Last Updated on October 25, 2020
Tulum, Mexico: just the name makes me sigh with longing. Tulum has a seductive hold over many vacation-goers thanks to clear blue waters, a chic but laid-back vibe, and beach hotels that let you step from your room right into sugary-soft white sand. There is nowhere else in the world like Tulum.
Whether you’re just discovering Tulum or you need tips on the latest and best hotels, I’ve got advice for you on where to stay in Tulum with this guide to the best Tulum beach hotels. Tulum accommodation options range from eco-chic budget glamping and cabanas to boutique hotels, dream honeymoon spots, luxury resorts, and even villas for a family or group. I’ve got tips for you on each!
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Where to Stay in Tulum: Quick Guide
Short on time? Grab these quick tips for where to stay in Tulum, all hotels located directly on Tulum’s white sand beaches:
- Best budget Tulum hotel: Playa Esperanza Hotel Tulum
- Best mid-range Tulum beach hotel: Los Arrecifes
- Best boutique Tulum hotel: Delek Tulum
- Best luxury Tulum hotel: Be Tulum Beach Spa & Resort
- Best Tulum honeymoon hotel: Encantada Tulum
- Best Tulum Airbnb for a family or group: Casa de Las Palmas
- Most Instagrammable Tulum hotel: Ahau Tulum
- Best Tulum hotel for a yoga retreat: Shambala Petit
- Best Tulum beach glamping: Cinco Glamping
- Best budget Tulum hotel with a pool: Selina Tulum
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How to Decide Where to Stay in Tulum (And Why It Should Be on the Beach)
Tulum is a world-class destination, which of course comes along with a price tag. But I’ve never found anywhere else like it, although I’ve looked! In Tulum, at most beach hotels you can step right from your room into soft white Caribbean sands. There’s nothing like waking up to the sounds of the ocean and having casual meals right on the beach.
To really experience Tulum, I recommend that you spend at least part of your stay in a Tulum beachfront hotel. Trust me — there are still awesome budget options. And when you look back, it’s doubtful you’ll regret the extra time you spent on Tulum’s stunning beaches.
The first time I visited, I split my week between two Tulum hotels: one in Tulum town, and a simple beachfront cabana at the end of the trip. I totally recommend this for budget travelers. In fact, this is one of the biggest tips in my guide to how to visit Tulum on a budget. Be sure to check it out if you want a more affordable Tulum trip.
Also, if I had to choose, I would eat tacos for every meal but stay in a beachfront Tulum hotel!
What To Expect in Tulum
When I first visited Tulum more than 10 years ago, it was still an off-the-grid destination and many hotels didn’t have air conditioning or even hot water! Now, you’ll still find those smaller gems, but it’s also possible to treat yourself to a little more luxury. One thing that’s different from other hotel areas in this part of Mexico, though: you won’t find large all-inclusive Tulum resorts.
Everyone’s dream hotel is different, so I’ve made it easy to skip ahead in this guide based on what your main consideration is. All of the hotels in this guide are located on Tulum beach, not in Tulum town or the jungle side of the Tulum Beach Road.
Or, keep reading for maps of Tulum and other tips that will help you decide which part of the Tulum beach hotel zone is for you!
Looking for tips on where to stay in Tulum on a budget? Don’t miss my guide to an visting Tulum on a budget – including the tip to split your time in Tulum between two hotels, one in town and one on the beach!
Where is Tulum?
Tulum is a beach town located about 2 hours south of Cancun, along a gorgeous stretch of coast known as the Riviera Maya in the state of Quintana Roo. Tulum has exploded as a destination in the last few years. As a result, there have been a lot of changes and new hotel developments both in Tulum Pueblo (town) and Tulum Playa (beach).
To get to the beach hotels of Tulum, head south from Cancun on Highway 307 to Tulum town. Then turn left on Avenida Coba (Highway 15) toward the coast. From there, you can either turn left onto the North Beach Road (Carretera Tulum- Boca Paila) for more remote Tulum hotels, or go south to the main hotel zone on the Beach Road South.
The entire two-lane Tulum Beach Road is only about 6.5 miles (10.5km), starting from the Tulum ruins in the north to the entrance to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in the south. Hotel addresses are denoted by their distance marker on the Beach Road.
Ways to Get to Tulum from Cancun
Cancun is the nearest airport to Tulum, with direct flights from many cities in the U.S. and Central America. From there, you can take a bus, rent a car or book a car service to get you to Tulum.
If you think you might rent a car for your Tulum trip, be sure to check out my guide to driving in Mexico.
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Getting Around in Tulum
Many Tulum hotels have bikes to lend, or if you stay at a hotel in the main hotel zone, it’s easy to walk to restaurants. One thing to note is that there are no street lights along the beach road, so it’s best not to bike at night. You can also take taxis to get to local sights like the Tulum ruins, Sian Ka’an or cenotes. Currently, rideshare apps like Uber aren’t available in Tulum.
