Yes this is really your beach when you stay at Casa Maare. It's a turtle sanctuary, has good snorkeling and it's own swimmable cenote just steps from the beach.New patio and hammock for Mayan-style relaxing
Casa Maare, Near Akumal and Tulum
Casa Maare, Near Akumal and Tulum
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
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Casa Maare---at pristine Xcacel Beach and so close to Tulum ruins, jungle cenotes, Xelha Eco-park and more--- it's your comfy, cozy home base for a great vacation. Casa Maare is your sweet little casita in the jungle of the Maya Riviera.

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Casa Maare---at pristine Xcacel Beach and so close to Tulum ruins, jungle cenotes, Xelha Eco-park and more--- it's your comfy, cozy home base for a great vacation. Casa Maare is your sweet little casita in the jungle of the Maya Riviera.

Casa Maare---at pristine Xcacel Beach and so close to Tulum ruins, jungle cenotes, Xelha Eco-park and more--- it's your comfy, cozy home base for a great vacation. Casa Maare is your sweet little casita in the jungle of the Maya Riviera.

Casa Maare---at pristine Xcacel Beach and so close to Tulum ruins, jungle cenotes, Xelha Eco-park and more--- it's your comfy, cozy home base for a great vacation. Casa Maare is your sweet little casita in the jungle of the Maya Riviera. All the comforts of home (kitchen, a/c, soft sheets and towels), all the adventure of the land of the Maya. Just minutes from Tulum ruins, spectacular white sand beaches, cool jungle cenotes, great snorkeling, tasty tacos and cold cervezas. The place is all yours (it's a second home). 1 hour 15 minutes from Cancun airport.

Welcome to Casa Maare, you've escaped to paradise on the Riviera Maya. Located between Akumal and Tulum, near Xcacel Beach, Casa Maare is furnished with Mexican style and colors using natural, sustainable materials such as bamboo. Everything about the home is fresh and bright. The casa has a traditional outdoor pergola for shade and beach towels, a cooler, chairs and umbrellas to enhance your time at Xcacel beach. The neighborhood features two pretty little cenotes and is close enough to walk to the beach or the nearby pueblo.

Casa Maare's property managers, Debra and Cowboy, will greet you upon arrival and take you for a tour of the area so you can start enjoying your stay right away. They'll be available in the neighborhood to assist you with activity planning or whatever you might need during your stay.

Casa Maare has all the comforts of home---soft sheets, soft towels, a/c, a full kitchen, a comfy couch, indoor and outdoor dining areas. Casa Maare comfortably accomodates 2 - 4 people, with indoor or outdoor dining for four and a sectional couch in the adjacent living area. A stay at Casa Maare is comfort and adventure at an affordable price. Casa Maare is situated in a unique community of brightly colored homes populated by locals and Canadian and US expats and part-timers. The neighborhood, is surrounded by jungle filled with birds and animals and also features two small cenotes. It is a short walk from the Chemuyil pueblo and pristine Xcacel beach, and is just minutes from the Meso-American reef for diving and snorkeling, and the Yucatan's famous cenotes, a system of underwater caves and caverns for the more experienced diver. A short drive or ride in a taxi or colectivo takes you to Yucatan adventures of a lifetime---Xel-Ha ecopark, the Tulum, Xelha, Muyil and Coba ruins, and the Sian Kaan Biosphere.

Casa Maare and its neighborhood are unique in that they are modest, mayan-style homes originally built as staff housing for a resort that was never built on the nearby Xcacel beach. The beach was declared a sea turtle sanctuary and the homes languished until a trio of enterprising investors re-packaged and marketed these little gems to locals and vacationers.

Built to last in the vernacular cinder-block style, these casitas have weathered 4 major hurricanes since 2001. Most owners purchased since 2007 and the tract has evolved into the techni-colored rows and various remodeled facades you see today.

Interaction is limited to email and phone. I do not live at the casa. My property managers are nearby to help with anything you need during your stay.

Public transportation is easily available just around the corner on the main street. You can hop on a collective (van service) every 20 minutes and go anywhere from Playa del Carmen to Tulum for 20 pesos between 6am and 11pm. Taxis are also available by phone and the drivers know the neighborhood and will come pick you up. It's nice to have a car but not necessary. Bicycles are great to have as the roads are flat and there's plenty to see. Ask me about arranging to have bikes ready at the house for you for an additional fee.

Guests have access to the whole house, mi casa es su casa!

Guest access

Guests have access to the whole house, mi casa es su casa!

Interaction with guests

I don't live at the casa so interaction will be limited to email, phone, sms. I have property managers in the neighborhood who are readily available to guests.

Other things to note

There's no TV but there is a DVD and book library and a Bluetooth speaker. Bring your device of choice. You can also stream Netflix or Spotify using the free house wifi.


Extra people $15 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $45
Security Deposit $200
Weekly Discount: 20%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

Guests are expected to enjoy Casa Maare as their home base for Maya Riviera adventures. A list of house rules and directions to the casa will be sent when reservation is confirmed. Rates negotiable for longer term stays (2 weeks or more). Contact owner.

You must also acknowledge
Potential for noise - With windows open and houses close together, proximity to Chemuyil Pueblo and Highway 307, you will hear more than just monkeys and birds :)


Safety features
First aid kit

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Kate User Profile
September 2017
This is a great place! You will want to have a car to get to the sites and town, but it is very close to Tulum and Akmal Bay. It is also stocked with all the beach gear you could need. Very comfortable.

