If you’ve happened upon this article, then obviously, you’re planning for your trip to Tulum! (Or at least what to wear in Tulum on a night out) Welcome! Tulum’s “dress code” is super casual.
In this article, we’ll discuss what kind of vibe you should aim for when packing your clothes for your evening shenanigans. So here’s a hint- leave those heels at home, ladies! This is a sarong and beach hair kind of place.
At the end of this article, we have a cheat sheet with most of the nightclubs in Tulum and their specific dress codes (if they have any). We also have an entire article cataloguing Tulum nightclubs and another one cataloguing Tulum beach clubs. So go take a look if you’re unsure which club is for you.
Now let’s get into it!
Is there a dress code in Tulum?
No, but yes. Let me explain. The dress code in Tulum is that there is no dress code. Tulum is known for having a very laid-back atmosphere for the most part. To give you an idea of how casual it is, you don’t even need shoes in most places.
The general style in Tulum is boho meets effortless chic. Think light dresses, rompers, cover-ups, sandals, shorts, tees, and flip flops.
The evenings are slightly smarter but still within the limits of smart-casual. It also gets a little cooler, so it would be wise to pack a thin, long-sleeved garment just to fend off that light chill and protect you from the mosquitoes.
Are there different dress codes for different areas in Tulum?
There are two main “zones” in Tulum, the Beach zone, which is the section along the beach, and Tulum Pueblo, the town part of Tulum. The Beach zone has more luxurious, upscale resorts and nightclubs. Here are the differences between Tulum Beach and Tulum Town.
These places sometimes ask for a slightly more formal dress code. When I say slightly, I mean it. This would entail rules like you can’t wear your bathing suit or no boardshorts. That being said, many beach clubs don’t require shoes.
Do I need pants in Tulum?
While Tulum is very relaxed regarding dress code, pants are something you should probably keep on—just kidding. You want to know whether you should bring longs, right? For the ladies, Tulum is more of a flowy dress and shorts type of place. You won’t get chilly if you leave the pants at home.
Gents, you should probably pack one pair of chinos or jeans if you want to get into the clubs that have an enforced dress code- but often, these only require a nice pair of tailored shorts (meaning no swim shorts).
Do you wear heels in Tulum?
Heels, wedges, and all manner of fancy shoes should be left at home! Trust me, it is wildly impractical, and in Tulum, you will stick out like a sore thumb in heels. In Playa Del Carmen or Cancun, you might get away with them, though, since they have a slightly more city vibe.
You’ll want to bring these types of shoes to Tulum: beach sandals, flip flops and maybe one pair of nicer flats for clubs and restaurants with stricter dress codes. For the most part, however, you probably won’t even need shoes since you’ll be dancing on the beach sand!
Some clubs do ask that you wear closed shoes, so keep that in mind when choosing your tactful pair to take along with you.
Major nightclubs and dress codes
That brings us to the end of your guide on what to add to your Tulum packing list for a night out in Tulum. Want more Tulum content? There are some things to know about Tulum where all your major questions about a trip to Tulum are answered.