The best hotels & beach resorts in Tulum, Mexico for families
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Tulum Family Hotels – Tips & Info
Tulum is a wonderful family destination year-round, but December to April are the best months to visit. Other months are either too hot or there is significant seaweed on the beach.
A note about Tulum hotels and Airbnbs: Tulum has a simple and laid back style. While the nightly hotel and Airbnb prices are relatively expensive, most accommodations do not have luxury amenities. If you’re looking for a resort, world class spas, pools, or on-site restaurants, you’ll be better off planning a vacation in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, or other areas on the Riviera Maya. With that said, Tulum is one of our favorite beach towns in the Yucatan. Just be prepared for laid back, easy-going service, facilities, and staff. planning a vacation
The 13 Best Hotels for Families in Tulum, Mexico
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1. Cabañas La Luna – $$
Cabanas La Luna is a boutique hotel with large, family-friendly suites. There is a great Mexican-Mediterranean fusion restaurant on-site, located right on the beach. The hotel offers rooms that sleep 4 to 6 guests, or villas which have 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a private pool.
2. Sueños Tulum – $$
Located near the end of the beach road, the Suenos Hotel is in a quieter area of the beach strip but still walkable to some bars and restaurants. The presidential suite is luxurious and perfect for family of 4. The pool is small, but fun enough for the entire family.
3. Jashita Tulum Hotel – $$$
The Jashita is a boutique, luxury hotel with 3 pools, beachfront food and beverage service, and an on-site restaurant. The Jasmine Penthouse sleeps up to 4, with 2 king beds, 2 bathrooms, an outdoor hot tub, and ocean view. The hotel is located on an absolutely stunning, semi-private beach in Soliman Bay, about 10 km north of the Tulum Ruins.
Una Vida Tulum is a luxury, all-villa hotel in Tulum Town. Guests can pick from 1 to 3 bedroom villas, which sleep 4 to 8 people. Each villa includes a small kitchen, outdoor showers, and some include outdoor tubs for star gazing. The on-site amenities include a pool, yoga and massage, free bicycles, and a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. You can visit one of the many beach clubs or visit a public beach.
1 bedroom – $450/night
3 bedroom – $1,000/night
5. El Pez Hotel
El Pez is a hotel that includes an on-site bar and restaurant, and a shared kitchen for guests. The hotel is located on a small beach in a quiet bay with turquoise waters. The beach is rocky, and better suited for fishing and sunset views as opposed to swimming. Most suites are 1-bedroom and sleep 4 people with a king-sized bed and a sofa bed, it also includes a private pool; 1 bedroom suites can connect to make 3-bedroom suites.
A beachfront hotel (located in the hotel zone) that is beautifully decorated and centrally located. The family villa has 2 bunkbeds and a queen bed (in separate rooms). The beach here is beautiful, and good restaurants are located nearby.
7. Coco Village – $
Coco Village is a condo-style boutique hotel featuring spacious 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, all with full kitchens and in-unit washers and dryers. There is a shared pool in the garden area, and guests have free access to Coco Tulum – one of the best and most famous beach clubs in Tulum. Coco Village is located in Tulum Town. It is walking distance to many of Tulum’s best restaurants and is a 10 minute taxi ride to the beach.
La Zebra Hotel is a chic, luxury hotel right on Tulum Beach. The hotel has a rooftop infinity pool, playground, small spa, beachside cabanas, and excellent service. All suites are designed for 4 with a king-sized bed and a double twin trundle bed, a dual shower, and dual vanities; many suites include private plunge pools.
Villas Geminis Hotel is a complex in Tulum Town made up of studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom condos, most with full kitchens, some with outdoor soaking tubs. On-site amenities include a pool, garden, free bicycles, complimentary breakfasts, and discounts at nearby beach clubs. The hotel partners with a local tour companies to arrange jungle retreats with Mayan healing rituals, cooking classes, tours of Sian Ka’an (the biosphere reserve), snorkeling adventures, gran cenote (a cenote is a deep, water-filled limestone sinkhole) visits, and more.
This hotel is located in the Tulum Beach Hotel Zone. Rooms and suites are large, great for families, and steps from the ocean. Centrally located on the main beach road and an easy walk or bike ride to several bars and restaurants.
Zamas has several large bungalows that can sleep a family of 5. The views are wonderful, but the beach is not great for laying out or swimming.
