My husband and I have been vacationing in the Maya Riviera area for the past 20 years, witnessing the area go from peaceful and quaint to nonstop development and traffic. We were anxious to find a place that brought back the feel of a simpler, fishing town experience. The area around Xcalak definitely does that. I was a little worried that this may be a little too rustic for me but when we pulled into the resort I was please to find the grounds immaculate and the bungalows at Costa de Cocos to be very clean, quaint and comfortable, though the bathrooms could use a little updating. One morning, we took the 3 hour river trip into the mangroves and were lucky enough to spot a manatee, who swam right past our boat !! The river trip included a stop for snorkeling on one of the most beautiful reefs where we saw a nurse shark. We did not partake in any of the bone fishing trips. We drove to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Chacchoben one afternoon and were the only ones in the park (must not have been cruise ships in Mahuahual that day) and even saw a family of monkeys. Chacchoben is an hour and a half drive each way and there were no places to eat close to the ruins as the snack bar was closed, so plan accordingly.
We quickly got into a routine of watching the sunrise, ordering our breakfast omelet, followed by a day of exploring or relaxing, then back later in the day for margarita's, pizza and talking with the other guests. One evening, a group of local kids came and performed their dance recital on the porch of the restaurant. We ended our day sitting outside the bungalow and watching the stars. Besides the restaurant in Costa de Cocos, we also ate at Toby's in town and Tierra Maya, which was very good. The staff was very attentive to anything we needed. One afternoon we mentioned eating at the Leaky Palapa restaurant in town and the staff person got on his bike and drove all the way into town to check and see if they had room for us.
I did miss wide beaches to walk on but the peacefulness and viewing the multitude of colors in the shallow water were enough to make me want to come back again. I wouldn't recommend bringing children as I think they could get bored.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Costa de Cocos is about immersing yourself in nature, while relaxing in a hammock suspended under palm trees, enjoying an ice cold beverage on our patio, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, traveling along the coast in a kayak, or touring the surrounding landscape on foot, observing our local flora and fauna. From our shore you will observe numerous juvenile fish in the shallows, while multiple species of shorebirds feed along the coast. All you hear is the gentle roar of waves breaking on the nearby reef, all you feel is the warm sun and a gentle breeze blowing across your skin. You are surrounded by turquoise waters and dense jungle and mangroves. No skyscrapers, crowds, or cell phones.Costa de Cocos offers a truly unique experience on the frontier of Mexico. Our environmentally friendly resort has much to offer those who seek to experience life off the beaten path. We are located within the Xcalak Reef National Marine Park (Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak). The closest gas station and ATM are 30 miles (50 km) away, and the closest sizable town, Chetumal, is a distant 130 miles (200 km). Power is provided by the sun, with a generator backup.No square concrete rooms here, you will stay in a private Mayan-style beach bungalow with attached bathroom and shower. You will dine in our shore-front restaurant and bar, with wood decor and thatched roof.During your stay you can go fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving, experience guided bird tours, kayak along the coast, visit Mayan ruins, travel to nearby towns and museums, and visit Belize. We are located five hours south of Cancun and three hours north of Chetumal. Belize and Ambergris Caye are located only a few short miles to the south.We have a wireless Internet connection, but no cell or land-line phone service. The nearby village of Xcalak offers very little in the way of shopping and nightlife. If you are looking for sandy beaches, shopping, and an active night life, it it best not to choose us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Costa De Cocos Xcalak, Mexico - Costa Maya