Really excellent spot. Definitely planning to return at some point soon to have another crack at the DIY grand slam! Jim (the caretaker) was really helpful and friendly, tending to all of our needs. There is DIY fishing all over the place here. Really good fun all round. Beautiful spot. Very remote, isolated and quiet. The road between Xcalak and Casa de Suenos is extremely bumpy, and took us about 30 minutes in our cheapo rental car. This would be slightly quicker in a 4x4, but it's still going to be slower than it looks on the map..! It took us about 5 or 6 hours or so to drive from Cancun airport. It's worth stopping on the way down at Walmart (or somewhere similar) in Playa del Carmen to do a big grocery shop, as the food truck that comes past the house (3 times per week) has fairly limited supplies, as do the shops in Xcalak village. This truck comes past at about 11 or 12 and hoots its horn, so make sure you listen carefully if you're planning to buy anything. In the downstairs kitchen there are two fridges, a gas hob, sink etc. Fairly basic, but all that you would want/need. Between the house and the beach is a short lawn with a couple of palm umbrella type things as well as a few sun loungers. There are two (slightly leaky) kayaks that are a lot of fun, and are a good way to explore the lagunas behind the house (ask Jim for instructions about how to get in and out of the lagunas.. and make sure you keep an eye on when it's going to get dark, as it'd be VERY easy to get stuck in there if it got dark... and I wouldn't want to be stuck overnight with the crocodiles..!). The snorkelling in front of the house is excellent, with miles and miles of calm, shallow, corally water inside the barrier reef. The restaurant at Costa de Cocos (just north of Xcalak village) serves good pizzas. We were told that Silvia's, in Xcalak itself, is excellent too, although we never actually ate there. We were there in July, and the weather was fairly changeable, with a few colossal thunderstorms, although this wasn't a major problem. We caught permit, bonefish, barracuda, jacks (as well as a few other unidentified reef fish). Saw some big tarpon as well, smashing sardines and mullet. Guides can be easily arranged, and do make it much easier to get to the fish, although we still caught fish without them (it just requires a bit more legwork and determination). A DIY grand slam is definitely a possibility here. All in all, I would highly recommend to anyone who either just wants "to get away from it all", or (even more so) someone who wants access to some excellent DIY fly fishing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de Suenos, an off the beaten path eco-friendly resort. Xcalak is off the beaten path, and the nature of the location and lack of creature comforts like air conditioning and TVs is not for everyone. However, if you enjoy a tropical beach setting, with untouched and unspoiled surroundings, and very little tourist traffic, then this is the place for you. Spend your days doing nothing at all, playing beach games, reading a book, walking and beachcombing the miles of uncrowded beachfront. Kick back with a refreshing cocktail, sit by the fire at night, listen to your favorite music, relax. There is a small disco and a few bars in town and along the strip should you wish some sort of nightlife, or never leave Casa de Suenos once you arrive, and want for nothing! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa De Suenos Xcalak, Mexico - Costa Maya