35% Off Perfect Beach Location in Heart of Playa

Our Condo is Outlined In Yellow. Oceanfront and Direct Ocean Views!Condo shown here in yellow overlooking pool and ocean.Perfect landmark location in the heart of Playa. Beachfront and steps to 5th AveFully equipped kitchen with everything you need to prepare and eat your meals.Stove, Oven, Refrigerator/Freezer, Dishwasher, Microwave,Toaster, Coffee MakerThe Master Bedroom has blackout shades Air Conditioning TV all comforts of home.The Master Bedroom has an Ocean View and large terrace and quality King Bed.Second Bedroom has 2 Queen Beds, Master 1 King bed, sofa sleeper in living roomTwo comfortable Queen Beds and TV and AC and FanLiving Room with Sleeper Sofa, TV with English and Spanish Channels, DVDWatch a movie or the Beach and Ocean from the couch.View from inside living room looking out to  ocean.Open floorplan: Kitchen, Dining Room and Living Room all have Ocean Views!Dining RoomMaster Bath has a Jacuzzi Tub and separate showerSeparate Stand up Shower with Rain Forest Shower head and shower wand.Jacuzzi TubSecond Bath has Rain forest shower head and shower wand.Swimming area in front of El Faro is defined with buoysLush Garden and Peaceful SettingDirect Ocean View from the large terrace. Rooms  inside have this same view.Have breakfast on terrace or use comfortable lounge chairTerrace has some an amazing view and some nice green palms.Gas BBQ on terraceOUR CONDO outlined here in Yellow. Direct Beach and Ocean view.Aerial View of El Faro and Our Condo and the  famous 5th Ave only one block awayAerial view of El Faro with 5th ave close and WalMart seen tooFloor Plan: 2 queen beds in second bedroom, king bed in master and sofa sleeper.Our condo is pictured here outlined in Yellow.Our Condo seen here in yellow overlooking the pool and ocean.24 Hour security and Safe for your valuablesFREE WIFI inside condo just upgraded with long range signal best in complex.FREE calls to USA and Canada plus free incoming calls.Vonage phone so when someone calls you it is just like calling someone in the USFREE bottled waterPlenty of supply of fresh purified water during your stay3 Large Beds Plus this Sofa Sleeper in Living RoomTV in Living Room, and bedrooms with English and Spanish channels and DVDModern Air Conditioning throughout condoWasher and Dryer in condo makes for lighter suitcases and longer stays!Storage and hangers for your wardrobeFamily Friendly!  Condo is set up well for us kids of all ages.Lounge chairs around the wonderful poolInfinity pool is quite spectacularBeach with beach chairsSunrise...First one up coffee in hand and watching beach come alive from terraceSunset... Soon 5th ave will come alive and fire dancers will light up the beachEverything in kitchen to prepare your meals.Fully stocked with pots pans dishesSilverware and all essential kitchen toolsWe stock the condo with paper towels, soap, dish washing detergent, sponge etc.Condo NOT stocked with spices but guests often leave items for the next as seenYou may be on vacation but it is worth getting up before the sun to see it riseShot from terraceLarge Pool...Just try and swim from end to end in one breath!Sunset dining on the terraceBeach in front of El FaroBeach in front of El FaroBeach right in front of condo and poolPool area right below condoLounge around the poolKid Friendly shallow area of poolView looking at El Faro. I like the view from El Faro to the ocean better myselfWe invite you to come and enjoy great views and great memories.Thank you for considering El Faro Reef 202.
10 Norte, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo 77720, Mexico


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 7
Type: Condo
Per night: $189 - $249
Per week: $1,189 - $3,157
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Playa del Carmen vacation condo rental
Our Beachfront condo is in the El Faro luxury suites and has the best location in all of Playa Del Carmen as it is located at the Landmark Lighthouse site on the beach and very close to the famous 5th Avenue where you can walk to everything nearby. Our Rates are always competitive and during certain dates the rates are up to 35% off of other rates charged by comparable properties. With spectacular unobstructed Ocean Views our condo is one of the most sought after units as it is located in a prime spot on the second floor and is the second unit from the beach end in the desirable Reef building. This prime location allows for endless views overlooking the amazing pool, beach, ocean and even the island of Cozumel off to the distance.

The condo is a Great Value in El Faro as it is the only 2 bedroom condo that has Four Large Beds (one King Bed in the Master Bedroom and Two Queen Beds in the large second bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room) giving great flexibility for families or those looking for a little more comfort.

The condo is fully equipped for your stay including all of the comforts of home and includes FREE WiFi Connection and FREE phone for calls to the USA and Canada, FREE Bottled Water and a safe where you program the code.

*4 Total Beds: 1 King Bed in the Master Bedroom, 2 Queen Beds in the Large Second Bedroom,1 sofa bed.

*FREE WiFi inside the condo. Just upgraded the WiFi system with a long range signal device to provide the best signal at El Faro.

*FREE Phone in the condo with unlimited calls to USA/Canada

*Top Vacation Rental Winner! RATED EXCELLENT with satisfied customers for over 5 years.

*50 plus Five Star reviews between TripAdvisor andVRBO
See many reviews atVRBO listing #284891

*Fully equipped luxury kitchen with everything to prepare and serve your meals.

* Housekeeping, purified water, linens and towels all provided.

*Washer and Dryer inside the Condo.

*BBQ Grill on Terrace with Outdoor Dining

*Quality mattresses, bedding, finishes and tasteful furnishings throughout.

*Located on the beach and a half block to the famous 5th Avenue where you can walk to everything.

*Amazing Pool and Beach with complimentary beach chairs all only a few steps from the condo.

*Direct Ocean Views from the Large Terrace, Master Bedroom, Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen.

*Security on site 24/7. Large electronic Safe in Condo which you program your own code.

*Air conditioning, Flat Screen TVs, DVD, management to take care of you.

*Front Desk Check In and local management company to assist you.

*Family Friendly!

The condo itself has one of the best locations in El Faro and has breathtaking unobstructed views of the ocean. There are direct ocean views from the master bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen and large terrace. The condo is new and is tastefully decorated with a little Caribbean fun but overall it is fairly neutral and has a universal appeal. There is a full size kitchen that is fully equipped with everything that you would expect. Everything is new and high end with nice little touches down to the 300 thread count sheets, however, the condo still maintains a relaxed and comfortable feeling.

