CAPHE HA meaning 'Two Waters' in ( 'Mayan') is situated on six lush acres in the Sian Ka'an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This intimate private hideaway is surrounded by the Caribbean sea and the Boca Paila Lagoon. Ideally located by bird island, coral reefs and white sandy beaches. Caphe Ha was the first Eco Lodge 'Bed and Breakfast' in Sian Ka'an. Built and designed by original owners Jeff and Guy Frankel in 1979. The house has four separate buildings. A large thatched roofed 'Palapa' for living, cooking and dining. A two bedroom two story main house and a romantic guest house. Breathtaking views of the ocean from all points of the property. Modern and Rustic Mayan wood and natural stone buildings make for a quaint setting on a secluded private beach.
CAPHE HA has accommodated many scientist, naturalist, birdwatchers, snorkelers, family and friends for over three decades. Activities include: Exploring undeveloped Mayan Temples, Nature walks, Turtle hatching's, Wildlife viewing, Sea kayaking, Fishing, Tours discovering the ancient Mayan waterways and lagoons. Hiking and beach combing on miles of remote beaches and tropical jungle trails.
The house is fully furnished and maintained by caretakers Roberto and Manuela, who have been with us for over twenty three years. House keeping and general needs are provided by the staff.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: How Far are you from the Can Cun Airport?
A : It is best to allow three and a half hours of driving time from the airport to the beach house.
Q How is the dirt road inside the Sian Kan Park?
A: The road condition varies depending on the weather.and time of year. They do grade the road once year after the rainy season in September. The distance from the entrance of the park to the property is 19 Km.( Around 8 miles) The driving time varies from twenty minutes to forty-five min when in good condition and over an hour if in poor condition. You do not need 4Wheel drive but a good high clearance vehicle is recommended.
Q: What do we need to bring?
A: The house is fully furnished ,beach towels, linens, beach chairs and hammocks are supplied. The kitchen is stock with many food item like salt, pepper, spices, Etc. Dining plates, bowls, glass where and cooking utensils are supplied. Drinking water is supplied also.
Q: Do you supply drinking water
A: Yes , We supply reverse osmosis purified water to drink.
Q: Is there electricity,water and lights?
A: Yes we have lights and power 24 hours a day. All bathing water is from our wells. All the Villas inside Nature Park are off the city grid, so power is supplied by solar panels. Please use conservation and use lights and water sparingly. It is a passive 12 volt system so hair dryers and microwave ovens and are not compatible. We do have a inverter in the kitchen Palapa that you can use to recharge your Phones and and electronics.
The Sian Kan Biosphere has one of the lowest EMF ( Electro Magnetic Fields) in th area. It is a fact that being far away from the electric lines and cell towers increases relaxation.
Q: What is the beach like?
A: We have remote white sandy beaches that go for miles in each direction. The house is located on a calm bay that is protected by the second longest coral reef in the world. You can swim right in front of the house. There are coral heads just 20 meters from the shore and depending on weather and ocean conditions snorkeling is great. There is a shallow and calm area for small children to swim a short 5 min walk to the point.
Q: Can we have meals prepared and a house keeper?
A Yes, We have house keeping and cooks. We have a Mayan cook that is an additional charge per day. (Please inquire about meals plans and cost) The meals are wonderful homemade dishes made with fresh fish and produce from local markets.
The house has light house keeping included.
Q: Are there many mosquitoes and bugs?
A You are in the topics so yes there are seasonal times where mosquitoes and insect prevalent.although there are many months when there are none. The front side of the house always has a ocean breeze,this keeps away most insects away. If you go back into the lagoon side and during sunset you will need bug repellent.
Q: Does the staff live on the property?
A Yes The house keeper and caretaker live on one side of the six acre property. They are available 24 hours a day if there is anything you need help with.
Q: How do we arrange for tours?
A: Roberto the care taker can make arrangements for tours with the guides and boats of the area. Most tours leave from the house and do excursions inside the biosphere from the lagoon side. Tour include bird watching, manatees. sea turtles ,swimming in the fresh water estuaries, Mayan ruins. and more. There are also Kayaks tours, fishing and snorkeling.
Q: How do we tip the staff?
A Thank you for asking. Tips are customary in Mexico for all helpers and services. Our caretakers can be paid with either USD or Pesos. Just as in the USA 15 to 20 percent of you bill is appreciated.
Q: Are there any Restaurants or night life nearby?
A: No. Once you are inside the Nature park all is quite. There are many bustling locations to dine and beach clubs in the Tourist area of Tulum Beach, 8 miles from the the property.
Q: Are there hiking trails around the area?
A: No official trails but miles of remote beaches to comb and explore.
Q: I heard there is often plastics and debris along the beach. Is your beach cleaned?
A: We keep our beach clean in front of the house and property. We also have a sandy lined coconut grove for swimming and sunbathing. The rest of the coast along biosphere is untouched. Yes there is seaweed, plastics, driftwood and many other natural and manmade items that do wash up on the beach.
Q: Is the area safe for young children and teens?
A: Yes ,very safe. Always keep watch of your young ones around the water. We have owned the beach house for over forty years and all of our children and grand children have grown up vacationing there. There are no dangerous animals ,snakes or people to harm you. We feel very safe at the beach house and all along the Mayan coast. The Mayans are one of the most friendly and kind people.
Q: What is the weather like in Tulum?
A: The Caribbean is a ever changing . There is a rainy season from September through October.( Hurricane Season) A dry season April and May. The hot months are July and August. There is always a trade wind that comes off the ocean year around. A The beach house faces the ocean to catch the sea breeze. Ocean storms can occur at any time as well as periods of calm smooth seas. Very hard to predict the temperament of the magical Caribbean sea.
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