This was our fourth visit to the island and we previously had stayed within walking distance of North Beach. We enjoyed each of these places, but wanted to experience more of Isla than North Beach. We had read about La Gloria, and biked through it on a previous visits. We wanted a different type of island experience this time around so we chose Casitas del Mar.
Our first taxi ride on the island took us to the door in less than 10 minutes, and we knew immediately that we had made the right choice.
The casitas are situated mid-island, just across the street from a rocky beach. The sound of the waves normally drown out the occasional traffic sounds. Sitting outside on the patio facing the water, you’ll find your view occasionally interrupted by passing traffic. But the local color and variety are more interesting than distracting. Where else can you watch a man balancing a full size propane tank on a scooter, a 4 member family, complete with dog, scooting down the road towards town, or a colorful parade passing by your front door which includes showers of candy being tossed from and to the participants?
The location is within easy walking distance to a grocery store, outdoor market, numerous loncherias, lavendaria, and Playa Lancheros. We were pleasantly surprised to spend far less time on the north end of the island than expected. There was just too much to explore in this new area of Isla. The pace is even slower and much quieter than El Centro, and the people are just as friendly.
Our casita was spacious, with a comfortable bed adjacent to large windows facing the ocean. A large wardrobe and drawers were more than adequate for our 2 week stay. The air conditioning worked flawlessly when needed, and the shower had good pressure with plenty of hot water. Bob and Joyce were insistent that they be notified if there were any issues with the room, and we had none. The neighboring casitas were usually occupied, and always quiet.
The room was equipped with a TV, but I didn’t know if it worked since we never turned it on. Having WI-Fi available in the room was a nice benefit for the few times we chose to check email or research something on the web. A small collection of books and radio in the room rounded out some of the other appreciated extras.
It was a pleasant surprise to find a kitchen fully stocked with pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, coffee maker, microwave, blender and more. The stove worked well, as did the full sized fridge. Having the market nearby allowed us options if we chose not to venture to one of the nearby restaurants. El Charco, one block away, became one of our favorites with their simple and delicious fare. There is no shortage of other alternatives within walking distance.
Bob and Joyce were the ideal hosts. They were available the few times we had questions, and very gracious in sharing their island experience. Always present if needed, but never intrusive, we left knowing we now had new friends on Isla. Casitas del Mar is the ideal combination of a convenient location, comfortable accommodations and friendly, considerate hosts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wake up to the sound of waves and a clear view of the sun rising over the Caribbean. Nestled in a local neighborhood of Isla Mujeres known as La Gloria, you will find yourself in a friendly residential area surrounded by locals, both Mexicans and foreigners. Collect beautiful shells and sea glass as you stroll along the rocky and sandy shore or relax on the patio as you watch the world, and perhaps a few dolphins, go by. Newly-constructed and tastefully decorated, Casitas del Mar has everything you need to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Your hosts, Joyce and Bob, will provide local knowledge and recommendations to help make your Isla vacation unforgettable. ... more less