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Recent Yucatan, Mayan Riviera reviews

  • Perfect place for quiet relaxation and incredible snorkeling!

    "My wife and I stayed at La Iguana #3 over Christmas and it was a perfect getaway! The condo is tucked towards the end of the road on the very North end of Half Moon Bay. Everything was just as described. It was kept clean every day. We didn't cook, but there are all the basic utensils. If you are thinking of doing a lot of cooking, I would recommend stopping at Mega or somewhere in Playa (cheaper and better options). The apartment isn't like the high luxury apartments you might find in Playa or on Akumal beach - and that is what makes it great! If you want a thumping nightlife scene and scores of people looking to party, this is definitely NOT the place for you! If you want to be a little off the beaten path, have incredible snorkeling right from your apartment, sleep to the sound of waves, and still have access to great restaraunts and activities, this place is perfect! There are a thousand things to do in the surrounding areas, but we didn't leave Akumal once and we don't feel like we missed out of anything! There are several places to eat within walking distance, but I would highly recommend renting a bike ($35 for the whole week per bike) from the office. Actually, our daily ritual of riding our bikes to explore the town was one of our favorite activities! The snorkeling in front of the apartment is incredible! Don't be like the idiots who wander around, trampling the delicate coral!! Once you get out to the deeper water, you'll find schools of all types of fish, turtles (I only saw one), barracuda, urchins, rays, and even some eels. We actually saw a barracuda jump out of the water while hunting a bunch of jumping baitfish! Careful, however, the current can be strong on windy days! If you go to Akumal beach, you'll see that it is VERY different than half moon bay. LOTS of people but I would highly recommend it. Don't bother paying $25 per person to get a guide. Simply walk about 200 yards (meters) South, past the boats, and go in. There are plenty of turtles to see there and all you have to do is look for them. Swim further and find coral life (don't touch). I few of the other reviews mentioned the heat in the apartment due to the large windows, so that was an area of concern for us. We found that while it did get warm by the windows, as long as you open the window at night, it says pretty comfortable."
    Guest: Ted H. Date of Stay: December 2016 Review Submitted: December 30, 2016
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  • Excellent experience with beautiful condo

    "Every thing goes really good with this condo and very easy to reserve near the beach like 2:min. Walking,all the condo was nice and the laundry room makes our trip easy all room very clean and beautiful thank you for let us rent your condo"
    Guest: A.Kim Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: April 2, 2016
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  • Wonderful Xcalak Home!

    "If you are looking for a quiet, authentic, Mexican experience in a beautiful home with access to some incredible coral reefs this is the spot for you."
    Guest: Karen F. Date of Stay: December 2016 Review Submitted: January 9, 2017
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  • magical

    "Our family, , group was twelve adults two of which were teenagers , and one toddler, normally when we vacation in mexico we stay at all inclusive resorts this time we decided to stay in a home, this turned out to be one of the best vacation decisions ever made. when we arrived, we were greeted by Udi the property owner and his staff, Udi had prepared a wonderful pitcher of margaritas and Philomena had made amazing guacamole. we all began to get acquainted with the house and property everything was perfect, no complaints, everything was clean, the beds were very comfortable, the layout of the villa is very organized and works for everyone, the views from every window are breathtaking! We were fortunate to be there during the nesting and hatching of sea turtles an experience our whole family is still talking about and will never forget! our teenagers and the rest of us enjoyed the kayaks and, Early morning walks on the beach, late evening walks along the beach whether we were all together as a group or just taking time alone, it was a very relaxing and thought provoking experience. It was also wonderful coming into the home everyday to Philomena's guacomole and pico de gallo also finding that every need we possibly had was taken care of by jorge' and xavier, we hardly ever saw them but somehow they kept everything perfect. Our concierge Ali, was so nice and accomodating he answered every phone call i made to his phone no matter the time and accomodated our every wish, he arranged for a deep sea fishing trip that was awesome! We had three dinners and two breakfasts prepared by chef and his crew, everything was delicious, we also had special requests for dishes he had no problem making and they were great. I can't say enough about the staff, chef and, the property everything and everyone exceeded our expectations, if you are contemplating choosing this property for a vacation, our family would all agree you won't be disappointed. Best part of the trip, our family being together in this magical place. Worst part of the trip, having to go to sleep."
    Guest: Julie and glenn Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 3, 2016
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