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Joe La Bore

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Luxury Beach villa -Mahahaul-Costa Maya-Diving- Fishing-Family oriented-quiet

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Twin Home/Duplex - (Sleeps 10)-4 baths - maid service- pool-kayaks-WiFi

Casa Que Canta (House that Sings) is a Spanish style villa with a central courtyard and 2nd level terrace facing the ocean. PLEASE NOTE: THE VILLA IS A DUPLEX WITH RENTAL OPTIONS FOR BOTH SMALL AND LARGE GROUPS. ALSO NOTE THAT WE HAVE GRID POWER AND HENCE AC - NOT TYPICAL OF MOST VILLAS ALONG THE COAST.

The bedrooms are all on the 2nd level - each has a terrace. One has a king bed, two have queens and twins.. We also offer on site all inclusive meals at an added cost per person. Sandra is an excellent chef and has always gotten high praise from our guests. The villa is a located 5 miles north of Mahahual Mexico. The beaches are white sand with a coral reef just 250 yards off shore. Ideal for swimming and sun bathing. Area is know for world class snorkeling and diving. Reef in front of the property has a number of beautiful corral heads. Snorkeling & dive trips also available in nearby Mahahual. There are many restaurants, fun shops, & great Mayan ruins near by. If you like to fish there is both world class Fly fishing for Tarpon and Bonefish and excellent off shore fishing available for charter in town. Fishing is consistently good.

Joe & Maureen

Things to do at Casa Que Canta: The area is rich in Mayan culture and history. Nearby ruins of Chacchoben are a must visit along with Kohonlich and Dzibenache if you have time. Lake Bacalar and the old Spanish fort also make a great day trip. The area is also rich in Cennotes some of which are almost too beautiful to describe. Hidden Worlds Cenote has been featured on a National Geographic special.

Majahual itself is a fast growing Mexican fishing village with many good restaurants and nice shops. Very busy on cruise ship days, but extremely quiet in between. Beaches are wonderful.

Water Sports: Traveling to Mexico for many is all about the Ocean and the beach. The Costa Maya is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico - almost all of them protected by the worlds 2nd largest barrier reef. The reef at Casa Que Canta is only 200 meters off shore. This means the swimming is exceptional - no currents - no rip tides - extremely safe even for small children. The waves are very light and the depth drops off slowly - you can walk out 100 meters and still be wait high. The reef provides great snorkeling - tons of corral - fish - even an occasional lobster if you watch closely. The nearby fisherman go out almost everyday and can provide fresh fish for use on the grill. Or if you like bring a spear gun and try getting your own.

Snorkeling from the kayaks we have is great on the calmer days and very safe.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Joe La Bore (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Joe La Bore

Maureen and I retired to Mexico in 2009. We choose Mahahual because of the great beaches, laid back life style, and great diving. The town is safe, quiet, and a great place to vacation or retire. The weather is nearly perfect your round - 70's at night - 80's by day. Warmest months are early Fall when the temps are 5-8 degrees higher and the breezes die down.

Joe La Bore purchased this villa in 200

Why Joe La Bore chose Quintana Roo

Casa Que Canta is just north of Mahahual on great beach. It is about as close to town as one can get and yet still have a secluded home on a private beach. We consistently are one of the highest rated properties in the area by our guests. In addition, our caretakers have been with us for 5 years and provide an exceptional level of service.

What makes this villa unique

You will be vacationing in a home - not a hotel room. Maureen and I furnished the entire villa not as a rental, but as a home we would live in. Guest are always amazed at the level of detail and quality of the furnishings. As a result we get a lot of repeat visitors and are often booked early in the year for key dates.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This place is just beautiful! Unfortunately we are only staying one night. Next time we come to Mahahual we will have to make reservations for more than one night. Joe & Maureen, your home is amazing. Hope to see you all again. The girls had a great time snorkeling and kayaking.

Have a great future,

Randy, Lisa, Jennifer, & Donna Burack
Feb 2010
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Luxury Beach villa -Mahahaul-Costa Maya-Diving- Fishing-Family oriented-quiet
average rating of 4.8076925 based on 29 reviews
Ft Collins, CO


  • 5 of 5

My 12 person family stayed May/2009. What a perfect place for a beach get-away. First the villa is perfect for a big family gathering, lots of space with big bathrooms/ bedrooms and a well supplied kitchen. Plenty of places to be in or out of the sun and be near the water. The villa is spotlessly clean and a very thoughtful layout. The beds are perfectly comfortable with nice linens. Joe, the owner is very responsive to your needs and concerns.

