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Quinta Mai, Paradise Found! Great swimming, fabulous colors, quiet, private

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 9 nights


About the property

Two bedroom, two bathroom home on the prettiest part of Laguna Bacalar

Quinta Mai is a colorful slice of tropical paradise on the southwest shore of Laguna Bacalar in the town of Bacalar. It is perfectly located on the tip of a small peninsula that separates two deep blue cenotes. Because of the crystal clear water, the white sand bottom, the intense sunlight, and the variable depths of water, an incredible play of colors is before your eyes. The locals call it 'The lake of the seven colors' and you can see all seven colors, and more, from the dock at Quinta Mai. It is also excellent water for swimming. Some of the properties on Bacalar have muddy shorelines and other properties have a very steep approach to the water. Others are too low and they tend to get muddy. Quinta Mai is perfect. It's moderately elevated above the waterline so it's easy to get to the lake. The Lake bottom around the shoreline is firm sand and so the water remains clear. Furthermore there are living rocks called stromatolites just off the shoreline which are concretions a blue-green algae and extremely rare throughout the world. The stromatolites create a small natural Jacuzzi that is about two feet deep and just perfect for soaking or for children to splash around in. At the end of the dock the water is about 5 feet deep and so you can easily dive into the water. The snorkeling on the lake is beautiful because the water is so clear and there are large rocky ledges and drop offs to explore. If you swim out about 60 yards from the dock you will reach the beginning of a deep blue cenote where the water depth drops rapidly down to about 150 feet. Swimming in the other direction the water becomes quite shallow and it gets down to about 2 feet. This creates a play of colors that varies with the time of the day, the wave action and the cloud cover. Sitting on the dock under an umbrella and looking at the clouds and the lake is absolutely mesmerizing!

My name Is Jim Baumgaertner. I am from Wisconsin and I grew up in Minnesota. I know something about lakes! This lake is perhaps the most beautiful lake in the world. It is listed as one of the worlds greatest lakes by the United Nations, right up there with Lake Baikal, Lake Superior and Lake Titicaca. This place is special! Unlike the aforementioned lakes, this lake is warm year-round and the swimming is wonderful. I swam in Lake Titicaca and Lake Superior, and I greatly prefer Lake Bacalar! It is also fine lake to go kayaking, or to go sailing, or to take a tourist lake cruise. If you are a birdwatcher, bring your binoculars and you will be in heaven! Come to Bacalar now before the rest of the world discovers it.

The town of Bacalar is also very special. It has a history that goes back over 1000 years. The Mayans, the Spanish, and the Pirates of the Caribbean have all played a historical role. There is a stone fortress built in 1715 that was used to protect the city from the ruthless pirates. The town has several public swimming areas and a Central Square that's fun to explore. There are plenty of little restaurants some of which are extremely good and all very inexpensive.

Bacalar is also a good central location to explore a different part of Mexico. You can easily visit the Costa Maya, many different Mayan ruins that hardly anyone else has seen, and the capital city of Chetumal that is only a half an hour away. You are also very close to the border with Belize and just a ferry ride from the islands of Belize.

We have two houses on the property. The main casa is about 1400 square feet, with a shower, a second bathroom, a large bedroom with an adjacent smaller bedroom and a total of three beds. Please look at the video for details as it's easier to see than to explain. There's a living room with mahogany furniture, a small office area and there's also a separate kitchen that is in a room to itself just outside the front door to the house. Surrounding the house are three terraces. Each terrace is covered by a thatched roof called palapa. The palapa awnings protect the terraces from sun and rain. You'll probably spend more of your time out door on the terraces than inside the house. See the video for details.

There is a second smaller shelter that is a small thatched roof hut that used to be a little dance area and bar area used by the previous Mexican owners. We call it the laguna casita, the small house by the lake. It is directly on the shore line and so it receives magnificent cooling breezes from the lake. Great place to hang out.