It’s definitely possible to vacation in Tulum without a car once you arrive from the airport. It’s even possible to find a hotel where you can eat all your meals on the beach and barely have to move!
Tulum’s white sand beaches are all spectacular! Many Tulum hotels have a private beach area in front of their hotel, but Mexican law requires that all hotels allow people to pass through and access the beach. People who aren’t guests of the hotel won’t be permitted to use beach loungers, though, unless the hotel has a beach club and allows day guests.
Since the Beach Road is only about 6 miles in total, there’s not really a big difference in the beaches themselves. Although some areas are a bit rocky, and of course there’s different amenities offered by each hotel or restaurant. Generally, the hotels on the Beach Road North have less crowded beaches, but there are significantly fewer restaurants in walking distance.
Tulum Beach Road North Beaches: Playa Las Ruinas (Ruins Beach), Playa Paraiso (Paradise Beach), Playa Pescadores, Playa Las Palmas, Playa Maya (public beach)
Tulum Beach South: the beaches here are mainly hotel beaches, and I haven’t heard them referred to by any particular name other than Tulum Beach Road South.
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Best Tulum Beach Hotels
Below you’ll find my best recommendations for where to stay in Tulum based on preferences and accommodation type. I’ve included links for you to check their pricing and availability on Booking.com (or Airbnb for a few).
All of these hotels are on the Tulum Beach Road south of the Tulum ruins.
Eco-Chic Budget Tulum Beach Hotels
These hotels offer a Tulum beach location with eco-minded amenities, like fans or limited AC, shared bathrooms for some rooms, and rustic cabanas. These are the best budget options for Tulum beach hotels.
Casa Ganesh is located on the south beach road at km 7.6, right across the street from some of Tulum’s most popular restaurants and nightlife spots. It’s on the beach side of the road with a pool, and is pet-friendly! Casa Ganesh doesn’t have a restaurant or serve breakfast, but guests report that they do serve coffee and cookies on your balcony in the morning. Some rooms have the Tulum-signature thatched roof and sea views. AC is available overnight from 7PM-9AM. Free WiFi throughout the property. No parking onsite, so ask about parking nearby when you book. Casa Ganesh is a great budget Tulum hotel on the beach with a pool.
Coco Tulum is a classic Tulum hotel: whitewashed decor, a beach bar with swings and a gorgeous private beach. There are rooms on both the beach and jungle side of the road, some with shared baths. Amenities include yoga classes, spa facilities and an onsite restaurant. Coco Tulum is a great choice of where to stay in Tulum with friends – there are lots of rooms available, so you can book a few if needed. Or spring for a tower suite room for panoramic treetop views of the beach. Free onsite parking, free WiFi in some rooms and in public areas, and breakfast included in the room rate.
Playa Mambo Eco Cabanas
Playa Mambo is a chic beachfront hotel that has cabanas with bright, white decor and a rustic feel. It’s in a great location at km 7.5, close to the best restaurants, shopping and bars of Tulum. It has AC, private baths, and continental breakfast included. Parking available for a daily fee.
Boutique Beachfront Tulum Hotels
Tulum doesn’t have large all-inclusive resorts, so most of its hotels have a boutique feel. These are a some of the best places to stay in Tulum if you’re looking for a boutique hotel with the classic yet chic Tulum vibe.
Delek Tulum is one of the best boutique hotels in Tulum, located at km 7 on the Tulum Beach Road, just steps to the top bars, shops and restaurants. Delek has luxurious, well-appointed cabana suites, all built with sustainable practices using local labor and artisans. The larger cabanas feature stunning open-air baths with tubs. The onsite restaurant, Tatewari, offers a seasonal menu featuring local flavors and ingredients. Delek gets rave reviews for their thoughtful service, attention to detail, and overall welcoming vibe. This is one of my top picks for where to stay in Tulum!
Ahau Tulum is a boutique Tulum hotel just minutes from the best restaurants, shopping and nightlife. This hotel is wellness-focused and offers spa services, massages and yoga classes. It has an on-site restaurant and beach bar, and is pet-friendly. Ahau has a classic Tulum design, with thatched-roof cabana-style rooms, private terraces and beach bed loungers. It’s also home to the iconic Tulum sculpture Ven a la Luz (come into the light). Free onsite parking available; free WiFi throughout the property; breakfast available but not included.
Los Amigos Beach Hotel Boutique
Los Amigos is a 4-star Tulum hotel in a little more secluded location at km 9.5, near the entrance to Sian Ka’an biosphere. It’s also close to the only cenote on the beach road, Cenote Encantado, at km 10. Amenities at this 11-room hotel include a beach club with bed loungers, 24-hour AC, and private balconies with hammocks. Free parking available, and a great breakfast included in the room rate.
