|Minimum Stay||1 - 7 nights|
Think spring!! Turtles lay eggs on our beach beginning in May, they hatch 60 days later. Great experience to witness.
Great first time and experienced snorkeling in Half Moon Bay.
Steps to the pool and ocean. Daily maid service, central air conditioning, fast WiFi, nightly security
Walk to great restaurants, YalKu Lagoon nearby, Centrally located to many interesting parks and cenotes in the area, and Playa del Carmen is 30 minutes away for shopping, Tulum 20 minutes away for fun eats and drinks
(Also see Playa Caribe #2)
Keywords: Half Moon Bay in Akumal, Mexico (approximately 60 miles south of Cancun)
Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mayan Riviera, Mexico
This is a perfect place to bring our children and grandchildren for a great time. They love it for their annual vacation, it has created lasting memories!
My family and I stayed in unit #3 over the Easter holiday and we still talk about the wonderful time spent there. The condo is well furnished and is so convenient in many ways. One, you can drink the tap water without trepidation, two you are located on the ground floor aka pool level so there are no additional steps to walk up or down, three the reef off the beach is some of the best snorkeling you will find in the Caribbean, four you are in walking distance to two of the better restaurants in Akumal and five you can pedal your rental bikes into the village in a few minutes; we had so much fun using the flashlight as our headlight on our return to the condo each night!!! Ever run out of beer or tequila ? No problem here, the market is a 1 minute walk down the street. Our host, Joyce was very quick in communicating and gives you a very helpful cheat sheet package before arrival. The Augustin and his staff could not be any nicer and Hilda kept our place spotless daily. Don't forget to bring water shoes if you plan on going in the water since its very rocky and some are sharp. Thanks again Joyce.
We spent 2 weeks at this condo in November and it is absolutely wonderful. It is spacious, comfortable, and has everything you could possibly need. Besides that, it is in the perfect location on Half Moon Bay. Although there is plenty to see and do in the Akumal area, we spent most days on the beach in front of the condo. The views are beautiful and we loved being on the ground floor with quick and easy access to the pool and beach.
Joyce and Rod make sure everything in the condo is in good condition, it is thoughtfully decorated and well cared for, especially by Hilda the housekeeper. She was terrific and the place was super clean. Joyce and Rod are very easy to work with and gave us wonderful information to help with our stay.
We decided to give it a go without a car and it worked out just fine. We walked all over Akumal and took the collectivo to Tulum and Playa del Carmen. We shopped for groceries at the markets and cooked in several times (the kitchen is well equipped!) including grilling the fish we caught on a trip out of Akumal Bay.
Like most other reviewers, we enjoyed happy hour, lunch and dinner at La Buena Vida but make sure to try some of the other restaurants. Our favorite was Que Onda; delicious pasta and fresh fish and we also liked La Lunita. We went across the street to Las 3 Acapulquenas several times to bring breakfast, lunch and dinner home to our patio; it was great.
One of the highlights of our vacation was meeting the other wonderful guests staying at Playa Caribe. Whether we were meeting for drinks on the patio, happy hour at La Buena Vida, or sharing the boat on our fishing trip, it was all super fun.
If you are looking for a condo on Half Moon Bay, you will love this one!
My husband and our two best friends stayed in Joyce's place for a pre-holiday vacation and absolutely fell in love. We all quite literally gasped when we walked in on the first day, the view is so spectacular. The apartment is open and airy and was a wonderful place to spend a week. We had many adventures including a trip to Chichen Itza, snorkeling in a cenote and dinner in a cenote restaurant in Playa del Carmen but we all agreed that our favorite activity was just spending time on the beach and in the pool. We went snorkeling every day in Half Moon Bay and got to see lots of sea turtles. Our favorite thing to do was to go and enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks at the Buena Vida restaurant just down the beach. It was a charming place with great service and really excellent food and drinks. The people who worked at Playa Caribe were also wonderful and helped us out whenever we needed it. My husband and I almost never go back to the same place twice because we love to explore new places but we can't wait to return to Playa Caribe!
I'm sorry it took me so long to write a review about our trip to Akumal in December, but I wanted to put on the record that my family and I had a wonderful week in Akumal and a big part of what made the trip so special was Joyce's apartment.
From the very first email exchange we had with Joyce, to our last minute at the apartment, everything was fabulous.
