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

La Gloria, Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

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 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: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Casa+Marlin/@21.2231667,-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.


John and Sonya Cauthon

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
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).


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Shower, toilet, Sink with countertop.

          Location Type

            • Beach View
              1 block away is a quiet non commercialized Little beach, no swimming as coral is covering the area, it has a nice sand area that you can relax and sunbath SWIMMING 300 meter south of this beach
            • Beachfront
            • Downtown
              About 1.5 miles away, 35 pesos in a Taxi
            • Near The Ocean
              1 block from Caribbean.
            • Ocean View
              Sitting on the Roof top is a nice quiet place to relax and enjoy the Carribean Sea and the Awesome breeze, (HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT). LOL
            • Water View
              Again our rooftop is a nice view of the Carribean sea and to lay out and get some sun or eat some lunch


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Air Conditioning
                          Air conditioner in both bedrooms, and kitchen ceiling fans in both bedrooms, living room and kitchen
                        • Internet
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                          room out front to park 1-2 golf carts
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                          Across the street is a lady that washes clothes for tenants , she charges about $10 USD for 6 lbs


                            • Coffee Maker
                              12 cup coffee maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              fully stocked kitchen.
                            • Dishwasher
                              Your Husband...lol
                            • Kitchen
                              Full Kitchen with Stove, refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffee maker, Kitchen table with 4 chairs, Pots and pans for cooking, don't forget about the gas BBQ grill.
                            • Microwave
                              medium size microwave
                            • Oven
                              yes it is part of the gas stove
                            • Refrigerator
                              full size refrigerator
                            • Stove
                              4 burner gas stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 4 people


                                    • Television
                                      TV in Marlin bedroom and front room both with netflix (via roku)
                                    • Video Library
                                      Netflix free


                                        • Balcony
                                          Roof top view of the carribean
                                        • 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

                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • surf fishing
                                                                • swimming

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  31 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Great location and amenities for a family of four

                                                                  Claire - AirBnb M.

                                                                  We spent five days here and were very comfortable both in the house and in the neighbourhood. We have two teenagers, so one slept on the couch and the other in the bedroom, which worked out fine. We alternated between cooking at the house and eating out; we stocked up at the Chedraui on our first day and found all the food and supplies we needed. We took taxis to get around (golf carts cost about $50US/day, whereas we spent a maximum of about 120 pesos in a day -- neither golf carts nor taxis have seat belts, so I don't think one is any safer than the other; also, with a golf cart you have to find a place to park!). Lorenzo, the caretaker, was extremely responsive. He met us at the house and made sure we had what we needed. He offered us a snorkel tour with his company, which we took; I think it's as good as any, and his guides were safe and knowledgeable. For our family, the big perks were the pool, as our kids are not used to the heat, and the Netflix! We had a great stay, and couldn't have asked for thing to go better.

                                                                  Nice little place

                                                                  Paul F.Leduc, Ab, Canada

                                                                  we love going to the island. this place was good for us. 2 couples stayed for a few nights. we didn't use the back or the pool at all, so i can't comment on that (other than it was fairly small) but we spent most of our time touring around the island anyway. but the house was clean and great for us. Lorenzo was awesome! he was very helpful getting us set up. I have nothing but good things to say about Lorenzo!

                                                                  Sweet Casa Marlin

                                                                  shelly s.

                                                                  My husband and I have been traveling to Mexico for eight years now, we usually go to all inclusive resorts. This is the first time we used VRBO and we absolutely loved the experience. The Island is breathtaking, locals are very friendly and Casa Marlin was perfect. The casa has everything you could possibly need, it is clean, close to the ocean (2 min. walk) and the pool in the back is private. Lorenzo, the casa manager, was very helpful and kind. He picked up a golf cart for us for three days, we decided to keep it longer so he made those arrangements, before we left he picked up the golf cart and returned it for us, talk about service. He also ordered a cab for our departure, he will be there for you in any way he can during your stay. The owner is also very helpful, you will receive an email shortly after you book with pages of maps, restaurants and grocery stores on the island. We referred to them often during our stay. The food is absolutely amazing, we did not have one bad experience while we were there. We thought we would spend most of our time eating on Hiladlgo Street (restaurant row) but only made it there once because there were so many little "off the beaten path" restaurants closer to the casa that were incredible. We watched the super bowl in English at Topaz which is in walking distance to the casa. You will find several of the bars and restaurants are owned by Americans and Canadians, Topaz, Mike's pizza, The Joint and The Patio to name a few. We hope to return to Casa Marlin in the future, this was one of our best vacations!!! No more all-inclusive for this Ohio couple

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you, Shelly, we are glad you had a great vacation and we hope to see you again. Thank you for the review and hope all is well back at your homestead.


                                                                  Great non-tourist location in La Gloria

                                                                  Wayne L.Port Charlotte, FL

                                                                  The house was as expected, not fancy but quite comfortable and clean. Lorenzo met us at the house for a tour and made sure we could work everything. We rented a golf cart for the week so we saw every inch of the island making several trips every day. Also, 5 restaurants in walking distance. Limon was our favorite. There were ghost ants (tiny ones) but a bit of spray and cleaning the kitchen counter stopped that. The rooftop could use tile and a palapa which it will probably get in a year or two. The neighbors were friendly and quiet after 10 pm as were we. My wife will not go back to staying at North Beach or in the tourist town after this experience so I better rent it again next year.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for the honest review. I'm glad you and your wife enjoyed the island and the house was a nice change for both of you. Thank you for the suggestion on the rooftop.

                                                                  Sweet and Safe Casa Marlin

                                                                  monicaWimberley Tx

                                                                  Stay here if you want out of the tourist hustle and live with the locals. Place is clean and the owners are easy to work with and the manager is very helpful. We had no problem locating great cafes and grocery stores. The rooms are private and there are 2 TVs if you care to stay in, but you can even sit out side with covered area by pool. The one thing is to be very careful with the floors if they get wet and watch the steps. I would come back and visit Isla Animals and walk the shelter dogs and take school supplies for the kids to Rubens to give out. Please respect the locals and tip good because these people work very hard to make your time on their island special. Thanks Again


                                                                  Samantha S.

                                                                  We LOVED Casa Marlin! We stayed for 5 nights in December and had the best time. The house was the perfect amount of space for our family of 4 (2 children, ages 5 and 7). It is a simple home, but very well kept, clean and has everything you need for a vacation home.

                                                                  Our girls loved the pool, it was larger than it looks in the pictures. The location of the house is perfect. We could walk to the beach a block away and spent most of our time there. Also within walking distance are MANY great restaurants, the Tortugranja, a very cool cemetery to explore, the women's beading cooperative, many convenience stores, the grocery store and more. Our favorite restaurants were Mango Café for breakfast, The Jammin' Grill, El Charco (next to Jammin Grill) and Chilito's by Ruben. Everyone in the neighborhood is so friendly and we loved experiencing "real" life on the island.

                                                                  Lorenzo is the most wonderful host. He was so helpful and responded to all of our needs promptly. He arranged a fabulous snorkeling trip for us, arranged a cab to pick us up on our departure and recommended golf cart rental places. By the end of the trip we felt like old friends.

                                                                  This house is better than described in the property description. We would definitely go back and stay again and recommend it to others!!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for your kind words and noticing the beauty of all the Island has to offer. We also would host you and your family anytime. God Bless you and your family!!


                                                                  La Gloria, Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico

                                                                  **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

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                                                                  31 Reviews
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