We're not into resorts or the somewhat nutty and sleazy Cancun scene, this is the real Mexico. We rented a car and like to get out everyday. This was a perfect home base. Nice house, great community. Chemuyil is a lovely little Mexican town, with some good restaurants and a little store. Very handy. The beach is fabulous, clean and quiet, easily the nicest beach we've been to in Mexico. The nearby town of Akumal is great, with a great snorkeling beach, we saw lots of turtles, rays, barracuda, pufferfish, cuttlefish, and many others. Farther down the beach road to the end is another excellent snorkel site, it was like an aquarium. 5 min. towards Tulum is Dos Ojos cenotes. Take the snorkel gear, it's mind blowing. We did a day trip to Vallalidad. Great little colonial city, not too touristy, and the Cenote Maya on the way back was incredible. We like to eat dinner out and there was always great places to go between Akumal, Chemuyil and Tulum. In the morning I liked to get up early and have coffee on the front patio and watch the birds in the jungle. We'll definitely be back.