Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11)
Brent A. Askins
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Nice place but poor snorkeling
Pretty much as shown in photos. It was pretty hot, luckily there is a breeze most of the time as there is no a/c. We came to snorkel and were very disappointed as the sargasso weed had invaded the area and conditions were not good. The coral out front is dying and there were few fish. We learned from the neighbors that the current scientific thinking is that this is related to Brazil's deforestation practices. Everywhere there was a ton of the seaweed, piles 3' high on the beaches (but not in front of this casa, as the caretaker rakes it each day), 100' or more solid from the shore. Of course this is no reflection on the host or the place, but the older photos do not show current conditions. It is very sad. The house itself was fine, we had what we needed, and there is an onsite caretaker who will always help out if needed. It is quite a ways to the very small town of Xcalak, only because the dirt road is extremely rutted so you have to drive slowly. We ended up doing a lot of reading.
We are still looking forward to sand, sun, and relaxation as unexpected medical trouble kept us from being able to travel. Thanks, Brent for the sunny rain check.
Great home in a great location
We loved Xcalak and really enjoyed staying here. As with the other places in town, the electricity is solar and the water is from a rain catchment system. So, we had some power outages late in the evenings and made an effort to conserve water. My understanding is that the owner is working on improving the battery system to reduce the possibility of late night outages on electricity. We were in town to fish, and found that the house had good proximity to several of the best areas. If you're doing more guided fishing and planning to spend most of your time in Chetumal bay, the guides will want to meet in town and it could be advantageous to stay closer. This house is a bit more remote, and required a 20-30 minute drive to get to the boat launch area.
Thanks for the review Ben. On solar systems, batteries go bad after a period of time, usually 4 - 5 years in the warmer climate. The current batteries were on their last leg and new ones have been ordered and being replaced next week. Sorry for the couple outages during the late evenings/early mornings.
Guides will also pick you up in front of the house by boat, to avoid any driving at all.
Met our expectations!
Casa del Sol was lovely! We had the beach to ourselves and the snorkeling was really great. Lots of fish, a variety of corals and also rays. Close in reef just past the sea grass was the best.
The mangrove complex was not accessible unfortunately, as we had hoped to take a kayak into it.
The unit was cozy, clean and well provisioned. There were also plenty of paperbacks to read, bikes to ride and plenty of loungers and hammocks for relaxing. Stacy the caretaker was helpful and pleasant. The beach in front of the home was clean, unlike the rest of the beach areas in Xcalak. Because of that, I don’t recommend walks along it due to seaweed and trash washed up.
Brent was very responsive and helpful. He checked in on us a couple times via text to see how we were doing.
The view from the roof was incredible and sunsets and sunrises amazing!
This is definitely a must stay for those who want to be away from the maddening crowds, and don’t mind “roughing it” a bit. I.e. off grid so be mindful of electric and water useage. Nice to have solar power and we were never without power or water. Internet worked great!
We hope to visit again!
Great place to get away. Solar powered, great views from awesome rooftop where you can see the stars at night with hardly any light pollution and see the ocean and lagoon during the day.
Great snorkeling right off the beach . Fishing if you want it..
Truck comes by almost daily with fresh fruits and veggies. Try the Pibill (sp?) Mayan pulled pork with spices.
Nice house, great scenery, no civilization and in the jungle... I'd always come back in a heart beat
The house is beautiful!
The bed sheets great, nice mattress, nice kitchen… everything works, there was even ice in the refrigerator!
Nice it has kayaks.
Great coral and fish to view right in front of the house.
You’re out in the jungle… no civilization, I loved this.
Just remember to take your own food.
Scenery… the best!
World-class Scuba Diving and Fly Fishing. Three local groups PADI, NAUI offering Resort Courses, Open Water Certification. Day trips to Belize, or arrange a 1/2 - full day of Fly Fishing or Sportfishing with guides. Snorkeling trips can be arranged, however snorkeling in front of house is the best you'll find in the area. Take day trips to ancient Mayan Ruins (Muyil, Dzibanche, Kinicha, Kohunlich, Oxtankah), Spanish Fort in Bacalar, Museums, Cave Diving, Cenote Diving/Swimming, or just a shopping day in Chetumal (Qoo-Roo's capital). Once you are back home, head to the rooftop for the best star gazing you can imagine.