posted by Shelley | last updated January 4, 2021
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Ready to book your Tulum Airbnb?
You’ve come to the right place, because 👋 hi, I’m Shelley, and I’ve been living and traveling solo in Mexico since 2018. As a digital nomad and long-term traveler, I’ve learned how to become quite the Mexico accommodations deal hunter.
Ready to see all the great Tulum deals I found for you!?
By Mexican standards, Tulum is quite pricey. However, it doesn’t have to be! In this article you’re going to discover the 10 most chic options available for under $99/night (some as low as $25/night) in the tropical boho beach paradise of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
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Thanks to Instagram, YouTube, and social media, it seems everyone has placed Tulum at the tippy top of their travel bucket list. It’s easy to see why; instagrammable Tulum Mexico, located in the Yucatan Peninsula on one of the best beaches in Mexico, has it all. From ancient Mayan ruins to gourmet beachfront restaurants, hip eco-resorts and beach clubs to natural, swimmable cenotes, there’s something for everyone on a Tulum trip.
Now, just because you’re traveling to an exceptional place like Tulum Mexico, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your ducks in a row. The truth is, your your accommodation will either make, or break, your trip. I think we can all agree that booking a the perfect Airbnb will really set the tone for you having the perfect Tulum vacation, and you’re about to do just that!
How do I choose the best Airbnb in Tulum?
As the saying goes: “Location, Location, Location;” so first and foremost, all Airbnbs featured in this article are located in the best neighborhoods in Tulum — including La Veleta, Colonia Huracanes and Villas Tulum, all in/around Downtown Tulum, and trendy Aldea Zama. Below is a map of Tulum so you can get a better understanding of the town layout and a visual on where these neighborhoods are located.
Tulum Mexico Map
What is an Airbnb Super Host?
Beyond booking your Tulum Airbnb in the perfect location and best neighborhoods in Tulum, everywhere featured on this list is hosted/managed by what Airbnb calls a “Super Host.”
In short, Super Hosts have a verified check mark ✅ next to their name, and they take their Airbnb Tulum business seriously. They have been vetted by Airbnb, and know how to give Tulum’s visitors the royal treatment. To maintain Super Host status, these folks have to receive consistently high marks in all areas of hospitality, from cleanliness and ambiance, to amenities and value for the price.
Do you have a Tulum Airbnb discount code?
As a matter of fact, I do! For those who have never used Airbnb before, they offer up to $60 off your first booking, and up to $17 off your first Airbnb Experience booking.
💁♀️ Tulum Airbnb booking pro tips:
• Tulum WiFi: Tulum isn’t known for always having the strongest WiFi. In recent years however, with more digital nomads and visitors flocking to Tulum, things are changing! Now, that’s not to say good WiFi in Tulum is the norm — but you can find it. If you’re planning to work during your trip, or need strong WiFi for streaming, double check with the host before booking and they can let you know the home’s speeds.
• Tulum Airbnb Electricity: In Tulum, it’s not uncommon for some Airbnb hosts to charge extra for all electricity, or for going over a certain usage of electricity; though some don’t charge at all. Always make sure to carefully read each description before booking to avoid this. For those who do charge, expect about an extra $6-$12 per day, and know hosts usually require this payment in pesos at check-out.
What is an Airbnb Experience?
Airbnb Experiences are small, group tours offered through Airbnb and lead by English-speaking local guides. Personally, I’m a fan; especially as a solo traveler because they provide an easy way to meet people. Head to this article for more tips on how to meet people as a solo traveler!
As with conventional Tulum tours, Airbnb Experiences take visitors on small, guided, group tours to all the best things to do in Tulum. There’s everything from day trips to haciendas, cenotes, Chichen Itza, the pink Lakes of Las Coloradas, and more. Besides the variety, you can book them before you even travel to Tulum, so you don’t have to waste precious travel time searching for a tour company.
Best Tulum cenote tours (AKA Airbnb Experiences)
Use the widget below to see what’s available during your Tulum Mexico travel dates.
…Now, about those 10 Tulum Airbnbs
Ok, so now that you know where to book your Airbnb in Tulum (Downtown Tulum/Aldea Zama), and who to book it from (Super Hosts!), let’s discover the top 10 best Airbnbs in Tulum Mexico. After you book your dream Airbnb in Tulum, keep scrolling for the answers to your Mexico travel FAQs, so you’ll have an epic Tulum vacation.
