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Casa Pastel - Enjoy Tropical Gardens & Caribbean Views

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The gardens welcome you to the house
Just a stone's throw from the Caribbean in the green zone of Isla Mujeres.
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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
4 guests
3 nights minimum
Condo/Apartment
The world we like best to describe our rental was given to us by a visiting Welshman. He walked in and said, 'Well, this is posh, isn't it?' Yes, it is. But it's a comfortable posh. A place to sit and relax. A place to make memories and come home to after a day of wonders. Wake up in the morning to watch the sky change the colors of the Caribbean and plan your days' adventures. Isla Mujeres, Island of Women in the Mexican Caribbean minutes from Cancun. Once a pirate hideaway - now just as popular with vacationers! You'll enjoy the Caribbean views and the privacy of the upstairs apartment. Designed for family visits, the space has everything you need to feel like you are at home... if your home happens to have gardens of tropical fruit and the Caribbean just steps from your front gate. ...The world we like best to describe our rental was given to us by a visiting Welshman. He walked in and said, 'Well, this is posh, isn't it?' Yes, it is. But it's a comfortable posh. A place to sit and relax. A place to make memories and come home to after a day of wonders. Wake up in the morning to watch the sky change the colors of the Caribbean and plan your days' adventures. Isla Mujeres, Island of Women in the Mexican Caribbean minutes from Cancun. Once a pirate hideaway - now just as popular with vacationers! You'll enjoy the Caribbean views and the privacy of the upstairs apartment. Designed for family visits, the space has everything you need to feel like you are at home... if your home happens to have gardens of tropical fruit and the Caribbean just steps from your front gate. Perfect for a couple, or a family with school age or adult children. You'll find all the usual amenities waiting for you... plus gardens & fresh fruits and getting to watch dolphins and turtles swimming by! The patio, overlooking the Caribbean, is an outdoor living and dining space. Sliding doors lead to the indoor living room with a flat screen cable TV, wireless internet and entertainment area. We think most of your time will be spent on the patio enjoying the colors of the Caribbean... when you aren't busy discovering all that there is to do on such a tiny island! There is a queen size bed in the bedroom with a smart TV if you need one nearby to sleep. The day bed in the main room can easily sleep two. The kitchen area has a full fridge, a microwave and electric convection oven with 2 stove top burners. You'll find a teapot, a coffee pot and plenty of other pots and kitchen essentials, but the local restaurants on Isla Mujeres are excellent and affordable. There's even a delivery service to bring your favorite restaurant food to you. You probably won't be cooking at home very much! The bathroom has a user-friendly hot shower with good water pressure... and an amazing view! Seriously. Look at the pictures! The area is just that beautiful. There is a shared washer/dryer available for you to use downstairs on the back deck. The gas grill and charcoal grill on the front deck are there for us to share. The upper level deck is open as a common area if you choose to book both apartments. To learn more about that space just check Casa Pastel 3. With the additional queen size bed we can host a group of 6. If you are interested, please contact us so we can see if the studio is available for your dates. The gardens have oranges, papayas, limes, pomegranates, coconuts and other fruit in season. There are some watermelon vines that have been growing fruit all winter. You are welcome to enjoy anything you find, if it's ripe. There is a little oasis space to lounge in a hammock. A pool that is four feet deep where you can stretch out and dream. We live in paradise. The number one house rule is to have fun. The number two rule is to have consideration. We have dogs and cats on the property. If you bring pets, we will need to do formal introductions and make sure they get along. Ours are used to guests so don't expect any problems. One of the hosts is a smoker and we welcome other smokers... as long as you step outside to smoke. This is not a handicap friendly apartment. There are wonderful spiral stairs into the house and up to the apartment. The wrap around balcony has a beautiful spindle fence spaced wide enough to watch the turquoise waters of the Caribbeans... and to allow little ones to fall. The age limit we suggest is 8 to 10. You know your children. If you have a Mary Poppins who will attempt a flight with an umbrella, please don't tempt her! The island is just 20 minutes from Cancun with all of the shopping and nightlife you've heard about. From Isla, you can go swimming with whale sharks or dive to explore an underwater museum. Take a charter out fishing and bring your catch to a local restaurant to have it cooked for dinner. From the patio outside your door watch the Caribbean sunrise and moonrise. See all the beauty of the clear stunning blue Caribbean waters filled with giant turtles swimming or stopping to nest... dolphins playing... white sand beaches... a sun worshippers dream. Tropical Caribbean sunsets are a photographer's delight. With no big city lights nearby in the Caribbean, the stars dance in the sky at night. The beaches on Isla are consistently voted in the top 10 - of the world! Live music, great restaurants, safe, clean... Paradise. Isla Mujeres is only 5 miles long, but it is diverse! The North end has world class beaches and the noise of visitors having a wonderful time. Music floats from the restaurants ... Mexican, folk, blues, jazz, reggae, country... you'll hear it all mixed with laughing and talking and shop keepers shouting out offers as you walk by. Further south are the local neighborhoods where the bustle of living, working and raising families mixes with the laughter and music of the people. Small shops hide good bargains and local restaurants offer all types of food that is locally sourced, safe to eat, cheap and incredibly delicious. A few high end restaurants can be found in the colonias and they are worth the trip! World class presentation and prep of local foods. Here you'll find the Chedraui - Mexico's answer to Walmart! Be sure to stop in when the bakery is filling the store with mouth watering aromas! The round bundt cakes are the island's best kept secret! It's a great place to shop for souvenirs! Keep going south and you move out of the crowded colonias to single homes on large lots with beautiful Caribbean views. The locals do call it Millionaire's Row, but many of the homes welcome renters for at least part of the year. Our house... and your apartment... is on the Caribbean side. The quiet, south part of the island welcomes you to walk along the cliffs to the Temple of Ixchel open air art exhibit. Stop at the cave of dawn where the waters are wild! Here the sun first touches Mexico each morning. Check out 'little Garrafon' to explore the reef. You can see the fish without even stepping into the water! Rent a golf cart or moto for your stay. The temps are usually in the 80s F - that's high 20s C, but can get as high as mid 90s (35C) on some hot summer days. Add the tropical humidity to the heat and biking and hiking stop being fun outdoor activities around noon.From November through May we usually have Temos in the lower 80s although on some winter days we might see it drop into the low 70s. Sounds warm to Northerners, but here in Isla it's warm clothing weather! Early morning, evening and night you can walk or run or bike, but rent a golf cart or moto for enjoying the daytime! Taxis will take you anywhere. When you get off the ferry look for taxis with POSTED RATES. Check the rates before you get in and pay what is posted. Tips are generally about 15 to 20%... more if the service really impressed you. If you find a great driver... take the number and call for a pickup when you need a taxi! A bus is planned that will run to the edge of the La Gloria neighborhood... a brisk ten minute walk from the apartment. It's a fun way to tour around the island but not very reliable for transportation. Breakdowns and no shows are pretty common, but if the bus doesn't show up... you can always just stick out your hand and catch a taxi! Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: Not in USAMore
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: No
The North Beach area is party central. We are on the quieter, more residential South end. Our guests enjoy the sound of the ocean and the quiet of the gardens. By all means feel free to enjoy the apartment. Invites friends to sit and enjoy the views or share a meal. Loud, late night parties are better enjoyed down in Centro where the bars are hopping and the music loud well into the night!
Bathrooms
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About the Owner
Margaret C
Languages spoken:German, English
Response Rate:64%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2014
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Reviewed April 11, 2017

