Our recent stay at Casa Solana was one of best vacations ever! Upon arrival, Sonya met us, showed us to our room right on the beach - light, bright and comfortable, with the best view! Every morning we woke to a beautiful sunrise, swam in the gulf every day, gazed at the sunset every evening. We took advantage of a fully equipped kitchen, bought some groceries in Progreso or ate out locally. It was nice to have that choice. Sonya and Jeff are a wealth of local info and had lots of suggestions for where to eat, what to see, things to do. Their dogs are fun and so well behaved. The local people are super friendly, so many are fishermen. All in all, our week was near perfect - relaxing, adventurous, experienced a new place that we fell in love with. We do suggest renting a car if you can, it made getting to Progreso and taking in the local sights much easier. Casa Solana is a sparkling jewel on a beautiful beach. We're already talking about when we can go back!
It was our first 10 day vacation, and we enjoyed every minute of it! Waking up to breathtaking amazing views was something really special!
Casa Solana was the best choice! We are looking to move to the Yucatan peninsula and came to scout the area. Jeff and Sonya were not just wonderful hosts, but their honesty in answering all of our questions about owning a place on the water were extremely helpful. They have a beautiful setting right on the beach, we stayed on the one overlooking the ocean. It is impeccably clean, tastefully decorated and it has everything in the kitchen that you would need to fix a gourmet meal. They are both friendly, and take great care of both their property and guests. All that said, best of all was having their dogs to play with, but they asked first if we were OK having them around.
I recently had the opportunity to return to Casa Solana for my second visit. The suite was as beautiful as it was the last time I was there but it was the addition of a new kitchen that made it feel like my home away from home. Sonya & Jeff go out of their way to do what they can to make sure you have the best trip possible....not many places welcome you with a bottle of wine and the fixings for your first mornings coffee.
Casa Solana is really the best of both worlds. You can lounge by the pool or enjoy the white sand beach which is perfect for swimming or spending hours beach combing for shells like I did. The town square is a 5 minute walk; from there you can catch the local bus (well actually they're vans) to Progreso or Chelem. I was surprised how easy it was to navigate around given the fact that I don't speak Spanish and they didn't speak any English. For less than $1 its a quick trip to Progreso where I found pretty much everything I needed.
There are plenty of places to eat in Progreso and Chelem; best of all the price of food definitely helped keep the costs down for the trip. On weekend evenings I highly recommend going to the town square in Chuburna to eat at the street vendors. We had Panuchos and a coke for 3 people & it cost us around $10. You also might want to keep an ear open for the ice cream truck that delivers the best ice cream you will ever eat right to your door.
There are so many things to do in the area. I loved swimming in the cenotes and was amazed to see the hundreds of flamingos hanging out in the crystal salt beds. I highly recommend Uxmal....it is the same size at Chichen Itza but way less crowds and no annoying vendors. Sonya & Jeff were knowledgeable and extremely helpful whenever I decided to go out exploring the beauty of the Yucatan.
But I still haven't mentioned the best part.....Solana, Pavo and Feby....even if you're not a dog person you will loved their dogs. Well trained and ready to play; they clearly love welcoming visitors to their home. Sonya & Jeff have it set up so you can have privacy if you're not a dog fan but if you're like me they just might be the reason you want to go back.
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