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Akumal Bliss=Playa Caribe #5 Half Moon Bay Luxury Condo

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)


LOW SEASON SALE! STAY 7 DAYS: PAY FOR 6 beginning May 1, 2018 until Dec. 21, 2018

HIGH SEASON RATES 1 bedroom [$260.00] and 2 bedroom rates [$290.00] (JANUARY 6/APRIL 30, 2018). For one bedroom rental, second bedroom/bath is locked off and NOT rented.

LOW SEASON (MAY 1/DECEMBER 21, 2018) 2 bedroom only rate is $195.00 per night.

HOLIDAY (DECEMBER 22, 2018/JANUARY 4, 2019) 2 bedroom only

HIGH SEASON RATES 1 bedroom [$260.00] and 2 bedroom rates [$290.00] (JANUARY 5/APRIL 30, 2018). For one bedroom rental, second bedroom/bath is locked off and NOT rented.

Lovely, private Half Moon Bay is home to Playa Caribe #5. Located midway between the points of the bay, the views from your balcony of the second floor center unit are breathtaking. The ocean can be viewed from every room in the condo!

The Playa Caribe building, which contains 12 units and 3 casitas, is beautifully maintained and provides purified water from our own onsite Reverse Osmosis plant. You will never have to worry again about accidentally brushing your teeth with the tap water. The water even tastes good.

Playa Caribe #5 is a luxury condominium providing all the amenities you would have at home: high thread count sheets, full kitchen, pool, central air conditioning, free dedicated Wi-Fi, satellite TV, DVD, iPod player, CD player, etc. Add to this the daily maid service, and you will not want to leave! Just because you have a kitchen doesn't mean you have to cook. A short walk up or down the beach leads to two excellent beachside restaurants: La Lunita and La Buena Vida. There are many restaurants to chose from.

Half Moon Bay is a premiere snorkeling spot. Akumal Bay and Yal-ku Lagoon are both in walking distance from the condo.

Turtles build their nests on the beach and, if you are visiting during the summer months, you may see the babies hatch and make their dash to the water.

Keywords: Condo, Akumal, Half Moon Bay, Riviera Maya, Playa Caribe, sea turtles

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Annie

Hi from John and Annie. We are happily retired* in Bishop, California, after thirty plus years living on Donner Summit, in the mountains above Lake Tahoe, enjoying the skiing, hiking, climbing and coping with massive amounts of snow. Bishop is on the eastern side of the Sierras and is a playground for athletes. We moved here to rock climb year round and to get away from the snow.

We love spending August in the condo and enjoying our Half Moon Bay. We are in or on the bay for most of every day.

*John was a ski school director and climbing instructor. Annie was a teacher, mainly in kindergarten.

Annie purchased this condo in 2005

Why Annie chose Akumal

One morning in early Jan. 2005, after it had been snowing for a week and road closures were eminent, I decided I needed to get somewhere warm and welcoming. I had a photo of a condo on Half Moon Bay up on the 'frig that a friend had given to us at a Christmas party. After staring longingly at the photo, I started looking for a place to stay on HMB, not having any idea it was high season. Of course, nothing was available. One wonderful travel agent told me she had found a hotel room for us but told me to see if I could find a flight first. Oh, my. By the time I secured the flight and confirmed the hotel room, it was about 2:30 in the afternoon. We ran around throwing things in a couple of suitcases, jumped in the car and made the 3 1/2 hour drive up to Reno with white knuckles. Cars were spinning out all around us.

We spent that night in Reno and flew out the next morning. We had our feet in the sand that afternoon. It was love at first sight! Half Moon Bay is an absolutely magical place.

One day we wandered into the realtor's just to check out prices. When Tony asked if he could show us some properties, we thought it would be fun to look around. One of the properties was Playa Caribe #5. We fell under the spell of that fabulous view of Half Moon Bay from every room in the condo. We love to share our place with family and friends. It is our hope that our visitors will want to return often and think of it as their private get away.

