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Palatial Tropical PALAPA MANSION Front of the Gulf Of Mexico

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


El Cuyo House Rental Photos and Description

Center Of Isla Holbox 1 Block to Town Square Shops/Restaurants/Bars

WELCOME to 'Our Home' CASA CARACOL. (House Of Shells) Probably the most Unique Private Home on Isla Holbox.

CASA CARACOL has been our home since 2000 and we visit often from our Mainland home in Valladolid Yucatan where our daughter attends High School. Located in the Heart of Holbox Directly on the Gulf Of Mexico with 'FOREVER' Sea Views + AWESOME Nightly Sunsets, sipping your Favorite beverage from your Private Palapa Verranda or Covered Front porch.

Located just 1 Block to Town Square where you'll find ALL of the Great Holbox Restaurants, Shops & Bars. There is NO better location.......WALK to everything or Rent a Golf Car (We can help) to EXPLORE Holbox's 7 mile long beaches.

CASA CARACOL features 2 Private A/C Bedrooms with full bath/shower + Upstairs Loft (The kids Love this!) Main Bedroom has 1 King Bed, Giant Closet, Make-Up Vanity etc. 2nd bedroom has 2 Double beds, Big Closet etc. BOTH Have Complete Gulf Of Mexico View! Upstairs loft has 1 Double Bed. Sleeps 6-7 comfortably + there are Mayan Style Hammocks (Kids LOVE-EM) Perfect for 1 family or 2 Couples with Built-in PRIVACY!

CASA CARACOL has a Generous Dining Room/salon area Table sits 6 + a Breakfast table in the kitchen for 4. The Kitchen is Fully Equipped with Stove, Refrigerator/Freezer, Microwave, Coffee Maker (1st mornings coffee's on us !!!) Blender, Toaster, Plates Dishes etc. AND XM Satellite Radio with 120 Channels of MUSIC, Sports, Talk Radio etc etc...INCLUDED!

In the rear Patio is a Gas Grill for BBQ'ing your Catch of the Day or steaks etc.

WiFi...........HIGH SPEED Digital Internet Access 24/7. Bring your Laptop, I-Pad....We'll give you the 'code' So you can keep in touch with Loved ones/Family back home.

The FOCAL POINT is the Million $$$ View. The Private Palapa out front is a great Morning Coffee Spot & of course the SUNSETS! (Every night is different as you watch the SUN Sink S-L-O-W-L-Y in the west! Margarita tyme? Red or White wine!

Your weekly rental with us includes DAILY 4 Hour Maid Service! Our Housekeeper, Manuella is a jewel of a person, who'll do your dishes, Clean Up, Make your beds, etc every morning from 7-11am !!!! No additional charge for her services but TIPS would be appreciated by her. NO other Rental Property on Holbox offers this Exclusive service. You're ON VACATION !!!!! RELAX & Enjoy Holbox!!

CASA CARACOL rents on a with a 4 night minimum SEE CALENDER We Expect FULL Occupancy during the Christmas/New Years Holidays & During Summer Whale Shark Season June 1 - Sept 15...see

Stays of less than a Week (4 night Minimum) During Off season considered on a 'Case by Case' basis. Call us lets talk!

PRIVACY! YES YES YES...There are 14 Mature Palms on the Grounds CO-COnuts (Ask Manuella to crack a couple & Enjoy FRESH COCONUT Milk!, Manila & Royal Palms.

CASA CARACOL is a GREAT VALUE! Compared to 2 Couples renting 2 'Tiny' Rooms @ Local Hotels for $100-$200@ Night, or a Family renting 2-3 Rooms for You & the kids....You'll have your OWN PALAPA MANSION! A Place you're sure to reccomend to Family & friends and perhaps return to Again, & again!

Holbox has become a Haven for ECO-Tourism lovers due to the wide diversity of Sealife here, Bird Watching, Kite Boarding, Kyaking, Fishing (Deep Sea,Shore, Bay & Fly Fishing for Snook & Tarpon) Shelling all along the wide beaches......TAME Gulf Of Mexico Emerald Blue/Green waters 'WITHOUT' the sometimes 'Dangerous' Undertows so Common in Cancun & Riviera Maya Caribbean Coast Beaches) SAFE SAFE SAFE for the Kiddies!