When we were looking for a vacation home in Playa Del Carmen the biggest consideration was to find the property that would make the best vacation rental and we believe we found this with the newly constructed El Faro luxury suites. El Faro is truly unique in that it has the best combination of everything people are looking for in a vacation rental. Being beach front is a great benefit and not only is it on the ocean but its central location in Playa is simply unmatched. Being located on the beach in the heart of Playa at the famous Lighthouse landmark on 10th street is absolutely perfect. Although we have underground parking onsite upon request you can leave your car behind as you can walk to everything and transportation is excellent. El Faro is situated on a long stretch of the beach so it is like you are tucked away in an oasis right in the heart of all the action. The famous 5th avenue is so close that you probably won't even break a sweat on the short walk up there even on a hot day.
Area Information
Nearest Airport : Cancun at 40 Miles

Nearest Ferry : 5 Blocks up the Beach at 1 Mile

Nearest Beach : On the Beach. Just steps from condo. at 10 Meters

Nearest Bar : Lots of fun places within a short walk at 100 Meters

Nearest Golf : Many golfing opportunities at 5 Miles

Car: not necessary

We are located on 1st Avenue and 10th Street which is right on the beach in a central location of Playa Del Carmen and just a half block to the famous 5th Avenue where you will find all of the shopping and restaurants just a short walk away.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 03 2015 Apr 24 2015 - - $1,869 - 1 Week
Apr 25 2015 Jul 10 2015 $239 $239 $1,469 - 1 Night
Jul 11 2015 Aug 28 2015 $249 $249 $1,569 - 1 Night
Aug 31 2015 Dec 13 2015 $189 $189 $1,189 - 1 Night
Dec 19 2015 Dec 26 2015 - - $3,157 - 1 Week
Dec 26 2015 Jan 02 2016 - - $3,157 - 1 Week
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Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Mastercard, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: Notes We have Last Minute Deals and Specials! Please also inquire for long term rentals rates. We have tried to be very competitive on our rates and our high occupancy in our availability calendar reflects this. Minimum Age Limit for Renters: We are looking for responsible guests who abide by the rules and take care of the property and respect the other guests.


  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Beachfront
  • Linens Provided
  • View (Ocean)
  • Balcony
  • Full Kitchen
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Beach Chairs
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Beach Towels
  • Housekeeper
  • Porch
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Iron
  • Stove
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • CD Player
  • Gas Grill
  • Oven
  • Telephone
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ice Maker
  • Stereo
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Boating
    (<1 mile)
  • Jet Skiing
    (<1 mile)
  • Snorkeling
    (<1 mile)
  • Children's Pool
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Parasailing
    (<1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (1 mile)
  • Ocean
  • Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Sailing
    (<1 mile)
  • Golf
    (2 miles)
  • Pool
  • Grocery Store
    (<1 mile)
  • Scuba Diving
    (<1 mile)
  • Theme Park
    (10 miles)
  • Restaurant
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (<1 mile)
  • Shopping Area
    (<1 mile)
  • Water Park
    (10 miles)
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Reviews for this vacation condo rental in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

5 of 5 Stars

Date of Stay March 9, 2013

This was our second year staying at Shawn's most beautiful condo, and it was absolutely fabulous once again! With maid service every day, excellent wifi, a gorgeous view, one can truly just sit back and enjoy vacation. The condo location is perfect for shopping and eating in town (if you every decide to leave the beautiful property!). Personally, I loved the addition of beach yoga with Edwardo right at the complex at 8 am each morning. I highly recommend it as well as staying at the condo. We had four adults in our group and there was plenty of space, too.
Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Camille summarized perfectly what we enjoy about the condo. The location right in town close to all of the shopping and restaurants and the spectacular views from the condo. It is also nice to have the conveniences of the WiFi in the condo and the newly added phone and having the daily housekeeping is a treat. Thanks for your return stay and I look forward to your next stay. Thanks! Shawn

5 of 5 Stars
Stayed: March 2013

Our family of 4 just spent a week at El Faro and it was perfect. The condo was very clean and safe and had everything we needed and more. I loved to get up early and enjoy my coffee out on the balcony and watch the sun come up.The staff at El Faro was friendly and any problems we had they fixed quickly.We liked the location of the condo, probably the best beach location and security was always present. We would enjoy the beach for most of the day and in the evening we would walk a few blocks and enjoy the actions of 5th Ave. Our girls loved the various shop and we all enjoyed the variety of restaurants for drinks and great food. It was a great way to experience the Mexican culture. We were all glad we choose this spot for our vacation rather than a resort. I hope we can go back soon and we would stay in Reef 202 again.

I am glad the condo worked so well for Beth and her family. My favorite thing about the condo is also sitting on the terrace and watching the sun come up while everything is quiet and just starting to come alive. It is nice to hear that she points out that her family felt safe as I ocassionaly get this question from people that have never visited so it is helpful for others to hear this from another family traveling. We appreciate the on site security as well as the front desk that is very helpful. We also like the size of El Faro because it is big enough to have nice amenities like the large pool and grounds but it has a smaller and more natural feel than the big resorts. We also think the location is fantastic being so close to 5th avenue with all the retaurants and shops. It is a nice compliment to say that you would return to our condo Reef 202 and it would be wonderful to have your family to stay again.

The following are actual Reviews from prior guest who left these reviews on another one of my listings...

5/5 Stars


Guest: Dave S.
Date of Stay: 11/03/12 Review Submitted: 11/19/12
If you are looking for a nice place to stay in Playa, this is it. The owner has done a great job with all the amenities!

For starters, there is bottled water, awesome beads, washer / dryer, internet, Vonage phone, underground parking, and the location is great. You don’t need a car, everything is in walking distance. Simply put, I would rent again. We have a great time and definitely think the owner has a very nice set up.

The only one thing I would do different is not rent a car. The rental car companies are a scam and you “have to” purchase insurance on your vehicle which ranges from liability only $14.99 a day to full coverage $34.99 a day and they examine the car with a fine tooth come when you bring it back. Your CC Company also has all kinds of rules which you should know everything about before you rent a car because there are lots of gotcha’s there too. Take a bus, take a taxi or arrange a ride.

Playa is a very nice place to go, it’s safe, clean and there is a lot to do. You won't be disappointed if you stay here.
Owner response:I am glad Dave and his group had a great time and enjoyed the amenities of the condo. All guests seem to enjoy the location and ocean views, however, they also appreciate the amenities he mentioned such as having very comfortable beds which we get lots of good feedback on and having the washer and dryer right in the condo. We also offer free bottled water and free wifi and just added Vonage to make free calls to the USA and Canada. We do have the underground parking right on site which is great for some but as Dave mentioned there can be a hassle with rentals and you really don't need a car with the central location. I am also glad to hear that they feel Playa Del Carmen is safe as some that have not been there yet wonder about this and we have also always felt safe traveling to Playa Del Carmen.

