Top 5 Tulum Cabanas, Hostels and Hotels

Heading to Tulum? Here's Where You Should Be Staying

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Two hours south of Cancun on the Mayan Riviera, Tulum, Mexico is a sweet slice of beach paradise offering camping, hostels, budget hotels, and cabanas as well as ritzy ecolodges. Most are in the Tulum "Hotel Zone" - one mile east of town on a road running parallel to the beach. Tulum ruins are at the north end of the Hotel Zone. 

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For a Budget Beach Stay: Cabanas Santa Fe

Yep, if you're looking to save as much money while you're in Tulum, you'll be opting to stay at Cabanas Santa Fe. This is the definition of beach budget living. Camping offers incredibly affordable prices, and the cabanas with/without bed/hammock are great for those of you who are looking for a little more comfort. 

But Cabanas Santa Fe doesn't make it easy to book yourself in for a $3-a-night camping trip to Tulum. There's no website to book, and the only way to get a hold of them in advance is to call. Otherwise, rock up without any accommodation booked and make this place your first stop -- there'll most likely be some availability for you. 


  • Restaurant
  • On-site dive shop
  • Parking

Rates and Address

  • Camping: $3
  • Cabanas (bed) - $23
  • Cabanas (no bed or bath) - $9
  • Cabanas Santa Fe address: Tulum Hotel Zone - one mile east of downtown

Cabanas Santa Fe Notes

  • Check-in before dark -- earlier if possible
  • No lockout or curfew
  • Sand / cement floors
  • Call to ensure they're around and open: 998-880-585 
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Cabanas Arrecifes: Tulum Cabanas for Budget Couples

The "Economic Cabanas" are thatched roof cabanas sleeping two in one double bed, and they're pretty comfortable. If you're a couple looking to save money on your accommodation in Tulum, this is a great option.


  • Restaurant
  • Parking

Rates and Address

  • Cabana: $30-50
  • Cabañas Arrecifes address: Tulum Hotel Zone - one mile east of downtown

Cabanas El Mirador Notes

  • Check-in before dark -- earlier if possible
  • No lockout or curfew
  • Sand floors in the "Economic Cabanas" 
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ZazilKin: A Backpacker's Beach Heaven

This is probably the place you've heard about from other travelers. It's the closest lodging to ruins and definitely won't break your budget. The accommodation is budget but clean, offering thatched-roof cabanas with beds, and rooms if you prefer not to have your rooms covered in sand.


  • Restaurant / bar
  • Dive shop
  • Parking

Rates and Address

  • Cabana: $17 (a suite sleeps five with bath - $53)
  • Zazil-Kin address: Tulum Hotel Zone - turn left on beach road

Zazil-Kin Notes

  • No lockout or curfew
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Weary Traveler's Hostel: A Downtown Budget Hostel for Meeting People

If you're traveling solo or in need of a party, look no further than Weary Traveler Hostel, which is run by friendly staff and attracts fun-loving travelers from around the globe. Bonus: if you haven't yet decided where you want to stay in Tulum, you can store your pack at the hostel for $1 if passing through to visit the ruins or scout out other options. 


  • Breakfast
  • Guest kitchen
  • Garden
  • Beach transport
  • Parking

Rates and Address

  • Prices start at $14 for a dorm
  • Weary Traveler Hostel address: Avenida Tulum #36, Tulum -- about 100 yards south of the bus station, where you can get great, cheap eats.

Weary Traveler Hostel Notes

  • No lockout or curfew: a party-hearty spot
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Piedra Escondida: A Cool Beach Hotel for Flashpackers

Piedra Escondida Hotel, Tulum
Piedra Escondida Hotel

Slumming it on the sand not your thing? If you prefer to keep things a little more flashpacker when you travel, check out Piedra Escondida, a kickass beach hotel with plenty to offer. 

I love the tiled floors, and the thatched roofs if you're staying upstairs. They have single and double rooms, and if you're lucky enough to be placed in room six, you'll get a hardwood balcony and hammock right on the beach. 

Other Amenities

  • A decent restaurant/bar with a deck
  • Parking for if you've rented a car

Rates and Address

  • Room price: roughly $200, but you'll be able to negotiate that down if you'll be staying for longer than a few days, and it'll be far cheaper during low season.
  • Piedra Escondida address: Tulum Hotel Zone - one mile east of downtown.

Piedra Escondida Notes

  • Check-in before 10:00 p.m.

This article has been edited and updated by Lauren Juliff

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