Budget-Friendly Accommodations in Playa del Carmen

Budget Accommodations Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Mexico is a small city located one hour south of Cancun, along the Gulf of Mexico in the Mayan Riviera. It is a popular tourist destination and is known for its gorgeous beaches. Playa del Carmen features world-class nightlife, a variety of restaurants and cuisines to choose from – from authentic street food to traditional taquerias to casual international eateries to fine dining, and a shopping district along 5th Avenue – a walking street that is completely closed to traffic.

Playa del Carmen also has a wide variety of places to stay – from cheap backpacker hostels to budget hotels to unique guesthouses to Airbnb apartment rentals to expensive all-inclusive resorts along the beach.

If you are traveling on a budget and are looking for cheaper accommodations, this is my comprehensive guide for budget-friendly places to stay in Playa del Carmen that won’t break the bank.

I hope to show you that by staying in budget accommodations and traveling cheaper, you can save money so that you are able to travel slower and for longer periods of time.

Budget Hotels ($100 USD or less per night):

Hotel Colorado | Starting at $30 USD per night

Calle 4 Norte between Avenidas 20 and 25 

Hotel Colorado is a charming and laid-back small hotel with unique and colourful decor. It is clean, comfortable, simple and quiet. It is located a short distance off the tourist path and is within walking distance to the beach, shopping, restaurants, banks and the ADO bus terminals.

The hotel features a common terrace and garden, housekeeping services, a book exchange and library.

The private rooms offer a fridge, cable television, a fan or air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, private bathroom with hot water.

Hotel Colorado

Hotel Colorado

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Hotel Casa Tucan | Starting at $50 USD per night

Calle 4 between Avenidas 10 and 15

Hotel Casa Tucan is a charming and colourful hotel located only blocks away from the beach, public transportation, restaurants, and shopping.

The hotel offers a swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens, free Wi-Fi, parking, laundry services, and a relaxed and friendly environment. The hotel also features a small restaurant, library, internet cafe, car rental, and diving school.

Casa Tucan offers 30 different rooms from cabanas with palm roofs to standard double rooms to studios with air conditioning, fans, cable television, and some even have a small kitchenette. Some rooms even have a balcony or terrace. All rooms have a private bathroom.

Hotel Casa Tucan

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The Bric Hotel | Starting at $65 USD per night

Calle 28 between Avenidas 5 and 10

The Bric is a clean, comfortable and quiet boutique hotel that is centrally located just steps from 5th Avenue, with shopping, restaurants, banks, public transportation and the beach. The hotel provides luxury at an affordable price.

The hotel features a swimming pool, daily breakfast, housekeeping services, beach towels, private balconies and terraces, and cable television.

The hotel offers 14 charming rooms with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi internet.

The BRIC Hotel

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Hotel Villa del Mar | Starting at $60 USD per night

Avenida 10 between Calles 2 and 4 Norte

Hotel Villa del Mar is a clean, comfortable, and simple boutique hotel located one block from 5th Avenue with shopping, restaurants and transportation and two blocks from the beach.

The hotel features daily housekeeping services and free Wi-Fi.

All rooms offer air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a safe, private bathroom, satellite television and comfortable mattresses.

Hotel Villa del Mar

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Hotel Hul-Ku | Starting at $45 USD per night

Avenida 20 between Calles 4 and 6 Norte 

Hotel Hul-Ku is a stylish, modern, clean and comfortable hotel that is centrally located within walking distance to the beach, shopping, restaurants, transportation and other attractions.

The hotel features a garden, continental breakfast, beautiful shady courtyard, a wood terrace with hammocks and a beautiful fountain, on-site restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, guest computer, and free parking.

The hotel offers 26 rooms that are basic, clean and spacious and that provide natural lighting and have views of the garden. Rooms feature a balcony with resting area or terrace, private bathroom, air conditioning, cable television and free Wi-Fi internet.

Hotel Hul-Ku

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Hotel Barrio Latino | Starting at $45 USD per night

Calle 4 between Avenidas 10 and 15

I stayed at Hotel Barrio Latino for one night during my solo travels to Mexico.

Hotel Barrio Latino is a simple, clean, comfortable and modern small hotel with a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. It is located a short walking distance to the beach, 5th Avenue, shopping, restaurants, and transportation.

The hotel features a central courtyard surrounded by a lush tropical garden area, free continental breakfast that is served in the treed courtyard under a palapa roof, fast and free Wi-Fi, free international phone calls, and a guest computer terminal. The staff were polite and friendly.

The hotel offers 18 comfortable rooms. The rooms are entered from the outside and they all face towards the central courtyard. The rooms are quite charming, clean and spacious and provide large and comfortable beds, a safe, full private bathroom, a ceiling fan, air conditioning, small fridge and a small terrace/balcony with a hammock that looks out towards the courtyard. The rooms have a Mexican flavour to them, with the decorations and tile flooring.

To read my full review of Hotel Barrio Latino, visit this link.

Hotel Barrio Latino

Hotel Barrio Latino

Hotel Barrio Latino

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Hotel Banana | Starting at $45 USD per night

Avenida 5 and Calle 32

Hotel Banana is a simple and comfortable hotel with Caribbean-Mexican decor, located on the northern section of 5th Avenue with a quieter atmosphere. It is close to the beach, restaurants, shopping and transportation.

The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, 24 hour front desk, terrace, on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi, and a small library. The hotel also provides beach towels.

The rooms are air conditioned and include a mini fridge, a safe, cable television and a balcony. They are cleaned daily.

Hotel Banana

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Hotel Riviera Caribe Maya | Starting at $80 USD per night

Avenida 10 at Calle 30 

Hotel Riviera Caribe Maya is a stylish, comfortable and peaceful hotel situated in a central location, a short walk to the beach, restaurants, and transportation.

The hotel features a small swimming pool with lounge chairs, pleasant courtyard, free Wi-Fi internet, 24 hour front desk and security, continental breakfast, private airport transfer for a fee, massage services, laundry services, local tour information and booking services, car rental services and complimentary beach towels.

The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, cable television, ceiling fan, safe deposit box, and a view of the tranquil courtyard. They are decorated with Mexican furnishings.

