Cabana Arena: Big,Rustic&Beachside

Earth House - Private room · Hectares Km, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Mimi & Richard
Your host, Mimi & Richard
12 Reviews
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The Space

Great Tulum beach side cabana with two double beds and shared outside bathroom. Perfect for small family or friends. Ample and simple rustic cabana on private property with garden view. Just a few sandy steps from gorgeous Caribbean Sea. Great place to relax and disconnect. Shared bathrooms are close by. Electricity 24hrs. Ideal for independent travelers! Please read the entire property description and our profile before (email hidden) in great part of Tulum beach area. Lots of great places to eat within walking distance as well as cenotes and many options for yoga and some beautiful shops nearby. Tucked away in a secret garden with beach club next door making it a mostly private place to enjoy Tulum's world class beaches. A 10 minute drive or 30 minute bike ride from Tulum pueblo. Sian Kaan biosphere and Tulum ruins just minutes away.

The cabana has beautiful thatched roof and simple amenities such as double beds, chairs, closet, mosquito net, reading lamps and fan.

Visit us from May to September and experience the joy of turtle season, there are always a couple of mamma turtles that come up on this beach each year. Arrive in August-September and you are almost guaranteed to see some babies heading out to sea.
There is no light pollution on this beach so the stars are endless and amazing. Beach furniture available for lounging, reading and enjoying the breeze.

Day passes to the best gym in town are available upon request.
Occasionally the private beach club next door has events that go until late so please inquire before you book. The beach club also caters to groups that use the facilities for a few hours daily.
Cleaning daily, fresh towels and sheets every third day.
There is no kitchen access.
There is no A/C and the breeze and fans may not be enough for some folks in the hotter months.
There is no hot water.
There is WIFI though it can be slow and unreliable. Other WIFI locations at nearby beach clubs and restaurants are minutes away and open to clients.

Please check in between 12pm and 5pm.

No pets. No smoking. No candles.

We recommend you bring a FLASHLIGHT and or headlamp, mosquito repellent, and sunscreen (with high spf).

Cabana ARENA at Pico Beach Tulum.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Everything about Tulum and Pico Beach was perfect. I spent just 2 days there with my kids, age 14 and 11 and we had a great time. The beach is perfect for swimming, the food and drinks are reasonably priced and it was a low-key, enjoyable vacation. We then went to Cancun and wished we had spent the entire vacation at Pico Beach in Tulum!

    February 2014
  • We couldn't recommend Pico Beach more. We loved our cabana which was perfectly spacious and comfortable and was cleaned everyday. Mimi and Leo her assistant were lovely and so helpful. We shall be back next year for sure! Thank you! x

    January 2014
  • Our stay at the Pico Beach Hotel was ~OK.

    I was a bit disappointed, because the "BEACHSIDE" all in capitals in the title is a bit misleading unless you are familiar with the area. Yes, its is on the side of the road where the beach is, but between your cabana and the beach is a small hill and a GIANT several story restaurant that caters to large groups others had mentioned here. This cabana is also the furthest from the beach but the only one advertising the "BEACHSIDE."

    When we arrived there were signs renting the rooms out for $50 a night... so we shouldn't have bothered to book in advance.

    The service was ok, but there were a few rainy days the staff didn't come to give us service and we really needed it (Lizards like to poop on beds). The bathrooms were also often dirty, and on the beach that can be kinda gross.

    Their main business is the AKIIN beach club restaurant, and the cabanas are a new venture that don't really have the infrastructure other places in the area have to actually host guests.

    We never met the hosts, and the reception closed every day at 4-5pm.

    I can't say I would stay here again or recommend it. There were much better deals at hotels and resorts that had more of a comfortable vibe. Sometimes it best to not prebook eh?

    June 2013
    Mimi & Richard
    Response from Mimi & Richard:

    Sorry you had a disappointing stay. We wish you would have let us know of any issues you were having and that you understood the properties description. We are a guest house catering to independent guests and we lack certain amenities and that is usually made up in the very fair prices we offer, most of our guests embrace that. As for the giant several story restaurant, you are mistaken that is a house we also rent. Akiin is in fact next door to the cabanas at pico beach. The small hill protects from wind and all our cabanas are a 30 second walk to the beach or less. None are advertised as beach front. Beach side means located at a beach, we have 15 meters of it for guest use.

    June 2013
  • We stayed for a week in Cabana Arena and had a great time. The cabana was clean and well maintained. Its just a short walk from the sea and the water was wonderful. Mimi (email hidden) offering plenty of advice on the best places to east in town. She even took us with her for a swim in a local cenote. We would be happy to go back again some time.

