|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Tana Pepem, or 'House of Butterflies' in Mayan, is a spacious beachfront house ideal for families or friends wanting to relax and enjoy nature. Only 2.5 hours from Cancun, it is easily accessible from its international airport. Perfect for long meals, beach walks, shell seeking, bird watching, and dreamy sunsets.
El Cuyo is a small, non-touristic fishing village in the uppermost tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, within the natural reserve of Río Lagartos, close to several Mayan ruins, cenotes and colonial towns. We recommend renting a car in order to tour the area and feel the culture. It is a very safe and quiet town that allows visitors to witness and live rural Mexico. All restaurants serve local cuisine, seafood being the specialty!
The house is built so that all rooms have a view of the ocean. Kitchen and living room look out to the outdoor beachfront terrace equipped with lounge bed and hammocks. The downstairs bedroom is in the back, but built on a higher level with indoor ocean view windows. Upstairs bedroom is completely private with its own oversized terrace with lounge bed, dressing room and bathroom.
There are many fun activities at El Cuyo, including swimming, tours to see flamingos, salines, shark-whales (July to Sept), fishing, ATV rentals, and many other outdoor activities.
Keywords: Beach House
Yahaira and Gerardo live in Cancun but sought out the perfect beach in the area to get away from all the hussle and worries and just RELAX. We built this house in 2007 and go every chance we get! Our 8 and 4 year old kids are big fans.
The Owner purchased this house in 2007
We've been visiting the area since more than 15 years ago, since good friends already had a vacation home here. We love the place and as soon as the first opportunity opened, we bought an oceanfront lot and Yahaira's best friend designed the house entirely to our taste and needs. It's good to know arquitects! We built the house in 2007.
Relaxation. El Cuyo es a place where you can definitely get away from it all- it's another reality. Whether you choose to stay at home all day and just lounge around, or you decide to be adventurous in the nearby natural reserve, you definitely RELAX.
El Cuyo is a rustic fishing village with friendly people and a welcoming atmosphere. Small, it is quiet, slow moving, and genuinely peaceful. Virtually tourist free, this is the place to be if you want to slow down and relax on a secluded beach. Exactly as advertised, the house is a spacious two bedroom / two bath with an open floor plan. It could comfortably sleep two couples and a few children. Good showers and kitchen, etc. Great second story balcony and first floor patio for ocean views and ocean breezes. Plenty of fans for warm days. The white sand beach is twenty steps from the patio and stretches for something like 20 km. Morning walks and evening sunsets were uninterrupted - we rarely saw another person while wading or swimming. The water is generally calm with mild waves on occasion. It's a ten minute walk into the town - a few small restaurants (La Conchita and TIburon are good) and bodegas for small items. Rent a car to get here - a couple hours from Cancun - then day trips to Rio Lagartos (tour the reserve and see the flamingos), Ek' Balam (less crowded than Chichen Itza and you can climb the ruins), and a variety of nearby cenotes. Yahairia (owner) was easy to get in touch with and easy to work with. Sara (who lives in El Cuyo) was wonderful - she met us at the house with keys, answered questions, and was available should we need anything. Aside from the solitude this place offers, the highlight of our trip was watching a massive sea turtle swim ashore to nest one evening. Truly magical. We only stayed for a week but plan to return for longer - we will definitely come back to Tana Pepem!
There is always a bit of mystery that comes along with renting a place online. When we found the house on the edge of the small village of El Cuyo, we were not only pleased to see that it was on the beach, but also that the shoreline was beautiful. Our family has rented homes on the gulf coast of the Yucatan closer to Progresso, (Chicxulub, Uuymaytin, San Bruno) and the beach at El Cuyo is clearly the finest. You will likely have a car if you got to El Cuyo in the first place, but the drive to town on the sandy road is slow, pleasant, and not very far at all. You could walk along the beach to town in about ten minutes.
The house is lovely. It is homey, but well cared for, and the two bedrooms ( one upstairs and the other in the back of the house) offer a lot of space and privacy. The bathrooms are clean and the water is hot; the kitchen is spacious with more than enough utensils, crockery, microwave etc.; the bedrooms have good sheets, blankets, and the towels that are provided are quite nice. There was one standup fan, but perhaps a second fan would make the upstairs bedroom a bit breezier on the hot nights.
Yahairia answered our questions quickly on email and her kind and friendly neighbours, Sara and Gabriel, got us set up with our keys, organized a day trip to Isla Holbox with local fisherman, and helped us with a laundry service. We do not speak much Spanish and their English was good enough to help things move smoothly.
I would recommend this home to anyone who wants to take it easy for a few days or more. Things are quiet in the house and "El Cuyo" is a friendly and proud town without the trappings of many tourist destinations. The town square was full of families and music each evening. You can walk the beach to the edge of town and it goes on for about 20 km without any development. Clean and no seaweed.
The swimming is great. The water isn't too rough or deep ( we saw dolphins in the morning) and the birding in the area is terrific (parrots, falcons, loads of flamingoes). There are two small and simple restaurants in town, but we cooked every night. There is a good bakery ( it opens in the evening, but not in the morning) and every corner seems to have its own stores selling basic goods. For a big grocery shop, head to the supermarkets before hitting the highway.
A very nice drive to El Cuyo after leaving the double highway; ranches and villages along the way. Hammocks and surf at the end of the drive. A special place.
