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The Coolest Places to Stay in the Yucatan Peninsula

The Coolest Places to Stay in the Yucatan Peninsula

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Updated: 2 November 2017

Look beyond Cancun and you’ll find that the Yucatan is a fascinating region in which to spend a few weeks. Whether you’re looking for beachside or lakeside, resort or remote, colonial or cabin, Yucatan has something for all tastes and budget. Here are some of the best places to stay when you’re in the area.

Travel In, Mahahual

The small village of Mahahual is a great little escape from the larger resorts of the Riviera Maya. At Travel In there are only two rooms, so you’ll have to book ahead, but it’s a further four miles from town and even more isolated. The onsite restaurant receives rave reviews for its meals, so you won’t go hungry, and you can really disconnect.

Travel In, Camino costera Mahahual-Xcalak km 5.8, 77940 Mahahual, Quintana Roo, Mexico, +52 983 110 9496


Mahahual beach, Mexico | © descubriendoelmundo / Flickr |


Paamul Hotel, Playa del Carmen

Slightly outside Playa del Carmen is this beachside mini-resort set around a bay. There are rooms in a small hotel, or wooden cabins with palm roofs. Each of the accommodations has its own private facilities.

Paamul Hotel, Carretera Federal Cancun-Tulum km 85, 77710 Paamul, Quintana Roo, Mexico, +52 984 875 1050

Tribu, Isla Holbox

This hostel is built half a block back from the unspoilt beach on the north side of Isla Holbox. There are dorms and private rooms that are competitively priced, and most of the place was built by hand. Holbox is a must-see, and this is arguably the best place on the island.

Tribu, Av. Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, Mz.19 Lt 6, 77310 Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico, +52 984 875 2507

Villa Merida, Merida

A stay in this atmospheric colonial boutique hotel is sure to blow you away. You can book one of the eight rooms on AirBnb, but make sure you reserve early because it’s very popular. Once you arrive you’ll realize why, with amazing high-ceiling rooms, four-poster beds, and an outdoor pool.

Villa Merida, Calle 59 615-A x 80 y 82, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico, +52 1 999 423 9473

Casa Azul Monumento Historico, Merida

Set in a 19th century mansión, this spectacular property has a real atmosphere of colonial opulence. It boasts luxurious rooms, a great restaurant, and highly-trained staff. A real treat if you have been on the road for a long time.

Casa Azul Monumento Historico, Calle 60 #343 por 35 y 37, 97000, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, +52 999 925 5016


Palacio Municipal, Merida, Mexico | © Niek Van Son / Flickr |

Cabanas La Luna, Tulum

Once upon a time Tulum was a hippie haven with simple cabins dotted along the beach. La Luna adds a luxurious update to the old Tulum, offering comfortable cabins with sea views right on the beach.

Cabanas La Luna, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 6.5, 77789 Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico, +52 1 984 146 7737

Toto Blue, Bacalar

The lakeside town of Bacalar is on an upward curve as a tourist destination, but it retains its laid-back charm. A stay at Toto Blue gives you a relaxed base from which to explore the beautiful Seven Colors Lagoon.

Avenida 7 entre calle 18 y 20 Colonia Centro, 77930 Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico, +52 983 834 2126