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House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Casita Paraiso is in the lovely, eclectic community of Chan Chemuyil. This 2 bedroom casita is the affordable and perfect alternative to hotels and resorts. You'll find a laid back feel here and the perfect home base for your adventures and travels around the entire Yucatan peninsula. At the end of the day, enjoy the private garden patio complete with hammock and outdoor kitchen area with BBQ. The surrounding jungle boasts tropical birds and other wildlife and the local cenotes provide cool water to relax and refresh in.

The Mayan Riviera is a diving and fishing paradise and an archaelogical wonder! We are just 5 miles to Akumal, 11 to the pueblo of Tulum and the beautiful white sand beaches of Tulum are just a few miles from town. It is a 10 minute walk to the lovely Playa Xcacel, protected turtle sanctuary. By day enjoy this secluded, white sand crescent beach. By night during turtle nesting season, enjoy learning about the endangered Loggerhead and Giant Green Sea turtles and these grounds they return to nest on year after year. This is a perfect location and underwater paradise for scuba diving and snorkeling as the Meso American Reef system is the 2nd largest in the world next to the Great Barrier Reef. It holds marine turtles, dolphins, 60 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. There are fresh water cenotes that you can swim, snorkel and cave dive in and jungles to explore. So many beautiful beaches on the Caribe and literally hundreds of cenotes in the Yucatan - some simple and some with special features, all to be enjoyed.

The ancient walled city of Tulum treats you to amazing, ancient ruins that overlook the Caribbean sea. Xel-Ha and Yal Ku are two amazing lagoons that should be visited - kids (of all ages) will especially love these amazing natural water parks. Ancient Mayan ruins abound from Chichen Itza to newly uncovered ruins at Ek Balam. Explore the history of the area and its indigenous people who still thrive and live in Quintana Roo. Visit the neighboring pueblo of Chemuyil and enjoy mingling with the Mayan people - tasting their fresh, traditional cuisine in local restaurants, bakeries and fruit stands. For a totally unique experience, visit The Jungle Place just down the jungle road a few miles and play with rescued spider monkeys and then stop at Xhunaan Ha cenote to swim, jump or dive off the plank and cool off. This cenote is part of a huge underground river system that connects to 2 other lovely cenotes in the neighborhood. If you want a bit more city action, Playa del Carmen is just 30 minutes away. Shop along the famous Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) and enjoy local cuisine at the many great restaurants. Visit the culturally themed water park of Xcaret and X'Plor that has zip lines running across the jungle along the lagoon the pours into the Caribbean.

Come enjoy the tranquility of paradise, immerse yourself into a vibrant and ancient culture and feel the warmth of the Caribbean sand and sea at your feet! Whatever you decide to do, you'll love it!

To visit our website for more information, please CLICK THE LINK BELOW. Like us on Facebook to get updates on attractions and cultural events to plan your vacation around.

Keywords: Casita, Beach House, Bungalow

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  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only

Kathy Brown

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In 2005, we made our first journey to the Yucatan peninsula and fell in love with Mexico. Little did we know that 5 years later, we'd be property owners here. It is exciting to be at a point in our lives where we can now travel to our own little slice of paradise. The Mexican Caribbean is filled with adventure! We love sharing our travel experiences with our family and friends and hope that you enjoy the experience we've provided as much as we do. I guarantee you are going to have a good time! If this is your first trip to the area, you will fall in love with this most beautiful place in paradise!

Kathy Brown purchased this house in 2008

We've traveled to many beautiful areas of Mexico, but the water here is the most beautiful! It's so amazing with it's transparent turquoise hue and the abundant sea life that makes for incredible snorkeling and scuba diving. We've enjoyed exploring the many ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Tulum, Coba and Xel-Ha just to name a few. We love the culture, the people, everything about this special place! This community is so unique and colorful with many wonderful neighbors from all over the U.S. and Canada as well as from Italy, Austria and England. The neighboring pueblo is also full of beautiful and friendly local families, mostly of Mayan descent. There's so many more adventures in store for us that we could spend the rest of our lives here and not see it all.....but we are sure going to have fun trying!

