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The Best Location and House in Xcalak!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Combine the most gracious and spacious beach home in the best location in Xcalak with the gorgeous Caribbean Sea and the second longest Coral Reef in the world in the back yard, and you have the formula for a truly amazing and relaxing get-away vacation. The marine area was recently designated a National Reef Park ensuring future protection.

Casa de Paloma – House of the Dove – was aptly named. Early risers wake every morning to the soft cooing of the birds and a spectacular sunrise that changes every day. A huge clay dove planter is a landmark that nests in our circle drive. What we did not know then, is what a place of peace and calm Xcalak really is. A place to recharge, relax, slow down and smile. We invite you to enjoy Casa de Xcalak...on the Costa the state of Quintana Roo...on the Yucatan Peninsula!

Built in 2004, Casa de Paloma was designed for relaxed beach living and to capture every ocean breeze. Every room has a sea view. We enjoy our time there each year with our family and friends and pride ourselves in keeping it attractive, clean and comfortable for ourselves as well as our guests year round.

There are 4 King size bedrooms (2 down, 2 up) each with 2 bedside reading lamps, double closet and their own private bathroom. Both levels have a complete dining, living and full kitchen area. Mexican accents include rugs, blankets, pillows, Talevera sinks, dishes and glasses. Framed maps of the area hang on the walls and are helpful when planning excursions. Our handsome Mexican hardwood furniture is sturdy and comfortable and was built by craftsmen in a local sawmill/carpentry shop.

Rental options include the entire house to sleep 8 or half the house to sleep 4. A single brm or single brm w/kitchen/living/dining are also available. The unique design of the casa makes it a perfect flexible unit to rent as a whole or in parts. Contact us for details on renting just one level of the house. Rentals are available for a three day minimum up to several months.

The house is beautifully landscaped with bougainvillea, frangi pangi, hibiscus, and coconut palms and has large balconies, hammocks and lots of sea breezes and mature palm trees to keep you cool and in the shade.

Our green construction of solid masonry includes solar panels for electricity along with our generator, on-demand water heaters for ready hot water and a rainwater cistern for bathing, laundry and dishwashing.

And, best of all, it all comes with ROSA AND CECILIO, THE MOST WONDERFUL CARETAKERS ON THE YUCATAN PENINSULA! Excellent employees and problem solvers, they are our secret ingredient in guaranteeing a truly relaxing get-away with few concerns. Laundry, house maintenance, all paper products as well as daily beach cleaning are included in your rental.

Our location in Xcalak is the best for several reasons. Just 1.5 miles to town makes it a nice walk or easy flat bike ride for groceries or exercise – or to visit the school or the park office – or to get a pedicure from Candy in her pink and purple “salon” – or to get to a great meal. The dining in Xcalak is one of the biggest surprises of all. As small and remote as we are, the area continues to attract outstanding inventive chefs who are looking to slow down their pace of life and still practice their craft with local ingredients. Casa de Paloma is very close to the three perennial best:

Leaky Palapa - always amazing 5 star gourmet dinner creativity. (1mi.)

Costa de Coco’s - fish tacos, and lobster pizza (1/4 mi.)

Tierra Maya - local tasty dishes from soup to dessert (3 doors away)

Toby’s - in town with excellent fish fingers and conch/ shrimp ceviche and hosts special events like Super Bowl and Chicken Night.

New ventures appear yearly.

FYI for your own cooking, the venderos (small grocery trucks) deliver fresh produce and hot tortillas right to your door several times a week. There are also some small tiendas in town with an amazing amount of staples. Ask our caretakers about the bakery and the local fishing co-op and possible tamale and shrimp deliveries.

Xcalak is heaven for fishermen/women, snorkelers, divers and birdwatchers. Snorkel and fish right off the dock for snapper and bonefish and swim to numerous nearby coral heads to see Angelfish, Clownfish, Puffers Snappers, etc. etc.

Or charter one of our incredibly knowledgeable local fishing captains (Capt. Victor is our favorite…and he has brothers and sons!) for a day in their boat to go a little farther for tarpon, barracuda, permit, snook or bonefish in the flats of Chetumal Bay. Scuba divers will find several dive masters ready to certify or guide to outstanding nearby locations on day trips including Chinchorra Reef, the largest diving atoll in North America, just 30 miles off shore. For birdwatchers, there is Bird Island with the hefty Woodstork, but everyday you can see Frigate Birds, Yucatan Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Goldfinch, Pelicans, Egrets, Ibis, Parrots, Frigate Birds, Doves right around Casa de Paloma.

So – why decide to choose Casa de Paloma?

• Accommodations – comfortable, attractive, spacious, well-designed and maintained.

