Our beautifully renovated casita offers an aesthetically appealing, relaxing place to call home base. Simple, open, airy and comfortable. You will find everything you need for a comfortable stay. We are pleased to offer such a stunning rental home.
Casa Libelula (Dragonfly) is newly renovated!! Our beautiful casita is newly remodeled and is stunning. It features two private patios, one in front and one in back. So even though the house is a small one bedroom/one bath the additional outdoor space makes it feel spacious and relaxing. The casa makes an excellent home base to explore cenotes, cenote parks, the beaches all along the coast, Mayan ruins, Xcaret, Xel Ha, the choices are endless. The casita is 5 minutes drive (4km) to the beautiful beaches of Tulum or the Mayan Ruins. We purposely have NO T.V. We do have a blue tooth enabled wireless speaker. Enjoy either of the private patios in the front or back of the house and relax after a long day spent at the most beautiful beaches in the world. The kitchen is up to U.S. standards and comes with everything you need to prepare meals in, including decent sized refrigerator, gas oven and cook top, microwave and even a blender for those tropical drinks you crave. The windows and patio door are screened with pet proof screens so you can enjoy the breeze without the pests. Our neighbor does have cats and they do come into the yard. If you have allergies you need to bring your medications just in case. We don't allow them into the house.
If you are adverse to bugs or can't re-light your own water heater you might want to consider a resort or villa. We don't spray chemicals and the water heater is located outside which is common construction for this area. So it can go out from time to time.
The house rental does include, dedicated wireless internet to keep your friends and family green with envy as you share your vacation stories and photos.
The casita is located in a safe neighborhood occupied by an eclectic mix of people. From local business owners to Mexican families to expatriates from all over the world. The neighborhood is lively, but far enough removed from the center of Tulum that you do get some peace and quiet. You will still get vendors selling popsicles, bread, and other goodies that cruise up and down the streets. Each has their own horn honk, whistle or catchy song.
The casita is within walking distance of the San Francisco supermarket or to the newest Chedraui grocery filled with anything you might need/desire. There is an Oxxo close by for snacks and drinks to tide you over until you can do a grocery run.
It is also walking distance to the bustling town of Tulum proper. The powdery beaches of Tulum are a short bike ride or drive from the house, 3 miles give or take. Beach towels are provided so don't waste your precious packing space. Or head 3km to the Mayan Ruins and enjoy ancient history. There is a public beach called Playa Maya that is located between Tulum Ruins and Tulum Hotel Zone. It has a long sandy beach, and is less populated and has water that is calmer then the beach located within Tulum Ruins. There are some resorts and restaurants on this beach as well as parasailing. It is best to bike to this beach as parking is extremely limited, or get there early. The beach at Tulum Ruins is beautiful with an amazing view of the Ruins. Life guards are also stationed there. It can be quite busy.
Our casita is perfect for couples The bedroom has a comfy QUEEN sized mattress.
Full American style kitchen
Dedicated wireless internet included
2 beach cruiser bikes and bike lock for your use
A/C in living room and bedroom
Private patio area with bistro table
Laundromat at the end of the block
All water and utilities included
Minutes from Tulum ruins, Tulum Pueblo and the beaches
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: This is my first time in Mexico. What can I expect?
A: If you are a seasoned, budget conscious traveller with a flexible personality you will love our house in Tulum! If this is your first time in a foreign country or if you need more structure, reliable infrastructure, and predictability, consider a hotel or all-inclusive resort. There can be sudden down pours, brief power outages and unpredictability. If you aren't comfortable lighting a water heater then this might not be the place for you.
Q: Are you on the beach?
A: Nope. We are about 3 miles away. In the pictures you can see an aerial photo that will show you the distance to the beach and town.
Q: Do you have bikes?
A: We do and they are a bear to maintain in a tropical environment. The chains rust and the tires go flat. Don't rent the house because you are depending solely on the bikes, because I am not there I cannot guarantee they are in tip top shape. I do what I can, but not every one is straight up and tells me when a tire goes flat. My latest bike pump has gone missing. There is a gas station right around the corner with air. In the event you find the bikes aren't suitable and you need a bike there is a great place called Hola bike that rents/delivers bikes. They also rent walkie talkies that can be used anywhere in Mexico. Their prices are really reasonable. All they need is the location of the house and you are set. Let me know if you arrive and the bikes are a mess. I will get the caretaker on it, but it can take a day or two. You may want to bring a bike light if you plan on using the bikes a lot.
Q: I'm on a budget, can you offer a lower price?
A: Sorry but no. We price our home as affordably as we can. We, too, are on a budget and it is expensive to maintain a home in MX. Consider that you get a kitchen, appliances, internet, AC (which is quite costly in electricity), a comfy bed, hot showers, beach towels, bikes...it's a steal, especially the weekly rate! Where else can you stay for 42 dollars a night with all those amenities?
