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Paradise on the Mayan Riviera, Minutes to a Spectacular Beach!

Chan Chemuyil, Q.R., Mexico
  • House
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Set up for fun, fun, fun for the budget traveler who enjoys cycling, swimming, beachcombing & relaxing under a sun umbrella on a pristine beach with a cooler by your side.

A full kitchen awaits you & your party. Spend time relaxing in our private backyard under our palm tree while enjoying the harmonious sounds of the songbirds who visit the flowers.

Mountain bikes allow for quick & easy transportation to the lovely village of Chemuyil and surrounding areas. If you choose to use the bicycles you must be able to and willing to maintain them (ie repair and fill tires). As lovely as it sounds we do not recommend taking them to the beach because there are thorns at the beach that puncture the tires.

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Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 29, 2018
About Owner

When we are not relaxing & enjoying ourselves on the Mayan Riviera, while living the simple life, we are enjoying ourselves in Kelowna, BC, Canada. We enjoy hiking, swimming, snorkeling, exploring and kayaking. We choose to seize each and every day. Bill loves the outdoors. He works in the Reforestation industry. Millions of trees have been planted either by him or the treeplanting crews that he manages. Bill is an avid collector of interesting & curious objects. Brenda runs a full time healing arts practice offering shiatsu, sound healing, energy work & tuning fork therapy. She is a yoga teacher hosting classes in her community. Brenda is the founder & instructor at Studio Chi | School of the Healing Arts. She is passionate about her work & her life.

Owner purchased this House in 2008

Why Owner chose Chemuyil

We love to vacation on the Mayan Riviera; the sun, the white sand beaches, the food, and the Mayan people make this area remarkable. Our casita is 75 minutes from Cancun International Airport, 40 minutes from Playa del Carmen, and 10 minutes from Tulum. We are a 10 minute walk to Chemuyil which has all the ammenities, including great restaurants, a pizzeria, bakeries, grocery stores, clothing stores, and a fruit and vegetable market.

What makes this House unique

We enjoy our time outdoors as much as we can.There is swimming, body board surfing, and beachcombing at our local beach, or swimming with the turtles in Akamal. We love to explore the Mayan ruins and enjoyed climbing the pyramid at Coba ..... that was exhilarating my wife says.


    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Queen size Beds (2) Both are high quality pillow tops, with cotton sheets and a choice of pillows.


      • 1 Bathroom


            • Budget


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Air Conditioning
                      3 individual air conditioners for the 2 bedrooms and 1 for the living / dining area.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      This is a Portable washing machine with a Spin dryer. Then laundry is hung outside to dry fully.
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Bamboo loveseat, 2 chairs and a coffee table.
                    • Parking
                      On street in front of home.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      This is a Portable washing machine with a Spin dryer.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          French Press Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Stainless steel pots and frying pan, professional chef’s knife, and place settings for 4 people.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Place settings for 4 people. Serving dishes, fruit bowl, decorative plates, vase, juice pitcher and glasses.
                        • Kitchen
                          Full size fridge with large freezer, gas stove with tortilla griddle, cold bottled water dispenser, blender, toaster, French coffee press, coffee grinder, kettle, and tea pot.
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full size fridge with large freezer.
                        • Stove
                          Full size stove/oven with tortilla grill.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Small library for your enjoyment. Many local travel books.
                                • CD Player
                                • Music Library
                                  CDs of local music and some of our favorites
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo


                                    • Bicycles
                                      If you choose to use the bicycles you must be able to and willing to maintain them (ie repair and fill tires). As lovely as it sounds we do not recommend taking them to the beach (tire punctures).
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Private enclosed backyard.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Charcoal Briquette Barbeque
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      2 Boogie Boards


                                        • wheelchair accessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              We have a cenote that is about 100 feet away that you can swim in! It is NOT a swimming pool.


                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • marina
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • theme parks
                                                • water parks

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • photography
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • spelunking
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • 2 beach chairs, beach umbrella, cooler, 2 mountain bikes, life jackets, 2 boogie boards, washing machine with spin dryer, full sized fridge, gas stove with tortilla griddle, blender. Private back yard with table and 4 chairs and charcoal briquette barbeque. Walking distance to beach and town, easy access to travel. Small reading library. If you choose to use the bicycles you must be able to and willing to maintain them (ie repair and fill tires).

