Papaya Playa

Km 4-5 Carr Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, 77780, Mexico

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  • Terrible at any price...


    Given the price, these accommodations and the promised amenities were unacceptable. A stained sheet for a windbreak in our room? Really? Signs saying they serve espresso and coffee but there isn’t any? Finally having crappy coffee but then no cream or milk? When there’s a store a half mile down the road? Snotty receptionists? Really? For $50 US a day? Do not waste your money. The location is fantastic. The service is non-existent. Too bad.

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    Cabana by the ocean


    Calling this place an eco camp would be appropriate. This location is hidden amongst palm trees and rocks. The living accomodations are very bare; palm branches and leaves are your walls and roof. Common washrooms and showers. Everyone should give this a place a try. The roaring waves or the sun is your wake up call every morning.

    Unique Quality: - The eco friendliness.
    - Friendly staff.
    - Palm tree bar and restaurant.
    - Great sunrise.
    - Mexican and American food in the restaurant.
    - In close proximity to all local attractions.
    - Wifi available.
    - Cashes US dollars.
    - Better deals with online reservations.
    - Meet people from all over the world.

    Directions: - 40 Pesos cab ride from the bus terminal.

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    Hotel papaya Playa


    Only looked here. person from the desk was not very friendly. waved a way to walk for a cabana. when we walked to the cabana he said people were still in it so.
    not a very good experience.
    didnot stay here.
    taxi from busstation to here is 40 pesos

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    Experience the Beach Bum Life!


    Papaya Playa is the best overall cabana on the beach for your buck! The cabanas are as low as $30 and can go as high as $150 for the deluxe experience. Papaya offers the beach bum experience no matter what your price range is. The beach is immaculate and is never crowded, the bar and cafe is excellent and looks directly into the ocean. The cabanas are wrapped around the palm trees and blend seamlessly into the scenery. They are very clean and well maintained. The shared showering facilities are very clean and out in the open which makes for a exhilarating experience, nothing like showering under the stars! Papaya Playa is centrally located about10 minutes from the town and five minutes from the ruins. They offer bicycle and boat rentals and you can even arrange for a massage. There is electricity but they turn off the lights at about ten every night. Papaya Playa is the place to go if you want to experience the beach bum life on a beach bums budget!

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    Back to Basics


    There's not much to these little huts. Either a concrete or sand floor, one bed, one nightstand and some netting. That's it!
    You can either rent a cabana with a private bathroom or a shared but the shared is not bad if you're not shy. You're not sharing the actual shower but anyone walking by can peek in. =)

    There's no electricity here to run your credit card through so make sure you bring cash. They do have solar powered lights that get shut off at 11pm.

    There's also a bar area that plays either funky techno at night and cheesy 80's music during the day.

    Unique Quality: Being right on the beach, you can wake up and roll into the ocean.

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    Tulum beach cabanas


    Great place for the people who like things simple way. Decently priced cabanas. If you planning to stay 3 or more days, better do reservation online(cheaper). Remote and relaxing. Must ask them daily to clean your room and/or change linen. Breakfast is ok, but for lunch or dinner is better to take a taxi to Tulum downtown- better food, prices and more places to choose from. Especially if you travel on a budget.

    Unique Quality: Not a place for "all inclusive" lovers! Unbelievable views! Nice bar with swing chairs. Swing beds on the beach under deck- perfect place to read a book.

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    Cabañas on the beach


    After having walked around for many hours, checked the guide books and asked around, we decided to stay at Papaya Playa. It was one of the nicest of the cheap places on the beach. I was so happy when I came there and saw these small, charming cabañas made of wood and situated right on the beach. At least it was charming the first day... :) It turned out to be a real adventure, and you just have to get used to sharing your cabaña with all kinds of strange animals.

    One night a nice little bat decided to visit us and sing us some lullaby songs... Another day there was a huge crayfish inside my toiletbag. And all the time we had to escort crabs back out of our little place. But the feeling of sleeping almost on the beach, and falling asleep to the waves was incredible.

    The place was quite big, but the cabañas are nicely built inside the jungle so you feel almost alone there. Except if you want to take a shower in the afternoon-rushhour. The showers lies in the jungle and are just four simple walls without a roof and with a small bamboo door that you can see straight through. But it's nice to take a shower in the moonlight.

    There is also a bar playing chilled out music, and there is a cafe/restaurant serving food. But the food is quite expencive, so it's better to eat in town.

    Directions: The second cabañas south of the policestand when you come from town.

