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Where to stay in Tulum

Landscape of Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve in Mexico

As the popularity of Riviera Maya destinations like Cancun and Playa del Carmen increases, visitors to the Yucatan Peninsula now seek less crowded, more authentic Mexican destinations. Tulum is the last of the Mayan cities to be built, with really well preserved ruins and archaeological sites.

First, Tulum became a wellness destination, with yoga and meditation retreats and now, tourism in Tulum is booming. Don’t expect cheap prices of Mexico in Tulum, though. This is becoming an exclusive destination, with 5-star resorts commanding $500 to $1000 USD per night! As the number of Tulum resorts continues to increase, it becomes easier to visit, but harder to decide where to stay in Tulum as there are many choices.

We will cover off all types of Tulum accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Tulum hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Tulum, the best Tulum hotels, best places in Tulum to visit, the best places to stay in Tulum, hotels near Tulum attractions, Tulum neighborhood guide and many more.

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Tulum Town – Where to stay in Tulum on a budget

If you are visiting Tulum to experience Mexican culture, and are less interested in the famous beaches of the area, then Tulum Town is a great area to stay. Tulum Town is also a great choice for budget travelers and backpackers, as there are more Tulum hotels for all budgets, as opposed to the more expensive Tulum resorts you’ll find along the beaches.

If you like to be within walking distance of a variety of dining and nightlife options, as opposed to enjoying an all-inclusive resort, Tulum Town has a fun vibe with street food and markets. Just know that the beach in Tulum is about a 15 minute drive from town.

Best places to stay in Tulum Town

Mid range Hotels in Tulum Town:
Hotel Latino
Hotel Posada 06 Tulum
Lo Nuestro Petite Hotel
LiveTulum

Family Friendly Hotels in Tulum Town:
Villas Geminis Boutique Condo Hotel
Pacha Tulum
Mestizo Gallery
Don Diego de la Selva

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Tulum Town:
Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum
Naay Boutique Hotel
Palms Tulum Luxury Hotel

Tulum, Mexico - Majestic ruins in Tulum.Tulum is a resort town on Mexicos Caribbean coast. The 13th-century, walled Mayan archaeological site at Tulum National Park overlooks the sea.

Beach Road South – Where to stay in Tulum for first timers

Most travelers come to Tulum for the beach, so Beach Road is where the majority of Tulum hotels and resorts are located. Beach Road South is what Tulum was before it became popular. It’s where you’ll find most of the yoga retreats and eco-resorts.

Here you can still find the hippie vibe that made Tulum famous, as well as some new luxury Tulum hotels that are sprouting up frequently. The beach along Beach Road south is the longest stretch of white sand in the area, and is less rocky than other beaches of Tulum.

Best places to stay in Beach Road South

Mid range Hotels in Beach Road South:
El Pez Colibri Boutique Hotel
Nueva Vida de Ramiro
Hip Hotel Tulum
Tata Tulum

Family Friendly Hotels in Beach Road South:
Los Lirios Hotel Cabanas
Coral Tulum
Dos Ceibas Eco Retreat
Zamas

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Beach Road South:
The Beach Tulum
Ana y Jose Charming Hotel & Spa
La Zebra Colibri Boutique Hotel
Sanara Tulum

Palm trees by a dirt road in the Sian Kaan Biosphere near Tulum Mexico

Beach Road North – Where to stay in Tulum for couples

The area along the northern end of Beach Road is closer to the Mayan Ruins, if that is important to you. The beaches are slightly better than Beach Road South, but will also be more crowded, so it’s a tradeoff. The reef along this stretch of beach is closer to shore, which often means calmer waters.

Beach Road North is where you’ll find the majority of big Tulum resorts, and with so many all-inclusive options in the area, restaurants and nightlife are fewer and far between as most take advantage of the all-in rate. This is also where more of the private beaches of Tulum are concentrated, so if staying at a property with a private beach is important, then Beach Road North is the best choice for you.

Best places to stay in Beach Road North

Mid range Hotels in Beach Road North:
Uolis Nah
Wish Tulum
Teetotum Hotel
Cabanas Zazilkin

Family Friendly Hotels in Beach Road North:
LiveTulum
Mestizo Gallery
Pacha Tulum
Villas Geminis Boutique Condo Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Beach Road North:
Palms Tulum Luxury Hotel
Aluna Hotel Tulum
Caleta Tankah Tulum

Tulum, Mexico - Majestic ruins in Tulum.Tulum is a resort town on Mexicos Caribbean coast. The 13th-century, walled Mayan archaeological site at Tulum National Park overlooks the sea.

Akumal – Where to stay in Tulum for families

Just 30 kilometers from Tulum is another resort area called Akumal. This area is largely comprised of condominium developments, so it’s a great place to stay in a Tulum with a family. You can rent a condo and have more space than a traditional hotel, as well as a kitchen for cooking meals and snacks. While the Tulum beach is larger, the beach at Akumal is on a protected bay, which makes for great snorkeling right off the beach.

Again, a great option for families with kids. Akumal may feel a little less “authentic” than Tulum as there are more condo developments and less of a local flavor, but if you’re just planning to hang at the beach and relax, you will love Akumal. If you choose not to stay in Akumal, then it also makes a great day trip from Tulum.

Best places to stay in Akumal

Mid range Hotels in Akumal:
Del Sol Beachfront Hotel
Las Villas Akumal
Hotel Que Onda
Akumal Natura Glamping

Family Friendly Hotels in Akumal:
Hotel Akumal Caribe
Grand Oasis Tulum
Grand Bahia Principe Tulum
Oasis Tulum Lite

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Akumal:
Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa
Grand Bahia Principe Coba
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya
The Sian Ka’an at Grand Tulum

AKUMAL MEXICO - Hotels along the Akumal beach. Akumal is a small beach-front tourist resort community in Quintana Roo Mexico between the towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

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Where to stay in Tulum

Where to stay in Tulum

Where to stay in Tulum

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