Papaya Playa

Km 4-5 Carr Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, 77780, Mexico
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Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 9 reviews
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Terrible at any price...

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 20, 2010

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

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 3, 2009

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

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 4, 2008

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!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 21, 2008

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

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 29, 2008

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 (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 19, 2007

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

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 10, 2004

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

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 21, 2004

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

by written on November 27, 2002

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)

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

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Amenities at Papaya Playa

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
  • Suites
  • Shuttle Service
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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