I have been wanting to write a review about this place for 2 years now (we went january 2009) because this was one my favorite vacations! Remember that Xcalak is for a trip of adventure, not luxury or tourism. You have to be easy-going and not need a lot of stuff/activities to enjoy this vast spanse of undiscovered nature. I would alot at least 7 hours to drive from cancun, especially if you are going to make stops along the way. we stopped in akumal for lunch, we missed the turn to xcalak because it was getting dark, the road became just dirt with huge potholes in it, and it was pitch dark, so it took us over 8 hours to get there haha. but how worth it! the hosts couldn't have been more fantastic! they are really out to make the most of your stay.
Only 4 rooms, so its very cozy and personal, but also quite private. Room is super clean with a great bed and plenty of space. Best part was the stunning balcony with chairs, mini table and one of those great man made hammocks (perfect for a nap!). Balcony has the most stunning views of the carribean sea. You could go up to the roof of the hotels where there were lounge chairs
Room had a full kitchen, although we didn't use it as we prefer to eat out on vacation. Only downside was restaurant options are quite limited. there is one place that delivered to us, but there were only like 3 different things we could order. otherwise we would drive to other restaurants in town - whatever we could find that was open at that time in this sleepy village. however, whereever we ate, the food was always spectacular, fresh and tasty.
The beach at the hotel is small but its only for the hotel guests. There is a looooong private dock stretching from the shore where boats can pull up to, or you could jump in for a swim. I did yoga every morning on that dock while my bf always slept in. Don't expect turquiose waters on this eco-friendly beach - "turtle grass" grows in the first 100 feet or so of super shallow water, which allows all sorts of wonderful creatures to live there. We would take our snorkels and jump off the dock to discover various colorful fish, lobsters, stingrays, crustaceans, etc. Each day we were there, we asked Caroline to hire us a snorkel tour (Noel was our guide each day) where we hit up tons of gorgeous snorkel spots (i wish i knew the names of all the cool fish and creatures we saw! i know we saw barracuda and sting rays and giant conchs crawling around, etc etc) and we also saw the mangroves, and some of the clearest green blue waters i have ever imagined.
we really wanted to learn how to scruba with caroline's husband (forgot his name! Bob??) but the water was kind of rough and we decided it was too rough to have a good time learning how to scuba for the first time. otherwise i hear the scuba trips they do are amazing. hotel has free kayaks and snorkel equipment for use - there is a small coral reef within swimming distance from the hotel.
Caroline had the best continental breakfast with items like fresh homemade muffins, hard boiled eggs, chopped up tropical fruit, fresh made orange juice or mango juice, and great coffee. This was served in the guest lounge/dining area which was nice. We became friends with the other 5 guests at the hotel and on the last night we all played a fun game of poker. there is really nothing to do in xcalak after sunset, so you kind of rise and sleep with the sun.
We were very sad to leave! This area is so peaceful and remote. the nature and wildlife are breathtaking. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to "get away from it all", looking for spectacular snorkeling, scuba, or fishing, or just looking to see a corner of the world very few people have ever seen. thank you casa carolina for such a great vacation!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Casa Carolina Hotel Xcalak
- Casa Carolina Xcalak, Mexico - Costa Maya