Will seeing the best accommodations in Xcalak (complete with pictures + details), help you pick a place to stay?
But. You could still end up miles from town, miserably bumping up + down the beach road. Or worse, in the middle of town, when all you want is jungle seclusion.
Getting your ‘just perfect’ accommodation
This page gives you a summary of the accommodations in Xcalak. What each management offers. And how to choose your perfect place (instead of picking a loser).
And best of all, you’ll be able to see inside the rooms, explore the property grounds, and get the “vibe” at each accommodation.
It’s going to be nice to have this before you commit your vacation money.
Before you reserve.
And before you even visit Xcalak. That’s what XcalakMexico.com does for you (you’re welcome).
Who the heck are we to share this info?
We’re a Canadian couple who first visited Xcalak as housesitters in 2014. We lived on Xcalak’s beach road, looking after pets and property.
We couldn’t find a reliable guide to Xcalak.
So we created one.
The Xcalak Travel Guide is your free downloadable resource. It has your practical travel info. And with it, you’ll not only find your ideal accommodation, you won’t take any extra time getting there because you drove past it. That’s because it has the most comprehensive map of Xcalak there is.
Now, let’s get to the accommodations in Xcalak.
You have one of two choices in Xcalak
There are less than 20 tourist accommodations in Xcalak. But before you pick a place, you need to decide whether you want to stay:
- In town
- Along the beach road
Xcalak village (aka “in town”) is convenient. Especially for fly fishers with tours that leave from town.
But along the north beach road, you’ll be right on the sand (and next to the Caribbean Sea). To help you understand why this important, here’s a complete description of Xcalak Beach.
That table should give you an idea of what’s available for accommodations in Xcalak.
Now let’s look at property details.
Where to get the best of Xcalak’s beach
These are the beach accommodations in Xcalak. We’ve listed them below, in order as you drive north from Xcalak village, along the beach road.
Villa Aguila – 0.8 km
House rental. Right on the sand, this light green beach house is close enough to town that you could walk if you wanted to. Rent the entire house by the week or by the month. An on-site caretaker cleans the beach, maintains the property, and helps guests during their stay. Contact Villa Aguila
Costa de Cocos – 1.4 km
Beach huts. The first tourist accommodation and resort in Xcalak, the accommodations at Costa de Cocos are private palapa huts complete with en suite bathrooms and daily maid service. This is the only accommodation in Xcalak with a full-service restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Costa de Cocos has an on-site dive shop and offers guided fly fishing trips that conveniently leave from their dock. Get the Insider View of Costa de Cocos
Casa de Paloma – 1.9 km
House rental. For a group of four, rent the upper or lower half of Casa de Paloma, or rent the whole apartment if you have a group of eight. Each floor has two king size bedrooms, full kitchen, living room, bathroom, and balcony or beach patio. The on-site caretaker cleans the beach daily and attends to the property. Contact Casa de Paloma
The Tierra Maya Lodge – 2.1 km
Suite w/ kitchen, suites w/o kitchen. For serious saltwater fly-anglers, The Tierra Maya Lodge is a stylish place for to stay in Xcalak. All 6 rooms face the ocean, and suites with a fridge or full kitchen are available. The Xflats at Tierra Maya offers guided fly-fishing tours and the property has an on-site restaurant. Get the Insider View of The Tierra Maya Lodge
Casa Paraiso – 2.5 km
Suites w/ kitchen. A B&B with four ocean-facing suites, Casa Paraiso’s rooms each have a complete kitchen. Breakfast and coffee is provided every day in the guest-only restaurant area, and there’s an option for guests to reserve lunch or dinner as well. The friendly owners are active in the local community, and have an art boutique with local handmade crafts. Get the Insider View of Casa Paraiso
Kimmel’s Kabaña – 2.7 km
House rental. A private apartment for rent in Xcalak, Kimmel’s Kabaña has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, full kitchen, and a rooftop patio. An onsite caretaker makes sure your visit goes smoothly, and a cleaning service comes approximately twice a week. The property has basic amenities, and is clean and comfortable. Contact Kimmels Kabaña
Playa Sonrisa – 6.9 km
Suites w/o kitchen. First, you need to know that this is the “clothing optional” accommodation in Xcalak. Playa Sonrisa is a laid-back resort for couples and those who want to completely (and I mean completely) eliminate tan lines. Stay in a private bungalow, an upper level room with a balcony, or a lower level room with a beach walk-out. Complimentary breakfast is served at the guest restaurant Loco Nutz Après Ski. Dinner can be reserved. Welcoming to newbie naturalists, after a day or two you’ll feel comfortable at Playa Sonrisa. Get the Insider View of Playa Sonrisa.