Hotel Riviera Caribe Maya

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Hotel Luna Sol | Starting at $90 USD per night

Calle 4 between Avenidas 15 and 20

Hotel Luna Sol is a comfortable and modern hotel with a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere, located within walking distance of the beach, shopping, transportation and restaurants.

The hotel features a huge outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a poolside communal guest kitchen, free parking and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Other amenities include laundry facilities and coffee/tea in the lobby.

The hotel offers 16 comfortable rooms. All of the rooms have free Wi-Fi, private balconies or patios that overlook the hotel’s gardens, and cable television.

Hotel Luna Sol

Hotel Luna Sol

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Hotel Playa del Karma | Starting at $50 USD per night

Avenida 15 between Calles 12 and 14

Hotel Playa del Karma is a comfortable, tranquil, modern and affordable boutique hotel located close to the beach, supermarkets, banks, transportation, shopping and restaurants.

This adults-only hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens and a lush courtyard, and features an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.

The rooms provide air conditioning, a hammock, magnificent garden views, and private bathroom.

Hotel Playa del Karma

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Hotel Alux | Starting at $40 USD per night

Calle 14 between Avenidas 10 and 15

Hotel Alux is a friendly and clean budget hotel located just a few blocks from the beach and the famous Fifth Avenue, along with restaurants, shopping, transportation and other attractions.

The hotel provides free Wi-Fi as well as luggage storage.

The rooms offer air conditioning, cable television and private bathrooms.

Hotel Alux

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Hostels:

Hostel 3B | Starting at $20 CAD per night 

Avenida 10 and Calle 1 Sur 

I stayed at Hostel 3B for two nights during my first solo travels to Mexico.

Hostel 3B is a new and clean hostel with modern decor and a stylish boutique appearance, located on the south end of Playa del Carmen, one block away from the shopping district of Fifth Avenue and only three blocks from the beach. It is within walking distance to the ADO bus terminal, restaurants, shopping and banks.

Hostel 3B is a party hostel complete with local and internationally known DJs playing music nightly on the rooftop (it can get noisy at night if you trying to sleep). The hostel features a rooftop patio with lounge chairs, swimming pool, bar and DJ booth, a communal kitchen, fast and free Wi-Fi in the common areas (lobby and rooftop), board games, and book exchange.

You can choose to stay in dormitories ranging from 6 to 12 beds (mixed or female-only). The hostel also offers private rooms. The dorms are air conditioned, have private bathrooms attached to them, have large lockers big enough to fit a backpack, and comfortable pillows and mattresses.

Check out my full review of Hostel 3B at this link.

The hostel pool on the rooftop

The hostel pool on the rooftop

View of the hostel from the street (10th Avenue)

View of the hostel from the street (10th Avenue)

Lounging areas on the hostel rooftop

Lounging areas on the hostel rooftop

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Hostel Che | Starting from $17 CAD per night

Calle 6 between Avenida 15 and 20

Hostel Che is a friendly, fun and unique hostel with a social atmosphere and chill vibe and is centrally located only three blocks from the beach, two blocks from the supermarket and three blocks from the ADO bus terminal. It is close to shopping, restaurants and attractions.

The hostel features a guest kitchen, rooftop bar and music, themed social parties in the evenings, guest computer, free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, tour and travel information, 24 hour reception, fans and common areas to meet people, relax and have fun.

There are a variety of rooms to choose from, including private rooms and shared forms (ranging from 6 to 10 beds, female-only and mixed gender). The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable.

Hostel Che

Hostel Che

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The Yak | Starting at $21 CAD per night 

Calle 10 Norte Bis between Avenida 10 and 15 

The Yak is a popular and well known party hostel with a friendly social atmosphere, centrally located in Playa del Carmen, close to restaurants, transportation, shopping and the beach but just a little ways off the busy tourist track.

The hostel features a bar, relaxing common areas, free Wi-Fi internet, free continental breakfast, hammocks, air conditioned rooms, luggage storage, BBQ facilities, a book exchange, live music, activity nights, housekeeping, 24 hour reception and security and a rooftop terrace.

The Yak offers simply decorated shared dorms (ranging from 4 beds to 12 beds, all of them are mixed gender) and private rooms, which all include a small kitchenette and fridge along with bathrooms and showers, as well as lockers in the dorms.

The Yak

The Yak

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Youth Hostel Playa | Starting at $17 CAD per night

Avenida 25 and Calle 8

Hostel Playa is a clean and fun hostel, centrally located a short ways off the tourist track, but close to transportation, restaurants, the beach and shopping.

The hostel features free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, a guest computer, fully equipped kitchen, free breakfast, good music, housekeeping, fans, swimming pool, rooftop terrace, hammocks and quiet lounging areas, BBQ area, secure parking, large garden area where you can socialize, living room with cable television, DVD player, books and board games. The hostel has a huge common area which is perfect for playing cards, relaxing, meeting other travelers, watching TV or reading.

The hostel offers shared dorms (ranging from 5 to 8 beds, female, male and mixed gender) and private rooms. The dorms include lockers, individual fans, mosquito nets, comfortable mattresses and all rooms have linens included.

Hostel Playa

Hostel Playa

Hostel Playa

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Humble Bumble Hostel | Starting at $17 CAD per night

Avenida 30 between Avenida Constituyentes and Calle 18

Humble Bumble is a new, friendly and comfortable hostel with chic modern decor and a laid back atmosphere, located off the tourist track, but within walking distance to restaurants, local taquerias, supermarkets, shopping, transportation, and the beach.

The hostel features a rooftop terrace, small swimming pool, shared kitchen, and BBQ facilities.

The hostel offers a variety of rooms including shared dorms (female, male and mixed) and private rooms. All rooms have free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning and a private bathroom.

Humble Bumble Hostel

Humble Bumble Hostel

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Hostal MX | Starting at $21 CAD per night 

Avenida 5 between Calles 10 and 12

Hostal MX is a newer and unique hostel in a rustic-style building with Mexican style and flavour and an abundance of vegetation. It is centrally located on the popular 5th Avenue and is steps from restaurants, shopping, the beach and transportation. The hostel has a peaceful atmosphere despite its location.

The hostel features a beautiful garden with tropical vegetation, hammocks, a bar, outdoor Jacuzzi, 24 hour reception and security, free Wi-Fi internet, included breakfast, housekeeping, linen included, lockers, book exchange, hot showers, and board games.

