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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 2 / Bathrooms 2 / Sleeps 6 / Apartment
Bedrooms: 2  Bathrooms: 2   Sleeps: 6  Type: Apartment

2 Full baths

Beachfront! 35% Off, Pool, 4 Beds, El Faro, Ocean!
TripAdvisor property ID 2281257

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Book this 2 bedroom apartment in Playa del Carmen today! A total of 6 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 20 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $1299 to as high as $3600, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 100% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Feb 17, 2018.

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About the owner

About the owner

Shawn W.
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Calendar last updated:
17 Feb 2018
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Languages spoken: English



Check in time:15:00, Check out time:11:00
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property
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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Playa-del-carmen Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Safe
  • Staffed property
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access

Property Features

  • Elevator access


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV
  • TV


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Grill
  • Patio


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


  • 2 Full baths


Reviews (20)

Excellent – based on 20 reviews Excellent
20 reviews

Very Good

“A Gem which I highly recommend...”

Reviewed 27 Sep 2014

Dear Shawn, I first visited Playa at the age of 18 in 1974 when it was just a fishing village. Over the past 40 years I have easily logged 200 plus trips since it is just a 5 hour drive from my home in Belize. Anyway, I just wanted you to know how much Nadine and I enjoyed your Condo. We have stayed at Condo's all over Playa and 4 different Condos at El Faro and yours is absolutely our favorite. We love the location and I must complement you on the Condo's amenities: Wifi, Vonage and a fully stocked kitchen besides being well maintained. Angie and the staff were also on the ball without being overwhelming. For those who don't know EL FARO sits right on the Beach in Playa and is one of the best locations, just a block from 5th Avenue where the first thing you run into is Starbucks for all you Coffee lovers like me. Book this property. It is a gem...

“Incredible! We are coming back next year.”

Reviewed 9 Feb 2014

In early 2013, my husband, daughter, son-in-law and I decided that rather than our typical gift giving exchanges during the holidays, anniversaries and birthdays, we would pool our gift cash into an account and take a vacation to a warmer location in the dead of winter. By spring, after much research and reviews, we found Shawn's El Faro Reef 202 condo and booked. From my first correspondence with Shawn until our arrival at El Faro, Shawn was a breeze to work with - always promptly replying to my questions and needs. Upon our arrival at El Faro, we were greeted and welcomed by angie and the management staff of Caribbean Beach Properties (CBP). Angie gave us wonderful information about the El Faro property and guided us to our condo, which she gave us a thorough run through of the amenities within the condo and their appropriate use. Angie and her staff made a point of staying in touch during our visit to make sure that all was well. The condo itself was beautiful, clean and well equipped for our week stay. All we had to do was unpack and start our adventure. After unpacking, it was hard to depart from the balcony of the condo because of the amazing ocean views and sounds. El Faro has an attentive security staff onsite that patrols the property at all times. My family and I felt very secure and safe at all times. Housekeeping was provided every other day which worked out terrific for us. We probably enjoyed most of all the ocean views and having a quiet and secure location away from the activities on 5th avenue, especially the sunrise views at 6:00 a.m. We definitely participated in the activities on 5th avenue, but were able to easily stroll back to the condo within a few blocks. Our week stay was perfect and relaxing ... but, we need to experience it again and will be back next year.

“One Word Only " perfect" :)”

Reviewed 28 Jan 2014

First, I would like to thank Shawn for all his attention and for making this trip the best vacation I have ever had at El Faro Reef 202. El faro is a beautiful upscale condominium building, where you can enjoy some time alone, with family or partner. Shawn made everything seem so easy from communicating via phone and emails. The condo has beautiful views to the beach and the attention given by its staff it felt like being at a first class hotel/condo but on an affordable budget. The condo has everything you need, from kitchen utensils to beach towels, it felt like being home. We got greeted by the new Caribbean Beach Properties (CBP) which is the new management company overseeing the condo at El Faro. They made sure we felt comfortable, safe and welcome. They came and clean the condo every other day and even made animals made out of the towels which I thought that was the nicest touch. There is security 24/7 not because of is a bad place but because they want everything in order and just in case anything is needed. The location of EL Faro is spectacular is close to everything but far enough that you have plenty of privacy. I would recommend Shawn and his condo at El Faro Reef 202 at any time; you will have the most amazing vacation at Playa de Carmen and will not regret renting his beautiful condo.

Response from the owner It's wonderful to hear that Zaira had her best vacation ever and found the condo comfortable and well equipped with everything they needed. It was also nice to hear that the new management company was so attentive and made them feel at home. I completely agree that El Faro is so special because it is so close to everything in town yet you still have privacy and a large setting right on the ocean. Thanks for your stay. Shawn


Reviewed 17 Dec 2013

I stayed here with a friend of mine for 5 days. The location of the condo can't be beat! You are both right on the beach and in town, but with out the noise of the town. The easy access to the beach and pool are incredible! Additionally, because you are in town, there is no need to rent transportation. Everything is in walking distance. If you are a scuba diver/snorkeler (I did 2 Cenotes dives(Caverns) and 2 open water) there are least 3 shops within 2 blocks! If you are bringing your own equipment this location is for you. The condo itself is amazing. The amenities are outstanding-3 beds, 2 full baths rooms, dining area, 3 Hdtv's, washer and dryer, air conditioning, full kitchen with all dishes, great deck with BBQ, Wifi, Vontage, safe, board games, and numerous others. I would recommend Shawn's place to anyone looking for a great beach location!!!

