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Homestyle comfort & hospitality in a tranquil garden retreat

Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Apartment968 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

A boutique villa of only three apartments in a secluded tropical garden

At Casa Gatos we offer an “at home” environment in an intimate setting where our guests can relax after their day’s activities. Our spacious apartments, comfortably furnished and accented with an eclectic selection of art and antiques, have all the amenities required for a fulfilling vacation, while our amiable and unobtrusive hospitality make for a pleasing, laid back experience. Each apartment has its own individual and distinctive style.

Casa Gatos is in the quaint residential neighborhood between Half Moon Bay and Yalku Lagoon, where neighbors greet each other while walking their dogs or wave to passing tourists out for their morning jog. A small natural park across the gravel drive from our gated entrance provides a buffer from the hustle and bustle of the beaches and the traffic of the main beach road. We are conveniently located a few hundred meters from the entrance to the lagoon and beach, with Que Onda restaurant next door and several of the other restaurants and convenience stores within an easy stroll or bike ride. More restaurants and stores are clustered between the entrance to Akumal and Akumal Bay a mile down the beach road.

The upper floor apartments have balconies shaded by thatch palapas, and all apartments have access to the roof garden for sunning or relaxing in the breeze coming from the sea. The central courtyard is a great place to enjoy morning coffee or afternoon cocktails accompanied by the music of the trickling fountain waters and surrounded by colorful tropical flowers.The air conditioned fitness room is available to our guests should the mood for exercise overtake them.

Accommodations consist of our #100 junior one bedroom apartment and the three bedroom Townhouse, which is flexibly designed to be divided into two apartments of one two or three bedrooms.


is a one bedroom garden apartment with balcony, that comfortably accommodates two to three guests, having a queen bed, a double futon and love seats in the bedroom and a single daybed in the front room. The rooms are surprisingly spacious. Animal themed and African art and artifacts decorate brightly painted walls, while the numerous windows admit sunlight and breezes. The kitchen is fully equipped, and has a breakfast counter and dining nook.The balcony catches the sea breeze and has a beautiful view of the garden and fountain. Both rooms are air conditioned and have ceiling fans. There is satellite HDTV in the lounge area and WiFI throughout.

There is nothing more spectacular than sitting on the roof terrace as the sun sets over North Akumal, rises over the open sea, or as the night sky overhead fills with countless stars, galaxies and nebulae. Of course, there's also just sunning or reading in the shade, while enjoying the expansive view in every direction over miles of jungle, sea and shoreline.

Keywords: Townhouse, condo, apartment, flat, casita, villa, gated garden


Dan Freeman or David Zucker

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Jan 07, 2018
About Dan Freeman or David Zucker

Dan Freeman had a varied career in the food service industry with his own catering company for ten years then as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Philadelphia Zoo and New Jersey Aquarium, and then as Creative Director, designing affairs for a New Jersey catering company. David Zucker ran a paper products manufacturing company. In our leisure life we were divers and became hooked on cave diving, which brought us back to Akumal year after year. It was always our intention to move to this paradise when we retired. We drove down with three cats (for whom the house is named), and acquired a rescue dog and outside cat while living here. We congratulate ourselves on our decision every day as we walk the dog and watch the waves break along along the iron shore.

Dan Freeman or David Zucker purchased this Apartment in 2002

Why Dan Freeman or David Zucker chose Akumal

Like so many others who chose to live in or migrate periodically to Akumal, we came, we saw, and we were conquered by the its natural beauty and welcoming atmosphere . When we decided to buy a house in Mexico, we wanted to locate to the safest and most secure region of the country, where crime rates are lower than in all U.S. cities and most towns. The proximity of the reef and Yalku Lagoon and the numberless cenotes and underground caverns surrounding Akumal were definite draws. However, the primary draw was this great community, friendly and laid back, filled with interesting people from all over the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

What makes this Apartment unique

There's nothing like breakfast on the plaza in the mornings after a short walk along the sea or lagoon with Chaparra, our rescue dog, greeting the runners, other dog walkers and the workers coming from the Pueblo across the highway. In the afternoons we can just walk around the corner to go snorkeling in Yalku then relax in the serene beauty of our private garden. In the evenings there are our nearby restaurants where we can dine with friends at a reasonable price.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Suite 100 One Bedroom Apartmemt
      • The bedroom has two sitting areas, a TV alcove with two chairs and the Futon in the main section, and the front room has a daybed


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom
        toilet, shower, Suite 100