Recommended for:Girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars

Spectacular location & condo

Guest: Al K(Calgary)
Date of Stay: 07/22/12 Review Submitted: 08/08/12
I knew from the start that the condo would be exactly as described due to the thorough information as supplied by the owner. What I didn't expect was how quickly Shawn would respond to questions by email, and how complete every detail would be! Our arrangements went off with out a hitch, even when we had to add a late guest for a few nights who had been "orphaned" by a resort we stayed at the previous week. Sylvia at reception speaks excellent English and briefed us on the details of the complex, the balance of the staff speak a little English, so meeting them half way by learning Spanish phrases will be helpful. The condo itself is well appointed, and spacious, and the deck is spectacular. There is security on the beach and street sides, as well as by the parking entrance. The location is the absolute best, beachfront-view and yet a half block from the action of 5 Ave. and a 10 minute walk to the ferry to Cozumel. There is a Starbucks incredibly close as well as a great breakfast spot, 2 properties to the south (90 peso's p/p). In addition, if you nothing else, treat yourself to the coconut shrimp at Playa Maya, (3 properties to the south)....to die for! I should also mention that the front door of the condo is close to stairs and a hallway that leads right to the pool, excellent for supplies! The unit also has a safe large enough to store most valuables. I can say that everything under Shawn's control is as promised and you won't be disappointed!
Recommended for:Girls getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars
Awesome Vacation and Condo

Guest: Sue(Pennsylvania)
Date of Stay: 07/02/12 Review Submitted: 07/18/12
We loved our 2 weeks at El Faro 202! The condo was beautiful with an amazing view. You have to see the sunrise out the sliding glass doors from the living room or bedroom - took my breath away. The owner went out of his way to help us with every last detail and question we had. We felt like he was a trusted friend by the time we got to his condo. Loved the condo. The beds were very comfy and we slept great. We didn't hear a sound outside when the doors were shut. When we opened the doors, we could hear a faint beat from a club next door. It was so hot that we used the air conditioning the whole time, which worked great! We had a few meals at Wicky’s and the food was delicious. The El Faro staff at the front desk and the concierge were all friendly and accommodating. We couldn't figure out the TV remote and they came right up to help. We spent a lot of time on the spacious outdoor patio. Sometimes we got Wifi, sometimes we didn’t. We always got wifi at Wicky’s and at the hotel lobby. We felt very safe at El Faro and in Playa del Carmen. We walked everywhere. I feel like we really experienced Playa del Carmen by being in the center of everything, rather than at a big hotel further away. We got to see the original Playa architecture and culture that is beautiful, whereas you only get to experience the new “ritzy” Playa if you stay in one of the big hotels. Our children, 10 and 12, also had a great time. We thought they might get bored without the activities that a big hotel offers, but with a nice pool and beach, and all kinds of fun on 5th Avenue, that was not the case at all. They also loved playing all the board games in the condo before bedtime. If you book through Shawn, you will feel like you got more than you expected. We stayed 2 weeks and loved every minute of it. We hope to get back again and will definitely book with Shawn.
Owner response:I am glad that Sue and Ed and their family had such a great time staying at the condo Reef 202. We also enjoy the atmosphere of El Faro because it offers a lot of amenities like the pool and beach and friendly front desk and Wickys restaurant and is very beautiful without feeling like you are lost in a mega resort like some of the larger hotels that can feel like you are in an artificial bubble at times. I also enjoy walking everywhere and feeling the energy from all of the activity around you. It sounds like the WiFi in the condo was a little temperamental during their stay which I will look into as this is not typical as we are told our system is the most reliable type as it comes through the hard wired phone lines but even so it sounds like it was acting up. It sounds like the condo worked great for their family and we have lots of guests with families and encourage this and look forward to their return. Thanks, Shawn

Recommended for:Girls getaway, people with disabilities, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars
Great Family Vacation!

Guest: hlb31071(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Date of Stay: 05/05/12 Review Submitted: 05/13/12
We booked reef 202 directly through the owner. Shawn was great to work with. He answered any questions I had very promptly and put any fears I had to ease.

The condo has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Since we had a full kitchen, we stopped at the MEGA store to load up on groceries and beer. We usually ate breakfast and lunch in the condo, and then went out to dinner. It was also great to have a gas grill on the patio! This saved us quite a bit of money!

Also, it was nice to have a washer/dryer in the condo. This allowed us to pack light and not have to check any luggage. Traveling with only carry-ons saved us so much time at the Cancun airport!

The view of the pool and beach from the balcony was beautiful. It was nice to be able to sit out and drink coffee in the morning and watch the sunrise. The beach at El Faro was awesome! I was a little worried after reading other reviews about beach erosion, but the beach in front of El faro is flat and the water is clear. The beach to the north is very murky and you cannot swim in it due to the number of boats tied up, and it is very stinky with a bad rotten egg smell. The beach to the South did have quite a bit of beach erosion and it was very rocky. The beach is very important to us, so we were glad that we picked the right place to stay in El Faro! El Faro definately has the best beach in Playa Del Carmen!

The front desk staff were always friendly and helpful, and we felt safe knowing security was always nearby. The only criticism I have is that there should be telephones in the rooms that can call down to the front desk. Everytime we had a problem or needed more water, we had to walk all the way down to the front desk to let them know. A phone would have been very helpful.

But all in all, we loved our stay here and will definately stay at El Faro again in the future!
Owner response:Heather mentioned watching the sunrise coming up while sitting on the balcony and when I think of the condo this always comes to mind. We usually start the day having breakfast on the balcony and its such a spectacular setting and so peacefull in the morning wathching the beach come alive. It was nice to hear that she thought the beach in front of El Faro was the best beach in all of Playa Del Carmen and she did not see a problem with beach erosion that some areas of Playa Del Carment have. All of the convieniences mentioned like the Gas BBQ and the washer and dryer in the condo and the big grocery stores close by are great bonuses. I look forward to your next stay.

Recommended for:Girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars

Fabulous week at this condo- property, location, owner, amenities all top notch!

