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_ Chemuyil _: Authentic Mexico & 4 Minutes to White Sand Beach


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Bedrooms 3
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_ Chemuyil _: Authentic Mexico & 4 Minutes to White Sand Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Akumal House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12 in beds)

Casa Amarilla in Chemuyil, Mexico

4 minutes to 2 different Caribbean white-sand beaches

This is a beautiful 5 bedroom house (4 bedrooms, 1 loft) located:

10 yards from the Chemuyil children’s park

30 yards from the grocery/beer store,

50 yards from taxi/collectivo shuttle bus stands,

100 yards from authentic Mexican eateries (at Mexican prices)

2 miles to Xel Ha eco/water park:

Less than 1 mile to the award-winning turtle sanctuary powder white sand beach of Xcacel

(Jennifer Lopez shot her video 'I'm Into You', there!!!)

Millions of voters, the Mayan Riviera is home to 3 of the World's Top Ten beaches.

Standard rental includes:Three bedrooms, Two bathrooms

DELUXE rental includes 4th and 5th bedroom,3rd bathroom and thatch-roofed terrace lounge with auxiliary bar/kitchen.

-a loft leads to the master bedroom with king-sized bamboo-framed bed, king sized bath tub in master bathroom

-main floor guest room with double bed and 2 single bunk

-Second floor loft has been converted into a reading room/3rd bedroom (double bed).

Comfortable living area with oversized couches, flat screen T.V., dvd player

-2 fridges, stove, A/C’s, washer/dryer, microwave, blender, toaster, etc

-we provide beach chairs, boogie boards, beer cooler, sunshade umbrella/tent, BBQ, hammocks, kayak,….

Additional Amenities:

4th Floor white-tiled ocean breeze sundeck (from which you can see the Caribbean Sea)

3rd floor thatch-roof shaded terrace overlooking town park

Gated front patio just steps from children's playground and local grocery store

-Large storage room with washer/dryer

several WORLD CLASS destinations are practically at your doorstep!!!

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Scuba Diving: Akumal (5 minutes)

Pyramid Ruins: Tulum (14 min)

Hidden Worlds Caverns and Zipline Tours (6 min)

Stellar public beaches:

Xcacel Beach (4 min)

Bahia Principe Beach (5 min)

HAPPY HOUR at beachside bar La Buena Vida. $1.25 beer from 5-7pm daily. Great food, great ambiance! Wednesday karaoke. North Akumal (7 minutes away)

5 star golf: Riviera Maya Golf at Bahia Principe( 4 minutes)

Xel Ha: dolphin discovery, snorkel, zipline & water park: (3 min)

THE HOUSE located in downtown Chemuyil, less than 1 mile from the ocean,

3 miles south of Akumal

25 miles south of Playa del Carmen

55 miles south of Cancun Intl Airport

we are 12 miles north of Tulum

Staying in Chemuyil is an authentic Mexican experience!!!

The town itself frequently hosts festivities, soccer matches and markets that you simply will never see in the tourist zones!!!

Besides the Expat subdivision in neighboring Chan Chemuyil (half a mile south), there are still blessedly few foreigners in this quaint town!

Due largely to the employment opportunities from the Adventure Parks, Pyramid ruins and All-Inclusive Hotels in the area, Chemuyil has grown from a humble 20 people in 1990 to a bustling town of over 1200! Because employment is high, the town is much “better off” than most Mexican pueblos.

Chemuyil is family oriented and very community-centered.

The whole community gathers at the soccer field to watch nightly matches.

Children play unsupervised in the early evening at the town park across the street (this is a good indicator of the town's safety)

When it is time to celebrate a birthday, a baptism, a woman's coming of age (quinceanera), or a wedding, entire neighborhood streets are closed to vehicle traffic . Pinatas are hung and the sounds of laughter, dancing and music are quick to follow!

The fruit and vegetable market sets up on Wednesdays and Saturdays a block south of our house.

Garbage pick-up, town cleaners, and a friendly police presence give you a pleasant sense of cleanliness and community.

…and the town truly comes alive during its numerous festivals. The Day of the Dead, Mexico's Independence Day, The Virgin of Guadalupe, Christmas, The January Rodeo, Mardi Gras, and Semana Santa are some of the bigger ones.

Spanish will come in handy in Chemuyil so brush up before you visit.

