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“Perfect, private, carribean beach getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Rancho Caphe Ha

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Rancho Caphe Ha
Ranked #671 of 950 Hotels in Yucatan Peninsula
New York City, New York
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“Perfect, private, carribean beach getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012

If you've ever dreamed of having your own Caribbean beach paradise, off the grid, private and remote--this is the place for you. Under an hour's drive from the civilization of Tulum and into the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, the Caphe Ha house is really a whole compound--a private cottage with bedroom, bath, kitchen and living room; a separate two story house with two large bedrooms and baths; and a separate kitchen building with a cathedral thatched roof, big dining areas indoors and outdoors and a huge sitting area. In the area between the buildings and the ocean, there's a lovely yard with plenty of hammocks, palms, chaises and chairs and a gorgeous white sandy beach. We were two couples and we couldn't believe how much space and privacy Caphe Ha afforded us, plus a completely private beach with no neighbors as far as the eye can see. Except for a group of soldiers on patrol one day, we never saw another person on the beach.

The caretakers, Roberto and Manuela, are wonderfully helpful--there when you need them, unseen otherwise. Have Manuela cook a Mayan meal or two for you--she's a terrific cook. And don't miss Roberto's early evening boat trip to an island in the back lagoon where you will see a cornucopia of birds nesting for the night. Up close!

For me, this place was a dream--my own Gilligan's island, but with solar-powered lights, propane-powered stove and refrigerator and plenty of bathrooms and showers indoors and out. Just be sure you buy lots of ice cubes anytime you are in town--ice is precious and you don't want to run out. The one time we ran short, Roberto made the run to Tulum to keep our drinks cold. Roberto also keeps the Caphe Ha beach clean--raking up seaweed and the occasional litter every day. I can't wait to go back to Caphe Ha!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

If you are not interested in the pre-packaged Disneyesque experiences of the Mayan Riviera but you are interested in good accommodation, delicious food, a superb private beach, and lots of opportunity for swimming, exploring the Sian Kaan and relaxing, then Rancho Caphe Ha is the perfect spot. The closest neighbour is over a km away. Three hours from Cancun and the last leg of the journey is a dirt road that required a vehicle with good suspension, (but better than any road in Costa Rica and comparable to logging roads in BC.) The caretaker Roberto and his wife Manuela were gracious and welcoming. Manuela created beautiful breakfasts; every morning fresh juice from pineapples, oranges and watermelon and her dinners were excellent! The Mayan Tostada and the chicken in achiote sauce were my favourites.
Guy, the owner was very helpful and provided all of the information we needed and was very good at returning e-mails and phone calls. It is a beautiful spot and I recommend it to anyone who values un-plugging on a beach.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2010

Rancho Caphe Ha is a wonderful place! We are already talking about going back.
My fiance and I spent Thanksgiving week here. This house, which is really a compound of several buildings, is very unique; rustic, though very comfortable & clean; remote, though within cell service; and completely peaceful. The owner is very easy to work with, and is full of great information - a great Guy!

The house is a bit challenging to reach. It's easy to find, but the road down to it can be VERY bad. We arrived at night, in the pouring rain, and the potholes were full of water. Some of the potholes were as wide as the road! We went slow, and had no problem, though it was rather unnerving. The bad condition of the road deterred us from going to Tulum more than once during the week. We were very happy to have stocked up at the grocery store on our way down! On our way home a week later, we encountered a road grader - so hopefully the entire road down the Sian Ka'an coast is better by now.

Rancho Caphe Ha is made up of a cantina (kitchen) building which is quite large and has lots of living space, a two story structure which has two bedrooms & two bathrooms, and a casita with another bedroom/bathroom/living area. There is also a caretakers house. The compound is "off the grid", but has solar power. There is no TV, no internet, no phone (unless your cell phone works there - mine did, but my fiance's iphone did not). We brought a laptop we could watch movies on at night, and an iPod with battery powered speakers for music. There is an inverter, so you can recharge batteries. The rooms were very clean, the sheets and towels were clean and smelled great. The sink area, and shower in the two story building are outside, although covered, but the toilets are in their own little rooms. The sink/shower/toilet in the casita are inside, but an outside shower is also available. The bathrooms are rustic, but beautiful! The kitchen is basic, but clean and functional.

The beach and the property surrounding Rancho Caphe Ha is nothing short of paradise! It is so private, not another soul walked by all week! The house is surrounded by beautiful palm trees, and is right on the beach. Wake up to the sunrise, and go for a walk on the beach! You can walk down the beach a little way, and swim out to a magnificent coral reef, teeming with beautiful fish.

One day we took a trip through the lagoon to ancient Mayan canals leading to the ruins of Muyil. It was a fabulous trip where we encountered hundreds of beautiful birds, crystal clear water, and a crocodile! It was well worth the time and money.

The caretakers are friendly and helpful, and gave us our privacy. Manuela is a marvelous cook, and I highly recommend having her cook for you. She and Roberto keep everything clean and tidy, too.

We loved our vacation adventure at Rancho Caphe Ha, and will return. It is the perfect secluded getaway, private and relaxing. It's not a five-star, full-service, luxury vacation with bars and nightlife - but it is a place to revel in the natural beauty of Sian Ka'an, connect with yourself and whoever you are with, swim, rest, and truly recharge.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rancho Caphe Ha
Address: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula
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Ranked #671 of 950 Hotels in Yucatan Peninsula
Number of rooms: 135
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Rancho Caphe Ha Mexico/Yucatan Peninsula

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