|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
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A private home with one of the most beautiful settings in Puerto Morelos. A stay in our beautiful two story Beach House offers “the best of all possible worlds”
Combining a 'traditional' Mayan Palapa with a modern Adobe home, great snorkeling and swimming with easy beach access. Large front sundeck and back terrace deck with heavenly outdoor pool & shower.
We are located in the town of Puerto Morelos, only 20 minutes south of Cancun and 10 minutes from the main highway leading to historic Mayan sites, popular tourist attractions and modern shopping and dining.
The upstairs 'Palapa' has a twenty-foot high thatched peaked ceiling with varnished wood beams and tiled floors, a king size bed and hammocks, a private bathroom and two outdoor sundecks – one facing the ocean where you can sunbathe and enjoy the Caribbean breezes – fabulous sunsets over the jungle from the back terrace. You can watch the sun rise from your upstairs bed or luxuriate in an invigorating outdoor shower surrounded by palms and bamboo trees.
The town plaza of Puerto Morelos is only five minutes by car, taxi, an easy bike ride or a twenty five minute leisurely walk along the beach. Puerto Morelos, a small unassuming town with all the conveniences you could desire and no tourist congestion, boasts fine restaurants, a pizza parlor, cafés, a playground, church, beaches, a grocery store, a bookstore, a travel agency, and a dive shop (if you decide not to snorkel from the beach in front of the Palapa) and once a week an outdoor fresh produce market.
You can also sun and shop and play in Cancun or Playa del Carmen or tour the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum. The entire coast (the Mayan Riviera) is one long stretch of beautiful beaches, cabanas, and ecological environmental parks where you can horseback ride, swim in ceynotes and underground caves and visit the historical Mayan Ruins. Taxis are plentiful and reasonable for trips up and down the coast. There are also tour buses to various Mayan sites that can be booked in Puerto.
The biggest problem? You'll never want to leave!!
My partner Nora and I bought our land in 1994 and we built the house..following the inspiration we received in traveling the Mayan Rivera and wanting to duplicate that experience for our guests..
We just completed our new pool in May 2013 and it is out of this world fabulous!
The Owner purchased this villa in 1994
Peace, beauty, privacy..
Hola, Buenes Dias Colleen,
Sadly, we are home now.
Nosotros gusto Mexico y Puerto Morales y La Palapa muy buen.
Muchios grachias para una casa bonita y jardin. (apprendo espanol-----Elaine, pero para ahora esta pequeno. Losciento!).
Your house is wonderful, 'fantastico'. Very comfortable and relaxing. Wonderful setting. We ate at David Lau's restaurant most evenings and met the lovely 'Valerie'. She fixed us up with snorkelling for the terrified, with 'Charlie Brown'. He was superb and we were amazed to find ourselves in the open seas, swimming with confidence!
We loved Tulum, Isla Mujeres, Uxmal and the art of Diego Rivera and Friedo Kahlo in Mexico City. Yes, Merida was 'mucho calor' and we did find Chichen Itza very touristy.
Yes, we had a wonderful time. Mexican people are so friendly. Everywhere we went we were met with warmth & courtesy. I was pleasently surprised by Mexico City. I had grown up with an image of congestion & pollution from the 70's. It was actually a much more comfortable city to visit than London, with a fantastic Metro system, clean streets & a brilliant one way traffic system in the centre. Highlights for us were the Museo de Belles Artes, the whole Coyoacan area, tracking down Rivera murals & our trip out to Teotihuacan.
We would love to return next year and wondered if there is ever a cooler time of year? John will probably be retiring in the summer, so we will have more flexibility with our travel dates. There is still much we would like to see, eg Palanque & it would be great to end the trip with a another relaxing stay at La Palapa.
Elaine & John
We stayed at La Palapa in April 2016. We took Canada Transfer from the airport and they gave us a complimentary 15 minutes stop for a few groceries to deal with the arrival day.
We arrived to a beautiful home and a beautiful yard. We were greeted by Carmen and then Colleen, and familiarized with the workings of the house. Our holiday quickly began that afternoon.
The house is large, with plenty of ceiling fans and moveable fans as well. We got better at pushing the hot air out of the house as the week went on.
The main floor bedroom has air conditioning and locks so that is where we slept and kept our belongings. I think at the cooler times of the year, sleeping upstairs with the beautiful views and wrap around deck would be fabulous.
The front gate is very secure and we felt very safe and comfortable right away.
The backyard has a very clean, beautiful pool which we enjoyed immensely. There is wonderful greenery in the backyard and we loved all the different animals that visited throughout the week, especially the very colorful birds. The little gecko living in one of the conch shells was better than tv.
We never turned the tv on but there is a nice flat screen tv to watch if you need.
We definitely utilized the outdoor shower on the upper level. Was daring but wonderful.
We cooked more at the house than we thought we would, enjoyed getting familiar with the charcoal grilling.
The walk on the beach ( across the road)to town is twenty five minutes at a casual pace. We went in a couple mornings to enjoy a wonderful variety of eggs at El Nicho restaurant. A must try! Opens at 7:30am and is busy quickly.
You can also walk the road to town, which has plenty of shade and is a nice walk as well.
It was $50 peso to town from the Pearl Desire Hotel, just down the road from the house. We usually walked unless we had groceries.
Carmen came mid week to do a change of bedding and clean the house. She worked extremely hard and went above and beyond what we needed. We enjoyed a nice chat with her using the itranslate on the ipad,
Carlos came by twice to balance the pool and it sparkled throughout the week.
