|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
A private home with one of the most beautiful settings in Puerto Morelos. A stay in our beautiful two story Beach House offers “the best of all possible worlds”
Combining a 'traditional' Mayan Palapa with a modern Adobe home, great snorkeling and swimming with easy beach access. Large front sundeck and back terrace deck with heavenly outdoor pool & shower.
We are located in the town of Puerto Morelos, only 20 minutes south of Cancun and 10 minutes from the main highway leading to historic Mayan sites, popular tourist attractions and modern shopping and dining.
The upstairs 'Palapa' has a twenty-foot high thatched peaked ceiling with varnished wood beams and tiled floors, a king size bed and hammocks, a private bathroom and two outdoor sundecks – one facing the ocean where you can sunbathe and enjoy the Caribbean breezes – fabulous sunsets over the jungle from the back terrace. You can watch the sun rise from your upstairs bed or luxuriate in an invigorating outdoor shower surrounded by palms and bamboo trees.
The town plaza of Puerto Morelos is only five minutes by car, taxi, an easy bike ride or a twenty five minute leisurely walk along the beach. Puerto Morelos, a small unassuming town with all the conveniences you could desire and no tourist congestion, boasts fine restaurants, a pizza parlor, cafés, a playground, church, beaches, a grocery store, a bookstore, a travel agency, and a dive shop (if you decide not to snorkel from the beach in front of the Palapa) and once a week an outdoor fresh produce market.
You can also sun and shop and play in Cancun or Playa del Carmen or tour the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum. The entire coast (the Mayan Riviera) is one long stretch of beautiful beaches, cabanas, and ecological environmental parks where you can horseback ride, swim in ceynotes and underground caves and visit the historical Mayan Ruins. Taxis are plentiful and reasonable for trips up and down the coast. There are also tour buses to various Mayan sites that can be booked in Puerto.
The biggest problem? You'll never want to leave!!
My partner Nora and I bought our land in 1994 and we built the house..following the inspiration we received in traveling the Mayan Rivera and wanting to duplicate that experience for our guests..
We just completed our new pool in May 2013 and it is out of this world fabulous!
Colleen McKay & Nora Jacobs purchased this villa in 1994
Peace, beauty, privacy..
Hola, Buenes Dias Colleen,
Sadly, we are home now.
Nosotros gusto Mexico y Puerto Morales y La Palapa muy buen.
Muchios grachias para una casa bonita y jardin. (apprendo espanol-----Elaine, pero para ahora esta pequeno. Losciento!).
Your house is wonderful, 'fantastico'. Very comfortable and relaxing. Wonderful setting. We ate at David Lau's restaurant most evenings and met the lovely 'Valerie'. She fixed us up with snorkelling for the terrified, with 'Charlie Brown'. He was superb and we were amazed to find ourselves in the open seas, swimming with confidence!
We loved Tulum, Isla Mujeres, Uxmal and the art of Diego Rivera and Friedo Kahlo in Mexico City. Yes, Merida was 'mucho calor' and we did find Chichen Itza very touristy.
Yes, we had a wonderful time. Mexican people are so friendly. Everywhere we went we were met with warmth & courtesy. I was pleasently surprised by Mexico City. I had grown up with an image of congestion & pollution from the 70's. It was actually a much more comfortable city to visit than London, with a fantastic Metro system, clean streets & a brilliant one way traffic system in the centre. Highlights for us were the Museo de Belles Artes, the whole Coyoacan area, tracking down Rivera murals & our trip out to Teotihuacan.
We would love to return next year and wondered if there is ever a cooler time of year? John will probably be retiring in the summer, so we will have more flexibility with our travel dates. There is still much we would like to see, eg Palanque & it would be great to end the trip with a another relaxing stay at La Palapa.