Guest: Tiff and Family(san diego, Ca)
Date of Stay: 04/29/12 Review Submitted: 05/08/12
We stayed here with another couple this last week and it was a dream vacation! The condo has very nice decor, is extremely clean, provides all the necessities and much more. We especially enjoyed the filtered water tank (I would bring a water bottle to keep refilling), the ipod docking station and the spacious deck to lounge on. This particular condo is in a perfect location in the complex, right on the 2nd level close to the beach, looking out over the water. The place was empty when we were there so we always had our pick of cushioned beach chairs to lounge on all day. We toured some other properties while we were there and El Faro was by far the nicest, best atmosphere and perfect blend of big enough, yet small enough. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, bringing us umbrellas right away when we asked, addressing a few things we needed in our condo etc. Very attentive. We had a massage one day which was really nice being right out near the ocean. The owner, Shawn was helpful and responsive from day one, helping us set up transportation, addressing our concerns and staying on top of things. The location is perfect as I said, right off of 5th avenue. We loved strolling 5th every night, popping in different restaurants and shops. We recommend looking up trip advisor for food recommendations, there are some great places a few blocks off of the main drag that are excellent and half the price like La Mission (great food, service and value.) We shopped at WalMart on our way in and had breakfast in the condo most days. We also enjoyed Wicky's which is right in the condo complex for breakfast and lunch- dinner is quite pricy. They have great food and good service. Plus, they will bring it right out to you at the pool so you don't have to move from your chair! Like I said, bring a water bottle so you can keep refilling it when you go out to the pool or to an excursion because you can't drink the water and water is expensive. Overall, it was so wonderful and we look forward to coming back!
Owner response:Tiffany did a wonderful job describing the feeling you have when you stay at the condo. When I was looking for a condo I did the same exact thing touring the other properties and I came to the same conclusion that El Faro has the most to offer in Playa Del Carmen with a great atmosphere and just the right size where it is large enough to offer some nice amenities like a large pool and beautiful setting but also not too grand of a scale where you loose the feeling that you are part of something special. The location on the beach and steps from 5th avenue is of course also a huge plus. I would welcome Tiffany back anytime as she had a wonderful attitude about her stay and I could tell she is one of those people that has a passion for new experiences and getting the most out of her vacation.

Recommended for:Girls getaway, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars
Excellent condo, great location

Guest: Ace(Ontario, north of Toronto)
Date of Stay: 04/21/12 Review Submitted: 05/04/12
My wife, two kids (8 and 11) and myself had a great stay at the El Faro (Reef 202). Great location, walking distance to lot’s of great restaurants and only a block away from 5th. This made it easy to get around town on foot even with the kids in tow. The unit was conveniently located close enough to the pool and beach that we never needed to pack a cooler for drinks and snacks. We could easily just run up to the condo for anything we needed. The balcony was big and we enjoyed eating breakfast while watching the beach come alive. It was also a great place to wind down at the end of our day. The staff was very friendly and the kids especially liked Paula who was in charge of the day time entertainment at the pool. We had a great trip and in the future if our travels lead us back to Playa Del Carmen we would not even think twice about stay in this unit again. Shawn the owner was easy to work with and responded to all my e-mails promptly.
Owner response:Tony sent me some great photos of his beautiful family looking like they were having a great time at El Faro. People often ask if El Faro and our condo is a good place for children and a family vacation and it seems like the majority of my guests are families and really enjoy the condo and the way it is set up for their family. One of my favorite things is also having breakfast on the balcony and watching all of the beach activity and feeling the vibrancy of Playa Del Carmen. We have been fortunate to have lots of repeat guests and we look forward to their next trip.

Recommended for:Girls getaway, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars
Love it!

Guest: Niener(Michigan)
Date of Stay: 03/17/12 Review Submitted: 04/01/12
This was our 4th stay at this Condo. Perfect location, perfect condo, and great communication with owner. We are already booking for 2013. If you are thinking of visiting Playa this is the place to be.
Owner response:Tom has already booked for his 5th stay and at this pace he may pass me up on the number of trips he has stayed at the condo. We definitely appreciate when our guests think of us again when planning for their next stay.

Recommended for:Girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars
Gorgeous Getaway

Guest: Michigan Visitors(United States)
Date of Stay: 03/10/12 Review Submitted: 03/25/12
The view from the balcony is like none other. The service is great, and everyone is very friendly. The condo is clean and well equipped--and the maid service is outstanding! Having a washer/dryer in the condo and hair dryers in both baths are nice perks. The complex is located in the midst of everywhere you will want to go in town and yet it all seems so far away as you relax on the beach or balcony. We'll be back!
Owner response:This sums up perfectly what we enjoy about the condo. The perfect location right in the heart of Playa and the spectacular ocean views and the wonderful staff on site. The washer and dryer is a great bonus for those longer stays. She said they will be back and in fact they have already booked for next year!

Recommended for:Girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars
Best Beach Vacation EVER!!

Guest: Lisa K.(Dayton, Ohio)
Date of Stay: 02/11/12 Review Submitted: 02/19/12
Hi Shawn, and Thanks so much for the pleasure of staying in your beautiful condo on the best beach we've ever seen! There were 4 adults in our group, and we agreed the condo was perfect for our needs, and exactly what we expected based on your listing.
Check in was easy and quick, and getting settled in took no time at all. We were on the beach having a first round of drinks within 30 minutes of our arrival. Wicky's Restaurant on site was very good, and reasonably priced. But the LOCATION, just a couple short blocks off 5th Ave. made it possible for us to try many different restaurants and we enjoyed them ALL (with the exception of Senor Frog's...overrated and overpriced and frankly, a disappointment!)We also loved the variety of shops on 5th, and were not bothered by the vendors/shop owners hawking their wares. We'd already experienced much worse in Puerto Vallarta, and were actually pleasantly surprised that there were no vendors bothering us on the beach! HOW NICE!! 5th Avenue is so clean and friendly, I was ok walking alone, at night, barefoot! Where else can you do that?
We enjoyed the daily maid service and made much use of the bottled water in the condo.Also greatly appreciated the washer and dryer, and the amazing amount of closet and drawer space. I could've brought my whole wardrobe, (although in PDC all you really need is a couple swimsuits and some shorts,and maybe a pair of flipflops! )
Plenty of pool and beach chairs were available if you got your towels out there early,which we did at sunrise, followed by a leisurely stroll on the beach. El Faro's stretch of beach is by far the best! And the pool area was very clean and nicely kept. Only thing missing is a hot tub by the pool...nice after a long walk on the beach!
We loved the oceanview balconies and would've enjoyed sleeping with the door open, if not for the loud bass music at the bar next door. (330am seems rather late for this.) Beds were very comfortable, and everything in the condo was clean and well cared for.
Our stay was 7 days, and was entirely too short! We will be back, hopefully for a longer visit,.Oh, and Shawn, we left some Conch shells to add to your collection on the balcony. The shells were just beautiful and plentiful, and I had to choose either shells or Tequila to put in the suitcase. Guess which won out! Oh, and Tulum was nice, as was Babe's Noodles but we never found Fogon..we'll save that for the next trip! Thanks for the suggestions!
Owner response:Lisa was nice enough to write a review and only a day or two after returning back to reality and I can tell she is still thinking about the great times they just had and are looking forward to going again next year. I'm starting to think about some of the fun times we have also had at the condo too and hearing her talk about walking down 5th avenue barefoot strikes a cord today. I have just come off of Vail Mountain today from skiing where it took my toes awhile to thaw after taking my ski boots off so it would be nice to be in shorts and a T shirt with my toes in the sand. The LOCATION as she said is also what we like the most having the best of everything only a stones throw away from El Faro which is such a nice property to stay at to enjoy all of these great activities.