Elisabeth User Profile
April 2017
Heather's place is accurately described and pictured in her post for the property. Heather was great about responding to questions during our stay. The outdoor spaces, front and back, are well kept, but not very functional. It would be nice to have more of a space to eat/play/relax in the back and off the street with comfortable patio furniture and an umbrella or shade device. The neighborhood itself is a quiet and a cool collection of homes. Although there is a modest barrier of forest/jungle between the neighborhood and the highway, you can always hear the traffic, day and night. The pueblo is a walkable distance (20 minutes), but with small children it is hot and dusty and at night it is pitch dark which feels intimidating. The primary beach is also walkable, but the highway crossing by foot felt very, very unsafe each time we did it. The collectivo stop at the junction of the road and the highway was very convenient to get rides to other destinations, but on the return, the drop off is on the opposite side of the highway and, again, the crossing felt extremely dangerous with the kids. Other things about the house that would have been helpful: a map, both of the neighborhood and of the greater area (maybe a 5-10 mile radius) to show true distances of destinations, sites, restaurants, grocery stores, ATMs, etc. Also, house supplies and instructions could use some improvement. For example, soap for the bathroom sink to wash hands, garbage bags, toilet paper. Additional instructions: how to use the oven (manual ignite for gas stove/oven), the name of the WiFi network, how to use the home phone to make local calls. I traveled without a car and I would not do that again if I were to stay at Heather's place. If you are traveling on a budget, spend the money on a hotel on the beach and use taxis/collectivos to get around or stay at Heather's home and get a rental car. I will say that I was grateful to have a more local, authentic experience. The pueblo is very modest and the people/food were great.

Joe User Profile
February 2017
Had a great stay at Casa maare, great location to all the Riviera maya has to offer!

Linda User Profile
February 2017
Casa Maare was just what we were looking for. It is located in a quiet and friendly residential neighborhood, near a small Mexican village with great restaurants, and walking distance to a secluded beach. The neighborhood even has its very own cenote, which was a wonderful place for early morning swims after my walks in the jungle. The house is well-equipped with what you might need for basic cooking and beach excursions. We were greeted when we arrived by the caretaker who got us oriented. And Heather was great--always quick to respond to our emails. The only downside is that the neighborhood is right off the main highway and the highway noise is fairly loud and constant. But you do get used to it. (Bring earplugs for sleeping.) That said, the highway noise is an issue for most of the accommodations along the Mayan Riviera. On my morning walks into the jungle I found that I had to go about 2 miles straight inland before the noise petered out. For me, the highway noise was small trade off for being walking distance from one of the most stunning beaches I've ever seen.

Anita User Profile
January 2016
Our stay at Casa Maare was amazing. We booked our trip well in advance and then planned around our stay in Casa Maare. Heather was very helpful and was able to answer my questions accurately and quickly so, we were ready. The Casa was clean and comfortable. The handbook provided helps a lot with the idiosyncrasies of the Casa and how to get around. We chose to rent bikes, walk and use the public transportation. It was great. The Jungle Place, a Spider Monkey sanctuary, is a ways down the Jungle road. There is also a Cenote that we had to ourselves the day we went there. The town is a Mayan village and the people were warm and welcoming, we enjoyed many an evening in their company. Cowboy and Debra are great Property managers. Friendly and right there if you need them. The neighborhood is clean, well lit and colorful, with a small Cenote (swimming hole) just down the street from the Casa. Clean, clear and full of small fish, the best way to cool off after a walk/ride to town. The beach across the highway was a short walk on a path through the jungle, awesome, to a frontage road, where there is another Cenote, then cross the street and down the road leading to the ocean. This beach is a sea turtle sanctuary. Its super clean and not at all crowded. There is good snorkeling north of the buildings and yet another Cenote located south of the buildings. All in all it was a fantastic trip, we could have stayed for a couple months! and may next time, I know for sure , We will return.

Barbara User Profile
December 2015
We had a great visit to Casa Maare. The home was beautifully decorated and included all the things we might need for a great vacation. I particularly loved the outdoor shower in the back yard. The neighbors were friendly, the location perfect for adventuring around the Riviera Maya, or just chilling at home. Heather was friendly and accommodating. I would stay again!

Clarity User Profile
April 2015
Case Maare was the perfect home base for our trip to the Yucatan. Heather was extremely helpful and responsive in the weeks leading up to our trip. And once we arrived, the local property managers were attentive and helpful when needed. The house was simple but with nice decor and equipped with the essentials. And lots of wonderful reading books! We loved the area. Chemuyil is a charming little village and the neighboring towns up and down the Riviera are full of beautiful beaches and cenotes. We highly recommend Casa Maare. Only downfall were the pillows, which are hard and flat ...across Mexico in general:) so bring your own pillow and you're golden!

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Heather User ProfileHeather is a superhost.

I'm a designer living on the Central Coast of California specializing in the use of sustainable materials for home interiors. I have been traveling to Mexico for years and recently had the opportunity to purchase a little house in an amazing part of the Yucatan. It's my dream to share this wonderful part of the world with other travelers. I named the place Casa Maare because in the Yucatec language, "maare" is slang for "wow!" I mean, wow, I never thought I'd have a house in Mexico.

I've had such interesting and fun guests visit Casa Maare through Airbnb, that I've recently decided to share part of my home in San Luis Obispo. When I'm in SLO, I love to go out and hear live music. We have such a thriving scene here and I'm happy to steer guests toward it. I also love hiking and yoga, good food, art films and stand up paddle boarding.

Favorite destinations include Mexico, SF, LA and Portland; and in 2017, Germany and Iceland.

My life motto? Love is greater than fear.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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