Beachfront Mayan Craftsmanship, Design, Gorgeous Pool, Expansive Gardens&Privacy
1500 Sqft Condo hosted by Diana
5 Guests . 2 Bedrooms . 2 Bathrooms


Worried About Covid-19? We are too! We think this is an evolving environment. So having hard definite rules right now are difficult.
In summary, we are trying to be as flexible as possible.
- If you need to cancel due to COVID-19, we will be flexible and support you!
- We are offering now tailored and more flexible payment options. Let's talk.
- We have ALWAYS and still follow stringent cleaning and disinfectant standards.
- Our staff are dedicated to us, they don’t move around... Less exposure.

Cherished for years, this lovely two- bedroom,  two-bath La Sirena #5 is a corner unit located directly on Half Moon Bay, Akumal in between the beach and the complex’s beautiful, tropical gardens, which surround the large,  blue- tile lined pool, with both a lap lane and a sunning ledge.

Experience the best of the Mayan Riviera here: the snorkeling, the food (from restaurants or your own kitchen), the local renowned craftsmanship, and of course the sunset views, all in a quiet tropical beachfront setting. 

Cen Balam’s owners love this part of the world and have traveled throughout Latin America collecting amazing, one-of-a-kind Latin American artwork.  This artwork adorns the condo and is it’s focal point.  Exotic objet d'art include Mayan wood carvings, oil paintings of local flora and fauna, and Guatamalen weavings.   All beautifully displayed.  

With the floor to ceiling windows and patio on the beach side, and the multiple patios on the courtyard side, panoramic views abound.     White sand and the turquoise waters of the bay, and sea beyond, amazing garden views of flora and fauna, and the jungle beyond dominate.

Inside, each of the two bedrooms has a very comfortable king- size bed, with quality linens and wonderful detail, and each has its own private patio. The two accompanying bathrooms are well equipped, as is the kitchen, indoor dining area, living area, and outdoor dining area on the beach side patio.. There is even a mini-office for that work day or e-mail!

Everything is provided for a stress free vacation:  Free parking, Wifi, daily maid service (except on Sunday), unlimited bottled water delivered to the unit, full air conditioning, satellite TV, all linens, including beach towels, and so much more!

Cen Balam (Cave of the Jaguar) was intended as a private second home and has only recently become available as a vacation rental. The owners and guests love the second-floor, corner location, with its feeling of increased privacy and security, and its views over Half-Moon Bay and the Caribbean beyond. 

The condo’s design and location provides wonderful flow-through sea breezes.  There is also A/C throughout, and ceiling fans in all rooms, including the open-air beach front beach front patio. Cen Balam is also one of the few units in the area that have the finest in upgraded doors and windows, which provide increased security, protection from the elements, including noise, heat and storms.  

The kitchen, with its custom made window shade, has been remodeled, with additional cabinets, and new appliances while still retaining the local tropical rustic character.  It is well stocked with Fiesta Ware dishes, and green, hand-blown Mexican glassware, as well as matching cutlery.  Enjoy playing in this wonderful kitchen surrounded by views of Half Moon Bay.  

The dining area boasts a large supply of table linens, many of which are local or Guatemalan handicrafts, as are the throw-cushions and bed scarves in the bedrooms. 

Both bedrooms can be opened to the breeze.  Both feature Mexican and/or Maya décor, including framed antique prints of Frederick Catherwood’s original drawings of Maya ruins. Both beds have embroidered Guatemalan throw-cushions and hand-made bed scarves, and both bedrooms have their own private patios, with a table and chairs, ensuring a peaceful place for that early morning cup of coffee, as well as a shady place to relax. These patios overlook the beautiful gardens surrounding the swimming pool and the jungle beyond.

All the rooms are decorated with original Mexican or Maya art.  Many of the wood carvings are by Efrain Cetz, acknowledged as one of the finest Maya craftsmen practicing today.  His large, bas-relief, cedar carving of a Maya Death Canoe overlooking the dining area was based on an original design  carved on a piece of ancient bone found at the Maya site of Tikal in Guatemala. 

The pieces in Cen Balam represent commissions by the owners, but carvings by Efrain Cetz (aka “Chino”) are now available in Lamanai (a not-to-be missed shop on the beach, outside the  Lol Ha Restaurant Palapa).  Many of the paintings in Cen Balam are by Isabel Schober, a local resident and artist.

A permanent library on Maya art and history (books are clearly marked) is available for guests’ use while in Cen Balam.   There are also various paper back novels for relaxing on the beach (“take one if you need to; leave one if you can”).  An assortment of games is present in the condo, and a television (with Netflix) has been installed for the convenience of guests. 

And to make your vacation even more stress free, we can help with airport transfers, groceries and even tour planning! Let us know what you wish!
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Sleeping Configuration

Master Bedroom
1 king bed
Featuring Mexican and/or Maya décor, including framed antique prints of Frederick Catherwood’s original drawings of Maya ruins. The bed has embroidered Guatemalan throw-cushions and hand-made bed scarves, and it's own private patio, with a table and chairs, ensuring a peaceful place for that early morning cup of coffee, as well as a shady place to relax.
Garden Bedroom
1 king bed
Featuring Mexican and/or Maya décor, including framed antique prints of Frederick Catherwood’s original drawings of Maya ruins. The bed has embroidered Guatemalan throw-cushions and hand-made bed scarves, and it's own private patio, with a table and chairs, ensuring a peaceful place for that early morning cup of coffee.


