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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 62 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 a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
12 December, 2017

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
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 4.9666667 based on 32 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Back for our second stay (longer each time) and again thoroughly enjoyed staying at La Buena Vida. The house is simply amazing...waking each day to the sound of the serf and the pelicans soaring!! Thanks again Kelly and Tim for sharing your home!!

  • Review Submitted: 27/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you had a great vacation again. We look forward to having you again next year. 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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Excellent house.

  • 5 of 5

Well-maintained, beautiful, plenty of space, relaxing atmosphere. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 21/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you liked the house and we hope you decide to come back some time. Thanks Kelly and Tim
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Amazing property. The home is equipped with all the essentials plus many extras.

  • 5 of 5

I rented this property with three other adults for one week and had the best vacation.

Beautiful, spacious property by the ocean with all the amenities we needed. The swim up bar is a real treat!

Very comfortable beds!

Quiet and secure location. Close enough to restaurants to walk and a short drive for groceries. Property managers were available whenever we had questions about the home or area.

This was my first time in Mexico and it was an excellent experience.

Thank you for sharing your home with us.

I would highly recommend your home to anyone staying in the Chelem area.

  • Review Submitted: 05/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words. We love to hear how happy our renters are with the property and the area. Please come back when you can. Thanks Kelly and Tim
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

The home was spacious, safe, and had beautiful views. The owner has really thought of everything. I would stay here again and recommend it for anyone who wants a quiet and relaxing getaway.

  • Review Submitted: 30/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. We are glad that you want to come back and stay at La Buena Vida. Kelly and Tim
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Georgetown, Texas

Great communication with Kelly and property managers Veronica and Martie. House is as advertised.

  • 5 of 5

Always scary when booking from afar but this place lives up to the photos! Kelly sent us a tremendous amount of info prior to arrival which really helped. House was comfortable and well maintained. Too cool during our stay to swim but we kept the house open to beach and enjoyed the sound of the waves.

Transportation: we called Marco whenever we needed a cab and he delivered promptly. Make sure you agree on a price with the driver before you leave.

Combis are an option and I usually love this method but they were often full as they reached the house. Because the cab to Progreso was so cheap we just called Marco.

From the house to Merida airport was 500 pesos which was well worth it.


We stopped at Costco on the way out of town but there is a supermarket in Progreso which had almost anything you will need. We cooked on the back porch our first night there and all the utensils and appliances we needed were stocked and ready.

There are lots of restaurants in Progreso but remember this is not an active nightlife town during the week so there were only a couple of restaurants open late on a weeknight.

In Merida we found a restaurant near the plaza (can't recall the name) that was up a flight of narrow stairs into a small area with almost exclusively local patrons. We ordered several "cubetazas" or buckets of beer each of which came with an appetizer like nachos, ceviche, chicken fingers etc. We ate and drank all we could and our bill was $40 for 8 people!! Remember that in Mexico there are 3 sizes of bottled beer so make sure you know which size comes in the cubetaza. We learned that INe the hard way in Progreso on the Malecón!

Thanks Kelly, Tim and property managers for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: 26/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review. We still have so many restaurants to try. I love finding the small local restaurants that the locals go to. I hope you had safe travels. Thanks 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

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$65.52
Damage Deposit AU$393.15

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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