House - Entire home/apt · Alfa Sur, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Gorgeous Caribbean beach house, your own slice of Tulum heaven.

An amazing hand crafted palapa roofed home perfect for the whole family or a romantic escape. Bring friends for a drastic change from the big city. Casa Pico Beach provides a stunning view of Tulum's world-renowned white sand beaches. Please read the entire property description and our profile before booking.

Great location, 10 minute drive from highway 307, minutes from local cenotes, Tulum's ruins and the Sian Kaan Biosphere. Make it the Caribbean getaway you imagined! The undeveloped jungle charm of the surrounding area will win you over, and the impeccable white sand beach will keep you coming back.

Casa Pico Beach has many handcrafted artisan details and innovative use of local hardwoods, giving it life & integrating it with the lush surroundings. The thatched roof gives it a warm jungle feel and the 12 meter balcony with Caribbean view make it a unique and relaxing place to stay.

Features include:
* The master bedroom is furnished with a king size bed, bedside tables, reading lamps, a closet, chairs & a coffee table. It has a private balcony overlooking the Caribbean.
* The second bedroom is furnished with a full size bed, bedside tables, reading lamps, a closet and a chair. It has a private balcony overlooking the sea.
* The house has a small alcove furnished with a full size bed and a floor lamp ideal for larger groups.
* Private bathroom
* Kitchen with basic cooking tools including toaster oven, coffee maker, blender
* Parking which can accommodate multiple cars
* Large outdoor beachfront terrace with outdoor living room furniture (may be shared)
* Construction finished in March of 2011
* Independent access to the house
* Maid service is provided every day except Sunday.
* Fresh sheets and towels are provided every third day.
* Renters are also given a personalized pass per person to the gym in town for the duration of your stay. Its amenities include showers, use of its facilities, as well dance, spinning and other classes.
* Beach access is through an affiliated private beach club on which the house sits. Use of the beach clubs facilities, such as furniture, outdoor showers, etc. are included.

The downstairs has open kitchen and dining room as well as huge balcony.
The upstairs has the bedrooms and bathroom.
A relaxed house in paradise!

Renting a car is recommended but is not necessary. We would be happy to point you in the direction of many excellent local day trips, such as Sian Kaan a few miles down the road or the various local cenotes and snorkel spots. We can also recommend the best eateries in town and on the beach nearby. For example, Hartwood Restaurant is a 5 minute walk from Pico Beach. Also it is easy to get a taxi on the beach road to whatever your destination may be.

Visit us from May to September and experience the joy of turtle season, there are always a couple of mamma turtles that come up on Pico beach each year. Arrive in August-September and you are almost guaranteed to see some babies heading out to sea. Full moons cast shadows on this world renowned beach.
That said the house has no A/C and the breeze and fans may not be enough for some folks in the hotter months.
There is WIFI though it can be slow and a bit unreliable. Wifi locations at nearby beach clubs and restaurants are often open to clients.
You may want to ask if there is a wedding or event planned on the beach club the house is located on during your stay. Weddings occur some weekends throughout the year and can go until 2am. On those occasions the beachfront area is cordoned off so that you have a private beach separate from the wedding party. The beach club also caters to groups and other guests. This house is not baby proofed. Please keep these limitations in mind before you book.

Located after Playa Azul between Shambala Petit Hotel and Coqui Coqui hotel. Walking distance to Yoga Shala and UNOastrolodge. A ten minute drive from highway 307.

Forgive us, the Map on this listing is incorrect. Please see our other properties for map accuracy on the beach!
Thank you!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $45 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $100
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Pros:
    The location and views from this bungalow are amazing. The reception area is close by if you need anything, and the guys at the restaurant next door are charming and helpful, also.

    If bugs or critters are a problem for you, I would be mindful while booking here. Also, the wifi did not work at all. Some restaurants in the area will connect, but not the bungalow. This is in the jungle, after all.

    - Rent a car. There is plenty to do around the bungalow that is within walking distance, but it is very expensive. Lovely, and something you should do at least one night, but very expensive. If you plan to visit any cenotes (highly recommended), eat authentic food at an affordable price (in Tulum Pueblo), or do grocery shopping (Chedraui is the best and biggest super market), a car is your easiest bet. For that, I recommend Easy Way Rent A Car.
    - ATMs are few and far between and rarely work. They are either broken or only dispense USD. There are ATMs at Chedraui Supermarket that we had no difficulty with.

