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posted by Shelley | last updated February 6, 2021
Ready to book your Tulum beach house Airbnb?
You’ve come to the right place because the 10 most stunning Tulum beachfront Airbnbs are all featured here!
Tulum, Mexico, located in Quintana Roo state in the Yucatan Peninsula, has everything you need for an epic Mexico vacation — and it’s no wonder Tulum is at the top of so many Mexico travel bucket lists. From swimmable cenotes and gourmet beachfront restaurants, to ancient Mayan ruins and Instagram worthy Tulum beach clubs, there’s something for everyone on a Tulum vacation.
The one thing missing from that list? The perfect Tulum beach house Airbnb, of course.
Now, just because you’re traveling to an exceptional place like Tulum, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your ducks in a row. The truth is, your accommodation will either make, or break, your dream trip. However, booking the perfect beachfront house will really set the tone for you having the perfect Tulum vacation, and you’re about to do just that!
Ready to be wowed by all the beautiful beach house Tulum Airbnbs you can book for your amazing trip?!
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5 Tips for Renting a Beach House in Tulum
1. Make sure you’re actually renting a Tulum beach house
As the saying goes: “Location, Location, Location;” so first and foremost, know that everywhere featured in this article is a beachfront Tulum Airbnb, located right on world-famous Tulum Beach Mexico!
The closest Tulum neighborhood to the beach is called Aldea Zama, and as you can see on the map below, it’s not super close, so be aware of places advertised as “near the beach.” Though not super far from one another, Aldea Zama is about 10-15 minutes away by rental car or bike from Tulum Beach, so not really “near the beach” by most standards!
WHERE IS TULUM LOCATED?
The Tulum pueblo magico (magic town) is located in the Yucatan Peninsula, in southeastern Mexico, about 90-minutes south of Cancun and 45-minutes south of Playa del Carmen.
There are three main Tulum neighborhoods: Tulum Beach, Aldea Zama and Downtown (AKA Tulum Town).
TULUM MEXICO MAP
2. Rent from a Super Host
What is an Airbnb Super Host? Beyond booking your Tulum beach house Airbnb in the perfect location on Tulum Beach itself, every home 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 take their Tulum Airbnb business seriously. They have been vetted by Airbnb, and know how to give Tulum’s discerning visitors the royal treatment. To maintain Super Host status, these owners have to maintain high ratings in all areas of hospitality, from cleanliness and ambiance, to posh amenities and concierge-style service.
3. Do you need strong WiFi?
Tulum isn’t known for having great WiFi. In recent years, things have been changing — 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.
4. Electricity charges & usage restrictions
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. Also, some hosts only allow AC usage from sundown to sun-up, to conserve electricity in eco-friendly Tulum. Always make sure to carefully read each description before booking to avoid these unexpected charges.
5. Beach house Tulum average rental costs
Depending on the size of the house, number of bedrooms, amenities, etc., villas and Tulum beach house rentals average from about $500-$4,000+ per night. In this article, you’ll find options in the Splurge category, with $1,000+ per night listings, and the Mid-Range category at $500-$1,000 per night.
Want a Tulum Airbnb discount code?
I have one for you! 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. If you have used Airbnb before, but you’re booking the beach house in Tulum with a group, consider having someone in the group who’s never used Airbnb sign up and get the discount 🤑
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)
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…Now, about these 10 Tulum Beach House Airbnbs
Ok, so now that you know where to book your Airbnb in Tulum (Tulum Beach), and who to book one from (Super Hosts, when possible), let’s discover the top 10 best beach house Airbnbs in Tulum, Mexico. After you book your dream Airbnb, keep scrolling for the answers to all your Tulum, Mexico travel FAQs, so you’ll have an epic dream vacation.
Tulum Beach Houses — $1K+
Here are your best Airbnb Tulum options in the $1,000+ 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 Mexico Spring Break, and the winter months of November-January, when you’ll find the best weather in Tulum.
1. Casa Xuul
🏡 Stats: 8BR, 17Beds, 10BA | 📍 Location: Tankah Bay | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes! | 💸 Price: $$$$
Casa Xuul Tulum Amenities
Private Pools & Jacuzzis
AC & Fans Throughout
Designed in the true Tulum spirit, Casa Xuul combines nature, modernity and comfort to offer a one of a kind experience. From the breathtaking views of turquoise Caribbean Sea waters to the soothing ocean breeze, this property features two connected yet independent villas designed to be an ideal gathering place for any special occasion.