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Best Airbnbs in Tulum — $75-$99
Here are your best Airbnb Tulum options in the $75-$99 per night price range! Please do keep in mind that depending on the time of year you visit, some prices may vary. Tulum Airbnb prices tend to go up during the busy seasons in March-April for Spring Break, and the winter months of November-January, when you’ll find the best weather.
Chukum-Nah Tranquil Villa
🏡 Type: Entire Apartment (2BR, 2BA) | 📍 Location: La Veleta | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!
Private Plunge Pool
WiFi & TV
Inspired by the Wabi-Sabi Japanese design philosophy of rustic simplicity and understated elegance, the esthetics in this condo embrace a less-is-more vibe to instead focus on peace and serenity. This beautiful condo is located inside the boutique Chukum-Nah development, with only nine exclusive apartments and on-site security.
Enjoy total privacy on your very own outdoor terrace lounge, complete with private plunge pool and hammock, and the serene Tulum jungle as a backdrop. There’s also a huge 65-foot-long (20m) shared pool and BBQ grill. The apartment itself has two bedrooms with king beds, two baths, kitchen, TV, and other modern conveniences that help make your Tulum jungle stay more lush. Driving your rental car? There’s free parking on-site.
🚙💨 Need tips on driving in Mexico? Head to this article for 12 useful Mexico driving tips!
What Past Guests Have Said:
“Stunning apartment in the middle of Tulum’s jungle with amazing amenities like a private pool in our living room. Juan was super helpful with tips and recommendations and very quick in his responses. We loved the tranquility of this place and will definitely be back!”
“This place was great! Looks beautiful in pictures but 1000 times better in person. Juan was the best host. He gave us some restaurant suggestions and a contact (Alonso) for taxi rides. The location was quiet and there is security at night that protects the area so we felt safe. Looking forward to coming back again!”
“Extremely nice Airbnb! Very luxurious great equipment in good location. Communication with the host was super good he was always available. The whole team was very friendly and made us feel welcome. Thanks a lot.”
The Highline, Aldea Zama
🏡 Type: Entire Apartment (1BR, 1BA) | 📍 Location: Aldea Zama | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!
The Highline Amenities
Huge Rooftop Infinity Pool
The Highline, Aldea Zama is the perfect setting for your dream vacation, where you can unwind or reinvent yourself. Take a dip in the biggest infinity rooftop pool in Tulum, stroll the Zen garden to relax, and cook up some fresh seafood on the rooftop BBQ grill, in this exclusive 15-unit building.
In the apartment, enjoy AC, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave and Nespresso Machine, and dream the night away on your king-size bed. The decor is distinctively Tulum, effortless and eco-chic, but with a mix of cushy modern elements and traditional Mexican finishes.
What Past Guests Have Said:
“This apartment has all you need including ironing board, coffee maker, microwave, stove full kitchen utensils. More importantly, it has stable wifi for work. It’s centrally located and you can get anywhere in Tulum quickly. Host is quick to respond and friendly.”
“Clean and new condo in safe and upscale neighborhood. Liked it much better than downtown Tulum. Great pool for swimming laps. Raul is always close by if you need anything. Great value.”
“I would absolutely recommend staying here. Wonderful front desk team, comfortable space, clean and perfect location! I will definitely be back.“
“James place is very nice. The pictures on the site are accurate. After getting to his place, it was so good to just relax. There amazing views from the rooftop, especially as the sun goes down. James was great about directions and touching base prior to our arrival.“
Casa Frida by Am Tulum
🏡 Type: Entire Apartment (1BR, 1BA) | 📍 Location: Downtown Tulum | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!
Casa Frida Amenities
Outdoor Garden Lounge Area
WiFi & TV
Self Check-In via Lock Box
Casa Frida is perfect for travelers who want to stay in the heart of Downtown Tulum, AKA Tulum Town. Located just three short blocks from the main street in downtown, this prime location allows easy access to local shops, restaurants, cafes and street taco stands. This lively street is fun for people watching during the day, and nightlife (like the amazing Batey Bar, for mojitos and live music💃🏽) or just a relaxing nighttime stroll.
🌮 Need recommendations for Tulum cheap eats in downtown? Head to this article to discover all the best places, including where you’ll find the best tacos in Tulum.
