2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, sleeps 6, directly at Caribbean Beach, Coral Reef in front
- English, German, Spanish, Russian
About Rudolf Jung
We are two families from Germany (by profession a biologist, an artist and medical doctors) who previously have been travelling widely. More than 25 years ago we discovered the enchanting beaches of south Quintana Roo, the area which is now called the Costa Maya. We came back to Mahahual every year ever since. In 1994 we purchased our beach property. After experimenting a few years with living on the beach in simple palm-thatched huts (palapas), we decided to build the house in 1999. Our experience with the local climatic conditions helped us to design a house that is enjoyable year-round and that can withstand strong tropical storms. Since 2001 we have been opening our villa for guests to rent.
Rudolf Jung purchased this House in 1994
Why Rudolf Jung chose Mahahual
First of all- we choose the Costa Maya, because we wanted a beautiful place that is as far as possible away from mainstream tourism, yet reachable from the US or from Europe within a reasonable amount of travel time. Within the Costa Maya area we looked for a property with good elevation, a good water depth at the beach that allows swimming, and a beach which has the barrier reef close to it and protecting it from high waves and currents. We choose our particular 210-feet wide and 300-feet deep lot for it mostly intact beach- and coastal jungle vegetation, because this gave us the opportunity to create -through careful landscaping- a lush tropical garden-park by maintaining native plants. Finally, this sparsely populated location 5 miles south of Mahahual attracted to us because it is close enough to town for easy grocery shopping and restaurant access, but far enough to avoid town tourist activities.
What makes this House unique
Our house is very secluded and private. The beach road is 200 feet behind the house, the property is 210 feet wide and neighboring properties are not developed. Since we never rent the house to a second party, guests will always exclusively enjoy our entire beach and our other amenities. The natural environment our property offers is without peers. A lush garden-park surrounds the house and is home to countless tropical animals and birds that can be observed. A freshwater pond is a special feature of our garden, providing drinking water for birds during the dry season and a breeding place for tree frogs. We maintain about one third of our 1.5 acres as a private coastal jungle reserve. Our land is therefore one of the few places in the Costa Maya with over 50 old-growth Chi’it palms (a protected palm, elsewhere almost extinct). Also our beach-area has been carefully landscaped by us and therefore retains beautiful patches of native salt-tolerant plants and flowers that not only prevent wind- and water erosion, but are also an invaluable habitat for beach-dwelling animals. The barrier reef in our area (5 miles south of Mahahual) is considered the best snorkeling site in the Mahahual area. Healthy coral gardens with huge brain and elk-horn corals and a large quantity of colorful fish and other marine life can be explored on the wave-protected side of this reef. Snorkel enthusiasts will appreciate our artificial reef, which can be visited in just 50 feet from the shore. While this site is easily accessible even by children or not so firm swimmers, it is teaming with almost all the same fish species that can be found in the barrier reef.
smoking outside on balcony and terasses is allowed
please inquire if your pet is suitable
Consider heat can be problematic for a small child
Minimum age of primary renter:23
Please keep complimentary equipment/items (e.g. kayaks, life wests, snorkeling gear) in order and clean after use
Please do not leave items belonging to the property unattended outside and on the beach
Please do not remove or rearrange furnature or any decorations (shells,etc.) from the house or property
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
The house and property were truly amazing! We were off the grid which was awesome and so so private!
Rudolf the owner and Darvi and his family (the caretakers) were very easy to deal with and they made our stay so easy and relaxing.
We will be back again to Mahahual and will definitely stay at this property again!
Ed and Co.
We loved it
The trip to town on the unpaved road was literally the only down side. That and the seaweed. The property and home are gorgeous. So relaxing. Can't wait to go back someday!