In total, Casa Xuul has eight bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and four bunk beds in separate rooms, which all have AC. There are large dining areas, chef’s kitchens, ground level oceanfront infinity pools, and an amazing 1,500 sq. ft. (140 sqm) rooftop space with two jacuzzis, lounge pools, sofas, and a clear bottom plunge pool connecting both villas.
Reservations at Casa Xuul include snorkeling gear, water shoes, kayaks, daily cleaning (except Sunday and holidays) and on-site property caretakers to keep the grounds clean and in order. Private gourmet chef and concierge services available for an additional cost. Casa Xuul is located on the outskirts of Tulum, so consider a rental car.
What Past Guests Have Said:
“This place absolutely blew our minds! I brought a group for a business retreat amongst friends from all over the world. We are very well traveled and stay at some of the most posh hotels all over the world and we were all completely impressed by the style, amenities and service from the staff! Johanna is a total goddess and was so accommodating! The staff were amazing, the chefs created fab food – this place is truly a dream! We can’t wait to go back!”
“Our stay at Casa Xuul was nothing short of spectacular. The house is absolutely stunning, amazing amenities and view. We felt like we were on MTV cribs the entire trip…”
“Casa Xuul was a great property, very spacious and well laid out for our group… We were very happy with all of the amenities provided. The 3rd floor rooftop patio was especially nice at sunset! The staff were very accommodating and the food was great! I recommend having a rental car as it is about 10 minutes into Tulum but overall the location was very nice.“
“Casa Xuul is absolutely incredible and well beyond our group’s expectations. The property is beautiful, the rooms are very comfortable, and the staff was so accommodating and quickly available for all our needs.”
If you have a smaller group, you can book each villa separately.
Casa Xuul has two separate Tulum beach house villas, that each accommodate up to 12.
2. Tulum Hotel Zone House
🏡 Stats: 4BR, 6Beds, 4.5BA | 📍 Location: Hotel Zone | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes! | 💸 Price: $$$$
Tulum Beach House Amenities
Concierge & 24/7 Security
The Tulum Hotel Zone Beach House is located right in the middle of it all, located just off the world famous Tulum Beach Road. You’re steps away from everything — bars, shops, spas, the best restaurants in Tulum, and more. The house, however, is far enough away to escape to complete peace, quiet and tranquility on your near-private beach.
This huge, 3,900 sq. ft. (362 sqm) beachfront home accommodates 11, with four bedrooms, six beds and 4.5 bathrooms. Enjoy the ultimate luxury property on Tulum Beach, where modern architecture blends with warm, rustic elements, a private pool, concierge team from 9am-10pm, security 24/7 and breakfast prepared by your private chef each morning.
The stylish house provides privacy, comfort and an unmatched sense of space and tranquility. Located between the jungle and the ocean, you’re just steps from both the white sands and turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, and also within walking distance of the famous Tulum nightlife in the Hotel Zone.
What Past Guests Have Said about the Host:
“Bobby is the best host in Tulum. Been renting from him for 3 years. And will continue on renting from him.”
“Bobby and his team made my 29th birthday weekend remarkable by providing exceptional guest service throughout my entire stay. His concierge, Mayte was just absolutely amazing. She was so attentive, organized, and prompt.”
“Bobby’s place is breathtaking and beautiful with the kindest, most hardworking staff. We had a wonderful time and hope to be back again!”
*Note: At the time this article published, this brand new property didn’t have any ratings. However, host Bobby is a verified super host with more than 1,600 positive ratings.
3. Casa Bautista
🏡 Stats: 5BR, 6Beds, 3.5BA | 📍 Location: Si’an Kaan | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes! | 💸 Price: $$$$
Casa Bautista Amenities
Rooftop Infinity Pool & Jacuzzi
AC & Fans
Casa Bautista, located in a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Si’an Kaan, meaning Portal of Light in Mayan, is an eco-friendly that property welcomes guests from the moment you arrive. There’s AC and fans in all the rooms, but Casa Bautista is designed to not need either, so you can reconnect with nature and enjoy the ocean breezes in this well-ventilated villa.
This award-winning home is just outside of the Tulum Hotel Zone, and on a private beach. Your concierge can easily arrange for mopeds or bikes to get around, which is part of the fun of being in laid-back boho Tulum. They can also arrange transport getting to the house, if you’re not coming in your rental car.