        Location Type

          • Ocean View
            View Half Moon Bay, Yalku Lagoon, the open Caribbean and the surrounding jungle canopy from our rooftop terrace garden
          • Resort
            Akumal, the first resort on the RIviera Maya, for many years has been a magnet for scuba divers from around the world. Family friendly, Akumal boasts the most popular beach on the Caribbean coast.
          • Village
            The residential neighborhood of North Akumal is a quiet, friendly and laid back village set between Yalku Lagoon and Half Moon Bay, away from the busy commercial center at the entrance to Akumal Bay,
          • Water View


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                        All rooms have air conditioners, ceiling fans and window fans.
                      • Free Long Distance
                        Free calls to anywhere in U.S. and Canada and Mexico.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet
                        We have two WiFi networks, a DSL line through the telephone company and a wireless service (fiber optic line has been promised this year
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                        fitness room has treadmill, rowing machine, elliptical machin and weight machine
                      • Living Room
                        Open plan front room has kitchen, dining nook and sitting area
                      • Parking
                      • Telephone
                        (2) Both local and long distance phone service available in office.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Beach towes are available on request.
                      • Wireless Internet
                        Wireless internet service is available throughout the property


                          • Microwave
                            each kitchen has a microwave
                          • Catering Available
                            Upon request, we can arrange to have dinners prepared for your party featuring local Yucatecan cuisine.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Full set of pots and pans in each apartment. Coffee maker, toaster, blender, electric grill, waffle maker, tea kettle, mixing bowls, pitchers in each apartment
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Full set of dishes and utensils in each apartment
                          • Kitchen
                            (2) Each suite has a fully stocked working kitchen.
                          • Coffee Maker
                            in each apartment
                          • Oven
                            Kitchen has a gas cooktop, arn electric convection oven, a microwave oven and an electic grill
                          • Pantry Items
                            salt, sugar, tea, instant coffee provided
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full size refrigerators in each apartment
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster
                            Toaster in each apartment


                              • Dining
                                Apt 100 Dining Table for four in dining area and on balcony. Breakfast counter for two.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                    on request
                                  • Music Library
                                    Townhome & Suite 102
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Sky Satelliote TV or Shaw Satellite TV
                                  • Television
                                    Flat Screen HDTV in all apartments


                                      • Balcony
                                        (2) Each upper level suite opens onto a palapa covered balcony
                                      • Bicycles
                                        Bicycle rentals are available nearby.
                                      • Boat
                                        boats for fishing, snorkeling or diving can be arranged at any of the four dive shops in Akumal (two on the each on Akumal Bay
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Central Court with table and chairs Garden terrace with table and chairs Rooftop terrace garden with lounges and chairs
                                      • Gazebo
                                        There is a palapa (thatch covered) gazebo in the roftop terrace garden for relaxing in shade and the breeze.
                                      • Golf
                                        27 hole golf course at Bahia Principe approximately 5 kilometers south of AKumal
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Much admired intimate garden
                                      • Tennis
                                        Tennis courts can be rented at Las Casitas in Central Akumal
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        Snorkeling masks and fins available


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Massage
                                              • Private Chef
                                              • Staff


                                                  • churches
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • museums
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • ruins
                                                  • synagogues
                                                  • theme parks
                                                  • zoo

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • beachcombing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • gambling casinos
                                                      • 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

                                                              • parasailing
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • deepsea fishing
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling/diving
                                                              • spelunking
                                                              • surf fishing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • wind-surfing


                                                                  • The beauty of our gated garden can be enjoyed from the central terrace or from the upper level balconies. Full time maid service, beach chairs and beach towels are provided. There are safes in each unit. Babysitting service and food preparation can be arranged. Massages can be had by appointment. We have arranged discounted entry to Yalku Lagoon for our guests .

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    1 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Very Welcoming


                                                                    We spent a week at Casa Gatos. Dave and Dan were very welcoming. The condo is very private and secluded. The grounds as well as the condo were very clean and well tended. You get a homey feeling because of the comfortable setting but also because of the contact with all of the neighbors. Highly recommended. The condo is next to Yal Ku. Unless you enjoy walking you should rent a car because it is a long walk to the main area of town.


                                                                    Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico

                                                                    yoga classes, cave diving, snorkeling in cenotes, Casino, spa, exploring Mayan ruins, exploring Sian Kaan nature reserve


                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    Tax Rate

                                                                    Quoted prices are for the one bedroom apartment #100 #102 Luxury one bedroom apartment - add $15.00 per night to price. Holiday Season add $25.00 per night. #103 two bedroom apartment - add $30.00 per night to price Holiday Season add $50.00 per night. Townhome #102/103 - add $80.00 per night to price. Holiday Season add $100.00 per night. rates subject to change until confirmed.

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