About this listing
Breezy third floor room with great jungle canopy and sea views. Thatched roof room ideal for independent travelers. Access to a lush jungle garden, hammocks and Tulum's glorious white sand beaches.
Please note: no kitchen access and no hot water.
Beautiful light filled private room. Complete with Caribbean view and just a few steps away from the sea!
Magical and simple perch on third floor with a thatched roof and in-room bathroom. Perfect for a romantic getaway. The ideal place to enjoy Tulum's natural beauty, chill out in and disconnect.
Watch the canopy of stars take over the sky from your private balcony. Cabana Sol features a king size bed, bathroom, closet, fan, desk and chairs. This little gem has both lush jungle and open sea views.
The best thing you will have access to is the white sand Caribbean beach just steps from your room. The beach access is through our affiliated beach club located on the same property. Use of Akiin Beach Club facilities, such as furniture, outdoor showers, etc. are included. The beach club is usually open for breakfast and lunch. They also have an easy-going beach bar. The beach club is open to the public and often hosts groups and weddings.
You will also have access to the lush jungle garden, which features hammocks and a picnic table. The garden is exclusively for guests of our eight accommodations, so it’s pretty private.
We offer Wi-Fi, though it is slow and often unreliable. If constant Wi-Fi access is important to you we are unable to provide it at this time. Many Wi-Fi locations at nearby beach clubs and restaurants are available.
Guests can request a gym pass for Adventure Fitness Club located in downtown Tulum, 10-15 minutes away by car. It features a fully equipped gym, hot showers, lockers and more. The classes included in your gym pass may change, but previously have included yoga, zumba, latin dance, cross-fit, spinning, and others. They can also help you hire a personal trainer, private dance classes and other services.
Interaction with Guests
It is unlikely that we will be there for check in/out. We try and meet our guests at some point during their stay, but we may not coincide. If you have a question or concern please let us or our staff know as soon as possible; don’t wait to run into us.
We work with a small staff to ensure you have a relaxing and positive experience. The cleaning staff will stop in every day, and there is a property manager on site all afternoon.
We cater to independent travelers that look for privacy and are happy to explore on their own. In an emergency our property managers are available by phone; also the head of maintenance lives on site, though he does not speak English.
We are always happy to help, but until we develop mind reading abilities, please let us know if you have any questions or issues as they occur. We appreciate having the opportunity to address them.
Great beach location, a quick 10-15 minute drive from Tulum town and highway 307, minutes from local cenotes, major tourist attractions like Xel Ha, Tulum's archeological ruins and the Sian Kaan Biosphere.
We are also very close to all the hip jungle side boutiques, restaurants and bars. Our property is in an ideal part of Tulum’s wide palm strewn southern beaches between Ahau Tulum and Coqui Coqui. Some of our neighbors include Hartwood, Casa Jaguar, Cenzontle, Uno Astrolodge, Shiva, Yoga Shala and Il Barino. We are happy to make additional recommendations once you have arrived.
Several bike rentals are nearby so you can explore the area.
The full moon lights up this world-renowned beach whose white sand reflect the moonlight so well you can almost read by it. There is very little light pollution so the stars are endless and amazing.
Visit us from May to September and experience the joy of turtle season, there are a few mamma turtles that come up on our beach each year. Arrive in August-September and you are almost guaranteed to see some babies heading out to sea.
Tulum is a small community so it’s easy to discover your own favorite spots.
Rent a bike. Many local attractions like cenotes and the Tulum ruins are in biking distance. Closer to home you will find many great restaurants, bars and boutiques.
Renting a car is another great way to get around the area, especially for longer stays. We recommend getting one at the airport when you first arrive. There are also rental companies in Tulum. Downtown Tulum is less about ten minutes away by car, and you can find many great places to eat and shop that are more budget friendly once you leave the beach road. There are many other cool things to do in the surrounding areas, like climbing the Coba ruins, snorkeling with turtles in Akumal, walking the colonial streets of Valladolid, swimming in crystal clear cenotes, and more. All of this becomes accessible with a car.