It is truly a Mexican pueblo. Many locals can speak some limited English, but don’t count on it!



Chemuyil is only 1 mile NW of an AMAZING secluded white sand beach called Xcacel.

groceries, restaurants, Xcacel Beach, Bahia Principe Beach, The Chemuyil cave, or the local swimming hole (Xunan Ha Cenote) are all within easy walking distance


Chemuyil always has a line of taxis 30 yards from our house


The Mexican government subsidizes their public transport system so bus prices are artificially low. Shuttle vans (collectivos) run every 5-10 minutes from about 7AM to 11PM up and down the North South highway that connects Tulum to Playa del Carmen to Cancun. The shuttle vans pick up about 30 yards from our house. Hold a hand in the air and flag one down.

$2.50 per person to go from Chemuyil to Tulum or Chemuyil to Playa Del Carmen


Truly, there is soooo much to do in the area, you will not regret the convenience and mobility of having your own wheels.


(distances measured in proximity from our house):

1. Visit Xcacel Beach (1 mile east) ($0.80 entry)

2. Visit Bahia Principe Beach (2mile N) (free entry)

3. Golf Riviera Maya (2 mile N) ranked Mexico's #3 course

4.Scuba Akumal Dive Center(3 mile N)

More people scuba dive this region than ANYWHERE else in the world. !!!FOR GOOD REASON!!! My wife and I try to scuba dive at least once a week.

5. Xel Ha marine Park (2 mile S) - is one of the region's top tourist destinations. 1000's come every day to experience the All Natural Eco Park: dolphin discovery, lazy river tube ride, cliff jumping, snorkeling, zip line etc

6. Akumal public beach- (3 mile N) (free)- We see giant sea turtles EVERY TIME we snorkel there.

7. Akumal's Yal Ku Lagoon- ($10) awesome snorkeling in a sheltered lagoon (possibly as good as Xel Ha but at 1/5 the price!)

8. Tulum Archeological Ruins (12 mile south) ($10)

9. Zip Line/Cavern Tour Aktun Chen (1 mile N) (ranked in National Geographic's Top Ten)

10. Playa Del Carmen's 5th Ave shopping district ($2.50 to Shuttle there)

11. Coba Ruins- 40 miles west. The tallest Mayan Pyramid in Mexico! AND (unlike Chichen Itza), YOU CAN STILL CLIMB IT!!!

Rent a mountain bike for $3 and cruise down the ancient Mayan roads!

12. Tour the UNESCO world heritage colonial city of Valladolid (68 miles W) Art galleries, remarkable swimming caves, a quaint plaza with European-style eateries.

13. EDVENTURE tours!!! Local Chemuyil resident Eddie owns and operates an adventure park 6 miles into the jungle. Drive a 6 person buggy into the jungle, zipline through the canopy, rock-climb then repel down a 50 ft structure, cliff-dive into a crystal clear clear pool, snorkel into an underground cave!!!

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About Ryan

Manon and Ryan live and work in a summer tourist resort and national park in Canada. Because of the seasonal nature of our jobs, we are free to travel in the winter months.

Manon works as a nurse and Ryan operates a clothing store.

As a hobby, we are travelling musicians.

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Ryan purchased this house in 2008

Why Ryan chose Akumal

After spending 10 winters RV'ing through (nearly) every state of Mexico, we found paradise in Chemuyil and decided to plant roots!

What makes this house unique

Public transportation is 50 yards away.

Grocery store is 30 yards away.

Children's playground is across the street.

Eateries and internet cafes are 50 yards away.

In very close proximity to our house, we enjoy Scuba diving, kiteboarding, snorkeling, spanish immersion, world class golf, 5 star Spas, Mayan history, archeological ruins, cave (cenote) diving, beach volleyball, tennis, mexican cuisine, guitar jams, a karaoke bar, friends and family.

We couldn't ask for a better headquarters to enjoy such things!

Truly, Chemuyil is perfect for our lifestyle!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a killer time in Chemuyil thanks to your excellent hosting skills, your laid-back vibes and your insta-friendship! We will never forget our time here with you guys- snorkeling, sunning, swimming, and singing on your beautiful beaches! It was awesome diving with sea turtles and photographing ancient Mayan ruins! You two are amazing people with great lives and we have learned so much from you! Thank you for opening your home to us. We will all keep in touch and plan more adventures in the future!
Dec 2012
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_ Chemuyil _: Authentic Mexico & 4 Minutes to White Sand Beach
average rating of 4.888889 based on 13 reviews
Waterloo, Iowa

It grew on me...

