|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Casa Amarilla in Chemuyil, Mexico
4 minute drive to 2 different Caribbean white-sand beaches
This is a beautiful 5 bedroom house (4 bedrooms, 1 loft) located:
10 yards from the Chemuyil children’s park
30 yards from the grocery/beer store,
50 yards from taxi/collectivo shuttle bus stands,
100 yards from authentic Mexican eateries (at Mexican prices)
2 miles to Xel Ha eco/water park:
Less than 1 mile to the award-winning turtle sanctuary powder white sand beach of Xcacel
(Jennifer Lopez shot her video 'I'm Into You', there!!!)
Millions of voters, the Mayan Riviera is home to 3 of the World's Top Ten beaches.
Standard rental includes:Three bedrooms, Two bathrooms
DELUXE rental includes 4th and 5th bedroom,3rd bathroom and thatch-roofed terrace lounge with auxiliary bar/kitchen.
-a loft leads to the master bedroom with king-sized bamboo-framed bed, king sized bath tub in master bathroom
-main floor guest room with double bed and 2 single bunk
-Second floor loft has been converted into a reading room/3rd bedroom (double bed).
Comfortable living area with oversized couches, flat screen T.V., dvd player
-2 fridges, stove, A/C’s, washer/dryer, microwave, blender, toaster, etc
-we provide beach chairs, boogie boards, beer cooler, sunshade umbrella/tent, BBQ, hammocks, kayak,….
4th Floor white-tiled ocean breeze sundeck (from which you can see the Caribbean Sea)
3rd floor thatch-roof shaded terrace overlooking town park
Gated front patio just steps from children's playground and local grocery store
-Large storage room with washer/dryer
several WORLD CLASS destinations are practically at your doorstep!!!
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Scuba Diving: Akumal (5 minutes)
Pyramid Ruins: Tulum (14 min)
Hidden Worlds Caverns and Zipline Tours (6 min)
Stellar public beaches:
Xcacel Beach (4 min)
Bahia Principe Beach (5 min)
HAPPY HOUR at beachside bar La Buena Vida. $1.25 beer from 5-7pm daily. Great food, great ambiance! Wednesday karaoke. North Akumal (7 minutes away)
5 star golf: Riviera Maya Golf at Bahia Principe( 4 minutes)
Xel Ha: dolphin discovery, snorkel, zipline & water park: (3 min)
THE HOUSE located in downtown Chemuyil, less than 1 mile from the ocean,
3 miles south of Akumal
25 miles south of Playa del Carmen
55 miles south of Cancun Intl Airport
we are 12 miles north of Tulum
Staying in Chemuyil is an authentic Mexican experience!!!
The town itself frequently hosts festivities, soccer matches and markets that you simply will never see in the tourist zones!!!
Besides the Expat subdivision in neighboring Chan Chemuyil (half a mile south), there are still blessedly few foreigners in this quaint town!
Due largely to the employment opportunities from the Adventure Parks, Pyramid ruins and All-Inclusive Hotels in the area, Chemuyil has grown from a humble 20 people in 1990 to a bustling town of over 1200! Because employment is high, the town is much “better off” than most Mexican pueblos.
Chemuyil is family oriented and very community-centered.
The whole community gathers at the soccer field to watch nightly matches.
Children play unsupervised in the early evening at the town park across the street (this is a good indicator of the town's safety)
When it is time to celebrate a birthday, a baptism, a woman's coming of age (quinceanera), or a wedding, entire neighborhood streets are closed to vehicle traffic . Pinatas are hung and the sounds of laughter, dancing and music are quick to follow!
The fruit and vegetable market sets up on Wednesdays and Saturdays a block south of our house.
Garbage pick-up, town cleaners, and a friendly police presence give you a pleasant sense of cleanliness and community.
…and the town truly comes alive during its numerous festivals. The Day of the Dead, Mexico's Independence Day, The Virgin of Guadalupe, Christmas, The January Rodeo, Mardi Gras, and Semana Santa are some of the bigger ones.
Spanish will come in handy in Chemuyil so brush up before you visit.
It is truly a Mexican pueblo. Many locals can speak some limited English, but don’t count on it!
groceries, restaurants, The Chemuyil cave, or the local swimming hole (Xunan Ha Cenote) are all within a reasonable walking distance
Chemuyil always has a line of taxis 30 yards from our house
The Mexican government subsidizes their public transport system so bus prices are artificially low. Shuttle vans (collectivos) run every 5-10 minutes from about 7AM to 11PM up and down the North South highway that connects Tulum to Playa del Carmen to Cancun. The shuttle vans pick up about 30 yards from our house. Hold a hand in the air and flag one down.
$2.50 per person to go from Chemuyil to Tulum or Chemuyil to Playa Del Carmen
Truly, there is soooo much to do in the area, you will not regret the convenience and mobility of having your own wheels.
