Living on the jungle side of Tulum

The Jungle of Tulum offers great investments opportunities

Sept. 12, 2009 — When people first come to Tulum they have no doubt heard about the amazing beaches, the soft white sand and the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea. What is less well known of this small Mayan town on the South end of the Rivera Maya is that it is surrounded by breathtaking tropical jungles.   Filled with stunning plant life, beautiful cenotes and every tropical animal you can imagine.  The jungles around Tulum are as much of a draw to the people that live here as the waves of the Caribbean Sea that brought them here in the first place.

Jungle Cabins
Jungle Cabins

Living in the jungle of Tulum is a far more attainable goal for many people as the prices for beach front property have skyrocketed over the last few years and shows no sign of slowing down.   Only a few km from the beach, these pieces of jungle paradise are wooing would be tenants from all over the world.  And the growing idea of living in the lush jungles of Tulum has shone a spot light on the opportunities available in Tulum’s real estate market.

There are a few different options when looking into living on the jungle side of Tulum.  There are many eco development projects that allow you to buy a piece of land and a specially designed and built home that reflects the mission of the project that harmonizes with the natural surroundings.

Many of these projects have whole communities that they are formulating and give people a chance to live in an environmentally   responsible way in the beauty of the Rivera Maya.

Jungle House Tulum
Yet another option for Tulum Jungle Living
House in Tulum Jungle Side
Cenote in Tulum Jungle, just a few steps from the beach
Cenote in Tulum Jungle, just a few steps from the beach

Land can also be purchased from the ejido.   Ejido land is land that is owned by the native people who have lived there for many generations.  This land, given to the communities after the revolution as a means of maintaining themselves, largely through agriculture, has now sectioned and is available for sale in lots.

A different option for Jungle House in Tulum

Jungle House Tulum

When buying land in Tulum from the Ejido there is some additional paperwork and fees in order to transfer the property but can easily be handled by a Notary Public and/or a Mexican attorney.  A lawyer that is licensed within Mexico will be able to draw up contracts and review conditions of the sale and will be aware of all current laws within Mexico.

The jungle around Tulum, especially on the road that leads from Tulum to Coba  iscurrently a largely pristine area.  There are so many beautiful properties for sale in Tulum.  While it is out of the hustle and bustle of Tulum, in a few years this area will change. These areas of Tulum are expected to develop into one of the amazing neighborhoods of Tulum town.


Tulum, Mexico: A Growing Resort Town

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Written by: Beth Anderson

Investors looking to cash in on growth in Mexico should take notice of Tulum, a sleepy town on the east side of the Yucatan peninsula in Quintana Roo, which has been heating up in the last few years.

tulumruinsTulum boasts the most visited set of Mayan ruins in Mexico, a walled city built on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean, according to The New York Times. About an hour south of Cancun’s International Airport, Tulum is a natural day trip for tourists, and some developers in Tulum are looking to bring tourists and their money to the small Mexican resort town.

The Tulum Mayan ruins stand on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean

Part of the Mayan Riviera, Tulum boasts the most visited set of ruins in Mexico

“Property prices have tripled there in the past five years,” Ben Fitznar of Real Estate Investment and Development in Merida said in an e-mail interview. “Groupo Plan, which is Roberto Hernandez, of the City Bank/Banamex merger fame…and the Dicas Group of Merida, the wealthiest family in the Yucatan, have been working the Tulum area for years. In December, they are unveiling their Tulum joint venture, which will also include Scotia Bank. [It will have a] man-made lagoon for a marina, seven major hotels, three golf courses, a new town site and of course, plenty of shopping.”

Quintana Roo is Mexico’s fastest growing state, with more than one million residents, according to The Wall Street Journal. In the first major master-planned community in the area, 31 lots were pre-sold to American and European investors, even though the community is not on the beach, according to The Wall Street Journal. “The hottest section is near Tulum,” columnist Michael Allen wrote.

With plans such as these in the works, investors may want to start looking for properties in Tulum sooner rather than later.

“Playa del Carmen was the fastest growing community globally in 2005 and 2006,” Fitznar said. “Tulum will be next.”

As part of Tulum’s bid to grow into a global tourist destination, there is a great deal of speculation about construction of an airport in the Playa del Carmen/Tulum area. ASUR, a private company that, with government approval, manages the nine airports in southeastern Mexico, hopes to build the proposed Riviera Maya airport, according to Maura Gedid, assistant vice president for the Breakstone Group, which handles ASUR’s corporate communications.

“ASUR has publicly stated its intention to bid on the concession for a new airport in the Riviera Maya (Tulum) area,” Gedid said in an e-mail. “The government will run the bidding process, and as far as we know, that bidding process is not expected to begin until 2008.”

Some investors and real estate agents are banking on the airport to bring more business to the Riviera Maya resort area and are snapping up property in the vicinity of the proposed airport.

Tulum also borders the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sian Ka’an is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean, according to Centro Ecologico Sian Ka’an (CESiaK), and is noteworthy for having unique geography, wetlands and 23 known archaeological sites. Approximately 36,000 tourists visited the reserve—intended primarily for scientific research—in 2000, according to CESiaK. That number has likely increased with the infrastructure improvements in the area during the last seven years.

Tulum Beach at Sian Ka An
Tulum Beach at Sian Ka An

With its convenient and beautiful location and recent growth, Tulum may be a real estate investor’s dream. Investors interested in Tulum should visit and speak with local real estate agents to get a better sense of the area. With plenty of resorts nearby, a trip to Tulum could be a relaxing jaunt for real estate investors interested in the area.

7 thoughts on “Tulum, a Growing Resort Town

  1. I am in England on a typical rainy winter night, this winter isn’t as bad as last year, but when I look at the videos and pictures of Tulum I can’t wait to get back there.

  2. I have lived in Mexico in the CHihuahua desert and I am back at home in the US. But I plan to go back and I have decided on Tulum! Growing fast and very beautiful, it is the right choice for me!!!!


  3. Already bought a property and planni g on moving to Soliman Bay in Tulum area this year. What a piece of paradise we found there. We plan on buying some more property to rent. Ana from Texas.

    1. Is it really worth buying property to rent? We have problems trying to rent our time share in Oyster Bay. This is news to me. I know that Tulum, Mexico is gorgeous. My husband and I vacationed their on our honeymoon back in 1995.

  4. When it comes to buying an investment property @ Tulum. What are the nicest condo communities or residence that have good rental history. We are looking forward to make an investment soon.

  5. I am thrilled to have bought a hectare lot in Tulum’s jungle. I am only 38 and can’t wait to build there…a home for retirement…additional homes/hotel for investment…I am even seriously considering buying a house in Tulum as well…I love the Yucatan! Mike, Carmel, NY

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