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MAGICAL Playa Caribe#4, Akumal luxury beachfront condo on sandy beach, POOL

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,422 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bd, 2 Ba, (Sleeps 6), central air, pool, RO purified water from taps

***SAFE condo, all electric appliances so no carbon monoxide released**

!! SUNSATIONAL SPECIAL--PAY FOR 6 NIGHTS GET THE 7TH FREE, 2 BR only, May 1 - Dec 18, 2018. New reservations only! **see other pricing under RATES

***EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC!! Ethereal beauty, white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, coral reefs, turtles and abundant sea creatures, prehistoric ruins, serenity—this is the Maya Riviera and Playa Caribe #4. Ahhhhhhh....let it work it's magic on you!! Playa Caribe #4 is a second floor luxury-but-affordable-unit with 2 bd 2 ba that provides the ultimate in privacy. Yet has fabulous VIEWS OF BOTH aquamarine CARIBBEAN AND verdant JUNGLE; only the side units offer both these views. It is spacious and considerably larger than the center units. We hear no pool noise here so it really is tranquil. Our condo is just steps from the beachfront, and you have the ability to watch turtles and rays cavort in the bay waters below. The condominium Playa Caribe is generally considered to be the BEST condo in Akumal because we are unique with enticing amenities like CENTRAL AIR so that you really are cool during the hot days and warm nights, RO PURIFIED WATER from all taps so you can drink it directly just like at home and not get sick, a stunning POOL on the beach.

Playa Caribe #4 is decorated in soft Caribbean colors with textures of Mexico, three custom-made stained glass windows, a Mexican mask collection, and many pieces of Mexican cultural art, it gently brings Mayan ambience into your life. Both bedrooms have private balconies that look directly onto the jungle, and a third balcony is off the living room looking onto the beach where you can dine or read while watching turtles and rays swim in the ocean waters below. There is FREE fast, dependable wireless internet service.

The unit sleeps 6: the master bedroom with a comfy king bed (and high thread count linens) has views both of the sparkling ocean and the lush jungle, with an ensuite full bath with tub/shower and two sinks. The second bedroom has two double beds with romantic mosquito canopies and a full bath also with tub/shower. Each bedroom has its own balcony. There is a new 50" SMART TV in the living room.

The kitchen is fully equipped with cooktop, microwave, convection and browning oven, refrigerator, many small appliances, serving dishes, spices, cloth napkins, and candles—everything to make your stay enjoyable . . . . and memorable. Dining is at the breakfast bar or at the dining table, with magnificent views. There is daily maid service (you do not need to do dishes or make your bed if you don’t want to!), 24-hour security, and room safe. We are concerned about our environmental impact, and have been awarded the CEA Ecological seal of approval for environmental protection.

Playa Caribe #4 is located about an hour drive's south of the Cancun airport off the 307 main highway, 40 steps from the water on the sandy beach in the charming seaside village of Akumal. Playa Caribe is within walking distance of gourmet restaurants and breakfast cafes, and abounds with activities like snorkeling or scuba diving on the offshore reefs, swimming in the unique cenotes, tours to Mayan ruins, or siestas.

Akumal is a peaceful resort, away from the maddening crowds of the “touristy” cities, yet has all the amenities you could want including many water and eco-jungle activities, delicious dining, bars, and comfort. The condominium itself has only 12 condos to preserve the small town atmosphere.

The Maya name Akumal means “land of the turtle” because turtles actually do lay eggs and hatch here during the summer; this is an incredible life affirming experience to watch.

Other activities: The village of Akumal is only 20 minutes drive south from the glitzy Playa del Carmen, which hosts the ferry to the island of Cozumel, and has many activities should you desire to leave your tranquil life in Akumal for the day or evening. The Maya ruins at Tulum are only a 20 minute drive south of Akumal.

***Walk the beach at sunrise and sunset, watch for turtle egg laying and hatching, drink a margarita under a palapa, read the book that you’ve been meaning to start, forget your troubles under the stars, and peacefully dream about your next visit to enchanting Akumal and Playa Caribe #4.

