Two bedroom, two bathroom home on the prettiest part of Laguna Bacalar
Quinta Mai is a colorful slice of tropical paradise on the southwest shore of Laguna Bacalar in the town of Bacalar. It is perfectly located on the tip of a small peninsula that separates two deep blue cenotes. Because of the crystal clear water, the white sand bottom, the intense sunlight, and the variable depths of water, an incredible play of colors is before your eyes. The locals call it 'The lake of the seven colors' and you can see all seven colors, and more, from the dock at Quinta Mai. It is also excellent water for swimming. Some of the properties on Bacalar have muddy shorelines and other properties have a very steep approach to the water. Others are too low and they tend to get muddy. Quinta Mai is perfect. It's moderately elevated above the waterline so it's easy to get to the lake. The Lake bottom around the shoreline is firm sand and so the water remains clear. Furthermore there are living rocks called stromatolites just off the shoreline which are concretions a blue-green algae and extremely rare throughout the world. The stromatolites create a small natural Jacuzzi that is about two feet deep and just perfect for soaking or for children to splash around in. At the end of the dock the water is about 5 feet deep and so you can easily dive into the water. The snorkeling on the lake is beautiful because the water is so clear and there are large rocky ledges and drop offs to explore. If you swim out about 60 yards from the dock you will reach the beginning of a deep blue cenote where the water depth drops rapidly down to about 150 feet. Swimming in the other direction the water becomes quite shallow and it gets down to about 2 feet. This creates a play of colors that varies with the time of the day, the wave action and the cloud cover. Sitting on the dock under an umbrella and looking at the clouds and the lake is absolutely mesmerizing!
My name Is Jim Baumgaertner. I am from Wisconsin and I grew up in Minnesota. I know something about lakes! This lake is perhaps the most beautiful lake in the world. It is listed as one of the worlds greatest lakes by the United Nations, right up there with Lake Baikal, Lake Superior and Lake Titicaca. This place is special! Unlike the aforementioned lakes, this lake is warm year-round and the swimming is wonderful. I swam in Lake Titicaca and Lake Superior, and I greatly prefer Lake Bacalar! It is also fine like to go kayaking, or to go sailing, or to take a tourist lake cruise. If you are a birdwatcher, bring your binoculars and you will be in heaven! Come to Bacalar now before the rest of the world discovers it.
The town of Bacalar is also very special. It has a history that goes back over 1000 years. The Mayans, the Spanish, and the Pirates of the Caribbean have all played a historical role. There is a stone fortress built in 1715 that was used to protect the city from the ruthless pirates. The town has several public swimming areas and a Central Square that's fun to explore. There are plenty of little restaurants some of which are extremely good and all very inexpensive.
Bacalar is also a good central location to explore a different part of Mexico. You can easily visit the Costa Maya, many different Mayan ruins that hardly anyone else has seen, and the capital city of Chetumal that is only a half an hour away. You are also very close to the border with Belize and just a ferry ride from the islands of Belize.
We have two houses on the property. The main casa is about 1400 square feet, with a shower, a Jacuzzi, a second bathroom, a large bedroom with an adjacent smaller bedroom and a total of three beds. Please look at the video for details as it's easier to see than to explain. There's a living room with mahogany furniture, a small office area and there's also a separate kitchen that is in a room to itself just outside the front door to the house. Surrounding the house are three terraces. Each terrace is covered by a thatched roof called palapa. The palapa awnings protect the terraces from sun and rain. You'll probably spend more of your time out door on the terraces than inside the house. See the video for details.
There is a second smaller house that is somewhat of a party house. It's a small thatched roof hut that used to be a little dance area and bar area used by the previous Mexican owners. We call it the laguna casita, the small house by the lake. It is directly on the shore line and so it receives magnificent cooling breezes from the lake. Great place to hang out.
Our property also has quite a few trees including seven Royal Palms, two small mango trees, some banana trees, several sour orange trees, an avocado tree, and perhaps a few more trees that I can't pronounce.
To really get a view of this property please look at the video that I shot on January 30, 2015. You can click on it from this website.
By the way, the name Quinta Mai refers to a special place that was a happy home to three children named Maria, Andrei and Isabella. Mai is the abbreviation for the names of the children. We chose to keep that name because our property really is a special place for children of all ages. I hope that you have the opportunity to enjoy it. It is very beautiful and very special.
Fabulous Christmas getaway...
About the Owner
My name is Jim Baumgaertner. My wife Peggy and I purchased Quinta Mai in 2005. We also own two beachfront two bedroom condos in Puerto Aventuras. Google Casa Kokai foe details. We are from La Crosse, Wisconsin and we have been coming to Mexico since about 1983. We love to scuba, snorkel and swim and to just enjoy the warmth and beauty of the land and the people. We truly do look forward to hosting you!
(6 traveler reviews)
Fabulous Christmas getaway...
Our family of 5 stayed at Quinta Mai for a week at Christmas - what a relaxing, enjoyable and gorgeous setting with the house, dock and casita. Quinta Mai offered gorgeous lakefront, fabulous swimming and enough house space, covered porches and nooks and crannies for everyone to find space. We love the town of Bacalar - from the friendly and welcoming locals, to the great restaurants and markets. We used Quitlnta Mai as our home base to explore the surrounding area - Cenote Azule, local Mayan ruins. torta cochinatas at Chepe's, a fabulous day enjoying the beach at Mahahual, great 3 hour paddle board tour from the Green Monkey Hoste,l and exploring Bacalar. We hope to be back again!
