Now that my liver is detoxed and I caught up on my sleep, I’m ready to spill ALL the tea on the most epic Bachelorette party of all time!! And yes, even though it was mine, I am giving my totally unbiased opinion 😉
I have planned many trips in my lifetime and would say I have gotten pretty darn good at it over the years, but something about planning a Bachelorette party is stressful AF! You (hopefully) only get one of these in your lifetime, there are so many people traveling and spending their hard-earned money, and if you throw International travel during COVID times into the mix… well, you get the picture.
And let’s just get all the judgement out of the way off the bat. YES, I am a very type-A bride and I planned my own Bachelorette party. As a travel blogger, I have been waiting for this moment my entire life and wanted to make sure everything ran perfectly! 😉
And when I tell you I perfected this itinerary, I mean it. This itinerary is the best of the best!!
In this guide, I am skipping right to the good stuff, which is all the details of my Tulum Bachelorette Party Itinerary! If you want to know all of the other super important tips like matching outfit ideas, goodie bag must-have’s, where we stayed, how to get around (the WhatsApp of our private driver), and decoration ideas.. CLICK HERE! 🙂
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Tulum Bachelorette Itinerary Overview
Day 1: LONG travel day & Dinner at the best spot in Tulum!
Day 2: Adventure Day & Game night at the house!
Day 3: Beach Day Bar Hopping, Private Chef Dinner, & Full Moon Party!
Day 4: Private Catamaran Excursion With Open Bar & Bottomless Food (including Sushi)!
Day 5: LONG travel day home!
Where We Stayed: Aldea Zama
This is the area I chose and I 1000% recommend!
Aldea Zama is a new and upcoming area in Tulum that is directly between Tulum town and the beach. It kind of has the best of both worlds.. Low priced / locals restaurants within walking distance, only a 20 min bike ride to the beach, 15 minute taxi ride to the beach, nice and affordable Airbnb options, & so much more!
Click here for hotels in Aldea Zama & Click here for Airbnb Options in Aldea Zama.
There are three main areas in Tulum: Tulum Town, Aldea Zama, and Tulum Beach. I go over all the pros and cons of each of them in my Tulum Bachelorette Party Tips guide.
Tulum Bachelorette Party Itinerary
Okay, time to dive into the good stuff!! In this Tulum itinerary, it is jam-packed with bucket list experiences, best dinner & bar spots, tips on traveling to Tulum, full moon parties details, and so many ideas for your itinerary!
I would say the biggest tip if you veer off this itinerary is to alternate either heavy days or nights.
Let me explain.
If you have a ton of fun excursions planned for the day time, I would leave the evening pretty relaxed! When you have a large group of girls, things do not always stick to a timed schedule.. AKA plan to be running behind. Plus, if your girls just spent the whole day doing a ton of stuff, they might be tired by the time the night rolls around!
Day 1: Travel to Tulum, Dinner at Rosa Negra
Traveling to Tulum is going to be a long travel day. There’s no ifs ands or buts about it! Tulum does not have an airport so you will need to fly into either Cancun or Cozumel and then travel all the way to Tulum.
Option 1: Cancun
You can fly into Cancun and then drive roughly 2 hours to get to Tulum. This is the most common way to travel to Tulum, and what I saw everywhere online. I did not go this route because the flight times on the day we were flying in were not good and for some reason the flights were SO expensive coming from Las Vegas.
Option 2: Cozumel
Everyone forgets about the little island off the coast of Mexico, Cozumel, which also has an international airport! Even though this airport is much smaller, it was over $300 cheaper to fly in and out of Cozumel versus Cancun (for me).
From Cozumel, you will need to take a 25 minute ferry to Playa Del Carmen and then drive to Tulum which is another hour drive. The ferry schedules changed constantly during COVID times, but as of today they alternate every hour between two different ferry options. You can just buy your tickets when you arrive and get on the next one that is scheduled to leave.
