The Best VRBO, Vacation Rentals and Airbnbs in Mexico for an Unforgettable Holiday

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.

Mexico is more than just massive resorts. No matter which city or town you’re in, you’ll be able to find vacation rentals and Airbnbs in Mexico that suits your unique needs, budget, and tastes.

You may be asking yourself why you should opt for an Airbnb in Mexico rather than a resort, and you’ll quickly find that there are tons of reasons.

For starters, vacation rentals in Mexico can be much less expensive, especially in the large resort towns where hotel rooms go for thousands of dollars each night.

Airbnbs and VRBOs also offer tons of different amenities! Whether you’re looking for a private pool, a spa tub, your own chef, or a local guide to show you around town, you’ll be able to find all of this and more at vacation rental in Mexico. Since there aren’t tons of guests to cater to, your host will be able to give you individual attention and privacy that you simply can’t find at a hotel.

Finally, if you’re headed to Mexico with friends or family, a vacation rental is the obvious choice. Rather than spending heaps on a bunch of different hotel rooms, Airbnb or VRBO allows you to rent out an entire house so everyone has their own space for the trip.

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 which have much lower booking fees.

In this article, we share with you our individual picks for each location as well as link out to the full articles where you can find the others that made it to the list.

Here’s a list of our full articles on the best vacation rentals in Mexico:

14 Best VRBO, Vacation Rentals and Airbnbs in Mexico

If you’re on the hunt for the best vacation rentals in Mexico, look no further! Here are 13 of our top  picks across different cities and towns in Mexico for an unforgettable vacation. 

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Best Vacation Rentals in Cancun

A popular destination among backpackers and honeymooners alike, Cancun is swimming with Airbnbs, from the beachfront to the center of town. You can find just about anything you’re looking for when it comes to Airbnbs in this part of Mexico, with plenty of options for both budget and luxury travelers. 

Here’s our top pick for the best Airbnb in Cancun and you can find more Airbnb recommendations in our article on all the best Airbnbs in Cancun! Wondering when to visit? Then check out this post.

Ocean Front Mansion

cancun villa rental for families
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Type: Entire Home (6BR, 7B)

Location: Next to the Cancun Hotel Zone

Price: $$$$

This upscale home is certainly one of the best luxury vacation rentals in Mexico. Equipped with 6 bedrooms perfect for large groups or families, this jaw-dropping villa can accommodate up to 12 guests, with plenty of room to boot. 

More high-end than a five-star hotel, this is one of the best vacation rentals in Mexico as it’s jammed packed with amenities. We’re talking a private chef, bartender, and staff to cater to your every whim!

Additional amenities like in-house massages, manicures, and pedicures are also offered as well. Overall, if you want an exclusive escape with your family or friends, this ocean front villa tops our list!

Why We Love It: Luxury villa with more amenities than you can imagine.

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Best Vacation Rental in Tulum

Tulum is a beautiful mix of beach, jungle, and a sleepy town, with some of the most unique Airbnbs in all of Mexico. 

Lots of the options are built in a chic, minimalist style with sleek decorations and special touches that make them Instagrammable paradises. You can find anything from jungle treehouses to bungalows on the beach in Tulum, making it one of the top vacation renalts, VRBO and Airbnb destinations in Mexico. 

Take a look at this vacation rental in Tulum if you’re looking for a stay you can’t find anywhere else and click here for more top Tulum Airbnbs!

High Speed Wifi in the Tulum Jungle

tulum vacation rental house
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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 4B)

Location: 5 minute drive Tulum Downtown

Price: $$

If you’re searching for a zen stay in Tulum, look no further. This is a top vacation rental in Mexico due to its remarkable design and memorable experience it offers guests. 

With three large bedrooms, a bright living area and an outdoor pool, this vacation rental in Tulum has everything you would ever need.

The home is decorated with modern features with a touch of traditional Mexican handicrafts! Between the lush pool and beautiful garden views, this place is a great find!

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Best VRBO, vacation rentals, and Airbnb in Playa del Carmen

When looking for accommodation in Playa, you’ll probably be choosing between a resort or a vacation rental. If you’re after a luxury experience with heaps of added benefits (but without the tourist crowds), a vacation rental is certainly the way to go. 

A Playa Airbnb is also a superior choice if you’re looking for a place to stay without paying an arm and a leg for a hotel room.  

Our top Airbnb pick in Playa del Carmen is just one example of the amazing value you can find. Want more choices? Check out the best Playa Airbnbs here!