Casita Paraiso welcomes you to our piece of paradise and we want you to feel relaxed and comfortable! Mi casa es su casa! Besides the high quality, comfortable furnishings and fully equipped kitchen, there's a 23' flat screen LCD TV, a DVD player and a Bose iPod docking station. Bring an iPod and enjoy listening to your own playlists. We have a small library with books, magazines, travel guides, maps, DVD's and board and table games for your enjoyment. The patio is a lovely, private little oasis where you can sit and relax in a hammock with a book or enjoy grilling your catch of the day or some wonderful arracherra on the BBQ. Enjoy the sounds of jungle birds and watch butterflies and hummingbirds hover about the bouganvillea. We have a stainless steel gas grill and a charcoal grill. Beautiful handpainted Mexican tiled countertop makes for wonderful outdoor entertaining and dining al fresco. And at the end of an active and busy day, our creature comforts will help lull you into dreamland in paradise!

For more information, please visit our website by clicking the link to More Information and Photos. Return to our VRBO page to view availability and request your reservation.

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Cute, comfortable beach house w/great amenities
average rating of 4.642857 based on 14 reviews
Cute, comfortable beach house w/great amenities
Akumal Quintana Roo
Federal Way, WA, USA


  • 5 of 5
Bob and I were so pleased with our stay at Casita Paraiso and our adventures in the surrounding area. It was exactly what we wanted and needed!

The neighborhood in which Casita Paraiso is located boasts an eclectic population of Mexican nationals and ex-pats. The neighborhood is quiet and pleasant. The house itself was clean, nicely appointed, and aesthetically pleasing...and air-conditioned! We loved the very private patio and spent a fair amount of time there when we were in our home-away-from home. The pictures on the website and facebook accurately depict the casita.

Bob and I chose not to rent a car (unless we found we really needed one) and we didn't. We could get anywhere we wanted to go via the bikes, walking, colectivo, or bus. We prefer to melt into the local life when we vacation and we always felt very safe anytime of day or night we were out and about.

Kathy and Mark were super helpful as was the property manager who resides in the neighborhood when we had a question or two. Kathy and Mark have put a lot of effort into compiling a book of local beaches, ruins, cenotes from various travel sites and interjected their own experiences and preferences which is helpful.

While I think a car would be more convenient for carrying beach gear back and forth as well as storing valuables (like cameras) when at the beach, we managed just fine taking very minimal gear on the colectivo system.

We loved the setting, the casita, the nearby pueblo of Chemuyil, the beach of Xcacel, the cenotes we visited, Tulum, the biosphere of Sian Ca'an, and Akumal. There is so much to do and see and so much of it is still unspoiled or undeveloped. I will definitely go back and I hope Kathy and Mark are still renting their lovely Casita Paraiso then!
  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you had such an awesome experience! Sounds like you really immersed yourself into the community and the culture. I enjoyed hearing about your daily adventures. There is just so much to do and see there, that even after our many trips we still have a very long wish list of beaches to hit and places to explore. We look forward to having you come back for more! ¡Salud!
Cute, comfortable beach house w/great amenities
Akumal Quintana Roo


  • 5 of 5
Casita Pariaso was perfect for us. The neighbor hood is so peaceful . Nice walk to an amazing beach. Kathy is very helpful in answering questions. We will stay in this property again.
  • Submitted: May 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being our guests Kevin & Pam! We are so glad that you enjoyed our casa. We want people to really feel at home here. The beach at Xcacel is indeed an amazing place and we're so grateful for its protection. Even with so many beautiful beaches in the Riviera Maya, this is the best! I was glad to hear from you upon your return, and we're excited that you'll be back! :)
Cute, comfortable beach house w/great amenities
Akumal Quintana Roo