The two ferry options (and the only way to get to Playa Del Carmen from Cozumel) are Ultramar and Winjet. I looked into a private boat or catamaran, but the only way to get from Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen is by ferry!
Both of these options ended up being around the same travel time, but Cozumel had more moving parts / things to coordinate because of the ferry!
Once you arrive in Tulum, you can either stop at one of the major supermarkets that are in Tulum town or you can have your groceries delivered to your Airbnb. I think that when you are traveling with a large group, convenience is KEY.
The grocery stocking company I used was LoQsea, which is a local company that had loads of positive reviews. You have to use their online portal, which doesn’t have everything that the store offers. You will need to pay a delivery fee & tip, but split between a large group the fee is so small per person and totally worth it!
For a late night dinner, we went to one of the most famous spots in Tulum, Rosa Negra! This restaurant was such a vibe with a DJ blasting music, adorable boho decor, beach sand underneath your seat, and every 30 minutes or so they made everyone stand on their chairs and hold sparklers! It was such a fun first night in Tulum & perfect for a bachelorette party dinner 🙂
If you want the club experience with sparklers, make sure you make your reservation for after 9pm! Before 9pm, it is more of a traditional dinner spot.
Since it was a very long travel day, we just ended up going back to the Airbnb after dinner. If you want to keep going after dinner, here are some fun bars in the area to check out:
- Casa Jaguar hosts their Jungle Party every Thursday! You have a pay a pretty hefty cover FYI!
- Gitanos is similar to Rosa Negra where it’s like a restaurant / bar / club.
- El Aleph is more of a traditional bar, not a restaurant environment. It’s right across the street!
This night I had everyone wear white and I wore this hot pink two piece set!
Day 2: Adventure Day
As a travel blogger, this was the day I was most excited for! It was really important for me to not just party day and night for 5 days, but to actually see & experience the area. Plus, many of my friends have not gotten the “travel bug” yet, so I really wanted to actually travel to the area, not just to the bars 😉
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Cenotes near Tulum. It is what the area is known for! So of course, I would recommend spending the day exploring some of the best!
If you want to stay close to Tulum, there are SO many within 15-30 minutes from town. However, these are going to the be the most touristy, crowded, and most expensive to get into. To me, the most impressive ones were inland near the colorful town of Vallodolid.
This will be a FULL day of adventuring, giving you a taste of three of the most common types of Cenotes. I would plan a pretty relaxing evening since you might be a bit tired (which I will get to that later).
TIP: Wear a high quality bathing suit that does not ride up! You will be doing a lot of jumping, rope swinging and swimming this day and you will want to be comfortable! My favorite shop is Skatie for these types of bathing suits!
Stop #1: Cenote Calavera at 9am-ish
Entrance Fee as of February 2022: 250 MX PESOS
Cenote Calavera is extremely close to town, so yes.. it will get busy! I planned to have us arrive at this Cenote right when they opened at 9am and we had the place all to ourselves for about 30 minutes! I felt like 9am wasn’t too early to get everyone up and out of the Airbnb, because this Cenote was less than 15 minutes from town.
This Cenote is really cool because it is sunken down and the only way to get into the water is to jump in (about 20ft) or climb down using a latter. A part of the sinkhole has caved in, so the water stays fairly warm since it is exposed to the sun.
There are tons of holes that have collapsed over the years, so if you are feeling brave, you can pencil jump into those too!
Cenote Calavera was definitely a touristy Cenote and had sun chairs, a little cash bar, and showers to rinse off at. BUT, it was very well maintained and so picturesque! I think as long as you make an effort to get there early, you will enjoy it.
If you are trying to budget time, we stayed here for about 30 minutes. Everyone jumped in a few times, got their photos, and then we dried off and headed to the next one. If you arrive in the middle of the day, you will probably need to stay longer if you want your photo taken since it gets crowded.