• Location - close access to town, restaurants - between well known Coco's and Tierra Maya resorts

• Rosa and Cecilio – the best caretakers on the Costa Maya – helpful, considerate, honest, polite

Features & Amenities:

On-Site Caretakers

Daily House and Beach Cleaning

Quality Towels and Sheets

Paper Products

Beach Towels

Upstairs Dining for 8 up + bar for 5

Downstairs Dining for 6

2 Full Kitchens - 1 each level

Picnic Tables on balconies

Wireless available

Book and DVD Selection

Flat Screen DVD Player

CD Player and CD Selection

NO phone, NO TV - available at resorts

Chaise Lounges and Hammocks

Safe in each bedroom


On-Site Parking

Cards, Poker, Dominos, Rummikub

Keywords: House

More Details

Property Manager
Tom Sowers
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 5, 2018

About Tom Sowers

When 3 University of Missouri Tiger fans decided to build a home in Mexico on the Yucatan in 2004 “away from the maddening crowds,” little did they realize what an adventure had begun and what a wonderful vacation spot they would create! Owners include Tom and Chris Sowers, a mid-Missouri journalist and developer, Sonny and Kim Wyman, in oil and gas exploration in Colorado, and David and Kim Tanner, attorney and advertising exec from Chicago. We all enjoy the wonderful change of pace -- Mayan culture, the untrampled jungles, the natural coastline, the fishing, the boating, the snorkeling, the reading and relaxing, the fresh air and the fresh food. Life just gets simpler – pared down – at Casa de Paloma.

Tom Sowers purchased this house in 2004

Why Tom Sowers chose Xcalak

One of the last beautiful reasonable beachfront properties in North America - with the unique charm of a colorful foreign culture easily accessible from U.S.

What makes this house unique

Location, Location, Location - close to town and best restaurants - constant cross breezes, firm mattresses with good linens, good kitchen to enjoy cooking with spices and fresh ingredients from the land and sea. Modern bathrooms, good lighting and book and DVD selection. And, best of all, the wonderful care of Rosa and Cecilio who keep it sparkling clean for every guest.


Xcalak House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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The Best Location and House in Xcalak!
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Great place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Casa de Paloma for eight nights, albeit one was very short. We spent seven days fishing with Osprey Tours and had a great time. Because of the long days fishing, we did not take advantage of many of the amenities like the kayaks and bikes. The highlight of the visit was the Friday night meal we requested from Rosa and Cecilio, it was awesome. When I return to Xcalak, I will be staying at Casa de Paloma.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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As Advertised - You won't be Disappointed

  • 5 of 5

Before our stay, we were treated to great communication and making arrangements with one of the house owners, Tom. Tom and his wife were very responsive and accommodating when our plans changed. It was great to work with them prior to our arrival which isn't always the case when planning to rent a home. Thanks Tom!!!!

We stayed at the Casa de Paloma for five nights. Our primary focus was fishing which made for very long days on the water and away from the house. Each day when we returned to the house, it was amazing to return to a clean casa and be able to cool down with a refreshing beverage then head our for dinner. The location of the house is perfect as our fishing guide, Jose with Jose Xcalak Tours, would pick us up and drop us off at the house every date. We were close enough to town to make it easy to have dinner in town every night.

The house itself if beautiful, well cared for, clean, and has everything you need. In fact, the house may have more than what you need as the furnishings seemed a little grand for the size of the house but you defiantly won't go without during your visit. The true blessing of the house was the caretaker, Rosa. She cleaned the house everyday while we were gone fishing and even did our dishes - heaven!!!!!

Rent this house and you won't be disappointed and most likely will not want to leave.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grande Prairie, Alberta

Quiet Oasis for our Family to Explore

  • 5 of 5

We spent five nights at Casa de Paloma and loved everyone of them. The property is very clean and cared for. The property caretakers were on hand to help with anything that we needed and very nice. The location was postcard perfect. We loved the time spent on our little beach and snorkeling right out the front door. We had the joy of swimming with numerous fish and sting ray. Our fishing/snorkeling guide Victor was fantastic and the kids hauled in so many fish that fishing was not boring. We ate at a few restaurants, bought fruit and cakes from the trucks that drive right to your door. We saw a manatee in the mangroves and birds on bird island. Lots of outdoor activities to keep you busy. A good selection of restaurants. The people are super pleasant. We thought the road to the Xcalak would be undeveloped but it was a great narrow highway the entire way and no problems at all. The house is located just outside of town so it was quiet but with easy access to town amenities. We hope to return one day soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Raleigh, NC, USA

An Amazing Trip

  • 5 of 5

I was a little worried about the place since it seemed so far away but all of those worries rapidly faded away as soon as we pulled into the driveway. There was relaxation as well as snorkeling and a trip to Belize. We didn't have enough time to partake in the extreme beach sports Belize had to offer, but there are plenty. Not one bite of food during the entire week I spent in the area was anything less than delicious. The small local restaurants are a must visit both for their food and tequila. I would more than gladly take another trip to Casa de Peloma.

Make sure you stop in Tulum on your way down. A tour guide is more than worth the money.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, Georgia


  • 5 of 5

Casa de Paloma turned out to be better than anticipated--the place is simply EXCELLENT!

If you enjoy peace and quiet and a beautiful sea, Casa de Paloma is your place.

The people are friendly, the restaurants are great, and the workers are accommodating.

Fishing has no limits-ocean, bay, mangrove, up river-any kind you would want. And it all promises to be excellent.

I would do this again and again.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, Georgia

Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Casa de Paloma is exactly as advertised. A peaceful quiet location with a comfortable home. Nearby restaurants are excellent or stay in and prepare your own meals in a fully equipped kitchen. The home is well maintained and caretakers are nearby if any assistance is needed. Although not an avid outdoorsman the fishing was excellent and the sea wonderful. Visited with long time friends and had an excellent time. The beauty of Mexico without the hustle and bustle of Cancun and Playa. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

rate quoted is for one king size bed bedroom with bath, full kitchen, living and entertainment area, large deck...3 additional bedrooms, 3 baths and second full kitchen/living area and deck available at additional nightly rates.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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