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A Simple Guide to Mexico’s Cabana Scene

Beach Living in Tulum, Mexico

Many of us dream of waking up in the morning and opening the door onto a pristine, endless beach; a place where the sea is your soundtrack and you can eat tacos for breakfast.

Lucky for us, this place exists in Mexico’s boho beach village of Tulum.

It’s here that the dream becomes a reality. As well as the beach there’s delicious cocktails and ancient ruins. What better way to experience it than from your own beachside cabaña?

These little huts have everything you would normally find in a hotel (bed, shower and WC) but with a few twists. Instead of a regular corner shower, I found an outside conch shell shower using filtered sea water.

Sounds like paradise, right? These small touches make cabaña stays an experience in themselves, but there are a few things you should know before you book to make your stay the best it can be and stop the dream turning into a nightmare!

Garden or seafront cabaña?

Seafront Cabana in Tulum

The decision between a garden or seafront cabaña may seem as simple as choosing between waking up to the sound of exotic birds or the crashing waves, but there’s more to consider.

Garden cabañas are more susceptible to bugs and wildlife from the trees, and the crashing waves of a sea front cabaña may have you up all hours nipping to that outdoor bathroom in the dark. I dreamed of opening my door to the swaying palms, but in reality, a bug-less room was my number one priority!

Outside spaces

Tulum cabana living

After a long day of sunbathe-swim-repeat, a shady spot to read your book or have a doze is perfect before taking on the next round of Coronas or the free salsa lesson taking place next door.

Make sure your cabaña has somewhere undercover, with a gentle sea breeze and maybe even a hammock for chilling out.

Mosquito nets

Even the more luxurious cabañas can still be susceptible to mosquitoes. Make sure yours has a decent mosquito net without holes, and make sure you use it.

More rustic cabañas may have unique touches (read: holes in the roof) which means any number of nasties can and will get in! If any do, ask the reception or bar if they have bug spray to kill intruders.

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