Welcome to the tropical paradise of Tulum, Mexico, where shimmering white sand beaches and stunning, crystal-clear waters are just the beginning of your adventure.
Situated on the Riviera Maya on the east coast of Yucatan province, Mexico, Tulum has established itself as the most visited tourist spot in the Yucatan, and certainly one of the most popular destinations in the country, due to its world-class beaches, incredible scenery, nightlife and party vibes, and the many adventure parks and natural phenomena like cenotes and waterfalls nearby.
If you’re looking for a luxurious escape, a budget-friendly retreat, or something in between, Tulum offers a range of accommodation to fit every traveler’s needs. And if you’re worried about getting bored, fear not! There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, from exploring ancient Mayan ruins and swimming in cenotes, to indulging in delicious food and drinks at the many restaurants and bars.
So kick off your shoes, let the warm breeze wash over you, and get ready to experience the magic of Tulum.
Scroll on to read: Where To Stay in Tulum: Best Hotels & Resorts, How to Choose Where to Stay, and More
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Essential Yucatan Travel Resources:
For more useful travel information on Yucatan, check out these articles:
✪ Ultimate Yucatan Travel Guide (+ FREE Cheatsheet)
✪ The Perfect Yucatan 1 Week Itinerary
✪ What to Pack for Mexico: Travel Essentials
✪ How to Travel Yucatan on a Budget (+ FREE Cheatsheet)
✪ Complete Yucatan 2 Week Itinerary
✪ Guide to Driving from Cancun to Tulum
✪ Interesting Facts about Mexico
How to get to Tulum
The main airport is Cancun International Airport (CUN). Click here for airport transfers from Cancun.
Best time to visit Tulum
There’s a tropical climate in Tulum, with a rainy and muggy season from June to October, a relatively cool season from November to February, and a hot season from March to May. The highest temperatures are around 40C at peak season, whilst in January it can fall as low as 15C.
May to mid-December is the low season. This means hotel prices are much cheaper, and therefore the best time to visit if you’re on a budget.
December to April has the best weather conditions, and is therefore considered the ideal time to visit Tulum.
What to pack
Plenty of sunblock, t-shirt, vests, casual shorts, swim shorts, flip flops, towel, sunglasses, cap/headwear.
For a complete guide on everything you need to pack for Mexico, head over to What to Pack for Mexico: Travel Essentials (+ Free PDF Checklist)
Good to know
Street food is delicious and ridiculously cheap here. So if you’re on a budget, head to the street vendors, especially the ones that attract a lot of locals (and don’t worry – the food is clean and cooked well). It’s also authentic Mexican food – much tastier than the expensive food you’ll find in touristy restaurants.
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Where To Stay in Tulum: Best Hotels & Resorts, How to Choose Where to Stay, and More
Quick Guide: My top picks on where to stay in Tulum
Tulum has grown at a fast pace in recent years which has seen new districts emerge around the town. Here’s a quick guide to help you find the best spots in the different parts of Tulum:
📍Best Cheap Spot in Tulum: WishTulum (3-star hotel, Tulum Pueblo) $
📍Best Budget Beach Hotel in Tulum: Tunich Jungle Cabanas (Guest house, South Beach) $
📍Best Luxury Beach Hotel in Tulum: Papaya Playa Project (5-star hotel, South Beach) $$$
📍Best Mid-Range Hotel in Tulum: Diamante K (3-star hotel, North Beach) $$
📍Best Luxury Resort in Tulum: Una Vida (5-star hotel, Tulum Pueblo) $$$
Hotel Map of Tulum
Here’s a map of all the recommended hotels in this post, to help give you a clearer idea of the different districts of Tulum and how close everything is to each other.
Best Places to Stay in Tulum Beach District
Tulum Beach is a stunning stretch of coastline located on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. With its crystal-clear waters, soft white sand, and swaying palm trees, this beach is super popular and a paradise for beach lovers.
However, it’s also where you’ll find the most expensive accommodation options in Tulum. The area is divided into two beaches: South Tulum Beach, and North Tulum Beach.