Response from the owner I am glad to hear that you enjoyed what the condo has to offer and thank you for listing many of the amenities that the condo has to offer. I have added the Vonage phone to the condo so that my guests can stay in touch with Free calls to the USA and Canada and to call our new management company if you need anything during your stay. There are endless restaurants and shops within walking distance and I am glad you found a Scuba shop so close to arrange your dives. You will not need a car as there are so many trips such as scuba diving and snorkeling and fishing and other tours that can be arranged to pick you up at El Faro or just a short walk away. Thanks! Shawn

“Very pleased”

Reviewed 10 Dec 2013

My family and I stayed at this beautiful property at the end of august 13. You cannot ask for a better location and view. The property was modern very clean and well maintained and we felt very safe. The beds were comfortable as well. The oversized patio had plenty of seating and was perfect for morning coffee not to mention the great view overlooking the pool and ocean. The pool is oversized with plenty of chairs and the beach is just at the edge of the pool. Drink & food service at the pool was a plus and all the staff was eager to please you. No car necessary while staying at this property walking distance to everything and cabs are available outside the main entrance of the building if needed. The owner was very kind and was quick to respond to any questions we had. I would recommend this property to anyone and will stay here again during my next visit to Playa.

Response from the owner It was great to hear that Jackie and her family were so pleased with the condo. Occasionally we get questions from people that have not visited El Faro or Playa Del Carmen if it is safe so it is nice to hear that they felt safe. We get a lot of positive feedback about the comfortable beds and one person even tried to track down the mattress company so he could buy one for his home. The terrace is my favorite part of the condo sitting under the covered area and waking up and watching the beach activity as you hear the ocean. A car is definitely not necessary as most things are a short walk away or taxi trip which are everywhere. Thanks so much for your recommendation and for you and your family staying at the condo.

“Awesome Family Vacation!”

Reviewed 13 May 2012

We booked reef 202 on 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. Also, the beach to the North had a very bad 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. We Loved our stay here and will definately be back!!

Response from the owner 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.

“Fabulous week at this condo- property, location, owner, amenitie”

Reviewed 6 May 2012

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!

Response from the owner 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.

“Best Spot in Playa”

Reviewed 28 Apr 2012

This was our 4th trip to Playa del Carmen, and this was by far the best place we've stayed with our family of four (us and an eight and ten year old). The location was perfect. It's halfway between the two ends of 5th avenue, just about a block off 5th, right on the water. The security in this development was impressive. I think they have guards on duty twenty four hours a day, making sure only guests were allowed to enter. The unit itself was better than what we hoped for - upgraded design, immaculately clean, attention to details (dark shades over windows for mid-day naps, water cooler with clean water, TV with DVD player, etc.) and perfect view of beach and pool. This unit was perfect for us, as we didn't get direct sun in the middle of the day when we sat on the balcony. We would go to the pool and beach for sun, and then we were able to cool off on the shaded balcony, with the breeze from the ocean. The restaurant in this development was fantastic. We ended up eating there for lunch more often, either at the restaurant itself or poolside. The food was upscale, and alhough it wasn't inexpensive, it wasn't outrageous either. Most mornings we ate breakfast in the full kitchen in the unit. We found a small grocery a few blocks away, and we ended up buying bread/butter, cereal, milk, and donuts for breakfast. Aside from the unit, the pool was amazing. All the spots around the pool, which was well designed so that it felt like several pools instead on one, were good. I can't say enough good things about this development and this unit. Oh wait! One more thing...there is daily housekeeping available if you want it, which we did most days. For just a tip that you would normally leave a housekeeper in a hotel, they come in and clean up, change the linens, make the beds, etc. It was so nice coming back to a cleaned up place after a day in the sun. We plan on returning to El Faro again and again.

Response from the owner Its a great compliment that Mindy and her family found our condo the best place they have stayed in Playa Del Carmen for their family. I am often asked if El Faro is a good place for a family vacation and most of our guests are families and have a great time. I think guests find the way the condo is set up with extra beds attractive for their families and then once they arrive they find themselves really enjoying El Faro. It is also nice to hear that the daily housekeeping included kept the condo nice and clean for them. The view of the ocean and pool from the balcony is amazing and the breeze and cover above help protect you from the sun so you can be outside for a long time and enjoy the spectacular setting. Thanks for doing such a great job describing your experience and I look forward to having you and your family stay again.

“You'll never want to go home after staying at this beautiful, pi”

Reviewed 1 Feb 2012

Four ladies, all over the age of 60, enjoyed this beautiful condominium. The service was fantastic and prices were reasonable. Everyone was very helpful. Security 24 hrs. a day. We felt very safe and secure. The town is absolutely great, with lots of shopping and restaurants.

Response from the owner 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 recent;y 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...

“El Faro Reef 202 is Fantastic”

Reviewed 12 Jul 2011

Just returned from a week at Encanto El Faro . It was the perfect size for 2 couples. We stayed in the master bedroom. 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. 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. We really did not spend too much time in the living room. Much of our time 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. 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. 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. We had a couple of maintenance issues that the staff promptly addressed. The daily maid service was a real treat. A clean kitchen, fresh sheets and no sand on the floors was great! 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!

Response from the owner 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

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