THINGS TO DO LOCALLY
(distances measured in proximity from our house):
1. Visit Xcacel Beach (1 mile east) ($0.80 entry)
2. Visit Bahia Principe Beach (2mile N) (free entry)
3. Golf Riviera Maya (2 mile N) ranked Mexico's #3 course
4.Scuba Akumal Dive Center(3 mile N)
More people scuba dive this region than ANYWHERE else in the world. !!!FOR GOOD REASON!!! My wife and I try to scuba dive at least once a week.
5. Xel Ha marine Park (2 mile S) - is one of the region's top tourist destinations. 1000's come every day to experience the All Natural Eco Park: dolphin discovery, lazy river tube ride, cliff jumping, snorkeling, zip line etc
6. Akumal public beach- (3 mile N) (free)- We see giant sea turtles EVERY TIME we snorkel there.
7. Akumal's Yal Ku Lagoon- ($10) awesome snorkeling in a sheltered lagoon (possibly as good as Xel Ha but at 1/5 the price!)
8. Tulum Archeological Ruins (12 mile south) ($10)
9. Zip Line/Cavern Tour Aktun Chen (1 mile N) (ranked in National Geographic's Top Ten)
10. Playa Del Carmen's 5th Ave shopping district ($2.50 to Shuttle there)
11. Coba Ruins- 40 miles west. The tallest Mayan Pyramid in Mexico! AND (unlike Chichen Itza), YOU CAN STILL CLIMB IT!!!
Rent a mountain bike for $3 and cruise down the ancient Mayan roads!
12. Tour the UNESCO world heritage colonial city of Valladolid (68 miles W) Art galleries, remarkable swimming caves, a quaint plaza with European-style eateries.
13. EDVENTURE tours!!! Local Chemuyil resident Eddie owns and operates an adventure park 6 miles into the jungle. Drive a 6 person buggy into the jungle, zipline through the canopy, rock-climb then repel down a 50 ft structure, cliff-dive into a crystal clear clear pool, snorkel into an underground cave!!!
Manon and Ryan live and work in a summer tourist resort and national park in Canada. Because of the seasonal nature of our jobs, we are free to travel in the winter months.
Manon works as a nurse and Ryan operates a clothing store.
As a hobby, we are travelling musicians.
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Ryan purchased this house in 2008
After spending 10 winters RV'ing through (nearly) every state of Mexico, we found paradise in Chemuyil and decided to plant roots!
Public transportation is 50 yards away.
Grocery store is 30 yards away.
Children's playground is across the street.
Eateries and internet cafes are 50 yards away.
In very close proximity to our house, we enjoy Scuba diving, kiteboarding, snorkeling, spanish immersion, world class golf, 5 star Spas, Mayan history, archeological ruins, cave (cenote) diving, beach volleyball, tennis, mexican cuisine, guitar jams, a karaoke bar, friends and family.
We couldn't ask for a better headquarters to enjoy such things!
Truly, Chemuyil is perfect for our lifestyle!
We had a killer time in Chemuyil thanks to your excellent hosting skills, your laid-back vibes and your insta-friendship! We will never forget our time here with you guys- snorkeling, sunning, swimming, and singing on your beautiful beaches! It was awesome diving with sea turtles and photographing ancient Mayan ruins! You two are amazing people with great lives and we have learned so much from you! Thank you for opening your home to us. We will all keep in touch and plan more adventures in the future!
We had a great time as a family. The town of Chemoyil was very quaint and the locals welcomed us to their New Year's Eve celebration of dancing in the streets. We had a blast! I was hoping since we were going after Christmas that the beaches would be as deserted as the pictures. It was not. The secret is out and all the areas were extremely touristy which is what we were trying to avoid. It led to overcrowded cenotes, beaches, ruins and no turtles. :( My husband are both advanced divers and the dive shops that we talked with were very beginner focused. Xaecel beach was very restrictive on where you could go with snorkels, without fins, with guides and it was completely packed with people We left immediately and went to the Bahia Principe area which was a bit more manageable as was Akumal. Despite trying to find the perfect/less touristy beach, each day was still fun filled with sun, swimming, good food and family. I have sent Ryan feedback independently that may be helpful for future travelers to know.
We had a really great trip, and our decision to stay at your place in Chemuyil made for a much more authentic Mexican experience than most families get. It also saved us money that we were able to spend on fun experiences in the area. It’s pretty hard to pull off and afford a good international vacation with 5 kids, but your house made it all work.
The location on the park, across the street from the grocery store, and just down the way from Leo’s and La Palapa was great. It was fun seeing the Quinceneara festivities one evening, sitting on some guy's front patio watching him make delicious fresh breakfast empanadas for us, and just walking around town seeing how the locals live. And then, being so close to Xcacel Beach, Xel-ha, Tulum (you should add Pollo Bronco to your recommendations list!), Akumal, and Coba was perfect.
