Best areas in Tulum to invest in real estate

If you are reading this article, you must be thinking of investing in the Tulum real estate market. For much of the last decade, other parts of the Riviera Maya have been real estate hot spots. Tulum has been growing in popularity and attracting like-minded people who are drawn to Tulum’s beaches, eco-chic vibe, and investment opportunities.

For most people looking for real estate in Tulum, it is an investment. Most rent properties for vacations and may have plans to spend part of the year in Tulum. So it will depend on what you plan to do with a property to choose between the best areas in Tulum to invest in real estate.

Because Tulum has grown so much and new neighborhoods have opened up, we wanted to review the different areas of Tulum so you can become familiar with them. Each area has something to offer, but some are longer-term projects. In any case, we hope you find this information useful in giving you an overview of the Tulum real estate market.

Why do you want to invest in Tulum?

To invest

The first question is, do you want to buy something now and rent it? Or are you interested in a presale project that could take 6 months to a year to complete?
Profitable areas are important to investors. All of Tulum receives good interest from Tulum vacationers, but some areas attract different groups. It’s also important to keep in mind that most investment properties make the most of their first three years. After a while, places become a bit less popular as newer projects get built.
What is your risk/reward appetite? Some areas of Tulum are consolidated and have good services. Other areas are developing and you may want to risk investing in an area that has the potential to appreciate over time.

There are many individual factors that make a property better for investment. Things like how the property is managed, the amenities in the building, the quality of the construction, how it’s set up inside, and whether it fits your budget. This is why we wnted to help you to know the best areas in Tulum to invest in real estate.

To live

Tulum real estate prices are based on rental opportunity, so if you want to live in your property, it may seem more expensive in some areas. In general, if you are looking to live in Tulum, the areas of:

  • La Veleta is good because it has a range of houses, land, and condominiums. This area is also cheaper in general than some of the other areas of Tulum.
  • The Tulum/Coba highway is good for people looking to live a little further afield. This area offers cheaper land and more space.
  • Tulum ruins area because it is close to services like the main supermarket.
  • Aldea Zama might be for you if you want a new condo, some walkable shops and cafes and have enough funds to live in this area.

What are the best areas in Tulum to invest in real estate?

Aldea Zama

This is a master planned community. It has complete infrastructure such as underground electricity, roads, sewage and internet access. This was Tulum’s first major planned area that raised the bar for condominiums and real estate. This area marked the change in the ramshackle construction approach in Tulum, to a planned and more sustainable form of construction making it one of the best areas in Tulum to invest in real estate.

This area was developed from a company from Mérida, Yucatán that has been working in the area for decades. A lot of planning went into this area to make it more walkable, sustainable, and more in tune with life in nature.

The advantages of this area are the excellent infrastructure, the green areas, the central location and, in general, a good area with interesting projects. There aren’t too many cons for this area. It may be more expensive per square meter, but you get a lot in this area of Tulum.


This is the second phase of Aldea Zama. Extensive planning has been done in this area so that it can be a livable neighborhood. International schools (such as the Green School) and world-class services are planned for this area. What makes this area so popular are the fantastic green architecture projects, the proximity to the beach and the central location.

Since this area for the most part didn’t start construction until 2022, this area is a bit more advanced than other areas of Tulum. This area can be good for people who are prepared to pre-purchase and who understand the location and the projects.

Avenina Coba

This was the main road (and the only road for a while) to the Tulum beaches. This avenue connects the city center with the beaches and the Hotel Zone of Tulum. On one side of Avenida Coba there is a bike path that goes to the beaches and beach clubs.

The future of this area is planned as a more commercial corridor and to have commercial spaces for Tulum 101 and Selvazama. Development in this area will also feature some hotels. The feel of this area will be more urban and a bit denser than other areas of Tulum.

The pros of this area is the availability of projects under construction and pre-sale. It is also a popular area now for renters. This means that now, for the foreseeable future, this is a sought after area for younger tourists visiting Tulum. This corridor will have good connections to nearby transportation and services as it develops.

The downsides to this area will generally be less green space and a more urban feel and one of the best areas in Tulum to invest in real estate.

Tulum 101

This area is the lower part of Aldea Zama along Avenida Coba. It will have shops on Avenida Cobá and more residential areas behind the main avenue. This area is slated to be mostly luxury condos.

The advantages of this area are the location. It is between the center and the beaches as well as close to services. The disadvantages of this area are that most of the places are still waiting for construction, the price per square meter will be higher due to the area.

Tulum ruins area

This area is next to the Tulum Ruins. Some of the condominiums in this area have views of the ruins. Future plans for this area are houses and condominiums. This is the first area of Tulum coming from the north, where you can buy.

The advantages of this area are the possible views, the proximity to services, the proximity to the beaches and the ruins, and the guaranteed green spaces with the Tulum national park ruins next door.

The cons of this area, well, there is nothing really flashy to mention. Tulum is moving south and this means this area could eventually become less popular, but time will tell.

Tulum downtown

Downtown is a shallow place. You can find shops, Town Hall, banks, fruit stalls, bars and a bit of everything. Since most of the developers are working on the other areas mentioned in this guide, we didn’t even mention this area as a possibility to buy something in Tulum. Unless you want to buy land and build a 6-unit building, this area is not for purchase.

The advantages of this area are the possible views, the proximity to services, the proximity to the beaches and the ruins, and the guaranteed green spaces with the Tulum national park ruins next door.

The cons of this area, well, there is nothing really flashy to mention. Tulum is moving south and this means this area could eventually become less popular, but time will tell.

La veleta

This area is located at the southern end of Tulum east of highway 307. La Veleta has seen a good appreciation in recent years due to speculation about the new access road to the beach. It is a developing neighborhood where you can find some unpaved streets and the infrastructure is up and running. This is not a master planned community so there is a mix of developers and different builds in this area. Some are working hard to build sustainably and within the density requirements of the area, others not so much. It’s important to know which developers are doing a good job and working with a good agent will help you navigate this area.

Because this area has been developing in recent years, you can find some creative projects, well-known places, and a mix of local housing. With the opening of Avenida Kukulkan, this second beach access has been a game changer for the area. Construction and development have been constant in this area.

The advantages of this zone are the lower prices since not all the infrastructure is complete. There is also a wide range of construction types in this area, from land, houses, condominiums and old buildings. This area may be better for people looking to live in Tulum.

The downsides to this area are that it is still developing and is not a master planned community. You won’t know what could be built nearby as there are plenty of lots left to build on. It is also likely to become more fashionable in Regions 8 and 15 as these areas develop.

Region 8 and 15

These two areas of Tulum are at the southern end just below La Veleta. These areas, for now, only have a few roads and not much has been built. These areas will be a bit more structured than the neighborhood of La Veleta. Region 8 will have a much lower density than Region 15 and La Veleta.
These two areas have projects planned, but most of the construction in these areas has not started. These areas are for forward thinking people as these areas will probably drive the trends in Tulum in a few years.

Highway Tulum - Coba

This is the road that leads inland towards Cobá and towards Valladolid. There has been a lot of property divided into lots here and people have gradually been buying up mostly land. This area is considered a more wooded/jungle area. There is very little construction in this area.

The pros of this area of lower land prices, further away from Tulum and more natural surroundings. The cons are the distance from the city. Most of the land would require a car to get to it. Services may also be limited in this area.

Tulum Real Estate

For those just starting out looking in the Tulum area for a potential investment, this overview of the Tulum real estate market can help guide you. We talk about what developments are changing Tulum, ROI and much more.

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