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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Truly paradise on the ocean with large pool and swim up bar stools.

Relax by the ocean side pool with a cup of coffee while watching the pelican’s dive for their breakfast. Every morning you can walk with the sand between your toes and find starfish at the waters edge.

La Buena Vida is a fully equipped 2 bedroom, 2 ½ bath piece of paradise. Featuring Ticul (Stone) flooring throughout. All appliances, fully equipped kitchen and a beautiful full length patio and terrace overlooking the gulf of Mexico.

There is a cruise ship port (Progreso) that is about 10 minutes away by car, which is just far enough away from the busy crowds of the cruise ship activity.

You can take a stroll down the beach to Chelem and see that it is full of wonderful people. The town of Chelem has a fresh food market with lots of fresh seafood and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

There are many things to do around Chelem, if you feel like pulling yourself away from the pool and the beach.

Merida is a beautiful cultural city with about 1,000,000 people. There is plenty of shopping with many Malls, Walmart, Home depot, Sam’s Club and Costco. There is also many Casinos and many movie theaters also with some VIP movie theaters with leather reclining chairs and small lamps and also a waiter/waitress so you can order some food. If you love to go to the movies you will love it even more in Merida.



More Details

Property Manager
Kelly and Tim King
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Kelly and Tim King

This is our first beach home and we love it so much. We are very excited to share our piece of Paradise with all of you.

Kelly and Tim King purchased this house in 2013

Why Kelly and Tim King chose Chelem

We had talked about where we wanted to retire and my husband wanted to check out Florida but I ask him if he would consider looking outside of the country and he said yes so we started in Lake Chapala which is near Guadalajara, MX. We liked it there but we didn't feel quite as safe as we did when we came to visit the Yucatan and we absolutely fell in love with the people and the quaint fishing village. The water is so beautiful and its a very peaceful feeling just sitting by the waters edge. Once in awhile we get some friendly iguanas hanging out on top of our walls surrounding the houses.

I was there in July of this year (2014) with my brother and his new wife. They were walking along the beach back from Chelem and 3 dogs came running up to them. They got two of them to go away but one of the dogs stayed by them and followed them to our house and just kind of made herself comfortable and started protecting our property. Any time any people were walking on the beach she would get on the side of the pool and walk the length of it until the people were off of our property. We have decided to keep her. My brother Ken and his wife Tammy have named her Lucy. She is a wonderful addition to our Paradise.

What makes this house unique

When we first saw our property I was amazed at how large the lot was. The homes were not finished they were basically a shell for each house. They just had the foundation and walls which were made of cement and then we decided to renovate each home (two done at this time) up to North American Standards. The difference is amazing. I will put a book together to show how our progress has made it what it is today.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We LOVED this house! Really clean, luxurious, beautiful - We felt very safe, supported, inspired, creative, and relaxed. It's in a quiet small fishing town with a few restaurants - be sure you drive through 2 towns to the west so you can see the flamingos. You'll likely need to go to Merida for groceries but it's only 30min drive. It was great to have your own private beach spot, few people ever walking by even. The pool was lovely. It was a little far from the cenotes and temples which meant it would be a full days adventure to go. The sea is a lovely emerald green. Hosts were easy to communicate with and the on-site caretaker was very helpful with any questions.
Dec 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Chelem, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Whole shower is in Macedonia Stone
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Whole shower is in Macedonia Stone
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Indoor/Outdoor bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Master Bedroom 1 King bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 large double bed , 2 Queen beds sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom has a King size bed and then the guest bedroom has 2 queen beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor Shower, and indoor fountain and 2 outdoor fountains in the courtyard. For a fee $$ we can have someone come in and cook a meal and also they will have a waiter. Check in and Check out days need 1 day in between for cleaning.


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average rating of 4.9714284 based on 37 reviews

Secure, clean, quiet, and spacious!

  • 5 of 5

Kelly and Tim's place is great; you'll feel secure and relaxed. It's quite large, and features an enormous patio with pool, private beach, and large bedrooms and common areas. Your car is also secured inside the compound, which features another unit on the other side of the courtyard. The breezes are constant and keep you from getting too hot, especially because you can sit in the shade on the back patio if you want. You'll want to live here after you stay here.

You will relax; it's impossible to feel stressed at La Buena Vida.

  • Review Submitted: 09/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such kind words. Thank you so much for staying at our place. It is so wonderful to have such nice people stay at La Buena Vida. We hope you come back again and stay with us. Regards Kelly
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Love the place

  • 5 of 5

Really loved the house and the pool.. Very nice house. We enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 25/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay. Please come back and stay again. Thanks Kelly and Tim
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Buena Vida is simply amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

Our third year of renting and as always it was outstanding!!

  • Review Submitted: 28/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for choosing our home for the 3 years you have been coming to the Yucatan. You have always been great renters. We hope to catch up with you some time when we are there. Kelly
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we really enjoyed our stay here! wish we could have stayed a little longer!

  • 5 of 5

This was the best of the places we stayed in Mexico

the kitchen if fully equipped and it felt like we were home.

waking up, opening the glass door, hoping back in bed and

listening to the ocean was truly a treat.

we enjoyed visiting the little town of Chelem and shopping in Progresso

there were more things to check out but we ran out of time

staying here was an awesome part of our unforgettable holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 15/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope to have you come back and stay with us again. Regards Kelly
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An exceptional place for our honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at La Buena Vida. The house was beautiful, with all the comforts of home. We could have stayed in Cancun, but we wanted to experience the real Mexco, and we were able to do that in Chelem, Progreso, and surrounding area. We didn't listen to Kelly, and drove our car all over the place. That may not be for everybody, but we had a blast. It was a little chilly in early December for a lot of swimming, but the view from the terrace was marvelous. Steve, the property manager, was there when we needed him, and provided service with a smile. We definitely plan to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 30/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad the both of you had a great time. I think its great that you drove everywhere. It's definitely not for everyone but I enjoy it. We look forward to your return. Kind regards Kelly
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Beautiful house on the beach with amazing ocean breezes.

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful and fully stocked. The back porch and pool overlooking the ocean was the place to be. The beds were very comfortable and we had everything we needed for a wonderful vacation. We would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 11/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We welcome you back any time. Its great to have people stay in our house that really appreciate it. Thanks again Kelly
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
5 min
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
La Ceiba Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
La Playa
Nearest Beach
In front of our Oasis
Car: recommended


The town of Cuzama is known for the large number of cenotes found there. Especially unique is a tour that you can do in this area where you will visit three cenotes. If you go to the hacienda in Cuzama, you can hire a guide who will put you on a platform buggy pulled by horses along interesting paths through the surrounding countryside. The main cenotes are: Chelentun (laying down rock), Chansinic'che (tree with small ants) and Bolochoojol (nine drops of water). The Chelentun Cenote has incredibly blue and clear water, with excellent visibility. Stalactite and stalagmite formations add to its unique beauty. There is such beauty in the Cenotes.


Rates & Availability

Contact Manager

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$67.19
Damage Deposit AU$403.17

Some rates will be more during Mexican Holidays and are subject to change at any time.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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