This was our fifth trip to Mexico. We decided on Mahahual to escape the exponential growth of the Tulum area.
I was looking for the perfect place: a clean, well maintained house, a beautiful, sandy swimming beach with good surf, walk in snorkeling, and no people. In short, a fantasy house and a tall order. When I found Casa Playa Maya, Amanda responded to my inquiry immediately. She replied to my many e mails with patience and great humor.
After 20 hours of hard traveling, Amanda and Richard greeted us with open arms and a delicious dinner. As the week progressed, we realized what a wonderful wealth of local information they were. We were never let down by any of the advice they gave us, whether it was a dive with Gypsea Divers, an early morning outing to Chacchoben and Bacalar or a tip on where to pick up fruits and veggies in the pueblo. We have previously rented vacation houses throughout the Caribbean and US. Richard and Amanda are kind, trustworthy, hard working people, who want nothing more than for you have the most wonderful experience possible and will do anything they can to make that happen. Of all of the people we have dealt with in our many rental experiences, Amanda and Richard stand out as the best of the best.
The house is a gem. It was spotlessly clean and everything was in working order, which is no small achievement for this part of the world. The pictures do not even begin to do it justice and cannot capture the open, airy and breezy spaces. The kitchen is as well equipped as my own at home. We did a major supply up in Tulum on the way down and cooked in most nights. We had fresh fish delivered to the door, as well as breads, fruits, and veggies, too. I am not a fan of cooking on vacation....However, here it was such a unique and satisfying experience that I didn't mind it as much as I thought I would.
The snorkeling right off the beach was great. We are avid snorkelers, and this was some of the best "walk in" snorkeling we have done anywhere. When the surf was up, the swimming was amazing... We walked on the beach for miles and saw no one.
The only negatives I can say have nothing to do with the house. It is a long drive from Cancun. And, we did miss the dining opportunities of the pueblo in Tulum. We also had tremendous difficulty getting cash. And lastly, the trash. We expected it, but it's still heartbreaking. What a global tragedy.
Gracias, mis amigos. We will return!