Staying at a Casita on Isla Mujeres

View from one of the patios (Source: Linda Kurtzweil)

As I’ve mentioned before, Linda and I take full advantage of the low tourist season to travel as much as possible. Our latest trip was to Isla Mujeres, a small Caribbean island located near Cancun, Mexico.

For those of you who are geographically challenged, I’ve taken the liberty of including a map showing the location of the island. By the way, it’s an interactive map, so you can zoom out to get some frame of reference.

Where We Stayed

There are several hotels on the island and we’ve stayed at most of them over the years. This time we decided to do something a little bit different and we stayed at a casita (small house) located right on the water.

As soon as we walked through the front door, we were greeted by a breathtaking view of the Caribbean through the large glass sliding door. It definitely had the wow factor.

The views were even better from the second floor where the bedroom was located. It was actually possible to watch both the sunrise and the sunset from the bed. However, in order to see them both, you would have to roll over at some point and face the other direction.

The casita itself was cozy and had several personal touches that made us instantly feel at home. There was even a bucket of beer and a welcome message in the fridge. In my book, that’s better than a Hallmark card any day.

When I first started blogging, I would often write about a trip that we took without including any details about where we stayed exactly. This turned out to be an error on my part because it resulted in our email filling up with follow-up questions from readers. On one occasion, we actually received over 50 emails in less than an hour.

I’ve learned from those early experiences, so here ya go:

We were at Caribbean Casa, which has two vacation rentals at the same location. We stayed in the one called Casita Isladise. For more information, check out their website:

The view from a bedroom window (Source: Q-Roo Paul) 

The bedroom on the second floor (Source: Q-Roo Paul)

View of the sunrise from the patio outside the bedroom (Source: Linda Kurtzweil)

My favorite spot to write blog articles (Source: Q-Roo Paul)

First floor living and dining room (Source: Q-Roo Paul)

View from Caribbean Casa in Isla Mujeres (Source: Q-Roo Paul)

Kitchen area (Source: Q-Roo Paul)

Let’s Wrap This Up

It rained quite a bit while we were in Isla Mujeres but we didn’t let it ruin our vacation. The casita is located within walking distance of most of our favorite bars and restaurants, so we took advantage of the bad weather to visit them all. Many of them more than once.

All in all, we had a great time — but we may have put on a few pounds. We’re not really sure because we’ve been afraid to weigh ourselves.

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Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico ( to share their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

48 Comments on "Staying at a Casita on Isla Mujeres"

  1. Haha, rolling over to see either the sunrise or the sunset! Loved the photos and appreciate the details. Glad you all enjoyed your trip! I’m sure the locals enjoy having you two!

  2. Kaye Richardson | September 6, 2017 at 11:38 am |

    Fabulous! I bet they get a bunch of inquiries today! We’ve only day tripped out from Cancun to Isla Mujeres once last May. But we loved it and said we’d love to stay there! Next time we will! Thanks!

  3. Paul, It would be helpful to readers if you could also include the costs.

  4. Shhhhh!! Don’t tell anyone! This December will be our 12th year going to Isla Mujeres but our first time staying at Caribbean Casa. Always wanted to but it is hard to. We love it but it is also getting too popular. We have to travel over the Christmas holiday, usually staying for 3 weeks, and have seen it get busier every year. I am envious you get to go through low season. Enjoy your blogs!

  5. Beautiful place. Have been to Isla Mujeres-special place.

  6. We Love Isla and Loved staying at Caribbean Casa this past June…. Next trip we are going to do a return stay at Villas San Miguel.

  7. Charles Wilson | September 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm |

    Thanks for your Blog we really love it ! Pictures are great.

  8. Nancy Melching | September 6, 2017 at 12:07 pm |

    What an adorable little island home. Sounds like a great vacation. We will be in Mazatlan next month, one of our favorites. I love reading your blog. Thanks for posting it.

  9. Looks like a stunning place to while away some hours, WOW factor indeed. Must add to our ‘bucket list’. Thanks for the info!

  10. Look forward to reading your daily blog. This is off topic, but hoping someone can help me. I’m looking for someone that has a blog similar to yours but on the pacific coast, that’s where my husband and I spend a few weeks every winter and in the future hoping to turn weeks into months. Thank you.

  11. If anyone is interested in a condo options with private roof deck and pool, please visit our Airbnb listing for Isla Mujeres.

  12. Beautiful place. We love our apartment here in PV.

  13. Beautiful, thanks for sharing

  14. Dave and Phyllis | September 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm |

    That place looks beautiful. Pics are gorgeous.