CASA CARACOL is a SMOKE FREE Home No Smoking inside the home, but theres plenty of Space outside for a Good Cigar etc. NO PETS (Guess you understand) Kids Welcome of course.

CASA CARACOL is Not a PARTY HOUSE For Spring Breakers. Minimum age of Adults 25 Please....Trust you understand. SENIORS & BABY BOOMERS WELCOME!

We also offer a Discounted Rental on our Electric Golf Car (Seats 4) @ discount over what the rental agencies in town charge. Easily RECHARGED overnight @ Charging station in the Garage Area

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Rodd Sidney (The Whale Shark Daddy)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2016
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About Rodd Sidney (The Whale Shark Daddy)

I'm Rodd 'Roddrigo Sidney' My Wife Melba (A Mayan Beauty) & our lovely daughter Zelmi have enjoyed Holbox For many years.

Locally I'm known as the 'Whale Shark Daddy'. I was one of the early pioneers of the ever-popular Summer Whale Shark Tours. These operate from June 1 to Sept 15 where guests can Actually Snorkel 'Up Close' with these amazing 'Docile' Creatures.We've earned a TOP 5 Star rating (see us as Holbox Whale Shark Tours) Our Staff will insure your Day with the Dominoes is so very SPECIAL. Combined Tour Packages available on public as well as our Signature Private VIP Tours. See our website for more details or call our USA Direct lines any time to ask questions & to book your Amazing Adventure swimming alongside of an 18 Wheeler!

We've helped 1000's of Tourists over the past 8 years to enjoy their Magical Moments with the Whale Sharks, where also on any given day you might see a Pod of FREE Running Dolphins (Not in a Circus Tank like in Cancun), or a Group of Magestic MANTA RAYS! How about Sea Turtles? Ever see them mating? UNREAL!

We Share these ECO Opportunities because we LOVE NATURE & all her abundant creatures.

If your time is Short & you don't have time to visit & stay on Holbox & prefer the Glitz & Glamor of Cancun We can also accommodate you on a Whale Shark Trip from Cancun where our operation also enjoys & has EARNED 5* ratings as Cancun Whale Shark Tours...........

We flat 'GUARANTEE' you'll enjoy your Vacation with us!

At age 65 most people 'RETIRE' I'm just getting started. I enjoy meeting so many new people & thrill @ sharing our Home & resources with new friends & acquaintances.

Rodd Sidney (The Whale Shark Daddy) purchased this house in 2000

Why Rodd Sidney (The Whale Shark Daddy) chose Yucatan

I came to Holbox in 1999. On my First visit I was 'HOOKED'! I met my wife Fell in love and well as Paul Harvey was so fond of saying.....You know the Rest of the Story! We found CASA CARACOL in 2000. It had been built in 1998 and had a VERY Interesting History Which I share with guests privately here on Holbox. The 30' Tall Palapa is ONE OF A KIND on Holbox & is Strong as steel as its weathered Hurricanes ISSAC - ISIDOR & MOST RECENTLY 2007 'WILMA' ...a biggie!

No Problem we've modernized & improved CASA CARACOL to offer, what we believe is the Finest Rental Property on ALL of Holbox! Centrally located its the Only Private residence in the Center of Town CLOSE & Convenient to everything.

Our Family resides Full Time in the Colonial Yucatan Town of VALLADOLID, only 2 hours away where our daughter attends school. When CASA CARACOL is vacant, we return on Weekends etc as we still LOVE HOLBOX and have so many good friends & associates here. We truly decide only recently to open CASA CARACOL for rent as we truly want to SHARE the Holbox Experience with Fellow World Travelers & to make NEW FRIENDS! Its not just another 'Rental Property'! Its still our home and who knows if someone 'REALLY' likes it We might consider selling it...You decide...........