Please be aware and alert when purchasing gas as the attendants are infamous for giving the wrong change and using sleight of hand to switch your bill for a lower denomination one.
There is a parking lot for your use on the property.
Taxi cabs are easily hailed and should have a price list you can ask to consult. If haggling, do so prior to getting in the cab. Tipping is appreciated but not expected (except for airport runs or all day excursions when tips are standard).
In town you will find the ADO bus station, an inexpensive way to get to the airport as well as various archeological sites.
Public transportation vans, a.k.a. "colectivos," can be hailed from the main avenue in town as they go up to Playa del Carmen (they will drop you off anywhere along their route too). There are also vans that go to the beach, but these must be taken from specific stops in town. You can hail these down on the beach road as well, though they are primarily for those commuting to and from work on the beach and they sometimes won’t stop for tourists.
Tour companies are another great way to explore the area. The Sian Kaan Biosphere is Mexico’s largest freshwater preserve. As such it is best explored from a boat or kayak. With a guide you can see the tremendous number of birds that nest here, float down canals used by the ancient Mayans and watch the sun set into the lagoon at the end of the day. Let us know and we can help set you up with a tour.
Other Things to Note
All of our properties are non-smoking. This is strictly enforced as it is a serious fire hazard for our thatched roof palapas. We would also prefer that our guests stay safe.
We recommend you bring a flashlight or headlamp, mosquito repellent and sunscreen with high SPF.
Many establishments on the beach are cash only. ATM's are located in various locations throughout the beach road, including one on our property. However the ATM’s located in town and at grocery stores are less prone to being out of service and have lower fees.
Please do not throw toilet paper in the toilet, use the wastebaskets provided instead.
Rooms are cleaned daily; fresh towels and sheets are provided every third day unless otherwise requested. Keep in mind that all water and electricity must be brought in or generated so please be mindful of your consumption.
All rooms have 24hr electricity.
Well-behaved children are welcome.
You may want to ask if there is a wedding or event planned at the beach club during your stay. Weddings occur some weekends throughout the year and can go until 2am. On those occasions the beachfront area is cordoned off so that you have a private beach separate from the wedding party.
We do not have hot water on site.
There is no kitchen access.
Our property is not baby-proofed.
Please keep these limitations in mind before you book.
Toilet paper must be thrown in bin, not in the toilet.
No smoking inside.
No candles, no incense, etc.
Please remember we are off the grid so please be mindful of your water and electric consumption.
Take the time to fully explore and read through the property listing, as there is a lot of information here that will prove useful during your stay.
Please be respectful of neighbors, keep noise levels to a minimum. No loud music after 10pm.
Please check-in between 12 and 8pm.
Check out is before 12pm.
Everything was perfect! Exactly as expected. The location was perfect with great access to the beach. I loved the 20 liter water bottle to refill during our stay. Easy parking too! Great and friendly staff!! Plus cool ocean breezes at night for sleeping. If stay again.
We had a wonderful time, especially the people in the Service have been very kind.
It was our second time at Pico Beach and we were not disappointed , great place and great staff ! We surely be back there again soon!
Beautiful location right on the beach and close to all restaurants, however we found that the listing needs lots of improvement, specially for the price we payed. As it says on the guideline, it's rustic. Water was out for a few hours but they fixed it when we let them know. Internet was fine too but then it was off for 1 day.
Cleaning needs more improvement too. We did not get to meet Richard and the day we arrived the room was not clean, dispite the fact that I sent 2 emails to remind of our arrival. They provided us with towles but changed the bed sheets the next day.
Positive thing was the staff who was always friendly and responsive
The location is excellent but value is not. Decent room but a poor value at this price point in Tulum beach.
