Is Aldea Zama The Best Place to Live in Tulum, Mexico?

Well, let’s start by analyzing the Village as such. Aldea Zama is a residential area in the heart of Tulum Mexico just 10 minutes by bike from the beach. It is also only 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen and 90 minutes from Cancun Airport.
In this pandemic season and having COVID19 terrorizing the world, I gave myself the task of living, exploring, and learning more about the entire Tulum area. During the last 6 months, I realized many things that opened my eyes and forever changed the way I used to see Tulum.
When I got married in Tulum 7 years ago. The hotel zone (or beachside) was a place without electricity, you had to walk with a flashlight in your hand at night, After having lived in Asia for several months (Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, etc.) I can say that it is very much like Thailand. There is a great culture for wellness, Digital Nomads, Entrepreneurs, Yoga, cheap food, meditation, and healthy eating. Which I think is great!
But Tulum like many other places is divided into sections, each one has its own characteristics and qualities.

Aldea Zama, Tulum by Live The Tulum Dream
Aldea Zama, Tulum by Live The Tulum Dream

The Downtown Area (Centro)
The downtown area (Palmas, Villas Tulum, Col. Hurricanes, Federal Highway, etc.) is the original Tulum. There are banks, schools and some government offices, as well as gas stations, shops, and all the basics you need. Good tacos!
It is only 15 minutes from the beach area. If you want to experience Tulum 100% locally and its culture, this is the place for you. Enjoy the cafes and canteens in the Center. El Bacaro Pizzeria is an excellent place. I created my own Rating 😉

Restaurants: *****
Close to the Beach: ***
Outdoor exercise: **
Access to places on foot: ****
Public transport: *****
Housing Cost: $

Aldea Zama, Tulum by Live The Tulum Dream
Aldea Zama, Tulum by Live The Tulum Dream

La Veleta and Holística
La Veleta & Holística is the new area where many developers are betting their investment. This is the region where Yoga and wellness are widely practiced. Since it is relatively new there are some paved streets, but there are many that are not. When it rains that could be a problem if you ride a bike or scooter. It is closer to the jungle and is a place where you can find several investment opportunities. The internet and electricity can have a bit of trouble from time to time.

Restaurants: ****
Close to the Beach: **
Outdoor exercise: ***
Access to places on foot: ***
Public transport: ****
Housing Cost: $$

Region 15 and Region 8
OK, in order to understand this area, it must be mentioned that until now there is only one access to the beach (Ave. Coba). Region 15 in Tulum and Region 8 are next to a new Ave. Kukulkan. But it is not 100% finished. The final section that connects to the Beach (50 meters) is closed by a private property, which we believe will sooner or later open to the public in order to have double access to the beach. Those who invest in these areas of Tulum will have a great capital gain once the Ave. Kukulkan is complete and they will have more direct access to the beach! The problem is that nobody knows when this will be possible. Here you will be surrounded by jungle and quiet starry nights. Check out here, one of my favorite developments is Los Amigos Tulum in Region 15.

Restaurants: *
Close to the Beach: ***
Outdoor exercise: ****
Access to places on foot: *
Public transport: *
Housing Cost: $$

The Future of Tulum
Aldea Zama (white), Centro (Red), La Veleta & Holistica (Green), Region 15 & 8 (Blue).

Aldea Zama
OK, Aldea Zama is today the most exclusive residential area with the highest demand in Tulum. Because it is closer (so far) than the Center, Region 15 and 8 and La Veleta, to the Beach. Aldea Zama is very safe too since it only has two entrances. Everything is paved and urbanized. You already find one or another Restaurant / bar (Chacabar is my favorite, with the best Happy Hour of all Tulum 2 cocktails for $ 100 pesos!) Aldea Zama is very safe, clean and will soon have what some call “The new Fifth Avenue” with restaurants, cafes, and shops. Some of the best developments are in Aldea Zama like Watal, Tuluna, Paramar, etc

Restaurants: **
Close to the Beach: ****
Outdoor exercise: ****
Access to places on foot: *
Public transport: **
Housing Cost: $$$

Hotel zone
The hotel zone of Tulum does not in fact have condominiums to live in, only Hotels. Unless you’re Brad Pitt and you can pay $ 2 million for a piece of land on the Beach. There are two sections in the Tulum beach area. Going down Av. Coba and taking the right towards the Sian Kaan area you will find all the beach clubs, fashion stores and the most exclusive areas but at the same time the most expensive of Tulum full of traffic and Instagramers. My favorite places are Taqueria Eufemia, I-Scream.

If you take the left towards the Ruins you will find my favorite area in Tulum much quieter and with more affordable prices. Mezzanine and Mi Amor Hotel are one of my favorite places. Try to use a scooter or bicycle since as it is only one Ave. in the afternoons there is a little traffic. If exercise is your thing, don’t forget to visit Jungle Gym

Restaurants: *****
Close to the Beach: *****
Outdoor exercise: *****
Access to places on foot: ***
Public transport: ***
Housing cost: $$$$$

Tulum, Ruins by Live The Tulum Dream
Tulum, Ruins by @AlbertoLamaPhotographer

In short, the best area to invest in a real estate property in Tulum is ALDEA ZAMA!!! And the good news is that there are still many developments in pre-sale offering great discounts and opportunities. The developments have many amenities such as Yoga, BBQ, elevator, parking, Gym, 24/7 Security, and many more. This decision is based on proximity to the beach, security, prices, and tranquility for you and your family.
As a second option I would recommend La Veleta and then Region 15 as it presents a good investment but in the long term.

Remember that Tulum is more than just beautiful beaches (click here for the best beaches in the area) and the jungle. There are many things to explore such as the Ruins of Tulum, Sian Kaan, Laguna Kaan Luum, Diving, snorkeling, Coba, Muyil, Bacalar, Cenotes (click here to see a video of Cenotes in the area), etc!

If looking for a day to relax and enjoy the fabulous weather that the Riviera Maya offers, choose from one of the many beach bars & grills that line the Caribbean’s turquoise water. You could also schedule tours of Tulum or Coba’s Mayan ruins, or visit one of the nearby theme or water parks like Xplore or Xcaret. 

If you want to explore more or thinking to live the Tulum dream and invest in this area, get a free consultation, CLICK HERE!

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Published by livethetulumdream

Professional Real Estate advisor en the Mexican Riviera Maya.

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