s understated beach club. The minimalist club has been compared in style to Vagalume without a steep cover charge, though I’d argue that as Vagalume’s quality has fallen, Akiin Tulum is the better choice.
Though seaweed has been known to infiltrate the shores of many of the best beach clubs in Tulum, at Akiin, sand is kept in pristine condition.
Akiin Beach Tulum is perfect if you’re looking for a clean beach for an hour or two but aren’t looking to spend your whole day soaking up the sun. Menu prices tend to be a bit higher than at other Tulum beach clubs to make up for Akiin’s frequent lack of cover charge, which can make clubs with minimums a better choice for longer stays.
Grab a towel before you leave your hotel—Akiin Beach Tulum does not provide towels for guests.
Address: Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Zona Hotelera Km 7, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: $1,000 pesos (approximately $59 USD) non-consumable cover charge plus $1,000 minimum spend if using a sunbed.
RosaNegra isn’t Grupo RosaNegra’s only property in Tulum. Taboo, one of the group’s first beach clubs in Tulum, brings sexy, Mediterranean nightlife energy to sunny days in the Caribbean.
Taboo is a party, plain and simple. It’s dancing on the beach, live DJs, birthday celebrations, and everything else you’d find at your favorite pool party in Vegas.
If you bring a beach book, it will stay in your bag. Just leave the book and quiet beach activities at your hotel—you’re better off going to Ziggy’s or Nômade if you’re looking for peace and quiet.
Bring the car—Taboo has complimentary valet parking, and you won’t want to stand roadside trying to desperately hunt a taxi down when the sun starts to fall, and traffic comes to a standstill as tourists rush to Tulum’s best restaurants and bars.
Taboo fills up quickly. If you want a sunbed, make a reservation before your visit, or you’ll find yourself standing at the bar.
Address: Carretera Tulum Ruinas a, Av. Boca Paila Km.0.5, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Minimum spend: Ranges from no minimum spend to over $400 pesos per person (roughly $23 USD).
North of Tulum’s main strip lies Playa Pescadores, a lowkey beach with a smattering of beach clubs and hotels. It’s a welcome reprieve from aggressive beach vendors for those fed up with being approached while trying to get some sun. It’s also typically less expensive than the main beach zone.
Among these beach clubs is Villa Pescadores Tulum, a sister establishment to Ahau Tulum on Tulum’s main beach. Like Ahau, Villa Pescadores receives high marks for its food, which consists of Mexican seafood delicacies like Sinaloan Aguachile and Tuna Tostada.
Villa Pescadores fits seamlessly into your itinerary after a visit to the Tulum Ruins, which are within walking distance from Playa Pescadores.
Expect to pay $200 pesos (approximately $12 USD) to park on top of your minimum spend if driving.
What to Know Before Visiting Beach Clubs in Tulum
Getting to Beach Clubs in Tulum
Renting a car and driving, taking a taxi, renting a moped, biking, and walking are the most common ways to reach beach clubs in Tulum.
Driving is the most convenient, especially as traffic on Tulum’s main beach road gets so busy that hailing a taxi feels even more difficult than hunting one down in Times Square when it’s raining. Of course, it isn’t without its downsides. Parking at Tulum beach clubs can be sparse—and pricey.
Taking a taxi is, theoretically, easiest—if you can find one. Taxis are readily available all around Tulum’s most popular attractions, including the beach, except during peak hours when you might be waiting for a while on the main beach road for an empty car to drive by.
Always negotiate your taxi fare before getting in the car. Taxis in Tulum are not metered and will gouge you if you don’t or if you try to negotiate in USD instead of in pesos. Taxis are pricey—a five-minute ride down the beach might run you $150 to $250 pesos (roughly $9 to $14.75 USD).
Keep pesos on you at all times, especially smaller bills to help with exact change. Taxis in Tulum are notorious for being a “cab cartel” and have been known to gang up and be violent towards tourists who try to skip out on their fare for any reason.
Renting a moped can help with evading some of Tulum’s worst traffic. If you’re comfortable driving a scooter (and licensed), you can find rentals for around $40 USD per day.
If you’re staying on or near the beach, biking or walking to beach clubs in Tulum is one of the most popular ways to get around. You’ll see cyclists all over town—many hotels and resorts have bikes available for guests to use.