Enjoy the serene infinity pool, grill and dining table, with 360° jungle and Caribbean Sea views on your huge rooftop. Inside, there’s a splash pool, jacuzzi, full kitchen and beautiful boho chic decor.
What Past Guests Have Said:
“This was by far the most extraordinary Airbnb accommodation that anyone in our group ever has had the pleasure to stay in. It’s located just south of the hotel zone, with the exclusivity of being within the privately gated Sian Ka’an reserve. The long strip of private beach access was exquisite, and the view of nature as far as you can see from the rooftop was unreal.“
“This is the most magical place in Tulum, secluded and private with stunning views! The concierge, staff and chef left nothing to be desired. Book this property, you won’t be disappointed! We will definitely return.”
“This house is incredible! It is inside the Sian Ka’an reserve so you may want to have a car rented, but this made it a more exclusive and unique vacation. The area is very safe, house is clean, and the managers have all the necessary contacts to ensure you have an incredible experience. The home is one of a kind!”
“The house is very nice. Private beach. The breeze from the ocean is amazing. The house staff was amazing. The concierge helps out a lot as well.“
4. Casa Ganesh
🏡 Stats: 3BR, 4Beds, 3BA | 📍 Location: Hotel Zone | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes! | 💸 Price: $$$$
Casa Ganesh Amenities
Private Splash Pool
AC & Fans
Casa Ganesh is located on one of the coolest streets in the world — the instagrammable Tulum Beach Road. It shares the property with a boutique hotel, though is completely private. The hotel’s staff, housekeepers, security guards and guest service managers are available to help you enjoy a truly relaxing vacation.
Enjoy breakfast cooked in your full kitchen and dining area. Then, walk right outside onto the soft white sand beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mexican Caribbean, before heading back to the beach house to use your private pool and lounge area.
The master bedroom, located on the top floor, has a beach view from the balcony, full private bathroom and king bed; the second bedroom, also located on the top floor, has a garden view, two double beds and a full bathroom; and the third room, on the ground floor, has a king bed and full bathroom.
What Past Guests Have Said:
“This holiday was an absolute dream!! The house was perfect, the rooms were beautiful and clean, the beds were super comfortable and the entire house was cozy and fresh! You cannot beat the ocean views and access to the beach – literally 3 steps away!! We walked everywhere, which was super convenient and we were able to discover and enjoy so much of Tulum beach. One of our very best holidays yet!!!”
“I had some amazing days with my family. The house is beautiful, its decoration exquisite and every detail is very well cared for. The attention we received from the staff was excellent, they really made us feel at home and helped us whenever we needed anything. The price is definitely worth it and we would love to come back soon!”
“Location is amazing. View of ocean is awesome.”
5. Casa Bonita
🏡 Stats: 3BR, 3Beds, 3BA | 📍 Location: Hotel Zone | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes! | 💸 Price: $$$
Casa Bonita Amenities
Fiber Optic WiFi
Casa Bonita is a spacious, well-designed 2,000 sq. ft. (185 sqm) Tulum Beach house. Experience the beauty of being directly on Tulum Beach, and also the excitement of being in the best part of Tulum, the Hotel Zone. The best bars in Tulum, top restaurants, yoga studios, and boutique shops are within a few minute’s walk.
The open concept living space creates a seamless connection with the beach and nature. There’s a sitting area with cushions on the veranda and an outdoor shower amidst the lush greenery of Tulum’s beach-jungle. Enjoy a quiet piece of Tulum’s coveted beachfront, complete with seaside pool, shaded palapa, day beds, beach loungers, sea kayaks, paddle boards and boogie boards for your use.
Casa Bonita offers daily housekeeping (except Sundays), and will happily to arrange for chef, massage, and childcare services for an additional cost.
What Past Guests Have Said:
“I was lucky enough to spend a week at Casa Bonita with two friends. The property is immaculate, situated right on the Beach and has all the amenities one could need for a comfortable and safe stay. Snow and Guy were fantastic and reliable hosts. I can recommend this property with confidence.”
“You won’t regret staying here, So book already! What’s not to like? Steps away from the beach, you’re always hearing the sound of the waves, excellent hosts and an ideal location. You can do it all…or lay on a hammock doing nothing!“
“We had a great stay at Snow’s place. Chambely has been an outstanding concierge! Highly recommended.”
“One of the best vacations ever!!! The location and the house are perfection!!”
