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Camping and Eco-Tourism in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean

Camping options in the Mexican Caribbean require a little bit of research

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Tulum, a part of the Mexican Caribbean, is a great place to sleep outdoors. However, since none of the beaches in Mexico are privately owned, you can camp just about anywhere along the shore. But take precautions when camping on a beach, as robberies are known to occur. Or, try these other options if you don't have a tent and prefer a bit more security.

A few organized campsites are available, mostly for RV travel. In less-official campsites, campers can rent space and a hammock - or just space if they have their own hammock - for as little as $3(USD) per night. Cabañas, beach huts built of palm fronds, offer travelers hammocks and shelter. However, these low-priced cabañas are disappearing in favor of resort-style housing in more tourist oriented areas, such as Cancún and Cozumel.

Eco-travelers will find ecologically oriented spaces around Tulum. Such hotels are more expensive toward the southern edge of Tulum, but travelers can generally find good deals. Backpackers often find accommodations suited to their needs around Chetumal.

While camping and eco-tourism may not be the biggest market for the Mexican Caribbean, you can still find suitable accommodations and spend a night under the stars.

Below, you'll find a list of properties in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean that can help you get back to nature. Click their names for more information about their locations, amenities, activites, food and more. It's the easiest way to browse the necessary details of your trip.

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