Tulum has become synonymous with eco-luxury accommodation and lush boho vibes, but it’s no longer just the trendy beachfront boutique hotels that are monopolizing the options in the area.
The truth is, as Tulum becomes more and more developed each year, the Airbnb options are increasing exponentially–and many offer just as incredible spaces and amenities if not better than some of the local hotels.
However, the rental options have gotten a bit overwhelming. I mean, there are a LOT out there to sift through. So I’ve taken it upon myself to do the legwork for you to find the absolute best Airbnbs in Tulum so that your search for the perfect place to stay in Tulum can end here.
But first, what should you look for in a Tulum Airbnb?
I’ve been to Tulum twice now, so I can share from personal experience what to look for in a Tulum Airbnb.
First off, location is really important. If you’re not familiar with Tulum’s layout yet, then I’d recommend checking out this post where I explain the different neighborhoods throughout the area.
If staying as close to the beach is top priority for you, you’ll want to keep that in mind and take a look at each Airbnb property’s map at the bottom of the listing where you can see whether it’s situated by the beach, in central Tulum or in one of the nearby neighborhoods.
If comforts like AC, huge beds and WIFI will make or break your trip, then double-check if the Airbnb has the amenities you require. FYI–pretty much all of the rentals I’ve included in this post have air conditioning, except for the jungle eco treehouse.
I’ve made sure to include the best Airbnbs in Tulum that only have high ratings, so you don’t have to worry too much on that front. You’ll also find properties at every budget level in this post, from super luxury Airbnb rentals to stays under $100 per night.
If you’re looking to skip the hotel scene and stay in a more private Airbnb during your time in Tulum, I hope you’ll find your perfect match here. I’m already dreaming of my next trip back so I can add one of these gorgeous properties to my list!
So without further ado…
Here’s Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Airbnbs in Tulum
For under $100/night, Sanah Villas are an ideal and affordable escape in Tulum with staff on property to help make you feel at home. Located a bit beyond the main downtown, these villas are surrounded by jungle but close enough to the central area so that you can retreat in peace yet still have all the buzz at your fingertips.
Location: About 15 minutes drive from Tulum beach (with no traffic) and 5 minutes from downtown Tulum.
Sleeps: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath
Fun Amenities: King sized beds with memory foam mattresses, air conditioning, and free street parking for guests renting a vehicle.
For families or groups of friends who want to stay right on the beach, Casa Alaya is the perfect option. This is one of the best Airbnbs in Tulum when it comes to prime location as you’ll literally exit the property and step straight out onto the sand.
Plus, this rental is within walking distance to the best restaurants and beach clubs, so you won’t have to worry about getting around during your stay.
Location: Located directly on Tulum beach, just south of La Zebra Hotel.
Sleeps: 6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 3.5 baths
Fun Amenities: AC and a full kitchen setup, including refrigerator, oven, coffee maker and more.
Cozy Geodesic Dome
If seeking out the most unique Airbnbs is your vibe, then you won’t want to miss this cozy geodesic dome located within walking distance to the beach. Hosted by Superhost Gaston, this new property in Tulum is the perfect base for exploring the beach side of Tulum during the day and then sleeping under the stars at night.
Location: Just on the jungle side of the main beach road, within easy walking distance to the sand.
Sleeps: 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
Fun Amenities: AC, free parking on premises and a bathtub under the stars.
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I’ve seen this spacious loft on Instagram a few times, and boy does it look STUNNING. The impeccable interiors and attention to detail will draw in design lovers in a heartbeat. Even better? Guests have access to unique experiences like a private chef, cenote tours and massage (make sure to inquire with the host). This is one of the best Airbnbs in Tulum, hands down.
Location: Located in the La Veleta neighborhood of Tulum, this loft is a short bike ride from downtown Tulum and about 15 minutes drive to the beach without traffic.
Sleeps: 6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 2.5 baths
Fun Amenities: AC, free filtered water, super fast fiber internet and a private rooftop pool.
Tribe House Tulum
The Tribe House is what Tulum dreams are made of. Situated within walking distance to all of the best spots in the centro and with the cutest boho vibes, this is one of the best Airbnbs in Tulum if you’re planning a large gathering like a bachelorette party or reunion with friends.
