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Price Reduced July and August! $700.00 per week! 2BR 3 BA Beachfront Pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 3,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

A Unique, 2 Bedroom/ 3 Bath Beachfront Home With Pool In Chelem

Las Gaviotas is one of the most unique homes in the Chelem, Yucatan area. This 2 story home has 2 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms and truly has it all! When you enter the front gate you see the lavishly landscaped yard, you walk into a huge screened in porch area that is perfect for entertaining large groups. Throughout the home there are Mexican arches and hand painted tiles. The kitchen has new custom hardwood cabinets and Mexican accents. The large oceanfront porch opens to a deck area with pool and a palapa (thatched roof) umbrella. This home has a massive seawall and sits high above the Gulf of Mexico.

Upstairs you will find 2 large bedrooms and bathrooms, but the home has real surprise in that it offers a unique domed reading nook on the 3rd story. The ceiling in the dome was just hand painted by a local artist, it is truly beautiful, a perfect place to relax and gaze at the ocean views.

The rooms are very large and spacious and you will have plenty of space to stretch out and just breathe and slow down for awhile. But best of all, this is our home with all of the comforts and personal touches of home, not a rental house that provides only the basic level of comfort. We want you to feel welcome from the minute you open the front door. Mi casa es su casa.

All of the north of the border amenities are in place for beachfront enjoyment, there is high speed internet, air conditioning and a washer and dryer.

The Yucatan is the safest state in Mexico, much safer than where most of us come from, however you must take the same security measures that you would in your own home. Doors and windows must be locked and secured at night and when you leave the house. Our home also has a roll down main gate for additional security and privacy. A safe is provided for passports and extra cash or valuables.

More Details

Mary Reid
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

About Mary Reid

A couple of boat weary sailors stumbled into Progreso one day looking for refuge. After 12 years of living on a 40 foot sailboat, it was either buy a house or someone was going to be marooned on an uncharted island somewhere.

Mary Reid purchased this house in 2009

Why Mary Reid chose Yucatan

We were shown this house when we were heading back to Cancun to catch a plane back to the Bahamas where our boat was located. We fell in love. We had walked in and out of endless casas in the previous weeks and when we walked into this one, we knew we had found a treasure.

What makes this house unique

She is located close enough to the village that you can take a leisurely stroll in on Sunday to pick up some Conchinita Pibil for lunch, but you will very rarely have to share your beach with another human being.


Chelem House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Master Bath - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Guest Room - 1 king , The Guest Room has a king size bed and large closets.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon in office area, sleeps 1
  • The Master Suite has a king size bed with two layers of memory foam padding for a restful night's sleep. It has a large dressing area with plenty of closet room, and a bath with roomy shower.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Price Reduced July and August! $700.00 per week! 2BR 3 BA Beachfront Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Perfect place for rest and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

For anyone looking to totally unwind, this is the place. We spent 8 nights 9 days of walking the beach and basking in the sun. The village had all the essential food items and Progresso had a wonderful vegetable and fruit market. We also visited the ruins close by as well as a few of the other villages in the surrounding area. Mary was wonderful to answer any questions we had prior to arriving as well as checking to make sure every thing was going well after our arrival. Gabbi was a treasure. She met us at the house upon our arrival, gave us a tour of the house and answered all our questions . We are so thankful to have found the perfect place of the four of us. It was just wanted we were hoping for.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love it when a vacation at Las Gaviotas is everything my guest expected and more. Come back anytime!
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Great Beach Location

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a wonderful beach house not far from the center of Merida, I recommend this home in Chelem. It's a 2 bedroom 3 bath with additional sleeping for two on the enclosed patio area. The beach is only about 20 feet from the patio and is great for shelling. The pool and patio are exceptional. The house is very private but close to ruins, markets, small restaurants and shopping. The house is decorated true Yucatan style and is well equipped with everything you could possibly need including TV and Internet. It is definitely as advetised. During our weeks stay we felt very secure with the Home Security System and were very comfortable walking the quaint streets of Chelem and Progresso as all residents were friendly and helpful. This location gets a 10 in my books.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mérida, Yucatan

Las gaviotas and the sea

  • 5 of 5

We stayed one week at las Gaviotas, having a pleasant time, lots of sunshine and outdoor activities with little children (tween boys of 5, and two girls of 7 and 8 years old. The house was suitable for a family of six. The owners have equiped the house to make it very very comfortable. The swimming pool was excellent!!. Gabi, the caretaker was very helpful and always very attentive. We really enjoyed being at las gaviotas and we would like to return sooner than soon!.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, Rossanna, we hope you come back soon.
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Roomy house, quiet area

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed at Las Gaviotas which is well maintained and very roomy. Gabi, the caretaker, was very attentive and always answered her phone if we needed help or had questions. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and is very well-respected in the town of Chelem along with being a local which made asking about directions or local things even more better. There were grocery stores both in Chelem and Progresso that accommodated our needs. We rented a car which made our travels even more enjoyable and parking in the closed driveway of the house was very easy and convenient. Great internet, amenities, and ocean view!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jessica and family. for your kind remarks. We hope you enjoyed your stay and come back soon. We agree, Gabi is a treasure and we don't know what we would do without her. Mary
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British Columbia, Canada

Sharon Y.

