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CASA TORTUGA: Lg Pool, 250m to Beach, North end of Playacar

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights


Villas del Mayab Villa Rental Photos and Description

Large Villa, 3 B/R + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8) Close to beach

CASA TORTUGA is in the perfect location, conveniently situated at the northern end of the private gated community of Playacar (phase 2), immediately adjacent to Playa del Carmen. Located in VILLAS DEL MAYAB, the closest group of villas to 'Town' and the only ones in Playacar built with ample spacing between houses amidst a large shared garden area, Casa Tortuga backs onto the 3rd hole of the Championship Hard Rock Playacar Golf course designed by Robert van Hagge. It is just steps away from a large shared pool and palapa, turtle pond, and only 250 metres from Playa's quietest beach, with Playacar's ONLY Phase 2 access path to the beach right opposite our driveway. The Villa is within walking distance (less than 5 min) of the vibrant 5th Ave, the heart beat of Playa del Carmen, so you get a quiet location yet the close proximity to all you need.


*If you don't feel like eating out, make yourself at home in the fully equipped kitchen complete with granite counters, handmade custom mahogony cabinetry, modern appliances including 2 fridge/freezers and front loading Laundry. The living room has an open high dome ceiling. There is also a Half bath, Spacious 3rd bedroom with 2 TWIN beds plus ensuite full bath with a tub/rain shower combo.

It'll be hard to pull yourself away from either of the covered patios that have ample comfy seating, extending your living space outdoors in any weather.


*There are two large bedrooms upstairs complete with KING size beds in each and ensuite full bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and wall safes in each closet. The master bedroom includes a large private balcony...a great place to enjoy watching the sunset on the loungers or just relax and take a nap anytime away from everyone else!

*There is a queen size futon in the open loft area above the living room separating the two upstairs bedrooms. Although not as private, it can accommodate 1-2 people (1 adult or 2 smaller kids under 12).

*All beds have comfortable memory foam toppers and European style light-weight feather duvets....we believe your beds on vacation should be comfy!

*A/C and ceiling fans thruout the villa.

Maid service every second day, fresh bottled water and an American property manager will ensure a smooth vacation. You will be met by one of our Property Manager's staff on or shortly after your arrival at the Villa. They will help orient you and get you up to speed with the basic information required to kick start your holiday. As well, there is a binder in the villa full of local information and tips of places to go and things to do. If you can't quite leave behind the real world, there is secure Wifi access in the villa.

A short 3-5 min stroll along a direct stone path (accessed from the end of the driveway), surrounded by tropical greenery, will take you to Playa's quietest beach. The main shopping area, ferry to Cozumel and loads of fantastic restaurants are 5-10 minutes walk north. In the opposite direction, a 10-15 minute walk takes you to the Reef Club, where Casa Tortuga guests can use the facilities of the resort (beach chairs, pool and towel service), or for a daily fee, can enjoy the all inclusive privileges (prices, rules and services subject to change according to the resort). Opposite the Reef Club is the entrance to the golf course.

Casa Tortuga is set back from the road behind the tennis court and is a short walk away from the tropical Aviary (bird sanctuary). The ample sized palapa next to the pool provides an alternative perfect venue to host friendly gatherings, weddings, or just hang out in the shade with your morning java or evening cocktails! Combined with other privately owned/managed villas within Villas del Mayab, larger groups can be accommodated so you and your extended family or friends can be in the same vicinity....please contact us for further information.

Well equipped grocery stores are readily accessible to meet any food and drink requirements. Private transportation from the Cancun Airport can be arranged on request for an additional fee, as well as any other special requests you might have, such as crib availability, or groceries upon arrival.

CLICK ON THE SHAW PHOTO LINK BELOW and run the slideshow to see more pictures! Now showing, NEW pictures reflecting our latest renos (paved driveway, new windows, covered patios and furniture)...Check out where we are on the Google map below!

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  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 5, 2016
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About Annabel

Hi, welcome to my little piece of Paradise! I live in Calgary, Alberta but Canadian winters are far too long and I love to be where it is guaranteed to be much warmer! I have travelled to many places worldwide and find that The Riviera Maya has so much to offer to travellers. My family has been coming here for 10 yrs and there is still so much to see and do.

Playacar is a private gated community, (located immediately adjacent to the town of Playa del Carmen), of villas, condos and about 10 large hotels set around the Playacar Golf Course amongst lush tropical jungle.

Annabel purchased this villa in 2003

Why Annabel chose Playa del Carmen

I am not the kind of person who generally likes to go to the same place twice, nor do I like big crowds! However, our first trip to Playa del Carmen with friends who had been there before, enlightened us to what was available outside of the all inclusive hotels, which we were not fans of! It is such a diverse, vibrant, yet relaxing and charming place to be, and forever changing in some ways, yet remains the same in others. It is hard to explain the magical nature this area has and its ability to keep drawing you back. No trip is the same.

We literally stumbled on Casa Tortuga, and couldn't believe how conveniently located it was. We fell in love with it and have enjoyed it ever since as we hope you will too. Every time we visit, it is like coming home to our family and friends.