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    Papaya Playa


    I stayed at Papaya Playa for 3 days and 2 nights the first time I visited Tulum in 2002 and again overnight in 2005. The cost was 250 pesos a night, that was for one of the simplest cabanas (with a sand floor). There are more expensive ones with concrete floors and regular beds, and a few small villa-type cabanas. I stayed in one of these in 2005 and the cost was 450 pesos. The breeze flows through your cabana at night and the loud crashes of the waves will lull you to sleep surprisingly quickly.
    They give you padlocks to lock your cabin door.
    It was a very quiet, relaxing place to stay. So rustic it almost felt like camping.
    The staff, Jacqueline, Sergio, and Roberta were friendly and helpful. It wasn't uncommon to find Sergio and Jacqueline necking behind the bar. Many times they had to go looking for the cook to make the guests something to eat. I worried a little bit about some of the food being left out in the open. All food and drink gets tabbed to your cabin, so be careful, your tab can quickly exceed your room price and cost more than you budgeted.
    Nice sitting areas, hammocks, dining area, and bar (with swings).
    The beach was fantastic and not busy at all. The water was so clean it smelled sweet. There's some deadly coral at the shore underneath the ocean, so be careful.
    It's also a rocky climb from the beach to the bar area, so bring some kind of footwear to protect your toes (when walking in the middle of the night).
    There is no electricity (except for an hour at 7:00 p.m.) so bring a flashlight. And mosquitoes come out of the jungle at night, so bring bugspray. There are pet dogs, cats, raccoons, and birds.
    I had fun. If you're an uptight person you'll have a lot of difficulty here. This place is very, very laidback. Don't expect people to move quickly. If you like camping, you'll love it!
    See my Tulum Travelogues for more photos of Papaya Playa.

    Unique Quality: As of 2005 there is a great brand-new beautifully-lit mulitple shower and bathroom facility. You can shower under the stars.
    Papaya Playa and Cobana Copal (beside it) are quiet uncrowded places.
    The drawback is that both of them are the cabanas the furthest away from the ruins (5 kms). There are lots of cabana places much closer for about the same price. It seems as though that the closer the cabanas are to the ruins, the louder and busier they are. So if you want to party at night, stay in one of the cabins close to the ruins. If you want something quiet and relaxing with a very private beach, Papaya Playa may be the place for you.
    You don't need reservations for most of these places.

    Directions: Papaya Playa is on the beach road about 4.5km south of the Tulum Ruins

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    Cabañas at the Beach


    They are very simple and overly expensive considering their poor standard. Food is also very expensive there. It's great to be directly at the loney Caribbean beach, though! The cabañas are all located about 3 km outside of Tulum.
    In town there's also an (equally prices) youth hostel.

    Directions: Tulum Beach (3 km outside of town)

More about Papaya Playa

Paradise in Tulum

by JenniferG about Cabinas Papaya Playa

Actually all the hotels located at the beach side in Tulum are like this. We chose to stay at Cabinas Papaya Playa where we slept in a hut practically on the beach!
The walls were made from bamboo and the roof from banana leaves. The floor? It's just the sandy beach!

The bar is well worth to tell you about too: the barstools are all swings! They have a good restaurant but it can take a while at dinnertime as the capacities are small.

Costs are $10,- p.p. excl. meals When you wake up in the morning you see these tracks in the sand inside your hut! You had some company that night from a few crabs! :-)


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cheap yet romantic place to stay?

by doubledave04

I'm going to Tulum with my girlfriend Dec 14-22, and looking for a cheap place to stay (under $60 a night), that is also romantic, clean and friendly. Do you guys have any suggestions?


Re: cheap yet romantic place to stay?

by Maria_75

I just returned from Tulum and stayed at Papaya Playa on the beach. We paid 20 USD for a basic cabaña with shared bath, and it was an ok place. They also have other kinds of cabañas, bigger with private bath etc but I don't know the price of those. Next to Papaya Playa is a placed called Azulik, which seemed like an incredible place. The cheapest cabaña with shared bath was 30 USD, but they had rooms in all priceclasses. They also had swimmingpools, shaman, massage, yoga etc etc. I think I will check out that place next time I go there! Take a look at my travelpage, or these two links for more info about Tulum and accomodation:

Re: Re: cheap yet romantic place to stay?

by AnnaLupilla

we've been to Hotel Diamante K. Lovely cabañas there with a small beach and a fine restaurant. I only can recommend them, as I liked it a lot there. Maybe one of the most romantic places I've ever been to.

Re: cheap yet romantic place to stay?

by Kaspian

I second exactly the places that the two users above have recommended. I have also heard good things about Cabanas Copal.

Cheers, Ed.

Re: Re: cheap yet romantic place to stay?

by tahoesasha

About how much did you pay per night? Thank you!

Re: Re: cheap yet romantic place to stay?

by tahoesasha

I'm sorry, this question is directed at AnnaLupilla regarding th Diamante K.

Re: Re: cheap yet romantic place to stay?

by AnnaLupilla

Pues ... I don't remember the exact prices, but dorm beds in Diamante come for about 11$, rooms without bath 22$. For sure it was one of the nicest places, I've ever been to. There are hammocks on the beach, where you can sit and watch the sea, and in nighttimes, they burn torches, as there is no electricity after 11.30 p.m.

Re: Re: cheap yet romantic place to stay?

by tahoesasha

Oh, thank you for your reply, I need to be there now! Copal Cabana's website is also incredible. doubles start at $58 per night. also $90 for a private driver to from cancun to the resort, I figure it's worth it, *barely*, for a 100 mile trip at night, and airfare is about $900 for two round trip from Reno. Gosh like everything, it is becoming expensive to travel! Gone are the true budget days....I guess this depends on desination...


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Address: Km 4-5 Carr Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, 77780, Mexico