  15. Cursious if the rates as indicated are the off-season rates or if there is a discount beyond what is advertised?

  16. We’ve been staying at
    Caribbean Casa Isladise since 2012…actually since 2008 when it had other owners. It has become such a beautiful casa with everything you could
    possibly need or want during your holiday. The hardest decision of each day was which balcony to sit on! And
    the views…incredible in every direction. There are some rare upcoming dates available…snap them up as it’s a very popular location…well-deserved.

  17. Hello Paul, The photos are great and looks like a place I would like to stay. The ocean appears as if it is rocky and lots of coral. Were you able to swim out front of your place?

    • No, I don’t think you can get in the water right there. We never saw anyone swimming there during our stay.

  18. I read this article and had an immediate stroke of panic “stop telling people about my slice of paradise!” My wife and I spend all of our vacations on Isla Mujeres and can’t say enough great things about it. I’m glad you guys are highlighting all the great areas in the peninsula and not just Akumal!
    Thanks for sharing

  19. Thank you for the nice pictures of isla a must do next time

  20. My late husband and I did a day trip from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1993 and it was totally different from what is described now. There were no hotels there that we were aware of. We had a fantastic time and the highlight was a huge buffet of home-cooked food that was brought to an old open-air building by the beach. Delish! I hope it has retained its sleepy village feel.

  21. I have been following your blog for awhile and when I read those words about rolling over and seeing the ocean site I knew exactly where you were. Have stayed there twice they are our very good friends from Canada actually just down the road. Yes, they certainly do it up right! Hard to book there now as the word gets out of the beauty of this 3 story Casita don’t forget the top stairway to the panoramic views,and cooling ocean breezes. I am loving your blogs very informative and interesting reads of all kinds of topics.

    • Yes, the top deck was great too. I left that part out because I didn’t want it to sound too good. We want to be able to book it again in the future…lol.

  22. Amazing pics and that pic that Linda took is breathtaking. Isla is very special.

  23. Helen McNamara | September 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm |

    Gosh, I hope it escapes any wind or storm surges this week.

  24. Place looks beautiful and cozy!

  25. Beautiful question was there beach access? Beach Clubs with chairs etc? Thanks 🙂

  26. Thanks for the post, looked wonderful. Was there room for golf cart parking?

  27. Paul-I read that you suggest NOT bringing my car to Mexico. What if I am there only 5 months out of the year, and go back and forth? In other words, not actually moving there full time as you and wife have done…

    • If you aren’t a full time resident, then bringing your car back and forth is fine. That advice was for people who move here permanently.

  28. Charles Haas | September 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm |

    Hello Paul

    Isla is our favorite as well…..have been there a few times….stayed at all in’s and little local spots. Your casita looked great! Next time will be for a month…..does this spot rent by the month as well??



    • I’m not sure if they do or not. It would definitely be a great place to stay for a month though.

  29. We took a day trip to IM back in 2008. We rented a golf cart to drive around the island, took only 1 hr with stops. We then had lunch at a restaurant by the beach, and continued to enjoy the beach with my 4 and 3 year-old at the time. It was so fantastic for all of us, everyone in my family wants to go back. As i said, reading up your blog has become my 5-minutes of day dreaming and escape. Love the pictures. BTW, we lost our camera on our way back to Cancun so we only have mental pictures of the trip.

    • That’s terrible that you lost your camera. We’ve lost two cameras over the years while visiting Mexico — usually in a cab. I guess they considered it a tip…lol.

  30. Just spent a few days as well. My second visit here. Went on the whale shark tour, which was incredible. Food and bars are great, people are nice. Despite being robbed on the beach, where we were looking for sea glass, the last visit, I decided I had to come back no matter what. Next time, a casita sounds like a good idea! I love reading your blog!

  31. Have loved all your blogs…nice one about Isla Mujeres….have you been to Punta Allen yet…a bit more rustic than Isla Mujeres..but stay at Serinidad Shardon with Niki Allen and enjoy all the aspects of a small Mayan fishing village at the end of the penninsula on the beach…and fresh lobster if you come in season….suggest u put it on your to do list for a remote visit to a wonderful Mayan fishing village…also world class fly fishing guides here…this is really what Punta Allen is known for.

  32. vernonwebsites | September 25, 2017 at 6:43 pm |

    Just a note…. the link to Caribbean Casa has changed as they now have a brand new website… (The funny thing is, will actually go to the new site, but your link in this page goes to an old URL. ) The new website can be found at (or the .ca will work too.) Please update the URL link in this blog post. Thanks!!!

  33. Hey Paul, how much do the boat tickets cost one way and also return tickets? Departure is from Cancun hotel zone? How long it takes to get to Isla Mucheres? Thanks.

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