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Casa Marlin , 2 bedroom w/private Pool Carribean view from Rooftop

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2 bedroom Casa with Private pool and wonderful Rooftop view of Caribbean

We have a New House Manager that is Amazing and has eliminated the issue in the bad reviews.

We are priced at a price point that will allow the average American to get out of the USA and enjoy themselves on a beautiful native island of Mexico. Our prices, if lower than normal, indicate nothing else but that.

We have had two reviews that were not very good. I believe if you average all reviews and read my responses for those bad reviews you will find this is not the normal impression our for Casa Marlin.

Our Casa is located in a local neighborhood, median income area.

It is a beautiful 2 bedroom house, 1 block from the noncommercialized beach for laying out, a quiet neighborhood.

This is the link to the google map to see location:,-86.726086,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8f4c256c7f88a35f:0x2f6dca8c8ee71c11!8m2!3d21.2231617!4d-86.7238973


* BBQ grill on back porch by pool

*ROOFTOP OCEAN VIEW with amazing ocean breeze (HANG ON TO YOUR HAT) (see photos) for Sunbathing and Relaxing (see Photo)

*FREE Wireless Internet

*FREE (ROKU, FREE NETFLIX and whatever free channels you like on Roku.) for rainy days, which are rare on this island.

*FULL kitchen with coffee maker, stove/oven, refrigerator, microwave, dishes, silverware, cooking utensils, pots, glasses, pans, (see photo)

*Convenience store 1.5 blocks away for drinks and also chips , soda and other little things.

*2 SAFE Restaurants within 2 blocks of house (meaning we have never gotten sick eating there)

* 1 SAFE Restaurant 5 blocks with good tender Steak (Thin cut because that's the best here)

* Many Restaurants Downtown that are SAFE just email me and I can send you the list.

* Socially and physically SAFE island that houses the MEXICAN NAVY and MEXICAN MARINES. They are awesome. They Drive the island 24/7 watching for problems.

* We see little children playing on our street and around the island after 8-9 at night. This is normal here, NOT IN AMERICA!!!

*Taxis from Casa to Centro (downtown), Casa to Playa Norte (North Beach)Approx 32 pesos (Tips are appreciated 5 pesos is plenty)

* All of our neighbors are very nice and helpful if you need help finding anything. (Must be good at Pictionary)

* we are a phone call or email or text message away if you need help also.

* REMEMBER THIS IS AN ISLAND. IT USED TO BE A JUNGLE, THERE ARE SMALL LIZARDS 1-3 inches long that you will see in the house on the walls periodically, no not hundreds but one or two. They are actually very cute. There is also SMALL ANTS 1/16 of an inch in size that you will see periodically in the kitchen area on the counter. They basically clean up little microscopic morsels of food that we humans miss or don't see. Please wipe down the counters with soapy water after you are finished preparing any food, this will minimize their activity.

Sorry but it is like this all over the island, unless you stay at the hotels where they spray weekly for the ants.

If these things scare you or make you weary just call us and we can calm your fears.


** Now for the upside we are normal Americans that work hard and will help with whatever possible when you are here. We want you to enjoy the island. We will give you locals Names and where to find them if you need help just in case we don't text or email you back within your time restraints.

More Details

John and Sonya Cauthon
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 11, 2017

About John and Sonya Cauthon

Fell in love with the island in 2011, We went back in 2013 and found a house we wanted.. The natives culture and their great attitudes toward life and living on little has captivated us.

John and Sonya Cauthon purchased this house in 2013

Why John and Sonya Cauthon chose La Gloria

Our friends Raquel and Eduardo who own, The Shell House on Isla helped us choose this little Jewel of a Casa. It needed allot of tender loving care in the beginning but has matured nicely with the help of the skilled concrete workers. The Casa went from no windows in the back and no back door, with just rubble as a kitchen floor to a beautiful place to stay and relax.

This is not a million dollar home but it is a nice quiet place to stay.

What makes this house unique

It is away from the downtown area, so if you want to be left alone and not see allot of people you can just sit on the rooftop and listen and watch the Carribean waves roll in. But if you prefer to go downtown, it is only 35-40 MXN pesos ($2.50 USD) each way for a taxi. You can stay at home and cook, or you can walk two blocks and eat Authentic mexican food for a fair price, about $8-10 per person. A convenience store 1.5 blocks away for eggs to cook for breakfast or a little snack throughout the day. For Drinks and snacks just walk 1.5 blocks to the north, and there you go, beer for about $1.25USD each, buy one or buy 6 (you just take how ever many you want out of the 6 pack..😃). If you walk two blocks to the west you can see Cancun on one side of the Island and the Carribean on the other.

Golf carts are about $55USD per day. (You have to leave your Drivers license as security deposit). But they are sure worth it to ride around the island. We have never had a problem with getting our license back or them stealing the info on it. REMEMBER they know that tourism is their livelihood so they are all very nice to tourist. They respect us and of course we respect THEIR ISLAND. Rene and Rene restaurant downtown is a little place that can easily be missed, DONT MISS IT. Rene (the Awesome host) and Rene (the Amazing Cook, his wife) are so nice. (He will even teach you a little Spanish if you ask).