Inside, this loft-style apartment home has AC, a comfortable king size bed and TV in the master bedroom, kitchen with all the essentials you’ll need, and a loungey living room. Casa Frida also has a beautiful outdoor yard space, ideal to chill in the evenings and admire the gorgeous mural of Mexico’s most badass artist, Frida Kahlo.
Self Check-In: The autonomous arrival and departure system makes for a super easy check-in/check-out. The keys kept in a safe, locked box, and the host will send you a code to access them.
What Past Guests Have Said:
“Wow….this was a great experience. The place is in the middle of everything you’d need to enjoy your time in Tulum. The host is so helpful and always communicated in a timely manner. I even accidentally locked myself out of the apartment and the host got me in within 5 minutes of me sending a message. The spot was very clean and is within walking distance of everything. I will definitely stay here the next time I am visiting Tulum!”
“Great location that’s in the center of everything in Tulum. Cenotes are only minutes away and all food is a short walk away. No need to rent a vehicle because this location is so close to everything.”
“Loved the look of the place and loved that the beds were comfortable. The place itself is very safe with the gate and enclosed area. I really enjoyed staying here. Checking in was very easy with the lockboxes. The location is about 6 minutes from the main road with all of the shops which made it really easy to either drive or bike. The area is also filled with beautiful art murals. The art is amazing!!”
DK Tulum Jungle Apartment
🏡 Type: Entire Studio (1BR, 1BA) | 📍 Location: La Veleta | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!
DK Tulum Amenities
Private Outdoor Soaker Tub
Fiber Optic (50MB) Fast WiFi
This stunner is amazing, and the amenities, even more so. There’s everything from fiber optic WiFi, your own private outdoor soaker tub, two free bikes, gorgeous pool and lounge area, a temazcal (sweat lodge used in purification ceremonies) and a gym. If this seems too good to be true, well it’s not — if you don’t mind being in the up-and-coming part of Tulum.
This beautiful, Instagram-worthy apartment is located in La Veletea, just south of downtown, and west of Aldea Zama. The main thing to consider about this area is transportation. The free bikes will work during the day to go to Tulum Beach, or into Downtown Tulum, located about 10-15 minutes away. It’s a pretty cool ride, actually, as you’ll ride right through the jungle. At night, you’ll need a taxi; the front desk staff will call one for you.
🚕💨 Pro Tip: There’s no Uber in Tulum, and no Uber in Quintana Roo state at all, so you must use taxis.
Heading from Cancun to Tulum?
Since that’s in the same state, and there’s no Uber in Cancun either, check out this article for all your Tulum to Cancun transportation options — from driving your rental car to taking the ADO bus — or make it easy on yourself and book your transportation below now!
What Past Guests Have Said:
“This was a great spot! The apartment was clean and included all amenities, pool, jacuzzi, kitchen, A/C.. but the best part was the bikes, it saves you money and you get to see tulum more personally the location is about a 15 min bike ride into the main town, not safe to be traveling in the dark because there are no street lights so suggested cab rides, the staff at this location is very nice and will be able to call you one if you ask. Great place & great host!“
“Beautiful apartment in a beautiful brand new complex with a really lovely pool. The apartment is well decorated and rather spacious for a studio. We loved the use of the bikes as well, we were able to ride into town and to the beach in style. The location is in the part of town that is currently being developed, so there isn’t anything around and its very dark at night (meaning VERY quiet and bright stars!) so you’ll want to call a taxi if going out at night… the guys at the front door were happy to call us a taxi when we needed one.”
“Lucas’s place at DK Tulum was super cute and totally felt like home. Lucas was amazing and gladly accommodated all of my requests. Aside from being in the jungle which could be a bit challenging to get taxis especially when it rains, I would highly recommend this place (and getting a scooter)! Thank you again Lucas!”
Tulum Eco-Chic Nature Cabin
🏡 Type: Entire Cabin (1BR, 1BA) | 📍 Location: Villas Tulum | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!
Tulum Eco-Chic Nature Cabin Amenities
If you’re looking for a peaceful place, away from the crowds and in contact with nature, but still quite comfortable, this is the Tulum cabin for you. It is located in an area called Villas Tulum, close to Downtown Tulum, but still secluded enough so you’ll get to fall asleep to the sounds of uninterrupted nature and see a lot of stars at night.
This is the perfect Tulum eco-lodge to practice ethical, sustainable tourism in Mexico — though do know what you’re signing up for with this off the beaten path choice. If you’re deathly afraid of bugs and need WiFi at all times, skip this one. For anyone wanting a unique, natural experience, this cabin has a lot of modern amenities for how rustic it is… as well as a pool and close proximity to all of the best cenotes in Tulum.