    March 2014
    Mimi & Richard
    Response from Mimi & Richard:

    We do warn guests of our unreliable wifi and it's unfortunate that it wasn't working during your very short stay. Thank you for your feedback!

  • This place is absolutely amazing. 6 of us went on a ladies trip and the Pico Beach house was perfect. Tulum was perfect. The house is better than described, and we were all blown away by how close it actually is to the beach and how huge the balcony is! The bedrooms were like sleeping in an epic treehouse. We called it our Mexican cabin and after the first day we all decided to try to make it back to the same place every year. We were some of the only people on our immediate beach and everyone we spoke to was friendly and very helpful. Leo and Mimi quickly responded to any questions we had and were the best hosts. There are a ton of great restaurants and bars within walking distance and a 10 minute drive will bring you into town to find very cheap amazing food. We did a lot of cooking in the kitchen as well and we were so amazed that the cleaning lady did all of our dishes as well as cleaned the house each day. We were ready to clean our own dishes only to come home to it all done for us. We went to a few ruins, cenotes, snorkeled with turtles and cannot wait to get back to keep exploring the area, there is so much to do! We hope this will just be the first trip to this house for many years to come. It truly was magical.

    March 2014
  • Our stay was fantastic. The house was just as described. Loved the location and felt very taken care of the entire time. You are definitely in the jungle so if critters or bugs freak you out this may not be the vacation spot. There are great restaurants nearby for all meals although we also cooked too. We weren't bothered by the tourist groups as other reviewers were there really weren't that many people. Thanks again Mimi and staff for a great time.

    February 2014
    Mimi & Richard
    Response from Mimi & Richard:

    Thanks Taylor! You are all welcome back anytime.

  • Great house, amazing setting (right on the beach), and a really beautiful location.

    Mimi was a great help and answered any questions we had during our time in Tulum. The bar staff next door were great as well.

    If staying in the house I would totally recommend Hartwood restaurant over the "road".

    February 2014
  • Really cute rustic place. Very centrally located. Beach can be crowded because people are bused in during the day to use the beach club downstairs. General minor issues with electricity, hot water, leaks, etc. that were fixed by the staff as they occurred. These are things normal to the tulum experience if you've been here many times like we have.

    January 2014
  • The house was great - bigger than it looks in the photos and has new living room furniture that makes a great space for the family to dine and hang out. The best feature of the house is the front deck overlooking the ocean. You could just vacation there!

    We walked to all of the restaurants and ate at a different place each night. Mimi will take great care of you and the place will be cleaned well everyday. The wifi is a bit spotty, so don't count on it, but it worked at some point everyday.

    Highly recommended! Enjoy!

    January 2014
  • Nice place nice people! A few more bugs then I would like to see in my casa tho

    December 2013
  • Five of us stayed at the beach house for the final part of our travels in Mexico, and it was a fantastic place to end our trip. There was pretty much no one else on the beach outside the house the whole time we were there which meant we had the whole area to ourselves. There are plenty of delicious beach front restaurants to eat at, and we did this a few times, but it was also really nice to cook up a big meal ourselves and eat it out on the deck overlooking the water. A beautiful and relaxing place to stay! The only slightly negative thing we found was that the third bed, in the sleeping nook, is ridiculously hot at night time even with a fan. Our friend ended up sleeping downstairs on the fold out couch, which was perfectly fine, but just something to be aware of if you're planning on having a full house. Other than that, our only regret is that we didn't stay for longer!

    September 2013
  • Me gusta!! Pico Beach is spectacular and just what we were looking for. The house is amazing and Mimi is super cool. We spent 8 nights in the Pico Beach house and enjoyed every single one. Mimi ensured that we wanted for nothing, the cleaning staff (Yolanda) was excellente, and the boys at Aki'in were muy bueno, as well. I'm sure we will be back some day, as this was the ideal Tulum experience. Within our first hour of arriving at Pico Beach, my son and my sister watched baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the ocean right in our own back yard. How incredible is that!?! I highly recommend the Mayan ruins at Coba, the Monkey Sanctuary just outside of Tulum, and Rio Secreto, up by Playa del Carmen. We also wanted to visit the cave restaurant, but we ran out of time. Its on the list for our next trip, though! Ask Mimi about it! You will LOVE Pico Beach!

