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2 bed 2 bath private home sleeps 6 maximum - Priced for four-but great for two!

Casita Dragonfly is an affordable single-family beachfront home for rent in the Mahahual's South Beach.. 11 kilometers south of downtown Mahahual and the hustle of the cruise ship port, you will find Casita Dragonfly, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on a property that you can enjoy all to yourself.

Casita Dragonfly is not a resort, a duplex or a condo. It's your very own private slice of paradise. The beach road doesn't cut through the middle of the property as it does many places - here the road has been set back behind a wall of mangroves and a private gate. With only one house next door and a caretaker's house in between, you'll have the beachfront and the reef almost all to yourself. Whether you're with a group of up to four or on the perfect romantic getaway for two, Casita Dragonfly is the ultimate little Caribbean getaway....

About the House: This is a charming casita with two seperate floors connected by an EXTERIOR staircase, which makes it perfect for two couples who would like to rent together yet have privacy!

A hot water shower and cold water sinks in both bathrooms.

Another cold water Fresco shower outdoors! Wonderful!

Our caretakers clean the beach daily which is a wonderful luxury and can offer you housekeeping at an afforable price. The beach cleaning of course, is always free.

Due to Mahahual location there can be a lot of debris floating in from around the world and landing on beaches--sadly unoccupied beaches are not cleaned. The beach in front of the house and the house to the south is cleaned daily, we can't take responsibility for the other areas outside of this zone.

The house runs on solar power which means you must leave your high powered appliances at home. (really you MUST not use or bring)

the wind will dry your hair

the french press makes fabulous morning coffee

there is no microwave as there is no hurry!

There are fans, (and the fantastic 'Bed-Fans)' but no a/c so a bit of an adventurous spirit helps!

Luckily mother nature provides an almost constant breeze and you will be very comfortable on all but the hottest and stillest of days--and there are not that many!

About the area: Mahahual is a bustling cruise ship port some days of the week, but you would never know that at Casita Dragonfly. Down the coast and away from the cruise ship crowds, you may go an entire week seeing very few people. If you are looking for a true getaway, this is it.

As is the case of most of the houses in the area south of town---The house does not 'party'. The solar panels are depleted by lights left on all night, left on in every room in the house...or stereos that run all night. Casita Dragonfly wants to rest at night---and so do you so you can enjoy every moment of daylight. beautiful sunrises,

However, you can charge and use your laptops, your cameras, your cell phones--all of these are charges just like at home. Plug in and stay connected with our free Satellite internet at no cost to you

About you: If you are looking for an all inclusive resort, a party town, a concierge, this is not the right house.

If you need climate control and a swim up bar, this is not the right house.

If you have a bit of adventure, are conscientious, enjoy wildlife like iguanas, geckos, frogs, birds, fish, and beach dogs---you will love this here.

With all this nature, especially in the summer, remember there are mosquitos and tabano's in the area. always use a repellant. upon booking I supply much more detailed info!

you must also ENJOY the company of dogs. We have two beach dogs- and our caretakers have one--and if you are friendly to them, they will sleep on the porch and bark at anyone who even THINKS to approach the house. They are fickle and easy to win over--share a bit of your food and you are befriended for your stay. They are not beggers though. If you are mean to the dogs, they won't sleep on the porch, they will sleep at the caretakers porch.. In fact if you are mean to dogs--this is not the place for you. We treasure our beach dogs. We treasure the house. Lovers of natures, conservers of natural resourses are welcome.

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  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
The Casita was just great.

Hours on the kayak and in the ocean sprayed by Dolphin breath. Brandy is such a wonderful tough dog. The caretakers are very thoughtful. Tapas at the Travel Inn-yum! We even enjoyed the flooded road. On our way out the Pelicans were having a feast on thousands of fish being washed out of the jungle. The search for some fresh Sardine bait in Xcalak turned in to an afternoon of fishing with ****** on a dugout canoe his father made 60 years ago. What an amazing treat. Also a day to Santa Rosa where the bridge burned down. We gave our fish to a very hungry family and a monkey drank our beer. I'd like to go back in a couple weeks but no one can get away to come with me.

