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Paradise on the Mayan Riviera, Minutes to a Spectacular Beach!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Set up for fun, fun, fun for the budget traveler who enjoys cycling, swimming, beachcombing & relaxing under a sun umbrella on a pristine beach with a cooler by your side.

A full kitchen awaits you & your party. Spend time relaxing in our private backyard under our palm tree while enjoying the harmonious sounds of the songbirds who visit the flowers.

Mountain bikes allow for quick & easy transportation to the lovely village of Chemuyil and surrounding areas. If you choose to use the bicycles you must be able to and willing to maintain them (ie repair and fill tires). As lovely as it sounds we do not recommend taking them to the beach because there are thorns at the beach that puncture the tires.

Keywords: Casita,Chemuyil,Tulum,Akamal,Yucatan,bungalow,cottage,Mayan,ruins,Xelha,Chan Chemuyil,white sand beaches,turtles,swim with turtles, swimming, snorkeling,scuba, biking, cenotes, private,

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

About The Owner

When we are not relaxing & enjoying ourselves on the Mayan Riviera, while living the simple life, we are enjoying ourselves in Kelowna, BC, Canada. We enjoy hiking, swimming, snorkeling, exploring and kayaking. We choose to seize each and every day.

Bill loves the outdoors. He works in the Reforestation industry. Millions of trees have been planted either by him or the treeplanting crews that he manages. Bill is an avid collector of interesting & curious objects.

Brenda runs a full time healing arts practice offering shiatsu, sound healing, energy work & tuning fork therapy. She is a yoga teacher hosting classes in her community. Brenda is the founder & instructor at Studio Chi | School of the Healing Arts. She is passionate about her work & her life.

The Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why The Owner chose Chan Chemuyil

We love to vacation on the Mayan Riviera; the sun, the white sand beaches, the food, and the Mayan people make this area remarkable. Our casita is 75 minutes from Cancun International Airport, 40 minutes from Playa del Carmen, and 10 minutes from Tulum. We are a 10 minute walk to Chemuyil which has all the ammenities, including great restaurants, a pizzeria, bakeries, grocery stores, clothing stores, and a fruit and vegetable market.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy our time outdoors as much as we can.There is swimming, body board surfing, and beachcombing at our local beach, or swimming with the turtles in Akamal. We love to explore the Mayan ruins and enjoyed climbing the pyramid at Coba ..... that was exhilarating my wife says.


Chan Chemuyil House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Budget
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2) Both are high quality pillow tops, with cotton sheets and a choice of pillows.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
2 beach chairs, beach umbrella, cooler, 2 mountain bikes, life jackets, 2 boogie boards, washing machine with spin dryer, full sized fridge, gas stove with tortilla griddle, blender. Private back yard with table and 4 chairs and charcoal briquette barbeque. Walking distance to beach and town, easy access to travel. Small reading library. If you choose to use the bicycles you must be able to and willing to maintain them (ie repair and fill tires).


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Paradise on the Mayan Riviera, Minutes to a Spectacular Beach!
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Lovely little casa and great location to explore the local beaches.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful 2 weeks staying at this lovely little casa. The photos represent the property well. The home was clean and simple and had all the basics that you need. It was a bonus to have the 2 bikes which we used to cycle to the village to pick up groceries, although it is also just a short walk away. We took the Ado bus from the airport to Playa del Carmen and then found the colectivo bus to Chan Chemuyil which was easy and cheap. The property manager was waiting for us when we arrived. We didn't manage to get internet connection locally but it was available in lots of cafes in Tulum and Akamul. We found some lovely beaches between Akamul and Tulum and our favourites were Soliman Beach and Xcacel. Take you own snorkel and flippers - it was well worth it as we saw corals, turtles, rays and a huge variety of fish! We loved Brenda's recommendation of El Camelo restaurant in Tulum and the seafood was cheap and delicious! We would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not well maintained when we were there.

  • 3 of 5

POS: The casita is located in a nice neighbourhood filled with holiday homes. It is a 10 to 15 minutes walk to the nearest village, which we loved. It's a real Mexican village, without the mass of tourists. With 2 good restaurants and lots of small shops, open until late at night. Bring a torch or use the light on your phone because the dirt road has no lights. We felt very safe.

There is a small cenote right in front of the casa. The second one on the way to the village was contaminated but there is a big one further down the road which we loved very much.

The lovely beach is a 10 to 15 minutes walk away. You need to cross the main coastal highway. This was no problem for us, but perhaps if you have little kids ...

The location in San Chemuyil is perfect. On the highway you can easily get an colectivo (shared taxi). It's only a 15 min ride to Tulum and the ruins of Tulum, a 15 min ride to Akumal beach to swim with the turtles, there are lots of other things to do and to visit within a short drive.

NEG: When we arrived, on the day before Christmas, we found out that the AC's in both bedrooms were broken. The fridge didn't do it at first. The bathroom door was completely molded and split open. The gas stove is fully rusted (absolutely not inviting to cook there). We needed to do the dishes on arrival as all glasses, plates, cutlery, pots and pans were put away dirty. Both body boards were broken in half, there was no cool box, no beach umbrella (there is no shade at the beach), no working bicycle pump, ... .

Because there is no WIFI in the house, we needed to wait until the next day to go to the restaurant in town to email the owner. She responded promptly but because of the Christmas holiday, repairs were not for us anymore. They started on the day we left, so I hope our complaints will help the future tenants.

