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Last Updated on November 16, 2020

Tulum, Mexico is a beach-lover’s paradise, with its white sand beaches and laid-back luxury vibe.  Tourism here has exploded in recent years, and it can be difficult to decide where to stay with all of the options available!  I’m lucky to have visited Tulum many times and can offer some expert tips on the best Airbnb Tulum stays for every type of trip.

From beachfront cabanas to jungle glamping, affordable apartments, and Tulum villa rentals for a group, these are the best Airbnb Tulum stays for a perfect vacation on any budget!

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In this Guide to the Airbnb Tulum Stays:

Where to Stay: Beach or Town  |  Eco-Chic: What to Expect  | Budget to Mid-Range Tulum Beach Stays  |  Quieter Tulum Beach Stays  | Best Tulum Airbnbs for a Group  |  Luxury Tulum Airbnbs for a Group

Where to Stay in Tulum: Beach or Town?

Every traveler to Tulum agonizes over the question of where to stay!  If you haven’t visited Tulum before, don’t worry – I’m here to help you find the best options for you.

Tulum Town (or Pueblo) is located just a few miles from the beach, and has many budget-friendly hotels and restaurants.  Turn off the main road through Tulum and you’ll soon reach the Beach Road.  The Tulum Beach (or Playa) is accessible only via this 2-lane road.  Turn left when you reach it for the North Beach Road up to the Tulum Ruins, or turn right for the South Beach Road.  The main beach hotel zone is here on the South Beach Road.  The road continues to the last hotels before the entrance of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere then eventually down the coast.  

Along the Tulum Beach road, you’ll find luxury and boutique hotels on the beachfront side.  On the jungle side of the road are restaurants, shops, and affordable stays.  Addresses are denoted by the mile marker on the Beach Road.

photo of Tulum's white sand beaches

Why Stay in Town

Tulum Town (or Pueblo) is the place to stay for luxury amenities at an affordable price.  (Think chic private pools nestled in the lush jungle!)   If you plan to do a lot of activities like seeing ruins, snorkeling, diving, or day trips in the area, this is a good home base.  You can still take taxis to beach clubs and restaurants.

Why Stay on the Beach

Tulum’s beaches are spectacular, and I’ve never found another location where you can step straight from your room into the sand and be on the beach in moments.  The vibes of the beach clubs, restaurants, and hotels here are uniquely Tulum, and something you don’t want to miss!  

If you’re on a budget but want to be beachfront, keep an eye out for my budget picks below.

Tips on Tulum’s “Eco-Chic” Amenities

Due to Tulum’s off-grid location, keep in mind that some of the beach options will be “eco-chic.”  Tulum is a low-maintenance location, which some might not expect given its profile!

This can mean limited hours of electricity or AC (or no AC at all), slightly salty shower water, or not scalding-hot water.  Keep an eye out for bathrooms without a door (sometimes the minimal design omits this, and I know it’s an issue for some travelers).  

Be sure to check the amenities and reviews for any Tulum stay that you’re considering, and contact the host with questions to be sure you know what to expect.  


Don’t drink the shower and sink water in Tulum – it is not potable! It might also feel slightly salty when you shower because it isn’t treated. Groundwater in Tulum (and rainwater which some hotels use) has some salt content.

Budget to Mid-Range Airbnb Tulum Stays for Couples & Solo Travelers

These affordable Tulum Airbnbs along the Beach Road will let you bliss out in your own private space.  Some are located on the jungle side of the road and others are on the beach.

Central Tulum Beach Airbnbs

Want to be close to the best restaurants, shops, bars and beach clubs in Tulum?  These stays won’t require a car to get around, and you can easily walk to many things to do.  These Tulum Airbnbs will give you a classic Tulum experience but won’t be as secluded as my next group of options that follows.

Ka’an Tulum Beach Apartment | Boho-Chic Airbnb in Tulum

3 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath · AC · WiFi · Kitchen · Beach access

Ka’an Tulum Beach Airbnb Apartment

I love the design of this boho-chic apartment with its signature Tulum thatched roof!  It’s not beachfront, but you’ll have access to the beach and amenities across the road at Encantada Tulum, a luxury boutique hotel (with nightly prices 4x higher!).  It includes a garden area, free parking, and full kitchen. You’re also a 10-minute walk from the best restaurants in Tulum like Hartwood and Arca.

