Quinta Mai is an enchanting slice of tropical paradise on the eastern shore of beautiful Laguna Bacalar in the town of Bacalar. Lake Bacalar is 30 miles long and up to 3 miles wide. It is perhaps the most perfect and pristine freshwater lake on the planet. Come and visit this oasis of tropical beauty before the rest of the world discovers it. The locals call Laguna Bacalar "The Lake of the Seven Colors." You must see it to experience the vivid colors ranging from turquoise to green to cobalt blue. The colors exist because of the intensity of the tropical sun, the crystal clear water, the white sand bottom and the varied depth...going to over 200 feet in some parts. The Mayans call the freshwater "sweet water" and as dear old Jackie Gleason would say..."Mmmmmmm...and how sweet it is!!"
I am Jim Baumgaertner and I grew up in Minnesota, "The Land of10,000 Lakes" and I now live in Wisconsin (we have over 13,000 lakes but we don't brag about them as much as we probably should.) So I am really into freshwater lakes....and let me tell you that Laguna Bacalar is better than anything I have ever seen anywhere...and that is why I had to check out the lake in January of 2005...and that is also why I snapped up Quinta Mai within ten minutes of seeing it for the first time. If you love Minnesota or Wisconsin lakes, you are really going to love Laguna Bacalar! (Warning to Minnesotans and Wisconsinites! The ice fishing season is very, very short, the Minnesota loons don't sing when they are vacationing in Bacalar,and the lutefisk is served with hot green salsa...however, with a few extra margaritas and a couple shots of kahlua, you will adapt and enjoy the many cultural differences.)
Imagine a tropical paradise with wild parrots flying overhead, fragrant orchids growing on the trees, jaguars, monkeys and tapirs frolicking in the surrounding jungle, giant fish in the deep cenotes, a picturesque lake shore lined with oval flat-topped boulders (called stromatolites...and quite unique! ), and absolutely clear freshwater that is warm enough to swim in year round. Within the grounds of Quinta Mai we have banana, lime, avocado, oranges, coconut, mango, and guanabana trees. Quinta Mai is really the Garden of Eden...or perhaps The Garden of Eatin'.
Quinta Mai is located on one of the very best sections of the lake shore because the lake in front of our property has a firm
white sand bottom, and there is no mud or weeds to deal with. One can swim right off our dock into five feet of water without
wading through knee high sediment. After swimming about 50 yards from the shoreline the bottom drops off at a 45 degree angle going from
five feet to perhaps two hundred feet. Some say a meteor slammed into the lake eons ago and created a deep blue hole in front of our
property. This blue hole is nearly identical to the nearby Cenote Azul, that is located less than a mile from our property. Make
sure you put a mask on and snorkel the clear warm water...you will think that you are flying. I really love snorkeling and scuba diving
in the salt water ocean (I actually own two beachfront condos in Puerto Aventuras...check out my "Villa Del Mar C 105, Casa Kokai" in
another vacationrentalsdotcom listing), but there is something so very special about swimming through perfectly clean and absolutely
clear freshwater. The water is totally refreshing, invigorating and rejuvenating...I really think Ponce De Leon would have declared
Bacalar the real fountain of youth had he explored the Yucatan rather than Florida.
Now let me tell you about my property. "Quinta Mai" means "a very special place for all people young at heart". The word "Mai" comes
from the first initials of the former owners' three children who grew up in this special happy habitat. There are two main buildings on the grounds of Quinta Mai. The casa itself, and also a small stone lakefront palapa roofed laguna casita. The casa has about 1300 square feet of enclosed space. It is covered on the west, south, and east sides by large palapa (thatched) roofing so as to provide shade for the terraces and to keep the sun
from beating directly on the cement block casa. The palapa is not the main roof...it is just for shading. The palapa covers about
another 1000 square feet of veranda on the three sides of the house. You will probably spend more time on the palapa covered
verandas or in the beach cabana than you will spend inside the house. On the verandas there are lounge chairs and several dining
tables. Within the casa there is a kitchen with microwave, a stove, refrigerator, and all the basic appliances. Next to the kitchen is
an outdoor covered laundry area with a washing machine with and an adjacent solar and wind powered dryer (a clothes line). In the living room area of the house there is a small mahogany and marble bar, a beautiful mahogany library area and then a TV lounge area. We have a DVD player, a small stereo and an Ipod receiver. We also have WiFi available on request for a small daily fee. Adjacent to the bar is a half bathroom. Half of the casa is bedroom area and this half is air conditioned with a new, efficient, remote controlled mini-split. The two bedrooms are actually within
one long room with part of the room (closest to the lake) separated from the rest of the room by a wooden lattice wall. This wooden lattice wall divides the long room into
There is a lot to do in and around Bacalar. The town itself is
full of history that goes back over 400 years. Visit the massive
Bacalar fort that was built in 1715 to deter the blood-thirsty
pirates of the Caribbean.
Swim and have lunch at the beautiful Cenote Azul Restaurant...and if
you are a little loco...do a canon ball dive off the roof of the
restaurant and try to splash your neighbors. Explore newly
uncovered Mayan ruins. Go birdwatching and try to make a few parrots
talk or a Minnesota loon sing. Rent motor boats, sailboats or kayaks
and explore the lake. Go fishing in the lake or in the nearby
Caribbean. Visit the Mayan museum in the capital city of Chetumal
located about 30 minutes away. Drive to Mahahual and the Costa Maya
beaches. Cross the border into Belize (30 minutes away) and leave
North America behind you. Get a massage, faciial or pedicure from your own spa.
Swinga in a hammock and do nothing except breath
in the fresh air.
Enjoy yoga, sunbathing, biking, swimming, and hiking. Take a
rejuvenating hot sulphuric mud bath and then rinse
off in the cool clear water. Tube the crystal clear river between
the Bacalar lakes. Eat some papaya, fresh pineapple, a few tacos, a
big enchilada, and wash it all down with several cold cervezas
followed by a couple of sweet and salty margaritas...and then collapse
into your gently swaying hammock by the lake, and take a very long
siesta...and when you finally awaken (totally mellowed out without a
stressful nerve in your entire body!) be sure to give thanks
to the good Lord for creating such a perfect tropical paradise for
you to experience and fully enjoy.
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Feb 1 2014 - Feb 1 2015
1 night minimum stay
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