Keywords: Beachfront condominium, sandy beach, pool, Akumal, Half Moon Bay, central air, potable water, view, jungle, ocean, spacious, 2 bedroom 2 bath, turtles, kids, snorkel

More Details

Property Manager
Shari Stern
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2018

About Shari Stern

Ron and Shari have been married for years and share a love of the environment, scuba diving, and Akumal. We are both University professors (mathematics and biology) in Southern California and have two grown daughters who also dive. We come down to Akumal every August to stay in our blissful condo, and have tried to decorate it to provide you, our guests, with comfort, culture, and contentment in our little place in Mayan Mexico.. Please enjoy what we have created for you!

When traveling around the world, we scuba in exotic locations, gazing at new animal life and witnessing the modernization of cultures. I have collected masks from these travels that represent the cultural and religious arts of the countries. You can see a portion of my mask collection on the wall above the dining table. Despite all our countries visited, we still love AKUMAL the BEST-it has the most to offer

Shari Stern purchased this condo in 2007

Why Shari Stern chose Akumal

We love to SCUBA dive, relax in a quiet atmosphere that still has the amenities we want. For us, Playa Caribe is magical, and has it all--the Mexican-Maya ambience, delicious food, balmy weather, clear turquoise waters. It is a location where we bring our family to renew our loving relationships. We came down for about 18 years, always intending to buy but never doing so, and then we found #4 available in Play Caribe and we excitedly bought it. We plan to sometime spend the entire summer down here; wouldn't that be wonderful. Bliss!!!!!!!

What makes this condo unique

The beautiful view of the sparkling turquoise waters, the quiet and peacefulness of our Akumal, the diverse sea life just off shore, with fabulous views of both the SEA AND the JUNGLE from the condo--all serves to make Playa Caribe #4 special. The pool is beautiful and you can rest on the side and see the Caribbean sea; snorkeling and diving is right off the beach; purified water that is safe to drink is available from all taps; you can adjust central air for your temperature comfort.

Snorkeling is right off shore and you can walk to the many restaurants that have delicious food, or even cook in our fully equipped kitchen.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a wonderful and magical place. Vacation took on a new meaning the day we arrived. The marine life, the cenotes, the coral, the turtles…What a life changing experience. I will be back; see you this Christmas.
Jun 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Akumal in Tulum Municipality

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1422 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 full bathrooms with tub/shower, each has outside views; master has double sink, guest bedroom has single Mexican hand painted talavera sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , office can provide this for you upon request
  • Master bedroom has comfy King size bed (new in Aug 2014) with high thread count linens, an ensuite bathroom with double sinks and tub/shower, and private balcony that looks onto jungle. While lying in bed you can see both the ocean AND the jungle--what a way to wake up!! The second bedroom two comfy double beds with high thread count linens, decorative mosquito netting, private balcony that looks onto jungle. Baby Cribs available upon request
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
Generally considered to be the BEST condominium in Akumal: --Reverse osmosis (RO) PURIFIED DRINKING WATER from all taps so the water is safe to drink --CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING throughout condo so the condo (and you) never get too hot --infinity POOL on the beach --SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT


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MAGICAL Playa Caribe#4, Akumal luxury beachfront condo on sandy beach, POOL
average rating of 4.95 based on 80 reviews

