Digital Nomad Guide to Tulum, Mexico

The ultimate digital nomad guide to Tulum including where to live and stay, coffee shops with Wifi, and coworking spaces.

Considering a trip to Tulum? Here are the best places to live and stay for digital nomads, coffee shops with wifi, coworking spaces and things to do in Tulum.

Where to stay in Tulum, Mexico: Centro or Playa?

When choosing a place to stay in Tulum, you have 2 options: the beach, or the town. You'll see these being referred to as la playa and pueblo in Tulum.

Tulum Beach

This is where Outsite Tulum is located. The coliving space is 5 minutes from the water. Tulum Beach is the place to stay if you'd like to spend most of your time on the sand. There are restaurants and bars within walking distance, however, make sure to note how long the beach road is. It's not easy to walk up and down during high season due to the traffic, and you'll need to rent a bike to get to the town.

Tulum Town

This area is home to Outsite Tulum - Centro, and the majority of locals. So, it should come as no surprise that this is the spot for great authentic Mexican food. It's also easier to stay here if you plan on getting to many of the cenotes. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and small boutiques here, too. 'Pueblo' refers to the center, however La Veleta and Aldea Zama are also popular neighborhoods. You'll need to rent a bike to get around town, or down to the beach. You can also use taxis to get around, but this can get pretty expensive.

Read more about neighborhoods in Tulum.

Digital nomad communities in Tulum 

The digital nomad community in Tulum is growing. Outsite Members have access to a local WhatsApp Group for Tulum - this is an easy way to meet other digital nomads and remote workers in when you're there. You can also check out local coworking spaces to further establish your connections in Tulum.

Coworking spaces in Tulum 

If you need somewhere to work in Pueblo, Los Amigos and Cowork Tulum both offer individual day, weekly and monthly passes for coworking. If staying at either of our Tulum locations, coworking is included.

What’s the Wifi like in Tulum? 

Wifi is notoriously difficult in Tulum. This is a town built inside a jungle, and there is no cell reception on the beach. However, as Tulum develops, Wifi connections continue to improve. Outsite Tulum and Outsite Tulum - Centro both have reliable Wifi, and you can also find fast connections in the following coffee shops.

Most remote workers purchase a local SIM card on arrival, so they always have a back up. Telcel is the most popular provider.

Best cafes to work from in Tulum 

Coffee shops with Wifi in Tulum on the beach

  • Ahau
    Ahau is a resort on the beach, which happens to have great Wifi, food and drinks. Access to their Wifi network will also get you access to the Wifi at Raw Love, a smoothie bowl bar just behind Ahau. There are better deskspaces inside Ahau, but the crowd can get a little rowdy after midday.
  • Papaya Playa Project
    PPP is better known for DJ sets than a fast Wifi connection, but if you're looking for a beautiful place to call your 'office', this is it. It's a design hotel and venue for musicians from around the world. The Wifi is great, but plan your visit for earlier on in the day if you're really intent on working.
  • NEST Tulum
    NEST is a boutique hotel with a beachfront restaurant, just across the street from Outsite Tulum. Their Wifi is reliable, but it's on the beach - so this is not an all day spot either.

Coffee shops with Wifi in Tulum in the town

  • Cafe Hunab Ku
    Great coffee, lots of vegetarian, vegan options, and gluten free options. There's free wifi and indoor and outdoor seating.
  • Matcha Mama
    This is entirely outdoors, so it's not ideal for a long day of work. However, if you need coffee, breakfast and Wifi, their connection is very reliable.
  • Babel Cafe
  • This is one of the best places for digital nomads to work from in Tulum. It has great food and coffee, power outlets at every table, and their Wifi is reliable.

Day trips from Tulum 

  • Cenotes close to Tulum, Mexico
    Tulum is known for their vast underground caverns of water. These are a playground for divers (or even those who are just dipping their toe in - it's common to lounge around in these areas, soaking up the sun and taking photos).
  • Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
    If you drive to the end of the beach road, you'll enter the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Only a small community of locals live here, but it's one of the most beautiful places in Tulum. Crocodiles still live in the lakes, the water is pristine, and the beaches are white. Drive down, or book a trip with one of the local vendors.
  • Lake Bacalar  
    Bacalar, 'the lake of 7 colors', is a few hours away from Tulum. This is best visited overnight so you can fully enjoy sunset and sunrise over the lake. There are a handful of bars, restaurants and galleries, but the lake is the main focal feature here.

Gyms and yoga studios Tulum 

  • CrossFit Tulum
    CrossFit Tulum is located in town, towards Veleta. Daily, weekly and monthly passes are available.
  • Evolve Fitness Tulum
    Evolve is in the centre of town. It's more of a 'traditional' style gym, with free weights and classes.
  • Tulum Jungle Gym
    This is an Instagrammer's dream. All 'weights' are made with natural materials, and it's on the beach.

Shopping and groceries Tulum 

Grocery Stores

  • Chedraui
    Chedraui is a mini-Walmart where you can buy fruits, vegetables, meats, cereals, homewares and more. Taxis wait outside, so you don't have to carry your bags home.
  • Super Aki
    Super Aki is similar to Chedraui, but it's a little smaller. There's a car park out front where you can find local street food vendors selling tacos and tamales.

Health food stores

Naturalmente Tulum is situated in the town center. Hereyou can find snacks, whole grains, vegan skincare, sage and palo santo.

Ready to book? Outsite offers discounts on 30+ day stays, and you'll be instantly connected with the digital nomad community in Tulum. Book now.

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