Nido de Tortuga 2 | Airbnb Tulum with a View

2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · WiFi · Beachfront

Nido de Tortuga - Tulum Airbnb
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The views from this beachfront Tulum Airbnb make me want to pack a bag right now!  Nido de Tortuga is on the beach side of the road with a zen-inducing balcony overlooking its private beach.  This is an awesome budget beachfront Tulum Airbnb option in the heart of the hotel zone, close to shops, bars, and restaurants.

Jungle Cabin at Origin Tulum | Tulum Jungle Airbnb

2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 private bath  ·  AC overnight  ·  WiFi  ·   Beach access

Origen Cabin - Airbnb Tulum

This jungle-side cabin at Origen has a great location across from La Taqueria Eufemia, a fun beach club and taco spot.  La Zebra and Casa Violeta beach clubs are also nearby as well as public beach access.  You’re a quick 5-minute walk to the best restaurants on the Beach Road.

If you decide this is your spot, there are 8 cabins here – check availability and photos of all the Origen Tulum Airbnb stays with this curated list.

I Scream House | Airbnb with Tulum Jungle Views

2 guests  ·  1 bed  ·  1 bath  ·  WiFi

I Scream House - Airbnb Tulum

This 2nd floor cabana with jungle views is perfect for solo travelers or a couple.  It’s located on the jungle side of the Beach Road at I Scream House, a fun ice cream shop, restaurant, and dive bar.  Be sure to stop in for their 2-for-1 happy hour drinks specials, no matter where you stay!  Since it doesn’t offer AC and it’s located in the heart of Tulum’s main hotel and restaurant zone, expect some noise from bands and bars at night.  So either pack earplugs or just be ready to join the party!

If you scream for I Scream House, check out photos and availability of all of their stays in this curated list – including options up to 4 guests.

Cabanas Eufemia | Rustic Central Airbnb in Tulum

4 guests  ·  2 beds  ·  1 bath  · AC overnight  ·  Public area WiFi  ·  Beachfront

Cabanas Eufemia - Airbnb Tulum beachfront
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This Airbnb offers direct beach access and is located at Taqueria La Eufemia, a restaurant and beach club known for its friendly vibes and cheap but tasty tacos. This is a rustic yet classic budget beachfront Tulum Airbnb option just steps from restaurants and shops.  No frills, but an affordable stay in a prime location on the beach.

There are several cabanas here that sleep 1-4 guests – click here for a list to check availability and see photos.

Quieter Airbnb Tulum Stays for Solos & Couples

These Airbnbs are located outside the main Tulum beach hotel zone.  A few are in Tulum Town.  The others are on the South Beach Road towards the Sian Ka’an Biosphere or on the North Beach Road, closer to the Tulum ruins.  You’ll most likely want to use bicycles or take a taxi or colectivo (shared van) to get to the main restaurant zone on the beach.

Suites Tulum | Stylish Airbnb Tulum Stay with Pool

2 guests · Studio · 2 beds · 1 bath · AC overnight · WiFi · Kitchenette · Beach access

Suites Tulum - Tulum Airbnbs Mexico beach
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This Tulum Airbnb is located on the jungle side of the road and features a kitchenette, shared pool, and chic design.  This is a great option if you’ll be arriving late, since there’s a lockbox for self check-in.  You’ll have beach access at the private hotels of Dos Ceibas and Rosa del Viento.  Suites Tulum is at the end of the South Beach Road, just before the entrance to the Sian Ka’an biosphere.  So this will be a quieter stay, and you’re close to Cenote Encantado.  

To see availability and prices all the Tulum Suites rooms for up to 4 guests, check out this list.

Playa Esperanza | Budget Beachfront Airbnb in Tulum

2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 private bath · WiFi in common areas

Playa Esperanza Airbnb Tulum Mexico

This beachfront Airbnb in Tulum is located on the North Beach Road, on Las Palmas Beach. Cabana rooms are decorated in a chic, rustic design using natural and local materials. Each room has its own balcony for views of Tulum’s stunning beaches. Electricity hours are limited in the room; but don’t worry, electric and WiFi at reception are available 24 hours. Playa Esperanza has a restaurant and bar on site and free parking.