6. Zorba Villa
🏡 Stats: 5BR, 7Beds, 5BA | 📍 Location: Hotel Zone | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes! | 💸 Price: $$$$
Zorba Villa Amenities
AC & Fans
Private Beach Space
Zorba Villa is a bright, spacious Tulum beach house that sleeps up to 12 in its five bedrooms. Two of the upstairs bedrooms have king beds and sea views. The third upstairs bedroom is jungle-facing, with a double bed and bunkbeds. The fourth bedroom has pool views and a queen bed. The fifth bedroom is on the main floor with a king bed, ensuite bathroom and doors that open to the Caribbean Sea and lanai.
Landscaped for privacy, enjoy seclusion in your private pool and a pathway that leads straight to one of the best beaches in Tulum. There are hidden spots to take space when you need it, and expansive outdoor areas with furniture and daybeds to hang out on and relax.
Practice yoga on the large decks with sea breezes and oceanfront views, or enjoy an evening meal under the stars prepared by Zorba Villa’s private chef (chef and massage services available for a fee).
What Past Guests Have Said:
“Truly felt like a bit of heaven on earth. I can’t stop thinking of the view of when I woke and saw the sunrise and beach through my window. And being able to just walk out and take a dip in the beautiful warm waters. Truly the view and beachfront location was beyond expectations.
“The entire experience staying at the Villa was nothing less than amazing. We cannot say enough good things about our experience. The house, beach and location are exactly as shown in the photos… All of my girlfriends and I appreciated his attentiveness to the success of our stay, which was very successful. All in all, you would be foolish to not book…”
“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.”
Tulum Beach Houses — Under $1K
Here are your best Airbnb Tulum options in the $300-$1,000 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 Mexico Spring Break, and the winter months of November-January, when you’ll find the best weather in Tulum.
🏡 Stats: 7BR, 7Beds, 7.5BA | 📍 Location: Hotel Zone | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes! | 💸 Price: $$$
AC & Fans
Complimentary Airport Shuttle
Tropicalito is a five-star boho chic villa, located beachfront in the desirable and lively Tulum Hotel Zone. The villa was build on a rock on top of the Yucatan Peninsula’s native coral rocks, with a traditional-Mexican-meets-art-deco fusion decor style, to create a Tulum beach house unlike any other.
Whatever the purpose of the visit, lay back and get ready for a full service experience at Tropicalito. Enjoy daily housekeeping, a complimentary barman, chef (additional cost), a concierge who will offer Tulum recommendations and plan group activities, like Tulum Ruins tours to the Mayan pyramids in Tulum — or just take a leisurely stroll down the white sand beaches outside of the house to the best Tulum restaurants and bars.
Topicalito offers complimentary airport shuttle service from Cancun International Airport, the closest airport to Tulum.
What Past Guests Have Said:
“Miguel and his excellent staff were like real-life genies. Your wish is their command!! They were one of the best hosts we ever had! They were able to handle a group of 16 like us! The Tropicalito has the perfect location in Tulum, in the heart of the local businesses, close to local attractions such as the ruins, a cartwheel away from the ocean… The staff is so lovely, honest, and kind! ”
“This place certainly exceeded expectations!! Right on the water with amazing beach access, an incredible central location to Tulum Beach and its restaurants, shops and beach clubs. Every employee was so nice and attentive and the host, the chefs were amazing… If you are traveling to Tulum with a group and you want a house with a great central location for an affordable price, this listing is perfect for you.”
“Without a doubt the best Airbnb I’ve stayed at. I am thinking about planning another trip to Mexico just to stay here again. The meal made by the on-site chef was top 10 meals of my life. I could not possibly recommend this place more. It is everything advertised and then some!”
8. Akiin Beach Club
🏡 Stats: 4BR, 5Beds, 3BA | 📍 Location: Hotel Zone | ⭐️ Super Host: No | 💸 Price: $$
Akiin Tulum Amenities
AC & Fans
WiFi (Not Strong)
Beach meets jungle in Akiin Tulum‘s amazing, boho chic beachfront Airbnb, complete with tropical finishes. This Tulum beach house villa is located in Akiin Beach Plaza, a lively mini-village on Tulum Beach with bars, restaurants, a pharmacy, ATMs, a beauty bar and lush jungle-garden shopping center, where you can buy beachwear, clothing and jewelry and more.
