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Bedrooms 2
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 6 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Pool
  • children welcome


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 6

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!!

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2017

About The Owner

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

Why The Owner chose Quintana Roo

Peace, beauty, privacy..

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.

John adds:-,

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.

Kind Regards,

Elaine & John
Aug 2010
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Puerto Morelos Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , We have 2 bathrooms with showers upstairs and down
    2 outdoor terrace showers - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , plus outdoor terrace shower
  • We have 2 bathrooms and 3 beautiful showers.. 1 indoor private bathroom/shower attached to downstairs bedroom and 2 outdoor terrace showers - 1 up and 1 down...
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The upstairs “Palapa” bedroom 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. The first floor is a beautiful adobe brick with wide expanse windows and a private bedroom with air conditioning, queen-sized bed and private bath. Futons and sofa-beds available in downstairs living room area.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We have one fully air conditioned bedroom downstairs with queen bed and private bath. Living room, dining room and upstairs palapa areas cooled by fans/ sea breezes. We are only 2 minutes from Desire Resort on Calle Carey in Puerto Morelos.. .. There are many lovely resorts in Puerto Morelos that offer day passes for swimming and therapy treatments..


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.866667 based on 31 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Wow, what an amazing place!! Colleen, who was our main contact, was incredibly helpful before and during our stay. Colleen and Nora have done a lot of work on the place to make it comfortable and it shows, it's simply stunning. Five of us were staying at the Palapa and there was more than enough room for everyone to have privacy if they desired it. The beach was a short walk away and we walked along it each day to either go to town or hit one of the little beach bars. The town is pretty chill, lots of live music and great food. Cabs were very inexpensive and there was also the Collectivo bus if you didn't feel like walking or cabbing. We took the bus from town for groceries which was only a few stops and cabbed back to the Palapa. It was so lovely to have a place that from the moment we entered we felt so lucky to be there. None of us have a negative comment to make and we all want to go back..especially today because it's -22 in Halifax NS with the wind chill. Thanks Colleen and Nora for sharing your beautiful home with us!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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A Little Slice Of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have stayed in PM several times over the years and this was our best stay yet. Colleen was very prompt in answering all my questions and was waiting on us when we arrived. Now about the house. Its all that and then some ! we just loved waking up to the sounds of nature, enjoying our morning coffee by the pool and then walking to town for breakfast . we only used the downstairs bedroom with AC 2 times during our stay because the ocean breezes kept the upstairs at a decent temp. If youve stayed in PM before you know water pressure can be suspect at times but I am happy to report this was not the case at La Palapa, LOTS of hot water and tons of water pressure made the outdoor shower a HUGE plus. I hate to keep going on about how wonderful this home is because it will make it tougher for us to find an opening next year, and Yes, we will be booking it again . In closing let me say this, there are cheaper places to stay in PM but I can promise you the little extra you spend will be so worth it, sitting by the pool with a cold drink after a day at the beach is just about priceless !!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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La Palapa Puerto Morelos

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from an amazing vacation in Puerto Morelos Mexico! The property owners Colleen and Nora were amazing. From the time we booked our stay until the day we left they were extremely helpful and accommodating.

We arrived from Cancun via CanadaTransfers which was excellent(booked on line).Even stopped at grocery store on the way to house.

The house was excellent-plenty of room for 4-6 people (we were only 2) Beautifully decorated with comfortable furniture and a full kitchen.The pool and garden area were wonderful- a very clean and well kept property.Even had an outdoor hot shower on the upper deck-very cool!

The property is about a 2 minute walk from the beach-unfortunately the water was a little rough due to the heavy wind but still beautiful-

15 minutes walk along the beach is the first cold beer stop then another 5-10 minutes to the town square passing a number of great little beach bars (especially liked Paradise Beach Club-wonderful bartenders) In town there is a large variety of small restaurants/bars-many having live music.

Heading back to the house after dark was easy with loads of taxis at the town square (50 pesos ($2.50) to the house).

From locals to ex-pats to tourists everyone was extremely friendly.Even the few beach vendors were friendly and polite.