To see all of the beachfront Playa Esperanza rooms including super-budget options with shared baths, check out this list.

Sanah Villa | Stylish Airbnb in Tulum Town

2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · AC · WiFi · Private pool · Mini-fridge

Sanah Villa Tulum vacation rentals

This stylish yet affordable Moroccan-styled Airbnb Tulum villa with a private pool is set in the jungle of Tulum town.  Relax in their solar steam room, or arrange for a massage in your villa.  Sanah gets rave reviews for its tranquil setting, personalized service, and chic design.  This is a great Tulum Airbnb option if you want a secluded location with your own pool!

There are 10 villas at Sanah – check here for availability on others if this one is booked for your dates.

Ikal Villa | Jungle Airbnb in Tulum Town

4 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · AC · WiFi · Shared pool · Kitchen

Ikal Tulum villa rentals

Ikal Tulum villa is located in a small group private bungalows in the lush Tulum town jungle.  These Airbnb villas share a pool, and extra services are available like a private chef, butler, grocery shopping, and car rental.  It has a super-chic modern design with a classic Tulum palapa roof.  The bedroom is on the 2nd floor, overlooking the living space and with views out the 2-story windows to the pool.  Ikal gets great reviews for its personal service, stylish decor, and local feel with a luxury touch.

If this villa is booked, check out all the affordable yet glam Ikal stays which accommodate up to 11 guests.

Nativus Glamping Airbnb Tulum

2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 private bath · Limited AC · WiFi · Breakfast

Nativus Glamping Tulum Airbnb

Nativus Glamping is a Airbnb Tulum stay nestled in the Tulum jungle with its own private cenote. This is a totally unique experience where you can connect with nature and bike, swim, kayak, and paddleboard to your heart’s content. The camp is located toward the south end of the beach road, and just across the street from Tulum’s stunning beaches. Guests who have stayed at Nativus rate it highly for its stylish design, tranquil setting, and the hospitality of its staff including a delicious included breakfast.

Nativus Glamping has 7 tents – check more reviews and see availability for all here with my curated list.

Looking for more Tulum glamping options?

Also be sure to check out Serena Luxury Glamping Tulum with private baths, A/C, WiFi, minibar and a shared pool in the jungle across from Tulum beach!

Serena Tulum Airbnb Glamping
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Airbnb Tulum House Rentals & Larger Rooms for a Group 

Traveling with friends or family, or looking for a place to celebrate a special event like a wedding, bachelorette, or family reunion? Check out these larger spaces that can accommodate groups of 4 or more guests.

Budget & Mid-Range Tulum Airbnbs for Groups

These Tulum stays for a group are more affordable, with options both in Tulum Pueblo and Tulum Playa.

Casa Artista | Airbnb Tulum Studios

4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 2.5 baths · WiFi 

Casa Artista Tulum Mexico Airbnb

Casa Artista Airbnb is two private studios, each with an ensuite bath, that share a common living space. It’s located on the jungle side of the road across from Ziggy Beach & Selina Tulum.  Travelers will enjoy Casa Artista’s chic design and local artwork, as well as its prime location.  This cool Tulum jungle Airbnb is perfect for two couples traveling together or a group of friends.

Jungle Beach House Loft | Budget Airbnb Tulum

4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 1 bath · WiFi · Shared kitchen

Jungle Beach Loft
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This Airbnb on the jungle side of the Beach Road is a great budget option for friends or a small family.  It has two bedrooms separated by a wall under a thatched roof (so they’re not totally private).  But it is in a prime location along the Tulum beach road, and shares a full kitchen and garden with the downstairs unit.  This Airbnb gets great reviews for the friendliness and attentiveness of the host as well as its location.

Aldea Zama Condo | Mid-range Tulum Airbnb with Luxury Amenities

8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 3 baths · AC · WiFi · Shared pool · Kitchen

Aldea Zama Airbnb Tulum vacation rentals

This condominium in the Aldea Zama community is located along the road that leads to the Tulum Beach Road, near the Chedrui supermarket.  It shares pools, hot tubs, and gardens with other condos in the community, and extra services like a chef, tours, and massages are available.  This is a stylish stay for a family or group of friends with tons of amenities at a budget price!