South Tulum Beach
South Tulum Beach is known for its bohemian vibe, attracting a diverse mix of travelers, from backpackers to luxury vacationers. South Tulum Beach has it all – from water activities, shops, clubs bars, relaxation, spa treatment, and so on, it’s the most popular beach in Tulum.
– Known for its laid-back, bohemian vibe
– Has the best selection of restaurants and cafes in Tulum, many of which are on the beach.
– Offers a wide range of activities including yoga classes, beach parties, and water sports that cater to its unique and eclectic crowds.
– Crowded beaches which sometimes spoils the view, particularly during peak season.
– High prices – everything is more expensive here, from accommodation, food, sunbeds, activities and drinks.
– Pollution: the large crowds has unfortunately resulted in higher pollution on the streets, beaches and in the waters.
📍$ Budget Option: Tunich Jungle Cabañas
🏨 Type: Deluxe king room with garden view | 💸 Cost: $53
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, patio, Free breakfast | ⭐️ Rating: 7.4 Good
Photo @ Tunich Jungle Cabañas
Located on the jungle side of the hotel zone, this property is just 1 minute walk to the beach and 10 minutes drive from Tulum village. With free WiFi throughout the premises, all rooms feature a private 3-piece bathroom and a patio space at the front, complete with chairs and a hammock.
📍$$ Mid-Range Option: Villa Las Estrellas Tulum
🏨 Type: Junior suite with garden view | 💸 Cost: $210
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, beachfront, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 7.3 Good
Photo @ Villa Las Estrellas Tulum
Located at the party zone on South Beach, Villa Las Estrellas boasts stylish rooms that offer free Wi-Fi and terraces with stunning sea views. The rooms at Las Estrellas are traditional thatched cabins, with wooden floors and mosquito nets. Each elegant room has a laptop safe, a fan, and a private bathroom with free toiletries.
📍$$$ Luxury Option: Papaya Playa Project
🏨 Type: Ocean view cabin | 💸 Cost: $660
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, private beachfront, Free WiFi, Spa & Wellness center, pool, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 7.7 Good
Photo @ Papaya Playa Project
Papaya Playa Project is a sustainable boutique hotel complex of beachfront cabins and cottages, situated on the Tulum coast. Set on a 1,000 yards stretch of private beach, Papaya Playa Project not only offers rustic accommodation with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, the hotel has a world-class reputation for hosting famous DJs with a superb party atmosphere.
North Tulum Beach
North Tulum Beach, on the other hand, offers much cheaper accommodation options and whilst there are fewer amenities compared to South Beach, it’s quieter and less crowded here, which is an advantage in itself.
– Quieter area and more secluded, less crowded
– Cheaper options for accommodation, food and activities compared to South Beach
– Offers some activities
– Fewer accommodation options
– Longer distance between accommodation and restaurants/places of interest
– Fewer amenities (such as restaurants, bars, activities, shops) compared to South Beach
📍$ Budget Option: Camp Ikal Tulum
🏨 Type: Deluxe tent | 💸 Cost: $100
| ✅ Facilities: Private beach area, Free WiFi, bar, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 8.7 Fabulous
Photo @ Camp Ikal Tulum
Located a few steps from Paraíso Beach, Camp Ikal Tulum is a luxury tent accommodation with a private beach area, free private parking, a garden, and a bar. Boasting full-day security, this property also has a modern restaurant and a sun terrace. On clear days, guests can head outside to enjoy the luxury tent’s outdoor fireplace, or simply kick back and relax.
The luxury tents include wardrobe units, a shared bathroom fitted with free toiletries, and free WiFi, while some rooms include a balcony. Each unit also has bed linen and towels.
📍$$ Mid-Range Option: Diamante K
🏨 Type: Bungalow with garden view and private bathroom | 💸 Cost: $200
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, private beach area, Free WiFi, bar, pool, Spa & wellness area, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 8.2 Very good
Photo @ Diamante K
Facing the beachfront, Diamante K is situated inside of Tulum National Park and offers 3-star accommodation with rooms boasting balconies and stunning sea views. Also on -site is an outdoor swimming pool, garden, and terrace. With free WiFi in all rooms, the hotel also includes a restaurant and a bar, as well as a spa and wellness area. Evening entertainment is also provided on-site.