Two Bedroom Ocean Front Retreat

playa vacation rental Type: Entire Home (2BR, 3B)

Location: Beachfront

Price: $$

One of the best parts about this country is that you can find a vacation rental in Mexico even if you don’t have a huge budget and still wind up with an amazing place to stay. Just take this villa in Playa del Carmen as an example! 

Sitting amid lush gardens, the villa is an ideal retreat to escape the craziness of this tourist town. The views from both the bedroom and the living room is just to die for!

The complex where the apartment is located has a huge Infinity pool, Jacuzzi sections, its less than 200 meters away from the beach.

Why We Love It: Beachfront views

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Best Airbnb in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is one of the top Airbnb destinations in Mexico, as you can find some truly remarkable places to stay in this beachside city. While much of PV is resorts, Airbnb offers a nice change, with similar amenities and the ability to accommodate large groups without an enormous price tag.

Check out our number one Airbnb choice in Puerto Vallarta for the trip of a lifetime! Want more Airbnb picks? Check out our list of the best PV Airbnbs

1 BR Beachfront Vallarta Shores

1 BR Beachfront Vallarta Shores
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Type: Entire Home 1BR, 1B)

Location: Los Muertos Beachfront

Price: $$

If you’re dreaming of waking up to the ocean every day of your stay, this is a top vacation rental in Mexico to soak in the sights. This apartment sits directly on the beach and offers unobstructed sandy sights as far as the eye can see.

This beachfront property in Puerto Vallarta is certainly a unique stay with exposed brick walls, arches over the sliding balcony doors and bright pops of color throughout the space.

The bedroom is large with an aquamarine accent wall and the open plan living area is full of eclectic artwork and makes for the perfect space for entertaining.

With Mexican flair throughout this apartment, you also have access to a shared pool and hot tub that’s just a few steps back from the ocean.

Why We Love It: Eclectic beachfront apartment with a unique design and Mexican flair. 

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Best Airbnb in Guadalajara

As the second biggest city in Mexico, there is an abundance of Airbnbs in Guadalajara, many of which make for the perfect home base for exploring the area. You’ll have your fair share of mariachi music and tequila while in Guadalajara, and with some luck you’ll have a wonderful local host who can give you the lay of the land.

Most of the Airbnbs in Guadalajara are on the lower end of the price spectrum, offering tremendous value. This pick is just one example of the gems you can find! For more Airbnb recommendations in this city, check out this list

Best Loft in Americana

trendy loft vacation rental in guadalajara

Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1.5B)

Location: Colonia Americana

Price: $$$

Don’t miss out on this swanky loft apartment if you’re searching for an Airbnb in Guadalajara, Mexico. Complete with a single bedroom and one-and-a half baths, this entire place is contemporary, decorated with an eye for design. 

It’s actually two floors, connected by a funky staircase leading to the lofted bedroom, giving the place an even more luxurious feel. There’s patio off of the colossal living area with a grill in case you feel like a BBQ, however, you may never be able to pull yourself off of the ultra plush couch or out of the hammock hanging in the living room.

It’s close to bars, restaurants, and the city in general… what more could you ask for? 

Why We Love It: Designer loft & one of the most unique spaces in the city.

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Best Vacation Rental in Merida

Merida is a great place to visit if you want to soak up some local culture. This city is brimming with a deep historical past, shining through in the colonial set up, large plazas, and plentiful museums. 

Merida is full of colorful homes, many of which are available on Airbnb, so if you want to have an authentic Mexican experience, you’ll be able to find it here. 

Because of Merida’s long history, you’ll also be able to find interesting homes to rent out on Airbnb, like spacious haciendas to make your own. For more awesome Merida Airbnbs, click here

Casablanca Living: 3 Bed, 3 Bath, Hacienda Style

merida vrbo
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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 3B)

Location: Edge of Centro, Merida

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Once featured in an Airbnb commercial for Central and Latin American, this unforgettable vacation rental in Mexico is an entire hacienda all for yourself. Located in the historic center of Merida, you’ll just be a quick stroll from anywhere you want to go… that is, if you can pull yourself away from this breathtaking property!

This vacation rental in Merida is bright and colorful, with a stone exterior and plenty of space both inside and out. Filled with authentic local artwork and tons of fun touches (hanging beds, concrete bathtubs, and lots of bright colors to name a few), you’ll be swept away by how much thought and effort has gone into creating this space.

The most notable aspects of this beautiful vacation rental in Mexico are the lovely outdoor pool with loungers, large movie theater room (yes, with a projector and all), and a massive garden filled with fruit trees. 

Why We Love It: Sprawling hacienda with stunning details and countless amenities. 