Enjoy complimentary use of the Akiin Tulum Beach Club facilities, including the comfy beach furniture, outdoor showers, bathrooms and more. The on-site restaurant and bar is open to the public; though Akiin guests can have food and drinks delivered right to your villa — room service style 💅
This rental consists of a main house, and two independent suites with AC, located behind the house. All rooms and the large deck enjoy stunning views of world famous TulumBeach. The entire property has direct access to the white sand beaches and blue Caribbean Sea waters, just steps from your home.
🥳 Please note: While the interior of the home is private, the property as a whole is not, being located in the amidst a beach club, event space and shopping plaza. In short, if you’re looking for somewhere in the middle of all the action, Akiin is your place — but if you are looking for somewhere quiet, skip Akiin and opt for one of the other Tulum beach house rentals featured in this article.
What Past Guests Have Said:
“This place is just as advertised! Absolutely perfect, in a perfect location! It was sparkling clean. It was just steps from the beach club. This place is so wonderful and so close to anything and everything. The staff are so friendly and quick to help with whatever your heart desires. We will be staying here again!”
“Perfect location for food and nightlife. Also perfect location to be right on the beach. The house has gorgeous balconies that offer sweeping views of the beach and sea. The hosts were responsive and accommodating. I’d recommend!!”
9. Casa Mandala
🏡 Stats: 2BR, 2Beds, 2BA | 📍 Location: Hotel Zone | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes! | 💸 Price: $$$
Casa Mandala Features
Private Beach Space
AC & Fans
Casa Mandala is a tropical oasis, centrally located along the world famous Tulum Beach Road. This dreamy Tulum beach house features a private pool and is only 60-feet (30m) from the soft white sand and turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. There, you’ll find beach loungers, daybeds and shaded palapas, boogie boards, sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards — all reserved just for you.
The home has three levels; with the living area, outdoor lounge and kitchen on the first floor. The second floor bedrooms have separate sliding glass entrances, and queen beds in each. The third floor is the master suite, with 360° views of the tree canopies, a king bed, and ensuite bathroom. Enjoy daily housekeeping (except Sundays), and private chef and massage therapist services for a fee.
💡 A note from the hosts: We are off grid and promote energy conservation… The main living area and the bedrooms are equipped with AC for night time use. Electricity is precious along the beach, and we do our best to minimize our ecological footprint.
What Past Guests Have Said:
“We had an amazing stay! The house was absolutely beautiful. We really loved the eco-friendly elements, the lovely private pool, access to the kayaks and paddle board, and services available. Guy and Chabely were really sweet and communication was very quick and easy while we were there, plus they gave very helpful recommendations. LOVED our stay and would highly recommend 🙂”
“Our stay at Casa Mandala exceeded all of our expectations. The house was absolutely stunning and looked even better than the photos. A real gem in the heart of Boca Paila, walking distance to all of Tulum’s best restaurants, bars, hotels. I will definitely recommend this property to anyone looking to rent a stylish property in Tulum for a few days and want to be close to everything, unlike most other rental properties in Tulum which are actually in the town area… Could not be more satisfied with our stay.”
“Came for a birthday getaway. Had an amazing experience. The house was beautiful in a perfect location. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I could not recommend this place more. Will definitely check out the other properties. Unforgettable experience if you’re into the rustic/jungle vacation.”
10. Casa Gaia
🏡 Stats: 1BR, 1Bed, 1BA | 📍 Location: Hotel Zone | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes! | 💸 Price: $$
Casa Gaia Features
Fiber Optic WiFi
You can’t get closer to the Caribbean Sea than Casa Gaia! This large, 650 sq. ft. (60 sqm) Tulum Beach studio villa has both direct access to the sea, as well as all best restaurants in Tulum, shopping boutiques, yoga studios and spas and more. Enjoy being immersed in the tropical beauty that surrounds you, and embraced by the sound of the sea.
In Casa Gaia, the bright living space with high ceilings, curved walls and glass doors that completely open, make this space feel larger than it is. There’s a king bed in the middle of the home, seating area, kitchen with fridge, gas stove and sink, a private bathroom, closet, vanity and dressing area.
Outside, there’s an intimate patio protected by luscious, tropical plants, so you can watch the sunrise and sunset in total privacy. Enjoy beach loungers, shaded palapas, a semi-private beachfront, pool, stand up paddle boards, sea kayak and boogie boards during your stay. Daily housekeeping (except Sunday) is included.