Family/Kid Friendly
Parking Included
Plenty of free on-site private parking
No Pets Allowed
Sorry, it is a complex rule that guests may not have pets or service animals.
No Smoking Allowed
Not Wheelchair Accessible
Not Suitable for Events


Iron & Board
Hair Dryer
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Ceiling Fan
Air Conditioning
House Safe
What we supply
Daily maid service is included !!! All cleaning and linens are provided and managed: Bath, kitchen and beach are all provided. Bath supplies: shampoo. conditioner, shower gel, hand soap, TP are all provided. Kitchen supplies are also provided, but as paper towels are ecological damaging, we ask that you use the kitchen towels.
Private Garden
3 porches! Beach front porch has both seating and dining. Master bedroom porch overlooking the gardens is great for game playing. Gorgeous views from every direction!
High Speed Internet
Laptop friendly workspace
Cable TV
Satellite TV
Stereo/DVD Player
Full Kitchen
Coffee Maker
Cooking Utensils
A chef's kitchen: Fully functioning for entertaining and whatever gourmet exploration you think of! We also provide purified water!
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher
Also, hurricane and security proof windows and doors. We also have a night security guard.

Shared spaces

The largest and only swimmable pool in the entire area boasts both a super large sun ledge and a laplane!
Shared Pool


Scuba diving or snorkeling
Deepsea fishing
Fishing Charters
Wind surfing
Water skiing
Water tubing
Miniature Golf
Horseback riding
Nature Viewing
Bird Watching

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Reviews (15)

Excellent based on 15 Reviews

Getting around

We are directly on the best part of Half Moon Bay. We have one of only beach areas that never has any seaweed, and we keep it private just for us and our guests. Right off our beach is some of the best snorkeling in the entire region.

If you want to explore the area, we do recommend renting a car. But you don't really need it if you want hang on our beach and gardens. As Akumal is very small, and Half Moon Bay has only 1 road, it it very easy to walk everywhere. We also have a local transport system called collectivos, as well as taxis and or course bicycle rentals or golf cart rentals that we can help arrange. urs etc.

Water view


These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.
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Property Manager
Besotted with the Maya, and after traveling the Yucatan (collecting many beautiful things), Mary Sue and Glen bought this condo naming it Cen Balam "Cave of the Jaguar', their reprise from the rest of the world.
Speaks: English
Houfy lets you contact and book direct with hosts. The host has provided the following links to give you more information.

Policies and Rules

Check In 2PM - Flexible
Check Out11AM

We have lockboxes with codes which we will provide to you once full payment is provided. We also have on-side staff that can help if needed. Once final payment is made, we provide LOTs of details: maps, access info and phone numbers. And we would love to help you with additional planning.

Minimum age limit for renters: 25
Akumal is perfect for families, couples and multi-generationals. It is quiet and not for parties or spring-breakers.
House Rules
For Christmas and New Year's rentals, we require either Christmas week or New Year's weeks, or both weeks, we cannot accept splitting of weeks.

TO ensure everyone's enjoyment, we do have some house and complex rules.

These are attached to our rental agreement which we do need signed.
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Payment Policy
We accept multiple types of payments, including checks. Reservations will be held for 7 days after confirmation. A deposit of 50% of the total balance is required to confirm your booking. If payment is not received by this time your reservation may be canceled.
Upon receipt of final payment, a detailed Planning Guide including access documents will be provided to you.

Please see our rental agreement or website for additional details: www.akumalbeachcondo.com.
If you have questions, just let us know. We try to keep it easy.
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Refundable Damage Deposit
Fully refundable damage deposit that is refunded app. 14 days after your departure. Also, if desired, as an alternative we have Rental Damage Insurance for $59.
Cancellation Policy
Worried About Covid-19?   We realize this is an evolving environment and it seems  hard to plan a vacation right now.   So as long as the COVID-19 situation is with us, having hard cancellation rules now don't seem right.    Planning a great vacation should be FUN and stress free.

So we have implemented  new Super Flexible Payment and Cancellation Policies for bookings made for 2020, and does not apply to Holiday Dates (XMAS/NY). 

- You can make a reservation with as little as 25% of the total rental fee to hold your dates.
- You can make payments monthly, quarterly: we can fit to your schedule.    Let’s talk.
- Your reservation does need to be paid in full, 30 days prior to arrival.  If you need to cancel, your deposit will be refunded without penalty.  If you are booking with less than 30 days before arrival, we can grant some flexibility as long as you are paid in full 14 days before you arrive.In the unfortunate event you must cancel your reservation due to last minute imposed travel restrictions, etc, you will receive a refund of 100% of total reservation charges if booked direct. 
- If you must cancel for other related COVID-19 reasons, less than 30 days prior to arrival, but more than 14 days, you will receive a refund of 50% of total reservation charges.
- Your reservation is nonrefundable if your written cancellation is received less than 14 days prior to arrival.
No one can think of everything.   If you have other extenuating circumstances, let us know.   We are here  to help!

Please note, these relaxed policies are meant to provide peace of mind in the changing COVID-19 world, where none have us have any control over government/various imposed travel restrictions.   They will not apply to other situations.  

We still highly recommend a Cancel for Any Reason Travel Policy.   There are several that are great. 
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Please refer to our Rental Agreement to our other Traveler Friendly Policies.
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Cen Balam is a Condo located in Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. This Condo is available for short term lodging and accommodates 5 guests
Cen Balam has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and was listed on Houfy on Jul 2020

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