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La Carambola, Downtown Paradise

Bedrooms 3
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

A Gorgeous 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Colonial Home.

Quote from Visit

"The city of Merida, Yucatan, known as the “white city”, is famous for its rich Mayan history and for being home to some of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico. It is a great center of activities and is very well connected by road and air to other places in the region and the country. It offers all the amenities of a big city, together with the rich history and culture of colonial Mexico. It is a cosmopolitan and picturesque city, with a strong Maya influence; it serves as a starting point to visit the archaeological sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal.

Merida’s centro historico (historic center) is one of the largest in Mexico and laid out on a grid pattern. Many of the buildings in the historic center of Merida, including those on and around the Plaza Grande (central plaza), were built during the colonial period through the 18th and 19th centuries."

This Lovely Colonial home, "la Carambola", is located only a few minutes walk from " El Centro".

As you enter the home, you will first come through the formal sitting room. You will notice 16 foot ceilings and antique floors that have been well preserved. Original archways and doors are through out the home and make this home very inviting.

There are three bedrooms. Two bedrooms on the main level; each with a Queen size bed and a shared bathroom.

The master bedroom is located on the second floor along with the master bath. You will notice that we have combined "the New" with "the Old" even in the bathrooms.

All bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning. All rooms in the home have ceiling fans.

If you like to cook, the gourmet kitchen has everything you will need to prepare your feast. However, if you do not wish to cook, there are numerous restaurants to choose from.

After a long day of sight seeing , you will be glad to come home to your private pool and cool off and relax.

There is an rooftop patio and a lower patio to enjoy a meal or simply to relax.

This home has a large 2 car garage. If you wish to rent a vehicle, motor cycles, or bicycles, you will always have a safe place to store them.

If you need to have laundry done, the home is also equipped with a washer and dryer.

More Details

Property Manager
Michele Perkins
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2018

About Michele Perkins

We are Tom and Michele Perkins. Married 30 years, high school sweet hearts. We met in Honolulu, Hawaii. in 1985 and have had an adventure ever since. Now the proud parents of two children ( all grown up) and we live in Birmingham Alabama.

Tom is a family practitioner, and I, Michele, am a martial arts instructor.

Michele Perkins purchased this house in 2011

Why Michele Perkins chose Barrio de Santiago

My sister lives in Merida and with every year that we visited we loved the city and the surrounding area more and more. There is just so much to see and do!

The Colonial homes in downtown (Centro) are just amazing.

We love exploring, and this home has provided us with easy access to many of Mexico's amazing sights, such as Uxmal, Chichenitza, Izamal, etc...

Long story short, we decided we wanted a home of our own.


What makes this house unique

This particular home needed very little structural change, It was mostly cosmetic. This home is over 100 years old. We loved the high ceiling, old doors, original floors and archways. We wanted to keep the feel of the original home in tact. I think we accomplished that, and hope that anyone who stays in our home will appreciate that and truly enjoy their stay at la Carambola house.


Barrio de Santiago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Guest bath is on main level Shower/toilet/sink and towels. Master bath on second floor Shower / toilet/ sink/ hairdryer/ towels
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main Level Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Main Level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Second level Master bedroom
  • Each bedroom includes all linens and Air conditioning Dresser, lamps, fans.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Maid service provided once every per 7 day stay. Pool is also routinely cleaned. A schedule will be provided by our representative upon your check in. Wifi password available in the home


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La Carambola, Downtown Paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Beautiful sanctuary in centro

  • 5 of 5

Responsive owners, beautiful spot, easy to park, groceries a couple blocks away, main square just a few more, pool was delightful.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay. Please come again. Warmest regards, Michele Perkins
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Odenville,Alabama. U.S.A.

Magical Merida

  • 5 of 5

My husband,our 20 year old son, and I enjoyed 3 days at Casa Carambola, located just 6 blocks or so from Historico Centro in Merida, Yucatan . It was a fantastic trip in every way! The house has been restored beautifully! The original pasta tile floors aND colonial style doors are just some of the architectural elements that make this house so special. As travelers we were delighted with how well set up and equipped it was.We truly only needed to bring our own clothes and toiletries. Everything needed is there! Although there is a plethora of excellent restaurants within walking distance, the kitchen is fully loaded and ready for cooking....and the Mexican style dishes are lovely. The laundry room is wonderful, with full sized washer and dryer. Even in November we enjoyed the pool! The walled garden and swimming pool area was a relaxing retreat. ..We walked into Historico Centro each day and again at night. .It's the perfect location for exploring and sampling authentic Meridian life! We can't wait to go back. .we loved it! Thank you Tom and Michele for opening your house up to us!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Forest Hills, New York U.S.A.

What a wonderful vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have visited Merida many times. This was our first time trying VRBO.

We found this home on VRBO and fell in love. It was central to everything we wanted to do, and at the same time we had our very own little paradise to come back to every night. We had everything we could possibly need. I can't wait to do this again next year! A great escape from the North East cold! Thank you Tom and Michele for providing such a beautiful and comfortable home for vacationers like us.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Merida Airport (MID)
Nearest Train
1.2 Kilometres
Bus station
Nearest Beach
36 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Merida is central to many fabulous Maya ruins; Uxmal, Chichnitza, Dzitibaltun. The beach is only 1 hour from Centro. Also, there are many beautiful underground pool caves (Cenotes) within driving range for day trips. Celestun, a Flamingo sanctuary is approximately an hour away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Property Damage Insurance $79

Invoices and payments through PayPal or VRBO
No Smoking in the house. Ashtrays provided on the back Patio.
No children under 8years old allowed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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