A message from the host, Tania:
🌳 Building and living in this place has made me really be more conscious about our way of living, consuming and surrounding ourselves. You will be very thankful after this experience, even if you stay just for a few days. Believe me, you will no longer be the same. This space is the perfect spot for finding peace, reconnecting with yourself and connecting with nature. —from the listing
This environmentally-friendly cabin operates 100% off solar panels, and there are enough so energy doesn’t often run out. It also does have WiFi, but as you’d imagine, service can be spotty. There are three cabins on the property that share a communal kitchen, though this cabin also has a private mini-fridge, coffee maker and toaster in it, plus a king-sized bed with mosquito netting and private bathroom.
There are 4 Tulum Nature Cabins to choose from!
What Past Guests Have Said:
“The cabin is just amazing, sturdy good quality materials, every detail thought to perfection, feeling of great luxury. Waking up with huge windows looking into the jungle… speechless. This experience can not compare to any other hotel, apartment or any other type of accommodation i’ve ever been too. Worth absolutely every cent. I don’t think i’ve ever praised any place so much :)))”
“This jungle cabin really is everything they make it out to be. We enjoyed being close to the city but not too close. The silence and amazing view of the stars was perfect. From extra towels to local recommendations Tania really knows what she is doing. We will definitely be coming back!”
“I mean…WOW!! The jungle bungalow is more than I ever could’ve dreamed of! Pictures truly don’t do it justice. The large open air windows were magnificent—the high vaulted thatch roofed ceiling—the lush jungle, gorgeous shower, hammocks, fire pit…ugh! I wish we could’ve stayed there forever! Not to mention how kind Tania is. We just adored it. 11/10 would recommend. If we ever find ourselves in the area again we won’t think twice about where to stay.”
🐒🐒🐒 “Very peaceful and beautiful! Saw monkeys and amazing nature! Loved it, would stay again!”
Downtown Tulum Penthouse
🏡 Type: Entire Apartment (1BR, 1BA) | 📍 Location: Colonia Huracanes | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!
Downtown Tulum Penthouse Amenities
Fiber Optic WiFi
The Casa Kankin Downtown Penthouse is located in Colonia Huracanes, the most lively area of Tulum Town (Downtown Tulum). If you’re looking for somewhere close to all the action and completely walkable, this penthouse is the perfect option.
In this boutique 5-unit building, you’re just one block from both Ki’bok Coffee, one of the best cafes in Tulum, and Batey’s Bar, known as the best bar in Downtown Tulum for it’s mojitos and nightly live jazz. You’re also only a 10 minutes by car/20 minutes by bike from Tulum beach. This Downtown Tulum Airbnb penthouse really does offer the best of all worlds for your Tulum trip!
Enjoy spectacular Tulum sunset views from your three (yes, 3!) private balconies, cool off from the Tulum heat in the large, oasis-like swimming pool, and relax in the tranquil, topical garden. Inside the penthouse, there’s AC/fan, a comfy king-size bed and a sofa bed, kitchen with coffee machine (coffee/tea too!) and purified drinking water. As a nice bonus, the host, Laurette, provides organic shampoo, shower gel and beach towels.
If the Penthouse isn’t available, there are 4 other options in Casa Kankin!
What Past Guests Have Said:
“Everything was sparkling clean and very spacious. I felt very safe walking to places… The condo building has a key lock gate door to unlock first before getting access to place. The location in town was great. You are literally a block away from main area where there is bars and restaurants. I loved being able to walk to local businesses and supporting them. I truly had a great experience at Laurette’s place. I’ll see you soon Tulum.”
“2nd time staying here. Booked again for a 3rd time. Need I say more?”
“Such a beautiful and breezy apartment! Loved the location in town, close to everything and definitely appreciated all the locals tips and recommendations provided, they were amazing!”
“The internet is excellent and the apartment is very clean and spacious. The location is very good, there are cafes, bars and restaurants on the same street. We really enjoyed our stay, I highly recommend it.”
Best Airbnbs in Tulum — $25-$75
Here are your best Airbnb Tulum options in the $25-$75 per night price range! Please do keep in mind that depending on the time of year you visit, some prices may vary. Tulum Airbnb prices tend to go up during the busy seasons in March-April for Spring Break, and the winter months of November-January, when you’ll find the best weather.
