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“If you want a quiet place....” 4 of 5 stars
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Beach road "Calle Costero" | 2 kms north of Xcalak pueblo, Xcalak 77940, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Xcalak B&B and Inns
Bangor, Maine
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11 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“If you want a quiet place....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2006

This is a great place to stay if you want peace and quiet away from the "maddening crowds" of Playa or Cancun. Room was clean and grounds well kept. Plenty of hot water for shower and bottled water right in the room. Also had two burner stove but no oven for baking-FYI. We enjoyed decent snorkeling not far from shore but, if you dare-take a kayak to the reef and snorkel there too-it's an adventure! Also, take a walk (or bike if you have one) down the old road towards Mahajual in the early morning-we saw lots of birds including an owl! Drive slowly on the new road between Xcalek and the Mahajual road-we saw lots of foxes, land crabs, parakeets, and other birds. Traffic is nearly non-existent in this area!

Downside-the few restaurants in Xcalek are only open a couple of days each week (check with Caroline)-and there's not much of any other service there! No gasoline either-the station in Mahajual was open though. Not a great beach to wade out for swimming as it is grass covered (but also full of fish!)! The dock will get you out there beyond the thickest grass. The gnats about ate us alive the first afternoon there and mosquitoes were vicious each night so bring the repellent and maybe some screen spray-coils just don't cut it! Maybe the 2nd story rooms are not as buggy?? You are quite a distance from other attractions too, but could take a day trip to Mahajual or to Bacalar to see the lake, fort and cenote. Chakkoben is another option too.

  • Liked — It was an adventure getting there and I am glad that we went and stayed there.
  • Disliked — When you got there, you were no where! There is little to do here except snorkel, kayak, walk, sunbathe, birdwatch, or read a book. A couple of days was great, but we couldn't do it for a whole week. No local services.
  • Tips/Secrets — Make sure that you bring everything that you need-especially suntan lotion and insect repellent. I got toasted after only a couple of hours and I usually tan pretty well. It seemed much hotter than Cancun.
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Crested Butte, Co
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2006

This is heaven on earth. Bob and Caroline have created the ultimate paradise in this quiet little town in the south of Qu. Roo. Leave Cancun behind, the nightlife in Xcalac is far better...no lights, no loud bars, just the sound of the ocean. Casa Carolinas is ultra clean, comfortable and relaxing. We will be back!

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2006

What a great place! It's right on the beach and really wonderfully peaceful. Caroline's breakfast muffins (different flavours every day!) are delicious and Bob makes a fabulous margarita. Hurricane Wilma had passed through a few weeks earlier and British Airways tried very hard to mess it all up for us but Bob and Caroline were helpful and sympathetic and just couldn't have been nicer.
We didn't get any diving done this time, but there's some good snorkling to be done really quite close to the shore; and you can arrange boat trips to pick you up from the jetty. Bring binoculars - the bird life is fantastic. Also bring strong insect repellent for forays inland and, if you're fair-skinned, serious sunscreen and a hat. And take the suncreen with you if you go kayacking. (doh!)

If you're British, also take some Typhoo tea for the nice neighbour, Polly. :-) She can't get it there.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2006

My family and I had a wonderful stay at Casa Carolina last summer. If you are sure you want to go to Xcalak this is definitely the place to stay. I agree with all the nice things said about Casa Carolina in the other reviews (beautiful location, quiet, very clean rooms, well stocked kitchen, beautiful tile bathrooms, our kids loved the hammocks, good breakfast, and Bob and Caroline are great hosts!) Here is some more information that I hope will help you plan your trip. Xcalak is very far off the beaten path. If you want nightlife you should go somewhere else. The beach in the immediate area of Casa Carolina (about 20 yards wide) has been cleared of scrub brush and is very pleasant but as soon as you go beyond the borders the scrub grows right down to the beach so long walks on sandy beaches are not possible. There is quite a bit of sea weed growing in the shallow water right off the coast in this area and the reef keeps the breaker far out to sea. So if you are hoping to wade in the water or do some body surfing Xcalak is not the place for you. I recommend this location for anyone interested in diving or snorkeling. Casa Carolina also has sea kayaks that you can use without extra charge.

Although the kitchens at Casa Carolina are well stocked with tools there are no grocery stores in town. A grocery truck does come by once or twice a week but your choices are limited. Make sure you buy your staples at Cancun or some other larger location. The produce we bought from the truck was fabulous, don't miss out on fresh pineapple if you are there in season.

