Casa Caracol: A five-bedroom beachfront villa in the Mayan Riviera, on a pristine private beach five minutes from Tulum.
The villa sleeps ten to eleven people, and among its various amenities it has a beachfront palapa with lounging chairs, a balcony with a shade-covered hammock, covered parking for two cars, a large charcoal grill, stereo system, free WiFi, and an ocean kayak. It has a full kitchen with fridge and freezer, gas stove and oven, microwave, and pots, pans, dishes and utensils. All bedrooms are air-conditioned with individual temperature control. Housekeeping service is provided six days a week and laundry service is available. Catering and spa services are available upon request.
Casa Caracol is 60 miles south of the Cancun Airport, five minutes from Tulum, once a great Mayan city and now a destination for great beaches and beachside restaurants.
There are two bedrooms on the first floor. One has a queen size bed, a bathroom en suite, and views of the beach. The second bedroom on the first floor has two twin beds, and looks out at the garden. On the second floor there are three bedrooms. The beachside bedroom has a queen size bed and a small balcony above the beach. Another bedroom has a double bed and a twin bed. The third bedroom on the second floor has a king size bed, and from this bedroom you can see the vast, undeveloped jungle, opposite the beach.
There is a large deck on the second floor that stretches around the house to give views of both the ocean and jungle. On this deck, there is a hammock with a bamboo covering for shade. This deck is a great place to sit down and enjoy drinks and snacks, and to look at the stars at night.
Casa Caracol has a covered carport with room for two cars, and leading up to this carport is a driveway with room for two more cars. On the side of the house opposite the beach, there is a sandy garden with palm trees and aloe vera plants. As you walk towards the beach from this side, there is a large charcoal grill with room to grill more food than you could ever eat in one meal.
There are also various beachside restaurants within walking distance of the house, including a restaurant two doors down where you can sip margaritas on the beach. Next to this restaurant is a little shop with necessities such as sunblock and medicines. There is a famous natural cenote (underwater cave) across the road, great for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Casa Caracol is on the beach of Tankah Bay, a gated residential community, far from the large resorts that dot the shores of the Mayan Riviera. The waters of Tankah Bay are home to a barrier reef, keeping the waves small and providing excellent snorkeling opportunities. Tulum is a five-minute drive from the house, and Xel-Ha is under 10 minutes away. Also 10 minutes away is the Cenote Dos Ojos, which was featured on BBC’s “Planet Earth” series. Although the activities in the area are endless, Casa Caracol is the perfect place to just relax in a hammock and enjoy the ocean breeze....Read more
Casa Caracol Large Beachfront Villa, WiFi Tulum, Yucatan-Mayan Riviera, Mexico
Additional Location Information
Casa Caracol is located in Tankah (Tancah) Bay, a private, residential beach area between Akumal and Tulum, with a gorgeous coral reef and calm waters. It is south of both Cancun and Playa del Carmen, in a quieter area of the Mayan Riviera. Nearby attractions include a beautiful natural cenote, the Tulum village and ruins, Xel-Ha nature park, Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve, and the Casa Cenote beachside restaurant one minute down the beach. Tankah Bay is accessible via Route 307 (the main highway along the coast), and is comprised solely of beachfront properties. There is 24-hour security at the entrance to Tankah Bay, so there is practically no traffic on the access road behind the villa.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Cancun International, 65 miles Car is recommended
Left on 04/03/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | The Powers familyReviewed Apr 3, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
Take your coffee upstairs and sit on the patio - the air is pleasantly cool, the sky pre-dawn is pearly grey. A group of pelicans glide low across the water, the palm trees rustle in the light breeze. Sip your coffee. Wait for the sun. The sun emerges from the ocean,a brilliant glowing orange ball, huge. Don't go inside for your second cup until it disappears for a moment behind that small cloud, spreading pink and orange across the sky, then emerges again, glowing white. The house is open and breezy, the tile floor cool on your feet. Peel the mango and slice the pineapple you bought at the fruit market. Open the sliding glass door and step out into white sand, a few palm trees, amazing shades of blue water. Read until everyone else wakes up.
Best thing for me was those early mornings, but even if you sleep in, this place is bliss. My kids loved swimming in the ceonote, just across the street, and played happily on the beach right in front of the house. They made sandcastles and kayaked and snorkeled. We all loved eating at the two beach front restaurants within walking distance (how cool is that?) Try the new Blue Sky restaurant, just 4 doors down, for great thin-crust pizza, fajitas and more.Everyplace we went had amazing ceviche. The house and grounds keeper arrives every day and solves any little issue you might have. (No washing machine, no problem, he takes your dirty laundry and returns it clean for a small fee.)
Any down side? The beach is a bit rocky. I recommend shoes for a walk along the beach and water shoes for wading in. We didn't bring water shoes, but they had them at the house, so we did do some swimming and snorkeling there. For a sandy beach and body surfing we drove to the very nice pubic beach in Tulum or down to the amazingly empty beaches at Sian Kaan. Tulum was hopping, and we did love going out for some night music, but it was great to be able to come back to Casa Caracol to relax.
Left on 05/17/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | MaryReviewed May 17, 2012Stayed May 2012
Casa Caracol was even better than we expected! The layout of the house is really nice with lots of open space between the rooms and the ocean breeze keeps it comfortable all the time (even during the 90 degree afternoons). Being able to snorkel in the ocean (right in our front yard and in the beautiful cenote only a few steps away in the back) added to the magic. The entire area of Tankah was very private and safe feeling without feeling isolated and it was an easy and enjoyable trip into Tulum. All of our questions were answered promply, both before and during our trip, by the owners. Perfect!
Left on 01/30/2012 for a stay in March 2011 | Steve PlessacReviewed Jan 30, 2012Stayed Mar 2011
We had a great time at Casa Caracol. The house feels like a home, not like a rental. It's right on the beach, two minutes from the nicest cenote we saw, and close to an open air palapa restaurant. It's very close to Tulum but feels far from the crowds that we found at the ruins. We've recommended it to all our friends.
Left on 01/06/2012 for a stay in November 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 6, 2012Stayed Nov 2011
I have enjoyed a wonderful time at this vacation home on at least 5 separate occasions now. Here's why I keep coming back:
You can't beat the location with a beautiful beach and cove behind it and one of the most beautiful cenotes for swimming in the front (if you don't know what a cenote is google it, and yes the water truly is that brilliant blue and emerald green as depicted) .
This is a gracious home with room to sleep 11, so perfect for a large family or a group of friends/relatives to get together. With it's large central room, bright colors, and well appointed bedrooms its been the perfect accommodation for many good times. On the side of the house is a large built in grill, perfect for cooking up tasty group meals and the second floor has a wrap around balcony with fantastic views and hammocks in which to wile away the hours. Almost next door (one house down the beach) is a Palapa bar and restaurant...you can't find a better margarita in mexico. Food is also delicious and classically Mexican so if you don't want to cook, you're all set...
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