What Past Guests of Have Said:
“Simply amazing place right on the most stunning beach we have seen with beautiful white sands and clear blue sea… Every little detail has been thought through from the beautiful design of Gaia House with its balcony and organic curves through to its perfectly formed kitchen. Snow and her team couldn’t have been more welcoming and helpful throughout. We had a very special week at Gaia House which we will always remember. Highly recommended.”
“Goodness where do I start? This was most definitely the best place I’ve stayed in Mexico, and honestly, probably the best Airbnb I’ve ever been in. Finding it was a snap and parking my gigantic rental Jeep was a breeze. The location is perfect, could NOT be better… Overall my stay at Casa Gaia was a wonderful dream and I can’t wait to come back to Tulum and stay here again!”
“Highly recommend as it’s close to everything but a beautiful spot that you feel you’re able to have alone time with your loved one on the beach with breakfast overlooking the water and waves crashing in to put you to sleep at night!“
Tulum Mexico Travel FAQs
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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 visit to those parts anyway.
Tulum is not one of those parts! In fact, Tulum is considered quite safe. 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 parts to maintain safety.
Should I get travel insurance for Mexico?
Want an added level of security and peace of mind during these strange travel times? Just as you insure your car, home and body, you can also insure your luggage, belongings and health while traveling.
I’ll be honest, when I first started traveling solo, I wasn’t insured. However, after years of solo traveling, I wised up… now, I even have a whole page of this website dedicated to travel insurance, because it’s just that important!
If Mexico and Tulum travel safety are on your mind, get your free quote below now!
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 the infographic below 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.
📸 Want more tips on Mexico travel? This is the podcast for you!
Is Tulum safe at night?
There’s no shortage of amazing things to do in Tulum at night. 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, Arca Tulum and Taqueria La Eufemia, do enjoy the Tulum nightlife — just do so responsibly, and you’re good!
Where is Tulum Mexico?
Tulum is in Quintana Roo state, in the Yucatan Peninsula. This southeastern Mexico region consists of three states: Yucatan state, Campeche state, and Quintana Roo state (with Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Bacalar Lagoon, etc.)
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.
How do I Get 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 of that information 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 from Cancun to Tulum.
Cancun to Tulum Airport Transfer
Do I need a visa for Mexico?
U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. This is just one of several the reasons why Mexico is one of the best travel destinations! Find out all the other reasons in the linked article.
When you arrive in Mexico and go through Immigration, you’ll receive a 180-day FMM tourist visa. This is a small piece of paper you need to hold on to and give back to Immigration at the airport when you’re leaving the country. There is no charge for your FMM, but if you lose it, there’s a fine of about $600 pesos ($30), and some paperwork you’ll need to fill out at the airport before you can leave the country.
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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 has a tropical climate — ie. hot, and humid 😥. As far as what to include on your Tulum Mexico packing list, think flowy, tropical, breathable, cotton, light-colored clothing; bonus points for anything that doesn’t show sweat! During the winter months, you may use a light cardigan at night, but Tulum is all about your warm-weather wardrobe and bathing suits.
Beyond clothes, don’t forget your:
- Reef-safe sunscreen to protect Tulum’s blue waters,
- Eco-friendly bug spray because you’ll encounter mosquitoes in Tulum,
- LifeStraw reusable water bottle, which will provide an extra level of water filtration to lessen your chances of getting sick while traveling in Mexico,
- Anti-frizz hair product, because Tulum is in the tropics, and the humidity is no joke, and,
- Anti-hangover meds, if you’re planning to party 🍾
FREE Printable Packing List for Mexico
Need even more info on what to pack for Tulum and all of Mexico? Head to this article about Mexico packing, and download your FREE printable packing list for Mexico below — it covers both Mexico beach packing and Mexico city packing. This multi-page Mexico packing checklist covers everything you’ll want to bring, and more importantly, what not to bring to Mexico.
Final Thoughts: Tulum Beach House Rentals
Renting a Tulum beach house will be a great experience! However, keep in mind that if you’re headed to Tulum for it’s eco-friendly bohemian vibes, that does carry over into its homes, Airbnbs and overall lifestyle. This means you’re not headed to a place that always has great WiFi, some homes have electricity restrictions to lower their carbon footprint, etc. However, this is part of the charm of Tulum.
I spent about two months in Tulum, and found that the people who didn’t enjoy it, hadn’t properly managed their expectations. Tulum’s vibe is rustic fancy — but it’s definitely rustic. Keep this in mind and you’ll have an amazing trip, and an amazing stay in your Tulum beach house.
Any amazing Tulum beach house Airbnbs we missed?
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