Since Casa Carolina is in such a remote location all their power comes from a generator and their water from collected rain. Therefore you are asked to conserve both electricity and water. Caroline asks you not to use a hairdryer. We had no problem with this, the sea breeze does a great job drying hair! I just thought some of you gals might like to know that before hand. There is no air conditioning. If you have a choice I would recommend renting one of the upstairs rooms so that you would feel comfortable leaving your screen door open at night to let more air in.

We came away from Casa Carolina completely rested and refreshed. If we ever go back to that part of Mexico we will stay at Casa Carolina again.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2005

My best friend and I stayed for 8 nights and I don't think either of us has felt more rested, relaxed, or just plain happy. If quiet, beautiful, and totally off the beaten path are what your looking for, make the trip to Xcalack and stay at Casa Carolina. It was well worth the the time and effort to get there and I would go back in a heartbeat. Breakfast is fabulous, the location is paradise, and the snorkeling was beautiful. You can sit on the beach all day and maybe see 1-2 small boats go by. Total peace, quiet, and beauty. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and all have the most amazing views. The whole experience was absolute perfection and Bob and Caroline are great!

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Inyokern, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2005

Casa Carolina is a wonderful place to spend as much time as you can spare. We visited the first part of October for only three days. We were on a whirlwind tour of the Quintana Roo coast and regret that we didn’t have the opportunity to spend our entire time at Casa Carolina. We stayed at an upscale resort and rustic cabanas and our absolute favorite is Casa Carolina. The setting is idyllic -- what I have always imagined a tropical paradise to be. Coconut palms surround the Casa. When Bob told our ten-year-old daughter she could have a coconut fresh off the palm, she was thrilled. For two of the nights we were the only people staying and it was truly perfect to have the entire beach to ourselves and to step from the sand of the beach onto the patio that our room opened onto. Our daughter got a charge out of sleeping in the hammock that is available in the room. The kitchen was equipped with all basic cooking tools one would need to whip up a meal. We did find that in early October there were only two restaurants open in Xcalak and while the restaurant choice was limited, both restaurants served delicious, wonderfully fresh seafood. Breakfast was a time to look forward to, not only for the meal itself, but the time to chat with Bob and Caroline and any other local resident that happened to chance by. We felt included in the local community life.

We went on the Bird Island boat trip which Bob was happy to arrange for us. On that trip we experienced both the world of the mangroves and the inside of the reef when we stopped to snorkel. We also made a day trip to the Chacchoben ruins. On the road between Xcalak and Majahual we saw more wildlife than at any other time in our travels. We definitely want to go back to Casa Carolina, but this next time for a longer duration and a chance just to lounge in the hammocks under the coconut palms.

  • Stayed October 2005, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Loreto, Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2005

We returned last month from our third trip to Xcalak. We stayed at Casa Carolina for the second time, and we intend to go back again. There are only four rooms, nicely separated from each other, complete with kitchenettes, beautifully tiled bathrooms, and either a balcony or porch overlooking the Caribbean. The owners, Bob and Caroline are wonderful hosts, and we have always met intelligent, friendly, and adventurous fellow travelers there. Breakfast is served in the palapa, and includes coffee, fruit, juice, hard boiled eggs, and the most wonderful home made muffins ever...and they are different every day. Bob is a dive instructor, and we went out with him almost every day we were there. The diving was incredible, and Bob was the perfect person to introduce us to new places each time we went out. Of the 6 guests while we were there, we were the only divers, but everyone found something fun to do each day, snorkeling, bicycle riding, river boat rides, or just hanging out in a hammock and reading.

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Address: Beach road "Calle Costero" | 2 kms north of Xcalak pueblo, Xcalak 77940, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Costa Maya > Xcalak
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Xcalak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the Yucatan's Caribbean coast in the village of Xcalak, Casa Carolina is a beachfront B&B catering to travelers who desire something different. With only four guestrooms, Casa Carolina offers privacy, intimacy, and individual attention in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. All rooms are oceantfront. Breakfast is included, and all rooms have kitchenettes, giving you the option of eating in or dining out for the rest of your meals. Kayaks and bicycles are included. ... more   less 
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Casa Carolina Hotel Xcalak
Casa Carolina Xcalak, Mexico - Costa Maya

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