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Architecturally Distinguished Colorful Casa on Water's Edge

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 5 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

2017-2018 Holiday Special -- $5,500 per week! Reserve now!

We designed, built and furnished Casa de Colores in 2007, but our guests will find our home as fresh and beautiful today as when we opened. We want you to have the same wonderful experience we have every time we visit. Casa de Colores is as comfortable, convenient, safe and enjoyable as possible because some day we will live in it! In the meantime, we are delighted to share it.

Casa’s ideal location on the northern edge of Half Moon Bay, facing the Caribbean, brings fresh breezes off the sea and provides perfect access to the Bay and its renowned snorkeling experience. From our terrace, watch a blue heron catch its dinner, or walk on the beach at the Bay to check out the turtle nests. Snorkel over the abundant coral reef with its lively array of colorful tropical fish or walk five minutes from Casa to the spectacular Yal Ku Lagoon and have the snorkeling experience of your lifetime.

Our guests speak highly of the Casa de Colores holidays they’ve had – and they make return visits, surely the highest compliment we could have. Whether you are 10 people or two, you’ll feel at home and have plenty of privacy. In some of our travels in Mexico, we’ve found that some guests always get the “kids’” bedroom or the one in the back on the lower level, with no view. At Casa de Colores, every room is a winner – are you two couples with kids? No problem, we have two nearly identical master suites and the kids will be happy with their rooms, too. Grandparents? Newlyweds? Maybe they’d like the peace and quiet of their own 600 square foot casita with a roomy king-sized bed, private bath and their own living room, dining room and kitchen?

Our pool is protected from the wind by its location on the non-Caribbean side and it’s also larger and somewhat deeper than most pools in the area. The expansive conchuela-tiled terrace offers plenty of comfortable lounging space and two palapas provide shade for the sun-averse.

Our property managers Monica Estrada and Juan Antonio Huerta will welcome you and assist with any/all questions you might have -- they are available to advise or troubleshoot should the need arise. Long-time staff, Zulma and Gaby, keep Casa pristine inside and out – and if you’d like meals cooked for you, arrange with Zulma to make a fantastic molè. She’s a wonderful cook.

When you leave Casa de Colores and Akumal, our goal is that you love your visit and your experience as much as we do ours.

Have more than 10-12 in your party? Please give us a call or email-- we can provide more information on our house, and help you arrange additional housing very close to Casa de Colores.

Keywords: House and Casita

More Details

Shelly Rodrigues
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About Shelly Rodrigues

Shelly and Eddie, and Susan and Nancy, built Casa de Colores from the ground up. We opened the doors during the 2007-08 holidays and have not been disappointed in any aspect. It was an incredible adventure. We all live and work in San Francisco -- real estate, law, and association management. We've been friends forever, and love time spent together here, there and traveling in Europe. Casa's architect, Enrique Alcaraz, lives in Akumal and has become a dear friend.

Shelly Rodrigues purchased this villa in 2008

Why Shelly Rodrigues chose Akumal

We've been coming to Akumal for more than 25 years -- we love the quiet pace, warm people, and wonderful water. We've traveled throughout Mexico, and always come back to Akumal as home. Someday we plan to retire at least 1/2 time to our Casa.

What makes this villa unique

Casa de Colores has incredible views, breezes from huge sliding glass doors, the colors of the Caribbean, and so much more. The showers are tiled with turquoise pool tile, the bedrooms are each a different color. Art is a combination of local artists and our own photography (4 photo buffs) stretched on canvas. The pool is a great rectangle lap pool and the kitchen's a delight to cook in -- or not. We just completed an outdoor brick oven (perfect for pizzas). Our end of Half Moon Bay is private and quiet, but an easy 25 minute walk (or 5 minute drive or bike ride) to the 'action.'

Guestbook comments from the owner

I intended to reply earlier but got caught up in the routine after our return.

The house was amazing and we had a wonderful time. It suited our needs perfectly. Zulma and Gaby were awesome and very helpful. We visited some ruins, played on the beach, snorkeled in cenotes and got married on the beach around the corner in a Mayan ceremony that was very intimate. After the ceremony, we returned to the house and had an awesome meal prepared by Chef Daveed then danced into the night around the pool. Later that evening, a Mariachi band 'wandered' in and played for about 30 minutes. Erika's sister and mother had arranged for them to play, so it was a surprise to the rest of us. Very fun.