Would we go back? Yes, we are currently looking at what our next dates will be. This is our first time renting a private house versus an all inclusive hotel and it was great.
We thank Colleen for being so good to us and opening her home for us to relax and enjoy.
We had a great time at La Palapa. The house is spacious and it's well equipped. We were three adults and 2 kids. The pool was a major plus for us. The Caribbean tends to be very windy, so it was nice to be able to lounge in the back yard, around the pool, while the kids played in it. The house it's in the outskirts of Puerto Morelos, so it's very quiet (which we love.) Puerto Morelos is a small town but quite active. We went there for breakfast one day and ice cream one night and it was fine. The only con I found at our stay was the lack of AC (I'm a hippie at heart and 20 years ago I wouldn't have minded. I guess I'm getting old :). The house has a very large living/dining/bed area that has many fans but some times the heat was too much even with the fans. There's 1 bedroom on the first floor with AC (one of us slept there, of course). The top of the house (in my view, the highlight of the house) is a large room with a tall ceiling and two floor fans. For a lot of people that could be enough, but for us some nights the heat was uncomfortable and the mosquitoes killed us (despite the fans, a net over the bed and the repellents that the owner provided.) Other than that, this place is perfect. We would definitely return, but on the cooler months of the year. The owner is reachable at any time, quick to respond, and helpful.
We were especially grateful for the private pool. Much of our stay was in windy weather unsuitable for swimming in the sea. The pool, which is well protected from the wind was a vacation-saver for us. The house is lovely and well maintained and it is easy to walk or grab a Taxi at Desire Pearl, just a few minutes down the road (50 pesos to town). The owners were pleasant to deal with and responsive to our enquiries. Maintenance of the house, pool and yard during our 2 week stay was impeccable. However, there is only one shower that we found usable as the other is on the roof and visible from the yard and adjoining yard. All in all a wonderful stay.
We stayed for a week and got to rediscover Puerto Morelos in a whole new way.
On the property itself, the pool area proved to be very private and peaceful with a choice of sun or shade through most of the day. The property was freshly cleaned when we arrived and completely re-cleaned half way through our visit. Someone came and maintained the pool every couple of days which was really comforting because I've been on the bad side of pool chemical imbalance in the past and it's not fun!
The vast upper floor offers a unique sleeping experience and open windows and fans kept the temperature manageable. The downstairs bedroom is air conditioned for those who prefer a bit more temperature control. The kitchen is well equipped and you could easily cook there, although we pretty much had the strategy of shopping for breakfast and lunch but going out for dinner each night. The other life essential (wifi ;) worked great.
The owners have been friendly and helpful throughout and found a great balance between making us feel at home, and welcoming us to their second home. They clearly take pride in their property and how they run their business.
The house is 2 minutes walk from the beach and 20 minutes walk (or a few minutes drive) from Puerto Morelos itself. We spent some lazy days around the house and it was magic.
Town had some great restaurants.. surprisingly good. The usual tourist type places which are always fun, but also Grays Kitchen and Richards with high end cuisine.
For things to do, firstly I'd recommend to anyone doing this kind of vacation to rent a car. I don't think we would have had the same experience without the ability to hop into town for dinner, or go the few miles back to the highway to the supermarket.
Locally, I highly recommend the $25 snorkeling trip out to the reef from Puerto Morelos harbor. Also Jungle Spa which is a cross between ancient mayan healing and a traditional massage.. mind blowing for those with an open mind. If you want some beach time then your choice is just to head to the beach and bring what you need, or head towards town and find Unico. It's the hotel type of beach experience.. loungers, umbrellas and food and drink service. All very reasonable.
We came to really love Puerto Morelos. It's a combination of rough-around-the-edges real mexico but also a friendly tourist destination. Will definitely recommend to others.
We stayed at Colleen and Nora's in April and having experienced the pleasure of staying in a private villa, I don't think I could stay at a hotel or condo again. It was wonderful to be able to hop into our own pool 4-5 times a day and enjoy the beauty that surrounded us. La Palapa was spacious and clean. The outdoor shower was a delight and a little daring. The downstairs bedroom with air conditioning was perfect for my Aunt. The windows are all screened so the breeze blew through quite nicely. They stock the kitchen well and the 2 fridges were perfect for our beverages and oh ya, one for food too. Colleen and Nora were easy to get a hold of if we needed anything and Carmen and Carlos kept everything tidy and clean. Puerto Morelos itself is small and charming with a true Mexican feel and plenty of great restaurants when we weren't BBQing at the Palapa. The beach just a little bit north of town is gorgeous with white powdery sand. I don't want to recommend this place too highly though, because there might not be any availability the next time we come to Puerto Morelos. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful home with us.
Our family had the pleasure of staying at this property in April and had such a positive experience. The house is clean, well equipped and the pool is large and set in such a private picturesque setting. Colleen and Nora were wonderful to work with, answering questions and there to welcome us and make us feel so at home. The property is bigger than it shows in pictures. I would definitely recommend this home and hope we have the opportunity of returning again.
We are located in the town of Puerto Morelos, only 20 minutes drive south of Cancun airport and 10 minutes from the main highway leading to historic Mayan sites, popular tourist attractions and modern shopping and dining.
We are on a small beach road Calle Carey 5 minutes north of the town plaza of Puerto Morelos and 8 houses past Desire Resort/spa in Puerto Morelos. 3 min walk to the beach access.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 19 2016 - Apr 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Rates listed are for 2 person occupancy.. Guests over 2 pay an additional $20.00 per person per night. Credit card charges will experience an additional credit card fee.