Everything went smoothly. The drive from Cancun to El Cuyo is about 3 hrs. Remember that there is a 1 hr time difference between Cancun and the rest of the Yucatan. Load up on groceries at a Walmart or something in Cancun and off you go. The roads are paved all the way to El Cuyo.
The house is exactly as advertised. Great view on the ocean, lots of places to hang hammocks, day beds, and chairs to lounge on. The two bedrooms are spacious and there are several options for cots, hammocks, cribs on the available floor space. Fresh bath and beach towels were waiting for us.
We were 4 adults and 3 kids and all found places to sleep.
The kitchen has most of what you need and the gas stove worked well. Microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker, fridge/freezer all worked well.
The sandy front yard is great for lying around or the kids to play in...like living in a sand box. There are lots of beach toys and a couple of little pools for the kids to use. There are also umbrellas and a sun shelter available.
Ceiling fans keep you cool, but the wind did that for us mostly.
The beach is truly endless...you'll turn around out of fatigue before you run out of sand. There are no rocks in the water and the water stays shallow for a while (I see why the Kite surfers love this area).
Sarah and Gabriel greeted us and showed us the house and recommended some day trips.
We went to Ek Balam Mayan ruins (about 2 hrs away) which were great and not nearly as crowded as Chichen Itza. The adjacent cenote is fantastic to swim in.
We also drove the bumpy road from El Cuyo to Las Coloradas seeing pink flamingos and secluded beaches along the way.
Five minute drive back into town for any shopping or restaurants (Conchita is good, and great for kids since there is a small playground for them to use while you wait for your food)
Overall, great stay (only 6 days for us unfortunately). The house has a great calming energy...will stay longer next time. Yahaira is very prompt with communication and details.
We had exactly the vacation we were looking for---quiet and peaceful. I didn't wear shoes for a week! The beach was lovely, the water warm, the house was plenty spacious for 2 couples and we loved the big open doors and outdoor patios. Sara and Gabriel were lovely and helpful. Our son enjoyed the kiting. Loved the little town. We'll be back.
We spent a week in early 2/16 at Tana Pepem & were delighted to find it situated among a row of mostly empty regional vacation homes on the shore. The home was a 2ish hour drive from Cancun through jungle small towns, some of which were celebrating Carnival as we drove through. We found the house easily and enjoyed a delicious home-cooked meal waiting for us by special request when we arrived; Sara and her husband Gabrielle welcomed us warmly and Sara gave us a tour of town the next day.
Tana Pepem was clean, with modern updates and basic, beach appropriate furnishings and linens. This is a family vacation home in Mexico, not a luxury condo, and if a simple bar of Rosa Venus soap sounds refreshing and you don't mind running the water lowering switch daily to refresh rain water in the plumbing, this may be your beachside haven. The downstairs room was equip with a playpen, cot and twin beds, perfect for our 2 year old, and the upstairs is situated with glorious views of the ocean from room and balcony. We enjoyed having toys and kid pools for the shady beach yard, private sunning areas within the yard, and a very short path to our very own beach. The water was warm enough for us far northerners to swim every day, but winds are strong, and kiteboarding or kite-flying are good options for choppy days. We experienced a strong rainstorm one night, lost power and discovered a couple of inches of water had blown in from the balcony --viva la adventura!
You can request maid service, laundry service and/or meal preparation, and if we did it again, we might request dinner and housekeeping every 2-3 days and laundry service once to keep up with the inevitable sand, garbage removal, toilet paper/napkin/garbage bag supply needs. Our only disappointments were that there were no back stock of these items or purified water, and that the shower heads need replacement or deposit removal. Sara was very helpful.
El Cuyo is off the tourist route during winter, but offers an outdoor restaurant, El Conchito, street vendor foods, fresh produce vendors, bakeries, fish monger's shop, fisher's collectives, and mini-marts. It is easy and pleasant to walk the beach to town and shop. People are friendly but it is helpful to know some Spanish. We took 2 separate day trips, one to Ek Balam & cenote and Tizimin for groceries/liquor/ATM/gas, and one to Chichen Itza/cenote Habiku/lunch. They were both doable day-long trips, with much faster travel than Google Maps indicate.
Recently returned from December trip to El Cuyo. Probably one of our best, most memorable vacations. Vacation not without challenges though. But worth it. Departed from Tulum after recouping from 6 days at 5 star AI resort.
Pros: One of the nicer villas, stunning endless remote white sand beach, shells, dolphins, long relaxing days, internet, sweet care providers, very responsive owner, friendly locals, fresh fish, authentic.
Cons: Mosquitos, gulf waters v. Caribbean, mosquitos, sparse supplies/food available in town, mosquitos.
Our family speaks Spanish, and I can not imagine traveling to this location without the benefit of being able to speak with locals. Visited panaderia, tortilleria, fish vendor, even house to buy hard alcohol. Visited Holbox (Luis M. in harbor was our guide- highly recommended) and cenote by boat. Really extraordinary. Probably was the contrast of us coming from resort to villa - some days felt more like camping, but we enjoyed it thoroughly.
Golf Car and ATV Rentals, Fishing Tours, Jungle Tour to Watch Flamingos and Other Birds, Shark-Whale Watching Tours from July to Sept, Close to Mayan Ruins, Cenotes and Colonial Towns, park in town centre. Great beach for kite surfing, especially during winter months.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
Payments can be made online with credit card, paypal y direct deposit into a US bank account.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.