The house can sleep up to 14 people, but the rooms have a unique setup, with multiple beds in a single room. If you’re OK with foregoing a little privacy, this can be the perfect base for you and your gals to have the trip of a lifetime.
Location: Right in the heart of downtown Tulum.
Sleeps: 14 guests · 2 bedrooms · 12 beds · 3 baths
Fun Amenities: AC, WIFI, washer/dryer, free street parking and a pool.
Villa Nimi is one of the most affordable Airbnbs in Tulum if you’re traveling with a large group, as it can host up to 10 guests. The property is not only stunning, but the home features all the kitchen amenities you would need to host dinners at home with your friends when you don’t feel like traveling into town for a meal.
Location: The home is located within the La Veleta neighborhood of Tulum, a short bike ride to the main town, and about 15 minutes drive to the beach with no traffic.
Sleeps: 10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 5 beds · 4.5 baths
Fun Amenities: Pretty much everything you can think of for having an amazing stay as a group. Full kitchen, a BBQ grill, pool, TV, AC and even a crib for families.
Boutique Jungle Pod
Be one with nature at this unique architectural pod featuring panoramic views of the surrounding jungle. With Holistika located just 2 blocks away, this is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to explore the more spiritual side of Tulum; they offer experiences such as sound healings, yoga classes, Temazcal ceremonies and more.
Location: The La Veleta neighborhood–5 minutes drive to downtown Tulum and about 15 minutes drive to the beach (with no traffic).
Sleeps: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath
Fun Amenities: AC, free parking, 180 degree panoramic jungle views and a mini fridge.
As part of Airbnb’s Luxe collection, Casa Cantarena is definitely not one of the cheaper stays in Tulum, but you’ll get a 5-star home rental experience. If you’re looking for a great reunion base with friends and family away from the chaos of Tulum’s beach, this villa is perfect. At Casa Cantarena, you’ll wake up with calming lagoon views to the West and turquoise tones of the Caribbean Sea to the East.
Location: Situated on a calm lagoon in the Sian Ka’an reserve, this luxury villa is south of the main beach strip in Tulum and secluded from the other tourist areas.
Sleeps: 10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 7 beds · 4 baths
Fun Amenities: The real question is…what does this villa not have?! When it comes to amenities, this is definitely one of the best Airbnbs in Tulum. Enjoy the swimming pool, fully equipped kitchen, king sized beds and included staff like a maid, butler and cook if so desired.
Eco Villas Vida Silvestre
Looking for the perfect place to stay that feels like quintessential Tulum? The decor and vibe of Vida Silvestre will make you fall in love with this jungle paradise. Plus, the ecotourism development is one of the more conveniently located Tulum Airbnbs, with easy access to the boutique hotel zone, Tulum Ruins and downtown area.
Location: At the end of the hotel zone within a mangrove forest, Vida Silvestre is very close to the main road, Avenue Coba, which makes it easy to access from both town and the boutique hotel zone.
Sleeps: Up to 4 people.
Fun Amenities: AC, WIFI, free parking, dedicated workspace, and cribs for families.
2 Story Penthouse + Private Pool
Looking for a chic stay in the heart of downtown Tulum? Look no further. This 2-story penthouse apartment with private plunge pool is both cozy and photogenic, offering a conveniently located home base during your time in Tulum.
Location: In the heart of downtown Tulum.
Sleeps: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1.5 baths
Fun Amenities: AC, high-speed WIFI, washer and dryer, room service available with their restaurant partners.
Meteora Stay & Coffeehouse
This hostel-style Airbnb is one of the more affordable places to stay in Tulum, with a cafe located right on site. Former guests describe this spot as having super chill vibes, nice staff, and a great place to co-work.
Location: Within walking distance to central Tulum.
Sleeps: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 private bath
Fun Amenities: On-site cafe/coffeeshop, portable AC units, and bike access.
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Planning a trip right now? Don’t miss my go-to websites for booking everything from flights and tours, to accommodation and more:
- Booking.com for the best hotel deals
- World Nomads for travel insurance
- Airbnb for awesome home rentals
- Skyscanner for finding the best flight deals
- Hostelworld for budget accommodation
- Rentalcars.com for easy car rentals