Gee it's fun to be home......I busted through the ice on the pond yesterday... went up to my knees.
Jan 2013
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We started our Mexico travels in Cancun, which got a bit to busy! Then south to Playa Del Carmen which followed the same pattern! We enjoy Akumal Mexico south of Playa del Carmen and also own a condo in Akumal , but it was the wide open space of Mahahaul that kept drawing us back over and over again!

The amount of space you can have to your self! The wide array of affordable dining! Accessiblity to the Banco Chinchorro from some of the dive shops in Mahahual. No shoes, no shirt? Literally no problem. Mahahual remains a small VERY laid back area with wonderful people from all parts of the world. If Cancun is your speed----Mahahual is NOT! and we like it like this!

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Charming Private Casita on the Sand!
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews
Charming Private Casita on the Sand!
+1 818 730 4867
Mahahual Quintana Roo


Can't wait to come back!
  • 5 of 5
The house was perfect, and the location was stunning. So calm and quiet and out of the way. We loved all of the animals: the geckos, crabs, iguanas, and especially the dogs. Whitney did an amazing, thorough, careful job of informing us in advance about everything we needed to know: Details about the house and the area, how to get there, what to expect, and things to do in the area. We were expecting the beach road to be in much worse condition than it was; it was really no problem at all to drive on (better than the highways around Baltimore, where we live!). The caretakers were very sweet and helpful, and stopped by every day to see if we needed anything. It was windy for our whole visit, so we didn't get to enjoy snorkeling as much as we'd hoped, but the wind meant very comfortable temperatures for sleeping at night and NO bugs (we didn't even see a single mosquito or fly). The dogs were lovely, especially the white deaf one—he adopted us and followed us on our walks up and down the beach every day. We loved the house, the beach, and Mahahual, and hope to come back soon. Thanks again, Whitney!
  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Charming Private Casita on the Sand!
+1 818 730 4867
Mahahual Quintana Roo


  • 5 of 5
This was our third trip to Mahahual and our third stay at Casita Dragonfly. Whitney does an excellent job of not only letting you know what to expect but also what to pack and what to be prepared for. The house itself is well cared for and maintained. The caretakers are sweet and attentive - if you aren't fluent in Spanish a translator app on your phone or tablet works great!
This is truly a get away from it all destination. Peaceful and quiet at the house yet there are great restaurants not very far away. If you miss the noise, crowds and hustle and bustle go into town on a day a cruise ship is there. You will remember quite quickly why you chose this casita! People watch until you get tired of it, eat, enjoy the in town beach and then go back to peace, quiet and tranquility.
Some of the things we enjoy while there, are fishing right from shore – caught fish quite easily and grilled red snapper for supper. Take a drive South on the beach road – long stretches of long, undeveloped beautiful beaches and in this area the reef doesn’t protect from waves so bodysurfing or boogie boarding is a blast. Take a trip to Xcalak – just to say you did it! Plus great food! Number one on the list to do is RELAX!
Big thank you to Whitney and Gerrit for sharing their slice of paradise with us!
  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Charming Private Casita on the Sand!
+1 818 730 4867
Mahahual Quintana Roo
Quebec, Canada


  • 4 of 5
Thie is a great home to stay in especially if you are not the big hotel all inclusive type. Buy your own food and cook but also so many good restaurants in Mahahual.
Do not forget friday nights at Pizza Papi in Pueblo section.... authentique thin crust italian pizza and a free band with music from the 70's and 80's.
Whitney explains all very well and describes the home as you will see it.
The Mexican care takers next door are very nice persons and I felt very safe there.
Hahahual town 10K away from the beach road to town is fun to go to when you want to change beach and have a wider sand and swim area. I enjoyed the Blue Bay club beach facility with adequate free chairs etc. at the end of town near the lighthouse. This is a good option when you want to see less seaweed.
Also I would walk often from Dragonfly going south on the beach 30 minutes up to resort Almapiena and have Guacamole there with a cerveza on his terrace and also use his beach for a swim.
This house has a great upstairs bedroom especially if you like wind and beautiful sunrises in the morning to wake you up overlooking the ocean.
I enjoyed the front porch and the excellent WIFI access.
Only problem was the phone line for my cell and getting reception....Had to walk towards neighbor next door to get a good contact or sometimes the 2nd terrace of the dragonfly casita upstairs.
Otherwise we will be back to spend time again at my Robinson Crusoe home!
I recommend for couples of any age group who like off the beaten track but with all amenities and comfort.
It was a great vacation. :)
  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Charming Private Casita on the Sand!
+1 818 730 4867
Mahahual Quintana Roo


