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MAGICAL Playa Caribe#4, Akumal luxury beachfront condo on sandy beach, POOL

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,422 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bd, 2 Ba, (Sleeps 6), central air, pool, RO purified water from taps

!! TWO nights at 2017 HOLIDAYS available Dec 26 & 27 !!

*No hurricane damage; none of the 4 hurricanes in 2017 reached Akumal*

*Rates same as 2017*

!! SUNSATIONAL SPECIAL--some weeks still available !! PAY FOR 6 NIGHTS GET THE 7TH FREE, 2 BR only, May 1 - Dec 19, 2017. New reservations only! **see other pricing under RATES

***EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC!! Ethereal beauty, white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, coral reefs, turtles and abundant sea creatures, prehistoric ruins, serenity—this is the Maya Riviera and Playa Caribe #4. Ahhhhhhh....let it work it's magic on you!! Playa Caribe #4 is a second floor luxury-but-affordable-unit with 2 bd 2 ba that provides the ultimate in privacy. Yet has fabulous VIEWS OF BOTH aquamarine CARIBBEAN AND verdant JUNGLE; only the side units offer both these views. It is spacious and considerably larger than the center units. We hear no pool noise here so it really is tranquil. Our condo is just steps from the beachfront, and you have the ability to watch turtles and rays cavort in the bay waters below. The condominium Playa Caribe is generally considered to be the BEST condo in Akumal because we are unique with enticing amenities like CENTRAL AIR so that you really are cool during the hot days and warm nights, RO PURIFIED WATER from all taps so you can drink it directly just like at home and not get sick, a stunning POOL on the beach.

Playa Caribe #4 is decorated in soft Caribbean colors with textures of Mexico, three custom-made stained glass windows, a Mexican mask collection, and many pieces of Mexican cultural art, it gently brings Mayan ambience into your life. Both bedrooms have private balconies that look directly onto the jungle, and a third balcony is off the living room looking onto the beach where you can dine or read while watching turtles and rays swim in the ocean waters below. There is FREE fast, dependable wireless internet service.

The unit sleeps 6: the master bedroom with a comfy king bed (and high thread count linens) has views both of the sparkling ocean and the lush jungle, with an ensuite full bath with tub/shower and two sinks. The second bedroom has two double beds with romantic mosquito canopies and a full bath also with tub/shower. Each bedroom has its own balcony. There is a new 50" SMART TV in the living room.

The kitchen is fully equipped with cooktop, microwave, convection and browning oven, refrigerator, many small appliances, serving dishes, spices, cloth napkins, and candles—everything to make your stay enjoyable . . . . and memorable. Dining is at the breakfast bar or at the dining table, with magnificent views. There is daily maid service (you do not need to do dishes or make your bed if you don’t want to!), 24-hour security, and room safe. We are concerned about our environmental impact, and have been awarded the CEA Ecological seal of approval for environmental protection.

Playa Caribe #4 is located about an hour drive's south of the Cancun airport off the 307 main highway, 40 steps from the water on the sandy beach in the charming seaside village of Akumal. Playa Caribe is within walking distance of gourmet restaurants and breakfast cafes, and abounds with activities like snorkeling or scuba diving on the offshore reefs, swimming in the unique cenotes, tours to Mayan ruins, or siestas.

Akumal is a peaceful resort, away from the maddening crowds of the “touristy” cities, yet has all the amenities you could want including many water and eco-jungle activities, delicious dining, bars, and comfort. The condominium itself has only 12 condos to preserve the small town atmosphere.

The Maya name Akumal means “land of the turtle” because turtles actually do lay eggs and hatch here during the summer; this is an incredible life affirming experience to watch.

Other activities: The village of Akumal is only 20 minutes drive south from the glitzy Playa del Carmen, which hosts the ferry to the island of Cozumel, and has many activities should you desire to leave your tranquil life in Akumal for the day or evening. The Maya ruins at Tulum are only a 20 minute drive south of Akumal.

***Walk the beach at sunrise and sunset, watch for turtle egg laying and hatching, drink a margarita under a palapa, read the book that you’ve been meaning to start, forget your troubles under the stars, and peacefully dream about your next visit to enchanting Akumal and Playa Caribe #4.