Stop #2: Cenote Suytun at 11am-ish
Entrance Fee as of February 2022: 130 MX PESOS if you purchase on their website in advance (here)
Next up is the most picturesque Cenote of all, Suytun! This one has been all over Instagram and was insanely impressive. It takes about an hour to drive from Cenote Calavera to Cenote Suytun, so make sure you stop for some drinks and snacks before making your trek (it is a bachelorette party after all)!
When you arrive at Cenote Suytun, it is very commercialized with a restaurant, souvenir shops, showers (you must shower before entering any of the Cenotes in Mexico), life jackets, and life guards on duty. Don’t expect an authentic Cenote experience, which I doubt those even exist anymore..
You have to walk down a long stair case, into an underground cave. Once you reach the bottom, your mouth will drop by how massive and beautiful this Cenote is!
There is a small opening at the top of the cave that lets a light beam in, which gives this already picturesque Cenote an extra WOW factor! Since it is not a open top Cenote, the water is much colder than the other two that you visit on this itinerary.
We arrived here around 11am, which I felt was perfect! We got pretty lucky that the Cenote wasn’t too busy (still busy, but not the horror stories I’ve heard about how busy it can be). The light beam was shining into the Cenote, but if you want it landing perfectly on the platform, you will need to arrive more around 12 – 1pm.
Stop #3: Cenote Oxman
Entrance Fee as of February 2022: 150 MX PESOS or 300 MX PESOS which gives you a 250 MX PESOS credit for the bar
This was BY FAR the favorite out of all the Cenote’s we visited. Cenote Oxman was an absolute blast because there were actually activities to do once you arrived. This is also very commercialized, with a pool, cabanas, full bar, and restaurant. Honestly, this one would have been fun to hang out at most of the day!
When you arrive, you will take a long staircase down into a cave. At the bottom, you will be fitted for a life jacket and get to explore! This Cenote is an open top Cenote, so the water is very blue and very warm.
There is a rope swing platform which is SO fun and a big cliff jumping platform!
Cenote Oxman is a perfect one to end with because they have large changing rooms so you don’t have to ride all the way home in a bathing suit!
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Lunch in Valladolid
After you’ve adventured your little heart out, it’s time for some grubbing!
The town of Valladolid is a safe, Mexican town that has a surprisingly great food scene! This colorful town is the center point of all the best Cenotes in the Yucatán Peninsula.
Originally, I took my girls and I for some traditional Mayan cuisine, which are plentiful in this town. I thought to myself, “Hey, let’s give the girls some culture!”
Well, don’t do that. 🙂
We sat down at a Mayan restaurant (while we were starving from adventuring all day) and all we really wanted was a quesadilla or a burrito LOL. Well, this restaurant had some FUNKY food and we ended up just getting a margarita and leaving.
Burrito Amor saved the day and we grubbed on the best burritos we have EVER had! This local chain has shops in all the best areas of the Yucatán Peninsula and there is one right in Valladolid!
TIP: Originally, I planned to have us see a few Cenotes and then head to Chichen Itza (one of the seven wonders of the world). We would have barely made it before they closed down the ticketing counter and honestly.. we are all pretty exhausted! I think if you wanted to visit Chichen Itza, you would need to cut down the Cenote’s to two!
The drive back from Valladolid to Aldea Zama is about and hour and a half, but if you want to break up that drive with more Cenotes, here are a few that are on the way back:
Since it was a busy and adventurous day, I made the night time a more chill night! We walked to an adorable Italian restaurant, Bejuco, right by our Airbnb, drank wine, and had a dance party back at our Airbnb. To be honest, that was the most fun night of all the nights because just hanging out with your girls is really all you need to have a good time! 🙂
Day 3: Beach Day, Private Chef & Full Moon Party
The morning of Day #3 on this Tulum itinerary was the one area of this itinerary that I would not classify as perfect, but I won’t let you make the same mistake that I did 😉
So, we rented beach cruisers for the day to go explore the beach and…. I would not recommend haha!
