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Recent Yucatan, Mayan Riviera reviews

  • We could LIVE here!

    "This condo is spotless, and though it's only a studio it has all the amenities. I'd forgotten my hair dryer, but found one in the bathroom. If you can't find it, just call the manager, who graciously answers questions and gives advice. Since this was our first stay in Playa del Carmen we had no expectations or ideas of the best things to do, and restaurants to choose. The condo has a binder from the owners with helpful ideas, there are some great maps available, and a book with notes from previous guests. We loved strolling Fifth Avenue (with its persuasive hawkers at nearly every shop and kiosk) with its many shops, stopping for coffee or gelato, and picking up fruit, pastry, and drinks at the mini-mart and bakery on Fifth Avenue near the condo. There are too many restaurants to recommend, but one of the condo's maps has helpful reviews of restaurants. Our favorites include El Fogon, Lido on the beach (where we sat for hours in lounge chairs enjoying a few cold beers while watching the water activities), La Cueva de Chango (garden setting), Chez Celine, and a little place that looks like it just opened called The White Bar that offered a Taco and Beer early evening special. We had no bad experiences with any restaurants so you can't really go wrong. We took the ferry to Cozumel for a day and had a four hour tour with a taxi driver who showed us some highlights along the coast. We also spent a day traveling to Tulum and Coba to explore the Mayan ruins. We'd highly recommend both of these for a day trip. We stopped at Akumel Beach but it was too late in the day to snorkel in pursuit of turtles, but several people we met said it was their best outing of their trips. The weather, by local standards, was cold (mid-70's) but the water was warm and we only had one evening of light rain. Overall, if you have decided to visit Playa - and you should! - this is a perfect place for a couple who isn't looking for room service."
    Guest: Pat H. Date of Stay: February 2016 Review Submitted: February 16, 2016
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  • A Really Nice Place !

    "My wife and I returned to Casa Tranquility for a second visit in December 2016. This is a comfortable home with a nice pool area in the back to cool off and just relax by. Located in Santa Ana, it is close to many restaurants, galleries, etc. A walk to Centro and Mercado Galvez is 20 minutes. This is a very well run rental property and we recommend it highly."
    Guest: Dan B. Date of Stay: December 2016 Review Submitted: January 9, 2017
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  • Amazing island vacation home!

    "We just returned from a wonderful family vacation at Isla Mujeres and Casa Mimosa. Our family of 8 had the best vacation ever! Mim was excellent and responded to all of my questions prior to our trip. She recommended transportation from the airport to the ferry, which was flawless. Gaspar had a golf cart waiting for us upon our arrival to the hose. He also made fajitas for us the first night and a special Mexican feast for our son's 18th birthday (complete with cake!). Gaspar also arranged a private snorkeling trip for us, the boat picked us up on the beach! The house was spacious and clean, with plenty of room to be together and grab some alone time too. Every bedroom has a view of the ocean. The outdoor space Is the house's main attraction. We thoroughly enjoyed the pool, volleyball, and beach. We made lunches and drinks under the palapa by the pool every day! Grocery shopping was a quick golf cart ride as well as many restaurants, bars, and local shopping. I would highly recommend Casa Mimosa for large families and anyone looking for a relaxing vacation with spectacular views and ambience."
    Guest: Shannon P. Date of Stay: December 2016 Review Submitted: January 2, 2017
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  • A Must Stay in the Area

    "This casa is one of the best I've rented in Tulum, hands down. VERY well maintained, it's spacious & comfortable. Gianni and Sue are pleasant hosts & took care of every detail including providing bottled water, coffee, cookware, linens to a wonderful staff to clean the entire house, clean dishes and the pool area every day! Sue is a fantastic cook, we recommend ordering a few meals ($10USD) & massage for only $20USD! They have menu with all offerings. Things to note: - You will need a car, this house is off the beaten track. - You will need water shoes to walk along the beach outside of the house. While the beach resort area of Tulum has white sandy beaches you can walk on, this area is noted for the coral reefs & rocky shoreline. It is great to have reefs right at our house, so we could just jump in the water & start snorkeling. - The bedrooms all have A/C, but the main common space of the house does not. The morning hours were the hottest in the backyard & house, since it faces the east & the beautiful wall of glass allows the sunlight to come pouring in. As long as you keep the A/C on in the bedrooms and your doors open throughout the day, the common space will cool down fine. - There is a very small bodega a bike ride or short drive down the dirt road where you can get emergency items, but it is limited. It is best to go to the Chedraui supermarket in the town of Tulum, about 10 min drive from the house. It is open until 10pm every night & has everything you will need, including clothing & electronics. - There are three restaurants a few minutes drive back down the dirt road towards the highway. We ate at two & HIGHLY recommend them! !) Blue Sky Hotel has good thin crust pizza and fish. Ask for the milk and butter fish which is not on the menu, but a staff favorite. Erik "the Viking" was a local who had a wonderful personality and great tips for the area & sight seeing that we wished we knew when first arrived; 2) Casa Cenote where you can sit on the beach & eat fresh caught lobster and fish, amazing food and drinks. Daniel was our server & a really easy to talk to guy. It is owned by an ex pat from Texas who does a Texas style BBQ every Sunday at noon if you're in the mood. - Coba vs. Chitzan Itza... Coba is closer (1 hr vs. 1:45 from house, not as manicured and you can still climb to the top.) If you go to Coba, definitely get a tour. You won't know what you're seeing without it & you can learn all about the flora & fauna as well."
    Guest: Lauren S. Date of Stay: October 2016 Review Submitted: October 12, 2016
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