Rooms include 6, 8, and 12 bed mixed dorms.

Hostal MX

Hostal MX dorm

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Tres Mundos Hostel | Starting at $14 CAD per night 

Calle 6 Norte between Avenida 20 and 25

Tres Mundos is a unique, colourful, comfortable hostel located within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, banks, transportation and the beach. It is surrounded by cheap eateries with tasty local food. This is not a party hostel but it does maintain a friendly social atmosphere and the staff treat guests like family.

The hostel features free and fast wireless internet, free continental breakfast, fully equipped kitchen, comfortable common area with cable television, rooftop terrace with hammocks, BBQs and big tables for relaxing and socializing with new friends, included linens, book exchange, laundry service for a fee, towel rentals for a fee, and tour information.

The hostel offers a variety of rooms including mixed or female-only dorms with 6 and 8 beds, with a bathroom ensuite or shared bathroom. They also have private rooms, with or without a bathroom ensuite. Two private rooms have air conditioning. All dorms have fans and lockers.

Tres Mundos Hostel

Tres Mundos Hostel

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Xaman Eco-Hostel | Starting at $13 CAD per night 

Avenida 10 between Calles 4 and 6

Xaman Eco-Hostel is a simple and basic hostel, centrally located just two blocks from the beach and one block from 5th Avenue with restaurants, shopping, and transportation. The hostel uses recycled decorations, has lots of plants and uses earth friendly products.

The hostel provides complimentary breakfast, free purified and cold drinking water, free Wi-Fi, outdoor terrace and common lounge area, communal kitchen, luggage storage, and hot showers.

Room options include private rooms, a 4 bed female dorm and 10 bed mixed dorm. The shared dorms feature a fan and storage lockers for personal belongings. All bathrooms are shared.

Xaman Eco-Hostel

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Siete Colores Hostel | Starting at $17 CAD per night

Corner of Avenida 10 and Avenida C.T.M. (Lane 46)

Siete Colores Hostel is a quaint, colourful, friendly and comfortable hostel located refurbished colonial house off the tourist path, but close enough to the beach, 5th Avenue, shopping, restaurants and transportation.

The hostel provides 24 hour reception, free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, book exchange, guest kitchen, common areas, housekeeping, hot showers, outdoor terrace, lounge with cable television, and board games.

The hostel offers a 6 bed male dorm, 6 bed female dorm and 7 bed mixed dorm.

Siete Colores Hostel

Siete Colores Hostel

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Tequilita Hostel | Starting at $14 CAD per night

Calle 6 between Avenida 15 and 20

Tequilita Hostel is a party hostel with unique and colourful decor located a little bit off the beaten tourist path from the busy 5th Avenue, but still close enough to restaurants, banks, the beach and transportation.

The hostel offers free Wi-Fi, a communal kitchen, TV area, bar, outdoor terrace, luggage storage, common areas to relax and a book exchange.

You can choose to stay in a 6 bed mixed dorm, 7 bed female-only and mixed dorm, 10 bed mixed dorm as well as some affordable private rooms.

Hostel Tequilita

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Hostel Buhos | Starting at $11 CAD per night

Avenida 15 between Calles 4 and 6

Hostel Buhos is a comfortable and stylish new hostel in Playa del Carmen, located only three blocks away from the popular and busy 5th Avenue on a quiet and less touristy street, but still within walking distance to restaurants, bars, transportation and the beach.

The hostel features air conditioning, hot water, free Wi-Fi, a guest computer, free purified drinking water, in addition to new furniture, mattresses, beds and fresh linens.

The hostel offers an 8 bed female dorm, 12 bed mixed dorm and a selection of affordable private rooms.

Hostel Buhos

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Popol Vuh | Starting at $17 CAD per night

Calle 2 between Avenida 5 and the beach

Popl Vuh is a small and simple hostel located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, literally steps from the beach and less than a block from 5th Avenue along with the ADO bus terminal, restaurants, banks, and attractions.

The hostel features free and fast Wi-Fi, a central garden surrounded by palm trees with peace and tranquility to relax, and a guest kitchen for you to prepare your own meals.

There are a variety of private rooms to choose from that include double rooms and a variety of cabin style-rooms. Select rooms have air conditioning, cable television, and private bathrooms. The other rooms have shared bathrooms.

popol

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Airbnb:

Airbnb is a website where locals in destinations around the world can rent out a private room in their home or apartment or their entire home or apartment to travelers.

Playa del Carmen has TONNES of unique properties and rooms to choose from, in all areas of the city.

If you are planning on traveling slower and staying in Playa del Carmen for a longer period of time, Airbnb is a great option as you can find places that offer weekly and monthly rental prices. Airbnb rentals are also often much cheaper than staying at a hotel, more so for the long term.

Click here to get a $25 USD discount off your first booking when you sign up for Airbnb!

Volunteer Exchanges:

Workaway and HelpX are websites that connect volunteers to places in destinations around the world where you can help and offer your skills and time.

In exchange for volunteering 4-5 hours per day for 5 days a week, your host will provide you with free accommodation and sometimes food. Popular places where you can volunteer include backpacker hostels, guesthouses, local hotels, travel companies, farms, businesses and individuals.

This is a great option for budget travelers who wish to stay longer in Playa del Carmen while saving money on accommodation and food costs! You are also rewarded with the satisfaction of helping a local business or individual out.

You can check out the websites to browse through the volunteer listings and purchase a membership to contact the hosts.

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I hope that you have found this comprehensive budget-friendly accommodation guide to be helpful for your Playa del Carmen travel planning!

I value budget travel and slow travel and I kept these two travel styles in mind when making this list to help you save money on accommodation costs while traveling and helping you be better able to stay for longer in Playa del Carmen.

Have you been to Playa del Carmen? Stayed at any of my recommendations? Do you have any other suggestions for places to stay that you feel should be added to my list? 

Comment below and let me know what you think!

Hotel Review: Barrio Latino Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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I stayed at Barrio Latino Hotel for my last night in Mexico during my May 2015 solo trip (from May 31 to June 1, 2015).

On my last night in Mexico, I decided that I wanted to treat myself and stay in a private room at a nicer hotel. I choose Barrio Latino because it is located off the main tourist strip (Fifth Avenue) on a quieter street, it had positive reviews on Trip Advisor and the price was right ($67 CAD for one night).

