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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,422 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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

****This year the beaches of the Riviera Maya (and the entire Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico) have had a large amount of naturally occurring sargassum or seaweed. We are solving this with daily removal. There are no health effects associated with sargassum and you can still swim and snorkel in the water. Hopefully this will all end soon.


LOW SEASON SALE FOR 2017 -- Buy 6 nights, get the 7th night free!! Valid on reservations for stays between August 1 and October 31, 2017, for 2 bd 2 ba. !! **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

Property Manager
Shari Stern
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

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, clear turquoise waters. 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 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.
Oct 2015
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Akumal Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1422 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
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
  • 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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MAGICAL Playa Caribe#4, Akumal luxury beachfront condo on sandy beach, POOL
average rating of 5.0 based on 59 reviews

A Vacation in Paradise!!

  • 5 of 5

What an excellent week we all had! First off, I have to say that communicating with Shari was a breeze...she always answered all of my questions quickly and was very helpful. When we got there late Saturday evening, we were greeted by the security guard who took our bags up to the condo. And what a beautiful condo it is.....immaculately clean, beautifully decorated, and very comfortable!

Our week consisted mostly of relaxing on the beach, or going to the pool, but we also took a road trip to see the ruins in Tulum which were incredible and a trip to Playa del Carmen for a little shopping. We also did some snorkelling in Yal-Ku lagoon - so much fun!! We loved that the restaurants were within walking distance from the condo. La Buena Vida, Turtle Bay Cafe and Bakery, and La Lunita were our favourites!

The document that Shari provided us with, "A Perfect Week at Playa Caribe #4", was an added bonus. We referenced this document often as it gives great ideas of things to do, places to eat, and may other helpful hints (such as not speeding on the highway!).

We will definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends as it truly is a wonderful and comfortable condo for a vacation in Paradise!!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias for your gracious words about our condo and Akumal. We are so pleased that you loved it, and I do my best to inform you of opportunities for adventure and how to easily transition to this country. You obviously succeeded in taking advantage of what the area has to offer. We would love to see you again.
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Beautiful, Oceanfront Half Moon Bay Condo With Amazing Location

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd trip to Akumal this year. We loved the experience so much that we invited another family. We rented 2 condos in Playa Caribe & the children were thrilled that our units were on the same floor! As we arrived & unloaded our luggage, Uva (his nickname means grape in Spanish) invited us to try the homemade chicken mole and rice & beans served out of the back of his pick up truck! No one hesitated & we fed 4 hungry children for under $10! (Travel Advisor ranks Uva the #1 "food truck" in Akumal!) These pleasant surprises were followed by another as we walked into the condo. It was spotless, filled with light, & opened to a full view of the ocean. The housekeeper had turned on the a/c & placed a welcome basket (chips/salsa, cookies, coffee & a fresh pineapple) on the counter! Since we had left sub-zero temps in MN, we turned off the a/c, opened the glass doors, and enjoyed the warm breeze & sound of the ocean for the remainder of our stay.

We rented 8 bikes from Agustin and peddled to restaurants, the village, and Yal-Ku lagoon for snorkeling. The kids even navigated Pokemon Go stops on their bikes at night! There are security points/guards all over Akumal so we felt completely safe walking/biking day or night on the beach, on the cobblestone road, & in the village.

Our favorite restaurants were Taverna, La Buena Vida, Lol-Ha, & La Lunita. (The US $ is so strong right now here's what we ordered for $42 at La Lunita one night: 1 app, 3 glasses of rose wine, 1 beer, 1 child's pina colada, 3 entrees & 1 dessert!) These fabulous restaurants all accept credit cards, but others require cash.