What makes this house unique

Well lets start with LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION the tried & true Mantra of all Real Estate. The Gulf Of Mexico is our front yard. ECO Tourism opportunities, Fresh Fish Truly Friendly local people most of Mayan Descent, truly 'Beautiful people'! When we first saw CASA CARACOL with a small hand painted 'For Sale' sign, Melba & I said WOW! This could be our Home! One quik phone call to area code 415 in the states made the deal!We lived in CASA CARACOL pretty much full time when our daughter started 'Jardin de Kinder' Kindergarden, then Primary School.....We saw that the true Educational options as she grew older were not sufficient on Holbox so we went to Valladolid where Zelmi's now in High School 'PREPA'......My hope is she'll study 'Tourismo' in College and follow in her 'Papitos' Footsteps....We'll see!

You'll just have to come visit Holbox and see if it 'FITS' , for you! There is something very 'MAGICAL' about the place you have to Experience.

House if FULLY EQUIPPED W/ DIRECT TV SKY SAT TV 220 Channels, XM RADIO, Wi-Fi Throughout, In House Desktop Computer or bring your I-Pad/Laptop + a Direct FREE PHONE Line to USA & CANADA!

We also offer DISCOUNTED 4 Passenger Golf Car Rental fees that can be included in your House Rental Fees. SAVE $200 on a weekly rental alone. This Reduces your OVERALL Coasts while Visiting the Magic Island of HOLBOX!


based on 11 traveler reviews

Palatial Tropical PALAPA MANSION Front of the Gulf Of Mexico
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

3 weeks of relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Casa Caracol. We were well taken care of by Rodd. The Casa was very accommodating for the four of us! Would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always my pleasure to know you enjoyed my beachfront home on Holbox. I look forward to hosting you again!
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Kelso, Washington

Our stay at Holbox

  • 5 of 5

The location of this property is great.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chisago, MN

A Vacation to Remember and Repeat

  • 5 of 5

Casa Caracol was in such a great location. We could sit on the very spacious patio and decide to take a swim in the beautiful aqua ocean, walk out the gate and walk through the white sand and be in the ocean in one minute. We could walk every place we wanted to go in town. We all had the privacy we needed and a very large area for being together. The phone calls we could make to the States & the internet were a big plus for business and family. We appreciated Rodriggo's quick response when we were setting up the date and answering the questions we had and ,of course, instructions on getting to Casa Caracol. Manuella came every day to tidy up the home. This vacation holds some wonderful memories for us. Special Island , special home. We would vacation there again.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So Glad Casa Caracol MET & PERHAPS EXCEEDED your Expectations! Holbox is a VERY SPECIAL place & we hope to see you again! I will share your comments with Manuella who I know works very hard making sure all is well during our guests stays! THANK For sharing your kind comments
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Nice location near the beach

  • 3 of 5

This place has a nice location with good views of the sea. The outside front area was very well set up for relaxing. The inside was basic. The owner is very accommodating and approachable. He helped to set things up so they went smoothly and stress-free. His brother-in-law is great; he made us feel right at home. The boating trip he took us on was a highlight of our time on the island. Holbox is perfect for those seeking a quieter and more authentic Mexican experience.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, USA

Exactly what we were hoping for!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Caracol was right on the beach and secluded on an already secluded island. The house exceeded our expectations as did Rodriggo's ability to set everything up for us. From the pickup in Cancun at the airport, to the water taxi and golfcart taxi to the house, everything was laid out in front of us, all we did was show up.

We cannot say enough about the location of the house. It was a moment away from the town square and all the shops and restaurants. Locals knew the house we were staying at and knew how lovely it was. Everyday we stayed in Holbox we started off with a walk into town and into a cafe or restaurant for some breakfast. Each day we strolled down the beaches and never regretted not staying at one of the hotels, we loved being by ourselves and the tourism even though we ourselves were tourists. The city, the island, and the house made us feel like locals.