View of the hotel from the street

Quick Facts:

Location: Calle 4 between Avenidas 10 and 15 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Phone Number: +52 (984) 873-2384

Website: www.hotelbarriolatino.com

Email Address: info@hotelbarriolatino.com

Facebook: Facebook page

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Cost: $67.02 CAD for one night in a room with a king-size bed.

Amenities: Complimentary continental breakfast, book exchange, free and fast Wi-Fi, air conditioning in rooms, hot showers, linen and towels included, free international calling, guest computer, tour and travel recommendations, local guidebooks, 24 hour reception, ceiling fans in rooms, luggage storage, mini fridge in room, safe in room.

Reserve a Room: Official Website, Expedia, Hostel World

Things to Note: Taxes are not included in the price listed online (19% is added and you pay at check-in).

Huge king-sized bed in my room

Security and Safety: The hotel was located in a very safe area of Playa del Carmen. It is situated on a quiet street with smaller shops, cafes and authentic taquerias nearby. When you check-in, you are provided with a key to your private room. Whenever you leave the hotel, you leave your key with the front desk staff and they keep it safe for you and return it to you once you arrive back. I thought this was a good idea, and it ensures that nobody will lose their keys.

Location: The hotel is located on Calle 4 between Avenidas 10 and 15. It is a quiet street away from the tourist centre, but close enough that you can still walk there in 5-10 minutes. There are smaller shops, cafes and taquerias located in the vicinity of the hotel, and more touristy restaurants, souvenir shops, nightlife, the ADO bus terminal, and the beach can be found in the Fifth Avenue area, which is nearby. There is a delicious authentic taqueria located at Calle 4 and Avenida 15, that serves the cheapest tacos in Playa del Carmen for only 8 pesos a piece! You can find Flor de Michoacan, a place selling Mexican popsicles and ice cream, on Calle 2. El Fogon is my favourite restaurant in Playa del Carmen serving traditional Mexican cuisine, and they are located at Calle 6 Bis and Avenida 30. The walk from this hotel to the ADO bus terminal was short and easy.

Staff: The staff were friendly and polite. I didn’t have too many interactions with them, as I basically retired to my room for the night (after going out for dinner) after checking in. The staff member cooking breakfast in the morning was friendly as well.

View of the courtyard from my second floor room

Value For Money: The room that I booked cost me $67 CAD for one night. I normally would not spend that much money on a room, but I wanted to treat myself to a private room on the last night of my travels after sleeping in hostel dorms for the past 10 nights, and I was only staying there for one night, so the price didn’t do too much damage to my budget! The value for my money was good. The room had air conditioning which was welcomed, especially in the extreme heat and humidity the Yucatan experiences at the end of May! I had a really good sleep here, aside from the thumping of bass music that could be heard sometimes from the parties and nightclubs on Fifth Avenue. If you’re looking for a place to splurge for one night, this hotel is a good option. Staying in a private room with air conditioning on the last night of my travels was amazing and a very welcome change!

Atmosphere: The hotel had a relaxed, peaceful and quiet atmosphere. After I had been staying in hostels for the past 10 nights, it was strange having my own private room and not having a common area in which to interact with other travelers! There were two floors of private rooms and they were accessed from the outside, with a lush garden and courtyard in the centre of the rooms. There was a seating area for breakfast in the courtyard and it was a relaxing place. All of the rooms also had a comfortable hammock in front of their doors, which faced towards the courtyard and garden. It was lovely!

Hammock in front of the room

Cleanliness and Comfort: My room and all areas of the hotel were spotlessly clean. The king bed in my room was super comfortable!

Common Areas: The only common area in this hotel was the centre courtyard and garden, which featured a sitting area with tables and chairs for breakfast.

The beautiful treed courtyard in the centre of the hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast was included in the price of the room. It was served to you in the courtyard of the hotel and you sat among the lush trees to eat it. The options included various juices, cereal, bread/toast and jam/butter, and fresh fruit.

Rooms: The room was beautiful! It featured a super comfortable king sized bed (with a towel animal upon arrival!), cushy pillows, a tall dresser for clothing, a small desk and chair, a hammock in front of the room outside (facing the courtyard), a spacious bathroom with shower, toilet, hair dryer, and sink, and most importantly, functioning air conditioning! After staying in some hostels with no air conditioning at all in the heat of May, this was much appreciated! My only complaint, is that while I was trying to fall asleep, I could hear the loud thumping bass music from nightclubs, bars and party hostels nearby on Fifth Avenue and the surrounding area. It made it difficult to get to sleep at first, but once I did, I slept great. There is also a mini-fridge and a safe in the room. You get a key for the safe upon arrival.

The second floor outdoor hallway to the rooms

Internet: There is free Wi-Fi in all areas of the hotel, including in your room. You will get a code upon checking in from the staff. The internet was very fast and I was able to Skype call my family in Canada.

Other: There is a book exchange in the lobby of the hotel, as well as various guidebooks, a guest computer terminal, and telephone to make international calls for free.

Appearance: The hotel is modern and nicely decorated. It looked beautiful from both the outside and inside. I enjoyed the garden courtyard in the centre of the rooms.

Recommended For: Solo travelers looking for a short break from hostel dorms (for a night or two) and couples.

You can check out more reviews from other guests here on Trip Advisor.

If you are staying in Playa del Carmen as a budget, independent or solo female traveler, Barrio Latino Hotel is great for a splurge night!

Guide To Tulum, Mexico

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Tulum, Mexico is a small, quiet, and slow-paced Mexican beach town in the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is located along the gorgeous Mayan Riviera and coast of the Gulf of Mexico (one hour south of Playa del Carmen and two hours south of Cancun), surrounded by ruins and cenotes as well as lots of history and culture.

I spent four nights in Tulum during my first solo trip, staying at Mama’s Home Hostel from May 23 to May 27, 2015.

I fell in love with this town almost immediately after arriving. It is so laid-back and has a chill vibe and it is surrounded by gorgeous natural beauty. There are many cenotes and ruins to explore nearby.

First of all, let’s learn a little bit about the areas of Tulum:

Tulum can be separated into three designated areas: the beach, the ruins and the town.