5/5 Stars
Vacation Moms

Guest: Vacation Mom(Indiana)
Date of Stay: 01/21/12 Review Submitted: 02/01/12
Four ladies all over the age of 60 had an absolute wonderful time at this condo. We went in January and the weather was beautiful. The condo is exceptionally beautiful, with all modern conveniences. The ocean was gorgeous and pool was great. Just a little cold. The pool is not heated. The town in 2 blocks away with great shopping and plent of restaurants. Everyone was very helpful and very nice. Having a restaurant on the premises was a dream come true. Prices were reasonable. We wish there was a phone to call the front desk. Whenever there was an issue, we had to walk back to the front desk. But they were very helpful. Also, all during the night there was loud music playing in one of the neighboring resorts. We could hear it all night, unless we kept all doors and windows closed. If the ac was on, it was okay. So we weren't able to sleep with the doors open.
However, that would not stop me from coming back. I'm looking forward to coming back very soon. Beds were very comfortable. We felt very safe. There was security 24 hrs. a day.
Owner response:I am glad the Vacation Moms had such a great time at our condo and with a title like this I do expect them to be returning soon. We have found that the condo appeals to a wide variety of groups who all enjoy many of the similar attributes such as being so close to everything. We have had several guests say they enjoy having Wicky's restaurant right on site and all of the other great shops so close. Right now where I sit in Vail we are expecting snow so I am a little jealous hearing about them getting away in the middle of winter. My mind is starting to drift away to the thought of sitting on the terrace and staring out at the ocean...

Recommended for:Girls getaway, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers.

5/5 Stars
Even better than expected!!

Guest: Sandra(Southlake (Dallas/Ft. Worth area), Texas)
Date of Stay: 07/30/11 Review Submitted: 08/17/11
This condo was perfect for our family with two children (ages 9 & 13), and our first visit to Playa del Carmen proved to be a great vacation choice!

As other reviews mention, you can be rest assured that this condo is very nicely finished out, very clean, very well maintained and even nicer "in person" than the pictures suggest. Also, this unit's patio is shaded almost all day, so it's very pleasant sitting outside anytime (and we were there in August). The beds were so comfortable and we loved that the bedrooms had blackout shades in addition to the mesh shades. It made for a very comfortable night's rest. Our kids also loved having their own queen beds in the 2nd bedroom!!

Location, location, location - less than a block off of 5th Avenue and on the prettiest stretch of beach. We walked all up and down the beach and you will not find a nicer spot to relax for the day! There are abundant chaise lounges both at the El Faro pool and the beach directly in front of the pool any time of day. No need to put your towels out at 7am to hold your chaises, which is the case at many resorts. With the kids, it was great...we got our chaise lounges on the beach and the kids rotated between the beach and the pool all day. Plus it was one short flight of stairs up to the condo if we wanted to make margaritas (if we didn't already buy them at Wicky's - the El Faro restaurant) or to go up for a break. We had our condo stocked with some basic food/drink necessities before we got there (a great service - we just provided a list). We also enjoyed other nearby beach restaurants including Fusion (great live music - great with kids) and Playa Maya's breakfast. We meandered up and down 5th when choosing other restaurants - we really loved Babe's Noodle House, Las Deliciosas and La Parilla. Of course, my 13 year old loved all of the shopping - because it was so close, we were able to pop up to 5th as much as we (or she) wanted!!

We spent most of our 8 days at the beach, shopping/eating up and down 5th and on excursions. All is very easy to do from this condo. The service was excellent - Shawn was so good to work with and quickly responded to any questions. All property service, from the front desk to the maids, was thorough and responsive.

Thank you, Shawn for superceding our expectations. We will definitely recommend your condo to our friends and would love to rent from you again the next time we travel to Playa del Carmen!
Owner response:I'm glad the condo worked out so well for Sandra and her family for their first trip to Playa Del Carmen. This was a great review that will help families like hers have a much better idea of what to expect when staying at our condo. Because we have the only two bedroom condo in El Faro with the two queen beds in the second bedroom we have received many reservations with families with young children and a little larger groups so it is wonderful to hear about their experience. I believe she captured the overall feel of the experience perfectly and it is so helpful for other guests to hear some of the details like the availability of lounge chairs and the comfort of the beds as I get many questions about these things so I know other guests will appreciate these insights. Thanks again for staying with us and thanks for recommending our condo to others. Thanks, Shawn

Recommended for:Families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

5/5 Stars
Absolutely LOVED this condo!