La Gloria House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower, toilet, Sink with countertop.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Roberto - 1 double , Full size Hutch for Clothes, Ceiling fan, Air Conditioner
    Marlins Room - 1 double , Makeup area, 32' TV , wardrobe , air condition, Ceiling Fan
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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Casa Marlin , 2 bedroom w/private Pool Carribean view from Rooftop
average rating of 4.48 based on 25 reviews

Sweet Little Mexican Casa

  • 5 of 5

My mother and I visited Isla Mujeres this week, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the adorable Casa Marlin. I prefer not to stay in touristy areas when I travel, so I always seek out vacation rentals in neighborhoods outside of the city. La Gloria was the perfect fit for us, and the locals were very friendly. We found plenty of good, inexpensive food within a 5 minute walk from the house, and we loved the gorgeous, craggy coastline for our morning walks. We had no trouble getting downtown when we wanted to; we walked most of the time, but taxis were also readily available. We felt totally taken care of by the owner of the casa, as well as the local man who managed the property. He was always there when we needed him, but definitely was not overbearing. A couple of things to note:

1) Yes -- you will see bugs; it's Mexico

2) Yes -- the internet will go down often; it's MEXICO!

3) Yes -- you will see feces from the street dogs and cats in the neighborhood, but just step with caution and you will be fine.

We felt like all of these things just enhanced the overall positive experience of Isla Mujeres, and we wished we could have stayed longer. If you want fancy amenities go to a resort; there are several on the island. If you want to stay in a cozy, traditional casa in a Mexican neighborhood, stay at Casa Marlin. We enjoyed every minute of it, and hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ivy, Thank you for your honest review. Come back soon to enjoy the native island of Mexico. John and Sonya
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Quaint and affordable house on Isla de Mujeres

  • 2 of 5

We really enjoyed Isla de Mujeres (and the ferry ride to get there), Mexico, our adventures, travel, history, food and the people are wonderful. We used Casa Marlin as a base for our other travels to Tulum, Playa de Carmen, Chichen Itza and Xcaret. That being said it worked for our plans but the house, as stated, is a work in progress as is the neighborhood in transition.

* Colonia (neighborhood) has many, many dogs and cats that contributed to the odor and caution we needed to take while walking outside so as not to step in any droppings, Rain just exasperated the odor, especially in front of the house.

* The local cats used yard, planters and roof as litter boxes (Vanessa, the property manager did indicate it was out of control). They also enjoyed sleeping on the patio chairs, so they always had hair. Maybe it was iguanas as Vanessa explained, but we didn't see any close to the house.

* Roof top had droppings and trash up to the last day when we left and the furniture was sun damaged and fabric already ripping. My partner insisted we not bother Vanessa as she had some family matters to attend to so we did not use the roof at all.

* When it rained, the roof top gutter dumped the rain on the patio. That was tied off later so rain run-off drained between houses

* A/C in bedrooms dripped water - Vanessa's husband came by the next day and explained that sometimes when it rains or the drains get clogged it drips

* A/C in 2nd bedroom (Roberto) stopped working - that could not be fixed. We did see a new in box A/C unit so maybe there are plans to replace it?

* Built in BBQ not working when we arrived and new BBQ had no tank - Juan was able to get the new BBQ working last week of our stay.

* Gecko droppings in the kitchen utensils so we had to wash everything before we used

* Safe keypad did not work, even after batteries were replaced. Vanessa did leave the key so we could use.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Vacation!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The house was just as described. The property was clean and maintained. The owners were extremely helpful and provided an abundance of information prior to our arrival. In addition they gave us excellent recommendations for attractions and local dining options. We loved our 10 day stay! We loved the house and the neighborhood. We will be back, maybe not in July, but we will be back! July is really hot.  What a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melissa, we enjoyed taking care of you. Hope to see you back soon John and Sonya
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Beautiful two bedroom an authentic neighborhood​

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a beautiful home in an authentic neighborhood​, this is the place you want to go. The house is very spacious for a 2 bedroom with a nice patio area outback with a great dipping pool. House was very clean and we'll equipped, and the house manager was only a phone call away, and she was great. The roof top sitting area is a great place to watch the sunrise over the Caribbean sea. We will definitely rent again, John was great, and look forward to renting from him again in the future. Thanks !

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the honest and revealing review of the Casa. Our hope is that all of the islands travelers can have the same experience at every Casa on the island.
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Great stay at Casa Marlin

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Casa Marlin in June. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely book this property again.

The highlights for me were the POOL!, the affordability, the owner communication, the house manager, and the location.

We travelled with our 2 1/2 year old son. He loved the house and pool so much that we struggled to get him to leave each day. The pool was very refreshing and clean. The house manager's husband came by twice during our stay to clean the pool and check the chemical levels.

The location was perfect for us. It was mid island which made it easy to get everywhere we wanted to check out while being out of the main touristy area. The house was on a quiet street amongst where the locals live. This made us feel like we we're having a more authentic experience, as opposed to staying in a resort or hotel. Probably not what everyone is looking for, but for us it was perfect!