The town or “pueblo” as it is referred to by the locals, is located more inland from the ocean. This is where you will find stories, shops, supermarkets, produce markets, banks, the ADO bus terminal, guesthouses, hostels and small hotels. There is an abundance of delicious cheap and local restaurants in town serving authentic Mexican cuisine.

The beach or “playa” sits along the coastline from the Sian Ka’an Biosphere to the south edge of the Tulum ruins. Along the beach, you can find fancier, ecological, boutique hotels and more affordable beachfront cabanas. There are many great restaurants (more expensive food than in town) along the beach as well.

The Tulum “ruinas” are the archaeological site where the Mayan ruins are located. The small road leading to the ruins is lined with restaurants, an outdoor shopping “mall” and commercialized area geared towards tourists, a few mid-range hotels and hostels, a bus stop for the ADO buses on their way from Playa del Carmen to Tulum town, and sadly, even a Subway (I will never understand people who choose to eat the same food they could eat at home, in Mexico. It is beyond me, but they are seriously missing out on the wonderful local flavours and cuisine!).

What I love about Tulum is the relaxed atmosphere and lifestyle of the locals. I went for a walk every morning and afternoon around the town and through the local residential neighbourhoods and there were always locals sleeping on park benches in the main square, enjoying an ice cream or fresh fruit on the street with their families, and relaxing in hammocks in front of their houses.

The locals were all very friendly in Tulum. On one of my morning walks, I was wandering down a side street close to my hostel and noticed a local man selling fresh coconut water from a stand in front of his house. I decided to buy one from him, and he invited me to sit on a plastic chair with him in front of his house, along with his mother. The whole family, along with kids and at least three generations, lived in a small thatched hut with a wooden roof. The floor looked to be either dirt or cement. The house had only one large room and everyone slept in hammocks.

The man Felipe, who was selling coconut water, spoke good English and we chatted while I drank my fresh and natural coconut water, about where I was from and what I did for work. He worked as a scuba diving instructor and guide at Dos Ojos Cenote, which is just north of Tulum. On his one day off a week, Monday, he sold coconuts in front of house to supplement his income to help provide for his family. It was a really neat experience to be able to meet a local and connect and interact.

What surprised me about Tulum, was that the minute you venture off the main avenue and away from souvenir shops, most locals, even those working in restaurants frequented by tourists, do not speak any English. It was difficult to communicate at first, but I remembered some phrases from my Spanish phrasebook and quickly figured out how to order food and buy bus tickets, although when they asked me a question in Spanish, I had no idea how to respond.

But I loved the challenge of having to navigate the language and being able to practice my knowledge.

I hope that my detailed guide to Tulum will be the most detailed and comprehensive one you’ve read online, and my goal is to provide you with all of the information you need to travel in Tulum on a budget and independently.

Why You Should Visit Tulum:

Nearby Ruins:

The Mayan ruins of Tulum are located ten minutes from the town of Tulum and they are unique in that they are the only Mayan ruins overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The archaeological site is small and compact which makes it easy to see and experience in one to two hours. The ruins of Coba are less frequented by tourists (compared to more popular sites like Tulum and Chichen Itza) and they are spread out in the jungle, located about one hour from Tulum. You are still able to touch and climb the ruins and the main pyramid called Nohoch Mul, where you will be rewarded with stunning views!

Murals and Street Paintings:

Beautiful murals and colourful street paintings can be found on random buildings throughout the streets in Tulum (town). If you wander around the residential side streets, you will surely come across at least a few of them.

Atmosphere:

The laid-back, slow-paced and relaxing vibe in this small town is refreshing, especially coming from a fast-paced Western country where the people are always focused on keeping as busy as possible. Everyone in Tulum just goes with the flow. If something doesn’t get finished one day, there’s no worries, because it will be completed the next day. Everyone I met in Tulum was so easy-going and friendly.

Authentic and Cheap Mexican Food:

The variety of food that can be found in Tulum pueblo is amazing. There are many family-owned local taquerias (taco places) and loncherias (lunch places) that serve authentic Mexican cuisine at a great price for budget travelers. I was always eating something in Tulum, because I just wanted to try it all!

Proximity to Gorgeous Cenotes:

There are many gorgeous and unique cenotes (underground system of caves and river systems and natural pools of freshwater exposed to the sky, where you can swim and dive) in the area surrounding Tulum pueblo. Some of the best ones include Gran Cenote, Dos Ojos, Casa Cenote, Cenote Calavera/Temple of Doom, Cenotes Cristal and Escondido, Zacil-Ha, Cenote Carwash and more.

When To Go:

The cheapest and best time to visit Tulum, in my experience, would be the shoulder-season months of May and November. During these times is when you will find the least amount of tourists and crowds and the best prices on accommodations and flights. The weather is hot and humid during May with average temperatures of +35 degrees Celsius in Tulum. I didn’t experience any rain during the month of May.

The most popular times to visit Tulum are between the months of December and March. This is high season, and there will be more tourist crowds, and higher prices for everything. The weather is “cooler” during these months – around +26 degrees Celsius on average.

Where To Eat:

Check out my guide about the best places to eat in Tulum for detailed recommendations.

Tulum has a wide variety of places to eat. There are street food carts, family-owned “loncherias” (lunch places) serving cheap authentic and traditional Mexican cuisine, as well as more upscale and fine-dining restaurants and everything in between.

Another good option for budget travelers instead of going out to eat every day, is to purchase groceries and cook your own meals at your hotel or hostel.

You can buy your ingredients from one of the many produce markets in town or a local supermarket. There is a large open-air produce market located on Av. Tulum as you are walking towards the restaurant El Camello (opposite direction to the beach). Another good market is located on Calle Sol between Calles Jupiter and Alfa Sur.

The following supermarkets offer a good selection of food as well: Super San Francisco de Asis (Av. Tulum at the road to Coba) and Chedraui (located at Calle Neptuno).

Getting To and From Tulum:

ADO Bus:

Getting to the town of Tulum is easy via the ADO first or second class buses. ADO is the main bus company name in Mexico.

The only ADO bus terminal in Tulum is located on the town’s main avenue (Avenida Tulum) between Calles Alfa and Jupiter Norte. You can purchase tickets for first and second class buses there.

