"This is our second trip to Xcalak, and first time at the Coral Garden Inn...we will be back! The house/ location/ beach was such a perfect set-up and location for our family (ages from 9 months to 70). We rented both units and everyone had plenty of space/privacy. For a group who likes to get somewhere and "just chill", the house/beach combo was great...no need to go anywhere as all your beach relaxing and water activities are literally right outside your front door. It was also an easy quick drive into town (15-20 mins) for guided excursions like fly fishing (Captain Victor was great!) and Snorkel/Bird Island tours (XTC dive center highly recommended).
The beach is literally steps out the front door and beautifully maintained. The shade palapas are great, and the shallow sandy water was great for baby to splash around in. Water shoes required to walk farther out due to some shells/coral but nothing too bad...and the water stays waist-chest deep almost all the way out to the reef which was great for everyone to enjoy as swimming is not required. We used the kayaks provided and saw Eagle Rays, a turtle, and lots of Barracuda and other fish out towards the reef. We also brought snorkel gear and enjoyed snorkeling around the coral heads and seeing SO many colorful fish! The info book in the condo has great map/explanation of snorkeling areas immediately around the house. We brought our inflatable stand-up paddleboard and it was LOVELY paddling up the coast from the house. As one of the last properties for a ways north, the seclusion and beauty of the coastline was an amazing way to spend each morning! While the home is a bit further up the beach road than some of the other VRBO's, we enjoyed the privacy of this and the water/reef area is better, in my opinion, farther North from town.
The upstairs unit enjoyed an amazing breeze day and night, and in combo with the fans the unit was always comfortable. The downstairs unit was also breezy, although on calmer nights the bedrooms were a bit stuffy due to privacy hedge in front, but the convenience of running straight out the front door and onto the beach was worth it! No stairs involved = great with a crawling baby!!! Both condos were furnished wonderfully with comfy beds, kitchens well stocked for cooking/meals, and full size appliances. The speakers for an iPod player were a nice addition! Caretakers were helpful but not intrusive, and stocking up on groceries/beer in Tulum was the way to go!"
Guest: Julia V.
Date of Stay: April 2016
Review Submitted: May 11, 2016