In our coverage of luxury real estate opportunities for vacation and retirement homes, we like to point out up and coming areas sometimes that have big upside potential. Right now one of those is the Tulum area of Mexico. From the Tulum ruins down to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, development has been limited and there are natural constraints on how much building can happen in the future.

Nevertheless, when the Mexican government taps an area for increased tourism, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Right now there’s a new international airport going in that can serve a few million visitors a year. This will make it easier to get to the Riviera Maya resorts south of Playa del Carmen and to the eco-friendly resorts on Tulum’s beaches. Tulum’s main beach is, in my opinion, the best one in eastern Mexico, partly because it’s not as overdeveloped as all the others to the north.

There are some interesting properties on offer in this region that could see a major increase in value after the infrastructure improvements are in place. Want to buy your way into a new business, operating a hotel? Want to build a custom villa on beachfront land with no neighbors? See the full feature here: Tulum and Sian Ka’an Luxury Real Estate.