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Recent Xcalak Reviews

FABULOUS DESTINATION, BUT NOT FOR EVERYONE

5 of 5
I stayed five nights at the Reef House with my husband and two children, ages 9 and 11. The property itself was exactly as described on VBRO, and the quantity and quality of amenities (pots & pans, dishes, towels, etc.) exceeded our expectations. We flew into Chetumal Airport from Mexico City, rented a Dodge Durango truck from National rent-a-car and bought a week's worth of groceries and supplies at the Wal-Mart on Insurgentes Avenue in Chetumal before driving out to the property. We stocked up on paper towels, toilet paper, batteries, etc. just in case, but none of these items turned out to be necessary as the house was fully stocked when we arrived. Our goal was to get as far away from the beaten track as possible, and we succeeded. Looking over the photos from our trip, it appears that we spent a week in a ghost town. The town of Xcalak seems smaller than even the population statistics would suggest. The only commodities that can be reliably obtained from local stores seems to be ice cold beer, soft drinks, bread, snacks and various canned and dry goods. Beyond that, there are two grocery trucks that make the trek up the coast each week. Still, we never found ourselves at any risk of inconvenience. There was an incredibly strong sea breeze during most of our stay, so we never encountered a single mosquito of no see um bug during our entire vacation. The flip side of the coin is that fishing, snorkeling and dive charters were totally unavailable during most of our stay. In fact, Majahual and Xcalak ports were actually closed by the harbor masters making it impossible for cruise ships to make their scheduled port calls. This made it fun to walk around Majauhual and let the kids play on the beach since there were literally no tourists in a town apparently built entirely to accommodate thousands of Disney Cruise ship passengers. Our drive down the old costal road connecting Majahual to Xcalak was one of the highlights of our vacation, made possible by the fact that National Rental Car provided us with a Dodge Durango 5.8L Hemi truck with a 6" lift for the price of a minivan... thank you very much... We found the caretakers, Bob & Caroline, to be friendly, knowledgeable and obliging and recommend that guests make all arrangements with them well in advance of their arrival. Yet, this is not a destination for everyone. Xcalak prefers retired guests with no children. We did not have any problem with this, but others might.
  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012

SANDWOOD VILLAS, XCALAK

5 of 5
Sandwood Villas was a perfect place for my husband and I and our grown children (& 2 grandchildren) to celebrate an important birthday. The ocean and villas were beautiful; and snorkling in the Great Mayan Reef was spectacular. We learned more about the Mayan history and culture than we could have in any university. Many somewhat recently discovered ruins are accessible by car. It is important to have access to a vehicle, as there is no public transportation. A grocery truck comes by with wonderful fresh produce every other day. Bring plenty of money, as there are no banks or functional ATMs within 60 miles or so, and credit cards aren't accepted most places. They also prefer pesos to U.S. dollars. This is not a place for people who like fast paced life....no jet skiis, casinos, or golf courses. This is a place for people who love wild places, where you might see a jaguar and a boa in the same day. We loved it. The people who own the villas are wonderful people, fun to talk to, & to hear about their amazing experiences. Ask the owners how to avoid being scammed by the Mexican police.
  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009

SECLUDED AND RELAXING

4 of 5
We enjoyed our stay at Casa Caracola. The house is clean, comfortable, and well equipped. The picutures on the web site are accurate. The beach is beautiful and the water an amazing color as viewed from the upstairs deck. We enjoyed hanging out on the deck in the sun and at night to view the stars. The road from Xcalak to the house is pretty rough and takes about 20 minutes for 8km so going to one of the few restaurants is not a quick trip. We ate in that worked well for us. The snorkeling was fun and we only got to take the kayaks out once because of the wind. We had fun scuba diving with XTC. There was an issue of a break-in several houses down one night and a nice neighbor informed us so we were sure to lock the door and accessible window at night. A safe is provided for valuables and we had no problems. Casa Caracola was a great place for us to stay in Xcalak. Thanks Gisele!
  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2008
  • Stayed: Jan 2008