Tulum Beach After Dark

a glass of drink on a table

After our trip to the Coba ruins and relaxing on the beach, we headed back to the room to get ready for dinner. We were lucky enough to get reservations at Hartwood during our stay, despite booking only a week in advance. Prior to dinner, we walked down to the Azulik for drinks overlooking the jungle.

a woman walking down a street with cars and palm trees
a wooden walkway in a jungle
a view of a forest from a roof

The restaurant and bar is set up as a series of tables and nets hung above the jungle. While not a bar I would want to spend all night in, it was a unique experience and we enjoyed catching the last rays of sunlight in a unique atmosphere.

a man at a bar
a glass of drink on a table
a bridge over a river
a thatched roof with a round table and chairs

After drinks it was time to head to dinner. As I mentioned before, there’s only one road through Tulum which can lead to some heavy traffic at times. Because of this it took us almost 30 minutes to make the 2 mile drive to the restaurant, so plan your time accordingly.

Upon arrival at Hartwood, we had a short wait for our table before being seated. The restaurant has no fixed menu and is based on whatever is sourced for the day. Because of that the menu was presented on chalkboards for the food options, with a cocktail menu available. One item of note, during our visit the restaurant was cash only. With most places going cashless, you’re going to want to visit the ATM prior to dining.

a group of people sitting at tables outside a restaurant
a group of people sitting at tables with candles
a menu on a table
a menu on a table
a sign with a lobster drawn on it

We started with drinks and an order of the Ceviche de Quelites and the Empanadas.

a two drinks on a table
a plate of food on a table
a plate of food on a table

For our main courses, we chose the world’s largest lobster and the filet of fish. The lobster was so large that it hung off of the plate and almost off of the table.

a plate of food on a table
a lobster on a plate
a lobster on a plate with vegetables and meat on a table

After our meals, we were completely stuffed and with no room for dessert, decided to take a walk down to the La Zebra, a sister hotel to El Pez, to burn off some calories.

a sign with a zebra on it
a bar on a beach at night

We grabbed a cabana on the beach and we were able to relax for a bit as we practically had the whole place to ourselves. The surrounding hotel rooms had some awesome looking splash pools that put this property on our radar for a return trip.

two drinks on a table
a wooden canopy on a beach
a pool with a couch and a table in the middle of it

Still full from our meal and with the weather cooperating we decided to walk back to the hotel. At some points, the road really does look like the surface of the moon. I can only imagine it’s a matter of time before they have to replace/expand it with all of the traffic.

people walking down a dirt road at night
a statue of a person in a garment
a building with trees and lights at night
a street with trees and buildings at night

Exhausted from a long day of exploring, we fell asleep soon after getting back to the hotel.


Tulum Beach has become a well known food spot with chefs from all over the world flocking to this tiny strip of sand. This leads to some amazing experiences in unique locations. Though, the secret is now out on Tulum and it is as crowded as ever, so be prepared. This isn’t a sleepy little beach anymore

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