  • 5 of 5
We spent 10 days here at spring break with another couple and had a fabulous time. Casita Paraiso was clean, spacious, cozy, comfortable and perfect! We stocked up on groceries before arriving so we could enjoy breakfast in the private backyard patio every morning. We even cooked dinner on the barbecue twice after a successful fishing trip in nearby Akumal! We appreciated the small but well equipped kitchen and used most of the beach gear that were provided at Casita Paraiso. We loved having a car as it was so easy to transport everything and set up for the day. FYI, there is a small charge to access the beach ($1 per person) and a security monitored parking lot. The beach was fantastic! The wind and pretty big waves made swimming sometimes difficult (probably just the time of year) but the beach was beautiful and peaceful. The cenote just off the beach is definitely worth a visit but wear flip-flops to get there. Not too crowded, no loud bars and restaurants and no one trying to sell you anything. We also regularly used the two bicycles provided - they could use a bit of a tune-up but did the trick! Almost every morning used them to explore the surrounding areas and charming town of Chemuyil. We also went into town on several occasions for dinner and had some of our best meals there, even better than the very expensive dinner we had in Playa del Carmen. Our favourite restaurant was La Palapa - good food, inexpensive and Valentino was a delight to meet and made us feel like old friends. The grilled chicken available in several places for lunch is also a great deal. Our experience in Chemuyil was everything we hoped for but there are a couple of things that others might want to consider before choosing this location. We recommend renting a car in advance as it certainly made getting to the beach and exploring the surrounding areas much more convenient. If you are ready for a more genuine adventure in the Mayan Riviera, Casita Paraiso is a great, comfortable option. However, if you like the luxuries of all-inclusive resorts and expect immaculate conditions and long, warm, high pressure showers, this may not be for you! Although it was Spring Break and very crowded elsewhere, we managed to escape it all at this beach and charming town of Chemuyil, right in the heart of the Riviera. We will definitely be back and would recommend Casita Paraiso to anyone who is willing to get off the beaten path a little and have a more authentic experience in Mexico!
  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review! And for providing some great tips. We are so pleased that Casita Paraiso met your expectations and that you enjoyed your time in the Riviera Maya with all of it's amazing adventures, big and small. Xcacel never disappoints with it raw beauty. I hope you'll get to come back and experience it on a calm day, floating in the Caribbean with your eyes closed as if daydreaming in a giant bath. We look forward to having you as guests again!
Cute, comfortable beach house w/great amenities
Akumal Quintana Roo
Washington State


  • 5 of 5
We stayed here with our brother and sister-in-law in February and found this casita very comfortable and very well situated. We loved exploring the nearby towns and villages and made a day trip to the ruins at Coba. The nearby beach is one of the prettiest and most intimate we've seen and a short, easy walk. One of our beach days was very windy and the water too rough to go in but that caused us to explore the nearby cenote where we had the best fresh water swim ever, all within a short walk from the Gulf. We even had a Green heron "hiding" under the overhanging branches.
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We're happy that you enjoyed your stay so much. Thank you for mentioning the beach cenote at Xcacel. Even though it's a short distance from the white sandy shores, it's tucked into the jungle and can be easy to overlook. This beautiful natural sinkhole is a great place to swim, float and even snorkel. The water in these beautiful gems is very cool which makes them the perfect place to cool off on very hot days, or as you did on a windy day. We hope you'll visit again for more exploring.
Cute, comfortable beach house w/great amenities
Akumal Quintana Roo
Denver, C)


  • 1 of 5
Despite the fact that this lovely small casita is well-supplied and obviously well-loved by its owner, our 2-week June vacation was very nearly a disaster. We are not novices; we have rented over 20 houses in Mexico, in all seasons. However, we did not understand the breeze-less, carved-from-the-jungle location of this casita. Mosquitoes confined us to the dark interior whenever we were at home. The beautiful beach is indeed only a 10-15 min. walk away, but that walk is along a jungle road and requires sprinting across the incredibly busy 4-lane Cancun/Tulum highway - while lugging all your beach gear. We had the impression we could do without a car, but ended up renting when the arranged van wasn't at the airport. Ultimately, we were very grateful to have the car, because our toddler grandson couldn't manage the bugs or the required trekking; however, it was an unexpected $900 expense. We rather quickly decided, before we did serious bodily harm to each other, that we needed to move closer to the beach, and did so after only 3 days. Under the circumstances we were very disappointed that the owner declined any refund, though of course that is her right. She did offer some free nights for a future stay, but we will not be taking her up on that.
  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers
Owner's Response: I’m very sorry your plans didn't work out and Casita Paraiso was not a good fit for you. The casa is described as “gently tucked between sprawling, dense jungle scattered with cenotes”. Also, to reach the beach on foot you must “carefully cross the highway”. Generally during the off season, this is fairly easy to do. Having a rental car allows you to easily transport all of the great beach gear we provide. Most car rentals average $300 per week and we highly recommend it for families traveling with small children.

