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Shari Stern

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, spanish

MAGICAL Playa Caribe#4, Akumal luxury beachfront condo on sandy beach, POOL

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Condo, 2 Bd, 2 Ba, (Sleeps 6), central air, pool, RO purified water from taps

*** WOW! BOOK NOW for 2016 and 2017, for reservations WITHOUT the MX TAX. We did not increase our rates for 2017, but we will begin charging the 19% MX tax for each reservation, beginning Nov 1, 2016.**


LOW SEASON SALE FOR 2016 -- Buy 6 nights, get the 7th night free!! Valid on reservations for stays between August 1 and October 31, 2016, for 2 bd 2 ba. !! We STILL have the LAST 9 NIGHTS in October available !! **see other pricing under RATES

***EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC!! Ethereal beauty, white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, coral reefs, turtles and abundant sea creatures, prehistoric ruins, serenity—this is the Maya Riviera and Playa Caribe #4. Ahhhhhhh....let it work it's magic on you!! Playa Caribe #4 is a second floor luxury-but-affordable-unit with 2 bd 2 ba that provides the ultimate in privacy. Yet has fabulous VIEWS OF BOTH aquamarine CARIBBEAN AND verdant JUNGLE; only the side units offer both these views. It is spacious and considerably larger than the center units. We hear no pool noise here so it really is tranquil. Our condo is just steps from the beachfront, and you have the ability to watch turtles and rays cavort in the bay waters below. The condominium Playa Caribe is generally considered to be the BEST condo in Akumal because we are unique with enticing amenities like CENTRAL AIR so that you really are cool during the hot days and warm nights, RO PURIFIED WATER from all taps so you can drink it directly just like at home and not get sick, a stunning POOL on the beach.

Playa Caribe #4 is newly redecorated in soft Caribbean colors and textures of Mexico and the Caribbean, with three custom-made stained glass windows, a Mexican mask collection, and many pieces of Mexican cultural art, it gently brings Mayan ambience into your life. Both bedrooms have private balconies that look directly onto the jungle, and a third balcony is off the living room looking onto the beach where you can dine or read while watching turtles and rays swim in the ocean waters below. There is FREE fast, dependable wireless internet service.

The unit sleeps 6: the master bedroom with a comfy king bed (and high thread count linens) has views both of the sparkling ocean and the lush jungle, with an ensuite full bath with tub/shower and two sinks. The second bedroom has two double beds with romantic mosquito canopies and a full bath also with tub/shower. Each bedroom has its own balcony. There is a new 50" SMART TV in the living room.

The kitchen is fully equipped with cooktop, microwave, convection and browning oven, refrigerator, many small appliances, serving dishes, spices, cloth napkins, and candles—everything to make your stay enjoyable . . . . and memorable. Dining is at the breakfast bar or at the dining table, with magnificent views. There is daily maid service (you do not need to do dishes or make your bed if you don’t want to!), 24-hour security, and room safe. We are concerned about our environmental impact, and have been awarded the CEA Ecological seal of approval for environmental protection.

Playa Caribe #4 is located about an hour drive's south of the Cancun airport off the 307 main highway, 40 steps from the water on the sandy beach in the charming seaside village of Akumal. Playa Caribe is within walking distance of gourmet restaurants and breakfast cafes, and abounds with activities like snorkeling or scuba diving on the offshore reefs, swimming in the unique cenotes, tours to Mayan ruins, or siestas.

Akumal is a peaceful resort, away from the maddening crowds of the “touristy” cities, yet has all the amenities you could want including many water and eco-jungle activities, delicious dining, bars, and comfort. The condominium itself has only 12 condos to preserve the small town atmosphere.

The Maya name Akumal means “land of the turtle” because turtles actually do lay eggs and hatch here during the summer; this is an incredible life affirming experience to watch.

Other activities: The village of Akumal is only 20 minutes drive south from the glitzy Playa del Carmen, which hosts the ferry to the island of Cozumel, and has many activities should you desire to leave your tranquil life in Akumal for the day or evening. The Maya ruins at Tulum are only a 20 minute drive south of Akumal.

***Walk the beach at sunrise and sunset, watch for turtle egg laying and hatching, drink a margarita under a palapa, read the book that you’ve been meaning to start, forget your troubles under the stars, and peacefully dream about your next visit to enchanting Akumal and Playa Caribe #4.

Keywords: Beachfront condominium, sandy beach, pool, Akumal, Half Moon Bay, central air, potable water, view, jungle, ocean, spacious, 2 bedroom 2 bath, turtles, kids, snorkel

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Shari Stern (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

About Shari Stern

Ron and Shari have been married for years and share a love of the environment, scuba diving, and Akumal. We are both University professors (mathematics and biology) in Southern California and have two grown daughters who also dive. We come down to Akumal every August to stay in our blissful condo, and have tried to decorate it to provide you, our guests, with comfort, culture, and contentment in our little place in Mayan Mexico.. Please enjoy what we have created for you!

