If you are in search of flawless Mexican cuisine prepared with perfectly fresh ingredients, there’s no need to venture outside Rosewood Mayakoba. If you are, however, on your way to or from the Sian Ka’an biosphere or visiting Tulum for a morning, Charlie’s is a good place to stop for some fish tacos and a cold beer. The restaurant on Tulum’s main strip has a shaded, quiet patio—cool even under the Mexican midday sun. Drop by Mixik, next door, before or after your meal to check out their curated—and reasonably priced—collection of Mexican handicrafts from small gifts like handcrafted notebooks to elaborate weavings you’ll want to keep for yourself.
I usually shy from places in Mexico with names like Rick's, Bill's, or Senor (insert name here).
However, Charlie's is an exception to that rule and serves Authentic Mexican Cuisine with style. The day we were there Charlie was working on a new fence for the back patio and took some time to show us all the artwork he has made over the years.
Other artworks are displayed and a small store with artisan wears is next door.
Get the Mole Negro or Carnitas and you won't be disappointed. We ate and drank our fill and only spent maybe $25 USD.