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Tulum Airbnb: the top 10 coolest homes for your vacation in paradise

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A thorough guide to the perfect Tulum Airbnb for your next trip to this unique Mexican destination.

As I am writing this, the COVID restrictions have loosened up a bit in Tulum while Airbnb prices are still down, although slowly climbing back up to prime rates. So you better hurry up if you want to grab your Airbnb deal.

In this post I am sharing my top Airbnb choice for each area and a brief description of the area itself so you can decide which one is best for your vacation in Tulum depending on your priorities.

Read also: How to get from Cancun to Tulum

Digital nomads’ preferred destinations

Tulum is indeed one of the preferred destinations for digital nomads in Mexico, together with Playa del Carmen.

I would rather say a high-end digital nomads destination, for the high cost of living if you compare to other Mexican cities. However, besides its glamour and charm, Tulum is in great demand among tourists and nomads alike, for the amazing beach, the number of things to do in Tulum, and surroundings the world class culinary scene and stunning hotels, among all.

Needless to say, I was happy to be back in one of my favorite places in Mexico. I came back to Tulum after a year of absence because I found an awesome housesitting opportunity and I will be here for a month looking after two adorable kittens (1-year-old brothers) in a cozy 2 bedroom apartment in Aldea Zama.

Although I know Tulum very well it’s nice to be back and check out the latest additions, new restaurants, and hotels, check out the beach, and the sargasso situation so that I can share the updates with you.

It will be an interesting month as I am also meeting new people and rebonding with old acquaintances and friends.

Having said that let’s move on to finding your Airbnb in Tulum.

Tulum Airbnb in the Beach Area

Tulum beach area is the most demanded and coolest place to be in Tulum if you wish to stay away from the crowds and the only noise you will hear will be from the ocean crashing over the white sand and the rustling of the lush tropical jungle in your backyard.

Tulum coastline is a little less of 30 km long if you count from Tulum archeological site to the entrance of Sian Ka’an biosphere.

Despite the latest growth in the number of hotels and restaurants, the original Tulum vibe has been pretty much preserved, with the original vintage look of design boutique hotel, boho fashion shops, and trendy restaurants. 

You might want to check my guide to the Boho chic Tulum to get a better idea of what I am talking about. 

If you are staying on the beach you have everything you need there, white sand, blue ocean and stunning hotels, and restaurants.

Tulum Airbnbs on the beach are new additions and I can’t wait to try one myself. Waking up from home and dip your toes in the sand is priceless.

Mind though that if you are a digital nomad and need to work, the beach area is not the ideal place to find fast internet.

Now the situation has improved but you should ask about the WIFI before booking.

I would always do that, but especially here.

My Airbnb choice in the Tulum beach area

4 Tropical sun-room – two min. walk to the beach

馃搷 Tulum Beach 2 guests 路 studio 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 – 馃挷馃挷

Fantastic studio located at the far end of the beach road surrounded by a spectacular lush jungle at a two-minute walk from the Tulum beach.

This beautiful romantic space is decored in the real Tulum boho style, with stone walls and ethnic wooden decorations in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature. The hosts Daisy and Jose will do their best to make you feel at home.

The place is equipped with a kitchenette and working space and guests say the WIFI is great, which is surprising news as normally in this remote area it’s kind of cranky.

It’s one of the cheapest and nicest places I have ever seen in Tulum, great value for money even if you don’t have a sea view.

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What some of the previous guests say:

“You will feel home here. Wifi is great, Both of us managed to work remotely with no problems at all. We will come back for sure.”

“Wonderful spot close to beach and restaurant. For the price, you can鈥檛 beat it. Daisy and Jose are wonderful hosts and are always available to help. The apartment can get warm during the day but that just means nap at the beach. :)”

“This spot is exactly as described. It鈥檚 spacious, clean, and tidy, and easy to find thanks to their directions behind the restaurant Loco. I received excellent service, bikes were easy to rent, room was cleaned and they had a safe in the room to keep our passports and cameras. The pool was perfect too! Excellent to come back to and cool off after a long hot day. Now when you book here, remember that it is an ECO-friendly place, so the AC turns off automatically early in the morning and turns on at night – and you know exactly when that happens cuz it鈥檚 an immediate temperature change and airflow.”