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Best Vacation Rentals in Oaxaca

A magical corner of Mexico, the state of Oaxaca sits proudly with a vibrant colonial city at its center, filled with rich attractions, and plenty of culture. As you make your way outside of the capital Oaxaca, you’ll find lush mountain greenery and sleepy beach towns, ideal for a weekend trip. 

Airbnb in Oaxaca is certainly the way to go, as the options are plentiful and the prices are modest. You’ll also find some of the most unique Airbnbs in Mexico in this area, so don’t miss out on the fun! See more of the best Oaxaca Airbnbs here. 

Mountain House

oaxaca vacation rental 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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Best Airbnb in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is an exceptional place to visit for art and architecture lovers, or anyone hoping to explore an influential Mexican destination. The old-world charm in this city is alluring, as is the large number of Airbnbs available to rent. 

Our biggest tip for choosing an Airbnb in San Miguel de Allende? Definitely go for one with a view (like our unbelievable pick below). If you need more recommendations, go to our list of the best Airbnbs in San Miguel de Allende

Casa Karina | Centro San Miguel with Views & Pool

Casa Karina | Centro San Miguel with Views & Pool
Images courtesy of VRBO

Type: Entire Home (2BR, 2.5B)

Location: Centro, San Miguel de Allende

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

This is personally one of my all-time favorite vacation rental finds because it’s simply unmatched in Mexico and in the rest of the world. Just wait until you see it!

A multi-level home with two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, this VRBO in Mexico can accommodate up to six guests but works for couples too. All of the massive rooms surround the indoor courtyard, and feature plush beds, state of the art en-suite bathrooms, and modern architectural accents. 

Casa Karina has a main living area, an absolutely beautiful kitchen, and a TV room. But the most notable element of this property is the gorgeous rooftop lounge that looks out over San Miguel de Allende. On the rooftop, you’ll find a heated pool with a glass-bottom that you can see from inside the house. 

Get your camera ready, because you’ll have the most amazing pictures from this spot!

Why We Love It: Architectural masterpiece with a glass-bottom rooftop pool. 

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Best Airbnb in Guanajuato

If colorful cities fit your fancy, you’ll quickly fall in love with Guanajuato. A combination of bright homes and colonial architecture, there’s no better way to experience the city than with an Airbnb. 

The biggest draw to staying in Airbnbs here is the unbeatable prices… just wait until you see what you can book with $100!

Here’s a swanky place to stay if you’re looking for one of the best Airbnbs in Mexico. For more, we’ve also picked out other awesome Airbnbs in Guanajuato.

Casa Boutique

Type: (2 different houses available one 4B and 1B)

Location:1 km from La Paz Square

Price: $$

For a contemporary stay in the heart of Guanajuato, Casa Boutique will do the trick. Offering two houses, 1 with four bedrooms and one house featuring a one bedroom, this vacation rental in Mexico works well if you’re traveling with friends or family or as a couple.

Offering exceptional value, Casa Boutique is a bright spot with lots of natural light, local decorations and furnishings, as well as all the amenities you need for a cushy stay in this funky home. 

There’s a terrace along with beautiful views and an outdoor bbq! Perfect place to enjoy the panoramic views of Guanajuato, this vacation rental in Mexico is a great vacation spot. 

Why We Love It: Modern home offering great value. 

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Best Airbnb in Isla Mujeres

Island living doesn’t get much better than Isla MujeresSitting just off the coast of Cancun, this is a popular weekend trip or destination away from the masses.

If you’re looking for a beachfront Airbnb in Mexico, you’ll be able to find plenty in Isla Mujeres, along with some world-renowned properties and unbelievably unique spots. Check out the best Airbnbs in Isla Mujeres here. 

I can guarantee you won’t be able to find anything like our Isla Mujeres Airbnb pick below!

Quiet Private Oasis

isla mujeres where to stay
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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 3B)

Location:4 min drive to the beach

Price: $$$

If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway, head to this stunning vacation rental in Isla Mujeres.  Offering unobstructed views of the ocean, the entire living room opens up to the sea and private swimming pool. Located a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of town, this place is the perfect getaway for those who want some peace and quiet.

The entire place is stylishly decorated with traditional Mexican furnishings and is known to be a relaxing haven for guests!

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Best Airbnb in Bacalar

If you’re dreaming of paddleboarding, kayaking, and lounging on an aquamarine lagoon, Bacalar is the spot to be. This sleepy little town lines a stunning lagoon, with crystal clear water in thousands of shades of turquoise. 