The apartment is very spacious and well kept, and it made all the difference to have drinking water, especially as we were travelling with a small child. Also, the daily cleaning service was extremely appreciated, especially after a day of bringing sand inside the apartment. It was so relaxing waking up to the sound of the ocean and being able to enjoy the beach (note that the ocean bed was very rocky and we had to wear water shoes to fully go into the water, but it was super special to have a reef right in front of the building) and our "private" pool (as it was literally outside our door and we were able to have it to ourselves for most of the week).
The only "issue" we had is that we couldn't connect to the wifi upon our arrival and we were told that the strong winds have moved the box, however, upon notifying the building manager they immediately started working on it and the problem was fixed smoothly.
Akumal is a very special place: very close to all the action but secluded enough to retain the peacefulness otherwise lacking in other parts of the Mayan Riviera.
We loved having breakfasts at the Turtle Bay cafe (and buying freshly made bread and pastries to take to the apartment with us) and dinner at La Buena Vida. We also managed to take a couple of great yoga classes through Las Casitas. Also, snorkeling at Yal Ku Lagoon was a fabulous experience (and only a 3 minute drive or 15+ walk away).
All in all we had a fabulous time and we can't wait to go back to Akumal. When we do, we will certainly try to stay at Joyce's place again.
We absolutely loved it here ! If you don't like crowds, this is the perfect place for you. I loved waking up and being able to swim laps in the pool and then take a walk on the beach. We also enjoyed the snorkeling right off the beach. We saw a really nice variety of fish and our favorite was a Cuttlefish. La Buena Vida is very close and we enjoyed their happy hour. I found the margaritas excellent there and if you like calamari it was the absolute best I have ever tasted ! We had a rental car which gave us a lot of freedom. We travelled to a few beaches close by and finally got to visit Tulum public beach...WOW. It's only about 15 mins away by car. We really enjoyed the seafood at Lol-Ha restaurant in Akumal , enjoyed everything we had at La Buena Vida and there is a place across from the condo called La 3 Acapulquenas and they can cook up delicious meals for you to take back to your condo for great prices. We had Teresa cook us up a lobster tail meal that we brought home and enjoyed with candlelight and a glass of wine. The view from the condo was beautiful, with the pool and the sea beyond that. I have really nice pictures of the full moon over the water. Beautiful ! We loved the convenience of being ground level and enjoying a coffee just on the patio. The design of the bathroom shower was perfect for either a shower or a nice relaxing time in the tub. The layout of this condo is nothing short of perfect ! We will be back. Joyce was so informative and we took a lot of the advice she gave. Hilda the maid did an excellent job of keeping the condo clean and creating something new almost everyday out of the towels. We have been to Mexico 5 times before this year and this was our best stay yet !
We had the most wonderful time in the Yucatan and a big part of it was staying in this incredible condo. We are a family of four and it was just perfect. With 2 very large bedrooms and 2 bathooms, living room, dining and kitchen area we were set. The place is so clean, the staff is friendly (and they clean every day), the water is filtered so you always have purified water to drink, and the owner, Joyce, goes above and beyond in giving you all the information you need for your stay.
One of the advantages of the condo is being on the ground floor. We are used to staying on a second story, but being able to step out from the living room to the patio and have the pool and beach right there was such a plus (I didn’t realize how great and convenient this was.)
Other wonderful reasons to stay there: The beach, water, and snorkeling is terrfic. We got to see sea turtles hatch at night (you can ask staff to knock on the door if they spot hatching that night.) La Buena Vida restaurant, a quick skip down the beach, was our favorite place to eat and have drinks (when we weren’t dining at our condo.) Akumal (for other great snorkeling) is a quick drive or even better - rent bikes from the office at the condo. We biked in the rain and it was the best ride ever! Tulum is about 20 minutes away. A great town to get groceries, see the ruins, and enjoy the sparkling beach (not a snorkeling beach because of the waves but one of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve seen.)
We did many excursions but there was nothing better than coming back to our home away from home and relaxing by the pool or just spending the day at Playa Caribe and enjoying the beautiful beach and water. Thank you Joyce for such an amazing time at your wonderful condo.
Ten minutes to 27-hole Championship golf course, Half Moon Bay is great for first time snorkelers , Turtle nesting area on beach summer/fall, Walk to good restaurants, Walking distance to YalKu Lagoon, 30 Minutes to Playa del Carman for shopping, 20 Minutes to Tulum, Short drive to many Mayan ruins
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Spring - 2015
Apr 17 2015 - Dec 19 2015
1 night minimum stay
Holiday - 2015
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Notes||1/2 at booking, balance 60 days prior to arrival thru PayPal|