Casa Caracola – 7.6 km
House rental. This elegant Xcalak accommodation is great for big groups – it’s villa apartment sleeps six guests comfortably. Casa Caracola has on-site caretakers to clean the rooms and help guests. During your stay you can enjoy sweeping beach views, lagoon access, the rooftop lounge, and a screened palapa dining room. Contact Casa Caracola
Acocote Eco Inn – 7.8 km
Suites w/ kitchen. At the Acocote Eco Inn you have a choice of three suites, each with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a living/dining area. At this family-friendly accommodation take advantage of Xcalak’s only fly fishing shop, or pamper yourself with a 90 minute massage. Get the Insider View of Acocote Eco Inn
Sin Duda Villas – 8.0 km
Suites w/ kitchen, suites w/ shared kitchen. A funky beachfront Bed & Breakfast in Xcalak, Sin Duda Villas has three double suites, two full apartments with kitchen, and a studio apartment. Rooms are cleaned daily while you’re out enjoying your balcony or patio, the beach, the lagoon, or the rooftop sun decks. Get the Insider View of Sin Duda Villas
Casa de Sueños – 8.4 km *currently not accepting guests** (update April 2021)
Suites w/ kitchen, suites w/ shared kitchen. A laid back vibe pervades the beachside Casa de Sueños, where you can choose from a beachside apartment, two beachside studios, or a smaller lagoon side house. AND you can even bargain for your room rate! Casa de Sueños has one of the tallest rooftop patios around, and a beautiful beachside fire pit for relaxing in the evening with a beverage. Get the Insider View of Casa de Sueños
Coral Garden Inn (Casa de Coral) – 9.2 km
House rental. Popular with fly fishers, Coral Garden Inn (Casa de Coral) has two family-friendly beachfront villas that each sleep six. Choose whether you’d prefer a balcony on the upper suite, or walking out onto the beach from the lower suite. A third floor patio is available for all guests to use. Contact Coral Garden Inn
Casa del Sol – 12.8 km
Suites w/ kitchen. The most remote of the accommodations in Xcalak, Casa del Sol truly is away from it all. There are three colorful units available – one upper with a balcony, and two lower suites that walk out onto the beach. Make your own meals in your kitchen, enjoy exploring the reef in the hotel’s glass-bottom kayak, or relax in a hammock. Contact Casa del Sol
In Xcalak, your best bet to experience the “coconut life” is to stay beachside. But if you’re on a budget, consider picking a place that’s “lagoon-side”.
Lagoon-side means your accommodation is the far side of the beach road. Not directly on the beach.
Lagoon-side accommodations in Xcalak get less breeze, and often don’t have a sea view. But the beach is just across the road, and still easy to enjoy (without destroying your vacation budget).
Are there places to stay in town?
There are accommodations in Xcalak village, right in town. Staying in town means you won’t have a private beach, but you’ll be close to restaurants. And unlike the beach road accommodations, town hotels are “on-grid” (so no worrying about power or water limitations).
Staying in town is suited for visitors without a rental car. Town is also good place to pick if you’ll be fly fishing with a local guide, whose boat leaves from the public town pier.
Flying Cloud Hotel – XTC Dive Center
Suites w & w/o kitchen. Ideal for taking a PADI course, as it’s right beside the dive center. Rooms all have a sea view, and a stay includes breakfast at the Coral Bar & Grill next door (also serving lunch and dinner). The hotel is not *exactly* in town, but it’s so close you can walk. Get the insider view of the Flying Cloud Hotel
Casa Cangrejo – North side of Town (seaside)
Suites w/ shared kitchen, house rental. A fly fishing lodge in Xcalak town that is perfect for groups and offers fly fishing packages, breakfast, and dinner. The lodge also owns the “casa azul” guest house next door that can accommodate up to five people and has a full kitchen. Contact Casa Cangrejo
Casa Redonda – North side of Town
House rental. This Xcalak house has a unique round layout, and is located at the edge of town. There’s one bedroom, two futons in the living area, a full kitchen, and backyard garden with BBQ. Satellite TV and Netflix included. Contact Casa Redonda
Hotel Caribe Caracol – Main Street in Town
Basic rooms. Right in the center of town, this small “hotelito” is on the main street near restaurants and corner stores. Known as the budget accommodation in Xcalak, there’s no website so you’ll have to take your chances when you show up.
Xcalak Caribe Lodge – Beachside in Town
Suites w/o kitchen. This accommodation in Xcalak is aimed at fly fishers, the Xcalak Caribe Lodge is on the town’s beachside road. There are five rooms, all with separate entrances. Three rooms in the front have a direct view of the town beach. Contact Xcalak Caribe Lodge
Caribbean Casa Blanca – South side of Town
<no photo yet> Luxury suites with kitchen. The newest accommodation in Xcalak is in town, right next to the Marine Park office. Each of the three floors is a suite with kitchen, and the rooftop terrace is the tallest in town. Contact Caribbean Casa Blanca
You can book Airbnb rentals in Xcalak. Check out our post with tips for booking here: Xcalak Rentals on Airbnb – What You Need to Know
Your BIG (final) Decision
By now you’ve seen a few accommodations in Xcalak that you like.
But before you pick, consider:
- You’ll need a car to get to most accommodations. If you don’t plan on having a rental car in Xcalak, stick to the accommodations in town.
- There’s less road traffic the further you get from town. If you crave isolation, pick an accommodation that is far away. Be mentally prepared for a bumpy drive on the beach road.
- Many accommodations in Xcalak are adults-only. If you’re traveling with kids, let the hotel manager know before you reserve.
- Most places (but not all) let guests use snorkel gear, kayaks, and bicycles for free. Ask what gear is available during your stay.
*Crazy! This page length has gotten away from us.
To keep our word count from reaching the size of Xcalak’s barrier reef (second largest in the world, doncha know), we made a separate post for you.
Go now, and pick your perfect accommodation (before reserving): Choosing Where to Stay in Xcalak.