Keywords: Beachfront condominium, sandy beach, pool, Akumal, Half Moon Bay, central air, potable water, view, jungle, ocean, spacious, 2 bedroom 2 bath, turtles, kids, snorkel

More Details

Property Manager
Shari Stern
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

About Shari Stern

Ron and Shari have been married for years and share a love of the environment, scuba diving, and Akumal. We are both University professors (mathematics and biology) in Southern California and have two grown daughters who also dive. We come down to Akumal every August to stay in our blissful condo, and have tried to decorate it to provide you, our guests, with comfort, culture, and contentment in our little place in Mayan Mexico.. Please enjoy what we have created for you!

When traveling around the world, we scuba in exotic locations, gazing at new animal life and witnessing the modernization of cultures. I have collected masks from these travels that represent the cultural and religious arts of the countries. You can see a portion of my mask collection on the wall above the dining table. Despite all our countries visited, we still love AKUMAL the BEST-it has the most to offer

Shari Stern purchased this condo in 2007

Why Shari Stern chose Akumal

We love to SCUBA dive, relax in a quiet atmosphere that still has the amenities we want. For us, Playa Caribe is magical, and has it all--the Mexican-Maya ambience, delicious food, balmy weather, clear turquoise waters. It is a location where we bring our family to renew our loving relationships. We came down for about 18 years, always intending to buy but never doing so, and then we found #4 available in Play Caribe and we excitedly bought it. We plan to sometime spend the entire summer down here; wouldn't that be wonderful. Bliss!!!!!!!

What makes this condo unique

The beautiful view of the sparkling turquoise waters, the quiet and peacefulness of our Akumal, the diverse sea life just off shore, with fabulous views of both the SEA AND the JUNGLE from the condo--all serves to make Playa Caribe #4 special. The pool is beautiful and you can rest on the side and see the Caribbean sea; snorkeling and diving is right off the beach; purified water that is safe to drink is available from all taps; you can adjust central air for your temperature comfort.

Snorkeling is right off shore and you can walk to the many restaurants that have delicious food, or even cook in our fully equipped kitchen.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a wonderful and magical place. Vacation took on a new meaning the day we arrived. The marine life, the cenotes, the coral, the turtles…What a life changing experience. I will be back; see you this Christmas.
Jun 2017
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Cancun (CUN)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
La Buena Vida
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Playa del Carmen to Cozumel
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Playacar (Playa del Carmen), Bahia Principe
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
MX Federal HWY 307, N/S Cancun to Belize border
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
La Buena Vida, La Lunita
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
beachfront, Half Moon Bay, Akumal
Car: recommended

Playa Caribe #4 is beachfront with a fabulous view of the sparkling ocean on a beautiful sandy beach in Akumal. You can sit on our balcony or in the beachfront pool and enjoy the Half Moon Bay, see turtles swimming in the water just offshore. Just relax under the warmth of the sun, or partake in snorkeling (and scuba diving), some of the main attractions here. There are also the incredible Mayan ruins at Tulum that overlook the turquoise sea or you can swim and dive in the captivating centotes (freshwater sink holes and caves) unique in the world. A short distance away are ATVs for jungle exploration, crocodile zoos for the children, horseback riding--eco experiences.


Akumal Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1422 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 full bathrooms with tub/shower, each has outside views; master has double sink, guest bedroom has single Mexican hand painted talavera sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , 1 baby crib , office can provide this for you upon request
  • Master bedroom has comfy King size bed (new in Aug 2014) with high thread count linens, an ensuite bathroom with double sinks and tub/shower, and private balcony that looks onto jungle. While lying in bed you can see both the ocean AND the jungle--what a way to wake up!! The second bedroom two comfy double beds with high thread count linens, decorative mosquito netting, private balcony that looks onto jungle. Baby Cribs available upon request
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Generally considered to be the BEST condominium in Akumal: --Reverse osmosis (RO) PURIFIED DRINKING WATER from all taps so the water is safe to drink --CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING throughout condo so the condo (and you) never get too hot --infinity POOL on the beach --SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT


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MAGICAL Playa Caribe#4, Akumal luxury beachfront condo on sandy beach, POOL
average rating of 5.0 based on 72 reviews