The owner was above and beyond with communication. As soon as I booked, he sent an email with a large packet of information. He also offered to face time with me if I wanted.

Shortly after we arrived, we realized the stove was out of gas. We texted the house manager Vanessa, and she was very prompt about getting the situation fixed quickly. The owner, John, also texted an apology about the situation which I thought was very kind and considerate.

We had a wonderful stay and love Casa Marlin!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alison and her family were great communicators, this is what is so so important when renting on VRBO. The owners have to know if there is any problems so we can quickly remedy the situations. ( a email or text is equivalent of going to the front desk at the hotel) It is really the best and fastest way to remedy a situation. Holding the information inside our heads can only breed resentment, which hurts your vacation and our ratings.. Alison, BRAVO to you for your honest review.
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Photos completely misrepresent this property! NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL! And the owners are unattentive

  • 1 of 5

The inside of the home is OK. Each room is represented for what it is. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, dining room, and kitchen. The size of the rooms was acceptable and provided what we needed for cooking, bathing, and sleeping (except for the very large cockroaches that we found in the closets...we just kept our shut in our suitcase for the week). The rest of the property, the parts that sold us, the pool and the rooftop were unsafe, unusable, and there is absolutely zero privacy. There was construction at the property directly next door. Concrete dust, chunks of debris and large metal poles flew into the pool and all over the deck making it unsafe to sit at or around the pool at all. The trees and greenery were so overgrown that zero sun hit the pool area at all (but it didn't matter unless you wanted to get hit by metal poles and concrete). The roof top was even worse! There were cinder blocks and bags of concrete everywhere make it a trip hazard, uneven flooring, the "table and chairs" that were up there were cheap plastic and all of them broken, making it impossible to sit on or use. And the neighbors dog would cross over the rail and use the roof as a bathroom. We were told by the manager that that area was off limits, however it was one of the biggest selling points for us booking the property. We knew we weren't on the ocean but the listing shows the rooftop as a great spot to watch the sunrise, sunset. COMPLETELY INACCURATE! One of the Wi-Fi routers didn't work so we only had Wi-Fi to communicate back home in 1 room of the house and service was very intermittent. Vanessa, the property manager, was amazing, however! She was very apologetic for the condition of the outside areas and was very attentive when we contacted her. She is the only good thing about this property. I've tried emailing and texting the owners from the minute we checked in and throughout our 7 day stay and have yet to get a response from them. I took photos of the property and have sent them via email to the owners but have received zero feedback from them at all. DO NOT BOOK CASA MARLIN. Keep looking!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am deeply saddened that the renters didn't enjoy the location of our property. I received their email, never a text, and responded the very next day asking for photos and a chance to fix anything that was not up to par. Unfortunately I never received any communication back. I cannot control others actions, specifically construction of an addition right next door so that the family has more space to live comfortably. Construction in Mexico and their culture is different and so building takes a lot longer than in America. Mexico is just like America, sometimes people don't care if they make messes and sometimes people do. Some people are selfless and others self absorbed and only care about themselves. It is unfortunate that the reviewing renters couldn't understand that. If you read the review before this renters I think you will find quite a different story. The dead insect photograph that was sent to us yesterday by the renter was the only one pictured and she even said in her first email to me that they found a dead cockroach (singular) ( a waterbug) miraculously has now become cockroaches (plural). We do not have a insect problem but just as in USA we will occasionally find spiders, lizards, insects , small ants. There are no bags of concrete on the roof and there is a 5 foot wide path to the back of the roof where a view of the ocean is almost always appreciated. Yes the sun does only hit the pool a couple hours a day ( I have never claimed any sun hitting the pool) because there is an 8 foot wall around the pool, Banana trees and a coconut tree for culture and appeal. The new construction next door does decrease the privacy but I can't control that. I do plan on building a higher privacy wall when they are done building next door or this summer when we have no renters. Again I say that Casa Marlin is a work in progress. I also will reiterate that if there is a problem give us a chance to fix the issues before having a negative mental attitude. it will just ruin your vacation nobody elses. If you email us and we don't respond then tell vanessa to contact me, and we will figure it out. I am an easy going guy that is just trying to share this island with others by sharing a dream to live on the island. John
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Isla Mujeres
Mango Cafe
"Polo, the owner is a great host and his menu choices are Fantastic."
Cafe Mogagua
"Wonderful place to enjoy a Morning Coffee or Cappucino. Food is prepared fresh and is Amazi..."
Rene and Rene Restaurant Isla Mujeres
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Playa Norte
Car: not necessary

**Maria's KanKin** is a little hidden Jewel, if you want a private Beach, this is the place. 150 pesos (8 USD) in purchases at the restaurant will give you Beach Access all day.

**Mango Cafe is awesome and about 3/4 of a mile from our house.

Polo the owner, nicest guy you will meet.

They have great food and all the waiters speak english and spanish


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $250

*accept payments Via PayPal
*Door Lock is push number combination lock. Your code will be emailed or text messaged (your choice) to you 1 day before your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.