There were several factors I did not take into consideration:
- There are no sidewalks on the Tulum Beach road, and the road is already so narrow that barely two cars can fit. It is a pretty dangerous bike ride!
- It is extremely hot / humid and no shade along these roads. We were literally drenched in sweat by the time we got to the beach bar.
- It was about a 20 minute bike ride from Aldea Zama to the start of the beach zone. Key word here is “start!” Most of the cool bars, clubs, and art installations are deeper into the beach zone, which makes the bike ride close to 45 minutes.
- And lastly and most importantly… bike riding in the sun when you are hungover is quite literally miserable LOL.
SO all in all, I would NOT recommend bike riding unless you are already on the beach zone.. or honestly, I would just skip it all together haha!!
You can easily grab taxis or if you go the private driver route, have him take you down to the beach area!
We split our time at the beach are between two spots: Coco Beach Club and Taboo Beach Club.
Coco beach club is more of a chill restaurant vibe, that has swings as bar seats, is all white and blue (super picturesque), and is situated right on the beach with lounge chairs. We started here to enjoy some food and hang out on the beach a bit!
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After we had some hair of the dog and some food, we were ready for more of a party atmosphere!! Which Taboo Beach Club totally checked that box!
We originally tried to get into Tantra (which is literally connected to Taboo with the exact same decor, menu and atmosphere), but they were sold out for the day and insanely expensive. The hostess actually walked us over to Taboo and sat us in their restaurant section.
A little budget hack for you: All of these beach clubs have two sections.. the beach club and the restaurant. If you are in the beach club area, you have access to the pool and have a cabana / day bed style area to hang out it. These sections have a very expensive minimum you need to meet and usually need to be reserved in advance. I would only recommend this area if you plan to hang out here all day long! We ended up just getting a table at the restaurant, which you don’t have any food or beverage minimum and you are literally two feet away from the “beach club” area where the DJ is still playing. If you order bottles, they still do the club-like presentation with the sparklers, pouring the bottle in everyone’s mouth, etc.!
After we had a bottle (or two) and hung out for a while, we headed back to the Airbnb to get ready, eat dinner, and head out to one of the main events on the itinerary!
For dinner, we booked a private chef who was AMAZING! They had many menu options to choose from (we chose Italian) and they cooked while we got ready, served everything beautifully, and cleaned it all up afterwards!
It was SO nice to be able to relax a bit, take our time getting ready, and just have dinner ready to eat. If you want to book the same chef that we did, here he is!
After dinner, it’s time to head to the Papaya Playa Project’s full moon party! So.. this beach club has big parties every Saturday night, but on the Saturday closest to the full moon, they go all out and host a full moon party! This was seriously one of the coolest experiences of Tulum bachelorette party trip!
Once you arrive (we got there about 9pm), there are art installations everywhere, trapeze people, face painting vendors, and an epic party waiting for you! We all got our face painted with neon paint and headed out to the beach!
Some important things to know if you are going to a Papaya Playa Project Party:
- It says everywhere online that you can’t bring your phone in or any cameras? No one took our phones and there was no signs when we got there! I was a little worried to be with a big group of girls and no one had a phone because if someone got lost, it would be impossible to find them. BUT they didn’t care if you had your phone!
- They offer tables, but honestly I didn’t feel it was necessary! It was such a cool venue that you will want to explore and hang out on the beach. If you buy an expensive table, you are kind of obligated to hang out there the entire night.
- You are on and off the beach, so I would not recommend wearing heels!
- Once you get inside, you can put money on your wrist band to pay for drinks, food or face painting. Be careful not to load up too much money on your wrist band because once you put it on you can’t take it back off!
- It says doors open at like 6pm, which is crazy early. We got there around 9pm and I thought it was perfect.
Day 4: Private Catamaran Day
Time for your final day of the most memorable week of you life!
