The Ultimate Tulum Bachelor Party & Guys Trip Guide to Tulum, Mexico

Heading to Tulum for a bachelor party or boys trip and wondering where the best places to stay, eat, drink and party are? I’ve got you covered. I enlisted my guy friend Spencer – who is pretty much Tulum royalty at this point – to help write this guide with all of you guys in mind. So here are all his best recommendations and things to know for any great boys trip to the Mexico-meets-Miami destination that is Tulum.

THE LAY OF THE LAND: UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENT AREAS OF TULUM

The first thing you need to do when you’re planning a trip to Tulum is to get a lay of the land since all the major places you are likely to be partying and/or hanging out in the evenings. The “Tulum Beach area” is highlighted with black pen below, and the area with red star is downtown, where you’d likely stay if you got an epic group Airbnb in Tulum. Transportation is easy throughout the area and if you are in downtown, your Airbnb will likely offer bikes to ride around on or you can take a quick taxi to the beach: 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN TULUM WITH A GROUP

Depending on the experience you are looking for and who you are going with, you’ll want to seriously consider both Airbnbs and hotels in Tulum. – Azulik Resort, Habitas Tulum,  Papaya Playa Project (“PPP”) and Casa Malca are the “most Instagrammable” hotels on the trip, and are two of the most popular, but both come with a hefty price tag. Azulik can run from $300 – 900 per night for a room, and PPP is $250 – 600 per night for a room. While all these places are great places to hang out, you can visit them all during the day or in the evening for various social events (or just for fun) without staying at them, too. 

Azulik: Designed by a world-renowned architect, this eco-chic resort is one of the most well known hotels in Tulum on Instagram. While you’re at Azulik, food is “gastronomy”, spa treatments are “ceremonies”, and everything is an experience designed to make you feel like a jungle god. Villas start at $400/night. Check rates for your dates here.

Papaya Playa Project: Ocean view casitas with rooftop pools – need I say more? Papaya Playa Project (or PPP) is also known for its nightlife scene, on the weekend there are typically guest DJ’s. Rooms/Casitas start around $400/night, for the larger casitas with rooftop plunge pools it can get up to $800/night in high season. Check rates for your dates here.

Papaya Playa Project Casita with Plunge Pool

Casa Malca: This hotel is located on what was previously Pablo Escobar’s compound, it has since been transformed into an eclectic 42-suit boutique hotel by a New York art collector. It is beach front and rooms start around $450 in low season, $650 in high. Check rates for your dates here.

By the way – for all those visiting Tulum and looking to mingle, it is important to note that ALL the hotels will charge you to bring a female or male counterpart back to your room, generally $100 – 200 per night through a wristband checking system that security watches at night. During the day, you generally should be able to bring people in and out of the properties without question.

The reason above is why I’d recommend looking at an Airbnb as a viable alternative to the hotels, especially if traveling with a group of single guys. All of the best airbnbs are in this post here, and a few of Jetset’s favorites are below.

 

WHERE TO EAT IN TULUM WITH A GROUP

The first rule of Tulum is that nice restaurants are in HIGH DEMAND, so you should make reservations wherever you are planning to go before you hit the ground in Mexico because places will fill up, especially during COVID and/or during busy times. Many of the restaurants turn into bars / nightclubs / hangout places after dinner, so during COVID you should make a dinner reservation and then, assuming you want to go out at night, also make a night reservation: 

Gitano

Start with a signature cocktail and a ceviche. Then grab some tacos or their slow roasted pork belly, and wait for the “Dinner and Dancing” to start every Friday and Saturday night. 

Arca

Get the bone marrow. This place was definitely had the best food we ate on the trip. 

Casa Jaguar

Rosa Negra

Super fun spot and a great dinner spot for a group in Tulum.

Hartwood

Get the king prawns. Reservations are hard to get at this locally-sourced seafood restaurant that specializes in open fire grilling, but it’s worth it if you can get one.

Photo by Javier Servent for AFAR

WHERE TO PARTY IN TULUM?

Where to Go for the Best Day Parties in Tulum

The best day party we went to was at Taboo, hands down.

Where Are the Best Night Parties in Tulum

Papaya Playa Project (PPP) holds a wild party every Saturday night, so check if they are doing one on your trip.

 

They were closed by the time we got there, but I’ve heard great things about the I Scream Bar

 

There are also random parties in the jungle that you may just get invited to as you get around, which are super memorable. 

 

WHAT TO DO IN TULUM WITH A GROUP OF GUYS DURING THE DAY

During the day, hanging out at the beach is a great way to kill the time with your boys. Tulum also has a fantastic outdoor gym called the “Tulum Jungle Gym” that is $30 US to use, but worth seeing since it has a very unique vibe. 

 

The Cenotes – underground Mayan caves where they would perform burials and sacrifices, also super cool and definitely worth checking out too if you can arrange a private tour. Lots of history, culture, and some epic instagram shots.

 

See the Mayan ruins. If your group is into Mayan history, you’re definitely going to want to check out the ruins for a quick half-day trip.

 

CURRENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR TULUM, MEXICO (or Lack Thereof)

 Tulum is actually one of the few destinations that you CAN travel to as a US resident, even without taking a COVID test. There are no travel restrictions in place and you do not need to show proof of a negative test upon arrival. Masks are mandatory in public and thankfully most bars and restaurants in Tulum are open air. 

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