Budget Casa Near Tulum Ruins

House - Entire home/apt · Cancún - Chetumal, Tulum Municipality, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Space

Our budget minded casita (we call her Casa Libelula) is perfect for those that want to spend more time in paradise or simply come more frequently without the expense of a villa or beach bungalow. It 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 (3km) to the beautiful beaches of Tulum or the Mayan Ruins. We purposely have NO T.V. We do have an ipod docking station. Enjoy the private patio 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.

The house rental does include free, 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 brand new Chedraui grocery filled with anything you might need/desire. 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. Use the cooler provided, pack yourself a picnic and make your way to the beautiful beaches of Tulum. 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 with 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 a family traveling with a child. The bedroom has a comfy QUEEN sized mattress. For kids aged 3-6 years we have a peapod plus travel bed. Otherwise the bigger kids can crash on the couch.

Full American style kitchen
Deicated wireless internet included
2 beach crusier 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
Real mattress on a real bed frame
All water and utilities included
Minutes from Tulum ruins, Tulum Pueblo and the beaches


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. ~~~~~~~

Guest Access

iPod dock
Full kitchen
Private patio
Security door
2 bikes

Interaction with Guests

We do not live onsite. Maybe in our dreams, but not in reality. Our lovely care-taker lives next door and will make sure your stay is great. WE live in Denver.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $300 /week
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Stacie's casita was perfect for our first trip (+honeymoon) to Tulum, and with just the right price! The bike's were a major plus for rides to the beach or quick cruises to the main activities in the town. The neighborhood felt safe and the people were kind. The directions to the property were fine but it took us a couple of loops around the block to find it. Stacie's place is minutes from the best food in town! Be sure to check out Urge's for shrimp tacos at the end of the block, Unico for dinner at the main intersection towards COBA and Le Bistro for brunch. We will definitely consider staying here again. DO NOT waste another minute, book Stacie's place for your trip asap!

    April 2014
  • We had a brilliant stay in Stacie's casita. The house is comfortable, well equipped, and just the right size for our small family (2 adults and a 2 year old). We really loved the thriving local neighbourhood with a dynamic mix of local and ex-pat families, a kids' playground, yoga classes under the umbrella in the square, and an easy walk to both mini and large grocery stores and nice restaurants. Stacie was very easy to communicate with, particularly when the property manager/next door neighbour complained about our 2 year old waking up early! Stacie was very reassuring and resolved the issue. The location of the casita was ideal for getting to the various beaches, into Tulum town and to the ruins with our hire car. We would definitely recommend staying here.

    March 2014
  • Stacey ' s Casita is charming. The new landscaping and front privacy fence make it even cozier. Convenient to town and beach. Next door neighbor available and very helpful. Stacey ' s restaurant tips invaluable. All in all a great and affordable vacation

    March 2014
  • We spent one week in this incredible villa and it was one of the best vacations we´ve ever had. We rented a car in Cancun and drove the 1h30min to Tulum. No problems at all finding the house. It is exactly as advertised: spacious, clean, cozy, great wifi, silent, safe neighbourhood, ... Stacie was just great, and responded very quickly everytime we had a question. The bikes were great too, even we had a car, we chose to ride them to the beach every day. One of the bike chains broke but we bought a new one had it fixed right away, all for less than 6$. If you have any problems with the bikes, go see IBike.
    The only bad experience we had, and it had NOTHING to do with this apartment or Stacie!!, was at a gas station. We´ve got our rental car almost empty and the guy recommened to go to the next gas station. We did and refueled for 400 Pesos. So I gave this young guy two 200 Pesos, he turns away quickly and exchanges one of them for a one dollar bill (200 peso bill is green as well), showed them to me and said I would owe him 200 Pesos. But since I was at the ATM just moments before and knew I was missing 400 Pesos, I just smiled at him, got in the car and drove off. Later in Tulum I was told, things like this happen all the time down there. So just be careful...
    Everything else on this vacation was just amazing, we could not be happier. Stacie, thank you so much.

    February 2014
  • Stacie's hosting skills were not hindered one bit by the fact that she doesn't live nearby- she was a very gracious and informative host! The house is a bit removed from the main part of town, but this also meant it was closer to the beach. It is also quieter here at night than in the puebla, which was nice. We especially appreciated the bicycles and used them every day. It was great to have the option of cooking at the house instead of going out for every meal. Overall, the house was the perfect little sanctuary at the end of a day in the sun!

    January 2014
  • The home was nice and clean. Stacie was helpful and easy to work with and the caretaker was excellent.

    January 2014
  • It was an unforgettable experience! The owner of the property - Stacie, is a wonderful person - kind, helpful and so nice. Contact with such a friendly person was a pleasure for us. The property neat, clean and fully equipped like in home. It is located on the housing estate where is a fantastic peace and quiet. If you are looking for fun and noise you can walk in a few minutes to the center or to get there by bikes belong to the apartment. What can I say more, it was the most wonderful vacation in our life. Amazing place and great, taking care of guests owner. This place is a hidden gem. Highest recommendation for Stacie and her casa!

    January 2014
  • Stacie's casita was fabulous: very convenient location (to both "downtown" Tulum and the beach), nice local neighborhood, cozy, tastefully decorated and well-ventilated house, and great bikes. Stacie was an attentive, responsive host, both prior to and during our stay. And we loved the keyless, hassle-free doors!!! We'd definitely consider renting Casa Libelula again.

    January 2014
  • Cute little place that was perfect for our vacation. Good location (within walking distance of the main town and the bikes we're perfect for getting to the beach!) and friendly neighbors!

    January 2014
  • We loved staying at Stacie's place! Bikes were a gift as we didn't have a car. Stacie made it easy and was very helpful whenever we had a question . The casa was clean and beautiful- an enjoyable bike ride to the beach via the path to the ruins and easy to get groceries too. Thank you so much Stacie! We can't wait to return!

    December 2013
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I am a veterinary technician in oncoIogy at an amazing referral hospital in Denver. I'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 13 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. It 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!
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