📍$$$ Luxury Option: Ikal Tulum Hotel
🏨 Type: Ocean Front Suite with Plunge Pool | 💸 Cost: $460
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, private beach area, Free WiFi, Plunge pool, bar, Spa & wellness area, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 8.0 Very good
Photo @ Ikal Tulum Hotel
A few steps from Paraíso Beach, Ikal Tulum Hotel offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. A few steps from Las Palmas Beach and 550 yards from Playa Pescadores, rooms at this property boast private plunge pools with private beach areas as well as room service, a concierge service, and tours for guests.
Tulum Pueblo: Best Places to Stay
The charming Tulum Pueblo (aka Tulum Town) perfectly blends traditional Mexican culture with modern bohemian vibes. With a more local feel compared to the beaches, Tulum Pueblo is truly an authentic and unique experience for travelers who want to explore more than just the beaches. From colorful murals to street performances, this lively town is where you’ll find the cheapest yet most authentic taco stands and restaurants, as well as plenty of budget hotel options that’s cheaper than North Beach even.
Travel tip: Tulum Pueblo has much more culture than the beaches of Tulum which tend to have an artificial feel to them. If you’re looking for the ultimate budget spot with cheaper shops, transport and hotels, and the most authentic and cheapest food, Tulum Pueblo is the place to be.
📍$ Budget Option: WishTulum
🏨 Type: Standard double room & ensuite bathroom | 💸 Cost: $55
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 8.3 Very good
Photo @ Wish Tulum
Situated in the heart of Tulum Pueblo, WishTulum hotel offers an outdoor pool and à la carte restaurant as well as bike rentals and a garden. The hotel is just 6 minutes’ drive from the Tulum Archaeological Site.
Rooms at WishTulum feature a Mexican-style décor with colorful beddings and wooden furniture. Guests can expect air conditioning, private bathrooms with showers, and a seating area. Extras include a desk and a safety deposit box.
📍$$ Mid-Range Option: Layla Tulum
🏨 Type: King room with balcony | 💸 Cost: $150
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, minibar, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 9.0 Superb
Photo @ Layla Tulum
Layla Tulum is an adults-only 4-star hotel that boasts an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, a shared lounge, and a terrace. Guests can expect free WiFi and AC as well as a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, a patio, room service, and a concierge service. The property is just 2 miles from the Tulum Archeological Site and a short walking distance from the heart of Tulum Pueblo city center.
📍$$$ Luxury Option: Hotel Bardo
🏨 Type: Suite | 💸 Cost: $495
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, Spa & wellness center, minibar, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 9.5 Exceptional
Photo @ Hotel Bardo
Conveniently set in Tulum, Hotel Bardo is an adults-only 5-star hotel that provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, free private parking, and room service. Among the various facilities are free bikes, an outdoor swimming pool, as well as a garden. Guests can have a drink at the bar.
Every room has a wardrobe, bed linen, and a terrace with a garden view. Also included is a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries, and a hairdryer. All units include a safety deposit box.
Best Places to Stay in Tulum for Families
Families are especially welcome to the tropical paradise of Tulum, often regarded as a paradise for grown-ups, as a matter of fact, there are several family-friendly accommodation options with my best recommendations listed below.
Plus, you’ll discover plenty of enjoyable activities for kids and grown-ups like anywhere else on the Yucatan, including cycling, shopping, swimming and snorkeling on the beaches, water sports, swimming in cenotes, and nearby adventure parks like Xel-Ha Waterpark and Xenotes Riviera Maya.
📍$ Budget Option: Jade Tulum Hotel (Tulum Pueblo)
🏨 Type: Superior apartment | 💸 Cost: $70
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, Spa & wellness center, fitness center, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 7.8 Good
Photo @ Jade Tulum Hotel
Situated close to Tulum Pueblo, Jade Tulum Hotel offers accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a fitness center, a garden, and more. With free WiFi, this 5-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service. The hotel has a terrace and pool views, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.
Each room also consists of AC, seating area, flat-screen TV with cable channels, kitchen, dining area, and private bathroom with shower.