All in all, we had an amazing trip and hope to return at some point. Thank you for being so easy to work with and making it all possible.
Jul 2017
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Akumal Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • B1-Upstairs Blue - 1 king , Private bath with 2 sinks, sliding door to ocean side
    B2-Upstairs Red - 1 king , Private bath with 2 sinks, sliding door to ocean side
    B3-Downstairs Blue-Green - 1 king , Private bath, sliding door to ocean side
    B4-Downstairs Orange - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private bath, sliding door to pool
    B5-Casita Blue - 1 king , Private bath, deck overlooking the pool
  • King size beds (4), Queen size Beds (1) Mexican Queen, Baby Cribs (2) Pack-n-play cribs, plus 2 high chairs, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double size futon in bedroom by the pool. Two single air mattresses with full linens.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(38 traveler reviews)

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Architecturally Distinguished Colorful Casa on Water's Edge
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews

Amazing view - Spacious modern and clean!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, clean modern house with lots of room. The ocean breeze keeps the place cool and the bugs away. Amazing views of the ocean across the rocks with a sandy beach a short walk away. Also close to snorkeling in Yal-Ku which was great but get there early to beat the crowds! The house is near the end of the road which makes it pleasantly remote from the main beach and resorts at Akumal. It was great to have the pool on the leeward side of the house, especially for kids. Staff there every day to clean the house. The house is laid out well for a big group with kids, there is an upstairs living room the kids can retreat to. Good restaurants within walking distance. Very quiet neighborhood.

Review from 13 year old: Favorite things - Rapunzel tower (casita), animals, iguanas, pool, roof deck with hammocks, shell collecting, hiding above bed on shelf.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at Casa de Colores. Love your 13-year-old's assessment -- it matches ours! Take care, thanks for spending your holiday with us, and hope to have you come again. --
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outremont, quebec

Beautiful place and site - Perfect for a family of 12!

  • 5 of 5

Two weeks in this beautiful home and place. Would recommand to anyone. Spectacular view and quiet environemnt.

Owners are great and responsive!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a wonderful stay at Casa de Colores and in Akumal! Thanks for choosing our home for your 2017-2018 Holiday break. -- S
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December is a Great Month in Akumal

  • 5 of 5

The property is even more beautiful and well maintained than the pictures show online! Every question and concern were taken care of by the property management and the staff who care for CdC! I can't wait to go back. Perfect for families (like mine) or a group of adults who want to either kick back and relax by the pool or more adventurous travelers who want to snorkel and explore the ancient ruins. I don't even want to post this - as I'm afraid the word will get out but December was a fantastic month to visit. T-shirts and shorts during the day and light jacket at night!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much -- we are thrilled you enjoyed your first visit to Akumal and Casa de Colores! Hope you will be back soon. -- S, E, S and N
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San Francisco

It's our home, and we love it - so I am biased about Casa de Colores

  • 5 of 5

When we built Casa de Colores, we relied on our experiences staying at other vacation home rentals to dictate what we wanted - comfort, practicality, equality of the bedrooms (yes, we, too, have been stuck in a dark, dank, musty-smelling back room that was called a bedroom), views from everywhere. So, when we get to stay in our home for a couple of weeks each year, we enjoy every minute - the gorgeous view of the Caribbean, the refreshing breeze off the water, our large swimming pool, the beauty of the night sky and the great food in Akumal's increasingly sophisticated restaurants. We hope you'll give Casa de Colores a try and that you'll enjoy it as much as we do.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Come here and enjoy....the staff is amazing, the town is charming and there is LOTS to do IF you want but hanging out at pool are snorkeling just outside your backdoor is great too!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much -- glad you enjoyed your time in Akumal and at Casa de Colores!
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Beyond all expectations, magical

  • 5 of 5

I celebrated my 50th with family at Casa De Colores. I don't typically leave reviews, and I don't where to start. The house is gorgeous, full of whimsical beautiful art that makes you feel like you're truly staying in a home and not a generic rental. The location is perfect. We walked over to the lagoon to snorkel, rode our bikes 5 mins to main beach, the restaurants and shops. Everything is this home is special, from the fresh water left in all the bathrooms each day by the maid service included, the fresh towels left each day in cute bird formations, the breath taking views from the back of the house, it almost made me cry it was so good to be there. Gaby and Zuma prepared many lovely meals for us, what a treat in our modern busy lives to sit outside looking at the ocean while being served a beautiful home cooked meal. Ridiculously good. We will be back. I love this house, and the town, our stay was magical and will forever hold a place in our family as a very special memory.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay at Casa de Colores and are glad everything came together for your vacation/adventure. Thanks for the lovely comment. -- Shelly, Eddie, Nancy and Susan
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Nearest Airport
62 Miles

There is no street address for homes in Akumal. We are Lot 30, Casa de Colores. Akumal is halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum on highway 307, and Casa de Colores is the northern point of Half Moon Bay.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 14.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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