The beach is great with a modest reef 250 yards of shore. We snorkled their often both with the kayak and just taking a nice swim out. You can walk the beach north for miles. I don't think we saw 5 people any where on the beach the entire week.

All the pictures on this web site are accurate and not over stated. My dealings with Joe and Maureen, the owners, Santiago and Esther, the caretakes, were easy and honest.

I would stay again and have it on my list for a future vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the very kind words. We think that Casa Que Canta is an exception place to stay for both adults and families with children. Those looking for a secluded, quiet, and relaxing vacation on the beach have never been disappointed with our villa. For less then the price of a hotel a family can have their own home right on the beach and a truly memorable vacation. Glad yours was one of those.
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Great family stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here over Christmas 2015 during our first family trip to Mexico. Joe was really helpful, taking time to answer all of our questions before and during via phone and email (he was staying the US). Our kids are 15+ years old and had a fantastic time, whether lounging around, napping on the beach, taking photographs of the beautiful scenery, playing games, kayaking or jumping in the waves. The wind blew most of our 10 days, so no snorkeling, but it also made for much more exciting kayaking in the waves and we took them out every day or two. The temperature was great all of the time. Sandra and Emmanuel (and their families) were wonderful, took great care of everything, and conversed freely with each of us according to our various levels of Spanish fluency. We felt like we were an extended part of their family and even shared a meal together for a few hours on Christmas Eve. One note: the last bit of road is unpaved with a few puddles and one gravel place that flooded 6-8 inches in a heavy rain. The minivan van we rented had no trouble getting through (and a lot of people there had smaller cars, so no problem). Someone added sand bags to the side of the road a few days before we left and the water had receded. There is plenty more to explore in the area and we look forward to the possibility of returning again sometime!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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The House Really Does Singe

  • 5 of 5

Casa Que Canta is a wonderful house built around an open air courtyard. There are gorgeous views of the even more gorgeous water and a lovely small private beach with super pretty landscaping (enough coconuts to feed a small village. coconut water addicts will get their fix and then some). There are more trees than the pictures here show, and there are now neighbors, which the pictures don't show either. But privacy is excellent and the extra trees add beauty and much needed shade.

The rooms are simple but colorful, clean, rustically elegant and comfortable. Nothing too fancy here, but you don't miss the (unnecessary) bells and whistles while you are lounging in the hammock on your own beach!

Joe, the owner, is a wealth of knowledge. He is super friendly and would be happy to stop by for a drink and help you plan your visit or chat about the local scene.

Emanuel and Sandra, the veladors (caretakers), are fabulous!!! Both are great cooks and amazingly kind, courteous, and attentive.

On each side of the pretty interior courtyard is a two bedroom apartment that you can rent singularly or together. They connect via a second floor interior balcony that includes an amazing sitting area that looks out and over the beautiful beach to the ocean.

Last, Mahahual itself is awesome!! Great food (ask Joe where to get fish tacos) and if you like water activities, you can snorkel, dive, stand up paddle board, swim, kayak, and more to your heart's content. The snorkeling is top-rate -- go!!! This is a sleepy-ish town, so if you are looking for bumpin' dance parties, you may want to go somewhere else. If you want a quieter vacation (but not quiet), try Mahahual.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always are pleased when our guests find our home as enjoyable as we do. Our goal has always been to have a rental that feels like you are staying a a friends home. We get a lot of repeat business from families many of whom have now become good friends. Joe & Maureen
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Best Caribbean Trip You Can Have!!!

  • 5 of 5

I have been traveling throughout the Caribbean the last three years and my visit to Casa Que Canta for a week was the best. The villa that Joe and Maureen built and decorated was awesome. It definitely made you feel like you were home, not just in a plan rental. In addition, the caretakers Emanuel and Sandra where incredibly friendly and continually went out of their way to help out. The meals that Sandra prepared where as good or better than you would get at some of the five star restaurants on my travels. All areas of the villa where great and as stated, made you feel like you where home. The grounds where immaculately maintained and where beautifully landscaped to give you the best feel of being on the best Caribbean beach.

Took some scenic drives to Mahahual (local town), Chetamal (about 1-1/2 hours south on border), Cenote Azul (large groundwater sinkhole), Chacchoben Mayan Ruins, and Tulum. They were all great and the drives to each of them were even better because the highways/roads are very well maintained even better than the ones in the states. Even the drive from the Cancun airport when I arrived to the villa was exceptionally a perfect drive on highway 307.

Even when I was not out driving around, sightseeing, swimming and/or snorkeling right off the beach house, it was great to sit under the palm trees or veranda and relax.