So please check with the owner if everything she stated is in the house before you book.

Tip for the owner: perhaps foresee a big umbrella to reach the village in tropical rain. Second; the casita has 2 double beds, but lots of items are only foreseen for 2 people.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, this stay was a disaster. A horrible start to a rental year. Our home was not properly prepared for the new season. The issues have been dealt with. New air conditioners in both bedroom that are equipped with queen size beds have been installed. The bathroom door has been replaced and the stove has been cleaned. The beach umbrella has been replaced however our property manager is still looking for new beach chairs and boogie boards. It is so disappointing how one bad review can effect a previously strong rating.
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Wonderful stay away from the madding crowds of Cancun !

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 5, with 3 children aged 9, 13 and 16. The 'casita' really met our expectations : we were looking for an authentic experience in Mexico, far from the huge all inclusive resorts of the Mayan riviera. The village is peopled with Mexicans, Canadians and Americans. A short walk on a nice dirt path in the jungle will lead you to the nearby village of Chemuyil where you can buy your grocery or eat in nice restaurants. Two different cenotes are located within 100 meters of the casita, one is great for swimming as it is in open air and it looks like a natural pool in the middle of a natural garden, the other is more for snorkeling addicts as the major part of it is underground !

I particularly enjoyed walking alone on the beach (10 minutes walk through a nice path) and watch the sun rise in the morning, and even in the middle of the day during peak season ( we were there during the Christmas vacations) the beach was very quiet. We all enjoyed the waves during the windy days, and snorkeling on the coral reef which lies about 100 mts from the beach and is easy and safe to reach.

In Akumal, about 10 minutes drive, we had the chance to snorkel with big sea turtles and stingrays, without having to pay for a guide.

In Tulum, about 15 minutes drive, you can find a big "american style" supermarket, and of course the mayan ruins.

The casita itself is simple, but functional. We did not use the air conditioning, because temperature was really nice. We enjoyed our meals outside, listening to colourful birds and watching friendly iguanas basking on the top of the walls. Big plastic water bottles are provided since it is not recommended to drink water from the faucet in Mexico... All windows and doors are protected by iron bars, but once again the place itself is very safe ( but you never know...). We liked the decoration in the house, very ´local' and personal.

The only issue we had was with the internet, you have to plug a usb stick to your computer and recharge it from time to time as there is no wifi, but this only bothered our 16 year old teen... Cellular phones work very well if you really want to stay in touch with your relatives and friends !

The owners answered very quickly to our queries. We already look forward to our next vacation in the 'casita' ! Thanks Bill and Brenda !

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at what we called "lil blue". The casita had all we needed for our 9 day stay. It was easy to find, the check in with lock box simple. We found the living room cool (A/C had been turned on), fridge plugged in, clean. The property manager was present, helpful and full of good advice. We liked the peaceful atmosphere of the neighborhood, the friendliness of the residents and proximity to Tulum ruins, Akumal beach, cenotes.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family with small kids loved the place.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks as a family of 6 (Kids 4, 6, 9, parents and grandma) and had a great time. I would recommend it to a friend.

Great joy for kids was a transparent clear cenote just 40 yards (meters) from the house. It's free and there are another two free cenotes withing 2 minutes walk. We jumped in several times per day to cool off. Beautiful Beach is 15 minutes walking distance. After travelling around for 2 weeks, this beach was the best.

House is clean and nicely decorated in Mexican style. You can tell that the owners love the home. It has a character, it's not an anonymous rental. Fenced backyard is a great place to spend mornings and evenings. Seems that most homes around are owned by Canadian retirees, that are having great fun down there. 10 minutes walk takes you to Chemuyil, authentical Mexican village with restaurants, shops, friendly people and kids running around.

Communication with owners was great, responsive with no surprises. On site manager was responsive.

You will find that services in Mexico don't work as well as in US or Europe, but this house is managed with western culture and standards. You get what you are promised. So enjoy the laid back Mexican culture, but rely on this reliable accommodation.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cute house, unbeatable price!

  • 4 of 5

We spent one week (two adults, one 7 years old child and one baby) in this very nice little house. The house is very functional, with everything to cook and make delicious fruit juices, very good beds, and also it was cool to have a CD player. Ideally located to visit Tulum, Akumal, Xcacel, etc. Chemuyil village is just may be 2km away, has everything you need, and a nice atmosphere. The only less good point is that the main road is not very far so it is not a totally quiet place. Of course, the price is unbeatable!

Importantly, Brenda was very helpful all along.

I recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Casita Alux.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Cancun International Airport
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Playa Del Carmen
Nearest Motorway
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Nearest Point of Interest
Casita Alux
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: recommended

Swimming, Sunbathing on a gorgeous white sand beach, Boogie board surfing, Cenote diving, Scuba diving and Snorkeling, ATV adventure tours, exploring Mayan ruins, experiencing Mayan massage


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $156.7

$200.00 non-refundable rental deposit is due immediately to hold your reservation.
If Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation, the $200 refundable damage deposit, the $200 property management fee and the rental rate minus the $200.00 non-refundable rental deposit will be refunded as follows:
50% if cancelled 30 to 20 days prior to the Check-in Date
0 % if cancelled 19 days or less prior to the Check-in Date

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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