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“The best condo on Half Moon Bay” 5 of 5 stars
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Playa Caribe
Lote 34 | Half Moon Bay, Akumal, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #1 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Akumal
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“The best condo on Half Moon Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

We've traveled to Akumal many times. Several all-inclusives and condos. Playa Caribe is perfect! Great location, far enough from the crowds in Akumal central, but close enough for the necessities. Not a good swimming beach, water shoes are a must if you're in the ocean, but Playa Caribe has a pool! One of the very few that does. Attentive staff, comfortable bedding, fully stocked kitchens, clean units with a magnificent view. We stayed in #8, third floor central unit that juts out with a 180 degree panoramic view. Two bedroom, two bath. Several ceiling fans and central A/C. Close walk to La Buena Vida for lunch or dinner and La Lunita. Snorkeling in Akumal central or Yal-Ku or even in front of the condo. We stayed at Playa Blanca #8 as well. Loved that too, but children want pools! This has it all. Couldn't be happier. If you want view choose, #5, #8 or # 11. They're the central units. The others are recessed so the view isn't as sweeping. Our unit also has a slider in the two bedrooms with ocean view instead of being in the back with jungle view. We enjoyed the noise of the surf! Would definitely come back :)

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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madison, wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed at the Playa Caribe #7 for a week. Condo #7 is professionally decorated with wonderful views, steps away from Half-Moon Bay. At great "home-base" for enjoying all that the area has to offer. The condos are well cared for; Augustine is a great on-site manager with good tips for places to eat and things to do. There is a small pool which was nice after snorkeling in Half-Moon Bay. Within walking or biking (available for rent) distance to Akumal Bay Beach. These condos are priced slightly (only slightly) higher than other condos on the same beach but we felt it was well worth it. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kingwood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We just returned from a stay in unit #11. It was myself, my husband, and 5 year old daughter. We've been to this area before but this was our first time at these particular condos. We were really pleased with Playa Caribe. The view from the balcony is second to none and I love that no matter where you are in the condo, even the bathroom, you can see the ocean. Yes the stairs are a hike, but if you're like me on vacation and eat more than you should then the stairs are very welcome!! Housekeeping was good, but they did come a little late in the day for our liking. We get up very early so we're usually coming back in for a sun break when they're cleaning. The pool was nice, a bit small. The beach is rocky, but we already knew that. It's a quick drive to Akumal main beach, although we prefer Tulum, if you prefer a sandy entry to the water. Over all I would highly recommend this property if you're seeking a condo type vacation.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We searched for months to find "the Place" to stay for our 15th wedding anniversary and celebrations of other family events. We stumbled upon Playa Caribe and from the moment of driving up to it, we fell in love. We stayed in #7 and felt so at home there. The decor is fantastic, the view stunning, and it has every amenity needed within. The service and hospitality of all who work there is amazing. We love everything about Playa Caribe and will be going back next year!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ohio
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

We stayed in #6 last week with our three adult daughters:
1) It's in the middle of Half Moon Bay, which is 1km north of Akumal Playa (the town). The beach is somewhat rocky, but it's still beautiful and you can snorkel from it. On 3 of our 7 nights last week we witnessed sea turtles laying their eggs right on our beach. Really !
2) Myrna has furnished the place like a jewel box of green and blue colors, filled with colorful indigenous artworks. The 2nd floor location provides a spectacular view of the ocean.
3) Plenty of room for our family of 5 adults, furnished with any food prep item you'd ever need. Speaking of food prep...we hired Chef Daveed Placentia to prepare Allison's birthday dinner. (His day job is at the Akumal Eco Center.) From snacks, appetizers, entrees to dessert he provides a wonderful gourmet experience for much less than if you go out to eat:
www.i-akumal.com/blog/adr/chef-daveed-personal-chef-service.
4) The pool sits just above the ocean beach, so you can lounge there above the waves and salt water as you sip your margarita.
5) Each bedroom is accessed through an 8' wide opening that closes with folding panels. It provides a more open concept, but noise from the living area isn't muffled at all, so if you go to bed before the rest of your crew you may have trouble sleeping.
6) Don't miss:
- Yal Ku Lagoon, further north down the road for spectacular snorkeling in perfectly clear and calm water. For an extra $20 you get your own palapa (table, hammock, etc.) for the day.
- snorkeling with the sea turtles in Akumal Playa. (No guide needed. Just swim in from the beach.)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Spent six nights in #12 at the end of May. It was even better than I expected after reading many positive reviews. The place was sparkling clean, the furnishings were beautiful and comfortable, and we had all the space we needed for two adults, two teens, and a nine-year-old. The best part was definitely the view of Half Moon Bay. We spent as much time as possible on our balcony. Loved the lightening show at night and watching Frigate birds throughout the day! Augustin in the office was incredibly helpful. Bikes or golfcart are nice if you make multiple trips to Akumal Bay. Loved dinner at La Buena Vida nearby!

Room Tip: Great view from top floor, but I wouldn't recommend it to those who struggle with stairs!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

We stayed in #5 for a week over spring break and it exceeded all of our expectations. The views from the center unit were breathtaking!! We had four adults and two small children, and we had plenty of space. The extra bed in the 2nd bedroom was great for my son (5yrs), and they gave us a pack and play for my little girl. We mostly played in the pool and on the beach in front of the house. While it was rocky if you wanted to swim in the sea, it was perfect for kids to play in the sand and build castles and such. There was hardly ever anyone nearby, so we often had the beach to ourselves! We walked to town a couple of times, but it took us 15-20 minutes each way, so we often drove our rental car. We rented a van for our family and were so glad we did. We went to the big grocery store which was about 15 minutes by car and were able to save a lot of money by cooking for ourselves in the condo. Eating out in Akumal was pricey!

favorite activities outside of hanging at the condo: Akumal bay (the sea life was awesome for snorkelling!), diving on the reef, Rio Secreto (our 5 yr old did this and he was right at the age limit that I would recommend. We all were blown away at how beautiful the underground river and cave was. Excellent adventure!), Tulum ruins (we got a guide and enjoyed his explanations very much), the lagoon near half moon bay (easy walk, calm snorkeling, really cool statues!)

all in all, I was so very happy that we went to Akumal instead of a bigger touristy spot. It was great for families and very safe. A couple of us did get a little sick on the last day, but we think it was because we didn't wash all the fruit before cutting it with a knife. Beware!

Enjoy this slice of paradise. We hope to return some day. Love loved Playa Caribe!

Room Tip: loved #5 for the great views! Highly recommend the units in the center because they jut out from the...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lote 34 | Half Moon Bay, Akumal, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Akumal
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Akumal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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 
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Playa Caribe Riviera Maya/Akumal, Mexico

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