When traveling around the world, we scuba in exotic locations, gazing at new animal life and witnessing the modernization of cultures. I have collected masks from these travels that represent the cultural and religious arts of the countries. You can see a portion of my mask collection on the wall above the dining table. Despite all our countries visited, we still love AKUMAL the BEST-it has the most to offer

Shari Stern purchased this condo in 2007

Why Shari Stern chose Quintana Roo

We love to SCUBA dive, relax in a quiet atmosphere that still has the amenities we want. For us, Playa Caribe is magical, and has it all--the Mexican-Maya ambience, delicious food, balmy weather. It is a location where we bring our family to renew our loving relationships. We came down for about 18 years, always intending to buy but never doing so, and then we found #4 available in Play Caribe and we excitedly bought it. We plan to sometime spend the entire summer down here; wouldn't that be wonderful. Bliss!!!!!!!

What makes this condo unique

The beautiful view of the sparkling turquoise waters, the quiet and peacefulness of our Akumal, the diverse sea life just off shore, with fabulous views of both the SEA AND the JUNGLE from the condo--all serves to make Playa Caribe #4 special. The pool is beautiful and you can rest on the side and see the Caribbean sea; snorkeling and diving is right off the beach; purified water that is safe to drink is available from all taps; you can adjust central air for your temperature comfort.

Snorkeling is right off shore and you can walk to the many restaurants that have delicious food, or even cook in our fully equipped kitchen.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a delightful time in Akumal. I didn't walk the beach at night like

usual because I tripped 1st day and broke my toe & then on the 4th day

coming out of La Buena Vida I tripped and put a deep gash on my opposite

leg. I used your emergency kit but it was quit an ordeal getting big

supplies. A dr was called and Bryan went to 5 pharmacy's looking for big

bandages with no luck. (ended up using wrappings)You may want to restock it.

I left some stuff.

It is still healing. The dr said do not go in water or get it wet so I

never went in the water the whole trip. Bryan did go diving a few times with

his new go pro!

Condo is beautiful. Half Moon Bay the paradise it is and will always be...

Akumal, I avoid mostly except to go to the luncheonette & bakery.

Very Crowded.

I have to mention the sargassum WOW it piled up right in front of PC, It just keeps coming...and I think it still is...nature. I was aware of it prior to arrival.

I love being there so much that nothing can change my love for the area.

Thank you for sharing your piece of HMB. We never stepped into the other

bedroom. Hopefully we will book next July. Keep in touch.
Jul 2015
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MAGICAL Playa Caribe#4, Akumal luxury beachfront condo on sandy beach, POOL
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews

Perfect Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed here as a family of four with a 20 year old and a 17 year old. We all absolutely loved the condo and the town of Akumal. It was by far our favorite vacation! We did something different everyday. We swam with the turtles, snorkels at Aku Lagoon, went swimming in a cenote, visited the ruins and more. The restaurants in Akumal are delicious and affordable. The condo is decorated wonderfully, clean and comfortable. The condo staff was so helpful and the maid service was a treat! Can't wait to go back there!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Wonderful 2 weeks at this beautiful condo

  • 5 of 5

We snorkeled with turtles, saw beautiful tropical fish, found an amazing shell, finished a couple of books, and relaxed. The condo was well equipped and had everything we needed. A very big advantage of the condos at Playa Caribe is the purified water right out of the faucet, we definitely enjoyed that convenience. Also, the condo manager, Augustin, is a jewel, so helpful and provided lots of information for us, and took care of any needs we had while staying there. We loved the masks in the dining area, and other special decorations that made this condo stand out.

Tim and Glenda Smith

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Minneapolis, MN

A Perfect Week!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here for a week over the Christmas holidays. We had a great stay and highly recommend it!

Having been the victim of a scam through Homeaway, I was reticent to quickly jump into another rental. However, Shari quickly alleviated any concerns with her communications before the trip. She kept us updated about things going on in the area that might affect our stay. She also emailed a guide she wrote with suggestions for a "perfect week in Akumal." In particular, Shari's restaurant suggestions were great. We referred to it the entire week.

If you're looking for a calm, relaxing week, the little village of Akumal is a delight. It is far enough away from the traffic of Playa del Carmen yet close enough for a day trip to PDC, Tulum, Coba and other wonderful locales.

The staff is excellent. From the manager Agustin, to our housekeeper Patricia (such a treat to have her clean the apartment daily, especially given all the sand and despite our best efforts to take our shoes off at the door), to each of the maintenance crew, to all the staff cleaning the beach of seaweed day in and day out, to the night security, they were all friendly, helpful, wanting to make our stay easy, enjoyable and pleasant. We really appreciated them!!

