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'Casa Costa Cristal' New Beachfront Home on the Caribbean!

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Office, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

This new home is located at the approximate 14 kilometer point on the main beach road between Mahahual and Xcalak, south of Mahahual. This road is a dirt road skirting the Caribbean, passing resorts, restaurants and private houses. Additionally there is the 'fast road' easily accessible and allows you to be in town within 15 minutes.

Casa Costa Cristal is located in the very best location of all Costa Maya either North or South of Mahahual. The area is known for its beautiful water. It also is known as Puerto Angel.

The area is full of fun activities. You are able to stay at the home and enjoy the beautiful water, walk the white sanded beaches, and if you would like have snack/lunch/dinner at the new Almaplena Resort and Beach Club , located a short 5 minute walk away. Short drives allow access to other fine restaurants.

Depending on the time of year the town of Mahahual becomes a cruise ship destination, sometimes with as many as three ships in dock. The town becomes alive with travelers strolling the Malecon. It is of course equally as fun doing this without the excitement of the docked cruise ships, which provide you an opportunity to see a very relaxed little Mexican fishing village.

This area is known for its beauty, its fishing and especially its snorkeling and scuba activities. There is the famous Chinchoro reef and well as many smaller reefs just off shore.

Casa Costa Cristal is a 2600 s.f. home with palapa covered patios, with30 meters or about 100 feet of beautiful, white sand beach frontage, facing the majestic Caribbean Sea. It is surrounded by tropical and beach plants, including palm trees with coconuts, beautiful white beach lilies, and many other native trees and plants. The west side of the property borders a thick tropical jungle from which a variety of harmless animals wander from. You can walk in the evening while watching a 'light show' of fire flies.

Casa Costa Cristal is a new two bedroom with office, two story home. It has a fully equipped modern kitchen with double stainless steel refrigerator/freezer, a gas range,

and granite counter top with a kitchen island with seating. The walk-in pantry allows plenty of storage for your vacation staples. The kitchen is fully equipped with a selection of cooking utensils, pots and pans, plates, glasses, cups, coffee maker, and a blender for mixing margaritas in the evening. We provide plenty of bottled drinking water during your stay.

The first floor also has the guest bedroom with easy access to the downstairs bath. This bedroom has a queen sized bed, spacious closet and private porch with covered palapa roof.

The bathroom has a travertine stone shower, and travertine slab-stone vanity with storage.

The office is located on this level. There is a sleeping banco here that can be used for lounging as well as extra sleeping. The office is equipped with a tzalam desk.

The Great Room is large and spacious with 14' ceilings. The room has two ceiling fans, and East/West clerestory windows to provide cooling breezes for those 'warmer' Caribbean days. There is a TV with satellite service (SKY). At one end of the room is a tzalam Dining table with chairs, made by a famous local woodworker who actually lives just a few houses away.

Upstairs is the Master Suite. The bedroom has a king size bed. It opens to an awesome private porch, covered with a palapa roof and overlooks the beautiful Caribbean Sea, just 30' away.

The bath contains his/her closets with built in drawers. The large shower has travertine stone walls and floor and the double vanity, with plenty of storage has a travertine slab stone top.

There are two hammocks and a hammock chair for your leisurely use. Lounge around and read your favorite book or to take a traditional Mexican Siesta

Since there is no electrical service along the beach road, electricity at Casa Costa Cristal is provided by a state of the art solar system. The system consists of a bank of roof-top solar panels, inverter/controller and battery banks. There is a back-up generator that provides power in the case of overcast weather. The house electrical is US standard 120v power. The house uses eco-friendly low wattage bulbs, water heater and stove, to conserve as much as possible. We ask your cooperation to conserve electricity at all times.

Casa Costa Cristal is equipped with a satellite dish antenna system, providing a clear signal of a variety of SKY. Mexican channels. There is also an internet wireless connection available for your use.

For your convenience there are chaise lounge chairs and other beach chairs available either on the water's edge or on the covered porches of the house.

On the property is a casita which houses a young couple, Moises and maricruz who will attend to your needs and watch the home while you are away. Daily room service is available at an extra charge.

We are happy to help you create an itinerary of activities, dining recommendations etc for a great stay at Casa Costa Cristal.


More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 5, 2017

About Mary

We are A J and Mary from Sonoma, California.

A J is a retired residential designer and RE developer.

Mary is a registered nurse.

We have five children and 11 grandchildren.

Mary purchased this house in 2011

Why Mary chose Mexico

Always aware that we would retire in Mexico, we spent several years traveling the country. When we arrived in the Costa Maya we immediately knew this was it. Being builders, we designed and built our beach home. We have been overwhelmed by how welcoming the population is here, both native and expatriot.

