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Akumal Bliss=Playa Caribe #5 Half Moon Bay Luxury Condo

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)


LOW SEASON SALE! STAY 7 DAYS: PAY FOR 6 beginning May 1, 2018 until Dec. 21, 2018

HIGH SEASON RATES 1 bedroom [$260.00] and 2 bedroom rates [$290.00] (JANUARY 6/APRIL 30, 2018). For one bedroom rental, second bedroom/bath is locked off and NOT rented.

LOW SEASON (MAY 1/DECEMBER 21, 2018) 2 bedroom only rate is $195.00 per night.

HOLIDAY (DECEMBER 22, 2018/JANUARY 4, 2019) 2 bedroom only

HIGH SEASON RATES 1 bedroom [$260.00] and 2 bedroom rates [$290.00] (JANUARY 5/APRIL 30, 2018). For one bedroom rental, second bedroom/bath is locked off and NOT rented.

Lovely, private Half Moon Bay is home to Playa Caribe #5. Located midway between the points of the bay, the views from your balcony of the second floor center unit are breathtaking. The ocean can be viewed from every room in the condo!

The Playa Caribe building, which contains 12 units and 3 casitas, is beautifully maintained and provides purified water from our own onsite Reverse Osmosis plant. You will never have to worry again about accidentally brushing your teeth with the tap water. The water even tastes good.

Playa Caribe #5 is a luxury condominium providing all the amenities you would have at home: high thread count sheets, full kitchen, pool, central air conditioning, free dedicated Wi-Fi, satellite TV, DVD, iPod player, CD player, etc. Add to this the daily maid service, and you will not want to leave! Just because you have a kitchen doesn't mean you have to cook. A short walk up or down the beach leads to two excellent beachside restaurants: La Lunita and La Buena Vida. There are many restaurants to chose from.

Half Moon Bay is a premiere snorkeling spot. Akumal Bay and Yal-ku Lagoon are both in walking distance from the condo.

Turtles build their nests on the beach and, if you are visiting during the summer months, you may see the babies hatch and make their dash to the water.

Keywords: Condo, Akumal, Half Moon Bay, Riviera Maya, Playa Caribe, sea turtles

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Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Annie

Hi from John and Annie. We are happily retired* in Bishop, California, after thirty plus years living on Donner Summit, in the mountains above Lake Tahoe, enjoying the skiing, hiking, climbing and coping with massive amounts of snow. Bishop is on the eastern side of the Sierras and is a playground for athletes. We moved here to rock climb year round and to get away from the snow.

We love spending August in the condo and enjoying our Half Moon Bay. We are in or on the bay for most of every day.

*John was a ski school director and climbing instructor. Annie was a teacher, mainly in kindergarten.

Annie purchased this condo in 2005

Why Annie chose Akumal

One morning in early Jan. 2005, after it had been snowing for a week and road closures were eminent, I decided I needed to get somewhere warm and welcoming. I had a photo of a condo on Half Moon Bay up on the 'frig that a friend had given to us at a Christmas party. After staring longingly at the photo, I started looking for a place to stay on HMB, not having any idea it was high season. Of course, nothing was available. One wonderful travel agent told me she had found a hotel room for us but told me to see if I could find a flight first. Oh, my. By the time I secured the flight and confirmed the hotel room, it was about 2:30 in the afternoon. We ran around throwing things in a couple of suitcases, jumped in the car and made the 3 1/2 hour drive up to Reno with white knuckles. Cars were spinning out all around us.

We spent that night in Reno and flew out the next morning. We had our feet in the sand that afternoon. It was love at first sight! Half Moon Bay is an absolutely magical place.

One day we wandered into the realtor's just to check out prices. When Tony asked if he could show us some properties, we thought it would be fun to look around. One of the properties was Playa Caribe #5. We fell under the spell of that fabulous view of Half Moon Bay from every room in the condo. We love to share our place with family and friends. It is our hope that our visitors will want to return often and think of it as their private get away.

