Last Updated on September 19, 2021
Tulum, Mexico is a beach-lover’s paradise, with its white sand beaches and “barefoot 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 VRBO & Airbnb Tulum stays for every type of trip.
If you’re new to Tulum, I’ll also share some tips on the best areas to stay plus you can grab links to my other Tulum guides like visiting on a budget, things to do in Tulum, and essential packing tips.
From beachfront cabanas to jungle glamping, affordable apartments, and luxury Tulum villa rentals for a group, these are the best VRBO & Airbnb Tulum stays for a perfect vacation!
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Best Tulum Airbnb & Vacation Rentals Quick Guide
In need of a tropical vacation? Book a stay in one of these Tulum vacation rental homes today. More of my favorites at all price points later in this guide.
- Best Tulum Airbnb under $60/night: Radiant Loft Studio
- Stylish Tulum Airbnb with private pool under $100/night: Sanah Villa
- Budget beachfront rental under $200: Playa Esperanza
- Best Tulum stay with pool for a family with kids: Casa Mandala
- Best Tulum town villa with pool for a group of friends: Villa LaGú
- Luxury Tulum Airbnb for a girls’ trip or bachelorette party: Casa Shanti at Amansala
- Unparalleled luxury Airbnb Tulum stay: Casa Palapa at Papaya Playa Project
- Stunning beachfront stay for a group: Beachfront Villa with Chef
- Budget jungle studios with pool across from the beach: Suites Tulum
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In this Guide to Tulum Cabana & Villa Stays:
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. To get to the beach, 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.
Why Stay in Town
Tulum Town (or Tulum 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). Tulum WiFi can also be unreliable.
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.
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
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.
Recent guest review: Absolutely brilliant and comfortable apartment. Location is ideal for Tulum. Access to Encantada gives you the best Tulum has to offer without breaking the bank. The space was big, the patio was perfect, the bed was comfortable, the kitchen had everything you need to cook a delicious meal, and did I mention the location? Walking distance to everything hopping in Tulum, but far enough away from the noise for peaceful evenings.
Nido de Tortuga 2 | Airbnb Tulum with a View
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.
Recent guest review: Fantastic place, right on the beach with amazing friendly staff!
Jungle Cabins at Origin Tulum | Tulum Casita Rentals
The jungle-side cabins 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 so there’s a better chance they will be available for your dates.
I Scream House | Cabins with Tulum Jungle Views
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!
Recent guest review: WOW!!!! We did the king bungalow top floor, special place and incredible sunsets… They do bike rentals and have inexpensive very tasty tacos! I booked randomly and it surpassed all expectations.
If you scream for I Scream House, they have several units available for up to 4 guests.
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.
Radiant Tulum Town Studio Loft
This bright, charming studio is a super budget Tulum stay – under $60! Located at the edge of Tulum town, this is a great affordable option for solo travelers, friends, or a couple. With a kitchenette, living area, shared pool, and complimentary bikes, this is your own private Tulum space for the price of a hostel.
Suites Tulum | Stylish Tulum Apartments with Pool
Thse Tulum studios are 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.
Playa Esperanza | Budget Beachfront Cabanas in Tulum
This beachfront resort 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.
*Note that some options include shared baths so be sure to check this amenity on the cabana you choose!
Sanah Villa | Stylish Villas with Pool in Tulum Town
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!
Ikal Villas | Jungle Villas in Tulum Town
Ikal Tulum villas are a small group private bungalows in the lush Tulum town jungle. These rental villas share a pool and have a super-chic modern design with a classic Tulum palapa roof. Ikal gets great reviews for its personal service, stylish decor, and local feel with a luxury touch.
Nativus Glamping Airbnb Tulum
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.
Note: Nativus has recently switched to reservations via Booking.com
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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.
Jungle Beach House Loft | Budget Airbnb Tulum
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 Rental with Luxury Amenities
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!
