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_ Chemuyil _: Authentic Mexico & 4 Minutes to White Sand Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + 2 Lofts, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

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,….

Additional Amenities:

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.


(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!!!

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Ryan

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

Why Ryan chose Tulum

After spending 10 winters RV'ing through (nearly) every state of Mexico, we found paradise in Chemuyil and decided to plant roots!

What makes this house unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the manager

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!
Dec 2012
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Chan Chemuyil House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3rd floor - toilet , shower , This bathroom comes with 'stage 2 add on'
    Bathroom 1 main floor - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2nd floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • 2nd floor master bedroom - 1 king , has ensuite bathroom
    third floor master bedrrom 'add-on' - 1 king , with ensuite bathroom and terrace (this is an 'add-on')
    reading room loft - 1 double , open loft in the reading room has 1 double bed
    main floor guest bedroom - 2 double
    private mezzanine - 2 twin/ single , the mezzanine between 2nd and third floors is an 'add-on'
  • King size bed (1) 2 Double Bed (2) 2 twins (2) PLUS stage 1 'add on' 1 additional double in private mezzanine stage 2 'add on' 1 additional king, ensuite bathroom and outdoor terrace
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
30 Yards from a grocery store 100 yards from eateries and internet cafes in-house WiFi Internet available (ask host)


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

_ Chemuyil _: Authentic Mexico & 4 Minutes to White Sand Beach
average rating of 4.785714 based on 18 reviews

Most memorable family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things about this vacation. The location truly felt like our home away from home. As first timers, as a family, into Mexico, we were a cocktail of excitement and mild apprehension. Arriving after dark, we couldn't help but feel...a bit anxious. Upon entering the house, we found it roomy and super clean. The two decks, one with hammocks, and the other with an incredible view of the distant ocean all the way to the jungle, provided the perfect spot to relax and feel the ocean breeze. But as we quietly sat, listened and observed, in the very comfortable breeze, we heard the intermittent crow of a rooster, the barks of four community dogs, the giggle of a little girl on a swing, the laughter of a group of gabbing old men, and the swish of a broom. We watched the people come and go out of the friendly market, the mariachi dressed man, guitar slung, walking home, and children chasing each other in the street. We couldn't help but be reminded of a little show we watched as kids in the 70's, Sesame Street, and the all too familiar song, "Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?" Where is Maria? Bob?? It didn't take long for all of us to feel completely comfortable at Casa Amarilla in sweet little Chemuyil. I am so thankful for all of Ryan's specific directions on how to manage the house. His recommendations for restaurants and activities were invaluable! We rode bikes at the amazing Coba Ruins, the only way to go! We visited most of the beaches he suggested such as Akumal, Half Moon Bay, and Xcacel. They were all incredible. The snorkeling whether in a cenote or on the reef, was breathtaking. Edventures was a highlight, with a great group of fun, easygoing, hilarious guys that took us zip lining, swimming in cenotes, driving through the jungle on atv's, rock climbing and repelling, and ending with one of the best meals of our trip! Ryan's suggestions on restaurants were spot on. La Palapa and Pizzeria Leo right in town, served us well many a time. But our favorite hangout was La Buena Vida in Akumal. Right on the beach, with your toes in the sand and large palms for shade if you chose, they'd serve us yummy drinks and delicious tacos. Everything came down to our convenient location, not far from anything, and the recommended food and activity list from Ryan that made this the most memorable vacation ever!

Thank you so much!!!

Jim, Nicole, Raven and Zion ☀️

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5+ family vacation/4 rental

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sheryl, Thank you for leaving Casa Amarilla such a nice review. We were glad to hear that you got to experience some local festivities. Yes, the 3 week period surrounding Christmas is when the Mayan Riviera is at it's peak capacity. I was sorry to learn that your beach and cenote experiences were crowded with tourists. Sadly, in order to protect the ancient, live coral reef from beginners (who unkowingly kill it by standing on it, or brushing against it, or wear non-organic sunscreen), many beaches aggressively suggest "no fins". Not long ago, a small beach community north of Playa del Carmen, (Puerto Morelos) had to prohibit snorkeling near their local reef for 10 YEARS until they could see that it was healthy again. If you visit again, and want to have a beach experience with a few less people and a few fewer rules, ask me to give you a couple more local beach destinations (within 15 minutes of Casa Amarilla) that remain "off the tourist trail".
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Perfect for the kind of Mexico trip we wanted

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent time in Chemuyil

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Good location if you are going to be busy

  • 4 of 5

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. :)

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterloo, Iowa

It grew on me...

  • 4 of 5

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!

Thanks Ryan!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind (and honest) review of Casa Amarilla. We were sorry to learn that you had a "cat pee" problem during your stay. Well, future guests can rest easily knowing that the "cat urine smell" was attended to as soon as it was brought to our attention. It appears that the guests that stayed at Casa Amarilla (in the week before this guest), let some local cats into the house! I understand that despite the "cat urine" couch, you STILL did not want to leave after your week vacation at Casa Amarilla! Truly, the Akumal/Tulum corridor is a magical part of world. Chemuyil is a neat taste of authentic Mexico and it's proximity to some of the very best that Mexico has to offer only adds to it's charm! Because of the "culturally immersive" nature of staying in a town where you are the only foreigner, I would not recommend Chemuyil to a person who has never been to Mexico. I was impressed to learn that even a "newbie" can look back and admit that ours is a place worthy of 4 stars! Of course, many potential guests read this review and learn about the "urine smell" and have serious reservations about staying at our house. Please know that we will continue to wash or replace the things that get peed upon the moment they are brought to our attention. Meanwhile (it should go without saying), but if you are staying at our home; please don't let the local animals come inside. Many of them are not house trained.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Cancun International
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
La Palapa
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Riviera Maya (mexicos 3rd ranked golf course)
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Pizza Leo
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Car: not necessary

Beach Volleyball, Kiteboarding, Kitesurfing, zip-lining, cavern spelunking (both wet and dry)


Rates & Availability

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Jan 7 - Apr 30
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 - Dec 20
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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.

Regarding Deposit:
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

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