Our property also has quite a few trees including seven Royal Palms, two small mango trees, some banana trees, several sour orange trees, an avocado tree, and perhaps a few more trees that I can't pronounce.

To really get a view of this property please look at the video that I shot on January 30, 2015. You can click on it from this website.

By the way, the name Quinta Mai refers to a special place that was a happy home to three children named Maria, Andrei and Isabella. Mai is the abbreviation for the names of the children. We chose to keep that name because our property really is a special place for children of all ages. I hope that you have the opportunity to enjoy it. It is very beautiful and very special.

More Details

James Baumgaertner
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About James Baumgaertner

My name is Jim Baumgaertner. My wife Peggy and I purchased Quinta Mai in 2005. We also own two beachfront two bedroom condos in Puerto Aventuras. Google Casa Kokai foe details. We are from La Crosse, Wisconsin and we have been coming to Mexico since about 1983. We love to scuba, snorkel and swim and to just enjoy the warmth and beauty of the land and the people. We truly do look forward to hosting you!

James Baumgaertner purchased this house in 2005

Why James Baumgaertner chose Bacalar

Quinta Mai is one of the most beautiful properties on the entire lake. It has one of the best views on the lake and it's away from the noisy central part of town. It also has perfect swimming and it is close to restaurants and stores. Very inexpensive. You get a lot for your money at Quinta Mai!

What makes this house unique

Great swimming, quiet, beautiful views of the lake, royal palms, private, and the laguna casita beach house directly on the shore line.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bacalar in Bacalar Municipality

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Half Bathroom - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Please look at the YouTube video of Quinta Mai filmed January 30, 2015. It is even more beautiful in person.


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Quinta Mai, Paradise Found! Great swimming, fabulous colors, quiet, private
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Beautiful house on the laguna!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our group of 5 friends vacationing together. We especially enjoyed lying around on the dock, the beautiful water, the kitchen that allowed us to cook much of our food, and the spaciousness of the property. There are so many places to hang out and rest-- a front dining area, a back dining/table area, a casita by the laguna, and the dock-- that we all were able to get some quite alone time when we wanted, and also had enough space for groups dinners together.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic location...real taste of Mexico

  • 5 of 5

Great vacation, in a great location...the lagoon is as stunning as the photos show. Bacalar is a real getaway from it all, and a chance to sample an area not fully on the tourist route. Great local food, great local people...and the Mayan ruins around the area are amazing.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed Quinta Mai. We hope to host you again in our colorful little slice of paradise.
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Fabulous Christmas getaway...

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 stayed at Quinta Mai for a week at Christmas - what a relaxing, enjoyable and gorgeous setting with the house, dock and casita. Quinta Mai offered gorgeous lakefront, fabulous swimming and enough house space, covered porches and nooks and crannies for everyone to find space. We love the town of Bacalar - from the friendly and welcoming locals, to the great restaurants and markets. We used Quitlnta Mai as our home base to explore the surrounding area - Cenote Azule, local Mayan ruins. torta cochinatas at Chepe's, a fabulous day enjoying the beach at Mahahual, great 3 hour paddle board tour from the Green Monkey Hoste,l and exploring Bacalar. We hope to be back again!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quinta Mai, a piece of heaven in the earth

  • 5 of 5

I meet Quinta Mai on 2011and I think since then each year we take two weeks for enjoying one of the most beautiful places in which I have ever been. The nature, the paceful, the presence of God is gorgeous. I remember the first time my daughter was about 7 years old and when she was playing in the water, a beautiful yellow fish came to her, and she could caress it as if it was a little pet, it was the first miracle in this beautiful place, we could take a delicious breakfast in front of the lake, later relax in a "hamaca" and later swim, you just can leave all the stress from job, from the city, from every day and return to yourself and feel son great with you, your family, your life again. My english is not so good. But I'm sure you can feel that after you try one time Quinta Mai, you will come back in every opportunity that you have as my family and I we do it. Thanks Jim and Peggy for been so great people and thanks for sharing your great Quinta Mai :)