    March 2013
  • this place was really really great.amazing location, amazing rustic (but very well kept) cabana, amazing beach, and mimi (email hidden). nothing more to say really but if you're coming to Tulum, just forgo the 200/night a places and do this instead, you'll be glad you did

    March 2013
  • Wonderful experience overall. The Cabana stays nice and cool and has beautiful big windows that open towards the ocean, We stayed in Arena which was furthest from the beach, but still close enough to hear the water at night. It was nice to find beach towels on hand there, we didn't see that they were provided on the description (maybe we missed it) and we were running around Tulum center trying to bargain hunt beach towels. Good thing we didn't buy, they are provided at the Cabana. Just a heads up, when they say they provide water, its one bottle per person, not a garafon, so just bring more bottles with you from town if you are on a budget. Shower is very low pressure (and cold- but that is stated, and actually feel great!) but luckily there was a shower right on the beach that had great pressure to get all the sand out of your suit and your hair. We didn't meet Mimi or Richard, they were on vacation we were told, but we enjoyed our stay so much and hope to come back!! Also, the location is fabulous, right in the middle of the beach strip and there is a great cafe Il Barino across the street that serves fresh juices and the best Juevos Mexicanos around for $60 pesos! Also a yoga studio that has class schedule posted in the cafe.

    March 2013
  • We had a very nice time staying at Pico Beach in Tulum. We did not meet Richard and Mimi in person, but they were very communicative and prompt in their replies to our booking request. They also left useful information in the room about places to eat, etc.

    The cabana and shared bathroom/showers were very clean and comfortable. We really enjoyed going for swims and lounging on the beach chairs out front each day. We luckily got to enjoy a full moon while we were there, which was really beautiful and helpful since it's very dark in Tulum and at Pico Beach especially. I would highly recommend that guests bring headlamps or flashlights!

    February 2013
  • We had very relaxing days there in Tulum.
    What you see is what you get, which is a nice beach just 50 m from the cabaña away, awesome sea and sand and a good cabaña.
    It is located at the far end of the zona hotelera – which is great because there are some good restaurants/bars to go out. A few good breakfast spots, too.
    Worth checking out are "Hartwood" and "La Eufemia".
    We can recommend this place!

    February 2013
  • This place is fantastic! Mimi and Richard are super kind and helpful, and the cabanas here at Akiin / Pico Beach are perfect. Everything you need for a relaxing, low-key stay on the beach, surrounded by the beauty of both beach and jungle, and near any amenities you might seek! I can't thank Mimi and Richard enough for helping my friends and I make the most of our stay in Tulum. Enjoy the good life!

    February 2013
  • This place truly is located on the best part of the Tulum Beach. Not only is the beach much wider and cleaner here than in some other areas but it is also walking distance to some of the better restaurants around.

    The cabana is exactly as described. Very clean and nicely decorated for being a simple cabin. The shared bathrooms were also remarkably clean.

    It is big enough for 4 people, but we were only 2 so we had lots of space. A very good deal for the money. Especially around New Years when we were here and most of the hotels were fully booked already.

    This specific cabana is quite close to the road, there is no heavy traffic here but we could here cars passing. Nothing that bothered us tho.

    Mimi is an excellent host, always answered every email within hours sometimes minutes, and all the directions and all the other info she gave us was very clear. She also recommended some places for the rest of our trip in the Yucatan and all were great tips which made our trip better.

    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone and I am sure we will be back for another stay as soon as we have the chance.

    January 2013
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Sarah Lawrence College, The University of the Arts
Pico Beach by Akiin, La Palmita studios Tulum, Adventure Fitness Club, Akiin Beach Tulum, Alux Restaurant
We are a Mexican American brother & sister team of young entrepreneurs overworking ourselves in paradise. 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! *PLEASE CHECK IN between 12 and 8pm and NO LATER than 10pm.* *We are NOT currently taking reservations for next season and will be doing some maintenance between October and November. We're on Tulum time so that may change. Thank you.* Hosts: Richard works in marketing, property management and as of this year opened his own restaurant. In his spare time he plays with Malix Futbol Club de Tulum and plays ultimate frisbee. He travels whenever possible. His favorite places in the world are New York City, Guanajuato and Mumbai. Mimi manages property as works in some creative endeavors. She is usually the one to answer messages and is the main property manager. In her free time she finds all the best places to eat and drink. She is also a seasoned traveler. Her favorite places include Bagan, San Miguel Allende and Paris. We spend a lot of time swimming in the local cenotes, one of the coolest natural wonders in the world! We also love to read, eat, swim, dive, and plan our next adventure. We travel as much as we can, especially in the summer and fall. Our place has continued to grow and we are quite busy with other projects. We are part of Akiin beach club and have helpful staff members who work with us.
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