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Guest Casita Near Beach

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Guest Casita, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

Welcome to Serenity Sands. This is truly a tropical paradise. If you are looking for a comfortable, affordable and private getaway, this is the place for you. Serenity Sands has a large, 1 bedroom Casita available. The Casita is approximately 15 feet by 12 feet with a full bathroom of 9 feet by 6 feet. Air conditioning is included. It is a separate building from the owners unit with a separate entrance via the courtyard. The courtyard has a covered outdoor kitchen area and outdoor dining area under a palapa. The outdoor kitchen features a 6 burner cook top/oven, full size cooking refrigerator/freezer, toaster oven, microwave, coffee pot, dishes and utensils.

There is also comfy seating in the large game room with a flat screen TV, bar and sink area.

We certainly enjoy it here and you will too!

We are located about 2 kilometers outside the fishing village of Chelem (towards Chuburna) and the beach is just a short 5 minute walk from the house. There are a number of restaurants in Chelem/Chuburna as well as small markets for necessities. The larger town of Progreso is only a 10 minute drive and they have large supermarkets, Mercado and Malecon. Progreso is a port of call for several cruise lines, so there are shopping opportunities for everyone. The capital city of Merida is a short 35 minute drive. It is a stunning historical center of this state, with the cathedrals, colonial palaces and other landmarks that date back to the 16th century.

And, of course, there is the Mayan culture that is so much a part of this region. We are fortunate to be near so many of the Mayan ruins, such as Chitzen Itza and Uxmal (plus countless others).

Depending on the time of year for your visit, the Pink Flamingo’s will be close by too (our favorites!) and there is fishing in the Ria. Fresh fish is the local dish available at most restaurants.

A few other things about the property are: we have free WIFI internet on the property and in the rooms, internet TV in the game room and a washing machine is available. We do have a dog and cat (both friendly) as such, we do not allow guests to bring their pets. We do live on site, so if there is anything that comes up during your visit, we are available to help in any way we can.

More Details

Ben Tinkey
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

About Ben Tinkey

Retired Bank Executive from California. Grew up in Cupertino, California.

Ben Tinkey purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Ben Tinkey chose Chelem

A short walk to the beach but far enough away minimize the effects of the Norte storms.

What makes this apartment unique

Beautiful gardens and the home surrounds a courtyard with a large pool and gardens and a palapa for shade.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Spent 2 weeks in March in this great beach spot and had a lovely relaxing time. Close to the beach, walk or bike ride to town or sit in the lovely garden with pool. Bikes were provided for our use so we were able to explore Chelem and Chuburna easily. Public transport easy to take if you want to go to Progreso. The place is very clean and comfortable and Ben and Julie are very knowledgable about things to do in the area. Thanks to their suggestion we spent a lovely day out with a local tour company. We did some cooking in the outdoor kitchen but Julie also cooks great meals you can purchase and enjoy in the outdoor dining area. If you need a place to hang out and relax then this is where you want to be! We loved having Topaz the cat on the premises.

Safe, clean, affordable. 5 out of 5. Thanks again Ben and Julie.
Feb 2016
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Chelem Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full ensuite bathroom with walk in shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size bedroom with open closet area and direct access to the swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and palapa.
  • Game Room ...
  • Television ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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Guest Casita Near Beach
average rating of 4.875 based on 11 reviews
Portland, OR

Beautiful villa and casita with lovely pool

  • 4 of 5

My casita was very comfortable and clean. The bed was awesome. The grounds are immaculate. The pool was my favorite part of the stay. I was traveling alone and would have preferred being closer to the center of the village. However, the tuk tuk was a fun way to get from the villa into the village. The shared outdoor kitchen was a different experience for me. Fortunately, my neighbors in the other casita were lovely, friendly people and we shared some great conversation under the palapa. Ben and Julie and gracious and accommodating hosts.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Very friendly! The pool is beautiful and amazing! I love the walk by the beach! Definitely stay here when you visit!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Wonderful Accommodation & People

