About this listing
Our beautifully renovated casita offers an aesthetically appealing, relaxing place to call home base. Simple, open, airy & comfortable. You will find everything you need for a comfortable stay. De-cluttered & simplified to clear your mind & re-charge
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. ~~~~~~~
Bluetooth, wireless speaker
Two private patios
2 bikes and lock
Parking on street
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. Many of the local business owners reside here. It's very safe, however do not leave and leave the house unlocked. There is always the chance for crimes of opportunity any where you travel. 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.
Bikes are included with rental.
ADO is the bus station and you can use them to get to and from the airport.
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 our second stay at Stacie's home and we had a great time! Set in a quiet residential neighborhood on the edge of town, the house is cozy and clean, and surprisingly dry considering the humid weather this time of year -the A/C works very well. There's a pretty front patio with a table and lounge chairs and good lighting (for cool evenings outside). The bikes are quite the perk, making it convenient for getting around town and to the beach (a very pleasant ride on a flat, tree-lined bike path). Finally, it's very convenient not to have to carry around a house key, since the doors have keypads.
Sandra, I'm so sorry the kitchen wasn't up to snuff. I contacted Annamaria to see what the deal was. I have everything for the kitchen packed away for the remodel and Annamaria isn't comfortable pulling it out of storage. my apologies! I'll get it set up when I get there. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
Quiet neighborhood home in an interesting part outside of the busier part Tulum town. We used the supplied beach bikes every day to ride the 10 minutes to the beach. The Airbnb is very comfortable and well equipped with full size refrigerator and stove. It was extremely neat, clean and comfortable. Stacie is accommodating and responded to our questions very promptly!
If you take the ADO bus (about $10.00 US)to Tulum from Playa or Cancun, I recommend getting off at the Tulum Archaeological site and take a cab from there rather than going to the Tulum town ADO stop. The rental is about a 1/2 mile walk from the site if you feel up to it. Stacie recommended "Urges" restaurant on the corner of the street that leads from the Hwy #307 to the rental but is under new management it is now called "Flecha" which means "Arrow" in Spanish. The owner Alfonso, (a straight arrow) will sit with you and we even danced to his great music collection. They have amazing tacos and cerviche!
Oh something interesting. The directions to the rental say something like "3rd house from the end of the block #16". We cabbed to the very end of the street and didn't notice until we started walking around looking for #16 that EACH BLOCK has all of the same street numbers. I mean to say that as you walk down the street - instead of the entire street being numbered 1 to say 100 each time you cross an intersection the numbers start all over again. There are about 3 number #16s on what seems to be the same street. Look for the dragonfly light box.
I wholeheartedly recommend this Airbnb. I can't say enough great things about the place!
We spent time at Paradise Beach and had a nice lunch at Mezzanine. There is a "corner store" one block from the house where we purchase small items we had forgotten to get at the San Francisco supermarket. We found there the BEST homemade tortillas and corn-cake ever in that little corner store.
Staying at Stacie's space was wonderful! She doesn't live near the space so she has all the information you might need handy in her reservation confirmation email, and should you need anything not covered there, she has a caretaker just next door should you need anything. The instructions provided were so helpful we didn't need anything from the caretaker! Stacie also provided several maps and brochures of local attractions and even a little notebook with local restaurants to try! The space itself was really lovely! Very private with a walled back patio and walled front patio, complete with AC if you have trouble sleeping in the warm climes. So glad we stayed here and not some unrealistic resort.
Stacey was a great host. She made sure we had all of the information needed for our trip. The apartment was comfortable, cool and so close to town! It was awesome she let us use her bikes to get to town easily. I would absolutely recommend stacey's house for anyone's Tulum vacation! Thanks again stacey!
My husband and I felt so lucky to have chosen to stay at Stacie's little house. It was clean, well organized and the air-conditioning was a relief. The bikes were awesome! It is so much fun to bike around Tulum. No car needed. It was a perfect place to come home to after a beautiful day at the beach.
Nous avons adoré notre séjour à Tulum! Les gens sont formidable mais pour ce qui est de l'accueil en arrivant à l'appartement, nous avons été très déçu et ça a teinté d'une façon négative les premiers instants de notre séjour!! La voisine italienne était bête comme ses pieds et semblait vouloir mettre fin à nos quelques questions sans arrêt!! Alors nous avons pris la décision de se débrouiller sans elle pour la suite du voyage!! Vraiment pas sympathique!!Elle a même eu la mauvaise idée de faire teindre le patio pendant qu'on était là! Un sourire forcé très désagréable!! Pourtant nous avons été souvent absents et très tranquilles comme visiteurs!!Donc mauvaise impression de départ, malheureusement!!
The apartment was just described. Nice place, at a reasonable price. I do wish there was a bug net though.
About the Host, Stacie
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!