Tim we are sorry to hear you did not have a satisfying experience here. Our place is rustic, modest and one of the least expensive on the beach zone. Tulum is becoming more and more popular (and expensive!) are we strive to provide a simple but pleasant experience for our guests. Regardless, we appreciate your feedback.
The pictures do not do this room justice! What a beautiful location to stay in during your visit to Tulum Beach. While having no hot water was a bit of a shock at first, we eventually got used to it and appreciated the ecological reasoning behind it. The staff at Akiin are very friendly and accommodating; the beach is breathtakingly beautiful! Tulum town is a 20 minute bike ride or cabs are easily accessible for approximately $90 pesos). Our favorite day was when we rented bikes (approx $160 pesos each = $14/24 hours) to ride to the Tulum Ruins, then to Mateo's for lunch (Best fish tacos EVER!), into the city and back to the beach. There are many great places for yoga and food just walking distance from the room. One thing I would suggest is to inquire about the current rate of the room before booking. AirBnB shows their standard rate, but the rate changes during peak times throughout the year and you'll be charged by that rate. The room is still worth it, for sure, but it's good to know going in. WE WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK!
The last thing to note about Tulum itself is that the ATMs are finicky; we weren't able to get cash anywhere even after we contacted our bank and they said we were good to go. Luckily when we ran out, we just went everywhere that accepted credit, but that meant we were paying more and limited our choices. The bank in town will give you cash with a credit/debit card, but the line is long and you'll need your passport readily available.
Overall, the trip to Tulum was our best vacation yet!
Mimi and Richard's place is lovely. We stayed in a room that had a great view of the ocean and an amazing ocean breeze. The room was having problems with the water pressure while we were there, but Mimi was wonderful and gave us a refund for a night because of the problems. Pico Beach is also close to so many restaurants, yoga studios and small shops that it's the perfect place to stay if you don't want to rent a car and have everything nearby. We rented bikes and rode to the cenotes and into town. The beach club next door, Akin, can be quite loud if they are having a special party like a wedding, but if you bring earplugs, you'll be all set. Great place to stay!
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About the Host, Richard
Richard is a Mexican American young entrepreneur overworking himself in paradise. His sister Mimi is the former property manager and our friend Alex is now part of the team.
We have a garden oasis of five rustic beach side garden cabanas, a second floor suite, a third floor rustic perch with sea view and a beach front home. It's called Pico Beach by Akiin. Our simple properties are run more as a guest house than hotel and cater to independent travelers that want a simple, rustic, and relaxed Tulum experience. Bikes and taxis can be hired easily in this fabulous part of Tulum's Southern beach zone. Some of the maps are incorrect, we are located ON THE BEACH road between Ahau Tulum and coqui coqui hotel, directly next door to Akiin Beach Club. The cabanas are part of Akiin Beach Club but are in their own garden area of the property.
We update our calendar religiously.
Well behaved children are welcome.
Please note that events and groups use the beach club space on a regular basis and weddings occur most weekends through out the year but most heavily November through June. Please keep this in mind prior to booking, especially during the winter months.
We now have fully furnished studios in downtown Tulum! They are in the heart of Tulum town and make the perfect base to explore the area.
*PLEASE CHECK IN between 12 and 8pm and NO LATER than 10pm.*
Richard works in marketing, property management and as of this year opened his own restaurant. In his spare time he swims, dives, plays with Malix Futbol Club de Tulum and also plays ultimate frisbee. He travels whenever possible. His favorite places in the world are New York City, Guanajuato and Mumbai.
Alex is our go to property manager and has become an essential part of our team. When not playing ultimate or taking his dogs to the beach he is usually the one to answer messages.
Our place has continued to grow and we are quite busy with other projects and often work remotely. Our beach properties are part of Akiin beach club and we have helpful staff members who work with us. Our new downtown studio apartments are an ideal base to explore the area with more modern comforts like AC and strong WIFI.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Tulum!