What makes this condo unique

There seem to be two types of visitors to Half Moon Bay. Some fill every minute of every day with a new adventure: cenotes, diving, driving around, shopping, restaurants, cultural events, ruins, etc. Believe me, there is no end to all one can find to do in this area. We fit in with 'the others' who just love to hang out at Half Moon Bay. We bring about a million books and, when we aren't in the water snorkeling, swimming or SUPing, we have our noses pressed to the pages. The diving is wonderful, but we just can't get enough of the snorkeling. I should add that another bonus to staying at Playa Caribe is meeting some of the very interesting people who stay there often.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I recently stayed at your beautiful apartment with my sister and friend for 5 days. She came from the UK and I from australia. I just wanted to say it is the most amazing place to spend time. The apartment is so pretty and the views are to die for. We had a ball and recharged some worn out batteries as well. Agustin and his staff were fantastic too so thanks to them also. You never know - we could be back one day...... Thanks very much. Full disclosure: With her permission, I copied this from my facebook messages. That is why there are no stars.
Nov 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Akumal in Tulum Municipality

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Quiet hours are in effect 10:00PM to 7:00AM.
  • Pool hours are 8:00AM to 8:00PM.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Both bathrooms have been remodeled using beautiful Mexican Talavera tiles on the counters and showers. The bathrooms both have two sinks and under the counter storage. Our onsite Reverse Osmosis system provides purified drinking water from all the taps in the condo. The colorful towels and washcloths dry quickly. Each bathroom has a hairdryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed
  • The master bedroom has a King bed with high thread count sheets and a selection of pillows. There is a TV and CD player, a small private balcony and an adjoining bathroom. The guest bedroom has a Queen bed and a double bed, both with high thread count sheets and a selection of pillows. The guest room also has a TV and CD player, a small private balcony and an adjoining bathroom. Both bedrooms have ceiling fans and reading lights above the beds. Both bedrooms have beautiful views of Half Moon Bay. The small bedroom balconies are very private for a early morning cup of coffee.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 18 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
FOR YOUR SAFETY: We provide purified drinking water from all taps through the Reverse Osmosis plant on site. There is a password protected safe in the master bedroom for your passport and other important things. When Agustin leaves for the day, we have a night watch person on the grounds. The private, off street parking lot is well lit.


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Akumal Bliss=Playa Caribe #5 Half Moon Bay Luxury Condo
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 51 reviews

Wonderful place to relax and unwind!

  • 5 of 5

Playa Caribe #5 is one of the best holiday excursions I’ve ever taken! Annie and John really go the extra mile to make sure guests feel welcome and comfortable during their stay. All of the additional information Annie has compiled in their notebook here at the property as well as online was really informative and helpful in motivating our family to experience some different things during our trip as well. Turtles were out of season, but the snorkeling was amazing, the food was fantastic, the locals are wonderful and we really couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay during our trip! Thank you again!!! And we look forward to visiting in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to hear that your second visit to Playa Caribe #5 was as successful as your first. I enjoyed corresponding with you and we hope your family will come back to stay with us soon.
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Nice comfortable condo, but foul smelling seaweed.

  • 4 of 5

The condo was perfect for my wife and I since we like having separate bathrooms. It was a bit small, however, for 2 couples to share. The staff servicing the condo building were terrific and a definite asset. We really like Half Moon Bay and Akumal, and have been visiting here for 12 years. This was the first time we’ve encountered the seaweed problem: it formed a continuous high ridge along the shore of Half Moon Bay, creating a foul smell rather than the usual fragrance of the Caribbean Sea. I recommend checking on the status of this problem before staying there.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: After reading your review, I emailed our manager and asked him to send photos of the seaweed. I knew we had seaweed, but not like that! I am sorry your stay was marred by stinking seaweed.
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AMAZING condo that matches the host! A quiet paradise (in early May). Highly recommended!! <3

  • 5 of 5

I booked Annie's condo, unit #5 at Playa Caribe, for my birthday trip and brought my fiancé, mother and sister. My mom was initially worried about the unit not having a CO2 / smoke detector after hearing about an American family that died from CO2 poisoning while vacationing in Mexico, and both she and my sister had concerns about the potential for crime with a particular concern about taking a shuttle from the airport at night.

Annie had sent us CO2 detector in advance to ease my mom's nerves, but it turned out that not one of these things were a problem -- everything was amazing. When we landed, we took a CARM shuttle from the airport to Annie's place (thanks to her suggestion). It's like an Uber, scheduled in advance of your trip -- a private car with a driver who waits for you and confirms your reservation before leaving -- but with beer. Our driver spoke good enough English to answer any questions we had and was incredibly helpful. We also took advantage of the 1-hour grocery store stop to bring groceries and stock up the condo upon arrival.