Alma Tulum Hotel Boutique
Alma Tulum is a boho-chic, 4-star boutique Tulum beachfront hotel with spacious rooms, pool and onsite restaurant with breakfast included. Alma has AC in all rooms, plus a terrace or balcony, some with outdoor tubs. It’s located in the main hotel zone at km 8.4, about 10 minutes’ walk to the best restaurants in Tulum. Free parking available, free WiFi throughout the property, and a great breakfast included.
Romantic Tulum Beachfront Hotels
Looking for where to stay in Tulum for a honeymoon, romantic getaway, or babymoon? Check out these romantic Tulum beachfront hotels. Be sure to check out my recommendations of luxury hotels for more great places to stay in Tulum for couples.
Habitas Tulum has individual glamping-style tents in the jungle, just steps from the Tulum beach on the North Beach Road. Habitas is one of the best places to stay in Tulum for a romantic getaway because of its private location and intimate setting. All have AC and private baths with outdoor showers, plus a porch for relaxing. There’s an on-site restaurant for meals, plus daily wellness activities and spa services. Spring for one of the deluxe rooms with a pool or an oceanfront tent so you can wake up to sounds and views of the sea! Free onsite parking, free WiFi throughout the property, and breakfast available.
Encantada Tulum is located at the quiet end of the South Tulum Beach Road, about 10 minutes walking to the best restaurants in the hotel zone. It’s an intimate hotel perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. There are shade palapas and lounge chairs on the beach, but no pool. Book one of the beachfront upper floor rooms for a patio overlooking the gorgeous beach! Free parking available, free WiFi in public areas, and a great breakfast included.
La Valise Tulum
La Valise is a small beachfront Tulum hotel with only 9 rooms, so guests have more privacy. Their jungle rooms feature private (+ romantic!) open-air showers, while the top floor beachfront rooms have amazing sunrise views. The jungle pool is spectacular, and it has a gorgeous beach with sun loungers. La Valise would make an ideal honeymoon destination because of its great reviews for attentive service and intimate atmosphere. Free parking onsite, free WiFithroughout the property, and fantastic breakfast included in the room rates.
Luxury Tulum Beachfront Hotels
Wondering which hotels are the best places to stay in Tulum? Luxury Tulum hotels offer world-class service, sophisticated designs, and excellent restaurants and amenities. These luxury Tulum beach hotels are perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary getaway, or dream Tulum vacation.
The Beach Tulum
The Beach Tulum is a luxury 5-star Tulum hotel located at km 7 on the beach road. Amenities include a spa, fitness center, yoga classes, pool, onsite bars and restaurants, and a beach club, Ziggy’s. Individual rooms have options like hot tubs, plunge pools and walkouts straight to the beach. The Beach Tulum is consistently rated one of the best hotels in Tulum for its location, staff, and ambience. Free onsite parking, free WiFi throughout the property, and breakfast available.
Be Tulum Beach & Spa Resort
Be Tulum is one of the most exclusive hotels in Tulum. Set in the jungle just a few steps from the beach, the rooms feature a dramatic modern design with private balconies or terraces, some with pools. Be Tulum has two pools, a wellness center, and several on-site restaurants and bars. The walkway to the beach through the jungle at night is especially beautiful: it’s lit with torches, and there are often beach parties here. Be Tulum’s private beach has lounger beds where you can have meals without ever leaving the beach. Free onsite parking and free WiFi throughout the property.
Hotel Ma’xanab Tulum
Hotel Ma’xanab is a 5-star resort with world-class service. The hotel offers luxurious suites with private plunge pools, inspired by the materials, textures and colors of Mexico. There are only 16 rooms here so the service is personal. Beachfront loungers are assigned by room, so you never have to worry about finding a spot on the beach. An amazing breakfast is included, and there is an on-site restaurant and bar focused on local flavors and ingredients. Free WiFi throughout the property,
Casa Malca is one of the last hotels on the South Tulum Beach road before you reach the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. This is a secluded, quiet option for a relaxing stay. Truly a luxury resort, Casa Malca has a private beach, spectacular pool, onsite bar and restaurant, plus Instagram-worthy scenes at every turn. Free onsite parking, free WiFi throughout the property, and breakfast included.
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Beachfront Tulum Hotels For A Family or Group
These Tulum beach hotels are the perfect place to stay in Tulum for a family or group. Great for girls’ getaways, bachelorette parties, family vacations, friends’ trip, or even a small destination wedding. There are very few private beachfront homes in Tulum, so some of my recommendations are hotel villas (with all the hotel amenities too). Others are your own private luxury residence with kitchens, so breakfast is not included.