We love to wake up to the sound of tropical birds, and the ocean breeze blowing in thru the windows. You can be as busy or as lazy as you want to be and we find the biggest decision of the day is 'where to eat tonight'!

What makes this villa unique

Casa Tortuga's location really is great. It is SO close to the hubbub of Playa del Carmen's famous 5th Avenue, yet far enough away to give you peace and quiet, right on the golf course amongst lush tropical gardens and jungle - quite unlike the larger hotels in the area. In fact, staying in a local villa will give you more of a feel for the local culture. The beach is only 250m from the driveway, and the pool which we seem to mostly have to ourselves is just steps from the back patio.

We have tried to provide every amenity you could possibly need while on vacation so you don't have to bring as much with you. We are constantly upgrading and changing things that could make the experience better - for you and us! A much sought after item in the villa is my comprehensive information binder that will probably answer most of your questions and quickly get you oriented to the area. I put it together keeping in mind what it was like for us on our first trip - not knowing where anything was!

As I have kids, there is a variety of beach/sand floaty toys (which adults can use too!) and even some wee life jackets. The kitchen is well equipped if you like to cook. You can even arrange for a caterer to cook a splendid meal right there. But if you are like us and love to experiment with many different cuisines, then Playa is the place to be....the huge variety of restaurants here are simply amazing, from cheap local hole in the wall type places to high end establishments....we supply a comprehensive list that is updated monthly.

We have chosen in our opinion, the very best Property Management/concierge company (Bric International) in the area to take great care of our place and you as our guests. We hope you really enjoy your stay, and we'd love to hear back from you about your experience. Gracias! Annabel McDougall

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thankyou to all our guests who have left such kind words in our villa guestbook at Casa Tortuga.....all these comments are quoted directly from past guests, before this online book was up and running. If you have stayed here and would like to add your own comment - please feel free to do so. Gracias!
Nov 2008
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CASA TORTUGA: Lg Pool, 250m to Beach, North end of Playacar
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 27 reviews

Holiday Season in Playa del Carmen

  • 5 of 5

We travelled back to Mexico with our adult children to enjoy our first Christmas together since 2013. Casa Tortuga and the folks from Bric treated us well and the house met all expectations. The neighbors were great and helped quickly orient us to all the best places to eat and hang out while in Playa del Carmen (thanks Laverne & Jerry). The 5th avenue scene was a bit much for our taste but with the help from the locals we found a more relaxed pace off the toursit grid. A day at Tulum, Akumal and Xpu Ha beaches eased the madness of Playa. We would certainly consider going back to this property albeit at a quieter time of year. Casa Sophia and Bioorganics are both a must. Thanks Annabel for opening your home to us.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time in Playa del Carmen

  • 5 of 5

Casa Tortuga met all of our expectations and more. My husband and I traveled with our three young children and were very pleased with our accommodations. The property management company arranged for our transportation from Cancun and from that point on it was smooth sailing. The condo was beautiful and spacious and had everything we could possibly have needed from beach towels, chairs, toys and coolers to a blender for mixing up our own frozen cocktails. The pool was the perfect distance from the condo, a mix of right out the door but not too close. In addition to the great location, amenities and beautiful sunshine we were located next to a beautiful golf course, the beach and great neighbors. Casa Tortuga does not disappoint. Thank you again Annabel!!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Fun in Mexico

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I took our kids Grandkids and significant others on a holiday to Playa del Csrmen. We were very happy with our choice of accommodations! With 14 of us split between Casa Tortuga and Casa Estrella it was perfect! Both houses met all our needs and more. Comfortable beds, plenty of kitchen ware (we cooked at home) and a beautiful space to share time together. The owner answered our every need!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Fabulous stay at Casa Tortuga

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Tortuga. The house is comfortable in every way, the decorations really make you feel like you are in a home not a rental, the beds very comfortable, having two furnished outdoor patios came in very handy, the pool was right next to us and the 5 minute walk to the beach felt like a fun mini adventure through the jungle. In 15 minute walk we had tons of very nice restaurants and shops. Some of our favorite food was at Casa Sofia (very close to villa) and Cueva de Chango (an entertaining 30 min walk but really worth it). Isaac our concierge was helpful in every way and happily explained how to use public transportation to get to where we wanted to go and gave us great excursion advice. We swam in cenotes, snorkels in Los Morelos and visited Tulum ruins. Played cards on the patio and feasted on all the great food at the restaurants. Oh I must mention that the information Anabelle provides in the guest book on where to go, eat, etc is excellent. Though it makes more sense once you've walked 5th st at least once. Net- great place, location and support!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad Casa Tortuga provided a comfortable, excellently located and well equipped place to stay. We strive for a high standard for our guests.
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A Lovely Break