Elaine & John
La Palapa is a piece of paradise. The property is exactly as pictured and described. The house is spacious, immaculate and well equipped. It can easily accommodate a large family or be great for just one couple as we were. Two couples would also do quite well. There is plenty of room for everyone. Within a few hours of arrival it seems like home. We spent most of our time in and around the gorgeous pool. It is so very private and serene that you don't want to go anywhere else. The location was perfect for us. It is a leisurely 25 minute stroll into town, either along the beach or the main road. The beach is only a 3 minute walk away. La Palapa will always be my first choice when traveling to Puerto Morelos. The town is so quaint and friendly you can't help but fall in love with it. Obviously, I would highly recommend La Palapa.
Our week long vacation at La Palapa was a unique experience! The house was spacious, clean and well equipped (lots of clean towels, fully equip’d kitchen etc). All the doors and windows had screens so we could leave them open all the time to enjoy the breeze. Sleeping upstairs in the palapa was delightful- huge tall roof with so much light. The house is situated on the edge of town and very peaceful, but still easy enough to get into town ($6 cab fare). Large private outdoor space with nice garden and pool, pool guy came twice during our week long stay. We enjoyed sitting out eating (and drinking) at the large table under the shade-sail, then jumping into the pool to cool off. We are both painters and found much inspiration around us, either sitting poolside or indoors to paint, and with so much space we could leave our equipment out.
The town of Puerto Morelos is about 10 minutes by taxi, or a 20 minute walk along the beach. Locals are all friendly and helpful- our very limited Spanish was not a problem. Lots of choices to eat out, one restaurant even arranged a special private party on their rooftop palapa for us and a large group of friends.
Colleen, the owner was wonderful- the booking process was so easy and she provided us with lots of advice and tips on what to do there. Her love for La Palapa, the town and its people was obvious and infectious. She went above and beyond to ensure our vacation was enjoyable and relaxing. We will be back soon
The Palapa is beautiful!! We really enjoyed staying at the Palapa. We had so much fun! Pool is great! Thank you so much Colleen and Nora for making our stay at the Palapa the most amazing!! Our stay at puerto morelos will be unforgettable!
If you need a place to stay at Puerto Morelos, The Palapa is the best! Great service and great people. Very comfortable and clean place. I recommend The Palapa to anyone visiting Puerto Morelos, you will not regret it:)
Our family of 5 from Minnesota including three children (7 yrs, 5 yrs & 7 months) stayed here for a week in May 2014. What a wonderful time we had at Colleen and Nora's Palapa.
The house was clean, well maintained, in a nice area (we felt completely safe) & just as gorgeous as you might imagine after seeing the photos. We just couldn't wait to experience staying here & sleeping under the big palapa roof upstairs. Amazing!
This place could definitely accommodate a couple of small families. There is tons of space & the bedroom on the main level has an air conditioning unit if needed. The pool is FANTASTIC - seriously very nice & perfect for our kids as our older child could touch the bottom throughout and our younger child could touch bottom I'm the shallower section. Yet, the pool was deep enough for them to jump in (feet first) with reckless abandon for hours on end.
Nora and Colleen were unbelievably responsive & accommodating through the whole process of renting, arrival & during our stay as well.
For future renters, I just thought I'd clarify the location of this place (we had trouble understanding before we arrived). As noted, this house is not directly on the beach, it is across the street with a row of houses just in front, so you can see the ocean from the upper front balcony. To access the beach from here, you do need to walk down the street and around (maybe a 1-2 minute walk, it's quite near) and you're on a nice stretch of beach. We enjoyed a few walks down the beach near the property, but as the beach in town is even nicer (we love the Puerto Morelos beach in town), we went there for our actual swimming days. Most days, we just swam at the pool because it was so nice & we could easily soak up the sun while finding adequate shade (or nap time) for our baby.
Definitely keep this place on your list to choose from, it's pretty amazing.
It would be hard to imagine a better vacation than one spent at La Palapa House in Puerto Morelos. Colleen and Nora are great to work with, very responsive to our many questions. The house is spacious with comfortable sofas and chairs, great kitchen, and immaculate pool. The upstairs palapa room is special. We all spent time in the upstairs palapa room, enjoying coffee/toast/fruit in the morning, and reading in those cool wavy chairs. Waking up in the morning to that hilarious round of bird calls was an extra bonus! The garden outside was flowering – pink, peach, orange - looking very tropical and lush.