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always such a pleasure to host you and your princess. We know how much you love Quinta Mai and we are so happy to host you every year!! Hugs to you and your beautiful daughter. Jim and Peggy
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Our Own Personal Heaven! Quiet, Secluded, On Water

  • 5 of 5

This little bungalow was perfect for, we, three ladies traveling alone. The security gate kept us safe while we relaxed in the cottage or down by the lagoon in our own private Palapa. The big-overstuffed sofas and comfy beds allowed us to relax after busy days spent exploring the area.

A highlight of our trip was taking a pontoon boat ride out on the lagoon and down to the rapids - a perfect way to experience the 7 colors of the lagoon.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peggy and I, and our property manager Olga thank you for staying at Quinta Mai and we are happy that you enjoyed our little slice of paradise. We look forward to hosting you again in the future.
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Peaceful Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Quinta Mai, our first trip to Bacalar. We rented a car and had no trouble at all finding the place and there are gas stations in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and three in Bacalar. You can get groceries in Playa at the Walmart or at the San Francisco grocery in Tulum. The property at Quinta Mai is beautiful - very quiet and peaceful. The lake is absolutely gorgeous! Go to Google maps and you can get a great view of the whole city of Bacalar and the road to the house. We enjoyed the many places to sit outside at Quinta Mai; whether is was watching the early morning sunrise, drinking our morning coffee, or eating a meal. The kitchen is well-equipped for cooking and has a full size refrigerator. At night we sat outside playing cards and loved the sound of the waves down by the dock. The bed was very comfortable, with nice linens. There is more than enough storage in the bedroom as well as the living room. We didn't use the TV or DVD player -- just sitting out at night taking in the stars was wonderful entertainment! We found some great restaurants in town - just a short 1-1/2 miles away. Visit El Barrill Grill a block up from town square, for craft beers and wonderful food. La Playita is on the shoreline of Laguna Bacalar, north of the fort, and is the #1 pick on Trip Advisor and once you eat there, you will see why. There is a great quesadilla place next to the town square, around the corner from a craft shop, as well as a great Italian/pizza place next door. We were very happy with Olga, the house manager, and impressed with the quick reply to our email questions. We rented a two-person kayak from her and paddled down to the south end of the lake to "the rapids" for a little day trip. Unfortunately we didn't know there is actually a little bar at this end, and we didn't have any money to buy a beer! We also kayaked around the edges of the cenotes (blue holes) on the lake, which was very interesting. It was wonderful to come back to the house and sit outside listening to the many birds chirping. We took a day trip to Chetumal, about 45 miles south, which is on the ocean. Go to El Taco Loco for a great lunch. There is also a Walmart there for any supplies you may need. We would highly recommend driving or taking the bus to Bacalar and staying at Quinta Mai, owned by Jim and Peggy Baumgaertner. Jim is quick to answer any questions and will offer make the rental process very easy and efficient.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Hotel Laguna
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 307
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Hotel Laguna
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Public Swimming Sand Beach
Car: recommended

My Quinta Mai property is located on Avenida Costera #429 (Also known as Avenida 1) in the town of Bacalar between the Hotel Laguna and the Cenote Azul restaurant. The number is 429 but the numbering system is totally screwy. Get a map from bacalarmosaico dot com. My property is listed as H17 on that map. Also look at the satellite view. Perfect location with blue cenotes to the north and south and turquoise water right off the dock.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £44.59
Pet Fee £7.56

Internet is offered with free via wifi but service is NOT guaranteed. We do usually have good cell phone coverage. We do have three bikes available for rent. Maximum occupancy is gennerally 6, but we have made exceptions. Inquire. Pets may be allowed but only with advanced permission and a fee of $10 per night. Standard rate is for 4 persons. $10 per night for each additional person beyond 4.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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