    August 2013
    Mimi & Richard
    Response from Mimi & Richard:

    Thank you Nicci! You guys are welcome back anytime.

  • We had a fantastic, gorgeous honeymoon here! Tulum itself is a rare and beautiful place and this just seems to be the best spot! Mimi is conscientious and laid back at the same time so you feel taken care of but not hovered over. She also gave great recommendations of where to go.
    I so wish I could give five stars but... There was construction going on almost every day next door. It was loud and also seemed to have something to do with the water being shut off for hours at a time (no flushing toilet, no shower, washing dishes...). I would definitely check to see if there will be construction going. Also, the events that happen next door on the other side are reeeeally loud and go on all day and night (till 3am when we were there) with set up and sound checks as well. We didn't mind that since we had planned on it ahead of time but its just good to know. Also, don't count on the Internet (we were mostly happy to do without it).
    I know that all sounds terrible but we still had the most amazing time! I just mention it as something to check on and keep in mind when booking.
    It all dissappeared as soon as we looked out the window to the mesmerizing view of the ocean (just steps away!) or walked along the beach or laid in the hammock or did yoga on the porch or watched huge turtles emerge from the ocean to lay eggs or heard the sound of the ocean or had some of the best meals we've ever had (we are foodies from nyc) or had a fresh pressed juice across the way and a massage or saw spider monkeys up close in the wild in Punta Laguna or glimpsed wild manatees in the Sian Ka'an (Bambi is the BEST guide) or the ruins of Chichen Itza... We had to pinch ourselves to make sure we were really awake. I know the adjective "magical" sounds really corny but I can't think of a better word.

    July 2013
    Mimi & Richard
    Response from Mimi & Richard:

    Reiko we are really glad you enjoyed your stay! The construction next door was completely out of our control, in general it is more common during the off season. I apologize for the water issues you had. The property is off the grid and I realize this was particularly inconvenient for you, my apologies. The property description mentions a fair warning about the events and the unreliable internet. Thank you for your feedback, we'd be more than happy to host you again.

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Sarah Lawrence College, The University of the Arts
Pico Beach by Akiin, La Palmita studios Tulum, Adventure Fitness Club, Akiin Beach Tulum, Alux Restaurant
We are a Mexican American brother & sister team of young entrepreneurs overworking ourselves in paradise. We have a garden oasis of five rustic beach side garden cabanas, a second floor suite, a third floor rustic perch with sea view and a beach front home. It's called Pico Beach by Akiin. Our simple properties are run more as a guest house than hotel and cater to independent travelers that want a simple, rustic, and relaxed Tulum experience. Bikes and taxis can be hired easily in this fabulous part of Tulum's Southern beach zone. Some of the maps are incorrect, we are located ON THE BEACH road between Ahau Tulum and coqui coqui hotel, directly next door to Akiin Beach Club. The cabanas are part of Akiin Beach Club but are in their own garden area of the property. We update our calendar religiously. Well behaved children are welcome. Please note that events and groups use the beach club space on a regular basis and weddings occur most weekends through out the year but most heavily November through June. Please keep this in mind prior to booking, especially during the winter months. We now have fully furnished studios in downtown Tulum! *PLEASE CHECK IN between 12 and 6pm and NO LATER than 10pm.* *We are NOT currently taking reservations for next season and will be doing maintenance and construction sometime between September 1st to November 1st. We're on Tulum time so that may change. Thank you.* Hosts: Richard works in marketing, translations and property management. In his spare time he plays with Malix Futbol Club de Tulum and plays ultimate frisbee. He travels whenever possible. His favorite places in the world are New York City, Guanajuato and Mumbai. Mimi manages property as works in some creative endeavors. She is usually the one to answer messages and is the main property manager. In her free time she finds all the best places to eat and drink. She is also a seasoned traveler. Her favorite places include Bagan, San Miguel Allende and Paris. We spend a lot of time swimming in the local cenotes, one of the coolest natural wonders in the world! We also love to read, eat, swim, dive, and plan our next adventure. We travel as much as we can, especially in the off season. Our buisness has continued to grow and we are quite busy with other projects. We do however have helpful staff members who work with us.
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