Not Our Cup of Tea
The property itself was fair. The pictures and location are accurate, minus the beach picture. The house is across from the beach but you have to walk through other resorts or a campground in order to access it, which was disappointing. The house was clean. I found that I had to rewash the dishes and we had no hot water, one burner on a six stove burner worked. The beds and pillows were comfy. This is a solar home so Joanne, the owner will remind you several times to turn out the lights if she sees one on. We traveled with two kids to the location and found that everything was very spaced out. Nothing was in walking or biking distance (we were told differently), you need to rent a car or be prepared to use a taxi. This would be a fair home for a week or less. We had some adventures, a storm, sleeping with a porcupine, and a friendly scorpion. The bugs are bad, the owner did tell us this, and to bring a lot of bug spray, we did. Head to the grocery store, the restaurants are not very good.
We had intended to stay for three and a half weeks but after 6 days we decided to make a change. During our stay we had agreed to switch into a small apartment for 6 days because the main house was rented. After viewing the apartment and outdoor kitchen and the very close proximity to the house, the lack of easy transport and things to do, we had to move. We did ask for a partial refund, but we were denied. We travel a lot and have lived in Mexico so our expectations are not high. With that being said this property and location did little to nothing for our family. Good for a couple, or short stay with a family.
Owner's Response: We are across the street from the beach. It says so in my listing. I put a photo of the beach on the listing because it is why people come here and you can access it and hear it. Yes, you have to go through another property or beach club but that is why the rates for my house are less than on the beach. Some beach hotels charge for a night what Ann paid for a week. A couple of corrections, Ann and her family arrived at 6 pm the night of a Category 1 hurricane and then asked me to take them off the beach for safety reasons at 8 pm. If you leave the beach in a story you cannot get back. However, I loaded them and 3 dogs in the car and helped them find a hotel in a very over booked little town. Then I went to find a place for myself. After the hurricane, the road to the beach opened at 2 pm. The pilot on the hot water heater had gone out, probably with rain and wind. When Ann told me, I re lit it and the hot water was on again, one day after they arrived. I think Ann meant to say that one burner did not work on the 6 burner stove. Five burners worked for their stay. After a hurricane, things can get dusty. I did my best to clean the land and house after we returned from the hurricane but I did not re-wash the dishes or silverware. The animals that came in probably came for shelter from the storm. We are in the tropical jungle off a great Caribbean beach but there are lots of animals that live here. The alechran, not a scorpion, was friendly because it was dead. But they are not poisonous. I have found people who absolutely use a bike or walk everywhere here. I use my bike to get around and walk my dogs to the beach or to many of the restaurants. But if you want everything in front of you, you may prefer a car. Too me, things seem close. I drove the family to the grocery storethe day after the hurricane. We painted palm fronds that I had my worker cut using my paints and brushes. I drove them to a lecture on the night sky in the Biosphere and we served them coconuts the days they were here. The family came to a hotel where I work and used the boogey boards and volleyball net. They finished going to Playa del Carmen which they knew and decided they would be happier there. My house is not an all inclusive, which is what made this family happy the night of the hurricane. It is for people who want to get away and chill. And yes, I remind people when they leave the lights on because they want fans and lights at night.
Helpful votes: 3/4
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