La Tulumeña Boutique Hotel
🏡 Type: Boutique Hotel (1BR, 1BA) | 📍 Location: Downtown Tulum | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!
La Tulumeña Features
Balcony with Garden View
La Tulumeña is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Downtown Tulum, right by the main ADO bus terminal in Tulum. Despite being in a bustling. and exciting location, La Tulumeña’s philosophy and design is all about tranquility, and from the moment you arrive, you’re surrounded by gorgeous nature in a private garden setting.
🚌💨 Traveling from Cancun to Tulum on the ADO bus? Head to this article for everything you need to know about travel route.
Being in Tulum Town (Downtown Tulum) means you’re within walking distance of plenty of amazing little shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. However, if you want to lounge around the beautiful property in the morning instead of heading to a cafe, La Tulumeña offers complimentary breakfast of fresh, seasonal fruits, coffee, artisanal bread and jams, served in the lush outdoor garden.
Inside your stylish room, there’s AC, a large, comfy bed, and private bathroom with hot water, towels, body wash and shampoo. De-stress on your private balcony overlooking the garden before hitting the town. 🚴♀️ Need a bike rental? La Tulumeña is one of the best places for a Tulum bike rental in downtown.
If this room isn’t available, here are 4 other options in La Tulumeña!
What Past Guests Have Said:
“I had an amazing time at La Tulumena! The staff was so nice, attentive and helpful! I had a great time staying here & very conveniently located in downtown Tulum. It’s a walk away from a bunch of restaurants and bars. There’s late night security when you get back late so it’s super safe and appreciated as a solo traveler. I would definitely stay here again!”
“Beautiful space, comfortable, clean and highly functioning air conditioning. Nice touches with giving some soap and helping us to our room. WiFi is great and breakfast was stellar. Close to restaurants, bars, cafes and banks.”
“I must say THANK YOU to the two ladies, who take turns working at the front desk during the day. They made me feel like they were my family away from home. They listened to anything I had to say/asked and delivered solutions and suggestions that went BEYOND what is expected from an employee at any given hotel.”
NAAB Tulum Modern Studio
🏡 Type: Entire Studio (1BR, 1BA) | 📍 Location: Downtown Tulum | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!
NAAB Tulum Features
Private Jacuzzi & BBQ Grill
WiFi and Workspace
Modern esthetics meets boho decor at NAAB Tulum. Located in the trendy La Veleta part of Downtown Tulum, NAAB is just two blocks from Holistika Tulum, an Art Park/holistic space with the Tierra vegan/vegetarian restaurant, yoga studio, traditional temazcal (sweat lodge used in purification ceremonies) for ceremonies, and more.
🧘♀️📿 Looking for a high vibes experience like this? Check out these Holistica Airbnb Tulum options.
The ground-floor condo at NAAB has everything you’d want for an amazing stay — King size bed, private outdoor space with jacuzzi and BBQ grill, smart TV, a functional kitchen with two burner stovetop, mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, utensils and more. This is one of 14 apartments in the NAAB building that share the common areas share amenities such as the swimming pool, gym, fire pit, parking and 24/7 security.
“So happy to be a guest here, I will definitely come back, a really nice, private and convenient place to stay if you are looking to be near everything the town of Tulum, and be less than 15 min of the beach. Awesome place !”
What Past Guests of This Host Have Said:
“Loved our stay here… Host was easy to communicate with and helpful.”
“Cute little beach house with your own little beach… Great host and great house!”
“The condo was impeccably clean and as advertised… Easy communication and wonderful stay. Many thanks!”
Please note: At the time this article was published, this specific property had only one review. However, the host, Rick, is an Airbnb Super Host, meaning his hospitable service in other places will extend to your stay at NAAB. For this reason, all reviews above are about Rick’s character as a host.
Mimosa Tulum TeePee
🏡 Type: Entire TeePee (1BR, 1BA-Shared) | 📍 Location: Downtown Tulum | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!
Mimosa Tulum TeePee Amenities
Pool & Outdoor Lounge Area
Want to do some glamping in Tulum? For those unfamiliar with this relatively-new word, and wondering What is glamping? …It’s what you get when you combine glamour + camping = glamping. While glamping is gaining popularity in other parts of Mexico, there aren’t many places with glamping in Tulum. Mimosa Tulum is here to change that though, with four private TeePees available.