  • 5 of 5

Three of us experienced three months' living in this small village town of Chelem, Yucatan, Mexico. Life on the beach has provided daily 'fun in the sun'. The house is managed by courteous and profession locals. The owners have seen to our every need. We've been a comfortable driving distance from the Yucatan's many wonders: Mayan ruins, cenotes and caves, flamingoes in their natural habitat, and more... We've enjoyed local dining and learned to cook traditional foods. We return home the end of March richer for the experience!!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a perfect beach house

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four, 2 adults and 2 young teens enjoyed a Christmas vacation at this beautiful house which is just as described on this website. We spent most of our time in the family room or on the back patio lounging with the view of the gulf and the local wildlife, including several friendly neighbourhood dogs. The house is artistically decorated and well appointed with comfortable beds, plenty of towels, dishes and cooking supplies. a while small, the pool was a perfect spot to cool down and we enjoyed many a splashing fun on the patio. The hosts were very generous with their time prior to our booking and arrival by sending us many recommendations for getting there and what to do once there, where to shop and driving tips. Mary acquired kayaks for our use when we asked about possible sea craft as we enjoy being on the water and kept in touch during our stay to check in that everything was going smoothly. Gabi, the local caregiver, certainly ensured that. Charming, efficient and knowledgable about the area, Gabi helped us settle into the area and solved all problems (there were few) promptly. The house appears to be one of the few along the stretch of beach that is maintained and used regularly so much of the beach on either side of us was littered and Las Gaviotas stands out as one of the nicest homes for several kilometres and many homes appeared abandoned.

A car is necessary in order to visit the sights such as Merida (30 minute highway drive), Progresso (15 minute drive), Mayan ruins and cenotes. Even the walk to the village (20 minutes one way) was far enough to not be appealing, especially for our boys, to go in for a meal so we did not take advantage of the many restaurants there. True, one can drive everywhere but we did not enjoy getting into a car everyday so we mostly ate in, something our children noted as a down side.

We recommend this place and the area generally for a great Mexican vacation as there is much to see and do. We are planning to return and appreciated the chance to see what we did while staying at Las Gaviotas.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
MID Merida
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Yucatan Country Club
Nearest Beach
Front porch
Car: recommended

If you are looking for nightlife and shopping, Chelem is not the place you are looking for. On week day mornings you will have the beach to yourself and you can stroll for miles collecting seashells or stop and watch the fishermen cast their nets from their brightly painted open boats. The beach is a little more lively on the weekends but it is a totally different beach scene then what you find on the Caribbean side of the Yucatan Peninsula. This is real Mexico and instead of row upon row of beach chairs lined up to rent for the day what you will find on the playa de Chelem are local families, picnicing and enjoying the warm shallow water, while vendors stroll the beach with boxes of pastries perched on their heads. On Sunday mornings grab a market basket and walk into the village to join the locals as they stop at their favorite stalls in the mercado or along the calle to buy conchinita pibil or ceviche.

Although you have to take the usual precautions of locking doors when you leave and making sure that any valuables are stowed safely away, there is none of the danger here that is reported in the border towns hundreds of miles away.

If you feel like leaving the peaceful solitude of our little village you can always take a short drive (6km) over the bridge to Progreso which has a bustling little downtown, especially on the days the cruise ships come in. Pull up a chair at one of our favorite beach bars to join our friendly band of expats as they watch the antics of the locals and the cruise ship passengers or stroll through the market where you will find everything from handmade hammocks to beautiful talavera pottery to the usual tourist souvenirs. There are also several marinas in Progreso which have fishing charters and boat rentals.

Merida is the secret jewel of Mexico. It is a beautiful colonial city of about a million people that mixes the best of old world beauty and grace with modern convenience. There are countless museums and cathedrals to explore plus several sophisticated shopping centers and international cuisine. Every Saturday night the streets around El Centro in Merida are blocked off and the restaurants move their tables and chairs outside and musicians play on every corner. Children run laughing through the streets at midnight while their parents and grandparents dine leisurely in the cool evening air. No one is worried for their safety. The party continues every Sunday with a fiesta that includes music and dancing and numerous food vendors and artisans.

We like to get up early on Sundays and drive into Progreso to catch the bus to Merida which drops us off right at the Plaza Grande where we can walk to mass at the oldest cathedral in the Americas. We spend the rest of the day strolling through the vendors and shops of El Centro, stopping to enjoy warm sugary churros or crispy panuchos and a cold beer or frosty marguerita before catching the bus home to spend a relaxing evening watching the stars come out as we walk along the beach.

There are many Mayan Ruins and cenotes (blue holes) in the area to travel to for day trips. Chichen Itza is a 2.5 hr. drive or you can arrange tours through operators in Progreso or Merida. Campeche, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in also within driving distance and is really worth the trip to see their museum and amazing Mayan and Spanish relics.

There is a large U.S. and Canandian community here. Our casa is located on the outskirts of town and most of the surrounding homes are second homes for residents of Merida who only visit them during Easter week and the months of July and August. We do have a handful of expat neighbors on our beachroad but for the most part you will have the beach to yourself. Our caretaker speaks fluent English and she will be able to assist you in any way you need.


Rates & Availability

Chelem House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
July and August
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 27 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Low season 2
Aug 28 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Christmas and New Years
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 7 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Refundable damage deposit $500

This property has an electrical allowance. Renters will be charged for the overage. Payment is due at checkout.

Occupancy is based on 4 adults, please contact owner about additional persons.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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