What makes this house unique

There quite simply is always something to do or not do as your mood dictates!


El Placer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Single Vanity w/ Granite Top
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Double Vanity w/ Granite Top
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Office - 1 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Many services are available in town. Some services can be scheduled in town for the vacation home. Discuss w/ owner as necessary.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

'Casa Costa Cristal' New Beachfront Home on the Caribbean!
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 18 reviews


  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful home! My husband and my mom and I stayed in this incredible home in June. It is exactly as described but even more beautiful than the pictures. The house has its own private beach which just adds to the location. The location for our family was perfect! We were looking for a quiet get away. It is somewhat secluded but that was what we loved about it. The water was crystal clear and with easy access and is just steps from the house. The beach was great for long walks and the water was great for snorkeling, swimming and pure relaxation. The sounds of the waves and the breeze are amazing! We stocked up on groceries before we arrived and enjoyed grilling on the beautiful wrap around terrace facing the ocean each night. Even though the house was a little ways out of town, there is easy access to town through a great road that was even being repaved during our stay.

The house was well equipped with a beautiful kitchen with all we needed. Each room has its own ceiling fan and there were even a couple of extra fans throughout the house that could be moved around as needed. We didn’t miss the AC at all. The breeze that comes in off the water is incredible. The house was well designed to take advantage of the breezes. And we never noticed that the house was run off of solar panels. The homeowners were great to work with and available to answer any and all our questions.

We felt very safe and secure in the house. It is well lit at night with automatic lights positioned around the house exterior. All the doors and windows have locks and are well secured. The caretaker and his family are on the property and were always available to us. We felt very comfortable and at home during our vacation.

Our biggest worries during our stay was whether to relax in a hammock or in a lounge chair or to have a margarita or a mimosa! We loved every minute of our stay! Thank you so much to the home owners for sharing their home through VRBO. It truly felt like a home away from home for our stay. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Insecure and gorgeous

  • 1 of 5

We spent 4 nights here with our 3 young children, before I was awoken at night by an intruder sneaking by our bed (upstairs.) Panic and screaming ensued as we thankfully gathered our kids (downstairs) and fled terrified at night to Cancun, where with challenges and expense, we found alternative lodging and sought new passports/phone/etc. One of the most appalling and shocking parts to us was the owner, Mary's, almost complete lack of concern for our safety. She did not reach out to us and even suggested that maybe we didn't lock the doors. (We wonder if someone else had a key.) Whatever the case, the house setup just feels too insecure. Mary gave us a PARTIAL refund for only the nights that we did not stay at her house. Unbelievable. She then also mentioned that Jaguars had recently eaten over 20 dogs in the area. We should have been made aware of this with 3 little kids. We don't want to bring any more grief to the good people of Mexico. We need others to know about our experience and that our family is still working through our terror from our stay at Casa Costa Cristal so they can decide for themselves.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We certainly do share the horror that this tenant experienced. We have five children and understand their mindset for what happened. We first were aware of the break-in when the tenant’s father called us. He explained to us what had taken place. We asked for him to have his son call us, but did not hear from the tenant until several days after they returned home. Moises, our caretaker had e-mailed us within minutes, although we never saw the email until after talking with the father. Please understand that there is no phone service in the area and we are 3 hours behind Mahahual time here in San Francisco. Our caretaker through e-mails explained to us what took place. We instructed him to contact the police to report the incident (he already had), and to notify our neighbors as to what took place. We have owned this house in Mahahual for almost five years and this is the first time anything like this has taken place. The house is secure, and the caretaker’s casita is almost adjacent to the home. Although we empathize completely with the tenants, we have no ability to control this type of incident. There are unfortunately too many similar stories we all have had, and these are not in Mexico, but here in the United States. Whatever ill affect results from this, please understand that as a whole, especially the Costa Maya (which Mahahual is part) is a very safe location. The people are real, and caring and take a great deal of pride in their homeland and generously offer their friendships. They are equally appalled by incidents similar to this and take them very personally, as many make a living on the tourist trade. We have brought our children and now our grandchildren and felt that they are as safe there as any place we would be in the United States. Since this break-in we have been to our home and discussed this with the police and neighbors. There are several blogs in the area that have discussed these type of problems, and ways to prevent and deal with them. We have added some additional exterior security lighting, and are in the process of adding walls to the property sides. As everyone who has visited Mahahual knows, this area continues to be a wonderful vacation destination with many exciting experiences to offer. Almost unanimously our guests comment that their stay resulted in among the best vacation they have ever had.
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Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just returned from Mahahual and it was fantastic. We've been all over the carribean but have always stayed in the resort areas. We decided to vacation somewhere more secluded and quiet and this place checked every box! From start to finish everything went well. Mary was helpful with some tips on where to eat, things to do and answered all of my questions. When we arrived, Moises (the caretaker) greeted us with the keys and we barely saw him again while we were there. Very peaceful and quiet and private. We will certainly go back again.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Juan Island, WA

One of the best vacation houses that we stay at!

