4 of us stayed in Playa Caribe #1 from April 28 to May 5, 2014. We really enjoyed our stay at Playa Caribe and would definitely recommend others give this serious consideration for a convenient, clean, well appointed condo that is fully air conditioned (not just the BR) and has drinkable water (reverse osmosis system) located on quiet street within easy walking distance of very good restaurants and bars. The condo has parking for 3 cars right in front of the unit and additional parking directly across the street for the rest of the occupants. The building has a security guard all night keeping an eye on the building and the cars which made us feel very secure. They also had an onsite manager and daily maid service.
All units surround an atrium open to the sky. Unit #1 is on the first floor furthest from the pool. The condo is located in the middle of Half Moon Bay in Akumal, Mexico.It is a 2BR/2BA condo with a king bed in one BR and two double beds in the other. Both bathrooms are identical and have a tiled shower/bath combo (no shower curtain or doors so showering sprays about half the bathroom) and twin sinks. Both BR are spacious and have sliding glass doors opening to small private concrete decks on the front of the building.
The "master" BR has sliding/folding wicker doors separating the BR from the main living area. While this is nice during the day when you can open the doors and be in the BR and look right out the rear sliding glass doors to the ocean, those doors don't provide any sound deadening or light blocking and you can therefore hear everything happening in the entire condo even when they are closed. This means you can't really sleep in if you are in the "master" BR. The second BR has a solid door and provides a little more sound proofing from the activities in the condo. Unfortunately the second BR has a stained glass window (non opening) that faces the atrium and a sliding glass door facing the parking lot, both of which allow a great deal of light to enter the BR even late at night. The two sleeping in the second BR wore sleep masks in order to be able to sleep. They also were able to hear others entering the condo complex and walking up to the other condos. Both BR have ample closet space, and TV with cable and a DVD player. The "master" BR also has a small safe.
The kitchen was reasonably equipped with fridge, stove top, microwave, toaster, blender and the pots, pans, tupperware, glassware and silverware needed for the four of us. The only thing that we would have liked would have been an oven or toaster oven to reheat pizza and bread. There was a dining room and table with seating for four and a living room with an L shaped, concrete couch with cushions and a single wicker chair. There were also four bar stools surrounding the kitchen counter/bar.
The rear of the unit has sliding glass doors and windows opening out to a concrete patio with a patio table with four chairs. The sand starts immediately at the patio and your are about 75ft and a few steps from the ocean. The pool is on the same level as the condo patio and only about 50 ft to the right as you walk toward the ocean. The pool is fairly small and has two levels; a shallow area about 2-3 ft deep and a step down to about 5 ft deep. The entire pool has a wide flat rim so you can be in the pool with your drink and look out at the ocean - nice.
There are several thatched roof palapas with beach lounge chairs down on the beach and we never had a problem finding an empty chair. We watched turtles surface every time we sat at the beach. People in the upper floor condos said they could see rays swimming from their balconies. The beach is rocky and some type of bootie or foot protection is a must in Half Moon Bay. Akumal Bay is about a half mile south and is almost rock free and a better place for barefoot entry. About a half mile north is Yal Ku lagoon which is a very well maintained private gated area where you can sun and snorkel without waves.
There are four restaurants on the Half Moon Bay road and all are very good and within walking distance although a car, bike or golf cart are appreciated in the heat of the day. We saw lots of cats, a few dogs, a couple Tejon (coatimundi) and agouti running around in the woods by the parking lot which made it fun to see what you could find as you walked up and down the street. There are also two small "convenience" stores within 50-100 yards of the condo and two larger stores in the town of Akumal where you can pick up most anything you would want or need while at the condo. The town of Akumal also has several additional restaurants and bars, adding to the convenience of the Playa Caribe location.
In summary, a very nice condo in a great location well managed and secure. If you are with a group that consists of people who keep the same hours (going to bed and getting up at the same times), this condo is wonderful. If your group has people that want to stay up and read or talk while other want to sleep, the openness would likely be an issue.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Playa Caribe consists of twelve 2 bedroom condos and 3 studios. Generally regarded as the best on Halfmoon Bay. We have the only water treatment (RO) system that allows you to use and drink the water safely just like home. We have a pool and are centrally located to all that the Akumal area has to offer. Some of the best snorkeling is right off our beach. You will see turtles all year round right from our patio. Hope to see you soon in paradise. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Playa Caribe Hotel Akumal
- Playa Caribe Riviera Maya, Mexico - Akumal