The house was everything promised. The host could not have been more accommodating.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, even though the weather did not cooperate thus limiting our time in the water. The house and grounds have been carefully put together over years and are well attended to by Darvey and family. During our stay Sargasso grass was collecting all along the coast. This was a bit of an inconvenience getting into the water. Once one negotiated the first ten meters, it wasn't a problem. On days when the water wasn't too choppy, we thoroughly enjoyed snorkeling around the artificial reef Rudolf constructed about 100 meters from shore. The Mayan ruins at Chacchoben were more extensive than we had anticipated, and we also enjoyed a boat tour on Lake Bacalar. Such excursions are best undertaken on days when no tourist ships are docked at Mahahual. The Travel In and Maya Luna were two good restaurants about half way to town. Once comfortably settled, one thinks twice about driving the bumpy road to town (c. half an hour) just for a meal. We also barbecued chicken at the house a couple of times. We highly recommend this place as a great alternative away from the hustle and bustle of mass tourism.
Simple, tropical paradise away from all cares
We (2 couples) visited in Dec 2018 and loved the property so much. It was just the right blend of rustic but very comfortable. The house was immaculately clean, right on the beach which is cleaned every day and next to amazing snorkeling. The caretaker couple Darvey and his wife Magdalena are amazingly accommodating and caring and take pride in their work and ensuring guests have a great stay. Loved it so much, thank you!!!
There's not much we can say that hasn't already been said - this place is fantastic! For those of us that don't care for the 5-star, all-inclusive vacation, and would be rather just have some quiet rest and relaxation, this is the place for you. Rudolph was super-easy to work with, and Darbey (the caretaker) and his family couldn't have been nicer. We took advantage of the roof for soaking in the sun and gazing at the stars. The hammocks on the second floor balcony were a favorite place to read. It's a short walk from the house to Caribbean Sea, where we spent hours bobbing around. The beach is remote, and we rarely saw anybody. We highly recommend a trip to Bacalar to take a tour of the lake - you won't regret it! The road from town to the house was challenging (lots of potholes), but stock up on the essentials, buy some oranges and use the fruit squeezer to make O.J. each day, make yourself some sangria, and kick back and have a wonderful time.
Charming beach house
The house was just the right size for our family of four. Off shore winds kept us cool through the night and the snorkeling was amazing. At the artificial reef right off shore there were eels, turtles, and all sorts of juvenile fish. At the reef 300 meters off shore we encountered rays, barracuda and all sorts of beautiful corals. The real sweet spot were the coral walls listed on the map at the house. Snorkled in 15-25 feet of water with swimthroughs, tons of fish and amazing coral.
Beach is perfect for snorkeling but a bit harder for the kids to play in. We ended up heading to to town and some of the other places up and down the beach road for places for the 4 year old and 8 month old to splash around in. The house was located close enough to town that this was no issue but far enough from town that we encountered no issues with cruise shippers and basically just had the beach to ourselves except for a few campers and other visitors all the way to the town border.
I would highly recommend this house for anyone who wants to get off the beaten track a bit and just relax. Quiet days and nights are punctuated by night vistas that are OUT OF THIS WORLD. We did a star walk every night with our four year old and he had never seen stars like this. They were GORGEOUS. Things to think about if you are renting, especially with younger kids, at least this time of year, is where and how to get them into the water, and then if walking the beach is your thing, this isn't the beach for you as there is much vegetation.
We will be back!
Snorkel, swim, fish and kayak right from our beach. We offer kayaks, some snorkel equipment and swim vests for free. Our spectacular reef is in swimming distance. Mahahual has a number of reputable dive shops that offer Banco Chinchorro diving. The XTC dive center in Xcalak offers trips to Ambegris Caye in Belize. The beaches south of Mahahual are a sea bean collector paradise! Ask us questions for the best sea bean beaches. Fly fishing tours to the famous flats of Chetumal bay can be arranged. From June- October many sea turtles build nest on our beaches. Please bring a red light if you are interested in turtle excursions. Costa Maya offers many opportunities for Nature tours and observations- see our website for specific suggestions. The Mayan archeological sites of South Quintana Roo are all reachable from Mahahual within a 2-4 hour drive by car. Chacchoben is only 45 minutes away. North Q. Roo sites: Tulum 3 hours. Chichen Itza 4 hours.