Stayed at this beautiful home for two weeks. Located on a hill top overlooking the ocean. We occupied the second floor which was well furnished and comfortable. We also had access to the crows nest where you had wonderful 360 degrees of viewing. The house...More

Date of stay: March 2017
Thank Mack M
Management response:Responded April 12, 2017

It was a pleasure having you stay with us. It's always nice to have someone visit who shares our interest in art and the beauty of the area. We hope you captured plenty of pictures on your walks!

Reviewed December 22, 2016

At first, we were hesitant to stay in the southern part of the island because we heard the action is up north.But after a day or two up north, the peace and tranquility of Casa Pastel is just what we needed. Breathtaking views,nature galore and...More

Date of stay: March 2016
1  Thank dorothy v
Management response:Responded March 8, 2017

Thank you so much, Dora. We enjoyed sharing our island home with you. Looking forward to your next visit!

Reviewed October 19, 2016

The apartment is clean, spacious and beautifully decorated. The bathroom is modern and even has an amazing view! The outside patio deck is huge and the view of the Caribbean might just take your breath away. The hosts were very helpful and accommodating. Having them...More

Date of stay: July 2016
Thank Katrina C
Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

A multi-level condominium on the Caribbean, suitable for a family of 6 or a single's island getaway-retreat, this newly-remodelled home has something for everyone. Modern finishings and amenities to meet your every need, Casa Pastel leaves nothing to be desired... excecpt a returning trip! Located...More

Date of stay: October 2016
Thank Anthony D
Management response:Responded October 11, 2016

Wow! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. We had so much fun hearing your 'moto' adventures. We look forward to your next visit. Thanks!

Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

My family stayed here for 3 weeks and it was amazing. Heaven on earth! We woke up every morning to the most beautiful view of the carribean as we drank our coffee on on the open front balcony. At night we sat on the open...More

Date of stay: July 2016
Thank Kbutanyway
Management response:Responded October 11, 2016

Thanks for the kind words. We're glad you had a great vacation. We enjoyed having you and your family stay with us. We can't wait to see you again.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: No
Air Conditioning
Alarm Clock
Balcony
Grill
Blender
Books
Ceiling Fans
Deck
Dryer
Freezer
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Ocean Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Parking
Patio
Porch
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Cable/satellite TV
Shared Garden
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Staffed Property
Stereo System
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
A Winter Sun Getaway
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About the neighbourhood
The Southern tip of the island, Punta Sur... Some call it millionaires row, but you'll find people are just looking for stunning views and peaceful days.You can start the day with fresh fruit and some zumba or yoga... or pop around to the Joint and have a frozen mojito. Your call! Rent paddle boards, kayaks and snorkeling gear and toys for kids of all ages... or just sit and enjoy a good read, tan and order fresh fruit pina coladas or margaritas. Diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear turquoise waters covering the Manchones reef is a thrill - especially when the whale sharks are in season. Sailing, fishing, swimming with dolphins and sharks and exploring the spectacular underwater sculpture museum by the artist Jason de Caires Taylor or the submerged cross or just dipping into ...
Getting around
Taxis are easy to find or rent a golf cart and explore on your own. We have two bicycles that you can use if you are in good shape. We can give you numbers of drivers who will come out to the house to pick you up. There are beach clubs, great restaurants, the Joint with live music, kayaks, paddle boards and more within walking distance. The island is about a 1/2 mile - less than a kilometre wide - at it's widest point! If you want to see the ruins or visit a cenote, a local tour company will pick you up on the Cancun side of the ferry and drive you around.
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