This property is also available on Booking.com if you prefer that platform.
Casa Alaya | Tulum Villa with Resort Amenities
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 | Luxury Tulum Airbnb
This luxury Tulum town villa 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.
Villa LaGu is also available on Booking.com if you prefer that platform.
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
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
Casa de las Palmas is a beachfront Tulum rental 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 the heart of Tulum’s hotel zone.
Recent guest review: Great location!!! Casa de las Palmas was perfect for our group. The views from the rooms are beautiful. Located right on the beach in the best area of Tulum. Chabely was very helpful and made sure our stay was perfect.
Villa Miramar | Ocean Front Airbnb Tulum Villa with Private Pool
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 five king bedroom suites, all with private ensuite bathrooms, the house can sleep ten guests in absolute comfort. There’s a large fully-equipped kitchen with commercial stove and center island, and an option to have dinners catered by a private chef.
With a private pool, gorgeous beach and secluded setting, Villa Miramar is perfect for a luxurious family getaway, bachelorette party, destination wedding, or friends’ trip.
Recent guest review: The villa is much bigger than the pictures make it seem. Location is fantastic, only ten minutes away from the prime Tulum area. The house staff, Nico and Susy, are absolutely amazing and very kind. The host Lorena is extremely knowledgeable and knows the area very well. Would highly recommend this property.
Villa Zorba | 5-Bedroom Tulum Airbnb Villa
Villa Zorba is a stunning luxury Airbnb directly on Tulum Beach with sea views and a private pool. Its 5 bedrooms are perfect for families, destination wedding guests, and groups of friends up to twelve in size. Villa Zorba features chic living and dining areas, as well as many indoor and outdoor areas for relaxation. Conveniently located at KM9 in the boutique hotel zone on Tulum’s stunning white sand beach.
Enjoy exclusive access to the beautiful Caribbean Sea and be close to local shops, spas and restaurants. Tulum’s top rated spots, like Be Tulum, Chiringuito, and Nomade are only a short walk along the sea. Sea kayaks are available as well as a pack-n-play, high chair and kids’ toys, making it a perfect family stay.
Recent guest review: Thank you for the generous hospitality. The group really enjoyed the villa, proximity to town was very convenient, and the concierge was very friendly, responsive, and helpful in fulfilling our requests.
Casa Niños Sian Kaan | Private Tulum Airbnb Villa
If you’re looking for a more secluded Tulum Airbnb, Casa Ninos Sian Kaan is located just inside the Sian Ka’an biosphere. Enjoy its white sand beach and expansive Gulf of mexico views, while the restaurants and nightlife of Tulum are a short 15-minute drive away. Have meals on the terrace overlooking the sea, practice yoga in the shade of palms, and coexist with nature where the ancient Maya believed the sky was born.
The rental includes a Villa Manager, Housekeeper and Groundskeeper, and luxury linens, satellite TV and AC. At the beach, relax in private beach loungers or use complimentary watersports equipment like kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkeling gear.
Recent guest review: We absolutely loved our stay at special Casa Ninos. Bárbara was without a doubt, the best Airbnb host I have ever had – she is so great to communicate and coordinate with… This house is the best way to do Tulum during Covid because of how remote and private it feels (even though it’s only 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the hotel zone.) Highly recommend staying at Casa Ninos – worth every penny!
More Tulum Vacation Rentals
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.
- Want more options for Tulum stays? Check out my guide to the best beachfront Tulum hotels, villas, and Airbnbs.
- Be sure to check out my Tulum packing list for tips on what to bring for your trip!
Pack light and chic for your Tulum, Mexico getaway! My Tulum packing list will help you be ready for a perfect vacation in any season, including weather info and extras based on activities.
Tulum has a seductive hold over many vacation-goers thanks to its stunning setting and beach hotels that let you step from your room right into sugary-soft white sand. Find out the best places to stay for a dream vacation, honeymoon or girls’ trip here!
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