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 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.

                                                                  11 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Perfect little place in great neighbourhood!

                                                                  Sarah L.

                                                                  This is our second stay at this little home and a perfect base to explore the area. The house is well equipped and comfortable and the owners are responsive and keen for us to have a good experience. We will be back for sure!

                                                                  Sweet property

                                                                  The property is as described in a community of mainly expat retirees, who were all very friendly, some locals, and vacation renters. The draw here is the amazing beach and turtle sanctuary at X-cacal. To reach it on foot you have to cross the 4 lane highway which sounds daunting but as long as you are patient there are breaks in the traffic and then it’s an easy walk to the beach. It was a real bonus to have the use of a beach umbrella which made it possible to stay out longer. Snorkeling at the north end of the beach was fantastic. Also saw many colourful birds while here and used the terrific Birds of the Yucatan guide in the Casitai’s collection of books often to ID them. The walk to the village of Chemuyil was easy - it has a couple of restaurants, lots of little grocery stores for basics, a couple of places to buy grilled chicken and definitely not overrun with tourists. Our kinda place. The property manager, Marina, was fantastic and quickly took care of a problem with gas on first day and kindly arranged for a taxi on our departure. Most tourists here come by car but between ADO bus, collectivos, and taxis it is possible to enjoy this spot without a vehicle. If you are looking for a quiet place away from the crowds this is a good spot. And the recent addition of Wifi is a real plus.

                                                                  Christmas 2017

                                                                  JENNIFER D.

                                                                  Our family loved this little casa! It was clean, safe, centralized to everything and the owners were also very kind. The community is gorgeous and small and a safe walk through the jungle to the restaurants. To our surprise, it had so many cenotes just a few seconds walk from the front door. It was a blast! The beach is about a 10-minute walk away, but it's not very touristy and beautiful. This casa has a special little place in our hearts. It was a fabulous Christmas there! Thank you for sharing this home with us! We were able to rest and recover after a very long and sad fall. Thank you!

                                                                  Lovely little casa and great location to explore the local beaches.

                                                                  Robin & Sarah L.

                                                                  My husband and I had a wonderful 2 weeks staying at this lovely little casa. The photos represent the property well. The home was clean and simple and had all the basics that you need. It was a bonus to have the 2 bikes which we used to cycle to the village to pick up groceries, although it is also just a short walk away. We took the Ado bus from the airport to Playa del Carmen and then found the colectivo bus to Chan Chemuyil which was easy and cheap. The property manager was waiting for us when we arrived. We didn't manage to get internet connection locally but it was available in lots of cafes in Tulum and Akamul. We found some lovely beaches between Akamul and Tulum and our favourites were Soliman Beach and Xcacel. Take you own snorkel and flippers - it was well worth it as we saw corals, turtles, rays and a huge variety of fish! We loved Brenda's recommendation of El Camelo restaurant in Tulum and the seafood was cheap and delicious! We would stay here again!

                                                                  Not well maintained when we were there.

                                                                  Ann G.

                                                                  POS: The casita is located in a nice neighbourhood filled with holiday homes. It is a 10 to 15 minutes walk to the nearest village, which we loved. It's a real Mexican village, without the mass of tourists. With 2 good restaurants and lots of small shops, open until late at night. Bring a torch or use the light on your phone because the dirt road has no lights. We felt very safe.

                                                                  There is a small cenote right in front of the casa. The second one on the way to the village was contaminated but there is a big one further down the road which we loved very much.

                                                                  The lovely beach is a 10 to 15 minutes walk away. You need to cross the main coastal highway. This was no problem for us, but perhaps if you have little kids ...

                                                                  The location in San Chemuyil is perfect. On the highway you can easily get an colectivo (shared taxi). It's only a 15 min ride to Tulum and the ruins of Tulum, a 15 min ride to Akumal beach to swim with the turtles, there are lots of other things to do and to visit within a short drive.