  • 4 of 5

I shared Casa Amarilla with my husband and his family. I will admit that for the first few days I was a little skeptical of our choice but by the end of our stay (just over a week) I didn't want to leave! The town is absolutely charming and everyone was very nice and accommodating for us, language barrier and all. We tried nearly every restaurant in town, if not all, and enjoyed each one.

We rented two cars so were out and about every day, mostly cenotes, ruins, and beaches. We did a Selva Maya tour one afternoon - totally awesome! The guys were a lot of fun and were all knowledgeable and fun to talk to.

One thing I would like to mention about the house is to watch your expectations. I had never been to Mexico and this is nothing like a resort. The house was a little musty and we thought maybe a cat had gotten locked inside sometime before we arrived because the couch cushions smelled like cat urine. We removed the cushions and put them in a room we weren't using. But like I said, the whole place really grew on me and I'd be there right now if I could!

Thanks Ryan!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Cornwall, Uk

House in Mexican paradise

  • 5 of 5

Staying at this house was our first chance to really see what it's like to live in Mexico. We loved every moment we spent here; the house is incredibly clean, spacious and beautifully furnished and is filled with all the necessities to make your holiday run smoothly. The town where it's based is a quiet village right near the beach, some tiny but incredibly cheap restaurants serving delicious local fare (tacos and burritos to die for) and every one was incredibly friendly. The 'collectivo' service was superb, you never have to wait longer than 5 minutes for a bus ride to the beach or further to Tulum. We spent a few days swimming with turtles at Akumal beach and snorkelled in local cenotes which are stunningly beautiful. All in all the house and it's owners helped us to have some of the most memorable days on our trip and we couldn't recommend it higher.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Manitoba, Canada

Our new travelling destination!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife & I rented Ryan's place for a week. We wanted to try something different than going to an all inclusive resort setting. Wow!!...did we make the right choice and have vowed never to go all inclusive again after our Mexican holiday experience. We rented a car for this trip. I did some research prior to renting and I can assure you a lot of the negative hype about renting in a foreign is just that...hype. Follow the rules and you will be just fine.

Everything about the property was amazing. The sites the sounds the simplicity of it all. The property is close to everything. A grocery store across the street, all the fun and activities for R&R is within 5-45 minutes drive. The TO-DO book at the property identified several places to check out and we did. The Pizza joint just down the street had the best shrimp we had ever tasted to date and at far more reasonable prices than eating at Play De Carmen. We also checked out a local watering hole for all you can eat fish soup and such. The locals were great and we had an awesome time taking in the stories and company of the new local friends we had made.

The most beautiful beach is only 1km away from the house. We went there several times during our stay. During our time of playing in the sand and jumping the waves we could count the number of other people we saw there on one hand. This is truly a place that has not been advertised to the rest of the world and a place that is breath taking. My wife & I plan to re-new our vows on that beach. It is a bit or paradise that means so much to us.

There was a family staying on the main floor while we were there. They were extremely friendly and are frequent renters. We were blessed to have them share with us the other sites we should visit. We checked out the ruins in Coba and the Cenote just 5 minutes away.

We plan to go back every year and suggest if you want an authentic Mexican holiday to try this type of travel. You will not be disappointed and will have new memories to share with friends and family to last a life time. A little place my wife & I call "HEAVEN"..

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Madison WI

I can't Wait to go back

  • 5 of 5

Hi Ryan and Manon,

I just wanted to say thank you and add a few words to my wife Leslie’s comments. Hopefully they will help others who are hesitant to rent you ‘palace’ in Chemuyil. First of all, your location is fabulous. We did ‘all’ the touristy things: snorkeling in Akahmul lagoon, the turtle (Tortuga) sanctuary, in cenotes, toured the Mayan ruins and climbed Coba pyramid and even went out for a fancy dinner in Playa del Carmen plus shopping in Tulum. All of these activities were close to your place by car and you could easily manage them using the bus system as well.

