I am way overdue writing this review. I stayed at the Tierra Maya for 4 days during a Yucatan exploration trip in Feb, 2011. The small resort is excellent. My wonderful, spacious second floor room had a first rate view of the beach and sea. The food was delicious - not commercial and very fresh. The friendliness of everyone in Xcalak and the resort was infectious. Overall the he resort is smaller, very friendly, great habitaciones, with a nice beach and turtle grass at the water line.
I booked diving and fishing with local operators. Sorry, I do not remember the names of either the fishing or diving operators. The dives were anywhere from good to excellent. I tested some U/W camera equipment, and proved, once again, that underwater photography takes an intelligence beyond that of a mere college graduate. Water is harder than air, and does things with light that are probably similar to what alcohol does for rational thought - It defracts and filters and renders everything into monochromatic images. None-the-less, I enjoyed the diving very much. The reef health here is a step below Little Cayman's - my standard go-to dive destination. Some stretches of significant coral mortality overgrown with algea, and some stretches of beautiful pristine reef that has a great wow factor, but without the wall of Little Cayman's Bloody Bay. I did find a juvy Spotted Drum and a huge toothy moray and that is good enough for anyone.
I booked one all day fishing trip in my pursuit of landing a Permit. The Permit fishing here is reputed to be very good. My very friendly, Spanish only guide, Burro, put me on lot's of Bonefish, but alas, no Permit. He had a uncanny knack for keeping the fish about 3 feet beyond my casting range, and picking flies that the fish enjoyed playing with, but would seldom eat. Burro would not say anything the few times he saw a bonefish before me. He would just laugh. Once onto this signal, all I had to do was look back to see the direction he was looking when he laughed. I liked Burro. Any guide who signals with a laugh is alright by me.
I will definitely go back to Xcalak and stay at the Tierra Maya again. Great owners, friendly off the beaten path environment, a few good local eateries, and diving and fishing adventure worth the effort to go see.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tierra Maya Xcalak, Mexico - Costa Maya
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Tierra Maya in Xcalak. Be prepared to say, "WOW!" Impressive architecture, immaculate grounds and gardens, spacious, comfortable rooms with multiple beds (all new mattresses), 11 full-time staff who love to serve YOU! The Maya Grill is open from 6am for early risers and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a wide variety of menu selections. Eco-tours, reef fishing and fly fishing excursions, all-inclusive fishing and diving packages, and trips to San Pedro, Belize can all be arranged though the hotel staff. Located in a remote, little fishing village, on a white-sand beach, Hotel Tierra Maya is sure to WOW you. ... more less