  • 5 of 5
We had a great stay at El Turix and found Mahahual minus the cruise ship part to be a lovely place to visit! It was so quiet and still. The caretakers, Deidier and Reyna were most helpful. They offered to open fresh coconuts for us each day, helped us score dinner from a local fisherman and kept the beach very clean. Thank you! We all really enjoyed meeting the community of ex-pats in Mahahual. A tequila tasting at the Travel'in with local expert, Fernando was most memorable. Thank you again!
  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway
Charming Private Casita on the Sand!
+1 818 730 4867
Mahahual Quintana Roo
Boring, Oregon


  • 5 of 5
4 days prior to embarking on our journey we literally pointed to a spot on a map and determined to discover Yucatan MX, Belize, and Guatemala for 23 days. Intent on avoiding resorts and instead explore the land, the locals, the food, the smells, the life of the land we chose, we booked our flight, reserved a car in Cancun, and found only one place to stay, for one the Casita Dragonfly. For far more reasons than its aching beauty on the powdered sugar soft white sands of the Caribbean, for more than its soul soothing peace and quiet, for it's warm waters, or peaceful evening breezes it was by far our favorite spot of the many we went to. We happened upon Casita Dragonfly on VRBO. It was the only place we even looked at. I sent an inquiry about its availability and must have sounded like a flake because I knew so little about our plans. I was responded to within an hour or two by the owner who seemed suddenly and genuinely like a friend who wanted my trip to be special. Once we found out that the house was available we were provided bucket loads of information about the area that seemed tailored to who we are and what we were looking for in an adventure. After flying into Cancun and avoiding the hell hole of a resort town and meandering to Mahahual over 5 days, we arrived at the house in disbelief that it could be as perfect as it was described. But it was. It was better than described. The house was extremely comfortable. It took minutes for us to feel like we were living in our own house, except the blue blue Caribbean slapped at the edges of our soft sandy front 'yard'. We wiled away our days bathing in the sun, kayaking the short distance to plunge our grateful eyes into the warm crystal clear waters to witness the life of the second largest reef in the world. We spent evenings in town or at local boutique hotels chatting happily with friendly locals. Whitney helped us find the best restaurants, the best bars, the best spots to see. She even helped us find towns and sites to see far after we left the house. We didn't want to leave the Casita Dragonfly. We are already planning our next trip back. We would recommend this beautiful house to anybody that doesn't require resort style amenities, but instead like to be alone when you want to be, cooking local lobster on a grill in the sand on the Caribbean. Whitney is honest and sweet and a perfect host. Go here. Listen to her. Do what she says. You will have an amazing adventure.
  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Charming Private Casita on the Sand!
+1 818 730 4867
Mahahual Quintana Roo


Doesn't get any better than this!!!
  • 5 of 5
This was my 4th year staying at Dragonfly and we say we're going home now instead of on vacation. This year I even saw a mommy and baby manatee while snorkeling right in front of the house. My husband likes to use the kayaks while I snorkel which works out great when I get tired. HE PULLS ME AROUND!! Plus there's an ouside shower to get the salt off or cool down. Dragonfly is far enough from town, Mahahual, to have all the privacy you can ever want on your own private beach, but close enough to run to town for supplies or dinner...Everything you need to cook is provided, except the food of course, but there are also great eats in Maha. Ours favorites in town are !00% Agave, Tropicante, Nahochka(sp) and there are great places on the beachroad to town. Travel Inn, Maya Luna, and The Italian Pizza place top the list. Leave before dark for dinner because the scenery along the beach road is stunning. The usual potholes and topes (ropes),but well worth it for view... Dragonfly is very cozy and decorated nice but every time we get there Whitney, the owner, has added something to make it even more special.....We spend most of our time on the huge porch lounging or eating. The caretakers are there for any little thing you need..... One of the best parts is the upstairs bedroom with the outdoor bed. The breese and waves and view can't be beat. I'd recommend Dragonfly to anybody, couples, families, friends. We'll be booking again soon, but not soon enough!!!
  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Car: necessary

Sweet little beach house on the sands of Mahahual South Beach---close enough to town for the things you need, far enough away for the privacy and peace of mind you want on your vacation.

