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Beachfront House in Quaint Fishing Village

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

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

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About The Owner

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

Why The Owner chose Yucatan

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Beachfront House in Quaint Fishing Village
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 17 reviews

Wonderful and Charming Stay on the Beach

  • 4 of 5

We spent ten days in El Cuyo, a nice little fishing village about a 2.5 hour drive from the Cancun airport. Before our trip I had many questions which Yahaira was great about answering in a timely manner. We had a little trouble connecting with the rental caretakers when we first arrived, but that was because our cell phones didn't work. But Sarah and Gabriel showed up about 15 minutes after we arrived and got us settled in. They checked in on us almost daily, and even offered to give us a tour of the town. The house is great! Lots of room and all the cooking utensils we needed and it was very clean. The location is great, especially if you do not want to do the touristy thing. The house is located down a quiet (bumpy) road, and almost every time we swam we had the entire beach to ourselves, as far as we could see. Swim towels are provided for you, as well as towels for your showers, sheets and dish towels (I was impressed that they even provided new bars of soap and a new scrub pad for the kitchen!). The only suggestion I have is that they provide more fans. We had four, but two didn't work very well. I realize that Mexico in July is very hot, but with no air conditioning the downstairs room was very hot at night. We even kept all of the doors and windows open at night but the air just couldn't get back to that room. But other than that, the rental was wonderful and we loved our very comfortable stay. We took some day trips to the ruins and cenotes and enjoyed some of the small quaint local restaurants. The locals were very nice and we had a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Springfield, OH

Great beach casita in a tranquil town.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to have you at Tana Pepem and you are welcome to come back anytime! You´re right, El Cuyo is the perfect getaway from it all - that´s why we love it so much. Have a great summer!
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Great town and Great house.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montreal, Canada

Great open concept house right on the endless, secluded beach!

  • 5 of 5

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 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'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.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy you enjoyed your stay at Tana Pepem and hope to see you again soon - I understand about wanting to stay longer. It happens to our family always!
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Wonderful location and stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope to see you again soon! El Cuyo is truly a great getaway for the entire family - everyone enjoys!
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Fantastic, family friendly escape

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kathleen for your kind review, we are very happy that you enjoyed your vacation in El Cuyo. We will start working on the suggestions you made so that everything is in optimal condition. Hope to have you with us again soon!
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Car: recommended

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.


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Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $30

Payments can be made online with credit card, paypal y direct deposit into a US bank account.

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El Cuyo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Filtered Water
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Pack & Play, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) terrace lounge beds can be taken inside at night to have additional sleeping space.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Lounge Beds on Both Downstairs and Upstairs Balconies, Dog House, Beach Toys for Children, Beach Umbrellas, Beach Chairs, Hammocks.

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