Guest: Kurt(Chicago, IL)
Date of Stay: 07/03/11 Review Submitted: 07/19/11
This unit was plenty big for our family of 4, and was situated perfectly in the complex. 2nd floor, looking out over the pool and beach. Out the door, down 1 flight of stairs, down a short walkway, and you were at the pool! Very comfortable space—our kids got lost in the queen-size beds in the 2nd BR, and it was nice to just open sliding glass door in the master and fall asleep to the sound of the surf.
Nice large master bath with rain shower and separate tub. The condo has a great full kitchen, with all the amenities—plenty of dishes, etc. Washer & dryer was right by the kitchen (we've stayed in other condos where the kitchen and W/D were off in separate rooms, and somewhat inconvenient).
Daily cleaning service was nice, although there were a couple times when it was going on when we came back up to the condo for lunch (just grabbed a beer and sat on the patio until they were finished!)
The location of this condo is absolutely ideal! Located literally 1 block off 5th Avenue, where all shopping and dining is. We headed to 5th every night around 7 to grab dinner, then just wander up and down, soaking up the calls of vendors hawking their wares or people trying to get us to stop and eat at their restaurant. It was nice to stumble upon a bar with live music, and to just stop and grab a beer and listen for a while—even with kids in tow! (Rather different than the states—in Playa, nobody looks twice at kids in a bar! :-)
The beach here is outstanding as well. The sand is like walking in cake flour, and the surf is very gentle. My kids were able to go snorkeling right off the beach. We walked up the beach about 1/4 mile and found a place where they could snorkel on a small reef and find shells, see fish, etc.
To catch the ferry to Cozumel, it's about a 5-10 min. walk down the beach from El Faro to the ferry pier.
Wicky's (a restaurant located within the complex) has WiFi, which I was able to get on my iPhone (3Gs) at the pool and out on the balcony of the condo. That was nice for keeping in touch with home and gloating about how much fun we were having. My wife could only get connected (iPhone 3G) if she walked over by Wicky's—not a big deal.
Took the Collectivo down to Akumal to snorkel, which was amazing! Diving trips left right off the beach outside El Faro.
All in all, this is absolutely the place to stay if you want to visit Playa! We're already planning another trip, and will definitely stay in this unit!
Owner response:Reading this review makes me want to check my availability calendar and book a flight and spend some time at the condo in Playa. You did such a great job in capturing the feeling of the condo and all of the fun activities that you are able to take advantage of from this central location. So glad the condo worked out so well for you and your family and I look forward to your next trip. Thanks for painting such a vivid picture for other guests and bringing your experience to life. Shawn

Recommended for:Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

5/5 Stars
Fantastic Condo!!!!

Guest: N/A(Nashville, TN)
Date of Stay: 06/11/11 Review Submitted: 06/20/11
Just returned from a week at Encanto El Faro . We LOVED so many things about this condo. It was the perfect size for 2 couples. We stayed in the master bedroom which opened onto the balcony. I was initially concerned about the light waking me in the morning, but the room has these amazing light blocking shades which creates a perfect environment to sleep late while on vacation. The king bed was SO comfortable, right down to the sheets, which are all cotton - none of that cotton/poly mix. The master bath was large, and the walk in shower accomodates 2 easily. It was great to have a kitchen in which to make breakfast, keep snacks, and store our adult beverages. There is also complimentary bottled water, and 4 of us went through almost 15 gallons in a week. So glad it was there. We really did not spend too much time in the living room, although one night we did pull out the sleeper sofa and piled up to watch a dvd. Much of our time in the condo was spent on the deck which overlooks the pool and provides a great view of one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. El Faro is located on a beautiful stretch of sand. We were not bothered by boats coming in or out like some resorts up the beach. Nor was there seaweed to deal with; just the most amazing aqua green and blue water. We had access to beach chairs and umbrellas, an outside shower to wash the sand off, and the servers at Wicky's were more than happy to take care of us. BTW, they make a great mango margarita and wedge salad! Tell them you are staying at El Faro and you get a 10% discount. All in all, this was one of the best vacations ever. We will definitely go back to PDC, and when we do, we will be staying at El Faro again, no doubt. Shawn, the owner of the condo, was prompt in answering all questions before we headed to PDC. Once there, the resort staff took great care of us. We had a couple of maintenance issues that they promptly addressed. The daily maid service was a real treat. There is nothing like coming in from a day at the beach to a clean kitchen, fresh sheets and towels and all the sand that we previously tracked in gone. If there is one thing I would change about the entire experience, it would be to have a phone that could ring the front desk, which is quite a hike from the condo. There were several times we needed to talk to the front desk, and making that hike got old, although that in and of itself won't keep us from booking with El Faro next summer!
Owner response:Sonya and her fellow guests sure seemed to have a great time at our condo which is always great to hear. They stayed as a group of 2 couples which is such a great way to go where you can split the expense and also have the fun of sharing time together in the condo and also having 2 separate bedrooms. Thanks for sharing your experiences and details all the way down to the cotton sheets as other guests really like to hear these details from other guests. I look forward to having you stay next summer. Thanks! Shawn

Recommended for:Romantic getaway

5/5 Stars
It does not get better than this!

Guest: Katie(Ohio)
Date of Stay: 05/21/11 Review Submitted: 06/12/11
We normally stay at a resort in the area but wanted to experience the downtown feel for this time around. We are two married couples, in our thirties who travel often together. Since we've usually stayed at all inclusive resorts in the past, we were not sure what to expect this time, but were eager to be able to enjoy all of the restuarants in the area. We were amazed once we arrived to find how well kept the condo building was and the unit itself. It is everything that is pictured but even better in person, if you can imagine that! It is in a prime location and after walking around, we could not imagine staying anywhere else! The unit is in a prime location of the building. It is right above the pool with an amazing, unobstructed view of the beautiful beach. There is plenty of space in the condo including a large balcony. Should you decide to stay in for meals, the kitchen has everything you need. The daily maid service was exceptional and the staff is more than willing to help with anything you need. On either side of El Faro, on the beach, you'll find plenty of clubs & bars to hang out at. We even had live entertainment at our pool. The food & service at Wicky's was phenomenal. A short walk down the beach is the ferry to Cozumel and a five minute walk into town is Walmart for groceries & other needs. No taxi needed in this prime location. Everything you want to do is within walking distance. We couldn't have been more pleased with the overall experience. We have already decided to return and will continue to rent this same unit. Why go anywhere else? It is truly paradise with something for everyone. We hope to be long term renters with Shawn.
Owner response:I am thrilled that Katie and her husband had such a great time. Having two couples share the condo sounds like a great way to go. They found everything that we like most about the condo like the fact that you don't need a car and it is just a short walk to all of the best things that Playa Del Carmen has to offer. The spectacular views from the condo is also top on our list of the things we enjoy. It was also nice to hear that they generally stay at all inclusive resorts and had such a great time being able to experience the different restaurants and activities on their own. It is even nicer to hear that they had such a great experience that now they plan on staying at our condo for their future trips. There are few places in Playa Del Carmen that have the beachfront and ocean views and large pool area that are not all inclusive and that is why El Faro is such a find. You have all of these benefits of a beautiful property with the flexibility to be on your own schedule and to experience more of a variety that the town has to offer with a perfect in town location. I look forward to your next visit. Thanks! Shawn
Recommended for:Girls getaway, tourists without a car.

