Eco Tourism Lodging Options in Yucatan Peninsula

Camping options in the Mexican Caribbean require a little bit of research

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Tulum, a part of the Mexican Caribbean, is a great place to sleep outdoors. However, since none of the beaches in Mexico are privately owned, you can camp just about anywhere along the shore. But take precautions when camping on a beach, as robberies are known to occur. Or, try these other options if you don't have a tent and prefer a bit more security.

Camping and Eco-Tourism In Yucatan Peninsula

Nature lovers and their families should check out the opportunities for eco-tourism available. Campgrounds are available, though you could also book your stay at an eco-logde or resort. For guests who plan on taking in some rays by the pool, there are several eco choices to choose from that have top-notch swimming facilities. Read additional details about them by using the links.

Rancho Encantado

A number of travelers reaching Yucatan Peninsula are hoping to explore the beautiful natural wonders found in the region. Once the adventure comes to and end, guests choosing to stay at a place including El Pescador can relax in a pool. El Pescador is a family run resort, owned by a family who visited Belize decades ago, and decided this Ambergris Caye locale was their dream come true. Now you are invited to share in their dream with a stay at El Pescador. If you are looking for something specific and want to call in advance, do so at (501) 226-2975.

If you are wanting to stay somewhere with a lively bar and club scene, Hacienda Chichen Resort is one spot you may want to think about. Embedded within the land and culture of Mayan civilization, Hacienda Chichen is a green resort and eco-spa that embraces the surrounding communities and traditions. Boasting that its owners, staff, and management are 99% local indigenous Mayan people, guests can expect a vacation that is based in a philosophy of preservation and eco-awareness. You can contact them at (985) 851-0045.

Nature entusiasts will be able to find a selection of different eco-lodges. including Diamante K. Diamante K offers a huge variety of accommodations for guests, everything from a 5-star presidential suite to a minimalistic 2-star cabin, and everything in between, so that guests can choose the exact levels of comfort, luxury, elegance, rusticity, and price that are right for them. Cabins all have solar power, hot and cold water, and mosquito netting. Guests can reach them at (998) 185-8300.

The table below lists more information on the the eco-tourism choices you can pick from.

Eco-Accommodations In Yucatan Peninsula
Name Type Phone Number Star Rating Location
Ahau Tulum Eco resort (984) 802-5632


4.2 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexico
Balamku Inn on the Beach Lodge (983) 732-1004


Quintana Roo, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Belizean Princess Eco resort (501) 226-2071


8.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Ambergris Caye Ambergris Caye
Birds Eye View Lodge Lodge (501) 203-2040


6.1 mi. North of Central Crooked Tree Belize
Boca Paila Fishing Lodge Lodge 011-52-(998) 147 73 79


12.6 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexico
Cabañas Hostel & Camping Lodge (984) 803-3631


0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Bacalar Mexico
Casa Blanca Lodge Lodge (877) 261-8867


1.9 mi. Northeast of Central Punta Pajaros Mexico
Casa Blatha Lodge (984) 137-6721


0.7 mi. West of Central Holbox Holbox
Casa de Suenos Eco resort --


The vicinity of Xcalak, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Cerros Beach Resort Eco resort (501) 623-9763


11.1 mi. South of Central Chetumal Belize
Chez DiDi Campground --


0.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Sarteneja Belize
Diamante K Lodge (998) 185-8300


1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Tulum Mexico
El Pescador Eco resort (501) 226-2975


4.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Ambergris Caye Ambergris Caye
Explorean Kohunlich Lodge (555) 326-6986


Chetumal, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Genesis Eco-Oasis Lodge (985) 101-0277


Yucatan, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Hacienda Chichen Resort Lodge (985) 851-0045


1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Chichen Itza Mexico
Holistic Center Akalki Eco resort (983) 106-1751


4.3 mi. South West of Central Bacalar Mexico
Hotel Maya Luna Eco resort (983) 836-0905


Quintana Roo, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Hotel Nueva Vida de Ramiro Lodge (984) 877 85 12


4.5 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexico
Kabah-na Eco Resort Eco resort (983) 116-6919


5.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Costa Maya Mexico
La Milpa Field Station Lodge (501) 227-5616


10.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central La Union Belize
La Zebra Hotel Lodge (303) 578-1301


4.6 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexico
Lamanai Outpost Lodge Lodge (888) 733-7864


3.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Lamanai Belize
Lamanai Riverside Retreat Campground (501) 302-3955


11.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Caledonia Belize
Las Ranitas Lodge (984) 871-1090


The Riviera Maya, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Papaya Playa Beach & Jungle Paradise Eco resort (984) 182-7389


2.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Tulum Mexico
Posada Dos Ceibas Lodge (984) 877-6024


3.7 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexico
Rancho Encantado Eco resort (998) 884-1181


2.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Bacalar Mexico
Suenos Tulum Lodge (984) 115-4338


4.9 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexico
U-najil Cabanas Lodge --


Yucatan, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Villa Maya Lodge 52-987-872-756


1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central San Miguel Cozumel
Xbalamque Tulum Eco Camp Lodge (998) 884-9690


1.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Tulum Mexico
Xcalak Caribe Lodge Lodge (983) 130-5580


0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Xcalak Mexico
Yaxche Centro Camping Campground (983) 834-2081


3.5 mi. Northeast of Central Bacalar Mexico

Keep in mind that Yucatan Peninsula is home to many other types of properties. To see our guide about other kinds of accommodations available for Yucatan Peninsula, go to this article.

A few organized campsites are available, mostly for RV travel. In less-official campsites, campers can rent space and a hammock - or just space if they have their own hammock - for as little as $3(USD) per night. Cabañas, beach huts built of palm fronds, offer travelers hammocks and shelter. However, these low-priced cabañas are disappearing in favor of resort-style housing in more tourist oriented areas, such as Cancun and Cozumel.

Eco-travelers will find ecologically oriented spaces around Tulum. Such hotels are more expensive toward the southern edge of Tulum, but travelers can generally find good deals. Backpackers often find accommodations suited to their needs around Chetumal.

While camping and eco-tourism may not be the biggest market for the Mexican Caribbean, you can still find suitable accommodations and spend a night under the stars.


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