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James Baumgaertner

Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks: english, german, spanish
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

James Baumgaertner

Advertiser since: 2005
Speaks: english, german, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


Puerto Aventuras Condo Rental Photos and Description

Two Bedroom Luxury Condo, Ground Floor, Closest to the Beach and the Pool

Villas Del Mar C105, otherwise known as Casa Kokai, is the single most popular two bedroom beachfront condo in all of Puerto Aventuras. It is in the perfect location. It is directly on the best part of the very best beach in PA, it is right next to the biggest pool in PA, it is in the very best condo complex, Villas Del Mar, and it is within very close walking distance to all the restaurants, the marina, the dolphins, the golf course, and everything else.

Puerto Aventuras is the crown jewel of the Riviera Maya. It is an incredibly beautiful, planned, gated beach resort community. It is the only location on the Riviera Maya with its own marina and so you will have easy access to dive boats, snorkel boats, charter fishing boats, yachts, catamarans, and other watercraft. There is also a dolphin encounter with over 20 dolphins, a sanctuary for manatees, and also sea lions and stingrays. It's almost like a mini sea world and it's all free. Of course if you want to swim with the dolphins or the manatees you pay a fee, but you can certainly watch everything for free. The dolphin area is lined with many restaurants and tourist shops as well as bakeries, drugstores, and small grocery stores. Because it is a gated and guarded community, The crime rate is extremely low, it's also quiet without any heavy traffic, or barking dogs. It is simply lovely...I call it PA Paradise.

My wife and I own two condos in PA, Villas Del Mar C105 (Casa Kokai) and Villas Del Mar C 205. Both condos have identical floor plans. Casa Kokai is on the ground floor, and VDM C205 is directly above it. The lower unit has the advantage of being directly on the beach with no need for stairs. The upper unit has the advantage of having a better breeze, better view, more privacy and it's quieter. Both condos were totally renovated within the last few years and they both have beautiful gourmet kitchen with granite counters new appliances and dining table with room for seven.

We have a separate utility room that contains a washer dryer a toilet and a sink. It offers the advantage of being able to close the door when the washer and dryer is on. Many of the other two bedroom condos don't have the utility room and so the washer dryer is in the kitchen and there's no extra toilet. Having the extra toilet when you have five or six people in the condo comes in very handy! We have 2 1/2 bathrooms and two bedrooms.

The master bedroom is truly masterful. It is quite large, in fact it's big enough to put down a king-size bed directly in front of the king-size bed and there would still be enough room to walk around. The master bedroom in VDM C105 ( as well as C 205) is bigger then any other master bedroom in the C building. The bedroom also has beautiful views in three directions. It has a king size bed and it has a chest of drawers with 16 different drawers, a dressing area, and a good size closet with a hotel safe. The master bathroom also contains a private Jacuzzi bath in addition to a shower. The second bedroom contains two full-size beds. In Mexico they call them matrimonial mattresses. The second bathroom has a shower. The second bedroom in Casa Kokai also has a sliding glass door leading to a step out terrace where you can quietly read or sunbathe or sleep in a hammock. It is the only private terrace that comes off of a second bedroom in the entire Villas Del Mar complex. The living room has two couches a flat screen high def TV, free Netflix and free wifi.

Please be sure to click on the YouTube video in order to see the beauty of the condo. If you can't get it via direct clicking through this website, simply Google VDM C105 YouTube. There are several videos including videos of the upper unit.

It's important to point out that the Villas Del Mar complex is the nicest condo complex ( by far!) in all of PA. It has a lot of green space, a very large two leveled pool, and a large private beach with powder white sand. The beach is beautifully maintained by our maintenance staff. The staff will also happily provide you with free lounge chairs and they can set them up underneath one of the palapas.

What is particularly important is that our beach directly in front of Villas Del Mar is fantastic for sunbathing, playing, swimming and snorkeling. The water is even safe for toddlers because we have a barrier that prevents the heavy waves from splashing a shower and washing out the beach. The barrier crates is warm lagoon with soft sand bottom that is perfect for playing and for swimming in shallow water. Beyond the barrier, there is superb snorkeling. As you walk down the beach heading south you'll come across other condo complexes including Quinta Maya, Quinta Sol, and Villas Del Mar 2. The beaches in front of these condos are much smaller, the sand is much coarser ( you will need sandals) and the water is not swimmable because it's way too shallow with a coarse rocky bottom. In other words it's impossible to swim off of those beaches. Please be aware that Villas Del Mar 2 is a totally separate condo complex from Villas Del Mar. It is much smaller, has a smaller pool, and a much smaller beach. The similarity pretty much ends with the name. Villas Del Mar (sometimes called Villas Del Mar 1) is more desirable and it is also much closer to all of the fun things in the marina area.