However, as I suffer through the last dregs of this endless winter, the things that make me smile the most are the things you would never see if you stayed at a tourist resort or hotel: the bride and groom plus four groomsmen (I think) who were learning and then practicing traditional dances on the roof across the street, the five on five soccer game between Chemuyil and their arch rivals Tulum, the first day of spring parade with all the kids dressed up as flowers, the sun, birds, etc, the woman making individual empanadas to order, the man cooking whole chickens on a grill, the man grilling whole fish, everyone in the whole coming out in the evening and talking and laughing together, the young man picking up his girlfriend next door every morning to walk her to school and escorting her home afterwards,… all in all too many to list them all but I will always cherish the memories. Finally, having a whole house available with room to hang out quietly or else join in a party atmosphere on the roof whatever you chose make me sure that I plan to go back as soon as I can.

Once again, thank you and if you ever have someone ask you for a reference before they rent your place, please feel free to give them my contact information.

Peter Gavin

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're stoked to hear that you love Casa Amarilla and the town of Chemuyil as much as WE DO!!! Your fond review and reference is greatly appreciated.
Madison Wi

it IS really that great!

  • 5 of 5

I wondered if this home was too to be true but it really is FABulous! plenty of room. I recommend renting the third floor because the patio is where we spent most of our time. The town is great. Very small and you will stand out as the tourists but no one seems to mind. Plenty of great food (vendors and restaurants) and the grocery is right out the front door. Happily let the kids wander on their own (14 and 15), town is safe and very friendly. Ryan was an excellent host and we had everything we could have possibly needed included directions to local site, places to eat etc. if you don't have a car and don't mind taking the bus, the buses run through town (and up and down the coast) all the time!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leslie, Thanks for your kind review. We were delighted to hear that you had a pleasurable experience. Ha ha, it is neat feeling "exotic" as (about) the only foreigner in the entire town! But truly, we have never felt any animosity.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA

Amazing Authentic experience in beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

A hidden gem of authenticity amongst the more contrived resort area in Quintana Roo. Living in Chemuyil was a unique Mexican experience from eating inexpensive but tasty and filling huaraches from next door to attending local fiestas and cultural events. We loved it! The community was perfect for our kids (4 years and 6 months old) our son started to learn Spanish. When the kids took a nap I would read in the hammock or run to Xcacel (an amazing turtle sanctuary beach) and snorkel and beautiful secluded reef (saw sea turtles, eagle rays, and tons of tropical fish). We visited tons of beautiful cenotes close by. We had a rental car for part of the time and it was handy but we also really enjoyed taking the collectivos (little vans like a city bus) which came very very frequently and were extremely affordable. Overall truly awesome experience! I highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kindly review! We think it is AWESOME that you had your boy attending the local school en espagnol!!! Ryan and Manon


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Cancun International
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
La Palapa
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Riviera Maya (mexicos 3rd ranked golf course)
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Pizza Leo
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Car: not necessary

Beach Volleyball, Kiteboarding, Kitesurfing, zip-lining, cavern spelunking (both wet and dry)


Rates & Availability

From $93 Per night

Akumal House Rental Rates

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May 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 - Dec 20
3 night minimum stay
Jan 7 - Apr 30
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Notes $750/week for bottom two floors 5 beds (with communal access to 4th floor ocean breeze sundeck)

$100/week extra for private mezzanine add-on (1 dbl)
$400 extra/week for the entire house (1 dbl, king bed, 3rd bath plus terrace with kitchen and lounge area)

$600/week just the 3rd floor aptmnt (bedroom/bath and shaded outdoor terrace with kitchen and bar)
(communal access to sun deck)
Full Payment required the day you check in.

Regarding Deposit:
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cancellation- 100% 1 month in advance of book date
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Akumal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3rd floor - toilet , shower , This bathroom comes with 'stage 2 add on'
    Bathroom 1 main floor - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2nd floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • 2nd floor master bedroom - 1 king , has ensuite bathroom
    third floor master bedrrom 'add-on' - 1 king , with ensuite bathroom and terrace (this is an 'add-on')
    reading room loft - 1 double , open loft in the reading room has 1 double bed
    main floor guest bedroom - 2 double
    private mezzanine - 2 twin/ single , the mezzanine between 2nd and third floors is an 'add-on'
  • King size bed (1) 2 Double Bed (2) 2 twins (2) PLUS stage 1 'add on' 1 additional double in private mezzanine stage 2 'add on' 1 additional king, ensuite bathroom and outdoor terrace
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
30 Yards from a grocery store 100 yards from eateries and internet cafes in-house WiFi Internet available (ask host)

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