  • 5 of 5

This house is wonderfully designed and very comfortable. It is located at one of the better beaches and conveniently close to the crossroad to the "fast road" to and from town. It runs off the grid but is state of the art so one would hardly notice.

Nice beds are hard to find in Mexico and here is where you will find one. Another rarity down here are the good quality pots and pans that accompany this well equipped kitchen. All of the rooms are nicely appointed and comfortable. The caretaker is almost invisible unless you need him!

The view from the master bedroom and just about every other room is stunning! We particularly enjoyed the palapa out front.

As far as pros and cons go, the only negative we had was that there was only one hammock downstairs. I am here to tell you that the deck off of the master bedroom is begging to have 2 hammocks!...pretty minor,eh?

If staying in a luxurious house on a secluded beach is your idea of a great time then this is the spot for you!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical Beach House in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented Casa Costa Cristal for 4 nights in August 2014. The beach house is beautiful and the town of Mahahual is a welcome change from the busy over-developed tourist resorts in Mexico. We enjoyed our stay so much that we wanted to extended for a few more days, but unfortunately the house was rented. We live in Puerto Aventuras (near Playa Del Carmen) so it was about 3 hours drive on the Highway. Mary, the owner, gave us excellent directions and always answered my e-mails promptly and very friendly. Moises and his family seem very nice and they are taking very good care of the property. The house was spotless when we arrived. They were very kind and gave us some milk the first morning as we had forgotten to buy it.

The property is beautifully designed and the location is ideal. The ocean breeze is delightful and we loved the privacy of the beach. It was wonderful being able to walk a few feet from the house and be in the stunning Caribbean Ocean. We brought our mountain bikes and the beach road was great for cycling into town. It took about 50 minutes and we enjoyed the scenery along the way. Mahahual town is also very bike friendly. There were no cruise ships in whilst we were there so the town was very quiet. There were some restaurants open but not many people around. We were very glad we chose to rent a beach home rather than stay in a hotel in town. Our visit was during ''rainy season’’ but we only had one stormy day, however this didn’t stop us from taking a dip in the ocean, and the lightening was very exciting to watch. The house is fully equipped with everything you need and the master bed is incredibly comfortable, something quite rare in Mexico! Internet connection was great. We didn’t use the TV but Sky channels were available.

We can’t wait to return to Casa Costa Cristal and experience the magic again.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Corpus Christi, TX

Off the Grid Perfection

  • 5 of 5

My son and I recently spent 10 idyllic days at Casa Costa Cristal and could not have been happier. It is exactly as described, but the house, beach and overall flavor of the place are difficult to put into a few words. One simply must experience it to truly appreciate what all is there. Moises and Maricruz (caretakers) are onsite, but unobtrusive, and are eager to help in any way. They kept the beach raked and clean. We hired Moises and a friend to get lobster and fish off the reef. Mary, the owner is very responsive and a wealth of information about the area and nearby Mahahual. She cheerfully fielded even my dumb questions!! I spent most days lazing in a hammock, snorkeling on the reef that is about 30 meters off the beach, and laying under the palapa which is directly on the beach. We even went to town during port call of one of the Carnival Cruise ships and found it to be a bit busier, but not out of control. It was the perfect getaway to rest and recharge your batteries! The drive from Cancun is easy and is good road the entire way. I rented a Jeep, but really didn't need 4WD. Stop in Tulum to stock up on essentials as it is the last large grocery store that you are likely to encounter. Fruits, vegetables, and fish can be bought in Mahahual, but bring cash as there are not many ATMs and they are frequently down. Don't worry about the lack of A/C in the casa; if it had been there, we would not have used it as there is a constant breeze and the house is designed to make maximum use of the breezes. I will certainly be back to stay at this wonderful home if I don't buy one of the neighboring properties!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

There is much to do! Our home is located on a crystal white beach, with blue water. Snorkeling, fishing, walking the shore, swimming, sunbathing, laying in the hammock and reading, walk to the nearby restaurant and have a refreshment, snack or meal, all at your immediate reach. Very short distances are other very good restaurants (beach resorts), cenotes, incredible archaeological sites (Mayan), scuba lessons, cooking lessons, learn Spanish or Mayan, or whatever. Belize is an hour away by car and you can take a ferry from Chetumal to the famous Belize island of Ambergris Caye. Please contact us for many more suggestions.


Rates & Availability

El Placer House Rental Rates

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Apr 17 2017 - May 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300


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