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Serenity Sands was wonderful. Ben and Julie are amazingly welcoming and gracious hosts. They upgraded us from a basic room (which was very nice) to an apartment with full kitchen, living room and dining room with no extra charge. They were very knowledgable about the area and offered information as requested. We would return to the area again and absolutely stay at this wonderful place again! Thank you, Ben & Julie

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Time, Fabulous Hosts

  • 5 of 5

Well, visitors can hardly complain about being greeted in the village of Chelem by a procession for the Virgin of Guadalupe and fireworks! Ben says that he didn't arrange it, but the magic Tinkey touch was everywhere else. Mayan meals, fishing trips, beachwalking, a car tour of the area so that we sort of knew where we were going, a concert by student musicians were just part of the fun. We also learned a lot about building an apartment in Yucatan, from seeing the primitive tools to hearing tales of stops and starts, the whimsies of contractors and workers, to viewing the gorgeous results, designed by Julie. Also siestas, hanging out by the pool, watching the clouds and rain and looking at pink salt and pink flamingos. Highly recommended. Ann and Paul

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Detroit, MI

Great Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Ben and Julie (and Jake and Topaz) have created a beautiful place to relax. Sitting by the pool under the palapa with Topaz talking to you is priceless, You are also only a short walk to the beach. The only downside was no AC in the bedroom. Fans helped but August in MX is hot! Serenity Sands is located near three towns and there are great shops and restaurants close by. Ben and Julie are wonderful hosts and we look forward to seeing the again!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is effectively paradise

  • 5 of 5

The property is fenced in in a very nice neighborhood. There is live music on Fridays and Sundays about two blocks away so that's something to keep in mind as either a pro or con. The property is absolutely beautiful, there are gorgeous plants throughout, especially the palm trees. The hotel around the corner (where the music is) has decent food but there are better options around. You can go just a few minutes away for some excellent pescado frito or other local dishes (two minute drive, a car is a must). However keep in mind that the locals have a very different idea of hygiene in food preparation. The fresh coconut products from the multitude of street vendors are remarkably good, that is a strong factor in making me want to return, it's just too pleasant being able to go to these little shops and vendors. As far as the room itself, it's large with a king size bed, fresh linen, it has a safe, a nightstand on each side of the bed, and a small table. It has bathroom as well with two large towels and two hand towels. The room is part of a hacienda, meaning it has multiple rooms, all separated from each other but connected by a beautiful open area with plants and a nice table, the kitchen area, and a lovely pool. There's also a washer which Julie was glad to help me with and let me use although you will have to hang your clothes to dry but that's really not a big deal, they have clothes lines and ~infinite clips to hang items. The pool is great, there are plastic floaty things that you can relax on or for swimming or whatever. Since it's like two minutes from the beach, basically all the water is saltwater, including the pool but it's usually not so noticeable although it seems more distinct in the shower than the pool. It's not a real concern either way, just don't drink the tap water. You can always go to the hotel and get water/beer/tequila/food, it's literally a one minute walk (btw you don't need to walk all the way around to the front, you can enter from the pool side in the back) and they're glad to have you there. In fact basically everyone, everywhere is glad to have you there. Altogether it's a very pleasant place and I had a great experience, the only improvement that could be done is the room doesn't have AC so if you're coming in the summer, you need to be alright with some serious heat and humidity but everything else is perfect. Ben and Julie are great, the property is beautiful, the area is lovely. I look forward to making the trip again.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Merida International
Nearest Barpub
60 Metres
Los Dunas Hotel/La Barca Restaurant
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Yucatan Golf lub
Nearest Motorway
40 Metres
Highway 261
Nearest Restaurant
60 Metres
Los Dunas Hotel/La Barca Restaurant
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Osito Entrada at Beach Road
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $15
Refundable damage deposit $50
A/C Fee Per Day $5

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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