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21 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Chelem - Casa La Buena Vida

Truly paradise on the ocean with large pool and swim up bar stools.

Relax by the ocean side pool with a cup of coffee while watching the pelican’s dive for their breakfast. Every morning you can walk with the sand between your toes and find starfish at the waters edge.

La Buena Vida is a fully equipped 2 bedroom, 2 ½ bath piece of paradise. Featuring Ticul (Stone) flooring throughout. All appliances, fully equipped kitchen and a beautiful full length patio and terrace overlooking the gulf of Mexico.

There is a cruise ship port (Progreso) that is about 10 minutes away by car, which is just far enough away from the busy crowds of the cruise ship activity.

You can take a stroll down the beach to Chelem and see that it is full of wonderful people. The town of Chelem has a fresh food market with lots of fresh seafood and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

There are many things to do around Chelem, if you feel like pulling yourself away from the pool and the beach.

Merida is a beautiful cultural city with about 1,000,000 people. There is plenty of shopping with many Malls, Walmart, Home depot, Sam’s Club and Costco. There is also many Casinos and many movie theaters also with some VIP movie theaters with leather reclining chairs and small lamps and also a waiter/waitress so you can order some food. If you love to go to the movies you will love it even more in Merida.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Kelly and Tim King
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2016
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About Kelly and Tim King

This is our first beach home and we love it so much. We are very excited to share our piece of Paradise with all of you.

Kelly and Tim King purchased this house in 2013

Why Kelly and Tim King chose Yucatan

We had talked about where we wanted to retire and my husband wanted to check out Florida but I ask him if he would consider looking outside of the country and he said yes so we started in Lake Chapala which is near Guadalajara, MX. We liked it there but we didn't feel quite as safe as we did when we came to visit the Yucatan and we absolutely fell in love with the people and the quaint fishing village. The water is so beautiful and its a very peaceful feeling just sitting by the waters edge. Once in awhile we get some friendly iguanas hanging out on top of our walls surrounding the houses.

I was there in July of this year (2014) with my brother and his new wife. They were walking along the beach back from Chelem and 3 dogs came running up to them. They got two of them to go away but one of the dogs stayed by them and followed them to our house and just kind of made herself comfortable and started protecting our property. Any time any people were walking on the beach she would get on the side of the pool and walk the length of it until the people were off of our property. We have decided to keep her. My brother Ken and his wife Tammy have named her Lucy. She is a wonderful addition to our Paradise.

What makes this house unique

When we first saw our property I was amazed at how large the lot was. The homes were not finished they were basically a shell for each house. They just had the foundation and walls which were made of cement and then we decided to renovate each home (two done at this time) up to North American Standards. The difference is amazing. I will put a book together to show how our progress has made it what it is today.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We LOVED this house! Really clean, luxurious, beautiful - We felt very safe, supported, inspired, creative, and relaxed. It's in a quiet small fishing town with a few restaurants - be sure you drive through 2 towns to the west so you can see the flamingos. You'll likely need to go to Merida for groceries but it's only 30min drive. It was great to have your own private beach spot, few people ever walking by even. The pool was lovely. It was a little far from the cenotes and temples which meant it would be a full days adventure to go. The sea is a lovely emerald green. Hosts were easy to communicate with and the on-site caretaker was very helpful with any questions.
Dec 2014
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based on 21 holidaymaker reviews

average rating of 4.952381 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for allowing my family to rent your home! What an amazing house stocked with everything needed. We were only there a few days visiting with a friend who retired in the area. I can see why she fell in love with the area and the people. I hope to return and spend more time sight seeing.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words. We are happy that you enjoyed the area as much as we do. Regards Kelly and Tim
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Amazing and relaxing!!

  • 5 of 5

We just want to thank Kelly & Tim for opening their home to us! We stayed for the entire month of July 2016 and have to say that the house exceeded our expectations! The home is large and accommodates 6 people to sleep but could entertain a great deal more. We found the house was well stocked with linens, towels, basic toiletries, as well as the kitchen was well stocked for my husband(who is a chef) to prepare our meals! The pool was beautiful and beach access easy and convenient, if you wanted to cool down indoors the air conditioning worked great. We spent a great deal of our time just relaxing at the pool and there was always something different to see. Sailboats, sea dos, fishermen daily or octopus fisherman at night, kite surfers, and finally on the last day 2 dolphins diving in and out of the waves! Lastly our property managers Martie and Veronica were always around if we needed anything! Thank you again for an unforgettable vacation, we will be back!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you truly enjoyed your vacation. We are very happy that you were happy with your stay. Regards Kelly and Tim
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay at La Buena Vida was way too short. We were only in town for 4 days total but, we couldn't have picked a better place to stay or more enjoyable people to rent from. Every detail was taken care of and there was nothing for us to do but relax and enjoy the house and the outrageous view. We loved it so much we bought a home in the area!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you come back in the future. Thanks Kelly and Tim
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Auburn, Indiana USA

Two months in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Casa La Buena Vida the months of Feb. and March 2016. Our son and family visited us in March and our daughter and family visited in Feb. The house and grounds are beautiful and equipped with anything you could need. I cooked a lot and every utensil I could think of was there.The beds were very comfortable and the bedding was lovely. I would put this home against any in the area and this one would outshine them all. Tim and Kelly have done an outstanding job.They even furnish paper products, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel!!! We loved the pool and ocean and sleeping to the sound of waves.