A magical week

  • 5 of 5

How often do you book a rental online, study all the pictures, read the reviews... and when you arrive, its actually NICER than the descriptions? I didn't think this was possible until we arrived at Playa Caribe #4. This condo was sparkling clean, beautifully decorated, and the layout was perfect. It's an open feel, where we could lay in bed in the master bedroom, and look through the living room to a spectacular view of the beach. The bathroom were spacious, with plenty of water pressure, the kitchen was well supplied equipped, and there was plenty of closet space with enough hangers for all my clothes. The bed was comfortable, and the towels were incredibly plush. The staff at Playa Caribe made us feel welcome, safe, and were very friendly. We were fortunate to see the sea turtles laying their eggs, as well as babies hatching. Jose was more than happy to knock on our door to wake us up. This vacation was the first time my husband & I had traveled to Mexico and we were a bit apprehensive. But that all vanished within the first few hours. We didn't rent a car, but I would recommend doing so. The roads are easy to navigate, and taxis got expensive. The town of Akumal is very safe, and we walked to and from town after dark without any fear. Our favorite restaurants were La Buena Vida and The Turtle Creek. Although there was a good amount of seaweed on the beach, it didn't bother us too much. We just went swimming in the pool instead. When entering Half Moon Bay, there were a lot of rocks in the water to navigate. I would recommend beach shoes. Shari was the perfect host. She emailed us all the information we needed for a "perfect week", and was very responsive in answering all of our questions. My husband & I had one of the best vacations ever in Akumal, and we can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your descriptive praise for our condo. Wow, I am so glad you loved our place and had such a fascinating time. To see the huge female turtles lay their eggs, and to see the babies hatch, is such an incredible experience and you were fortunate to see both events. All of our communications during the rental process was a pleasure for me in my attempt to satisfy your questions and to remove (undesirable) surprises. I certainly hope to see you next year, in Paradise, mi amiga.
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  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a relaxing, romantic, family or adventure vacation this is the place. The Condo is just gorgeous from the balconies with the sea breeze to the spacious two bedroom that sleeps 6 comfortably. Lots of great local restaurants to choose from. This is a rare find location, location, location I can't think of anything we needed that wasn't available to us. My Family enjoyed Playa Caribe #4 and all the small details from Shari, Patricia and the management we were discussing our next trip. Everyone made us feel at home from the staff at condo to everyone in the village. It was so wonderful to walk right out into the ocean and swim and snorkeled daily. Snorkeling with the turtles is a must do. We were able to see a turtle come right out of the ocean and lay eggs behind the lounge chair where I was sitting, this was and epic experience. We made plans to go visit other areas, once we arrived we found no need nor did we desire to leave Akumal. Shari kept us updated and well informed of what to except from areas weather, turtle sighting and ocean conditions from the time of booking leading right up to our visit. Thanks so much Shari for making our vacation a so memorable and stress free.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you had a wonderful time, and I agree, the turtle laying and hatching are an incredibly spiritual experience. You were a delight to work with and I am glad that your questions in preparation for your adventure paid off during your stay. Thank you again for booking with us, and we hope you return!
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Lake Tahoe

Amazing condo overlooking Bay!!!

  • 5 of 5

Don't even bother looking elsewhere. We have stayed in many places in Akumal/Half Moon Bay and this is the most idealic!!! Not only is the condo beautifully personalized and decorated, the comforts given to you from kitchen to beds and bathrooms are stars above your normal "rental condo". This feels like your own personal condo on the ocean. The view and accomadations from pool to lounge chairs with umbrellas make this the most relaxing over most other condos along Half Moon Bay. Steps away from Buena Vida restaurant and bikes available for rent to peddle into the village or site seeing. The owners and supporting staff are incredibly supportive and helpful. Maid service daily, on site manager, and friendly helpers. Thank you Shari for the most wonderful week in your condo. We definitely will be back and won't bother looking elsewhere. I'm still lusting for your mermaid artwork!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have gladdened our hearts with your enthusiastic review. We are so proud of our staff who is pledged to take such good care of our guests, and it is fun collecting, and making, art objects that are both interesting and unique including The Mermaid. Thank you again for staying with us and we do hope to see you back again at our magical place.
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Playa Caribe #4...##Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I need to start by stating I have rarely made the time to write a review about where I have stayed, however this place was so outstanding I hope this reaches many other families that are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to stay at this amazing Condo.