Q: Should I rent a car or take the bus?
A: Rent a car if you want the most flexibility. Take the bus if you want to save the most money. For in depth directions on both - do some simple searches online and you will get the most current info.
Q: Are there bugs?
A: Yes, take a look at the (website hidden) map and you will see he neighborhood was cut right out of the jungle. There are bugs, bats, frogs, big grasshoppers, dragonflies, mosquitos, roaches sugar ants and all kinds of critters. For the most part you won't be bothered. But you will see bugs from time to time. It doesn't mean the house is filthy. It's just a fact of life in the tropics. We don't spray the heck out of things, but we do have bug bait and it really does help. We try to minimize our use of pesticides because the food chain. We feel badly that we could be poisoning the meals of frogs and lizards. But I promise you they are rarely seen inside the house. Especially if you take the garbage out frequently and keep food picked up.
~~~~~~Unfortunately due to careless guests placing toilet paper and other items in the toilet we have been forced to collect a refundable deposit. DO NOT put any paper, tampons or sanitary napkins in toilet. ~~~~~~~
Bluetoorh, wireless speaker
Two private patios
Interaction with Guests
We do not live onsite. Maybe in our dreams, but not in reality. Our lovely care-takers AnnaMaria and Marco live next door and will make sure your stay is great. Please do not use them like concierge. They are there to help with emergencies or problems with the house. If possible don't bother them after 6pm or before 10am. We live in Denver.
The neighborhood is a working class neighborhood. It's very safe, however do not leave and leave the house unlocked. There is street parking. This neighborhood is surrounded by jungle, so expect to see bats at night, and bugs of all shapes and sizes.
There are white vans called collectivos that run up and down highway 307. A ride is somewhere around 3 dollars. Keep in mind these are utilized by many workers, so it's best to avoid rush hours like early morning and afternoon when they are getting off of work.
Other Things to Note
There are two stores close to the house. Super San Francisco and Chedraui. They are both walkable. San Francisco is the closest, but has less variety. It's located on the west side of 307 at the intersection of 307 and the beach road/road to Coba. Chedraui is new and huge and has almost anything you can imagine. It's located on the left side of the beach road if you are headed to the beach.
NEVER, EVER, EVER flush toilet paper down the toilet. NO SANITARY NAPKINS, NO TAMPONS, NOTHING DOWN THE TOILET!!!!!! The water pressure is not strong enough to handle toilet paper. Unless you want a visit from previous eliminations DO NOT flush paper/tampons, pads or anything but urine and feces. Place your garbage in the garbage bin located next to the toilet. AGAIN, please place it in waste bin provided, NOT THE TOILET!!
Check out the guide book top right of the listing for local restaurants etc.
Please don't slam doors! Please don't slam doors! Please don't slam doors! Please don't slam doors!!
Once booked please read the House manual! Directions to the house, Wifi code and a lot of important information contained within!! ON THE BOTTOM OF ITINERARY.
No smoking in house. Smoking on patio is fine.
Please limit the use of hair dryers. Breakers may shut off if you have other things on at the same time. Honestly, it's a tropical region. It's a waste of resources in a climate like that, not to mention really expensive. It just curls right up again!
Please be respectful of the property and items contained with in. This is a hard won dream home for us and we share it because we want to, not because we have to. We reserve the right to collect a refundable 100.00 deposit. If all is well when you leave you get it right back on your credit card.
You are welcome to use the matching pair of beach cruiser bikes to your heart's content. Please email me if they have flats or anything else of concern. It's tough to keep up with the climate!
Upon completing reservation please read the house manual and also utilize the guide I have started here on airbnb. Both have a lot of useful information to help you plan your trip.
There is no daily maid service. If you want additional cleaning you can arrange it with the care-taker.
Check in is 3pm. **
Check out is 11:00am.**
This was an absolutely beautiful home! Stacie was extremely helpful and organized with information and AnnaMarie who helped us get comfortable was very kind. Also, it was wonderful to be provided with two bikes as this was by far the most enjoyable way to get around Tulum. We can't wait to come back to Tulum and stay in this beautiful home!
Nous avons très bien aimé l appartement ,cependant nous pensons qu avec quelques accessoires supplémentaires la qualité de vie de notre séjours aurait été grandement améliorer .... Grille pains mitaine de four crochet pour linge panier à vélo tiré bouchon verre à vin serviette de douche et un chauffe-eau qui fonctionne
I'm sorry the water heater pilot blew out on you. There are instructions on how to light it and it the caretaker came over within 5 minutes of your message to me. It would be helpful if people read the actually read the house manual and would make your stay much better. I'll pass the message onto my caretaker as far as accessories. The house was completely renovated recently and She outfitted it with everything. I know she'll appreciate the feedback. We haven't been there since the remodel.
