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Quiet, Central Location, Walk to Everything! **SPECIAL RATE OFFER!**

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4)

Villa Caribe is a beautiful colonial house with modern touches throughout, situated in one of the most desirable areas in the historical centre of Merida. A pleasant three-block stroll takes you to the popular Santiago square, where Tuesday nights are alive with big band music and dancing under the stars, and only a short walk away takes you to the beating heart of colonial Merida: Plaza Grande, Merida’s main square where you can take in all the cultural activities.

This historical home of Villa Caribe sitting on a rare bus-free block in Merida boasts a large array of features. The 1,800 square foot Colonial has been lovingly restored to its former glory but with all the modern amenities you could want, including air conditioning in every room! With open concept living/dining and gourmet kitchen area; 16 foot ceilings with original wood beams and custom made pasta tile floors, this floor plan is perfect for entertaining. Make dinner in the gourmet kitchen and enjoy it in cool comfort while sitting at the dining table with views to the pool and tropical garden, or dine alfresco in the large covered outdoor dining area next to the pool. Every detail has been thought of at Villa Caribe including adding ceiling fans to the covered terrace so on those nights with no breeze, you can create your own and dine in comfort.

Wake up in your luxurious king size bed in the master bedroom and watch the hummingbirds feeding on the sweet nectar of the tropical plants or just gaze out at the blue water of the infinity edge pool. The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and a oversized master bathroom with double vanity and a large shower.

After a long day of taking in the sites, head back to the Villa for a dip in the pool or maybe just gently sway in your hammocks in the quiet tropical garden.

After dinner retire to the den and watch a movie or kick back and read a book. Villa Caribe is the perfect home away from home, and has everything you need for the perfect holiday. Enjoy!

More Details

Anna Gove
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 9, 2017

About Anna Gove

We realized our dream of buying and remodelling a colonial home in Mexico, in the beautiful city of Merida. Our connection to Mexico goes back through fifteen years of travel to the Yucatan. We first encountered Merida on vacation in 2004, and knew right away that it would be part of their lives for a long time.

She is a designer and decorator, and her passion and keen eye is reflected in every aspect of Villa Caribe's design. We are both passionate about culture and cultural travel, and are happy to share our experiences in helping you plan your Mexican vacation, and give you all the inside scoop on the colonial gem that is the city of Merida.

Anna Gove purchased this house in 2010

Why Anna Gove chose Merida

The city of Merida is one of the most vibrant and fascinating cities in Mexico, and the historical centre brims with life and culture. Villa Caribe is situated in one of the best locations in Centro, only a short stroll from some of the city's main attractions.

What makes this house unique

Importantly, Villa Caribe sits on a rare, bus-free street, assuring quiet days and nights free of buses outside your door. There's nothing like swaying in your hammock in the back garden of Villa Caribe, or swimming in the pool, surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Sanctuary in Merida"

I had the pleasure of staying at Villa Caribe for 23 days in February 2013, with spouse, niece, nephew and a girlfriend coming and going during that time.

The house was very well situated; in the very authentic Santiago neighborhood with an easy 1/2 mile or so walk to Merida's central plaza or easy to flag a cab on nearby Calle 59 to anywhere.

The décor and floor plan of the house are perfect for relaxing: stylish but practical, peaceful and beautiful. The stunning, very private (we rarely heard noise from neighbors), walled back garden area with pool was the most popular feature of the house (we were all Seattleites so a pool is a treat) but the large, modern, high-ceilinged kitchen within the open concept design was also a hit.

I was particularly fond of the view of the back garden from the spacious beautiful master bedroom each morning, sometimes watching hummingbirds in the flamingo bush.

The house is well designed for adults since the master bedroom is separate from the remainder of the house with a private entrance from the side yard.

The information regarding Merida provided at the house was very good, but even better, the owner, Anna, was available continuously by email and provided great suggestions for activities as well as managing a few tweaks needed at the house.

Probably the unexpected bonus of the stay was anna's recommended guide/driver Polo Garcia. We initially arranged for Polo to drive us from Chichen Itza to the house, but then took advantage of his warm personality, great English and wonderful suggestions, for excursions to Progreso, Lol-tun and Uxmal, a working hacienda and Celestun and for shuttling our guests back and forth from the airport.

We hope to return to Villa Caribe.
Feb 2013
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Barrio de Santiago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Second bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.8125 based on 35 reviews
Shanghai, China

Nice home for couple

  • 3 of 5

We found the owner and the caretaker to be helpful and the location OK, if you have a car. The master bedroom is separated from the home, so you have to walk outside to get back into the main home. There were no umbrellas, so make sure you pick up a set, we got drenched in a downpour from the bedroom to the house. You would need a car to really access the main area of town, unless you wish to walk over a mile to get there, which is not advised since the heat is always a factor.

We were disappointed in the fact that our full security deposit was not returned, Anna deducted the electricity that we used. I looked at the rental contract and mine did not mention this, so be forewarned, you need to add the cost of electricity to your budget when renting this home.

Anna said this is common on Mexico, but we have never encountered this before. While the home does have 2 bedrooms, the smaller one in the house is rather bleak and dark. I wouldn’t advise having kids there, since the it’s separate from the main bedroom. This is a nice rental for a couple, who rent a car or wishes to rely on taxi's

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain View, CA

Great location in Merida

  • 5 of 5

The home is located in a quiet street in Merida, where as well the city center can be reached within a view minutes by car. As well the road to Uxmal is just a few minutes away.