Casa Ganesh hotel has a beachfront Tulum villa that accommodates 8 guests. It’s a stylish space, with a modern kitchen, open living area and ensuite bedrooms. There’s a private plunge pool, with a balcony overlooking it from both floors. Steps to the beach, and right across the street from Tulum’s best restaurants. Free WiFi throughout the property. No parking onsite, but pet friendly.
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. Free onsite parking and WiFi.
This 3 bedroom, 3 bath beachfront Tulum Airbnb sleeps 8 and has a full kitchen and perfect areas for lounging. Its chic, boho design will also punch up your Instagram feed! This is one of the most reasonably-priced beachfront Tulum villa options available on the South Beach. There’s a second small villa on the same grounds, so ask about renting both for a larger group. Located in Tulum’s hotel zone. WiFi and free parking onsite.
Paradise Beachfront Villa & Cabanas
This beachfront Tulum Airbnb is great for a group of 8 friends or a family with older kids. It features a main villa with the master bedroom & bath on the top floor; plus a kitchen, half bath, and indoor and outdoor living rooms on the first floor. Three additional separate cabanas each feature a queen bed and private bath. Concierge services are available, and it’s located 500m from Tulum’s hotel zone. Wifi and free parking onsite.
Villa Miramar Ocean Front 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 a private pool, gorgeous beach and secluded setting, it’s perfect for a luxurious family getaway or friends’ trip. WiFi and free parking.
Be Tulum Beach & Spa Resort
Be Tulum is a stylish, 5-star luxury Tulum resort, which includes villas that sleep 6-10 guests in 3-5 bedrooms. The Jungle and Oceanfront Villas have a living space, kitchen and private pool, as well as all the amenities of the hotel like restaurants, bars and beach loungers. Free parking and WiFi; breakfast not included but available at the restaurants.
Secluded Tulum Hotels on the North Beach Road
These hotels are located on the Tulum Beach Road North, as you head toward the Mayan ruins. There are fewer restaurants here and it’s a much quieter stretch of the beach road, particularly at night. If you want to get an idea of what Tulum was like 10 years ago, this is the place to stay. To get around, you’ll likely need a car or to take taxis (or just stay put!).
Playa Esperanza Hotel Tulum
Playa Esperanza is a new Tulum hotel located on the North Beach Road, on Las Palmas Beach. Cabana rooms are decorated in a chic, rustic design using natural and local materials. Some rooms have shared bathrooms, but each room has its own balcony. Electricity hours are limited in the rooms; 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. They also list their rooms on Airbnb if you want to check out availability/reviews on both sites.
Ikal Tulum is located on the North Beach Road, which is more secluded and further from the restaurants and bars of Tulum. Ikal is designed to be a jungle sanctuary, where you can connect with nature and experience a relaxing retreat. It’s less than a mile from the beach at the Tulum ruins, on a quiet stretch of beach between the Playa Maya public beach and Playa Paraiso. Ikal has a striking rustic design and offers spa services, yoga classes, events, and an onsite restaurant. Free parking and WiFi throughout the property; breakfast available but not included.
Villa Pescadores Tulum
Villa Pescadores is one of my favorite Tulum stays, just a short way down the beach road from Ikal Tulum. It has individual cabanas, some beachfront or sea view, all with AC overnight. Villa Pescadores has an onsite restaurant, beach club and beach bar with swings, so you really never have to leave once you arrive. Parking available and free WiFi in all areas; breakfast not included but available at the restaurant.
Cinco Tulum Glamping
The Cinco Tulum glamping yurts are on the North Beach Road, just south of the Tulum ruins beach. Bathrooms are shared, but each tent has its own patio. The camp has a restaurant and bar, and a continental breakfast is included. This is a low-key, relaxing Tulum escape where you can just chill out and wake up to the sound of waves every day.
When is the Best Time to Visit Tulum?
Late December – March is high season in Tulum, when it’s important to book early. I prefer to visit in November or April, when it’s less busy – but truly, Tulum is great any time of the year.
Grab my Tulum packing list for tips on things you’ll need for your Tulum getaway. (Don’t forget sunscreen and bug repellent!)
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 Not-to-Be-Missed Activities
Be sure to plan a few activities and day trips along with your beach time. You must swim in a cenote – a sinkhole created by collapsing limestone, which exposes clear blue water perfect for swimming.
- Check out this half -day guided tour of snorkeling in a cave cenote and ocean reef
- Or for the truly adventurous, this 4 cenote tour with ziplining and lunch
Of course you should also visit the Tulum ruins, the only Mayan ruins site located on a beach. Be sure to grab my guide to all of Mexico’s best ruins included recommended tours!
- Or check out this guided tour to the quiet Muyil ruins south of Tulum, plus Sian Ka’an biosphere and Cenote Escondido
And the Sian Ka’an Biosphere is not to be missed! Here are a few options with good reviews and instant confirmation when booking online.
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