From Cancun:

According to the ADO website, there are only two direct first-class buses from the Cancun Airport to Tulum daily, at 2:15 PM and 5:30 PM. The one-way cost is 210 pesos.

Alternatively, you can take a bus from the airport to the city of Cancun and then buy another bus ticket to Tulum. The Cancun city bus terminal has more frequent departures throughout the day. A bus from city of Cancun to Tulum costs around 130 pesos and takes two hours and twenty minutes.

There are also many second-class buses running from the city of Cancun to Tulum. They cost 92 pesos and take around two hours and forty minutes to arrive.

From Playa del Carmen:

The main ADO bus terminal in Playa del Carmen is located on Avenida 5 at the corner of Avenida Benito Juarez. It has been newly renovated and looks amazing, with marble floors and everything. From here, you can take a first-class bus to either the Tulum Ruins (you will get dropped off in a parking lot at the corner of Highway 307 and a narrow road that leads you to the ruins. It takes about a 10-15 minute walk to get there) or the bus terminal in the town of Tulum.

First-class buses from Playa to the town of Tulum cost around 62 pesos. There are lots of departures throughout the day. It takes one hour to get there.

Second class buses to Tulum

From Valladolid:

Valladolid’s ADO terminal is located at the corner of Calle 39 and Calle 46. It is new and modern and looks great!

First-class buses from Valladolid to Tulum cost around 108 pesos with departures spaced out through the day. The journey takes one hour and thirty minutes.

Second-class buses cost

Colectivo:

From Playa del Carmen:

There is a large parking lot where all of the colectivos depart from, located on Calle 2 between Avenidas 15 and 20. These local shuttle vans are also lined up along Calle 2.

Upon arriving at the Cancun Airport, exit the terminal and keep walking to the right until you see the red and white ADO buses lined up in a small parking lot. Inside the airport, right before the exit, you will find a ticket booth for the ADO buses. You can purchase a ticket to downtown Cancun or Playa del Carmen. There are only a few buses per day that go directly from the airport to Tulum. They are usually at 2:15 pm and 5:30 pm (check the schedules before you depart). If you decide to go to downtown Cancun or Playa del Carmen first, you can easily buy a second bus ticket on to Tulum. The bus to Tulum will stop at the ruins first and then make its way to the ADO terminal in the town of Tulum.

The website www.ado.com.mx lists ADO first class bus schedules and prices in pesos.

It takes approximately two hours to get from Cancun to Tulum.

If you are already in Playa del Carmen, you can walk or taxi to the ADO bus terminal located at the intersection of Avenida 5 and Benito Juarez and purchase a ticket there. It takes 45 minutes to one hour to get from Playa del Carmen to Tulum.

Buses from the Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen cost $156 pesos and from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is $62 pesos.

The ADO buses are comfortable, safe, convenient and reliable. They have washrooms on board, luggage storage and air conditioning.

The ADO bus terminal in Tulum is located on Avenida Tulum between Calles Alfa and Jupiter. The terminal services Cancun, Carrillo Puerto, Chetumal, Merida, Palenque, Playa del Carmen and Valladolid.

Colectivo:

Colectivos are shared shuttle vans that serve as a cheap way for the locals to get around. A one-way ticket costs between $30-$40 pesos. Colectivos are comfortable and fast and they have ice-cold air conditioning. They do not operate on a fixed schedule, like the buses do, and they depart once the van is filled with passengers (you won’t usually have to wait for too long, maybe 15 minutes at the most). Colectivos run along Highway 307 from Cancun to Tulum every day, usually from 5 am until 11 pm. They often make stops along the journey to their destination, picking people up and dropping them off along the route.

In Playa del Carmen, the colectivos start departing from a parking lot on Calle 2 between Avenidas 15 and 20. The drivers will be calling out the destinations that they are heading to. Listen carefully and when you hear someone yell “Tulum,” head over to their van and wait for it to have enough passengers to depart. You pay the driver when you reach your destination.

Once in Tulum, you can easily walk anywhere within town. You can also catch a taxi or colectivo to get to the ruins and cenotes surrounding town. Taxis generally cost 70 pesos to get anywhere outside of town. Some taxi drivers speak English, but it’s better if you know how to say some basic phrases in Spanish! They will definitely appreciate your efforts to learn their language.

Colectivos line up at various stops along the boulevard on the main avenue going through the town of Tulum. Wait anywhere along the main avenue and one will drive by come soon enough to pick you up. They cost 40 pesos and can take you to the Tulum ruins, Casa Cenote, and various other cenotes and attractions along Highway 307 between Tulum and Cancun. They are a cheap and convenient local way to get around, and they leave more frequently than ADO buses.

Another good option for getting around is renting a bike, from one of the many places in town. I rented from Kelly’s Bikes, which is located on the main avenue going towards the beach, on the right hand side of the street, just past Scotiabank (at Avenida Satelite). If you stay at Mama’s Home and tell the staff at the bike rental place, you get 20 pesos off of your daily rental price, making it only 60 pesos per day instead of 80 pesos that every other place charges.

There are a few other bike rental shops located on the main avenue in Tulum as well.

Biking is a convenient way to get from the town to the beach or the ruins in about twenty minutes. You can also bike to Gran Cenote and other cenotes along that highway outside of town (opposite direction of the beach). There is a paved bike path that runs along the highway going towards the ruins and beach, which is safe and convenient. Once you get there, you can lean your bike up against any tree and lock it.

Getting Around Tulum:

Coconut water stand in front of a local’s home in Tulum

One of the many colourful and detailed murals that you can find while wandering the streets of Tulum

These fresh fruit carts can be found on many street corners in Tulum. I bought fresh pineapple from this local woman every morning.

A very bright pink retro VW Beetle

A stray dog who followed me on a morning walk through town

A local convenience store and chicken restaurant

A quiet residential street

The main square in Tulum is full of activity in the evenings

The main highway through town is lined with souvenir shops on both sides

Where to Stay (Accommodations):

Whether you are planning a short vacation or adventure in Tulum, or you are planning to stay there longer term and travel slower, here are some options for short-term and long-term budget accommodations for independent travelers.

I stayed at Mama’s Home Hostel located on Calle Orion between Calles Sol and Venus (south of the main avenue). This hostel was top-notch and one of the best I have stayed at so far! You can read my detailed review of the hostel here.