What makes this condo unique

There seem to be two types of visitors to Half Moon Bay. Some fill every minute of every day with a new adventure: cenotes, diving, driving around, shopping, restaurants, cultural events, ruins, etc. Believe me, there is no end to all one can find to do in this area. We fit in with 'the others' who just love to hang out at Half Moon Bay. We bring about a million books and, when we aren't in the water snorkeling, swimming or SUPing, we have our noses pressed to the pages. The diving is wonderful, but we just can't get enough of the snorkeling. I should add that another bonus to staying at Playa Caribe is meeting some of the very interesting people who stay there often.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I recently stayed at your beautiful apartment with my sister and friend for 5 days. She came from the UK and I from australia. I just wanted to say it is the most amazing place to spend time. The apartment is so pretty and the views are to die for. We had a ball and recharged some worn out batteries as well. Agustin and his staff were fantastic too so thanks to them also. You never know - we could be back one day...... Thanks very much. Full disclosure: With her permission, I copied this from my facebook messages. That is why there are no stars.
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Akumal Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Quiet hours are in effect 10:00PM to 7:00AM.
  • Pool hours are 8:00AM to 8:00PM.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both bathrooms have been remodeled using beautiful Mexican Talavera tiles on the counters and showers. The bathrooms both have two sinks and under the counter storage. Our onsite Reverse Osmosis system provides purified drinking water from all the taps in the condo. The colorful towels and washcloths dry quickly. Each bathroom has a hairdryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double
  • The master bedroom has a King bed with high thread count sheets and a selection of pillows. There is a TV and CD player, a small private balcony and an adjoining bathroom. The guest bedroom has a Queen bed and a double bed, both with high thread count sheets and a selection of pillows. The guest room also has a TV and CD player, a small private balcony and an adjoining bathroom. Both bedrooms have ceiling fans and reading lights above the beds. Both bedrooms have beautiful views of Half Moon Bay. The small bedroom balconies are very private for a early morning cup of coffee.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 18 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
FOR YOUR SAFETY: We provide purified drinking water from all taps through the Reverse Osmosis plant on site. There is a password protected safe in the master bedroom for your passport and other important things. When Agustin leaves for the day, we have a night watch person on the grounds. The private, off street parking lot is well lit.


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Akumal Bliss=Playa Caribe #5 Half Moon Bay Luxury Condo
average rating of 4.9772725 based on 47 reviews

Wonderful place to relax and unwind!

  • 5 of 5

Playa Caribe #5 is one of the best holiday excursions I’ve ever taken! Annie and John really go the extra mile to make sure guests feel welcome and comfortable during their stay. All of the additional information Annie has compiled in their notebook here at the property as well as online was really informative and helpful in motivating our family to experience some different things during our trip as well. Turtles were out of season, but the snorkeling was amazing, the food was fantastic, the locals are wonderful and we really couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay during our trip! Thank you again!!! And we look forward to visiting in the future!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to hear that your second visit to Playa Caribe #5 was as successful as your first. I enjoyed corresponding with you and we hope your family will come back to stay with us soon.
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Very Nice Condo

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed, great staff, and a really good location.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A very special place!

  • 5 of 5

I really can’t say enough good things about Annie’s condominium! It is in a beautiful location right on the ocean and every night we fell asleeep and woke up to the soothing and relaxing sound of the waves from Half Moon Bay. Inside the condominium is a delightful feast of cheerful color and design....immaculate and comfortable. The staff who work at the complex are friendly and helpful. Also, thank you Annie for all of your tips before we arrived! Can’t wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the bright, cheery tile. We had a lot of fun designing the tile patterns with the colorful Talavera tiles. My husband designed the master bathroom and I did the guest bath. Come visit us again! The wonderful sound of the waves will be waiting for you.
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Quiet Lovely Stay, Well Cared for and Safe

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at Annie's. We were there this last January with our 2 small children (3 and 6). Maybe less crowded due to mild winter in US and State Dept warning. However, we never saw a "questionable person" and as extensive world travelers, we feel we are always aware. The condo was one of the best appointed I've stayed in Mexico. There is some construction 2 buildings away, but they were very quiet and really not noticeable. The staff we friendly and capable.