Quinta Mai, a piece of heaven in the earth
I meet Quinta Mai on 2011and I think since then each year we take two weeks for enjoying one of the most beautiful places in which I have ever been. The nature, the paceful, the presence of God is gorgeous. I remember the first time my daughter was about 7 years old and when she was playing in the water, a beautiful yellow fish came to her, and she could caress it as if it was a little pet, it was the first miracle in this beautiful place, we could take a delicious breakfast in front of the lake, later relax in a "hamaca" and later swim, you just can leave all the stress from job, from the city, from every day and return to yourself and feel son great with you, your family, your life again. My english is not so good. But I'm sure you can feel that after you try one time Quinta Mai, you will come back in every opportunity that you have as my family and I we do it. Thanks Jim and Peggy for been so great people and thanks for sharing your great Quinta Mai :)
Our Own Personal Heaven! Quiet, Secluded, On Water
This little bungalow was perfect for, we, three ladies traveling alone. The security gate kept us safe while we relaxed in the cottage or down by the lagoon in our own private Palapa. The big-overstuffed sofas and comfy beds allowed us to relax after busy days spent exploring the area.
A highlight of our trip was taking a pontoon boat ride out on the lagoon and down to the rapids - a perfect way to experience the 7 colors of the lagoon.
We had a wonderful time at Quinta Mai, our first trip to Bacalar. We rented a car and had no trouble at all finding the place and there are gas stations in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and three in Bacalar. You can get groceries in Playa at the Walmart or at the San Francisco grocery in Tulum. The property at Quinta Mai is beautiful - very quiet and peaceful. The lake is absolutely gorgeous! Go to Google maps and you can get a great view of the whole city of Bacalar and the road to the house. We enjoyed the many places to sit outside at Quinta Mai; whether is was watching the early morning sunrise, drinking our morning coffee, or eating a meal. The kitchen is well-equipped for cooking and has a full size refrigerator. At night we sat outside playing cards and loved the sound of the waves down by the dock. The bed was very comfortable, with nice linens. There is more than enough storage in the bedroom as well as the living room. We didn't use the TV or DVD player -- just sitting out at night taking in the stars was wonderful entertainment! We found some great restaurants in town - just a short 1-1/2 miles away. Visit El Barrill Grill a block up from town square, for craft beers and wonderful food. La Playita is on the shoreline of Laguna Bacalar, north of the fort, and is the #1 pick on Trip Advisor and once you eat there, you will see why. There is a great quesadilla place next to the town square, around the corner from a craft shop, as well as a great Italian/pizza place next door. We were very happy with Olga, the house manager, and impressed with the quick reply to our email questions. We rented a two-person kayak from her and paddled down to the south end of the lake to "the rapids" for a little day trip. Unfortunately we didn't know there is actually a little bar at this end, and we didn't have any money to buy a beer! We also kayaked around the edges of the cenotes (blue holes) on the lake, which was very interesting. It was wonderful to come back to the house and sit outside listening to the many birds chirping. We took a day trip to Chetumal, about 45 miles south, which is on the ocean. Go to El Taco Loco for a great lunch. There is also a Walmart there for any supplies you may need. We would highly recommend driving or taking the bus to Bacalar and staying at Quinta Mai, owned by Jim and Peggy Baumgaertner. Jim is quick to answer any questions and will offer make the rental process very easy and efficient.
Quinta Mai, great alternative vacation
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.
Quinta Mai, an amazing corner of the earth
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!!
From the Owner
“Quinta Mai is one of the most beautiful properties on the entire lake. It has one of the best views on the lake and it's away from the noisy central part of town. It also has perfect swimming and it is close to restaurants and stores. Very inexpensive. You get a lot for your money at Quinta Mai!”
Activity and Interests
My Quinta Mai property is located on Costera Blvd (Avenida 1) in the town of Bacalar between the Hotel Laguna and the Cenote Azul restaurant. The number is 429 but the numbering system is totally screwy. Get a map from bacalarmosaico dot com. My property is listed as H17 on that map.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Additional information about rental rates
Internet is offered free via wifi but service is NOT guaranteed. Occasionally Wi-Fi doesn't work, at other times electricity doesn't work. This is Mexico. Be prepared for surprises. We do have three bikes available for rent and kayaks. Inquire. Maximum occupancy is 6. Pets may be allowed but only with advanced permission and a fee of $10 per night.
Rates are subject to change. See rental agreement for details regarding payment options and cancelation policies.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Available stay (no arrival)
From the Owner
“Great swimming, quiet, beautiful views of the lake, royal palms, private, and the laguna casita beach house directly on the shore line.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Air Conditioning ...
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Television ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair accessible
- botanical garden
- coin laundry
- duty free shops
- rain forests
- water parks
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- gambling casinos
- paddle boating
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness center
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- water skiing
- 1400 sq. ft.
- Half Bathroom - toilet
- Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, jetted tub
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 2 - 1 double
- Bedroom 1 - 1 king, 1 double
- Bicycles ...
- Deck / Patio
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Lawn / Garden ...
- Outdoor Grill
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- 2 bicycles
- Guests provide their own meals
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website
- Please look at the YouTube video of Quinta Mai filmed January 30, 2015. It is even more beautiful in person.