The home is in a good condition and we found everything we needed for our few days in Merida. One of the Bedrooms has a separate entrance within the garden, and which was no problem for us but might bother families with younger children, but Anne clarified that in the very beginning. As well Anne as well as are Rosalinda (the local manager) were a big pleasure to work with and all questions we had were answered right away.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA

Charming Home on a Quiet Street in Centro

  • 5 of 5

Villa Caribe is a lovely, comfortable home. It was perfect for the two of us for a vacation in Mérida. The house is just as pretty as the photographs show. The kitchen, dining, living room, and bedrooms were very comfortable. There was plenty of closet storage in the master bedroom and the bathroom was quite spacious. The pool area, of course, was spectacular. The wifi worked well and was fast; the house was well stocked for visitors.

The house is well located, and we found the street very quiet. It was a short few blocks to the market and restaurants at Santiago, and it was an straight but slightly longer walk to the Plaza Grande. We met a few of the neighbors and they were wonderfully friendly. El Cardenal, a cantina a few blocks away, was a lot of fun and just as welcoming.

Anna, the owner, and Rosalinda, the property manager were great to work with. We managed to lock the keys in the master bedroom one afternoon, and within minutes, Rosalinda had dispatched help and all was well with the world.

Don't hesitate to stay at Villa Caribe. You'll have a hard time tearing yourself away from the gorgeous yard and pool!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in Merida

  • 4 of 5

A great location. Close to the Centro, lovely pool, beautiful rooms and decor. We really enjoyed our stay. If you are looking for time in Merida, this is a short walk to everything downtown.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Memphis, Tn

Villa Caribe

  • 5 of 5

I had seen this property last year and knew this was the perfect place for my 2017 Merida stay. The neighborhood, with its close proximity (3 blocks) to The Santiago Mercado is a favorite of mine and I could easily walk the 8 blocks or so to the main centro, although taxis are inexpensive and always available.

The house was perfect for me, traveling alone. Waking up in the master bedroom with the view of the pool and the lovely garden was a daily treat. The bed was comfy, the bathroom extra clean and generously sized and I felt completely safe sleeping with the doors open and the night air cooling the room through the screens.

The kitchen is well outfitted and I was supplied with plenty of fresh water in the large jugs customary to Merida. The house is just as lovely as the pictures depict, with a comfy living room and a smaller guest bedroom should you need it. In my opinion, this is the perfect house for 2 people sharing a trip or a couple who wants privacy, luxury and a lovely respite from the midday heat in their own pool.

Merida itself has a wide range of food and shopping as well as day trips to nearby cenotes, ruins and beaches. The museums are plentiful and cultural options abound. This is a city to love and Villa Caribe made it all the better.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Villa Caribe was Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this property for 2 weeks in Jan/Feb 2017. It was as advertised and exactly what we were looking for. Our positive experience started pre-arrival in our dealings with Anna. Like others have described, she was beyond helpful and gave us tips to make our arrival very easy. We could just tell, based on her responsiveness, that we would have little to worry about with the quality of the property.

This place is an oasis that is a treat to return to each day or to stay put in for the entire day luxuriating. Not that there is a frenzy beyond the doors of Villa Caribe. There isn't and that's because it is situated on a relatively quiet street. One certainly hears some traffic out there but none, not one, of those ear-plugging diesel-belching buses that make parts of Merida so real. Somehow Calle 63 between Calles 76 and 74, where Villa Caribe is situated, has been spared from that. The kitchen is a centrepiece and very well equipped.

When we first arrived and headed out for a walk we were immediately concerned that we were poorly situated and too far removed from the action. Not so. What seemed on day one like way too long a walk to Plaza Grande or Parque Santa Lucia became almost nothing after day two. Every night after dinner we would take a 20 minute stroll to Hola for some lovely ice cream. But what made this location perfect was its proximity to Parque de Santiago with its Mercado Municipal #2 and the variety of food and drink offered at the various loncherias there. What a gem! And soooo close. In a matter of a few days we had found our favourite fruit/veg and chicken vendor who would each greet us with a knowing smile. The lady at the tortilleria came to know that I only wanted a laughably tiny 5 pesos worth of those steaming hot tortillas which would last us for the day. We found lots of nearby restaurants and delightful coffee places. We will let you discover those or use Anna's tips. Our two day rental car was safely parked at the front door each night with no problem.

Okay...the mosquitoes. Who likes repellent? Not us, so for the first few days which were coolish days, we didn't sit out because the mozzies would find us from noon on. We were quite disappointed and let Anna know and wondered if there was a regular program of spraying to keep them at bay. She followed up to make sure nothing had been missed, the pool boy arrived the following day and from that day on we had no problem and never used repellent.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mike, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such and detailed and glowing review. We are always so happy to hear how much our guests enjoy Villa Caribe and Merida. Thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to have you back soon. Warm Regards, Anna and Alan
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Merida Cathedral
Dzibilchaltun Ruins
Parque de las Americas
Palacio Canton
Mercado Lucas De Galvéz

Merida is the cultural capital of the Yucatan, featuring dancing, live music, art galleries, a symphony orchestra, local cultural presentations, fine dining, and numerous Mayan ruins within an easy drive from the city. A short drive or bus ride also takes you to the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and the coastal resort town of Progreso.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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