The small convenience store across the street was nice (bread, beer and peanut butter kinda place). Chomak grocery in town is expensive. I highly recommend going with CARM transfer and having them stop in Playa for your groceries (165$ round trip!). Also, dont feel weird about buying milk that is non refrigerated here, its really ok! (of course put it in the fridge after opening)

There is a golf cart rental right as you come into Akumal under the arch, and the benefit of using them is you get to park in their lot. That is a big bonus as parking can be hard when in town (Annie can tell you the name) . But with older kids, I would just rent bikes.

The beach is not very busy which is a plus for us, much different than Akumal beach in town. The town beach has areas roped off in the water for sea turtle snorkeling run by companies (blah) and full of people. The wind is much less here than Tulum (wind is tiresome for little ones) but the beach in Tulum is hard to beat. I would definitely come back here and to Half Moon Bay: Quiet, friendly and oh so easy...)

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful condo with an amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to the Riviera Maya, although we've been to the Pacific side of Mexico many times. Annie's condo did not disappoint! It's beautiful, comfortable, welcoming, festive, well-stocked, clean, and did I mention the view? We fell asleep to the sound of waves crashing and woke to watch the light come in. Amazing. Annie goes out of her way to make her guests feel welcome, and we did! We traveled with 3 little kids, and renting a golf cart was pretty much the highlight of their trip--so glad we did. We also took advantage of the grocery delivery. We snorkeled in the bay (really wish we'd brought our own masks and snorkels from home as the prices were insane at the dive shops) and the Lagoon and spent plenty of time playing in the sand out front. The beach at Half Moon Bay is beautiful and quiet, but not the best for swimming for young kids. Instead, we did most swimming at Akumal Bay. The pool was cute although a bit chilly in January, given there had been some cool weather before we arrived. Augustin helped us arrange transportation so that we could get to the ruins at Tulum and see some Cenotes, and we were glad we didn't have to navigate the area on our own. There is an overwhelming number of things to do and see outside of Akumal, and we wish we'd done a bit more research as we couldn't possibly keep up! In the end, we mostly explored Akumal and rode around in our turquoise golf cart eating at the many open-air restaurants and under palapas and drinking tropical drinks--sin alcohol for the kiddos. :). Thanks Annie for your hospitality--we can totally see why you fell in love with Playa Caribe #5 at first glance and why you have so many 5 star reviews. It's a special place for sure!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you had a great introduction to the Riviera Maya and the Half Moon Bay/Akumal area. We appreciate the review! I am happy to hear the grocery delivery worked out for you. As you said, shopping after a flight with three tired kids would have been tough. We hope your family will return next year to again ride around in the turquoise golf cart. I will help you plan more adventures. 😎?
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  • 5 of 5

We just returned from an absolutely perfect Akumal vacation. From the moment we walked in, we knew Annie's condo was special. The condo is immaculate and the daily maid service is wonderful. The festive decor is perfect. There are two AMAZING tile huge bathtubs that we all loved. The staff is wonderful as well as the security, they were on top of everything. Akumal itself is warm and fun but small enough to feel cozy. Thank you, thank you for such a perfect trip.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Kristen. We are happy to hear your family had a wonderful stay. We still haven't seen the condo with all the new tile, so we are really enjoying hearing what our guests have to say. Hopefully, your family will come again. :)
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Nearest Airport
105 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
La Buena Vida
Nearest Ferry
37 Miles
Playa del Carmen
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
La Buena Vida or La Lunita
Nearest Beach
5 Metres
Half Moon Bay
Car: not necessary

The snorkeling and diving are fabulous! We are in the perfect spot for easy access to Mayan ruins, EcoParks and many other adventures

Xel-Ha – 17 miles/11 kilometers:

Puerto Aventuras – 17/11

Tulum – 26/16

Xcaret – 32/20

Playa del Carmen – 37/23

Cozumel – 55/3

Puerto Morelos – 69/43

Coba – 70/44

Cancun – 105/65

Chichen Itza – 251/157


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 19.0%

Our condo can be rented during High Season as a 1 bedroom/1 bath (with the second bedroom locked off) for $260 per night. WE NEVER RENT THE LOCKED OFF BEDROOM. During Low Season the condo is rented as a 2 bedroom/2 bath only. During August, September and October, we offer a 7 night stay for the price of 6. One night is free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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