We didn't have a car and so we used public transportation. They are small vans that travel the beach road from Progreso to Chelem. Standing at the end of the driveway the van would stop and take us to Chelem for 9 pesos ( 50 cents US) . There is a combi (van) stand in Chelem where we could get a ride back. We would stand on the opposite side of the road to go to Progreso for the same price. They hold 15 passengers. There are three nice grocery stores in Progreso and also a huge fruit and vegetable market. When family were here we went to the Uxmal ruins and also Tres Cenotes. Kelly provides the number of two taxi drivers, one with a small cab that we used for just my husband and myself and a van driver when our families were with us. They were inexpensive. We especially grew to love our van driver who took our family to five cenotes, swam with us and chose our restaurant! He even got us guides for both the ruins and cenotes! This area is the safest area in Mexico. No violent crime at all. We felt very safe walking down the road to a local restaurant. And if you want a cultural experience then Merida is for you. It is a half hour away, the cleanest city you will ever be in and it has every kind of store, restaurant and entertainment you could think of.

Our favorite restaurants in Chelem are Tacomaya, Lizard Joes and Bull Pen. We also loved La Playa which is on the beach within walking distance and Sol Y Mar in Progreso.

Also, the property manager is within a call to help with any needs and the caretaker and his family is there to service the pools and keep the grounds beautiful. We fell in love with the caretakers family. Such warm and friendly people!

Tim and Kelly have a beautiful property in Mexico and we are very thankful they shared it with us. We had two months in paradise and we hope to go back again and visit soon. We love it there!!

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We want to thank the both of you for choosing Casa La Buena Vida for your 2 month vacation. Its great when you know you have kind, and dependable people staying at our house. We really hope the both of you decide to come back and stay again. Thank you so much Kelly & Tm
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  • 5 of 5

This was our third time to Chelem and Buena Vida was incredible. The house itself, along with all the amenities were outstanding. I like to cook, so the kitchen and the quality of the vessels were greatly appreciated. During our stay we had the opportunity to meet Kelly and it was a real pleasure. We have full intentions of returning next year and have already made the reservations !!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan it was a real pleasure to host the two of you and it was also wonderful meeting you all when I was there. I hope your friend is also able to come back and visit you both next year also. Thank you again for choosing our casa. Kind Regards Kelly
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More than we expected

  • 5 of 5

La buena vida was beautiful, clean, calm, and a home away from home. It provided the serenity we needed after a rough trip getting there. The care taker was helpful and friendly. The property manager, Mr. Quetzal, was welcoming and helpful also. Mr. Quetzal assisted us in the repair of our vehicle by looking around for the damaged part and finally getting it rebuilt and installed. This was not easy since the brand Mitsubishi is not common in Yucatan. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a peaceful vacation. Due to its location transportation is recommended. The only problem we encountered was lack of signage. We had to drive around for hours looking for the place and no one in Chelem seemed to know of the place since it previously was called by another name. However, I must commend the property manager for addressing the signage problem and two days later the sign was put up. Thanks Kelly and Tim king was sharing with us your beautiful house.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us. I am truly sorry about the sign. We had been putting vinyl signs that didn't last so we decided to go more permanent. It is wonderful having great guests stay at our house. It makes things so much more pleasant. Please come back we would love for you to stay again. Kelly
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Taco Maya
Lizard Joes
Soma Restaurante -- CLOSED
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
5 min
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
La Ceiba Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
La Playa
Nearest Beach
In front of our Oasis
Car: recommended


The town of Cuzama is known for the large number of cenotes found there. Especially unique is a tour that you can do in this area where you will visit three cenotes. If you go to the hacienda in Cuzama, you can hire a guide who will put you on a platform buggy pulled by horses along interesting paths through the surrounding countryside. The main cenotes are: Chelentun (laying down rock), Chansinic'che (tree with small ants) and Bolochoojol (nine drops of water). The Chelentun Cenote has incredibly blue and clear water, with excellent visibility. Stalactite and stalagmite formations add to its unique beauty. There is such beauty in the Cenotes.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Chelem, Yucatan

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Standard Rate
1 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
17 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Standard Rate
5 Jan 2017 - 27 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Easter - Semana Santa
9 Apr 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £245

Some rates will be more during Mexican Holidays and are subject to change at any time.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Chelem in Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Whole shower is in Macedonia Stone
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Whole shower is in Macedonia Stone
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Indoor/Outdoor bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master Bedroom 1 King bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed , 2 Queen beds sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom has a King size bed and then the guest bedroom has 2 queen beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor Shower, and indoor fountain and 2 outdoor fountains in the courtyard. For a fee $$ we can have someone come in and cook a meal and also they will have a waiter.

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