So if you want a great time to get away and have the best time you could possibly have in the Caribbean, Casa Que Canta is the place. And if you don’t want the crowded touristy areas/hotels during your vacation, this villa right outside of the town of Mahahual will not disappoint you.

Once again thanks to Joe, Emanuel, and Sandra for one of the best vacations in my life and I guarantee I will be back again and very soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. Maureen and I agree - our new home in Mexico makes for a fantastic relaxing vacation. Joe
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What an amazing place to visit, relax and enjoy! Recommended 5 star

  • 5 of 5

To all looking for a place to stay in Mahahual, look no further! This IS THE place to go...

We staid at Casa que Canta for almost 2 weeks... Our family of 6 spent some wonderful time here...

The house has everything you need! The place was built to relax and enjoy some quality time...

The place is ideal for swimming... You can walk a long way with the water no higher than your waist... The reef is swimming close and my wife and kids enjoyed and loved the snorkel they had... We also used the available kayaks almost everyday...

WiFi is available on the lower side of the houses it would be great to be able to use it in the bedrooms... This was ok for me as it limited my "work" time during the day and I was able to rest... Kids wanted to be connected all day!!!

Mahahual is a quiet little town that has everything you need (food, beer, restaurants, shopping) and is very close...

The caretakers Sandra and Emanuel are FANTASTIC and they will help you in anything you need or want to know...

We definetly will be looking to go back in the future...

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. My wife and I think Casa Que Canta is very special and it is nice to hear others agree. Sandra and Emanuel make everyone feel as it you are a guest in their own home.
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Beautiful Villa directly at the beach

  • 5 of 5

We spent 11 days at this beautiful villa near Mahahaul. It was a very nice time and we enjoyed every day. We used extensively the free canoes and went snorkeling along the reef. You have to search a little until you find the best spot for snorkeling. The most fish you will find next to the bigger rocks. Just look where the waves are breaking. Sandra and Emanuel are the caretaker of this property. They are cleaning the beach and the villa every day and if you book it Sandra will cook for you.

The fishing was excellent and we caught some nice Tarpoons during our stay. There is a lot of things you can do in this Area. We recommend rent a car, because you are very flexible.

Best Regard

Paul, Ina Frank from Germany

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. My wife and I want guests to feel as if they are staying in a friends home and have a fun and relaxing time. Hope to see you again in the future. Joe & Maureen
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Nearest Airport
180 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Paved highway running north
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
No-Hoch-Kay- great food-great drinks - not expensi
Car: recommended

Casa Que Canta is truly the 'House that Sings'. We are located south of Cancun near the small ocean front town of Mahahual. If you want to get away from the crowds, enjoy quiet beaches, great diving, fishing, see Mayan ruins that are not crowded, or just relax - this is the place. Mahahual may some day be the next Playa del Carmen, but at the moment it remains small and charming. Many great little restaurants - shops - and lots of things to do. Snorkel the reef - world class all along the coast - take a fly fishing or ocean fishing charter. Go zip lining in Bacalar - visit Cenote Azul - largest centote in the Yucatan. Go scuba diving with one of several excellent dive shops in the area. Read what prior guests have to say about there time here - they always wish they had stayed longer and plan to come back.


Rates & Availability

El Placer Villa Rental Rates

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Oct-Dec 2016-3 bedrooms
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 15 2016
1 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2017 - May 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
4 Bedroom Villa
Jun 1 2017 - Oct 1 2017
1 night minimum stay
Holidays-4 bedroom home
Oct 2 2017 - Dec 15 2017
1 night minimum stay
Holidays - 4 bedroom home
Dec 16 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 16.0%

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12% discount for 2nd week, 18% discount for 3rd week
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El Placer Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • Bathrooms are all tile - hot water for showers - and large. Towels provided as needed at no charge - on site caretakers will clean daily.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Other - 4 sleep sofa /futon , Convertible Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
  • Master bedrooms face the ocean and have private terrace. Guest bedrooms face the gardens and have smaller terrace. All bedrooms have full closets with lots of storage. Bedrooms are on 2nd floor and designed to allow ocean breeze to pass through at night. Bedrooms are large - all have ceiling fans - back bedrooms have writing desks. Hammocks are also available for those that would like to try the true Mayan sleeping experience. The Master bedroom includes safes for money and valuables.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The area is famous for Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit. All inclusive fishing packages are available on a daily and weekly basis. Roof top pool is a 'plunge pool' - large unheated hot tub style - great for watching the stars at night or to rinse off after swimming in the ocean. We can also arrange diving from several excellent dive centers in town or tours to the nearby Mayan ruins or the Zip lines in lake Bacalar. There is always something fun to do.

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