When we got to the condo, we were pleasantly surprised at how serene, beautiful and comfy it was. It's in what's essentially a gated community with a guard at the front, etc. which further eased my mom's fears of any crime. It was also immediately obvious that there was no need for a smoke / CO2 detector as there are two exits; the front door and the back door that leads to the balcony (the unit is on the 2nd floor). (If you had to jump from the balcony down to the sand to escape a fire, you'd survive.) There's also a strong breeze whenever a window or door is open, and there's no gas heat in the building, so CO2 is incredibly unlikely to be a problem.

Annie was perfectly accommodating for anything we needed and the unit was perfect for a quiet stay between trips to Tulum (which is busier with more active nightlife). We took cabs for Tulum and sightseeing and rented a golf cart to get around Akumal. There's also a perfect little pool right on the water at the condo (and the beach is a bit rocky behind the condo, so we appreciated that). We did like the beaches in Tulum a bit better for swimming since they were less rocky and more socially active, but for snorkeling and if you want to go home to a quiet place where you hear nothing but waves crashing under the moonlight, Annie's condo was perfect. Lastly, order from personal Chef Daveed and check out La Zebra Hotel (Tulum)! Trip highlights for us. <3

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was happy to ease your mom's fears of Mexico. It was unfortunate that the US newspapers built up the sad story of the family who tragically died of carbon monoxide poisoning during their stay at a resort south of Akumal. US Family Dies in Akumal made it sound like it was in Akumal and many of our future guests were scared to death. I knew that when you were actually in our calm Half Moon Bay your mom would realize how safe it is. Thanks for the review and have a happy wedding!
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Wonderful week at Playa Caribe #5

  • 5 of 5

Playa Caribe is great property set in the middle of Half Moon Bay. Unit #5 has everything you need for a comfortable and convenient stay, and the view is spectacular! Many great restaurants are within walking distance, as is Yal Kul Lagoon. This area is a snorkeler's paradise, and we were pleased that the weather cooperated and we were able to go out every day. The owner of this property was great about sending information about things to do and places to eat in the area prior to our arrival. It was a great vacation and we hope to return again in the coming years.

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for mentioning the advantages of our location. We hope you will return for another stay!
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Simply Stunning

  • 5 of 5

Playa Caribe exceeded our expectations! Our family has traveled around the world but this was our first trip to Mexico. Annie thoughtfully answered every one (and there were many) of my questions quickly and thoroughly. We have a 15 year old and 10 year old and the setup and location were perfect; easy to walk to wonderful restaurants and shops in the central city. The sargassum was, unfortunately, abundant while we were there, which was a disappointment, but certainly not a reason to switch travel locations. We found a great snorkel spot down the beach to the north. Our kids could navigate the water without life jackets (granted they are both strong swimmers) and we were glad we brought our own gear with us. We never felt a need to go to Akumal beach. We all agree the Playa Caribe complex was the nicest in our area. One surprise; the "lobby"...the central hallway you enter to get to your unit...was fantastic and welcomed us to a calming, unique experience the minute we entered. Highly, highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in #5. There was a lot of negative news about Mexico just before your visit and I know it seemed like a scary place to bring your kids. It is hard to describe to someone who has not been to our tranquil Half Moon Bay just how calm and safe it is. We hope you will return to our condo at Half Moon Bay in the future.
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Very Nice Condo

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed, great staff, and a really good location.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to hear you had a wonderful vacation. And, yes, are fortunate to have such a great staff of longtime employees. Thanks for taking the time to write a review!
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Nearest Airport
105 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
La Buena Vida
Nearest Ferry
37 Miles
Playa del Carmen
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
La Buena Vida or La Lunita
Nearest Beach
5 Metres
Half Moon Bay
Car: not necessary

The snorkeling and diving are fabulous! We are in the perfect spot for easy access to Mayan ruins, EcoParks and many other adventures

Xel-Ha – 17 miles/11 kilometers:

Puerto Aventuras – 17/11

Tulum – 26/16

Xcaret – 32/20

Playa del Carmen – 37/23

Cozumel – 55/3

Puerto Morelos – 69/43

Coba – 70/44

Cancun – 105/65

Chichen Itza – 251/157


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday condo in Akumal, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season (2 bedroom/2bath)
1 May 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Holiday Season (2bedroom/2bath
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season (2 br/2bth)
5 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Our condo can be rented during High Season as a 1 bedroom/1 bath (with the second bedroom locked off) for $260 per night. WE NEVER RENT THE LOCKED OFF BEDROOM. During Low Season the condo is rented as a 2 bedroom/2 bath only. During August, September and October, we offer a 7 night stay for the price of 6. One night is free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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