Unique to Tulum, these independently-designed TeePees have clearly been crafted with love and attention to detail. They have a lot of modern, comfort-minded touches like numerous power outlets throughout, AC/fan, and an assortment of lighting options to match your mood. Head to the outdoor bar/pool/lounge area to hear some tunes and just chill out in this tropical oasis retreat.
If this TeePee isn’t available, here are 3 other TeePee options at Mimosa Tulum!
What Past Guests Have Said about the Mimosa Tulum TeePees:
“Really great luxury hostel and boutique hotel. Facilities are new and very well kept. Beautiful shared kitchen, better than any other hostel. Chef cooks up breakfast daily with free and paid options. Good place to socialize and walk to Tulum”
“There are four teepees that are SUPER cute and as pictured, a few private rooms and one dorm/shared rooms. The teepees have communal bathrooms which were very clean and stylish. The employees and guests were all super friendly and chill… I felt 100% safe here, they have bikes for rental, communal kitchen, pool, hang out area and friendly dog. Breakfast consisted of french toast, fruit and coffee. The main receptionist Jimmy is quick at communicating.”
“Beautiful place, comfortable, clean facilities and truly divine common spaces. Ideal if you are looking for rest and tranquility accompanied by good taste in facilities, decoration and service. Fabulous that they welcome our pets and all the staff are very friendly and efficient. They take care of every detail of your stay and you feel at home. Its magnificent and very safe location. Highly recommended.”
Holistika Beehive Hostel
🏡 Type: Hostel (1BR, 12 Beds, 4BA-Shared) | 📍 Location: Aldea Zama | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!
Holistica Tulum Hostel Features
Vegan/Vegetarian Cafe On-Site
Pool & Outdoor Gardens
Holistica Tulum offers a balanced blend of luxury and wilderness to create an uplifting vacation stay at the mystical lands of Tulum Mexico! Here, you can surrender to joy through diverse daily activities that will deepen your awareness with healthy practices. There’s even the yummy Tierra vegan/vegetarian cafe on-site, where many guests work during the day, and an Art Walk through the jungle with seven psychedelic murals.
Holistica offers daily yoga classes (each reservation comes with a FREE yoga class), special events like cacao ceremonies, sound healing, temazcal (sweat lodge) purification ceremonies synchronized with the moon calendar, and an extensive menu of other holistic therapies. If it’s not obvious, Holistika is the place if you’re looking to raise your frequency in Tulum!
A message from Holistica:
🦟 We have a daily property bug spray at 6am & 5:30pm with organic spray that drives off mosquitoes (doesn’t kill them). We recommend you bring an eco-friendly bug spray from home, since we are at the jungle after all.
This reservation is for a twin bed in a 12-room, female only dorm, and access to four shared bathrooms. (💃🏽🕺🏼 Want a mixed dorm? Holistica has those too!) Each bed is incredibly comfortable, with its own window looking out into the jungle and a privacy closure curtain so you can create your very own little nook within this shared space. The organic dorm design, with its tall ceilings, allow for great air to flow, though there’s also AC.
If there’s no beds in BeeMagical available, here are 4 other female-only Holistica Tulum hostel dorms!
What Past Guests Have Said About Holistika Beehive Hostel:
“Holistika is magical. Every space is beautiful and well thought out. I stayed in the beehive dorm rooms. Every bed has a locked storage space, light and multiple outlets. The staff is welcoming and helpful. Meals at the restaurant, Tierra, were delicious and you can also order delivery online. I stayed in town for part of the time, but Holistika was the perfect end to my trip.”
“If you are looking for a place to forget everything, relax and find spiritual peace … this is the right place. Thank you for this experience and for turning our stay into something magical It is a completely friendly, natural, vegan and to contemplate art environment. Totally recommended, very clean, and the price for the money was completely worth it.”
“Thanks again Holistika for being such good hosts and we hope to return as soon as possible. Very good location, easy to find, wifi, air conditioning, temazcal, meditation and yoga class…. and the most important good food!!!”
Meteora Hostel & Coffeehouse
🏡 Type: Hostel (1BR, 8 Beds, 2BA-Shared) | 📍 Location: Aldea Zama | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!
Meteora Hostel Features
Dedicated Digital Nomad Workspace
Meteora is basically the quintessential Tulum hostel! Located near Downtown Tulum on northern end of Aldea Zama, this tropical oasis paradise is located just 3 miles (5km) from Tulum beach. For those arriving in a rental car, there’s free street parking outside.