A magical week

  • 5 of 5

How often do you book a rental online, study all the pictures, read the reviews... and when you arrive, its actually NICER than the descriptions? I didn't think this was possible until we arrived at Playa Caribe #4. This condo was sparkling clean, beautifully decorated, and the layout was perfect. It's an open feel, where we could lay in bed in the master bedroom, and look through the living room to a spectacular view of the beach. The bathroom were spacious, with plenty of water pressure, the kitchen was well supplied equipped, and there was plenty of closet space with enough hangers for all my clothes. The bed was comfortable, and the towels were incredibly plush. The staff at Playa Caribe made us feel welcome, safe, and were very friendly. We were fortunate to see the sea turtles laying their eggs, as well as babies hatching. Jose was more than happy to knock on our door to wake us up. This vacation was the first time my husband & I had traveled to Mexico and we were a bit apprehensive. But that all vanished within the first few hours. We didn't rent a car, but I would recommend doing so. The roads are easy to navigate, and taxis got expensive. The town of Akumal is very safe, and we walked to and from town after dark without any fear. Our favorite restaurants were La Buena Vida and The Turtle Creek. Although there was a good amount of seaweed on the beach, it didn't bother us too much. We just went swimming in the pool instead. When entering Half Moon Bay, there were a lot of rocks in the water to navigate. I would recommend beach shoes. Shari was the perfect host. She emailed us all the information we needed for a "perfect week", and was very responsive in answering all of our questions. My husband & I had one of the best vacations ever in Akumal, and we can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your descriptive praise for our condo. Wow, I am so glad you loved our place and had such a fascinating time. To see the huge female turtles lay their eggs, and to see the babies hatch, is such an incredible experience and you were fortunate to see both events. All of our communications during the rental process was a pleasure for me in my attempt to satisfy your questions and to remove (undesirable) surprises. I certainly hope to see you next year, in Paradise, mi amiga.
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We loved our time in this wonderful condo!

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our time at Playa Caribe - Shari was amazing and so organized, and we were treated so well by everyone at the complex. The pool is wonderful and has lots of toys and floats for the kids to use, and the condominium is beautifully decorated and just what we were hoping for. We got to know many of the other families staying at the same condo complex and they were wonderful. Within walking distance to all places in Akumal both north and south - perfectly situated for a perfect week at the beach. Wifi worked pretty well and the wonderful housekeeper was so kind. No complaints at all - a wonderful week! Thank you Shari!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always try out best to enable happiness while down in Akumal at Playa Caribe #4. Yes, our staff is outstanding and besides being attentive, they bring the Mayan charm to your visit. Thank you very much for staying in our condo, and we would love to have you return. Gracias.
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Just what the doctor ordered

  • 4 of 5

The property was exactly as advertised. Very comfortable and had everything our family needed. The staff that work at the property are great and always willing to help. The people in the area are super nice. We had ocean breezes and Sargassum seaweed (a seasonal occurrence) which made the beach not perfect but we were able to navigate around it. Everything you need is within walking distance. Three restaurants and two small groceries are super close. We really didn't feel the need to leave our little beachfront except to explore the area. We spent a day at Dos Ojos Cenote and Tulum Ruins both worth it (though Tulum ruins has become a major tourist destination - try to get there when they open). Overall the experience was one of our best on the Riviera Maya. We are not a big resort or all inclusive type of family nor did we want to be in a big seaside city like Playa del Carmen. Akumal will likely always remain a little seaside village and half moon bay's beach doesn't seem to have more room for much growth, so this property should remain a solid destination for families looking for a quiet escape on the Riviera Maya. We will definitely consider returning. Three big plusses for us were high thread count sheets, comfortable beds and daily cleaning service included in the price.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You seemed to have summed up completely what you loved about our condo, and we appreciate this. We also love that you noticed details--the high thread count sheets, comfy beds; the sea that gleams a mixture of sapphire, viridian, jade, and turquoise; and where you seemed to have found the spiritual balm that bonds a family. We thank you for your visit and comments.
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Incredible Ocean View, Beautiful Condo