Casa Alaya | Tulum Airbnb with Resort Amenities

6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 3.5 baths · AC · WiFi · Shared pool · Kitchen

Casa Alaya - Airbnb Tulum house rentals

This beachfront Tulum villa is located directly on the beach, and has space for up to 6 in its two bedrooms plus loft.  It’s located at the Alaya boutique hotel, and offers the services of a hotel with the privacy of a private home.  Alaya gets rave reviews for its attentive service and amenities.  It’s also in a prime location, just a 5 minutes walk to the best restaurants in Tulum.

Luxury Jungle Masterpiece: Villa LaGú | Tulum Luxury Airbnb

14 guests · 5 bedrooms · 8 beds · 5.5 baths · AC · WiFi · Private pool · Kitchen

Villa LaGu luxury Tulum Airbnb

This luxury Tulum town Airbnb sleeps 14 guests, which makes it super affordable for a group splitting the rental fee.  With its spectacular design, luxury amenities, and 5 bedrooms, this gem is sure to impress your friends or family! This is a perfect stay for an extended family, destination wedding group, bachelorette party, or a friends’ getaway.

Luxury Tulum Villa Rentals & Tulum Airbnbs for a Group

Looking for the best villas, casas and beach homes in Tulum? Check out these stylish luxury Tulum Airbnb stays for a group.

Casa Mandala | Stylish Airbnb Tulum Beach Home

7 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 2.5 baths · AC · WiFi · Private pool · Kitchen · Beachfront

Casa Mandala Tulum Airbnb

This tropical oasis in the heart of Tulum offers space for 7 guests in a luxurious space with bright, artistic touches.  Located on the beach, it also has a private pool and is just steps to restaurants and shops.  The house shares the property and beach with three other casas.  Beach loungers are reserved and boogie boards and sea kayaks are available.   This is a perfect Tulum Airbnb stay for a family with kids or a group of friends.

Casa de las Palmas | Luxury Airbnb Tulum Beach House

8 guests · 4 bedrooms · 6 beds · 4.5 baths · WiFi · Kitchen · Pool · Beachfront 

Casa de las Palmas

Casa de las Palmas is a beachfront Tulum Airbnb located at km 8 along the South Beach Road.  With 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 6 beds, it’s perfect for a family with kids or a group of friends.  It has a private kitchen, living area and rooftop deck, and each bedroom features an ensuite bath. There’s also a pool shared with other villas on the property.  Located in Tulum’s hotel zone. 

Villa Miramar | Ocean Front Airbnb Tulum Villa with Private Pool

10 guests · 5 bedrooms · 5 beds · 5.5 baths · WiFi · Kitchen · Pool · Beachfront

Villa Miramar Tulum Mexico Airbnb

This 5-bedroom, 5-bath oceanfront Tulum villa is located on the Beach Road North, away from the busy main beach area for a more restful and relaxing stay. With a private pool, gorgeous beach and secluded setting, it’s perfect for a luxurious family getaway, bachelorette party, destination wedding, or friends’ trip. 

Casa Shanti

12 guests · 6 bedrooms · 6 beds · 8 baths · WiFi · Kitchen · Pool · Beachfront

Casa Shanti Tulum Airbnb Mexico

Casa Shanti is a stunning luxury Airbnb directly on Tulum Beach with 140 feet of private beach frontage and panoramic sea views. A four-bedroom main house and two-bedroom guest house are perfect for families, destination wedding guests, and groups of friends up to twelve in size. Each house features private living and dining areas.  A plunge pool is located on the upper terrace, with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. 

A few final tips for choosing an Airbnb Tulum stay and planning your Tulum vacation:

  • When selecting where to stay, decide what’s most important to you: having more private space and perhaps a pool (more common in town) or getting a classic Tulum experience (on the beach).
  • If you don’t stay at a beachfront hotel, you might be required to spend a certain minimum in food and drinks at a beach club in order to use their sunbed loungers.  This could only be $15-20 US per day, but keep this in mind since it can add up.

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