I am a firm believer that every bachelorette party itinerary needs to include a boat day, it’s a must! 😉
Plus, on the last day, you and your girls are probably tired and a bit hungover, so you really need to save the best ambience day for last. Because even if you don’t feel like drinking and dancing, being on a boat in the beautiful Caribbean will make you feel like it!
I seriously can not recommend The Yacht Experiences enough. Truly… the made the experience unforgettable! They have catamarans of every shape and size and all come with open bar and SO much food. We were getting fed courses and courses of food the entire time, even fresh sushi rolls!
Once you board your boat, you will have the option to sail out onto the ocean (which if anyone in your group is hungover, I would not recommend this option haha) or anchor in a party cove where you can stand in shallow water and party with all the other boats.
They have speakers, towels, shot glasses, paddle boards, big floats, and so much more. If you listen to anything from this Tulum bachelorette party itinerary, it’s to get a boat with The Yacht Experiences!!
A few must-pack items for the boat day:
- Captain Hats – These were so fun to wear and looked so fun in photos!
- Ring Float
- Sunblock – This is my favorite tinted moisturizer / sunblock that gives you a pretty glowy finish and doesn’t make me break out!!
- Booty Veil for the Bride
- These cute “bride” and ring shaped straws!
Click here to book your private boat tour!
After the catamaran, we grabbed a quick dinner and packed up our stuff to be ready for our long travel day home the next day!
Day 5: Travel Home
Since my group is from Las Vegas, our trek to and from Tulum was a full day. If you live in Florida or somewhere closer to Tulum, you could probably squeeze a few more things into your travel days on this itinerary. For some extra ideas, check out the bonus section below! 🙂
As promised, I always include a “bonus ideas” section at the bottom of my guides incase you want to extend your trip or swap out one of my recommendations for something else!
These are the few things that I strongly considered including in my Tulum Bachelorette itinerary, but decided to go with what I listed on this Itinerary!
Pablo Escobar’s Mansion
Casa Malca Tulum – This was Pablo Escobar’s famous mansion that has now been turned into a hotel and Instagram-worthy location! You can either pay a hefty fee to enter the property for the day, which includes access to their pool or you can dine at their restaurant and get access to the grounds!
This is also kind of a nice thing to do in the morning after a long drinking night because it is entertaining enough to walk around and not drink… ya know, for the girls who need a little recovery time 😉
Visit Azulik – A Famous Hotel & Art Installation in Tulum
Azulik is one of the most famous hotels in Tulum and one you have probably seen all over social media! The architecture of this place is truly incredible and you can get a taste of it without having to actually stay at the hotel. You can walk through their art exhibit or dine at their tree top restaurant!
Go to a Beach Club
Tulum is known for having epic beach club parties! If we had an extra day in Tulum, I would have chosen to get a table!
There are tons of beach clubs to choose from, ranging from lively parties to super relaxing. If you are on a bachelorette party, my obvious choice would be lively party vibe 🙂
Here are some of the many Beach Clubs in Tulum:
- Tantra / Taboo (same owners, same location)
- Papaya Playa Project
- There are tons of places that call themselves “Beach Clubs” but are more restaurants with relaxing day beds on the beach that play music. Not a club-like atmosphere!
Okay, that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this incredibly detailed travel guide on how to plan a PERFECT Tulum Bachelorette Party!! I spent an absurd amount of time researching everything there is to do in Tulum and make this itinerary the best of the best.
Like I mentioned a few times already, this is just the bulk of what we did, but if you want specific bachelorette party tips like goodie bag ideas, themed outfits, our private driver’s WhatsApp number (he was seriously the best), grocery stocking companies.. literally everything, click here!
Looking for more Bachelorette Party Destinations? Here are some I think you would love:
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- Bachelorette Party in San Diego!
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What Air BnB did you stay in?
What a fun place to celebrate a Bacholorette.
such a brilliant idea, thanks!