The renovation has opened up more space and added more comfort to this darling casita. The front patio is very user friendly now with a tea table and chairs. We were extremely happy with all the new features. The bed is comfortable and the open shelving allowed me to be more organized. A great value .
Everything was as expected. The place was cleans obviously well-kept. The instructions were clear and guides very useful. Thanks.
If you want a slightly more rustic experience of Mexico, away from the hotel zone and $10 margaritas, this is the perfect house from which to explore Tulum. The bed was comfortable and the kitchen well-appointed. There were patios (front and back) to enjoy outdoor relaxation and meals while avoiding the worst of the sun. The house stayed cool during even the warmest days, and the air conditioner in the room was a blessing at night. Further, there were well-maintained and comfortable bicycles provided. We used the cruisers extensively to get around town, to Mayan ruins, and to the most luxurious white sand beaches.
Be aware that this is not a hotel with turn-down service. You have to light the water heater and take out the trash. The fact that we could shop and cook for ourselves, and had privacy and our own space, were big selling points. For the minor trade-off of not being waited on and having a bar and restaurant right outside our villa, we saved up to $1000. This casa is anywhere from a 1/4 to a 1/6 of the cost of the hotel zone. We left our week-long vacation feeling great about our choices.
Hi Jason! Thanks for the tip. I apologize, I don't have word on my computer. Once I posted the instructions into airbnb all the formatting was removed and that's where I printed it from. I have asked AnnaMaria to print out the original version with the headings and spaces so it's easier for future guests. In that manual it does talk about AnnaMaria and Marco as my care-takers, but I understand that it was hard to read and it is very lengthy. It's hard to balance giving people all the information they need and keeping their attention long enough to read it. I understand because I'm the same way. I never read instructions for anything I purchase. I'm hands on and only refer to them when I have a problem!
Thanks for the additional attention you gave the house, I do appreciate it and passed your comments onto AnnaMaria. Also, we replaced the pilot light as it was oxidized by the humidity. So I apologize for the frustration. I do hope you had an amazing time!! Thank you for taking the time to help me make improvements.
5 stars for our host and 5 stars for the house.
Our host was great at answering all of my questions prior to my trip, including offering helpful advice about visiting Tulum. Her communications were prompt and helpful.
The place is in a great location and is perfectly cozy for a couple. It includes two bikes, which were great for getting us to the beach and to the Tulum ruins, both of which are about 4 to 5 km away. The kitchen had everything we needed to make breakfast, including a coffee maker. We enjoyed eating outside in the sun in the fenced in patio.
The neighborhood felt safe and has two small convenience stores. In addition, there are two large supermarkets just a few minutes away, and the center of town is less than .5 km away.
Also, our host arranged for a neighbor to greet us, and she was very friendly and helpful with logistics.
We stayed for a week and found the place really great to come home to, after a day out. We went to the grocery store the first day and saved a lot of money cooking most of our meals there. The fridge is good sized and there are plenty of pots and pans etc. There is also ample storage to unpack and settle in. The bikes are also really great. We actually were given totally new bikes because one of them was broken. It was fun to ride around and get compliments on our stylin bikes. We never had any trouble with the water or electricity and only needed to use the air conditioner twice. It cooled the place very quickly! The internet is also very fast and reliable. We loved the little neighborhood and could easily walk to get groceries. There are several places to eat out at as well. Stacie is amazing and helpful! Follow her tips and recommendations for a fabulous time! This place is perfect if you want the experience of living in Tulum. This is not a B&B with guest services. Annamaria is there next door if needed but at least while we were there, she was very busy and we were mostly on our own. However, we were looking to experience life in Tulum and it was fine. Just know that interaction with a "host" in Mexico may be limited in this location compared to other airbnbs. If you have traveled a lot, and want an apartment to be left alone in, this is perfect!
I am a veterinary technician most recently I worked in Oncology at a great referral hospital in Denver. After 14 years I told my boss to work someone else to death and quit! 've been an animal lover my whole life and made it my life's work. I am married to a wonderful guy named Chris. (why yes, we were married in Mexico! How did you ever guess?) We have a son named Holt who loves Mexico every bit as much as we do. I found Tulum as a volunteer for (website hidden). A non profit that does several spay and neuter campaigns each year. I have been with them for 14 years helping as a technician and spreading the word any way I can. I knew from the minute I found Tulum I wanted to have a place there. I saved and saved and prices continued to rise. With the help of my mom, we split the cost and my dreams finally came true. I live in Denver with my sweet little family and we get to Mexico as much as finances allow. We love sharing our little piece of heaven. If you find the animal population in Mexico troubling please consider donating to ViDAS for one of our spay/neuter campaigns. We Re averaging (phone number hidden) sprays and nesters in our twice yearly six day campaigns. ViDAS is an amazing organization and I could not be more proud to be involved with such a stellar group of people. Their dedication is remarkable!