The beach directly in front of Villas Del Mar also has some of the very best snorkeling on the Riviera Maya. You do not have to go out in a snorkel boat to appreciate the reefs. You also don't have to purchase a wristband or pay for parking as you would need to do at Akumal or Xelha. Simply put on your mask fins and snorkel and paddle out until you get close to where the water is breaking. It will take you about 5 to 10 minutes to paddle out. The reef in this area is between 1 foot and 6 feet deep and so you will see the coral in all of its beauty with abundant fish life and you'll probably also see a few sea turtles and perhaps a stingray. I particularly like to do some night snorkeling. Simply go out with an underwater flashlight around twilight and snorkel for about an hour. You'll be able to see lobster, crabs, morays possibly cuttlefish. You can then come back to a hot Jacuzzi and a cold cerveza.

I bought these two condos beachfront condos in 1998 while they were being constructed. To this day, I am not aware of any other better two bedroom beachfront condos anywhere on the entire Riviera Maya.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
James Baumgaertner (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2005
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, german, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
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About James Baumgaertner

My wife, Peggy, and I have been diving in Mexico since 1982. We live in Wisconsin and we love the Caribbean coast of Mexico. We bought two condos in Puerto Aventuras, Villas Del Mar C 105 and VDM C 205 in 1998. We also own a lakefront property in Bacalar on the southwest shore of Laguna Bacalar named Quinta Mai. We rent all three properties year round.

James Baumgaertner purchased this condo in 1998

Why James Baumgaertner chose Puerto Aventuras

Simply stated Puerto Aventuras is the best location on the Riviera Maya. Villas Del Mar is the best condo complex in PA. The C building is the best building in the VDM complex because it's directly on the beach. Our two condos, VDM C105 and VDM C205, are the largest two bedroom condos in the C building and they are perfectly located with beautiful views of the beach and the pool. You simply can't do any better anywhere on the Riviera Maya!

What makes this condo unique

Casa Kokai is directly on the best part of the best beach. There is jacuzzi on the large terrace, private jacuzzi bath in the master bathroom, a gourmet kitchen that was totally renovated in 2013. The master bedrooms in C 105 and C 205 are much bigger than any other master bedroom in the other two bedroom condos in the Villas Del Mar C building. The beach is the best in PA with powder white sand, great swimming, and fantastic snorkeling.

Guestbook comments from the manager

June 2006 on VDM C 105:

We have traveled to the Riviera Maya many times but have always

stayed at resorts. As good as those places have been, this vacation

surpassed our other experiences. There is a reason there are so many

good reviews of Villa Del Mar on this site!

We booked our vacation through the owner directly, Jim Baumgaertner

and stayed in his ground floor unit VDM C-105 (also called Casa

Kokai). He was great to work with and the condo was exceptional. It

had plenty of room for our family of 5 and was well appointed with

all the amenities we needed. Also, the folks that manage the property on

site were very helpful, spoke perfect English, and easily available.

I can honestly say that this was a perfect vacation! The combination

of the condo together with Puerto Aventuras itself made this a great

and unique vacation. Here are the things that I think make it so

special: stepping off a large patio right onto the sand, a large

private 4 person hot tub on the patio, just to the left of the patio

is a fantastic 2 level pool with tiled water chairs and multiple zero

entry points(we could even watch our kids play in the pool from the

condo or the beach), a beach with several good qualities- sandy

swimming areas right in front of the condo, private palapas &chairs

(no cost), calm water & some days it was as calm as a lake, a reef

close to shore for easy snorkeling(my 10 year old and I saw many sting

rays,a lobster, an octopus, a barracuda, and of course a lot of fish),

rocky areas down the beach with tidal pools to explore, and the Omni

Hotel next door will serve you drinks and has great lunches with a

restaurant right on the sand (about a 50-100 yard walk).
Jun 2006
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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights
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based on 9 traveler reviews

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Best Location, True Beachfront, Luxury 2 BR Condo, Villas Del Mar C 105
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Cooperstown, NY

Perfect relaxation

  • 5 of 5

The condo was perfect -- clean, airy, beautiful kitchen, fabulous views, and right on the beach as well as being poolside. We traveled with our 3 children (13,12 and 10) and they just loved it there, alternating between swimming in the pool and swimming in the ocean. We walked the beach, snorkeled in front of the condos, took daily walks to watch the dolphins swim, and did a lot of reading and relaxing. The kids wandered on their own as well, and we felt safe letting them do so. The condo is the perfect location being walking distance to everything. Plus, the beach is nicer than other areas -- it is combed every day and there was plenty of room to spread out on the provded beach chairs. We did a couple of day trips -- to snorkel with sea turtles, swim in a cenote and eat at a lovely beach front restaurant. The owner, Jim, was great to work with and was very informative -- as was one of his friends who was renting the unit below us. Loved all of their tips! I loved that the housekeeper came to clean a few times, making my vacation nicer -- and though we did not need Jaime, the manager, for much, he was very friendly and helpful. I wish we did not need to leave, and we will definitely be returning! I highly recommend it. Thanks Jim!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Truely peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from our stay in Puerto Aventuras. If you are looking for a peaceful vacation , look no further. You won't have to get up early to reserve chairs by the pool/beach. We stayed in C205. The condo is huge and well laid out. It is within walking distance to everything. If you want to go to Playa, Tulum or Cancun for the day, just walk to the road and catch a colectivo for 30 pesos. Owners were very helpful and their communication was great. The building manager, Jaime, was also very helpful.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you liked our newly renovated condo. Great comment regarding transportation. Jim Baumgaertner