We will certainly return to this property and area in the future!!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location and Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Puerto Morelos and the palapa was a great place to call home for week. We enjoyed coffee by the pool each morning planning our day's activities in the area. Anyone interested in an authentic local meal should contact the owners of the palapa for contact information for a local chef, Juan. He prepared a dinner of fresh fish and vegetables for the four of us one night on the grill that was spectacular! He then joined us for dinner and we learned so much about the area.

We will definitely be back in Puerto Morelos in the future with so much more to explore and experience in the area...

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ontario, Canada

Exactly as described - both the home and the village exceeded all expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Our last minute getaway idea led us to discover this lovely private home just steps away from the sea near a lovely fishing village - a colourful, cultural, Mexican pueblo.

The photos are exactly what you will get when staying at La Palapa - immaculate cleanliness, authenticity, privacy, culture and comfort. The owners of this house follow through on their every promise and go well beyond what you would expect from owners of a vacation rental. They are not just renting 'a house', they are sharing their home with you and you feel that connection from the moment they meet you until the day you have to go.

You will have everything that you need at La Palapa. Having a house and property all to yourself is the ultimate indulgence and the price of this one is amazing for all that you get! Most of all, the owners will quickly feel like friends with all of their advice, their knowledge of the area, their attentiveness to your needs and their respect for your privacy. They are there when you need them and when you don't, there is comfort in knowing you have friends in a new town.

The pueblo of Puerto Morelos is a refreshing dab of small town culture even though it's proximity to overpopulated tourist destinations is close. The town remains colourful, safe and friendly and it's tourists are happy to encounter the convenience of English-speaking locals and businesses, comfort foods, exotic foods, icy cold beer and the freshest fruit drinks.

You will find the nearest lunch and cold beer only a short stroll down the beach. A little farther and there is a huge selection of fine restaurants, breezy beach bars and free entertainment. We were honoured to have been able to enjoy authentic Flamenco music and dance, talented street performers, artisans lining the town plaza with their beautiful hand made arts, local bands playing both Mexican and American favourites and the smell of rich coffee in the morning.

I write this review on day 7 of 10...from the poolside of La Palapa because I just couldn't wait to express my happiness with this house. I was afraid that once I saw the snow again, I would forget the feeling of the sea breeze and beauty of these private gardens.

Not only is this pueblo a 'must see' but this house and it's owners an absolute pleasure. Thank you, Nora and Colleen.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

As beautiful as the pictures would suggest

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6, including three twenty something year olds, visited the palapa over Christmas week. The house is very well equipped - we found everything that we could need (including spices, condiments, and bottled water) and large enough that everyone was able to find a spot to call their own. The architectural elements of the house are stunning - the palapa roof, the pine posts, and the backyard, particularly in the evening. We loved having the pool and the outdoor showers were a real hit!

Despite being the height of tourist season, Puerto Morelos is a laid back place without the feel of being overly commercial. In our opinion, the best feature of the town is the offshore reef and it was easy to find a guide (required for the marine park) for US$25 per person.

The town is an easy walk away, either by road or along the beach. You can also walk up to Desire Pearl where there is a taxi stand directly across from the resort. We quickly learned that taking a taxi to the palapa from town confused many taxi drivers and that the best remedy was to direct them to the puerto principale UNAM. We were also grateful to Nora for telling us the appropriate fare.

The owners, Colleen and Nora, were fantastic to deal with. Colleen was our main contact and was quick and helpful with her responses to any questions. Nora was there to greet us and show us around upon our very late arrival (we used Canada Transfers for transportation and the driver got very, very lost - thankfully, Colleen phoned to find out where we were).

The property is well cared for and maintained; a lot of thought and care has gone into making the home comfortable and welcoming. You could very easily have a wonderful holiday without ever leaving the palapa.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Rates & Availability

Puerto Morelos Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 18 2017 - Apr 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $100

Extra guests over 4 .. $20.00 additional per person per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cancun Airport
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Playa Del Carmen
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 307
Nearest Beach
40 Metres
Wide beach access path 3 minutes walk.
Car: recommended

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.


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