Beach vs. Town
The first thing we had to decide was exactly where in Tulum we wanted to stay, at the beach or the town. I spent a lot of time reading blog posts and videos comparing the two sides of Tulum. After finding that all the places where we wanted to eat and party were near the beach, we decided it was the ideal place.
There is only one road that leads from the main part of town to the beach, and I read that there can be traffic causing a less than two-mile drive to take anywhere from 20-45 minutes on busy weekends. That did not sound nice for our group especially since our large group of nine would need to hail more than one taxi.
Note that there are no Ubers or Lyfts in Tulum, so taxis are the only way to get around town without a car. Bikes and Mopeds are also very common, but the roads are not very well-maintained, so driving or riding isn’t really easy.
Staying near the beach, however, came with a huge upcharge. Airbnb’s were at least three times more expensive, but being able to walk everywhere was worth every penny.
Tulum is Expensive
Compared to the rest of Mexico, Tulum is a very expensive, touristy town. We spared no expense with our Airbnb but tried our hardest to save money when it came to things like taxis and some of our meals.
One of the best perks about our Airbnb was being able to hire a private chef! Our first night, we had our host bring in a chef to cook us the most unbelievable four course meal. It included three kinds of appetizers, shrimp, octopus, an entire fish, then two rounds of different cuts of steaks. It was incredible.
Our host also helped us stock our fridge and pantry with groceries, fresh fruit, snacks, and coffee. There was also plenty of fresh water to drink!
Tulum is a Party Town
Tulum is a major party hub; that’s part of the reason I wanted to come here! That being said, we stayed near some of the most popular clubs and bars, and it was very noisy every night. Even on Sunday, we could hear loud bass music until nearly 8 in the morning. It was pretty insane. I recommend bringing earplugs no matter where you stay.
In a party town, comes safety concerns too. Lots of drinking can lead to wild nights, and as a group of girls, we were on high alert, but the place we rented came with a 24-hour security guard! It was very comforting. Everytime we came home, he was standing there waiting to walk us back down the driveway and lock the gate behind us. We felt so safe.
Now, The House(s)...
The Casa Cosmo Tulum came with three separate houses enclosed in one fenced area complete with a pool and full kitchen. There was a master house featuring a balcony with a view of sunrise and sunset and two cabana houses each with showers and multiple bedrooms. In total, the compound could have easily slept 12.
It costs us $6,800 for three nights in early January. As I said, we spared no expense to rent these houses. The safety, the location, staff, and everything was just perfect and worth every penny.
Book your own stay in The Casa Cosmo on the Airbnb website HERE and let them know Taylor, aka The Traveling Tacos, sent ya!
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