Special touches throughout--Comfortable beds! Bonus screened room for lounging!

Safe and secure, with caretakers in extremely quite area. Experience the sounds of the water and breezes plus the abundant avian life in the garden and on the edge of the sea.

Plus our friendly beach dogs-yes, you must love dogs. We feed them, treat them, they are clean and respectful, as you should be to them. They may want to steal your beach chairs (so turn the chairs on their sides at night.

Think of this as that sweet beach house you have always dreamed of--because that is exactly what it is to us. We think you'll agree. Please see comments in our guest book.

A sense of adventure is most welcome! If you need climate controlled perfection and a concierge--this is not the house for you!

Other Activities: From Ruins -to- Total Relaxation!

it's all here. You can plan to take day trips to the ruins if you actually can motivate yourself off the beach. It's not easy!

Numerous casual beach clubs and restaurants dot the beach road into town giving you a chance for changing views and experiences.

7 miles away the dock of the Costa Maya welcomes visitors from around the world a few times a week. For a different sort of wildlife viewing head into town on those days! No matter the amount of people in town, Casita Dragonfly is not impacted at all by their visits.

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Mahahual House Rental Rates

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Mid Season
May 1 - Aug 15
5 night minimum stay
Hot Rainy season Rates
Aug 16 - Nov 1
5 night minimum stay
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5 night minimum stay

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Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes Casita Dragonfly is NOT for everyone. It is a beautiful little house running on solar power. A simple way of life "off the grid" and off the beaten path. High Maintenace people (you know who you are) will not have a good time. Adventurous people and travelers are always delighted!
Caretakers three dogs MUST be treated kindly. if you do not like dogs, this is NOT the house for you!
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Mahahual House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Oceanfront
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Solar Panels
  • Living Area
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Activities Guide
  • Bottled Water
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Freezer ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Oven
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Showers has both hot and cold water--upstair sink is cold water only. Hand crafted soap! Please bring your favorite hair products All towels/linens provided-please conserve!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , extra futon is a double
  • Upstairs bedroom with queen bed and double futon, also used for seating. Bath with shower and tremendous views. Lots of shelving for your toiletries and a wardrobe for your clothing. Breezes up here at night are spectacular. Connected patio with a cama del sol *(sun bed) also wonderful to lay on outside at night and look at the milky way. Attached screened room has a bed suitable for lounging but can be fitted for sleeping at an extra cost for bedding. Downstairs bedroom is screened to allow privacy with curtains that can also be closed, but room does not get stuffy! The french door style screens can also be opened completely for even more ventilation. Lots of shelves and a brand new handcrafted wardrobe with plenty of room for your beachwear! All mattresses are COMFORTABLE--not always the case in Mexico!
  • Books ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • bay/sound
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • beachcombing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • freshwater fishing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
For energy conservaition Fridge is NOT full sized, yet NOT mini. Pictures on requset. DVDS are for use in YOUR lap top..CD player not provide. Internet on site--Smoking allowed outside only 2 kayaks with paddles. No life jackets provided. In door dining table for 4 extra breakfast bar seating for four. Outdoor dining table for four. Four lounge chairs to use on palapa or beach. Outdoor shower is great! (please conserve water!) Bring your own snorkel gear for best fit or can rent in town. French press provided for coffee (with directions). Small semi automatic washing machine --for your lighly soiled items. More fun than handwashing. No a/c, no hair dryers, no toasters, toaster ovens or microwaves available or allowed--they will destroy solar system. Sneaking them in never works :o) Enjoy our standing fans and the patented BEDFANS. Amazing for keeping you cool at night. Simply amazing. Must love dogs.

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