Romantic Beachfront Bungalow with Infinity Pool

馃搷 Tulum Beach 2 guests 路 studio 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸 – 馃挷馃挷馃挷

The perfect studio right on the beach, intimate and cozy with everything you need to isolate yourself from the world and enjoy the sweeping views of the ocean.

Located in the very far end of the beach road, you can find great restaurants at walking distance.

Because the bungalow is part of a hotel you get to enjoy a continental breakfast that is available daily and offered as a courtesy.


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The best Airbnbs in Aldea Zama Tulum

Aldea Zama is a new fancy neighborhood carved through the jungle that separates the downtown area (El Pueblo) from the beach area.

It is a maze through lush vegetation with lop luxury and design condo scattered around and a nice commercial area that is growing fast with restaurants and a shady cycling trail that connects it all.

If you shut down your responsible-and-nature-conscious-self it is a spectacular project indeed.

This is actually where I am staying right now while housesitting and I find it a very convenient location at only 10 minutes bike ride from the main store or down town and at the same distance from the beach.

Mind though that you would either need to use taxis or your own way of transportation, such a bike or scooter, or a car of course.

This is an upscale area and prices are the highest in Tulum. Just so you know. But if you are working from home wifi here is great.

My Airbnb choice in Aldea Zama

Summer specials! jacuzzi, bikes, wifi

馃搷 Aldea Zama – Tulum 3 guests 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸 – 馃挷馃挷

This lovely 1 bedroom apartment is indeed a deal because besides being beautiful and equipped with great WIFI and a pool, it also comes with bikes, which is perfect to move around and get to the beach without needing a taxi or a car.

The condo complex is very quiet and I know it because I am staying in the very same area, right now.

The only months of the year where you might find lots of noise during January and February. So if you want peace and quiet consider that.

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What some of the previous guests say:

Great place to stay! You can get pretty fast to the center of Tulum using the bikes.”

The apartment is great, all amenities as described and feels more spacious than you see on the photos. Very comfy bed and furniture in general.”

Wonderful and relaxing place. Tucked away from the noise, it’s the perfect place to unwind. Comfy bed, fast wifi, fully stocked, and steps from the pool. Can’t recommend it enough.


Homey 1 Bedroom up to 3 people at Aldea Zama

馃搷 Aldea Zama – Tulum 3 guests 路 1 bedroom路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸 – 馃挷馃挷

Trendy apartment in the heart of Aldea Zama, newly furnished and nicely decorated with local art.

Equipped with the most modern features including:

鉁 Smart TV
鉁 Wifi
鉁 Kitchen equipped with crockery, glassware, microwave, coffee maker, fridge, and blender.

You can also enjoy the pool in the common area.

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What some of the previous guests say:

The apartment is good and has everything that you need to have a good stay. It is not on the beach but is near if you have bicycles or car. There are a lot of nature surrounding there. It is for people that like to be near the nature..”

amazing place and excellent location.”


Delightful PH in Bajo Cielo

馃搷 Aldea Zama – Tulum 1-2 guests 路 1 bedroom路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙- 馃挷馃挷馃挷

A fancy penthouse marketed as a romantic couple getaway, but I would totally enjoy it on my own as well. Can you imagine the private rooftop with a swimming pool all for yourself?

The place is equipped with the most modern facilities and super cool wooden decorations and furniture in perfect Tulum style.

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What some of the previous guests say:

The apartment was perfect! We appreciated the filtered water and the private rooftop, plus check-in was easy. 

Thank you for such a wonderful stay! We loved the location, the private pool, and everything about the home. It’s right between the beach and downtown, so we easily accessed both areas.. The AirBnb was perfect for us and had everything we needed! It was a bit difficult finding the building our first night since we arrived in the dark/rain, but that was the only obstacle! Be aware there is lots of construction in the area, but that seems pretty standard for Tulum as it grows so quickly.


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Luxury Tulum Airbnb in the trendy neighborhood of La Veleta

This is one of the first fancy neighborhoods that was developed in down town a few years ago and it’s in constant development and thriving.

Here you can find not only spectacular luxury condo apartments and villas but also interesting yoga places, restaurants, and, my favorite, the Gipsy market a paradise for vegans and organic-products-freaks, a sort of jewelry for healthy stuff.

It’s a little secluded and relatively far from everything else in Tulum (although they are building a road that gets you directly to the beach). That’s why the rates for luxury apartments are incredibly cheap.