5/5 Stars

Perfect Family Vacation

Guest: Carolyn Bedford(Vestavia Hills, AL)
Date of Stay: 05/05/11 Review Submitted: 05/17/11
Shawn's condo could not have been better for our family of four. The condo itself is lovely! Beautiful views, spacious, very comfortable beds. The balcony is great. It has a lovely view of everything (pool/beach, etc.) and yet feels very private and relaxing. We ate dinner on the balcony when we did not feel like going out. Had our coffee and naps on the balcony as well:). Our kids are 2 and 4 so the pool could not have been more ideal for us. It is a fun pool for adults but probably the best pool for kids I have ever used. My 4 year old actually learned how to swim on his own in this pool because it was so conducive and inviting to kids.

We have been going to Playa del Carmen for 6 years and I think Shawn's condo might be on the best stretch of beach you could find. Beautiful. Getting in and out of the condo to get to the pool and beach with kids was really easy too. My husband scuba dives every morning, so I am lugging kids and beach toys to pool/beach by myself and it is important that everything is pretty easy. With Shawn's condo location/proximity to pool/beach it was very, very easy for me.

And all the best restaurants, ice cream and dive shops are so close to walk to, everything was so easy and beautiful and fun. Just what we need on vacation! Perfect! Thank you Shawn. We will be back next year!
Owner response: Carolyn and her family found all of the great things that we love about El Faro such as the great view from the condo, having the pool and beach just a few steps away and the restaurants and shops so close. I am also glad to hear that it worked out so well for her kids as people often ask me how it works for families with kids. I am also thrilled that she has already recommended our condo to others and is planning to return with her family. I look forward to having her and her family return soon. Thanks, Shawn

Recommended for:Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

5/5 Stars
Excellent Holiday Accomodation

Guest: Rick / Janice(Stittsville, Ontario, Canada)
Date of Stay: 01/31/11 Review Submitted: 03/10/11
My wife and I stayed in this condo at El Faro for the entire month of February this year and enjoyed the whole experience immensely. The condo is exactly as described, is fully equipped, has an excellent view of the oceanfront and is in meticulous condition. The property management firm "Encanto" provide efficient, courteous and timely service to enhance your holiday time. The property owner handled all aspects of the rental in a professional and accomodating manner. We would love to stay again next February on the same terms.
Owner response:It was wonderful to have Rick and Janice stay for a whole month and I encourage other guests to also ask about longer term rentals. I have had other guests also mention that they enjoy having the front desk and guest services right on site with an excellent staff that is very helpful. I am delighted that they chose our condo for their annual getaway to Playa Del Carmen and that they had such a terrific time. It would be a pleasure to have them stay again next year as I greatly appreciate the repeat business from our guests.

Recommended for:Age 55+

5/5 Stars
Bliss at Playa

Guest: Anne(Sydney, NSW Australia)
Date of Stay: 01/13/11 Review Submitted: 02/01/11
My family and I had a wonderful stay in this apartment. It was modern, spacious and had all the amenities you could wish for. The staff at reception were exceedingly helpful, including arranging transport from the airport.
The restaurants in Playa del Carmen were so good that we didn't bother to cook, but the apartment had everything you might need.

The owner has been very easy to communicate with, and helpful with fine-tuning the booking. I would certainly recommend this apartment to a friend or relative.

I would definitely love to return, only for a much longer time next time!
Owner response:It's so nice to get an unsolicited review like this and it is wonderful to hear that Anne and her family were so pleased. I would love for them to return for longer next time like she said and we love to have repeat guests. As I write this I have a Canadian couple staying for a month so tell your boss you think they should take your company global and you'll help out by "working" from your new home in Mexico and pack your bags.

Recommended for:Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars

Guest: Jayneoliz(Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
Date of Stay: 12/29/10 Review Submitted: 05/18/11
I’m very tardy in writing this review of our stay at then end of last December. As a bit of background on us, my husband & I are professionals in our mid-40’s and travel a fair bit. We’ve stayed in everything from cabins to Comfort Inns to the Ritz Carlton, Relais and Chateaux and other ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ so we’ve been exposed to many different levels of accommodation.

We had a short ‘gap’ stay (2 nights) iat El Faro between stays in Cozumel & a resort in Playa Aventuras. In hindsight, we should have stayed at El Faro & skipped the PA resort but who knew?
Shawn was great to deal with, very helpful & business-like, putting my mind to rest completely about any possible shenanigans ;-) He provided great info & details and was uber-responsive to my questions.

The service @ check-in was very pleasant and efficient, much more so than I expected to be honest.

The property is spic & span clean and everything was in great looking & working condition. The finishes, appliances, etc were all of high quality and the kitchen was well setup for meal preparation and service, even serious cooking if you’re so inclined.

The listing description is very accurate but I don’t feel that the pics do the unit justice. It certainly appears to be very nice in the photos but in person it’s much more special. The whole place is all but perfect but we were particularly taken with the balcony – it’s huge, has great, comfortable furnishings and a gorgeous view over the pool, beach & ocean – absolutely beautiful day and night.

We only used the master BR and can’t comment on the spare room except to say that it looked really nice and was a great place to leave our luggage out of sight ;-) The Master was a real treat – the entire front wall being floor to ceiling, wall to wall sliding door out to the gorgeous balcony. Window coverings are cool, sleek blinds that cut the sun but still allow you to see out while others cannot see in – loved them! The ensuite is pure luxury with dbl sinks, a jetted tub and a glass shower all done in marble – wow! As far as the bed itself goes, we were so impressed with it’s comfort that I pulled up the sheeting to take note of the mattress’ brand. Upon getting home, we tossed our TempurPedic and bought the same mattress for our bed – yes, seriously!

I would (and have) recommended this property to friends & family and referenced it in a few of my posting on the TripAdvisor forums.
Owner response:Wow! What can I say about all of these great compliments but thanks and thanks so much for all of the details that you mentioned as these are the things that other guests find important and want to know about. Many people, for example, want to know how comfortable the beds are and value the opinion of what other guests experienced with various details so they have a better idea of what to expect. Thanks Elizabeth for your kind remarks and I greatly appreciate the referrals. Hope to have you back soon. Shawn

Recommended for:Families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

5/5 Stars
Fantastic condo!