The unit itself is in excellent condition. Very clean. The kitchen was small but well-stocked with sufficient plates, cutlery, glasses, casserole dishes, storage containers, etc. Bedrooms were very spacious, especially the master bedroom. Having filtered water come through the tap was great. And, last but not least, the wifi signal was consistently strong and fast. The only thing we wished we had had was access to a washer and dryer. Otherwise, our stay was indeed a "perfect week"!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Super nice 👍👍😀😀

  • 5 of 5

I have rented a lot of vacation condos and homes over the years. This unit is by far one of the nicest. It is not your run of the mill rental, it has everything you could want and or need. The furnishings and decor are very high quality, it feels like home.

The location is great, the restaurants are very good and inexpensive to boot, the staff and the on site management is really friendly. The owners are a pleasure to work with and very helpful answering any questions you might have. I would recommend this condo to any one I know without any reservations. We will be back!!! Rent this condo and you will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of two couples. The accommodations were perfect. The kitchen was well equipped with everything you would need and the pots, pans, dishes, serving pieces matched and were like new. Each bedroom had a private balcony, plenty of storage and a very nice bathroom. The on-site pool was wonderful as were the beach palapas, plenty of lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas and chairs. Patty was friendly and did a great job of keeping our place clean and tidy. the onsite manager was pleasant and very helpful. As we got ready to leave we unanimously agreed that on our next trip we will stay here again. It was simply wonderful. The pictures are as accurate as you can get but I would say the place was better in person. Great views and of course you can hear the ocean at all times.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Modesto, Ca

Playa Caribe # 4

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property with all amenities needed for a fantastic vacation! Just returned 8/7/15-a fun filled yet relaxing vacation with our two children (22 & 20yrs old) The owners were a delight to work with & responded PROMPTLY to all correspondence, even provided a sample itinerary for a "week in Akumal" with wonderful information! Wishing we were still there...sigh :)

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Cancun (CUN)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
La Buena Vida
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Playa del Carmen to Cozumel
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Playacar (Playa del Carmen), Bahia Principe
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
MX Federal HWY 307, N/S Cancun to Belize border
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
La Buena Vida, La Lunita
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
beachfront, Half Moon Bay, Akumal
Car: recommended

Playa Caribe #4 is beachfront with a fabulous view of the sparkling ocean on a beautiful sandy beach in Akumal. You can sit on our balcony or in the beachfront pool and enjoy the Half Moon Bay, see turtles swimming in the water just offshore. Just relax under the warmth of the sun, or partake in snorkeling (and scuba diving), some of the main attractions here. There are also the incredible Mayan ruins at Tulum that overlook the turquoise sea or you can swim and dive in the captivating centotes (freshwater sink holes and caves) unique in the world. A short distance away are ATVs for jungle exploration, crocodile zoos for the children, horseback riding--eco experiences.


Rates & Availability

Akumal Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
SPECIAL'16: 2 br,buy 6,7thFREE
Aug 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
LOW, Fall '16: 2 br
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
HOLIDAY 2016: 2 br, 7 nte min
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
HIGH '17:2br 2ba, 1br 1ba=$260
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
LOW SUMMER '17: 2br
May 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
SPECIAL'17: 2 br,buy 6,7thFREE
Aug 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
LOW, Fall '17: 2 br Nov 1, 201
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
HOLIDAY 2017: 2 br, 7 ngt min
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
HIGH '18:2br 2ba, 1br 1ba=$260
Jan 7 2018 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 19.0%

*****We have additional rates for stays of less than 7 nights AND for a 1 bd 1 ba configuration where you get the entire condo except for the guest bedroom. No one else is ever in the second bedroom.

Cancellations will be permitted if more than 60 days before departure and all monies paid except 20% servicing fee will be refunded. If a Cancellation for any reason occurs less than 60 days from departure no funds will be refunded. We strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Akumal Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1422 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 full bathrooms with tub/shower, each has outside views; master has double sink, guest bedroom has single Mexican hand painted talavera sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , 1 baby crib , office can provide this for you upon request
  • Master bedroom has comfy King size bed (new in Aug 2014) with high thread count linens, an ensuite bathroom with double sinks and tub/shower, and private balcony that looks onto jungle. While lying in bed you can see both the ocean AND the jungle--what a way to wake up!! The second bedroom two comfy double beds with high thread count linens, decorative mosquito netting, private balcony that looks onto jungle. Baby Cribs available upon request
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Generally considered to be the BEST condominium in Akumal: --Reverse osmosis (RO) PURIFIED DRINKING WATER from all taps so the water is safe to drink --CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING throughout condo so the condo (and you) never get too hot --infinity POOL on the beach --SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT

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