The pictures of the condo on the website certainly could not match the actual view from the balcony and the condo itself was fantastic. Clean, spacious and seemed to have every single thing we needed when we needed it. From the towels and linens to the board games when I made the kids put their cell phones up, this place felt like home. We had the opportunity to see Sea Turtles lay eggs on the beach, swim beside them and snorkel right behind our condo. This place has 3 restaurants within 300 meters and another half dozen that are easy to walk to. We did rent a golf cart which made it easier for my 5 year old. We should have stayed another week because the opportunities to take in the culture and sights are abundant. The Staff at Playa Caribe was super accommodating, respectful and friendly to my family and played a major part in making our stay the most memorable vacation to date our family has ever had! I can't wait to go back to this exact Condo#4 next year!!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very wonderful words about our condo highlighting so many of the things that I love about Playa Caribe #4 and Akumal. We do our best to make your stay a magical adventure. We appreciate your business and your joyful family; please come to visit us again.
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A Vacation in Paradise!!

  • 5 of 5

What an excellent week we all had! First off, I have to say that communicating with Shari was a breeze...she always answered all of my questions quickly and was very helpful. When we got there late Saturday evening, we were greeted by the security guard who took our bags up to the condo. And what a beautiful condo it is.....immaculately clean, beautifully decorated, and very comfortable!

Our week consisted mostly of relaxing on the beach, or going to the pool, but we also took a road trip to see the ruins in Tulum which were incredible and a trip to Playa del Carmen for a little shopping. We also did some snorkelling in Yal-Ku lagoon - so much fun!! We loved that the restaurants were within walking distance from the condo. La Buena Vida, Turtle Bay Cafe and Bakery, and La Lunita were our favourites!

The document that Shari provided us with, "A Perfect Week at Playa Caribe #4", was an added bonus. We referenced this document often as it gives great ideas of things to do, places to eat, and may other helpful hints (such as not speeding on the highway!).

We will definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends as it truly is a wonderful and comfortable condo for a vacation in Paradise!!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias for your gracious words about our condo and Akumal. We are so pleased that you loved it, and I do my best to inform you of opportunities for adventure and how to easily transition to this country. You obviously succeeded in taking advantage of what the area has to offer. We would love to see you again.
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Stillwater, MN

Beautiful, Oceanfront Half Moon Bay Condo With Amazing Location

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd trip to Akumal this year. We loved the experience so much that we invited another family. We rented 2 condos in Playa Caribe & the children were thrilled that our units were on the same floor! As we arrived & unloaded our luggage, Uva (his nickname means grape in Spanish) invited us to try the homemade chicken mole and rice & beans served out of the back of his pick up truck! No one hesitated & we fed 4 hungry children for under $10! (Travel Advisor ranks Uva the #1 "food truck" in Akumal!) These pleasant surprises were followed by another as we walked into the condo. It was spotless, filled with light, & opened to a full view of the ocean. The housekeeper had turned on the a/c & placed a welcome basket (chips/salsa, cookies, coffee & a fresh pineapple) on the counter! Since we had left sub-zero temps in MN, we turned off the a/c, opened the glass doors, and enjoyed the warm breeze & sound of the ocean for the remainder of our stay.

We rented 8 bikes from Agustin and peddled to restaurants, the village, and Yal-Ku lagoon for snorkeling. The kids even navigated Pokemon Go stops on their bikes at night! There are security points/guards all over Akumal so we felt completely safe walking/biking day or night on the beach, on the cobblestone road, & in the village.

Our favorite restaurants were Taverna, La Buena Vida, Lol-Ha, & La Lunita. (The US $ is so strong right now here's what we ordered for $42 at La Lunita one night: 1 app, 3 glasses of rose wine, 1 beer, 1 child's pina colada, 3 entrees & 1 dessert!) These fabulous restaurants all accept credit cards, but others require cash.

This is a beautifully decorated condo on a stretch of white sand beach. Its location is convenient to stores, the village, restaurants, diving/snorkeling & sites like the ruins in Tulum. The staff is unobtrusive & extremely helpful. From the moment I contacted the owner, her communication with me was immediate, thorough, and personal! Thank you, Sharon, for sharing your special vacation home with our family! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias for your incredible review. We are very happy you found our condo to be everything you wanted, and that the activities I recommended in my document "A Perfect Week" helped you to enjoy your stay. Thank you also for the additional helpful hints you have provided for future guests. We would love to have you return.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

*****We have additional rates for stays of less than 7 nights AND for a 1 bd 1 ba configuration where you get the entire condo except for the guest bedroom. No one else is ever in the second bedroom.

Cancellations will be permitted if more than 60 days before departure and all monies paid except 20% servicing fee will be refunded. If a Cancellation for any reason occurs less than 60 days from departure no funds will be refunded. We strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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