                                                                  NEG: When we arrived, on the day before Christmas, we found out that the AC's in both bedrooms were broken. The fridge didn't do it at first. The bathroom door was completely molded and split open. The gas stove is fully rusted (absolutely not inviting to cook there). We needed to do the dishes on arrival as all glasses, plates, cutlery, pots and pans were put away dirty. Both body boards were broken in half, there was no cool box, no beach umbrella (there is no shade at the beach), no working bicycle pump, ... .

                                                                  Because there is no WIFI in the house, we needed to wait until the next day to go to the restaurant in town to email the owner. She responded promptly but because of the Christmas holiday, repairs were not for us anymore. They started on the day we left, so I hope our complaints will help the future tenants.

                                                                  So please check with the owner if everything she stated is in the house before you book.

                                                                  Tip for the owner: perhaps foresee a big umbrella to reach the village in tropical rain. Second; the casita has 2 double beds, but lots of items are only foreseen for 2 people.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Yes, this stay was a disaster. A horrible start to a rental year. Our home was not properly prepared for the new season. The issues have been dealt with. New air conditioners in both bedroom that are equipped with queen size beds have been installed. The bathroom door has been replaced and the stove has been cleaned. The beach umbrella has been replaced however our property manager is still looking for new beach chairs and boogie boards. It is so disappointing how one bad review can effect a previously strong rating.

                                                                  Wonderful stay away from the madding crowds of Cancun !

                                                                  stephane c.

                                                                  We are a family of 5, with 3 children aged 9, 13 and 16. The 'casita' really met our expectations : we were looking for an authentic experience in Mexico, far from the huge all inclusive resorts of the Mayan riviera. The village is peopled with Mexicans, Canadians and Americans. A short walk on a nice dirt path in the jungle will lead you to the nearby village of Chemuyil where you can buy your grocery or eat in nice restaurants. Two different cenotes are located within 100 meters of the casita, one is great for swimming as it is in open air and it looks like a natural pool in the middle of a natural garden, the other is more for snorkeling addicts as the major part of it is underground !

                                                                  I particularly enjoyed walking alone on the beach (10 minutes walk through a nice path) and watch the sun rise in the morning, and even in the middle of the day during peak season ( we were there during the Christmas vacations) the beach was very quiet. We all enjoyed the waves during the windy days, and snorkeling on the coral reef which lies about 100 mts from the beach and is easy and safe to reach.

                                                                  In Akumal, about 10 minutes drive, we had the chance to snorkel with big sea turtles and stingrays, without having to pay for a guide.

                                                                  In Tulum, about 15 minutes drive, you can find a big "american style" supermarket, and of course the mayan ruins.

                                                                  The casita itself is simple, but functional. We did not use the air conditioning, because temperature was really nice. We enjoyed our meals outside, listening to colourful birds and watching friendly iguanas basking on the top of the walls. Big plastic water bottles are provided since it is not recommended to drink water from the faucet in Mexico... All windows and doors are protected by iron bars, but once again the place itself is very safe ( but you never know...). We liked the decoration in the house, very ´local' and personal.

                                                                  The only issue we had was with the internet, you have to plug a usb stick to your computer and recharge it from time to time as there is no wifi, but this only bothered our 16 year old teen... Cellular phones work very well if you really want to stay in touch with your relatives and friends !

                                                                  The owners answered very quickly to our queries. We already look forward to our next vacation in the 'casita' ! Thanks Bill and Brenda !


                                                                  Chan Chemuyil, Q.R., Mexico

                                                                  Swimming, Sunbathing on a gorgeous white sand beach, Boogie board surfing, Cenote diving, Scuba diving and Snorkeling, ATV adventure tours, exploring Mayan ruins, experiencing Mayan massage

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  $200.00 non-refundable rental deposit is due immediately to hold your reservation. If Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation, the $200 refundable damage deposit, the $200 property management fee and the rental rate minus the $200.00 non-refundable rental deposit will be refunded as follows: 50% if cancelled 30 to 20 days prior to the Check-in Date 0 % if cancelled 19 days or less prior to the Check-in Date

                                                                  11 Reviews
                                                                  Excellent 4.5/5
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