This well-located bohemian paradise is popular with the Tulum solo travel crowd and digital nomads alike. There are also private rooms, but as always, the economical way to stay at Meteora is in one of the shared capsule rooms.
🤔 What is a capsule hostel/hotels? Capsule hotels or hostels are basically pod-type structures, just large enough for a bed, or beds, in the case of a pod hostel. Still not super popular in the U.S., pod hotels are quite common in Asia, and originate in Japan.
Meteora is known as one of the best hostels in Tulum because of the amazing service, and also all their cushy amenities. During your stay, enjoy non-traditional hostel comforts like: hot water, bath towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, room-darkening shades. In the common area, lounge around and watch some with Netflix on the 75″ HDTV.
What Past Guests Have Said:
“This hotel/hostel is one of my favorite places I have ever stayed. It is beautiful, thoughtfully designed, very clean, fantastic location, amazing and kind staff, has amazing chill vibes and Dario the host is so warm and welcoming, he will help you with anything you need. There is a restaurant and coffee bar, located right in hotel and it has fantastic coffee and really delicious and healthy food. I was a solo traveler when staying here and it was such a great environment to meet like minded people. Can not recommend this place enough.”
“One of the better hostels I’ve ever stayed at, though I would have booked a private room here if I knew it were an option. The workspace is clutch, but make sure to wake up early to snag a spot and outlet for your chargers. Overall great place. You’ll love the foliage, the friendly house cats, and the cafe.”
“I recently had the pleasure of staying in this Special gem in Tulum. My whole experience was amazing!!! Dario and the entire staff go the extra mile to make sure to accommodate anything & everything ! The decor is outstanding and the atmosphere exudes positive vibes! I highly recommend Meteora and will definitely return myself!”
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Tulum Mexico Travel FAQs
Is Tulum Mexico Safe?
This is the # 1 most asked question about visiting anywhere in the country — Is Mexico safe for travel? Given the mainstream media’s demonization of the entire country, Mexico has a very bad wrap. However, this is a huge country, and yes, there are parts you should avoid… but chances are you weren’t planning to head to those parts anyway.
Tulum is not one of those parts! In fact, the entire Yucatan Peninsula is considered quite safe, not just Tulum. For the most part, all places in Mexico that promote tourism are by-and-large, safe. As tourism is Mexico’s largest source of income, the federal and local governments of Mexico’s top travel destinations do their part to maintain safety.
Pro Tip: Always remember that no place on Earth is 100% safe.
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10 General travel safety tips
- Always listen to your intuition — because your intuition is always right.
- If you get a sketchy or uneasy feeling about a person or place, get away from that person or place asap. Don’t worry about making a kind, nice or politically correct exit from a creepy person or bad situation — Just get away fast.
- Don’t walk home alone at night.
- Don’t keep your phone, keys, wallet, passport, or anything valuable in your back pocket.
- Learn some basic Spanish. If you can’t learn it, save this infographic as an image on your phone so you have something to use even if you’re off-WiFi.
- Take all of your belongings into the bathroom with you, rather than asking a cafe/bar neighbor to watch your things. This is annoying, for sure, but it works to not get your stuff stolen.
- Speaking of bar neighbors… don’t take drinks from strangers and/or leave your drink unattended.
- Don’t wear flashy clothes, expensive jewelry, designer sunglasses, etc.
- Keep some cash in your pocket so you don’t have to pull your whole wallet out every time you need to pay.
- When in doubt: Get Travel Insurance!
Register for the STEP Program
Make sure you enroll in the free STEP Program before your trip. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, allows U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico to document your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
After you’ve registered, the nearest U.S. Consular Agency to Tulum — located about 45 minutes north in Playa del Carmen — can contact you in the event of an emergency. These emergencies include natural disasters, civil unrest, etc. STEP can also put you in touch with your family and friends back home in the event of an emergency while abroad.
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Is Tulum safe for solo female travelers?
As mentioned, there can’t possibly be a definitive answer when it comes to safety. Safety, after all, is a feeling not a fact. However, as a solo female traveler who’s safely been to half the states in Mexico, I know I stayed safe by always keeping personal safety as my highest propriety. I do my best to address the Mexico safety question in this article, Mexico Solo Travel: How to Be Safe & Crush It.