Parking at Beach Clubs in Tulum
Few beach clubs in Tulum have parking onsite. Those that do are typically part of resorts, which reserve their onsite parking for overnight hotel guests. If you’re lucky and visiting a beach club on a quiet day, you may be permitted to use this parking.
La Zebra, Ahau, and Ziggy’s, among others, have been known to allow beach guests to use their parking lots when they have space available. Always check with the host before leaving your car.
Some luxury beach clubs in Tulum, like Taboo, offer complimentary valet service for guests, but they’re the exception, not the rule. At most beach clubs, you’ll likely need to pay to park at a public lot.
Parking lots on Tulum’s main beach road typically range anywhere from $10 to $25 USD for the day, depending on where you are. In my experience, they’re less expensive than beach clubs that charge for their lots.
I’ve never had an issue finding parking while going to beach clubs in Tulum. The public lots are very convenient (sometimes right across the street), and usually have space.
Expect to Pay a Cover Charge or Minimum Spend
Almost every beach club in Tulum charges a cover charge or minimum spend for use of their daybeds, towels, and other amenities.
These cover charges vary by day of the week and season to account for how crowded the club will likely be. Visiting off-season and on weekdays can help make your visit a little more affordable.
Beach clubs usually do not include gratuities when calculating their minimum spend. Expect to pay 15% to 20% on top of what you’re quoted in gratuities, which are often added automatically.
Tip: Several of the best beach clubs in Tulum do not enforce a minimum, or have lower minimums, for dining at their restaurants or hanging out at the bar. If you don’t want a daybed or beach chair, you can save major money.
Beach clubs on Tulum’s North Beach (near the ruins, in the national park) are usually slightly less expensive than on the main beach, with lower minimums.
What to Bring to Beach Clubs in Tulum
If there’s anything I hate, it’s a social faux pas, and the guessing games that beach clubs in Tulum sometimes play can easily lead to one.
Some beach clubs in Tulum provide towels, while others do not. A little research before your visit can prevent the embarrassment of walking through town dripping wet and covered in sand.
While most of the things you’ll need for a day in the sun, like water and beach chairs, will be available at the establishment, there are a few things you should keep on you to make your time more comfortable.
Stay prepared by keeping my complete packing list for Tulum beach clubs in mind:
- Beach coverup
- Extra phone battery and charger
Tulum Beach Club Prices
Minimum spends at beach clubs in Tulum range anywhere from $20 USD to upwards of $150 USD.
Make sure to ask how much your spending will be credited towards food and drink. For example, at higher-end clubs like Taboo and Casa Malca, $50 to $60 of the required minimum spend is a pure cover charge that will not act as dining credit.
In my experience, cocktails at beach clubs range from $14 to $22 USD depending on how popular and upscale the property is. Food has a much wider range—you might be able to get a few tacos for $15 at one club, while ceviche at another could be $40.
What to Wear to the Best Beach Clubs in Tulum
The best beach clubs in Tulum, like Tantra and Casa Malca, feel just as much like a fashion show as they do a relaxing tropical escape.
Lace up your espadrilles and dust off your arm cuffs—these beach clubs demand chic, laidback resortwear.
The weather in Tulum doesn’t change too much around the year, which makes packing for its beach clubs easy. Flowy maxi dresses, crocheted beach coverups, coordinating linen sets, and of course, colorful swimwear are all perfectly appropriate.
If you’re in doubt, Monday Swimwear has been my go-to lately for stylish beachwear—their pieces blend effortlessly in Tulum.
In addition to your swimwear of choice, bring a swimsuit coverup for when you need to use the bathroom, along with sandals that you don’t mind getting wet or sandy.
Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: FAQ
Tulum has a vibrant nightlife scene, but parties aren’t just for when the sun goes down in this coastal town. Several of Tulum’s best beach clubs, like Tantra and Taboo, are legendary for their day parties. After hours, restaurants like Gitano Beach welcome beachgoers for all-night partying.
No beach club in Tulum can ban outsiders from walking along their stretch of ocean. To reach the beach in Tulum, go through a public access point like Mirador del Mar Caribe or just walk through a casual bar or beach club from the street.
All of the best beach clubs in Tulum accept credit cards. You will, however, need cash for things like paying your taxi driver, so you should always have pesos on you.
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