We recently spent 2 weeks there, and the tropical storms did make for more indoor time with the A/C and ceiling fans to keep us cool. We have lovely lightblocking curtains in each room that allow you to sleep in or take a siesta, and by day you can pull them open to a light, and warm interior. Much of the year you will enjoy a wonderful breeze blowing through the opened jalousie windows, and some very enjoyable patio time.

Unfortunately, the weather you experienced at the time of your visit is fairly typical and there can be some windless days along with lots of pesky mosquitos. If you're up for it, you can light the Tiki torches and candles with citronella, apply insect repellent, have a drink and relax listening to the sounds of tropical birds in the surrrounding jungle.

Perhaps the off season is best for hearty travelers who are willing to brave the elements in exchange for lower rates and special treats like turtle nesting, the best fishing season and just a day trip away to flamingos and whale sharks.
Cute, comfortable beach house w/great amenities
Akumal Quintana Roo


  • 5 of 5
Thank you! My wife and I enjoyed a perfect ten day staying at Casita Paraiso. We loved that we were located right between Akumal and Tulum, but we loved the charm of our little village of Chemuyil. In fact, our favorite place (and cheapest) to eat ended up being Maria's little taco stand right in town. We both got our scuba certification, and when done enjoying the amazing underwater world for the day, we were always excited to go back to "our home."

We also discovered Pedro, a kind local driver in Chemuyil, who took us to Coba one day and on a cenote tour on another day - all for extremely fair prices.

In all, it was a perfect vacation we'll never forget. Thanks for opening your home to us! Looking forward to coming back soon.
  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're happy that you enjoyed your stay so much. Sounds like you've been 'bitten by the bug'! We love that you feel so much pleasure from Casita Paraiso and the local Maya community that you call it your home. Congratulations on your scuba certification! The Mexican Caribbean is the perfect place to learn and enjoy the underwater sea-world. Thanks for the tip on Pedro, the cab driver in Chemuyil - we often spend our long visits using public transportation, collectivos and cabs and it will be nice to have a favorite cabbie to count on. We look forward to your return visit!


Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Xcacel, Akumal, Tulum,
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Chemuyil Pueblo
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Chemuyil Pueblo
Car: recommended

Scuba diving, snorkeling, kiteboarding, boogie boarding, freshwater cenote swimming and cave diving, ATV tours, ziplines, yoga, massage therapist (in-home or at the beach) and more!


Availability & Rates


Akumal House Rental Rates


  • $75-$105/nt
  • US Dollars
  • Low Season(Apr 16 - Nov 19) $75/night (4 night min) $450 weekly (6 nights, 7 days)
  • High Season(Nov 20 - Apr 15) $90/night $540 weekly (6 nights, 7 days)
  • Christmas/New Years (Dec 18 - Jan 4) $735 1 week minimum (7 nights, 8 days)
  • $200 fully refundable reservation/security deposit required
  • Monthly rental - contact owner for rates & deposit info


Akumal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Nicely decorated bathroom with shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Nicely decorated master with large closet, wall vanity
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , High comfort mattresses can be 2 singles or 1 king
  • King size beds (1) High quality mattress and bedding. Twin or Single Beds (2) High quality mattress and bedding. Easily adjoin the two beds to make a comfortable King size bed in bedroom 2.
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • boating
  • shopping
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • golf
  • spelunking
  • wind-surfing
  • fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
Beach chairs, boogie boards, full size 5 day cooler, small soft side cooler, sunshade, and his and hers Jaquars - bicycles, that is. :)

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