Manuella came each day and politely cleaned up the house, she was very pleasant. Being able to retreat to the house after a long walk on the beach was an added bonus on our relaxing vacation. But again, the best part was being able to walk out our door and walk a few steps onto the beach. Our part of the beach was calm and quiet, not overgrown with hotels and people. The free WiFi helped us to keep in touch via social networks and the home phone helped us to keep in contact with our kids (yes went on vacation without them).

We definitely look forward to visiting Holbox again specifically when the whale sharks are in season and we really would love to stay at Rodriggo's house once more.

Rodriggo was more than easy to talk to and to communicate. Thank you again Rodriggo and thank you Holbox for being the retreat we were hoping for.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What can one say about a vacation rental that has it all. Holbox is one of those special places and casa caracol helps make it a vacation full of wonderful memories.

Rodrigo is a great host and does everything he can to ensure your stay is worry free. The house is wonderful and the outdoor deck is a great place to just sit and watch the world go by.

If you are looking for a vacation place that is away from the hustle and bustle of the all inclusives, then this cozy casa is where you want to be. Like the other reviews have noted, the casa is on the beach and very close to the town central square. Restaurants and shopping are a short walk away.

So if you crave a simpler life that offers peace and relaxation then don't pass up the opportunity to stay at the Casa Caracol on Isla Holbox.

Thanks Rod for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
You're ON the Gulf Of Mexico!
Car: not necessary

Isla Holbox is the 'UN-CANCUN'! NO High-Rise Hotels, NO CARS! Main source of transportation is Walking,. Biking, Renting a Golf Car.


Its like going back in time to lets say Key West, Isla Mujeres, or Cozumel in the 50's! Sit on your covered Patio's and watch the local Fishermen bringing in the days catch! Our Daily housekeeper/Maid will even help you prepare your very own 'CATCH OF THE DAY'! We say 'Isla Holbox' is where you come to 'RE-CHARGE' your Life's batteries!

Sleep when you're tired, Eat when you're hungry Prepare in the ample Fully Stocked Kitchen.....OR eat out at all of Holbox's Fabulous Restaurants! (Don't forget to try the 'LOBSTER PIZZA'!, its to DIE FOR! and Drink when you're Thirsty.

Read a Good Book, Watch the Birds, DO the Whale Shark Tour during Whale Shark season June 1 - Sept 15 We can provide Top Quality Tours. Wanna visit the ruins @ Chichen Itza or Ek Balam? Easily done as a DAY TRIP.... also we can provide using Local Transport & Knowledgeable Guides!

We can also include on your booking SAFE SECURE 'Door To Door' transfers from Cancun Airport....Less than 2 hours away! for you & your Entire Family/group! Hows that for Convenience!

Take a Quik 20 minute trip to a hidden area on the mainland where Fresh Water 'Pours' out of the ground At a Ground Level Cenote called 'YALAHAU'. Which is how Holbox was Founded 160 Years ago! The Pirates would come here to Fill-Up with fresh water. They married some of the Mainland women & the Descendants of the 7 Original Families still live on Holbox. THEY, do not look Mexican! They have a 'Pirates Twinge' + they view everyone else as 'outsiders'! CRAZY but true.

Seriously, a refreshing dip in Yalahau COOL 68 degree water on a Hot summer day is an absolute MUST While visiting Holbox, as is another quik side trip in the same Bay area to the Towers on 'BIRD ISLAND'! Climb the towers to view the majestic birds here. Over 150 Different species here @ various times of the year...Its a MUST-DO! Yes we can arrange these quikie Day Trips For you to add to your UTTER ENJOYMENT on Isla Holbox!

Wanna go FISHING? We can help arrange Local Knowledgeable Captains. Guides & Boat for your Fishing Fantasies!

Fly Fishing? Some of the BEST SNOOK, TARPON & BABY TARPON fisheries are located close-by in the Mangrove areas. Try your hand @ Fishing 'Island Style' with HAND LINES where you'll find Grouper, Yellowtail, Striped Sea Bass, Hog Fish & more waiting for you! Bigger catches available OFF SHORE as well. We'll provide everything or bring your own 'Rods n Reels'.