Naay Boutique Hotel is located in the brand new Aldea Zama neighborhood. This area is located halfway between Tulum Town and the beach, and the condos are home to many expats and their families. The complex has several 1 and 2-bedroom suites, and can sleep up to 6 guests. The core highlight is the property’s rooftop, which boasts an infinity pool, kids’ pool, infinity jacuzzi, and an outstanding bar and restaurant with jungle sunset views.
Posada Yum Kin Hotel is an affordable, all-suite hotel in Tulum Town. The property has a pool, jacuzzi, massage room, and rooftop yoga. Suites range from studios up to 2-bedroom units.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Tulum Mexico expensive?
Hotels in Tulum can be expensive, but it really depends on the style of vacation you’re looking for and where you want to stay. Travelers that are looking for upscale hotels on Tulum Beach can expect to pay anywhere from $350 – $650 per night. If you’re okay staying in the Puebla (a 10 minute Taxi ride to the beach), you can find nice Airbnbs or hotels for $150 – $350 per night.
Is Tulum or Cancun better?
It depends on what you’re looking for! Cancun is generally a better destination if you’re looking for hotels and resorts with all-inclusive amenities or top tier facilities (pool, on-site restaurants, spas, gym, etc). Tulum is a better spot if you’re looking for a laid back, boho beach vibe.
Is Cancun cheaper than Tulum?
Both destinations can be cheap or expensive depending on your travel preferences. Cancun can be cheaper than Tulum if you’re dedicated to staying on the beach with sea views. Cancun has a much larger hotel zone, so most hotels are located on the beach.
Is it better to stay in Tulum or Playa del Carmen?
Both Tulum and Playa del Carmen have hip, trendy, and bohemian beach vibes.
The biggest difference between the two is that Play del Carmen has a more urban, upscale environment. You’ll find bigger and more luxurious hotels and restaurants, and a wide variety of shopping, golfing, and nightlife options.
Tulum is more laid-back, hippie, artistic, and Bohemian. You won’t find any chain stores or restaurants, but you’re likely to find a low-key expat running a bar, health and wellness retreats, and acai bowls.
Can you swim in the ocean in Tulum?
Yes, visitors can swim in the ocean in Tulum. The waters are warm year-round, have calm waters, and have very few predators.
The only thing to keep on eye on is Tulum’s annual seaweed season. Seaweed, also called sargassum seaweed, has plagued the Yucatan’s caribbean coast since 2011. The increase in temperatures, due to climate change, has generated an increase in the amount of seaweed that appears in Tulum each year.
The seaweed season goes from April to August. The Federal Government of Mexico and the local government in Tulum have invested in seaweed barriers and beach cleanup programs, so it doesn’t mean the beach will be covered in seaweed during the months of April to August.
How much do hostels, hotels, and Airbnbs in Tulum cost?
It really depends on where you’re staying!
Tulum Town (Pueblo):
Hostel – $25/night – $50/night
Airbnb – $100/night – $200/night
Hotel: $150/night – $250/night
Airbnb – $350/night
Hotel: $300/night – $650/night
What is the best time of the year to visit Tulum, Mexico?
The high season is late-December, January, February, and March. The weather is amazing with balmy temperatures, clear skies, and warm ocean waters. Note that this is the most expensive time of year to visit Tulum, and popular attractions like Coba, Chichen Itza, Sian Ka’an, and the cenotes will be at full capacity.
The mid-season is April, May, November, and early December. You can expect great weather, but it can be very hot.
The low season is June, July, August, September, and October. The weather is very hot, the beaches can have seaweed on them, and some days will have rain. With that said, this is a great period to travel to Tulum if you’re on a budget or trying to avoid crowds. Even during the off-season, Tulum is one of the best beach destinations in the World.
What are the best family activities in Tulum?
Tulum has a wide variety of fun family activities, including: swimming, cooking classes, tours of Sian Ka’an (the biosphere reserve), snorkeling adventures, visiting a cenote, a day trip to the Tulum Ruins or Chichen Itza (both are Mayan ruins), scuba diving, cave dives, etc.
How far away is Tulum from the Cancun Airport?
Is Tulum safe for my family to visit?
Tulum is very safe! It’s possibly one of the safest areas for tourism in Quintana Roo.
In 2021, Tulum was ranked the #1 Best Place to Visit in Mexico, according to the U.S. News & World Report travel rankings, and for good reason! This boho beach town currently gets 300k annual visitors, with very little crime. Mexico has experienced an increase in crime and violence in recent years. However, this crime is typically concentrated in other areas of Mexico and is related to political tension or drug crimes.
The only safety issues to be aware of in Tulum are petty crime (wallet and backpack theft), stolen bikes or scooters, and natural hazards related to the tropical environment.