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed our week at Playa Caribe#4. The condo itself is beautifully decorated, very clean and comfortable. Shari must have had fun collecting pieces of art and interesting objects for display in the condo. We appreciated her prompt and attentive communication leading up to our stay. Shari provides a great deal of practical information in her, 'Plan for a Week at Playa Caribe' handout. Every detail for a relaxing stay, has clearly been considered, beginning with a welcoming basket of fruit, snacks and coffee. My husband and I spent evenings relaxing, on the balcony, listening to the lulling crash of the waves. We watched as the full, blazing orange moon crested and rose above the horizon. We hold these memories of the view, the sense of wonder and absolute serenity we felt as a treasure from the time spent at Playa Caribe. Waking up to a view of the ocean and the pastel colours of the early morning sky from the master bedroom was awesome. We enjoyed exploring Akumal and were able to find all we needed in the nearby shops. We enjoyed dinner at many of the restaurants. All were excellent and offered something different (e.g., some of the best handmade pasta I've had at La Taverne, delicious traditional dishes at Turtle Bay Cafe and Imelda's Ecocina, and the fun beach vibe at La Buena Vida). The ambiance of the twinkling lights, gentle breezes, and some nights, live music was magical. Although we spent a good deal of time walking, renting a golfcart enabled us to make the most of our time. Some activities we thoroughly enjoyed were snorkling at Yal-Ku lagoon, excursions to Xel-Ha and Xcaret parks as well as visiting the Mayan ruins and later snorkling with the sea turtles off the coast of Tulum (this can be arranged at the kiosk beside the taxi drop off spot). If you take a taxi, remember to establish an agreed upon price with the driver before climbing inside. Unfortunately, at the time we visited the condo, there was quite a lot of seaweed drifting in from the ocean, making snorkling from the beach less appealing than we had hoped. By our last day, however, much of the seaweed had cleared. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Playa Caribe#4 and would highly recommend this condo to anyone considering a vacation in Akumal.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for these expansive phrases, so poetically written--you have colorized your experience. Future guests will hardly need to read my website since you have provided all the personal details of your adventure! We are overjoyed that you loved our condo Playa Caribe #4, and Akumal and surrounding area, and hope you have a return visit for an extended stay. My best to you.
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Wonderful vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

This property is a fantastic vacation get-away. It is spacious and well decorated, and stocked with anything you might need from kitchen utensils to extra sheets and blankets. The sliding glass doors at either end can be opened to enjoy the wonderful ocean breeze throughout - as well as hear the waves of the ocean as it lulls you to sleep. The caretaker, the maid, all the other staff are amazing! Always smiling and willing to help with anything. There is a small store across the street - as well as several others that are walking distance. Pool is a little smaller than it looks in the pictures, but was deep and clean - and my family usually had it to ourselves. A GREAT place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted you loved our condo and our wonderful staff. Thank you for your kind words and we would love to have you stay with us again.
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Everything we could have possibly needed for a fantastic vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Beginning with the communication from the owners prior to the arrival to help us prepare for our trip to our departure home this trip and location were fantastic! The staff at Playa Caribe were so friendly and always available for any need. We look forward to future trips back and have shared this location for others to make their first trip to the area. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us in Playa Caribe #4. We are so delighted that you appreciated the extras I tried to provide to make a seamless entry into your vacation, that you loved the stupendous beach location and view, and that you found our incredible staff to be so awesome! Hope to see you back again really soon.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Cancun (CUN)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
La Buena Vida
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Playa del Carmen to Cozumel
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Playacar (Playa del Carmen), Bahia Principe
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
MX Federal HWY 307, N/S Cancun to Belize border
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
La Buena Vida, La Lunita
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
beachfront, Half Moon Bay, Akumal
Car: recommended

Playa Caribe #4 is beachfront with a fabulous view of the sparkling ocean on a beautiful sandy beach in Akumal. You can sit on our balcony or in the beachfront pool and enjoy the Half Moon Bay, see turtles swimming in the water just offshore. Just relax under the warmth of the sun, or partake in snorkeling (and scuba diving), some of the main attractions here. There are also the incredible Mayan ruins at Tulum that overlook the turquoise sea or you can swim and dive in the captivating centotes (freshwater sink holes and caves) unique in the world. A short distance away are ATVs for jungle exploration, crocodile zoos for the children, horseback riding--eco experiences.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 19.0%

*****We have additional rates for stays of less than 7 nights AND for a 1 bd 1 ba configuration where you get the entire condo except for the guest bedroom. No one else is ever in the second bedroom.

Cancellations will be permitted if more than 60 days before departure and all monies paid except 20% servicing fee will be refunded. If a Cancellation for any reason occurs less than 60 days from departure no funds will be refunded. We strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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