Top things to do

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Tulum

Tulum Ruins

The ruins of Tulum preside over a rugged coastline, a strip of brilliant beach and green-and-turquoise waters that'll leave you floored. It’s true the extents and structures are of a modest scale and the late-post-C…
Top Choice Fusion in Tulum

Hartwood

Assuming you can get in (and you won't without a reservation), this sweet 'n' simple nouveau cuisine restaurant down on the beach road will definitely impress. Ingredients are fresh and local, flavors and techniques…
Top Choice Italian in Tulum

Posada Margherita

This hotel’s beachside restaurant is candlelit at night, making it a beautiful, romantic place to dine. The fantastic food, including pasta, is made fresh daily and consists mostly of organic ingredients. The wines …
Top Choice Breakfast in Tulum

Azafran

A great little German-owned breakfast spot in a shady rear garden, the favorite dish is the 'hangover breakfast,' a hearty portion of homemade sausage, mashed potatoes, eggs, rye toast and bacon – you might even hav…
Top Choice Bar in Tulum

Batey

Mojitos sweetened with fresh-pressed cane sugar are the main attraction at this popular Cuban bar, with fun music acts in the rear garden. Most nights the crowd spills into the street, with cane-pressing contests an…
Top Choice Live Music in Playa del Carmen

Fusion

This beachside bar and grill stages live music, such as belly dancing or even fire-dancing shows. The schedule varies, but it's always later in the evening (around 11pm) and always fun. Earlier, it's just a pretty s…
Top Choice Steak in Tulum

El Asadero

Pricey but worth it, this spot has grilled arrachera (flank steak) served with sides of potato, nopal (cactus paddle) and sausage, which pairs nicely with the Mexican craft beers on offer. Pescatarians won't be disa…
Top Choice International in Puerto Morelos

John Gray’s Kitchen

One block west and two blocks north of the plaza, this ‘kitchen’ turns out some truly fabulous food. The chef's specialty, though not listed on the regularly changing menu, is the duck in chipotle, tequila and honey…
Top Choice Lake in Riviera Maya

Punta Laguna

Punta Laguna is a fair-sized lake with a small Maya community nearby, 20km northeast of Cobá on the road to Nuevo Xcan. Thus far, it's remained relatively wild. The forest around the lake supports populations of spi…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Puerto Morelos

Artisans Market

The hammocks sold here differ from what you'll find elsewhere because they're created right here in Puerto Morelos by a local family that's been making them for decades. (Ask for Mauricio!) You can also buy dream ca…