Loved VDM C205

  • 5 of 5

We traveled to Puertto Adventuras, Mexico this spring. The unit was fabulous as was the beach and area. I would highly recommend the unit and this vacation. The unit has a great view of the pool and ocean, with convenient access to both. The owner Jim Baumgaertner and Jamie were great and provided detailed information about the area, directions etc. The unit was clean and had been recently refurbished – very high quality. He did a fantastic job with the kitchen. Our friends were in the unit below us also loved their unit. That unit is particularly nice if you want the larger balcony which was great for us with two families - 8 people.

We were able to go deep sea fishing and caught a large black fin tuna. I just walked over to the guys across from the entry and struck a deal - they were great. We loved the restaurants (especially Tiramisu - we ate there three times and got to know the very nice owner - and they cooked up our Tuna).

We also enjoyed other activities including diving, snorkeling and the ruins. The snorkeling was exceptional. This beach is very unique for snorkeling and swimming. There are a lot of areas close by with too much rock –

but not this property. I would say this snorkeling was better than anything we have done in Hawaii. We also went to Xplore and had a great time.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you liked the renovation. My wife worked hard with the contractor to make the kitchen and dining room area beautiful. Now both c 105 and c 205 are fully renovated. We hope to host you again! Jim and Peggy Baumgaertner

You Can Stop Looking!!!

  • 5 of 5

I honestly can't think of much to add to the previous reviews without being repetitive. The rave reviews are 100% accurate. We just returned from the most magical and relaxing vacation we've ever had. Everything was perfect, the condo is beautiful, the location is absolutely gorgeous, the beach is wonderful, and the owners and manager are a dream to work with (even sending a suprise gift for our engagement). If you really love loud music blaring by the pool all day and fighting crowds for a lounge chair, this isn't the right place for you. If you want to totally relax and unplug, look no further. I am done with resort hotels forever! Thanks, Jim & Peggy, for the wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you liked the engagement surprise present and I hope the wedding goes perfectly! I look forward to hosting the newlyweds in the future. Jim Baumgaertner
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Great family vacation in C205

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I and our 8 year old twins rented C205 from the Baumgaertners in early April 2012. What a fabulous condo in the heart of Puerto Aventuras. Jim was quick to respond to all of my emails and very informative on the PA area and all questions about the condo itself. The condo was well equipped with everything needed for a family vacation. Jaime, the local condo caretaker, was on top of things. He helped us with everything from golf cart rental, rental car, blowing up our water rafts, figuring out the DVD players and anything else we needed. He made our vacation very easy!!! We look forward to returning to PA and renting again from the Baumgaetners.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Austin, Texas

Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Villas Del Mar, and our first in this condo. Perfect location, just steps from the beach and pool. PA is the perfect getaway as it's safe, beautifully maintained and has all amenities you might wish for as well as a huge, new supermarket just across the highway.

The condo has a fabulous new kitchen, laundry facilities and a comfortable living area. The property manager responded to our requests within hours and the maid does a stellar job. We booked the condo through the owner and he provided the same great service, answered any questions and was a delight to work with.

Tullum, Akumal and Playa Del Carmen are all just a short drive away, each having unique things to see and do. The cenotes (of which there are many) are well worth a visit and are just across the highway.

We will certainly return!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
several, including one on the beaqch
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Playa Del Carmen to Cozumel
Nearest Golf
200 Metres
Puerto Aventuras Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 307
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Many in the marina. central business area
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
In front of condo
Nearest Point of Interest
Villa Del Mar C Building
Nearest Point of Interest
Omni Hotel Beach Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
PA Dolphin Doscovery
Nearest Point of Interest
Villa Del Mar E Bldg
Nearest Point of Interest
Villa Del Mar Private Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Coral Reef
Nearest Point of Interest
Gringo Dave's Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Cafe Ole Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Fat Cat / Mad About Boats
Nearest Point of Interest
Villa Del Mar II
Nearest Point of Interest
Best Open Water Swimming
Nearest Point of Interest
Best Sheltered Swimming
Nearest Point of Interest
Villa Del Mar Pool
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

From $190 Per night

Puerto Aventuras Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
March /April 19
Mar 1 2015 - Apr 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
Apr 20 2015 - Aug 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
November/December 18
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 18 2015
2 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 5 2016
6 night minimum stay
Jan 6 2016 - Apr 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Renters are responsible for damage to the property. Review rental agreement for details on payment and cancellation policies. Trip cancellation insurance is recommended.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Puerto Aventuras Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , washer /dryer, sink, mirror
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large master bedroom with windows on three sides, great view
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , There is a private terrace off the second bedroom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
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