The hostel offers spacious and beautifully designed private rooms, as well as a 6-bed mixed dorm that is air conditioned and a 10-bed open-air mixed dorm. I stayed in the 6-bed dorm and it was great. The hostel provides the most amazing and elaborate breakfasts I have ever seen! They are different every day and are ready and served to you at the table once you wake up. The staff is really what makes Mama’s Home truly a special place. The owner, Jose, is so friendly and helpful, providing great recommendations for things to do, places to eat and how to use the public transportation. He pays close attention to the needs of his guests. He organizes fun group activities and events every evening (like pina colada night, BBQs, movie nights and more) and is engaged and actively participates. He also is always available for guest concerns or questions. Rosi works hard keeping the hostel clean at all times, and cooking fantastic breakfasts in the mornings.

This hostel offers fast and free Wi-Fi, breakfast is included, fun social activities in the evenings, a friendly, communal and relaxed atmosphere, a book exchange, free maps of the town, bike parking, and more. I highly recommend staying here when you visit Tulum.

Check out my detailed guide to other budget-friendly accommodations here.

Mama’s Home Hostel

Hostels:

Hostels are a cheap alternative to hotels and they are a great option for anyone traveling on a budget. Hostels are generally pretty cheap in Mexico (around $14 CAD average per night) and are very affordable if you plan on traveling slower and staying in one place for a longer period of time. Many hostels have the option of staying in a shared dorm (either same-sex or all-female, and in various sizes) or a private room.

Most hostels can be booked using the websites HostelWorld or HostelBookers. Some hostels will not be listed on these sites and you may have to contact them directly.

Aside from Mama’s Home Hostel, there are also many other hostels in Tulum:

Hostel Sheck (located at Calle Satelite Norte and Calle Sagitario)

Chill Inn Hostal (located at Calle Gama Oriente between Orion and Beta Sur)

Quintana Roots Hostel (located on Calle Sol Oriente #19)

Day Tripper Hostel (located on Calle 4 Oriente between Avenida Satelite Norte and Centauro Norte)

Secret Garden Tulum (located at Calle Sagitario and Calle Acuario Norte)

Una Noche Mas en Tulum (located on Calle Jupiter Sur between Avenida Tulum and Calle Sol Oriente)

La Gran Mosca Verde Hostal (located on Calle Venus Oriente between Calles Beta and Orion Sur)

El Zapote (located on Calle Osiris Norte between Oriente and Sagitario)

The Weary Traveler Hostel (located on Calle Polar between Calles Orion and Beta Norte)

House Sitting:

House sitting is an exchange between a homeowner and housesitter, where the housesitter lives in and takes care of the home and sometimes pets, while the homeowner is away on vacation. This exchange is usually completely free (though some homeowners may ask you to contribute some money towards electricity or internet).

There are a few websites that can assist you with finding house sitting opportunities in Tulum. They are Trusted Housesitters, House Carers and Mind my House.

House sitting is a great option for budget, long term and slow travelers, as it allows you to save money on accommodation while being able to live in one place for longer. A huge advantage is being able to have an entire apartment or house to yourself and enjoying the comforts of home while traveling!

I have not used house sitting yet, but I definitely plan to in the future.

Couchsurfing:

Couchsurfing is a website where you can find locals in any destination, who allow you to stay on their spare couches, in shared rooms and sometimes private rooms, for free. The average stay is usually between two to four days, but depending on how well you connect with your host, the length of time could vary.

You can browse through profiles on the website and contact locals prior to departing, to see if they are willing to host you. This is a great accommodation option for those looking to travel cheaply, and who are willing to forgo some privacy. This is a great way to live and travel like a local, and hosts can often provide great insider recommendations and tips for things to do, places to see and where to eat. There is also the potential for your host to become a great friend!

The Couchsurfing website also has forums and meet-up events for many destinations. I have not used Couchsurfing yet, but I always search for Couchsurfer meet-ups and utilize the forums for my destination prior to traveling.

Apartment Rental:

If you are planning on staying in Tulum for longer and traveling slower, then renting an apartment might be a good option for you. Depending on your budget, VRBO, Roomorama, and FlipKey have a variety of apartments for rent.

Workaway or HelpX:

Workaway and HelpX are websites that connect volunteers to various forms of work in destinations around the world. You can browse through the listings on either website for free, but you have to purchase a membership in order to contact hosts. In exchange for 4-5 hours of work, 5 days a week, you get free accommodation and sometimes free food. You normally have half a day as well as two free days during the week to explore your destination. There is a variety of work available, including helping at a backpacker hostel, guesthouse/B&B, non-profit organization or assisting local individuals with their needs.

Volunteering abroad is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and language of a place, while connecting with the locals. It is a really good option for those looking to travel slower, longer and on a budget, as you will be saving money on accommodation costs (and sometimes food costs).

Here are some Workaway and HelpX volunteer placements that I found to be interesting during my research:

Volunteering at a hostel – http://www.workaway.info/889965589523-en.html

Bed and Breakfast – http://www.workaway.info/988934244136-en.html

Hotel work – http://www.workaway.info/493589966795-en.html

Hostel and Juice Bar – http://www.workaway.info/378956896915-en.html

Hostel – http://www.workaway.info/459316265975-en.html

Backpacker hostel – http://www.helpx.net/host.asp?hostID=32906&network=9

I have not used either of these websites, but I am planning to in the future.

Airbnb:

Airbnb is a website where local homeowners rent out private rooms in their home, or their entire home/apartment, for a daily, weekly or monthly fee. Airbnb rentals are often cheaper than hotels, and you are able to live like a local and have the comforts of home while traveling. You are often provided with a key to the house or apartment (unlike Couchsurfing), so that you can come and go as you please. Since it is a business transaction, much like a hotel, you are not expected to help out around the house.

Here are some Airbnb rentals that I found during my research that have great reviews:

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/4502053?s=RyagLPuK – $20 USD per night

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/5858384?s=w6qmy9Jg – $24 USD per night

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/3843937?s=w6qmy9Jg – $41 USD per night

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/3153261?s=w6qmy9Jg – $62 USD per night

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/3877314?s=w6qmy9Jg – $45 USD per night

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/5077746?s=w6qmy9Jg – $38 USD per night

I have used Airbnb (but not in Tulum) and had an amazing experience!