This is a beautifully decorated condo on a stretch of white sand beach. Its location is convenient to stores, the village, restaurants, diving/snorkeling & sites like the ruins in Tulum. The staff is unobtrusive & extremely helpful. From the moment I contacted the owner, her communication with me was immediate, thorough, and personal! Thank you, Sharon, for sharing your special vacation home with our family! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias for your incredible review. We are very happy you found our condo to be everything you wanted, and that the activities I recommended in my document "A Perfect Week" helped you to enjoy your stay. Thank you also for the additional helpful hints you have provided for future guests. We would love to have you return.
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Beautiful Condo

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in Sharon's lovely condo. Sharon was so easy to work with, and was especially helpful answering questions and giving advice about the area. The condo is scrupulously clean, and even has daily maid service by the wonderful Patty. The AC worked really well, although we left the doors open to the ocean breezes whenever we could. All of the staff at Playa Caribe were very friendly and helpful, and it was quite a luxury to have drinkable water from the tap. The complex also has bikes and snorkeling equipment available, and there's a shop to rent kayaks right up the beach. We easily walked to the restaurants along Half Moon Bay, and into Akumal. Although, if you book any activities through Akumal Dive Center or Dive With Natalie and Ivan (who I highly recommend -, you can park in their private lot right off the beach. Akumal Bay's beach is sandier and waves are calmer than Half Moon Bay.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. Using my "A Perfect Week" document we are so delighted you discovered so many adventures at Playa Caribe #4 and in Akumal. We agree there is so much to do here, all within easy walking distance, and the sights and sounds and exotic culture makes you distinctly aware that you are not at home, but on a special vacation. We hope you return soon.
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Fantastic week in Akumal

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at Playa Caribe #4. The condo was perfect, way bigger than it appears in the photos. The artwork and decorations are so fun and eclectic. The kitchen and bathrooms were clean and well taken care of by the housekeeper, Patty. All the things you need to cook (which we did) - even the counter top oven surprised me and roasted some veggies just fine! Didn't expect an oven in the tropics.

The fans kept the air moving and we liked to open the doors and window and listen to the ocean. The ocean feels so close that you could reach out and touch it from the balcony. The patio was amazing for sitting out with breakfast or a cocktail (although my kids got a kick out of the breakfast bar so they always sat there). The pool was small and a little bit cold, but we prefer the ocean anyways, and my daughter didn't seem to mind so spent hours and hours in the pool.

The TV worked great for my daughter to watch My Little Pony en espanol, and it was great having the bluetooth speaker for tunes. The condo manager and the maintenance workers were super friendly and were more than willing to help with anything. I loved the location of the condo, it was an easy walk to La Buena Vida or Que Onda - both great restaurants especially if you have kids. The walk to Akumal proper is a bit more of hike but we like walking and felt it's easier than driving. Verdict = Well appointed, well run condo in a fabulous location! It was everything we wanted. Shari - thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Teresa, Thank you for expressing your thoughts, and we are so happy you loved both our Playa Caribe #4 and Akumal. Enjoying new cultures and new adventures makes travels memorable, and last a lifetime.
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Fantastic stay

  • 5 of 5

After leaving Boston in a snow storm, we couldn't have been happier to arrive in Akumal and happier still to have found ourselves at Playa Caribe #4. What a wonderful place! From the pictures we were expecting a lot, but the condo is even more beautiful "in person"... lots of light, fantastic art and furnishings, comfy beds, great balcony, and the sound of waves made for a perfect vacation. We were not expecting potabe tap water, a helpful on-site manager and daily housekeeping. The pool, too, was much nicer (larger and deeper) than we were expecting. We also appreciated that there was plenty of beach furniture for all of the guests. If we are lucky enough to return to Akumal in the future, we would stay here again. Playa Caribe is a short walk along the beach to our favorite restaurants (La Buena Vida and La Lunita), a few minutes drive to the lagoon and Akumal Bay, and well located for trips to Talum and Chichen Itza. We highly recommend this beautifu condo.

Date of arrival

December 17, 2016

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you loved our condo. Instant summer from a cold winter--how marvelous. We hope to hear from you again when you decide you need another warm weather relaxing paradise. Thank you again.
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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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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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