11 Best Vacation Homes, VRBOs, and Airbnb in Oaxaca, Mexico for an Amazing Stay!

written by local expert Jane Elmets

Jane always knew she wasn't destined for a desk job... She has travelled all over the world and is passionate about noodles, sloths and her hiking boots! When she isn't busy adventuring around the world, you can find her reviewing travel gear and dishing out travel tips to all the places she's visited.

Headed on holiday to Oaxaca, Mexico and looking for a place to stay? Here’s our complete round-up of 12 of the best vacation rentals, VRBOS, and Airbnb in Oaxaca for an unbeatable time. 

Airbnb is a vacationer’s best friend as it’s so much more convenient (and oftentimes less expensive) than a hotel. You can find big stays for a group or family, cozy pads for a couple, and even ultra-budget options that aren’t available anywhere else.

If you want added freedom, extra privacy, and more money in your wallet on holiday, check out these amazing vacation homes in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Editor’s Note: Please note that Airbnb recently made changes to their program so in this article, we are including links to other options like VRBO or Booking.com which have much lower booking fees.

Best Local Tours in Oaxaca

  • Traditional Cooking Class- If you want to learn more about Oaxaca through its food, this cooking class is for you. It is hands down one of the best things to do in Oaxaca and is extremely popular amongst travelers.
  • Day trip to Hierva el Agua– This awesome day trip will take you to one of Oaxaca’s popular attractions. The day trip includes swimming, hiking, and a trip to a Mezcal factory.
  • Oaxaca Handicrafts tour- Want to immerse yourself in the beautiful handicrafts that Oaxaca is known for? Check out this local guided tour where you can find out more about the Zapotec handicrafts.
  • Tacos and Secret Bars Food Crawl– Discover the best eats in Oaxaca in this awesome food tour taking you around the best spots in the city.
  • Mezcal and Mole tasting– This local tour is with a certified sommelier, giving you a brief history about these two popular foods that Oaxaca is known for.
  • Historic Walking Tour– This local led walking tour takes you around the main sights in Oaxaca City, giving you an insight into each attraction.

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11 Best Airbnbs in Oaxaca

Here are our top 11 picks for the best Airbnbs in Oaxaca! There’s something for everyone on this list, so whether you’re looking for a budget stay or a colonial mansion in the center of the city, you’ll be able to find it here. 

Casa Del Bario

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 2B)

Location: Centro

Price: $

A charming apartment filled with vintage Mexican flair, this vacation home in Oaxaca Centro is ideal for a budget stay. It’s located on one of the most traditional barrios in Oaxaca, so everything you want to visit is just a quick walk away.

The one-bedroom apartment is housed in an old Oaxaca home with access to a small patio and garden where you can relax and hangout. It is also equipped with high-speed wifi, cable TV, and a fully equipped kitchen. Past guests also rave about the host and the location! 

Why We Love It: Very well-located and comfortable budget stay.

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Modern Apartment in Historic Downtown

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: 0.6 miles to center

Price: $

This modern apartment is the perfect Airbnb if you’re looking for a affordable stay near the center of town. Although it’s set only a few streets away from the action, this area is quiet and charming while only being a stone’s throw away from the best of Oaxaca. 

With one bedroom and one bathroom, this is a sweet stay for couples. It comes with a fully equipped kitchenette with refrigerator, stove top, coffee maker, blender, pots, pans, dishes and utensils as well as once a week cleaning.

Why We Love It: Clean and affordable

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Loft “El Tinglado Gráfico”

Loft “El Tinglado Gráfico”
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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Near Botanical Gardens

Superhost: No

Price: $

This contemporary Airbnb in Oaxaca city is going to give you serious decoration inspiration for when you return home. The loft is decorated to the nines with minimalist furnishings, bright Mexican textiles, and a gorgeous mix of wood and metal.

The apartment has an open floor plan, with the bed situated just next to the large living area. The kitchen has what you need for light cooking and added benefits like a Nutribullet (did someone say smoothies?), and in the common areas, you’ll find captivating books and photos.

For some fresh air, fling open the double doors to the terrace and let the sunlight stream in, or take a quick walk to the Zocalo, located just one block away.

Why We Love It: Super stylish loft in the city center. 

What Past Guests Have Said: “Place is really well decorated with amazing frames to look at. The place was nice and quiet at nights. Easy access to the place and well secure with great security. I would recommend this place for those staying a few days.”

