Eco Tourism Accommodations 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

Those who love the great outdoors should check out the opportunities for eco-tourism available. Campgrounds are available, though you can also book your trip at an eco-logde or resort. For those who plan on soaking up a few rays next to the pool, there are several eco choices to choose from that have top-notch swimming facilities. Read further info on each property by clicking the links.

Belizean Princess

A number of travelers coming to Yucatan Peninsula do so to have an adventure. After a long day of exploring, many of the guests choosing to stay on a property like El Pescador have the option to enjoy an inviting pool. There are 14 well-appointed guestrooms in the main lodge. All are situated just steps away from the lovely swimming pool and come equipped with private baths, air-conditioning and overhead fans. You can reach them at (501) 226-2975.

If you are seeking to book an accommodation with an active bar and club scene, Hacienda Chichen Resort is one destination you might want to consider. 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. If you're looking for something specific, try calling them at (985) 851-0045.

Nature enthusiasts can find a variety of different eco-lodges. including Diamante K. Diamante K is hotel secluded between the jungle and a pristine bay of Tulum. The cabanas here vary greatly in amenities and style, providing accommodations over a wide range from luxurious suites to simplistic and rustic rooms with views or bathrooms, catering to all manner of tastes and budgets. If you would like to call before you go, do so at (998) 185-8300.

Many of the eco-accommodation options are listed below.

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
Cabanas Copal Hotel Lodge (877) 532-6737


2.4 mi. South-Southeast 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


0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal 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 --


0.4 mi. 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) 884-2071


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
Yaxche Centro Camping Campground (983) 834-2081


3.5 mi. Northeast of Central Bacalar Mexico

Needless to say, you will find plenty of additional types of properties you can find. To read a more detailed discussion of other kinds of accommodations for Yucatan Peninsula, navigate to this page.

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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