Where to Stay in Tulum, Mexico (Best Areas + Hotels)

There are a million reasons why Tulum, Mexico, has become such a popular vacation destination in recent years!

One of Mexico’s top Pueblos Magicos or “magic towns,” it’s at the southern end of the Riviera Maya tourist area. Tulum is located about 45 miles south of the town of Playa del Carmen.

Finding the best place to stay in Tulum isn’t an easy task. With a huge array of hotel choices and the debate about which of the different areas is better, it’s a unique decision for everyone.

Tulum Beach

The entrance to the beach club has been blowing up the ‘gram in recent years. It’s a huge statue of a person opening their chest.



Papaya Playa Project Beach

It’s a private beach area. With an extensive cocktail list, beach parties, traditional Shaman therapy treatments and jungle hut rooms with private pools.


Playa Las Palmas

In the North Beach zone, this public beach has fine white sand and clear water. It’s a little quieter than Playa Paraiso, covered next.


Playa Paraiso

Playa Paraiso is bordered by swaying palm trees and covered in soft golden sand.  This is the kind of beach you’re likely dreaming of when planning your Tulum break!


Playa Ruinas

What makes the Tulum ruins so special is their location, overlooking a golden beach and the perfectly Caribbean Sea. There’s nothing quite like a refreshing dip after exploring this ancient site!

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