📍$$ Mid-Range Option: Aldea San Lam (Tulum Pueblo)
🏨 Type: Entire apartment | 💸 Cost: $164
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, Spa & wellness center, family rooms, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 9.1 Superb
Photo @ Aldea San Lam
Conveniently situated in the center of Tulum, Aldea San Lam – Oasis Of Tulum offers free WiFi throughout the property, an outdoor swimming pool and free private parking for guests. This 4-star hotel also comes with a balcony and garden, and provides airport transfers, while a bicycle rental service is also available.
Hotel rooms are air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a coffee machine, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a terrace and a private bathroom with a shower.
📍$$$ Luxury Option: Una Vida (Tulum Pueblo)
🏨 Type: 3-Bedroom luxury house | 💸 Cost: $1,035
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, Spa & wellness center, family rooms, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 9.4 Superb
Photo @ Una Vida
Located in the jungle side of Tulum, away from the busy areas and into the quietness of the forest. Designed and built by young professionals inspired by the beauty of the surrounding nature. Just a couple blocks from center of town there are some great restaurants and bars.
Amongst tall tress there are eleven separate and independent Villas, with jungle and garden views, equipped with dream catchers and locally sourced handcrafts, and with a zen-like pool and common area, Una Vida is a fit for families, friends, and couples looking for a quiet, fun and chic atmosphere to spend time together.
Best Things to Do in Tulum
There’s so many exciting things to do in Tulum for everyone, in fact, there’s too many to list here so I’ve picked out the most popular day trips and tours that have rave reviews.
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour
Free dive, snorkel, and cliff-jump at three different cenotes on this half-day guided tour from Tulum.
Jump from tiered platforms at Cenote Zemway, explore the caverns and rock formations of Grand Cenote, and admire the mangroves of Casa Cenote. Or, simply climb down the ladder.
Sian Ka’an & Muyil Archaeological Site Tour
Explore the structures of Muyil, a Maya archaeological site amid the mangroves of Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This excursion takes you to the former trading post along an interpretive nature trail before a boat ride to Muyil Lagoon. Then enjoy a relaxing float down the shallow canal as you drift past unique vegetation. Learn from your guide about the ecology of the area and the Maya civilization.
Playa del Carmen Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim and Mayan Village Visit
Take an off-road romp in the jungle beyond Playa del Carmen on this half-day excursion. Drive or ride in a 2-person buggy and follow a guide first into scenic parts of the Playa del Carmen not frequented by tourists, before bouncing and bumping your way into the jungle. Wash off the grime during a swim at a gorgeous underground cenote and journey to an authentic Maya village.
What are the different areas to stay in Tulum?
Tulum offers a variety of areas to stay in, each with its own unique vibe. You can choose to stay on the luxurious Tulum Beach, immerse yourself in the local culture of Tulum Pueblo, or enjoy the modern amenities of Aldea Zama.
Is it better to stay on the beach or in downtown Tulum?
It really depends on what you’re looking for – if you want a relaxing beach vacation with stunning views, stay on Tulum Beach. But if you’re craving a more authentic experience with local markets, shops, and restaurants, downtown Tulum might be more your style.
What is the best area to stay in for luxury accommodations?
If you’re looking for luxury, Tulum Beach is the place to be. This area boasts some of the most upscale resorts and villas in the region, with plenty of high-end amenities and services.
Is Tulum a walkable city?
While Tulum is a fairly walkable city, you may need to rent a bike or take a taxi to explore the different areas. The downtown area is easy to navigate on foot, but if you’re planning on visiting the beach or other attractions, transportation may be necessary.
Book Your Trip: Top Tips
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Conclusion: Staying in Tulum
And there you have it, amigos! My complete guide on all the best places to stay in Tulum, packed with all the personality and pizzazz you could hope for.
Whether you’re a beach bum, a foodie, a culture vulture or a nature lover, Tulum has something to offer everyone. From luxury resorts to rustic jungle hideaways, this Mexican paradise is packed full of unique and unforgettable accommodation options.
So, unless you’re on a shoestring budget, why settle for a cookie-cutter hotel when you could stay in a cabana on the beach, a treehouse in the jungle, or a boutique hotel with its own cenote?
I hope this guide has helped you find the perfect place to rest your head and soak up the magic of Tulum. Viva la vida, and happy travels!