We spent beach time at the town beach, where we rented chairs and umbrellas (200 pesos for 2 chairs and an umbrella) and even had lunch from La Playita delivered beachside. (Shrimp tacos, guacamole - yum!) We waited till our last day to go snorkeling --- very bad idea to wait till the last day! --- there was too much wind that day and no boats were going out.
Shopping at the local markets was fun. Little hole-in-the-wall fish market with fresh-caught fish, the Wednesday outdoor fruit/vegetable market, and the little grocery store that somehow packed anything you wanted into its small space. Everything from food, wine, bread, Mayan honey, Mexican vanilla - to flipflops, sunblock and souvenirs.
We ate at Al Chimichurri, El Merkadito, Tacos.com, La Playita, El Pelicano and Pangea. We never had a single disappointing meal. We ate it all, including fresh fruit and vegetables, having been assured that the restaurants wash and prepare raw food to keep our delicate American stomachs happy.
And of course we went to the Alma Libre bookstore a few times. They were a good source of info, and besides a nice selection of books, they had interesting Mayan/Mexican items to take home with us. (Hand painted bookmarks, coffee, honey, vanilla, salsas, photos.)
For out-of-the-house adventure, we went to Tulum, the Botanical Garden, the Jungle Spa. There we had Mayan massages and aloe wraps. It was so interesting to hear how Sandra got started with her business and her connection to the Mayan community.
Our biggest problem was that one week was not enough time. Puerto Morelos was perfect for us - quiet, sweet, manageable, great restaurants, easy driving, easy parking. The people were helpful and friendly; we always felt safe and welcome. And being able to call La Palapa House “home” for a week was thrilling. We had the greatest time!
From the moment you open the gates to enter La Palapa you are transported to a magical oasis. The beautiful lush Bougainvillea, palm trees, hibiscus and of course the fantastic pool area where we spent a great deal of time lounging, reading, swimming. And the, Nora's charcoal grill station. Oh my, we did put it through it's paces!
Long walks on the beach; in one direction the resorts, which due to Puerto Morelos height restrictions, are low rises, the other direction takes you to lovely Puerto Morelos town where you can enjoy browsing through shops, sip a fresh fruit smoothie or an espresso at one of many cafes after you have purchased your next read at Alma Libre, restaurants, and a stroll over to the wonderful fish co-operative where you can choose your fresh fish filleted or whole (they will prepare it to your specification) to cook on Nora's grill with fresh vegetables from the Wednesday Market just off the main plaza.
There are many events in and around the town and Alma Libre, the secondhand bookstore , has a website where you can find listings and links to websites.
Back to La Palapa (must say we kept wanting to come back to our little paradise). Colleen and Nora have created a very special home that they so generously share with us, their guests. The upstairs bedroom so airy and spacious, the outdoor shower makes you feel you are in the jungle. Downstairs area is also spacious, comfortable with comfy sofas and chairs. Having two refrigerators is a huge + one for cold drinks and one for food. Luxury. The casa is sparklingly clean with an abundance of towels, sheets, beach towels and chairs.
Everything you could want for a perfect beach/pool holiday retreat or as a base for exploring the amazing Mayan Ruins all through the Yucatan, the colonial city of Valladolid, Isla Mujeres and many more activities .
Colleen has been , and continues to be, a great communicator, answering our many questions. Offering advice on car rentals, etc. an absolute joy.
We highly recommend this gem for anyone who wishes to explore the beautiful Mayan Riviera , then retreat to the privacy, quiet and beauty of La Palapa
We are located in the town of Puerto Morelos, only 20 minutes drive south of Cancun airport and 10 minutes from the main highway leading to historic Mayan sites, popular tourist attractions and modern shopping and dining.
We are on a small beach road Calle Carey 5 minutes north of the town plaza of Puerto Morelos and 8 houses past Desire Resort/spa in Puerto Morelos. 3 min walk to the beach access.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 20 2015 - Apr 30 2016
6 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|Notes||Rates listed are for 2 person occupancy.. Guests over 2 pay an additional $20.00 per person per night.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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