The house itself was a great setup for us. Having so many rooms to spread out in was very nice, and the 3rd and 4th floor decks were a cool extra touch.
As Ryan notes several times, this is not a pristine, sanitized resort kind of a trip. It's a lot closer to real Mexico, but still manageable for gringos with limited Spanish. Barking dogs, roosters, geckos in the house, some trash in the streets...but for just over $100 bucks a night, and so close to so much great stuff? I'd highly recommend it to a family looking for culture and adventure.
What a great time we had in Mexico in November 2014! The owners of this place in Chemuyil, Ryan and Manon, made our stay delightful. They were extremely helpful to show us around, take us to hidden away restaurants right in town, warn us of potential scams and to suggest great adventures – including our ziplining/cenote-diving/rock-climbing tour. What a highlight for all four of us.
Their place suited us (myself, my husband and two young boys). There was more than enough room for us to have our own space, to prepare meals and hang out. Since we prefer to integrate into a country's culture, this was more our style - better than choosing an all–inclusive resort. This place is in a small town where we didn’t see any other tourists – very refreshing. We enjoyed awesome food in little restaurants right in town.
The place is within driving distance of many sites including Tulum and Coba, as well as great beaches with very few people! It is well located - about an hour south of Cancun. We had a very relaxing time with lots of laughs and fun. Thank you Ryan, Manon (and their dog Fiddle :) for helping make our trip great.
Prior to the trip I emailed Ryan numerous times and he was always very prompt in responding-thanks for that Ryan! We stayed for four nights at Casa Amarilla, husband, son, daughter, her friend and me. The two chatty teenage girls had their own bedroom and bathroom which everyone appreciated. We had plenty of things we wanted to do, ie, Sian Kaan, Akumal, Chichen Itza, etc. and the house was centrally located for all of that. We were really only at the house to sleep and no issues-beds fine, and although we didnt cook once, the kitchen seemed fully equipped. Maybe the bath towels could be upgraded? We had breakfast most mornings from one of the the two street vendors-excellent empanadas and tacos. La Palapa for dinner was good too. The restaurant on the NE? corner of the village was great too- loved it. Los Arricife? The only bummer for us, and obvs not related to the house at all, is that Xcacel is no longer an empty beach....I guess everyone there had the same fantasy. :)
I shared Casa Amarilla with my husband and his family. I will admit that for the first few days I was a little skeptical of our choice but by the end of our stay (just over a week) I didn't want to leave! The town is absolutely charming and everyone was very nice and accommodating for us, language barrier and all. We tried nearly every restaurant in town, if not all, and enjoyed each one.
We rented two cars so were out and about every day, mostly cenotes, ruins, and beaches. We did a Selva Maya tour one afternoon - totally awesome! The guys were a lot of fun and were all knowledgeable and fun to talk to.
One thing I would like to mention about the house is to watch your expectations. I had never been to Mexico and this is nothing like a resort. The house was a little musty and we thought maybe a cat had gotten locked inside sometime before we arrived because the couch cushions smelled like cat urine. We removed the cushions and put them in a room we weren't using. But like I said, the whole place really grew on me and I'd be there right now if I could!
Staying at this house was our first chance to really see what it's like to live in Mexico. We loved every moment we spent here; the house is incredibly clean, spacious and beautifully furnished and is filled with all the necessities to make your holiday run smoothly. The town where it's based is a quiet village right near the beach, some tiny but incredibly cheap restaurants serving delicious local fare (tacos and burritos to die for) and every one was incredibly friendly. The 'collectivo' service was superb, you never have to wait longer than 5 minutes for a bus ride to the beach or further to Tulum. We spent a few days swimming with turtles at Akumal beach and snorkelled in local cenotes which are stunningly beautiful. All in all the house and it's owners helped us to have some of the most memorable days on our trip and we couldn't recommend it higher.
Beach Volleyball, Kiteboarding, Kitesurfing, zip-lining, cavern spelunking (both wet and dry)
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 7 - Apr 30
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 - Dec 20
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
$750/week for bottom two floors 5 beds (with communal access to 4th floor ocean breeze sundeck)
$100/week extra for private mezzanine add-on (1 dbl)
$400 extra/week for the entire house (1 dbl, king bed, 3rd bath plus terrace with kitchen and lounge area)
$600/week just the 3rd floor aptmnt (bedroom/bath and shaded outdoor terrace with kitchen and bar)
(communal access to sun deck)
Full Payment required the day you check in.
damage/reservation deposit required in order to book.
cancellation- 100% 1 month in advance of book date
50%- 2 weeks in advance of book date
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.