To say that Mexico is a vast and rich country with many different landscapes, cuisines, and cultures somehow still feels like an understatement. Starting from the Río Grande that forms the border with the United States, Mexico stretches over 1,850 miles down toward the tropics, and there's a whole lot more to the place than Cancún and Tulum.
There's the beaches and surf of the Baja Peninsula, the rugged Sierra Madre mountains, the vast Chihuahuan Desert, and the southern Lacandon Jungle, to name a scant few of Mexico's natural wonders. And as far as adventures to be had, there's world-class rock climbing in El Potrero Chico, surfing in Sayulita, and cenote swimming in the Yucatán. It's always nice to come back to a cozy place after a day of such activities, and if you're thinking of an alternative to your average hotel, consider Mexico's growing glamping scene.
Glamping, an alternative and more luxe form of camping, comes with all the perks of a getaway out in nature without sacrificing the comforts of a hotel. Mexico's glamping scene is small but growing and, like the rest of the country, entirely unique—from treehouses in lush rainforests on the southernmost border to cabins in the northern mountains, glamping might be the ultimate way to experience all the beauty the country has to offer.
10 Unique Glamping Destinations in Mexico
Vibe: One with Nature
Nestled in the beach town of Zihuatanejo on Mexico's western coast, the tree houses at Playa Viva feature ocean views and are secluded enough to make you feel as though you have the beach all to yourself. The structure of the Wing Treehouse is modeled after the wing of a Manta Ray and it's open to the air, bungalow style, with room for four with a king bed and two twins and a private bathroom. Playa Viva is an inclusive experience, so your meals are included (as are daily morning yoga sessions). There's also a farm and a baby sea turtle sanctuary on-site, too.
Vibe: Peaceful and Tranquil
Serenity Glamping Camp's safari tents are far from any tent (or safari) you might have in mind. This luxury camp is more of a resort than a glampsite, and it definitely puts the glam into glamping. Tucked away in a nature preserve on the beach between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, the Serenity Glamping Camp offers a variety of accommodations with smaller glamping tents fit for a romantic getaway to larger spaces with multiple beds for family and group trips. The Lodge Tent, for instance, has three king beds, air conditioning, a kitchenette, a hot tub, and a private bathroom.
Vibe: Desert Oasis
At this glamping site on the coast of Baja, you can experience the best of both the desert and the ocean. The bell tents offer all your basic amenities like double beds, cooking equipment, and wifi. You can rent mountain bikes or kayaks from the property too, and if you're looking for extra adventure, the Baja View Project also offers kite surfing classes and scuba diving packages.
Vibe: Forested Retreat
Located just north of Oaxaca City, these bell tents are perfect if you want to spend a few days in the city and then have an easy getaway into nature. More like a campsite than the other resort-oriented properties that characterize glamping in Mexico, the tents are close together and there is a shared bathroom and common area and pool for a more communal glamping experience. Wifi is provided, and there are several coffee farms you can visit in the surrounding rainforest of the Oaxacan highlands.
Price: $246/2 nights
Vibe: Spaceships in Wine Country
Located in Mexico's wine country, Campera Hotel's Bubble Suites are perfect for the grape-loving crowd. Surrounded by vines, you can't get more immersed in the vineyard setting, and there are a plethora of local wineries and restaurants to visit in the surrounding area. The bubbles themselves are a unique alternative to traditional glamping tents and yurts, with amenities like queen-size beds, private bathrooms, AC, and wifi. And if you're feeling luxe, you can upgrade to the deluxe bubble with a private jacuzzi.
Vibe: Journey Back in Time
Located in the mountains south of Mexico City, this getaway is for adventurous glampers who want to explore off the beaten path of Mexico's tourist hot spots. The dirt road leading to this unique glamping hut is only accessible by 4x4 or on foot so you are guaranteed privacy on the property. Once there, there's a round bed under a superadobe dome that provides a full view of the stars from under the glass ceiling. Amatlan de Quetzalcoatl is famous for stories of UFO sightings and hieroglyphs found in the caves nearby, and there's even a pre-Hispanic sweat lodge called a Temazcal right on the property where you can participate in ancestral rituals usually a mixture of steam baths and herbs.
Vibe: So Luxe it Barely Counts as Glamping
This treehouse is far from the one you might've built as a kid, and definitely the most luxurious glamping spot on this list. The Panoramic Ocean Treehouse offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean with floor to ceiling windows. It's located on a resort property along with other treehouses so you get all of the luxury accommodations that come with it including restaurants and a treehouse bar, plus the king bed, sofa bed, included breakfast, and pool that comes with the room. As a nice touch, the property focuses on sourcing textiles and artifacts from local artisans so that the style expresses the craft and colors of Mexico.
Vibe: Beachside Views
If you are looking for a relaxing secluded beach vacation this might be the spot for you. Cell phone reception and wifi aren't the strongest at Baläo Beach on the Yucatan Peninsula's north coast, so it's a natural chance to disconnect for a little while and enjoy the beauty of the ocean. The palapa style tower has a double bed, air conditioning, a private lounge, and an outdoor shower as well as access to the property's shared pool and access to the beach.
Vibe: Retreat in the Jungle
Surrounded by the Mayan Jungle and crystal clear waters the Nativus luxury tents feature king sized beds and open air showers. The property itself has a private deck where you can rent kayaks to paddle out under the stars. The Nativus tents are designed to be a temporary home, but you'll probably want to make it permanent.
Vibe: Culinary Exploration
A winery on site and three different restaurants plus a food truck, you will surely be eating and drinking better than your average camping trip. You can also sign up for one of the curated experiences like sailing, helicopter rides over the mountains, or ziplining for the more adventures amongst us.