Guest: AnnaLynne(New Jersey)
Date of Stay: 11/05/10 Review Submitted: 04/14/11
I rented this condo last November for a week and I can't speak highly enough about this unit, or the owner. It was in a stellar location with a lovely view of the beach, impeccibly clean and well stocked, all the convienences of home. Maid service was very efficient. The owner was extremely detail oriented and answered any and all questions that came up, all e mails promptly returned. I am travel agent who specializes in Riviera Maya so I come to Playa del Carmen often. I have stayed in small hotels, condos, AI resorts and this was by far my favorite place. It's close to everything Playa has to offer, the pool is the best of any condo complex and the fact that it's located directly on the beach is a major plus. I have recommended this unit to clients, friends and even complete strangers. If you're thinking about a stay in Playa del Carmen, look no further than right here! Thank you Shawn for such a lovely time, we loved your condo and hope to be back soon!
Owner response:The fact that AnnaLynn is a travel agent that specializes is the Riviera Maya that has spent a lot of time in Playa del Carmen at many properties makes it such a wonderful compliment for her to say that our condo is by far her favorite place. We purchased our condo in El Faro before anything was built on the land when all we could see was the beautiful ocean views, a set of plans and potential. It was the same things that AnnaLynn mentions that sold us on this including being right in town and on the beach and having the largest pool and grounds of any other condo complex that is also right in town. We knew that all of these great benefits that we saw would also be appealing to people looking for a rental which was also very important to our decision. Thanks so much for the referrals that you have made to other guests and hope to have you stay again soon.

Recommended for:Age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, tourists without a car.

5/5 Stars
What a great find!

Guest: Linda(Texas)
Date of Stay: 11/05/10 Review Submitted: 04/12/11
I had the pleasure of staying in this condo in Nov of 2010 for a week! What a place, we loved it! The location can't be beat as it is right on the beach with a huge pool and a 2 minute walk to 5th Ave! The condo itself has everything you would want in a vacation rental, comfy beds, full kitchen, lovely balcony that overlooks the pool and beach! The pictures accurately reflect the condo appearance. I would not hesitate staying here again
Owner response:I was so glad to hear Linda's positve feedback about her past stay when she recently inquired about staying again for an upcoming trip that I asked her if she minded doing a review. I am appreciative she took the time to express some of the specific things she liked about the condo as this will help future guests. I hope she and some of her family are among my repeat guests as it would be nice to have them again knowing they were so happy with the condo.

Recommended for:Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

5/5 Stars

Great Finding, Great Location

Guest: ae(Mexico)
Date of Stay: 10/29/10 Review Submitted: 11/03/10
Everything was great. We arrived by bus to Playa del Carmen and it´s only a blocks away from the bus station, renting a car wasn´t necessary since it has a great location. Just a block away from the fun of 5th Ave but the serenity of the sea at the door step. We had a little trouble with warm water in the main room bathroom, the staff help us right away.
Owner response:It was nice to hear that everything worked out so great for Ana Elena and that she found the location to work out so well. We agree that a car is definitely not necessary as she mentioned the 5th Avenue with all of the shops and restaurants is just a block away and the beach is right on the door step. Thanks again for staying at the condo for your vacation.

Recommended for:Families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars
What a great find!

Guest: Jeff(Chicago IL)
Date of Stay: 08/05/10 Review Submitted: 08/09/10
This was the perfect condo for our needs. It was virtually brand new; immaculate, modern, and in a perfect location. The staff at the building was helpful and friendly and the owner was very easy to work with and quite accomodating with our last minute booking. We cant wait to go back. Playa is an excellent beach with lots to do and beautiful scenery and water.
Owner response:After his trip Jeff emailed me saying that I now have a renter for life. This was great to hear and I hope he has a really long life. All joking aside it is great when people have a great time and want to come back again and we look forward to him returning with his family..

Recommended for:Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars
Fantastic days at El Faro

Guest: patbetsa(Volketswil, Zurich, Switzerland)
Date of Stay: 06/03/10 Review Submitted: 06/15/10
My family from Mexico and I spent a few days in this beautiful place. The condo had everything we needed. There are 3 beds where we slept comfortably. The condo was very clean and nicely decorated (even nicer than the pictures :O) and the view from the balcony is great. My 4 years old son enjoyed the big and beautiful swimmingpool. We also enjoyed the beach which is just a few steps away.
The condo is very well located, just one block from 5th. Ave and a big grocery store is just near by.
Elias and the people around were very helpful and friendly.
It was very easy to get in touch with the owner, and the renting was very uncomplicated.
We will certainly go back to Playa del Carmen... of course to El Faro.
Shawn thanks again for your flexibility.
Best regards,
Bettina and Family
Recommended for:Families with young children

5/5 Stars
Fantastic days at El Faro

Guest: Patrick B.(Volketswil, Zurich, Switzerland)
Date of Stay: 06/03/10 Review Submitted: 06/13/10
My family from Mexico and I spent a few days in this beautiful place. The condo had everything we needed. There are 3 beds where we slept comfortably. The condo was very clean and nicely decorated (even nicer than the pictures :O) and the view from the balcony is great. My 4 years old son enjoyed the big and beautiful swimmingpool. We also enjoyed the beach which is just a few steps away.
The condo is very well located, just one block from 5th. Ave and a big grocery store is just near by.
Elias and the people around were very helpful and friendly.
It was very easy to get in touch with the owner, and the renting was very uncomplicated.
We will certainly go back to Playa del Carmen... of course to El Faro.
Shawn thanks again for your flexibility.
Best regards,
Bettina and Family
Owner response:Its nice to hear from Bettina that the condo had everything they needed for her family and she found it even nicer than the pictures. Having the 3 large beds and the sofa sleeper has worked out well for families and a little larger groups. We have found that the kids really like El Faro too and it sounds like their 4 year old really enjoyed the pool. Having the shops and restuarants so close on the 5th avenue and the grocery stores near by and the beach steps away makes for the perfect location. Thanks for pointing out that it was easy to stay in touch with me as I make a big effort to respond to my guests quickly and make the rental process smooth and uncomplicated. Thanks again for your stay. Shawn

Recommended for:Age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.

5/5 Stars
Great family getaway

Guest: Thedude(St. Paul MN.)
Date of Stay: 03/08/10 Review Submitted: 03/25/10
As A family of 5 we need a little more space than your average hotel room. We stayed during the first part of spring break, for 7 days. It is a fantastic property. Location, view, level of service, all are excellent. One block off 5th ave. made our evening adventures effortless and being on the beautiful white sand beaches made our afternoons as good as it gets. The fresh clean water in the room,(In the purified hot and cold water dispenser) wow what a great thing to not have to worry about. Thank You for a wonderful stay.Sincerely Mike
Owner response:We are thrilled that Mike and his family had such a great time in Playa and it is so nice of him to take the time to express how much they enjoyed their stay at our condo.

Recommended for:Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

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    University of California San Diego
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    Hi, My name is Shawn and I am originally from California and went to school at the University of California San Diego where I first felt the mysterious draw to the ocean. I now live in Vail Colorado where I was drawn over fifteen years ago by an equal passion to the mountains and skiing. My real estate...
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