  • 5 of 5

Casa Tortuga was a gorgeous villa about a 10 minute walk from a beautiful beach. The accommodation was very spacious and cool considering the heat outside. The air conditioning at night was most welcoming and efficient. I would highly recommend anyone to stay here as it is only a short walk to the town and beach. The bedrooms were all tastefully decorated and had wonderful en-suite bathrooms. I had a really lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay. Just to clarify tho for anyone reading this, the 10 min walk to the beach is a slow walk to the far end of the closest beach to get that 'perfect spot' hiking thru the sand! Closer Beach access is shorter.
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Feels like home

  • 5 of 5

The care and attention to Casa Tortuga is evident the minute you walk in. You feel at home with all the amenities and cleanliness. Everything you need is there! The outdoor living areas are very comfy with the pool a few steps away. A close walk to the quiet clean beach - Casa Tortuga provides you with beach chairs, umbrellas and coolers for your day. The close proximity to 5th Avenue gives you a smorgasbord of restaurants at your leisure.

I would recommend Casa Tortuga to anyone looking to relax in comfort!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Nearest Ferry
0.25 Kilometres
To Cozumel
Nearest Beach
250 Metres
Playacar Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Fishermen's Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Start of 5th Avenue.
Nearest Point of Interest
12th T-box of the Playacar Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Xaman-Ha Tropical Bird Aviary
Nearest Point of Interest
Entrance to Playacar Golf Course and Spa
Nearest Point of Interest
The Reef Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Playacar Phase 1
Nearest Point of Interest
Paseo Xaman-Ha
Nearest Point of Interest
Playacar beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Xaman-Ha condos
Nearest Point of Interest
Cozumel Ferry Pier
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Mega (grocery store)
Nearest Point of Interest
Gran Porto Real All Inclusive Hotel (yellow)
Nearest Point of Interest
Mamitas and Kool Beachclubs
Nearest Point of Interest
Mahekal Hotel (used to be Shangri-La)
Nearest Point of Interest
Coco Beach (no facilities)
Nearest Point of Interest
Playacar Entrance Gate
Nearest Point of Interest
2nd Playacar entrance from highway.
Nearest Point of Interest
Sam's Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Centro Maya Mall
Nearest Point of Interest
1st Playacar Entrance
Nearest Point of Interest
Chedraui (groceries)
Nearest Point of Interest
Marzan Fruit & Veg
Nearest Point of Interest
ADO Bus Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Scotiabank ATM machine
Car: not necessary

Playa is a walking town with Loads of Restaurants, Endless beaches. You can take Tours of famous archaeological sites, caves, cenotes(naturally occuring sink holes) and nature walks in the Jungle are offered all along the Mayan Riviera and on the islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. A variety of activities are available for all hours of the day or night. An Activities and information binder is supplied in the villa.


Rates & Availability

Villas del Mayab Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall Low Season 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 20 2016
4 night minimum stay
Fall High Season 2016
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Fall Low Season 2016
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
2016/2017 Xmas Holiday Season
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter High Season 2017
Jan 16 2017 - Feb 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter Peak Season 2017
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter High Season 2017
Feb 28 2017 - Apr 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Easter Holiday Season 2017
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring Low Season 2017
Apr 18 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer High Season 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Fall Low Season 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
Fall High Season 2017
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Fall Low Season
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017/2018 Xmas Holiday Season
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 15 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 19.0%

Mexican Tax may be applied. It is an IVA and Lodging tax that increased from 14 to 19% 01 Jan 2014
Extra nights more than 7 nights are prorated on weekly rate - Contact Owner.
Xmas Holiday Season - Min 7 nights for Xmas week and New Year week, each week to consist of either 25 Dec or 31 Dec to allow 2 full week rentals over Peak season.
Contact Owner for final payment amounts as auto quote may differ.

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Villas del Mayab Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Walkin shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Walkin Shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Main floor
  • 3.5 banos! All showers have special non metal large rain shower heads that actually allow for good water pressure (a common problem due to the hard water/low pressure in the region).
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Walkin Shower Ensuite
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Walkin Shower Ensuite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bath/Shower Combo Ensuite
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size futon. 1 Adult OR 2 small kids under 12
  • King size beds (2) In 2 upstairs bedrooms, Twin/Single Beds (2) In downstairs bedroom can be pushed together for king size, Baby Crib (1) Pack n Play (some baby linens provided), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size foam mattress futon in loft area. Can accomomodate 1 adult or 2 smaller children.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
2400 sq ft of space to enjoy including 2 covered patios on main floor and 1 uncovered patio off master b/r. Instead of having to use AC, Enjoy a lovely through breeze off the ocean as all windows are flyscreened. Reclining beach chairs, Umbrellas and sand free beach mat. Some beach/floaties and toys for kids. Hairdryer in each bathroom. Extensive shared Garden area with large pool palapa that can be used for gatherings. Combine with another villa to accommodate larger groups. 2 Wall Safes. 24 hour security. 24/7 Concierge service available. NON-SMOKING. No pets. Maid service every 2nd day and bottled water supplied. Comprehensive Local area Information and Activities binders in villa to help aquaint you with the area and plan your days if needed. Welcome package upon arrival.

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