“One of the most stylish lofts you’ll find anywhere. I felt so at home the moment I put my bag down and hit the lights. Didn’t want to leave”

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Casa del Barrio Jalatlaco

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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 3B)

Location: Barrio Jalatlaco

Price: $$

In the middle of the cultural and religious center of Oaxaca, you’ll find this charming 3 bedroom house making it a lovely home base for exploring the city.

This Oaxaca home rental  is spacious, combining modern comfort and conveniences with rustic environment and handicrafts from Oaxaca.

Santo Domingo Church is a 10 min walk from the property property along with multiple restaurants, art galleries, and museums.

Why We Love It: Spacious apartment close to everything. 

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Cozy 3-Bedroom

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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Centro

Price: $$

A laidback Oaxaca Airbnb in a quieter downtown neighborhood, this spot is secure, centrally located, and it’s organized around a patio so there’s always fresh air passing through the apartment. Located in the same building as the apartment we featured above,

The place has 3 bedrooms and is furnished with traditional Mexican artwork. The kitchen is fully equipped with anything you might need during the stay and the captivating wooden furniture makes the perfect place to sink into after a long day of exploring. 

Why We Love It: Peaceful location

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Mountain House

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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 3B)

Location: 2.9 miles from center

Price: $$

If you head a little ways outside city of Oaxaca, you’ll come across abundant nature-filled with mountains, beaches, and a whole lot of trees. Tucked away in this more wild area, you’ll find the Mountain House.

Featuring four bedrooms filled with natural light and ventilation. From the terraces, you can catch a glimpse of the city of Oaxaca with the rolling hills of San Felipe as your backdrop. This vacation rental in Oaxaca can easily fit 10 people making it the perfect destination for groups and families.

Why We Love It: Peaceful and quiet escape

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Elegant Home in Centro

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Type: Entire Home (4BR, 3B)

Location:3 blocks west of the Santo Domingo Church

Price: $$

To explore Oaxaca in style, consider this beautiful Airbnb, just steps from the church. Conveniently located in the center, you are right in the action of everything while

Perfect for large families or groups of friends this four-bathroom house is bright and well-equipped for both long and short-term stays. The terrace offers beautiful views of the city and is a great place to come home to after a day of sight seeing.

Why We Love It: Right at the center

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Casa “Las Libres”

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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 3B)

Location: 5 blocks from the Contemporary Art Museum

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

A bright home that’s great for small groups, this Airbnb in Oaxaca has room for six guests across three bedrooms (with ensuite bathrooms).

The place has an open-air kitchen and dining area located on a covered patio, as well as a mezcal bar for trying out some of Mexico’s famous drink.

The entire place is decked out in colorful Mexican textiles, interesting artwork, and thoughtful touches that make this stay feel like home. 

PS: There’s a Nespresso machine so coffee addicts, book ASAP!

Why We Love It: Very comfortable house with thoughtful touches.

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Luxury Villa Center of Downtown

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Type: Entire Home (4BR, 5B)

Location: Next to Santo Domingo Square

Price: $$$

A large modern house in the heart of Oaxaca’s historic center, this recently restored colonial home is walking distance from everything in the city that you’ll want to see on holiday.

This 4 bedroom villa easily sleeps 8 people and has a ton of lounging space for everyone, including a private swimming pool, gym, library, and WIFI throughout the house. The place also comes with a butler, cook, and a maid to assist you during your stay for total relaxation!

The entire house is outfitted with state of the art appliances and luxurious amenties. As far as city stays go, it doesn’t get much better than this one.

Why We Love It: Private pool 

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Magnificent House (Featured in Time Out Magazine)

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Type: Entire Home (5BR, 5B)

Location:3.2 mi to Oaxaca center

Price: $$$$

This house is sure to make your stay in Oaxaca memorable as it’s one of the most traditional options out there. The entire home is built in a traditional style with loads of brick wall accents and natural light.

The house itself is a beautiful escape from the city and is located only a short drive away from the hustle and bustle.

Between the many lounging spaces and the beautiful outdoor garden, this place is a great pick for those who are traveling in large groups.

Why We Love It: The patio and garden

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As you can see, there are so many outstanding options when it comes to Airbnb in Oaxaca. From bright and colorful apartments to traditional homes Airbnb is the best way to experience Oaxaca in ultimate comfort. 

Editor’s Note: For more on Mexico, check out our Mexico travel guide!

Things to Do in Oaxaca

Looking for ideas on what to do in Oaxaca during your time there? Check out some of these local Airbnb experiences in the area that we recommend.

Packing for Your Trip

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