My Airbnb choice at La Veleta

Perfect apartment in the middle of the Nature!

馃搷 La Veleta – Tulum 1-2 guests 路 1 bedroom路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 – 馃挷馃挷馃挷

There are so many beautiful Airbnb at La Veleta, but this one, in particular, caught my attention, for its minimal decor and clean look. Also the lush garden surrounding the pool gives a sense of calm and tranquillity.

The apartment is fully equipped and comfortable.

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What some of the previous guests say:

We stayed here for 3 weeks during our yoga teacher training. Its such great value for money – the pool is amazing, bikes were a little rickety but worked just fine great AC, and very spacious. Don’t think twice about staying here! 

We had a great time. Even though the flat is not that close to the center of Tulum, you can easily get there within 10 minutes by bike. The apartment itself is a beautiful space and the outside pool makes it a little holiday resort. Definitely recommend this one.


Super cozy and private bungalow in the jungle

馃搷 La Veleta – Tulum 路 1-2 guests 路 1 bedroom路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸 – 馃挷馃挷馃挷

This cozy place is exactly what I would choose for myself as a solo traveler.
I love the grey cemented floor and the colorful rugs as decorative details that separate the bedroom from the kitchen. It gives a warm homey feeling.

The pool surrounded by the lush vegetation is definitely a great plus.

A/C and WIFI and a full equipped kitchen complete the perfect spot.

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What some of the previous guests say:

We had an amazing stay and really enjoyed the design of the room and Claudia and Goosy were amazing hosts! The studio was well equipped and super clean, and it really felt like a home away from home 馃檪

We had a wonderful stay in Claudia and Goosy’s AirBnB. Trece Lunas is located in the jungle, but only a short bike ride away from the city center of Tulum. The apartment itself was super clean and well equipped. It is all really new but the building is completely finished with a lot of decoration..


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Airbnb apartments in downtown Tulum (centro)

Down town Tulum is where everything happens, except for the beach.

If a few years ago only on the main road you could see a few restaurants and coffee shops (my favorite) now the small rustic town of Tulum is brimming with fancy places, all in the perfect Tulum style where to hang out. Vegan restaurants, bars restaurants and interesting shops are scattered around the entire town, not just the main road. You can safely walk around day at night as it’s always very much populated with locals, expatriates and tourists mingling and having fun.


My Airbnb choice in Down Town Tulum

Apartment Jellyfish at Casa Nerubia

馃搷Tulum Centro – Tulum 1-2 guests 路 1 bedroom路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸- 馃挷馃挷

A cozy colorful apartment in a tranquil Mexican neighborhood in Tulum Centro at a walking distance from all the bars and restaurants and by the main road, but yet quiet and peaceful.

Equipped with modern facilities and nicely decorated with love and care.

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What some of the previous guests say:

Tania was an excellent host, she sent me very accurate tips before my arrival. Plus she gave me her number and sent me the exact location. The apartment is gorgeous and very well located. I really enjoyed my stay 馃檪 Thank you Tania!!. 

The apartment was divine! Very clean and of great taste. Tania was very attentive, and although we did not meet, she saw to all our needs.


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Tips and tricks on how to make a booking on Airbnb – best practices

As you probably know by now, I am an avid Airbnb traveler and although sometimes I love to stay in nice hotels as well, living in a beautiful home is more suitable for the way I love to travel. I am more independent and I feel like a local instead of a tourist, and more connected with the place I am visiting.

After many Airbnb stays, there are a few tips I want to share with you. It may be obvious for some of you but not so much for those who are not familiar with the platform. I hope it helps, but I will write a more in-depth post on the topic.

  • Make sure you know what you are booking. Not all homeowners are very familiar with the interface and it can happen to find contradicting information, especially on the kind of accommodation. Example: entire home vs a room? or is the bathroom en-suite? In doubt, always contact the host before booking.
  • Read the reviews from the previous guests
  • Check the total price and the breakdown, because the price advertised it’s not accurate. Airbnb would add their commission and taxes on the room fare basis that is decided by the owner.
  • Consider booking for 7 days or 1 month, so that you most probably get special discounts.
  • Read all the details of the listing.
  • Read the cancellation policy.
  • In doubt, always contact the host before booking.

If you are new to Airbnb or you wish to understand the platform more in details read my post on How to book on Airbnb – a step by step guide


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