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Beachfront House in Quaint Fishing Village

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 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
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 10, 2018

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 10 and 7 year old kids are big fans.

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Why The Owner chose El Cuyo

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.


El Cuyo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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), 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 ...
  • 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
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • 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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Beachfront House in Quaint Fishing Village
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 23 reviews


  • 4 of 5

This property is great! Check in went smooth and we enjoyed our stay. The view is amazing! Everything you need is in the house for you the only thing we were missing was spices in the pantry but you can easily bring your own. We will be staying here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us and we look forward to hosting you again. Because of the humidity being ocean front, we do not leave spices or food on premises, as it would go bad fast. Most of the time we do provide salt and pepper in tightly sealed containers, however, other spices are readily available at most of the small local shops in town.
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So relaxing and amazing access to the beach

  • 5 of 5

This house was amazing for accessing the beach - literally out the back door. We had so much fun lounging around, shell collecting on the beach, swimming in the ocean, and watching the kite surfers when the wind picked up. We went with our two kids (8yo and 7yo) and we all had an awesome time - there were so few people out on the beach you literally felt like you had miles of it to yourself. We ended up in El Cuyo on a whim, and so glad we did!

Like others said, the internet was spotty - worked fine for the first 2-3 days and then stopped working probably the night that the entire town's electricity went out for a couple of hours. Not a big deal, but if you're relying on it to triage work emails, etc., then make sure to get a roaming plan before you go.

Sara and Gabriel were helpful in getting some laundry done, connecting us with a fisherman to take us on a boat ride, and even hooking us up with a machete to cut open coconuts.

There is a portable A/C in the downstairs bedroom now, which makes it much more comfortable for sleeping (the upstairs room gets plenty of breeze from the ocean).

Definitely recommend doing your shopping in Cancun before coming here. Tizimin is the closest place with a large grocery store if you want anything substatntial. You can find some fresh fruits and vegetables near restaurante Tibaron and apparently restaurante del pato will sell you fresh fish but we never got there. Naia café had great coffee and what looked like delicious breakfast and was just down the road from the house.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We´re very glad you enjoyed your stay in El Cuyo, great for families wanting a relaxing vacation. Because the town is remote, the internet service is provided only through antennae, which can get spotty. It is good for browsing e-mails, but not for heavy downloads or high speed access. You´re welcome anytime!
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Great house, great location, ultimate relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a remote place to stay and have a true getaway from our normal daily lives!

We found it in El Cuyo at Tana Papen!

Perfect house for tow couples, beach front, comfortable and very clean!

The property caretakers, Sara and Gabriel were spectacular and very helpful during our stay!

We had a terrific experience and would def recommend.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay in this little tucked away haven. Like you say, El Cuyo is a perfect beach getaway.
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Family friendly!

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the "Butterfly" house. With two young children (3 & 5), our idea of a relaxing vacation is slowing down and enjoying them while they are little. The house offered everything we needed to do that. Some highlights included a boat trip out to the estuary to see the flamingos and the short walk into town for dinner or a trip to the bakery. Mostly, we played in the backyard or on the beach. We will definitely be returning!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you stay at our home. We look forward to seeing you again!
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lovely place on a quiet beachfront

  • 5 of 5

Lovely modern house in a very quiet village, popular with kite boarders and beach walkers--and a world away from Cancun! Spacious, gracious and cool, the house had fabulous views of the gulf from an upstairs bedroom, and protection from the winds on the lower terrace. Bring wine, coffee and cheeses as desired, but be prepared for fresh local seafood. WiFi was a bit sketchy for our tele-commuting son, but worked fine with some tweaking. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Center of town restaurants
Nearest Beach
El Cuyo
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30
Refundable damage deposit $200

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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