Despite being a small area, there are plenty of Airbnbs in Bacalar, many of which are right on the water. You’ll fall in love with this place as soon as you see it and may find yourself never wanting to leave! For more beautiful Bacalar Airbnbs, click here for our list

Lakeside Mansion

airbnb bacalar vrbo
Photos are courtesy of VRBO

Type: Entire Home (5 BR, 5B)

Location: 3.6 mi to center

Price: $$$

You’ll find this beautiful house located right by the lake. Hidden and totally private, at this premium vacation rental has a mini plunge pool in the rooftop as well as a dock connected straight to the lake.

When you book this Bacalar Vacation Rental, you can sleep up to 14 people making it perfect for large groups of friends and family. The wood-heavy home is stylish and functional, with a comfortable living area.

Why We Love It: Spacious house in a special location

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Best Airbnb in Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox is still an up-and-coming Mexican destination, and this is where you want to be for a relaxing vacation. The entire island is actually car-free, but you can navigate it via golf cart. 

Most of the action is concentrated around the tip of Holbox where there’s a small town. That’s also where you can find the majority of the Airbnbs that offer stylish stays within walking distance of everything.  

Just wait until you see our top pick in Holbox, which is without a doubt one of the best beachfront Airbnbs in Mexico. You can view more of the best Holbox Airbnbs here

Holbox Island Casa Impala

casa impala holbox
Images courtesy of VRBO

Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Near El Chiringuito Beach Bar

Price: $$$

This vacation rental in Holbox is potentially one of the most Instagrammable spots on the island, with its high-end design and impeccable decorations.

The loft is actually a duplex sitting amongst a lush palm grove, just steps from the beach and a few minutes’ walk from the center of town. 

Your stay includes the second floor which has a living room, bathroom, kitchen, and balcony. Make your way up to the third floor to take advantage of your private sun deck with a hammock and lounger. 

Seriously, there’s no better place to spend a picturesque holiday on Isla Holbox! 

Why We Love It: Extremely fashionable two-floor loft next to the beach. 

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Best Airbnb in Sayulita

The lovely surf town of Sayulita makes for a stunning getaway away from the crowds. 

The place is generally pretty quiet and away from the large resorts lining the Mexican coast. Instead, there are plenty of quaint hotels and heaps of Airbnbs that offer private pools, magical views, and all the fixings for a memorable vacation.

This Airbnb in Sayulita is the perfect romantic escape, with a view that makes it one of the best in all of Mexico. Looking for more options? Check out our full list of the best Sayulita Airbnbs

Private Home with Views

sayulita vacation home with big pool and ocean views
Images courtesy of VRBO

Type: Entire Home (4BR, 4B)

Location: 1 block from Downtown

Price: $$

A Sayulita vacation home straight out of the Jungle Book, this entire home is absolutely gorgeous, surrounded by lush Mexican greenery and with sweeping ocean views.

The home is huge, with four artfully decorated bedrooms, eye-catching ensuite bathrooms, and large common areas to enjoy meals or catch up with friends. There’s also tons of outdoor space here, with balconies off of each room, a treehose with a hammock, and the show stopping pool.

You’ll find this is an outstanding place to immerse yourself in Sayulita wildlife as there are different species of birds, geckos, butterflies and more.

Why We Love It: Lots of space, greenery, plus a full-size pool!

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Best Airbnb in Valle de Guadalupe

Valle de Guadalupe is also known as the Napa of Mexico. It’s the largest wine region in the country and for good reason! The weather is glorious and the surrounding mountains create prime conditions for grape growing… and for drinking.

Valle de Guadalupe is a super fun destination and has some of the best Airbnbs in Mexico. If you’re looking for tons of options, click here for our 15 top picks.

Arre Lulu Baja Dos

Arre Lulu Baja Dos
Images courtesy of Airbnb

Type: Campervan (1BR, 1B)

Location: Near Villa de Juarez

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Soak in the gorgeous sights of Valle de Guadalupe from this chic, modern Airstream. Not only does this stay allow you to live out your #vanlife fantasies, but it also provides an extra comfy home base to enjoy between vineyard hopping.

In addition to the totally decked out interior with a large bed, couch, kitchen and full bathroom, this Airstream also has a massive patio to enjoy for meals, sunset or any time in between. There’s even a fire pit!

Ideal for a romantic getaway or a stay off the beaten path, you’ll love everything about this Airbnb in Valle de Guadalupe.

Why We Love It: Unique Airstream with huge outdoor space and fashionable interior.

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

As you can see, Mexico really is the land of Airbnbs, especially if you’re looking for unique stays near the beach or in the jungle. 

No matter what kind of vacationer you are, I can promise that you’ll be able to find the perfect Airbnb in Mexico for your trip.

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