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Quinta Mai, an Enchanting Slice of Paradise on Lake Bacalar

Quinta Mai, an Enchanting Slice of Paradise on Lake Bacalar


Property Details

Updated: Dec 16, 2014
House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, 6 Sleeps

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 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 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

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  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
  • Pets welcome

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Quinta Mai, an Enchanting Slice of Paradise on Lake Bacalar
-+1 6087886465
Bacalar Quintana Roo
La Crosse, WI, usa

Quinta Mai, great alternative vacation

  • 5 of 5
This is a great beachfront house on Lake Bacalar, far off the beaten path, away from the crowds, hustle of the ocean resorts. In a small town of beach homes and resort hotels, a jewel of a location. Jim's place has a great dock and waterfront where I could spend days relaxing in the cool breezes over looking that stunning blue lake. Water is clear, clean freshwater. House has a palapa roof and hugh outdoor living spaces. property has fences around it for kids and pets, is beautifully gardened with tropical plants. I found 3 great restaurants in town. His local property managers are great and very responsive to your needs.
  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Werecently put in a brand new kitchen, the couches are reupholstered and we have a new dining room tables. You will love our little slice of paradise on Laguna Bacalar.
James and Peggy Baumgaertner, owners of Quinta Mai
Quinta Mai, an Enchanting Slice of Paradise on Lake Bacalar
-+1 6087886465
Bacalar Quintana Roo
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Quinta Mai, an amazing corner of the earth

  • 5 of 5
If your are looking for a place where you could relax, having fun, be in contact with the nature, admire a great view, share with your pets, have a relaxing jacuzzi bath, meet local people and disconnect yourself from everything, Quinta Mai is that place. Me, my husbund and my two dogs spent the best time ever. We really didn´t want to come back home (and we live at the Riviera Maya!!). It is so special that you easily feel like home since the very beginning. The owners and the administrator are very nice and kind. If you meet QM, you´ll want to come back for sure! we already miss it!!
  • Submitted: May 8, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

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 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


  • Nightly Rate: $90 - $125

    Weekly Rate: $550 - $850

    Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

  • Note: I generally provide discounts on weekly rental, rentals longer
    than 10 days and long term monthly rentals. I also provide special
    discounts for last minute rentals. If you like to do spur of the
    moment trips,call or email me and if I have availability you may get
    a super deal!
    Regular daily rate is $125 in the winter and spring, $110 in the
    summer and $90 in the fall. We prefer a three day minimum stay, but we can do less than three days for a slightly higher per night charge.
    Weekly rates are seasonally adjusted and range from $550 to $850.
    Holiday surcharges may apply. Call for monthly rates. *Prices are subject
    to change. Special discounts for long term rentals! Inquire.


Property Type

  • house

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub


  • pets considered


  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1
  • Half Bathroom


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Private off street covered parking area with an eight foot security wall protecting your car and providing privacy for the grounds. Kitchen with bottled water, blender, toaster, microwave, toaster oven, gas stove, large refrigerator, but no automatic diswasher. Laundry room with washer and separatre centrfuge spinner. Formal marble and mahogany bar in the casa and a second informal bar in the palapa covered cabana on the shoreline. Stereo,TV,CD,DVD. Paddle fans. WiFi internet available on request. Bedrooms are air conditioned. One full sized bed in small bedroom; a pillow topped king sized bed and an adjacent full sized bed in the contiguous large master bedroom. Large bathroom with a sink and makeup area, a shower stall, and a large two person jacuzzi tub. Lots of dressers, shelving, and storage space. Palapa covered verandas on the east and west side of the casa. Numerous flowering plants and several fruit trees. Maid service. Mexican Telcel cell phone rental ($3 per day) programmed with all the local contacts may also be available...inquire ahead of time.

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