Casa Emila is a nicely furnished ground level condo located in the Residencias Reef gated community on San Francisco Beach.
Pool / Spa
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 3 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
Outdoor tub heater not working, but no other issues. Definitely will go back.
Great location. Wonderful manager.
We had a fabulous time! The atmosphere was relaxing and calm. The beach area was not busy at all. Definitely will be coming back!
It was wonderfully quiet, with a great beach steps from the porch and pool. Dive boats, jet skis, beach club, come right up to where you are. Every one of the staff was very attentive and helpful, and made sure our stay was relaxing and we had everything we needed for an amazing stay. They even suggested fun or relaxation we didn't know about! The condo itself was very well taken care of and had everything we needed. Though it is farther from town, it's nice to have a quiet retreat from everything. Especially the day after the Ironman. Speaking of that, I wish I wasn't too sunburned to enjoy the massage service that comes to your room or can set up on the beach. Next time I'll get a massage for sure. Taxis are easy to get if you didn't rent a car like we did, or there is a short walk (5 minutes) north to a spot to rent scooters on the beach road, though I'm sure if I asked the entrance staff they would have had it brought right to the doorstep of our building.
Our home away from home
We felt right at home in Casa Emila at Residencias Reef. As soon as we stepped out of the cab, someone that works on the property greeted us and showed us where the condo is located. It is a pretty large, gated complex with beautiful grounds, a couple of pools and right on the beach. The condo itself is tastefully decorated and the kitchen is fully equipped. One of the pools and the beach are steps away from the back porch. The porch has a nice jacuzzi tub and patio furniture. There is a pier close by that we walked to in the mornings for easy pick up and drop off on our dive trips. Carlos and Charlie's is also walking distance down the beach if you want to eat out and/or have a few drinks in a beach bar atmosphere. Downtown is about a 15 minute drive so you may want to consider a rental car if you plan on going out a lot. However, it would be very easy to spend your entire time at the complex. Especially if you stock the kitchen which I understand you can make arrangements with the property managers to take care of that in advance. I was happy to find that we had internet access about 95% of the time. Tips: Bring shampoo, conditioner and bath soap. There is a washer/dryer so if you think you'll do any laundry bring laundry detergent or pods. If you like cats bring cat food or plan to buy some when you get there. There are a couple roaming around, I am still crying over one that I became attached to. Consider taking a soft cooler and/or tervis type cups for drinks on the beach. Hubby says bring a bottle opener, he didn't like the one that was there.
Wonderful stay at Casa Emila
Great lccation. Unit was lovely and clean. Easy drive to town and Caleta but arranged pick up on dock. Very quiet and private. Will be back for sure.
Cozumel is Mexico's largest island. It is 28 miles long by 9 miles wide and resides on the east side of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is separated from the mainland by 12 miles of clear blue tropical ocean. You can get here by plane or ferry, or you can simply hop on one of the many cruise ships that frequent the island daily (though you'll only spend one day here if you choose the latter, and that would simply be a shame!).
Cozumel has an incredibly rich history. The Maya first settled the island over 2000 years ago, the Spanish put the island on the world map with their conquest of the Yucatan Peninsula in the 1500s, and Jacques Cousteau launched it into the stratosphere in the 1960s by describing to the world the richness of the underwater life in the coral reef surrounding the island.
Present day Cozumel is a mix of tourism brought to the island by the building of a cruise ship terminal in the early 1970s, the divers that continue to come to the island to frequent the reef system, the handful of foreigners who came to the island to open businesses (including us!), and of course the local residents who, as you will find out if you come, are the most wonderful, hospitable people in the Caribbean!
The island currently inhabits about 95,000 full-time residents, most of whom live in and around the main town of San Miguel.
The Cozumel Ironman is a new event for the island; it started in 2009. It's been a pretty huge deal for the island since it attracts nearly 2500 athletes and is only one of 24 Ironman qualifying races in the world. 2009 and 2010 went off without a hitch and so we're really looking forward to the event in 2013. It's fantastic to have so many dedicated athletes come to the island and enjoy it's beauty in a completely different way from the rest of us. After all, we don't typically get up at 7am and go for a 2.4 mile swim!
For the last three years, we had a number of athletes stay with us. Many stayed at two resorts in which we manage a number of condos and villas: Residencias Reef and Costa del Sol. Both places are really convenient for race participants and their families/friends: 1) they're right on the water 2) they're right on the bike/marathon course 3) most importantly, they're 10-15 min away from Chankanaab, the start of the race. So you get to stay in a beautiful comfortable place, away from the crowds that are staying at the big race-sponsored resorts, and still have the opportunity to jump in the water to practice, cruise the bike route, or check out the start beforehand.
Ruins of Cozumel
Perhaps during your stay or visit to Cozumel you can take a half-day trip to Cozumel's main Maya archeological site, San Gervasio. The site is located approximately in the center of the island just off of the Transversal, the road that takes you to the east side of the island. Though this ruin site is nowhere near the size or as impressive as the sites located on the mainland, it was once a very important site where Mayan woman paid tribute to the goddess of love & fertility. The site has bilingual guides, a snack bar as well as a gift shop. The entrance fee to San Gervasio is about $7USD.