As far as Tulum safety specifically, following the same general travel safety guidelines you’d follow anywhere else in the world, will suffice in Tulum. Though it is one of Mexico’s top travel destinations, Tulum does still feel like a small town.
Is Tulum safe at night?
There’s no shortage of amazing things to do in Tulum at night, that’s for sure. Now, this doesn’t apply to anyone who drinks themselves silly, but for the most part, Tulum is safe at night. From amazing Tulum bars like Ziggy’s Beach Club, Batey Bar and I Scream Bar, and dinner al fresco in places like Hartwood and Taqueria La Eufemia, do enjoy the Tulum nightlife — just do so responsibly.
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Where is Tulum Mexico?
Tulum, is in Quintana Roo state, in the Yucatan Peninsula. This southeastern region of Mexico is comprised of three states, Quintana Roo (home to of course, Tulum, and also Cancun, Riviera Maya, etc.), Yucatan state and Campeche state.
As you can see on the Tulum Mexico map, it is located on the eastern side of the Yucatan. This side of the country is known as the Mexican Caribbean because it’s right on the Caribbean Sea.
Besides its beautiful beaches, there’s so much within a few hours drive from Tulum in your rental car — including cenotes, pueblos magicos (Mexico’s historic “magic towns” like Valladolid) and Mayan ruins.
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How do I travel to Tulum Mexico?
Wondering… How do I get to Tulum? Head to this article for a complete Cancun to Tulum travel guide… but the abridged version is below ⬇️
The closest airport is Cancun International Airport (code: CUN), which is great because there’s direct flights to Cancun from nearly all major U.S. cities. From CUN, you’ll then make the 75-mile journey to Tulum. You have several options for this: rental car, shared or private shuttle and ADO bus, Mexico’s largest bus company.
💸 Pro Tip: Get cash at a Cancun Airport ATM! Cash is king in Mexico, and especially in Tulum. While some places take credit cards, smaller cafes, street food stands and taxis, don’t. To be on the safe side, consider about $500 pesos ($25) per day. Tulum does have ATMs and a few banks in town; however, it’s better to show up with cash in smaller town like Tulum. Though not super common, Tulum ATMs sometimes do run out of money.
Do I need a visa to visit Tulum, Mexico?
No, you don’t need a visa to travel to Mexico from the U.S. This is just one of several the reasons why Mexico is one of the best travel destinations from the U.S.! Find out all the others in the linked article.
When you arrive in Mexico and go through Customs and Immigration, you’ll receive a 180-day FMM tourist visa. This is a small piece of paper you need to hold on to so you can give it back to Immigration at the airport when you leave the country.
There is no charge for the FMM, but if you lose yours, there’s a fine of about $600 pesos ($30). You’ll also need to get to the airport an extra hour early to fill out the lost visa paperwork — Bottom line: Don’t lose your FMM!
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What’s the Best Time to Visit Tulum?
The best time of year to visit Tulum Mexico, weather-wise, is during the fall/winter months from October-March, when the weather’s cooler and not so humid. The busiest months for tourism are March-April with the spring break crowd, and December-January during the winter break/holidays. Located in the tropics, it rains (even pours ☔️) pretty much daily during the peak of the Tulum rainy season, June-September.
Below is an idea of what you can expect from Tulum Mexico weather, and in general, Yucatan weather averages. Tulum’s rainy season tends to run from mid-May through mid-October — and you can expect heavy rain storms during the rainy season. This is also Hurricane Season, and being right on the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is susceptible.
Pro tip: Especially in the summer months, Tulum temperatures often feel 10°F higher because of humidity. 😥 Make sure to pack your reusable water bottle, and better yet, a LifeStraw water bottle, which will add an extra layer of Mexico water filtration… so you don’t get the dreaded Montezuma’s Revenge on your Tulum vacation!
What do I Pack for Mexico & Tulum?
Tulum Mexico, and the Yucatan Peninsula, have a tropical climate. As you can see by the average yearly Tulum weather chart above, this part of Mexico is hot (and humid 😥) for most of the year.
As far as what to include on your Tulum Mexico packing list, think flowy, tropical, breathable, cotton, and light-colored clothing; bonus points for anything that doesn’t show sweat! Besides all your summer-wear, you may use a light cardigan at night during the winter months, and maybe some comfy sweats to sleep in, but Tulum is really the place to break out your warm-weather wardrobe and bathing suits.
FREE Printable Packing List for Mexico
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