Budget Hotels:

If you’re not keen on staying on at a hostel and are looking for another short-term budget option, then a budget hotel might be right for you. Here are some options in Tulum:

Calm Cabins (located at Retorno Polar Street #64)

Hotel Palma Real (Carretera Tulum-Coba Km 21.5, Manzana 17, Lote 4)

Las Tres Palmas Hotel (Calle Venus #88 between Calles Satelite and Centauro)

My Tulum Cabanas (Carretera Boca Paila Km 7.5)

Maya Yoga Hostel (Av. Tulum #89 between Calle Centauro Norte and Satelite Norte)

Maison Tulum (Calle Alfa Norte and Calle Sagitario)

Mango Tulum Hotel (Calle Polar Oriente with Av. Coba, behind OXXO)

Las Palmas Maya (Carretera Boca Paila Km 8.5)

Posada Margherita (Carretera Boca Paila Km 4.5)

Unique Accommodations:

Tulum is known for its eco-hotels, beachside bungalows and boutique yoga hotels. If you are looking for a unique accommodation that is still within a budget or just looking for a little splurge, here are some options:

Yoga Shala Tulum: This is a yoga hotel on the beach, located on Carretera Tulum-Punta Allen Km 4.4. Accommodations include private rooms with a shared or private bathroom. Prices range from $49 to $89 USD per night.

Ahau Tulum: This is a guesthouse with huts on the beach, located on Carretera Tulum-Punta Allen Km 4.4. The “Bali Huts” are $72 USD + 19% taxes per night.

Coco Tulum: This place has palapa-roofed bungalows on the beach, along with wind and solar-powered electricity, located on Carretera Tulum-Punta Allen Km 7. Their prices range from $79 to $195 USD per night.

Things To Do and See:

Check out my detailed guide for things to do and see here.

Money/ATMs:

There is an HSBC bank located at Avenida Tulum (main avenue) and Calle Alfa, right next to the city hall on the central plaza in town. They have a reliable ATM and they change foreign currency. There is also a Scotiabank located on Avenida Tulum and Calle Satelite that has an ATM as well.

Tours:

I have not taken any tours in Tulum, but this is a list of tour companies that I would consider using in the future:

Mexico Kan Tours – Located on Av. Tulum between Calles Orion and Centauro. This tour agency offers a selection of tours to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, cenotes, and ruins as well as activities such as diving, kitesurfing, stand up paddle surfing, zip lining, and snorkeling. They can book a variety of spa treatments and massages for you. You can also participate in holistic Maya treatments like the temazcal ceremony.

Rivera Kitchen Tulum – This is a cooking class that explores authentic traditional Mexican cuisine.

Edventure Tours – Located at Local #5 at the Tulum Ruins. This agency provides snorkeling, zip lining, rappelling, and ATV tours.

Savana Travel and Tours – Located on Av. Tulum between Calles Orion and Beta Sur. They offer tours to Sian Ka’an, Chichen Itza, Coba, Ek Balam, Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman and Cenote Dos Ojos. They also have a business centre with fax and internet service.

Sian Ka’an Jeep Safari – Offering tours of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.

Adventure Tour Center – They offer cenote tours, Akumal tours, Coba ruins tour, and a Muyil River Float.

Manzano’s Expeditions

Community Tours Sian Ka’an

Eco Colors Tours – Offering eco-friendly tours

Selva Maya Eco Adventures – They offer zip lining, rock climbing, rappelling, swimming and snorkeling.

Tourist Information:

There is a tourist information kiosk located on the central plaza, across from the HSBC bank in the town (open from 9 am to 5 pm daily). You can also ask the staff at your hostel or hotel for recommendations and travel advice and tips, as they are a wealth of knowledge! The website www.todotulum.com also offers good information on what is going on in Tulum.

Emergencies:

There is a local clinic called Centro de Salud Tulum (Calle Andromeda between Calles Jupiter and Alfa. Phone: 984-871-2050) that is open 24 hours. They can handle minor health problems but for more serious health issues, heading to Playa del Carmen or Cancun is you best bet. There are lots of farmacias (pharmacies) in Tulum as well, where you can pick up medical supplies and medications. Farmacia Similares is located at Avenida Tulum (main avenue) and Calle Jupiter (phone: 984-871-2736) and they have a doctor on staff for simple consultations every day of the week.

You can call 066 for police, fire or ambulance emergencies anywhere in the Yucatan (their equivalent of 911), 24 hours. There is a police station and fire department about 2 kilometers from the town on the road to the hotel beach zone.

Safety for Solo Female Travelers?

As a first time solo female traveler to Tulum, I felt very safe. I walked alone often, while wandering around the residential side streets. I biked to the Tulum ruins alone also. I also walked at night with a group of people from the hostel I stayed at, from the Batey Mojito Bar in town back to the hostel. I had no problems whatsoever.

The only time I felt slightly uncomfortable, but not in danger, was when I was walking alone on the residential streets north of Avenida Tulum. It was the middle of the afternoon and it appeared that most locals were taking siestas indoors, as it was a scorching hot day. I was completely alone walking down these streets and I was walking in what was a visibly poor neighbourhood of Tulum. I only saw a few locals around on my walk and then I noticed a white truck that was driving very slowly in the area where I was walking. It made me a little nervous because I was literally the only blonde-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian female tourist walking around in the area (and the only person in general) and I became aware of this at that moment. I felt my gut instinct telling me to go back to the more populated area of town. So I made my way towards the main avenue, and everything was fine.

It could have been completely harmless and there is nothing inherently wrong with a truck driving slowly through town, but I wasn’t going to stick around to find out. I think it’s good to have experiences like this, so that you become aware of what your gut instinct feels like when it’s trying to tell you that something is “off,” and then listening to it. It is helpful to know in the future, so you are better able to recognize your gut instinct if you actually find yourself in a dangerous or threatening situation.

For a more detailed post about the safety in Mexico for solo female travelers, click here.

More information about Tulum:

Tulum Wikipedia Page

Tulum WikiTravel Page

Yucatan for 91 Days – The Ruins of Tulum

Yucatan for 91 Days – Pictures of Tulum Town

Yucatan for 91 Days – A Trip to Tulum

Have you been to Tulum? What did you love about the town and area? Would you return for another visit? 

Let me know in the comments.