You wont want to miss the 'Action' in the Central Town Square only 1 block away every night where the local families gather to gossip, catchup on the days news & where the kids Play Joyfully in the street UNMOLESTED by outside influences. Here you can watch the locals 'Shoot Some Hoops' on the basketball Court, Waunder around & enjoy some real homemade Tacos from the street vendors (SAFE) Enjoy a Yucatan Tradition @ Pollitos Marquesita Stand.....Marquesita is a freshly prepared crepe cooked over a real charcoal fire as Pollitos family has done since 1938! OR sit down @ one of Holbox's Great restaurants, Pizzarias (3) Enjoy The 'FRESHEST' Fish on the planet from the Gulf to your plate including LOBSTER & Much Much More @ Holbox's restaurants

Wauder through the quaint shops in the 'Centro' where many artisans create great 'One Of A Kind' items.Stop by the 2 Bakeries where there's FRESH Pastries Breads, & sweets to enjoy with your Morning Coffee on your Private Patio............YUP, you guessed it.......Overlooking the Golfo De Mexico.....Your Front Yard!

Exercise? Well start your day with a Tranquil Walk/job on the 7 mile long beach. Get Sweated? Take a Quik refreshing dip in the mineral rich waters where its SAFE For young & Old alike to SWIM SWIM SWIM. Pickup a few shells (Early morning is Best)

WOW! So much to do, & so little time!

Your week on Isla Holbox at Our Home CASA CARACOL will 'Fly By' so fast you'll truly regret having to leave to return to 'REALITY' Back home, BUT, You can always return as so many before you have done from around the world. ITS 'CONTAGIOUS'

You'll return to your REALITY Refreshed Renewed & Revitalized ..........Thats why we say CASA CARACOL is the Perfect place to 'RE-CHARGE' your Life's Batteries!

You Deserve this & more all at a very affordable price. Your BEST RENTAL buy on ISLA HOLBOX here at



Also SPECIAL 'ALL INCLUSIVE' PACKAGES Available for the Whale Shark Adventure June 1 to Sept 15. We've operated the BEST Whale Shark Tours since 2004. See our RAVE REVIEWS Where we're listed as HOLBOX WHALE SHARK TOURS.

Combine Whale Shark Tours & VIP Private Transfers From Cancun Airport with your Rental Of CASA CARACOL & SAVE


Rates & Availability

El Cuyo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall "Off Season"
Aug 31 2016 - Dec 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter "HIGH" Season
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Feb 24 2017 - Mar 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Easter/Semana Santa
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 16 2017
5 night minimum stay
SUMMER "HIGH" Whale Sharks
Jun 29 - Aug 30
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

FINAL CLEANING Fee of $75 (Non Refundable)
. Rentals are set on a "SATURDAY to SATURDAY" basis unless mutually agreed to by Owner & Prospective Renter. Will Consider SHORTER Term Rentals 4 night Minimum during LOW SEASONS & when/if Home is Unoccupied.
CASA CARACOL is a GREAT VALUE! Compared to 2 Couples renting 2 'Tiny' Rooms @ Local Hotels for $100-$200@ Night,

50% at Signup Balance due 30 days Prior to arrival. Visa MasterCard Discover CC or PayPal welcome

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El Cuyo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) In Master Bedroom, Double Beds (2) In 2nd Private Bedroom + 2 in the Upper Loft area
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The MILLION $$$$ VIEW Forever across the Gulf Of Mexico. If you use your Imagination you can see the US Gulf Coast! ''NEW'' We now offer the Rental Availability of a 4 Passenger ECO FRIENDLY Electric Golf Car. The locals rent them in town for $1000 Pesos (About $80USD per 12 hour period) If you like to ADD the use of our Golf Car its only $60 @ day for 24 Hr useage. Use it to 'Tool Around', EXPLORE the island etc. The Golf Car IS the primary mode of transportation on Holbox. We can easily add-on to your rental on the Same Credit/Debit card. Its ALL ELECTRIC....You simply bring into the covered Palapa Garage every night & hookup to the Charging Station. The next morning its 'Good To Go!'

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