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Casa de los Gemelos, house of the twins, is located on Playa Kuká beach deep within the Federally Protected Biosphere Reserve of Rio Lagartos, Yucatan, Mexico. The luxury off-grid accommodations offer endless 360 degree views of the gulf and biosphere reserve, and an unparalleled level of peace and solitude. Walk or swim for miles or spend your days hiking, fishing or boating throughout this birders' paradise.
With large windows, elevated balconies and terraces, and an enlivened design, Casa de los Gemelos fosters intimacy between guests and the landscape and provides each guest with privacy and uninterrupted views of the sea. My home is ideal for family vacations, wildlife enthusiasts, extended romantic getaways, or anybody looking to truly disconnect from their lives and reconnect to nature.
There are numerous activities in this rich area that I recommend to all my guests. A guided nature tour will take you to see many species of birds, including the densest concentration of flamingos in Mexico. There are crocodiles, rare birds, and many other animals! This tour will also take you to see Las Coloradas, lakes famous throughout the world for their pink color. Specialized birding tours and guided fishing tours can also be arranged, and paddle board, kitesurfing and kayak rentals are available, with instructors who can meet and teach you right at the beach. The nearby Chichen Itza ruins and cenote are majestic and highly popular, and the lesser known Ek Balam ruins are very beautiful and sparsely visited, with a magical cenote you can swim in. The nearby village of Rio Lagartos is lovely to walk through, and the delicious fresh fish served at the restaurants feeds all of the Yucatan peninsula. For interested guests our caretakers can also cook daily Yucatec cuisine for your group, which they will do in your kitchen so you can observe the recipes. The miles of open beach are wonderful for walking along, finding diverse and ever-changing shells, daydreaming, and taking in the local flora and fauna, and swimming in the ocean is of course fantastic! The water is gentle and shallow. You can wrap up your day by star-gazing at night from the bed or terrace and taking in the brilliantly clear night sky.
The home consists of two lower suites that each include a living area, kitchenette and a private bedroom with full bath. The upper unit consists of a large living area with a full kitchen and two private bedrooms, each with their own full bathroom and view of the beach. There are many balconies around the house that provide different views of the surrounding wildlife reserve, and the rooftop terrace is wonderful for stargazing, meditating, or practicing yoga. Casa de los Gemelos is completely wind and solar powered and is recognized as the most environmentally friendly coastal development in the Yucatan.
The villa is far from the lights and sounds of civilization. Other than a few homes, the reserve is free of human intervention, and it teems with flora and fauna. My home's incredible intimacy with nature affords travelers an unparalleled experience of Mexico's natural beauty.
For interested guests, provisioning and chef services are available upon advance inquiry. Our caretakers are from the area and prepare excellent local cuisine drawing on the seafood and Mayan traditions of the Yucatan.
-My home is not child proof and is not suitable for toddlers (age 12-36 months).
-Yucatan fly fishing for giant tarpon, baby tarpon, permit, snook, ladyfish, jacks, bonefish and more. Plenty of trolling and light tackle fishing on the gulf of Mexico.
-Explore the Mayan Ruins of Ek' Balam and swim in Cenote X'Canche 1 hour away.
What is the travel time from the airport to the house?
Cancun is a 3.5 hour drive, and Merida is a 2.5 hour drive.
What is the drive to the house like?
The drive will take you far off the beaten path and into the beautiful countryside of the Yucatán. Detailed driving instructions are sent to all confirmed travelers.
What is the best way to reach Rio Lagartos from the house?
Rio Lagartos is a 40 minute drive from the house, or a 10 minute boat ride right from the beach.
What essentials should I bring?
Bring easy clothes, swimming suit and sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, close-toed shoes or hiking boots, and something to wrap yourself with in the evenings when the wind might pick up. Beach and shower towels are provided, as well as shampoo, conditioner, lotion and soap.
Are there grocery stores or restaurants nearby?
If you are not requesting the cooking and provisioning service, there is a grocery store on the drive in from the airport which is listed in the directions. There are several restaurants in Rio Lagartos as well. Oil, salt, and other cooking staples are provided.
Is there cell reception at the house?
Is there wifi at the house?
Wifi at the house may be intermittent, dependent on the weather in the area. The house is ideal for those looking to disconnect.
Does the house have beach furniture?
Yes, there is a bench with shade on the beach, beach chairs, and water hammocks.
What are your recommendations for local activities?
Nature, birding and fishing tours
Paddle boarding, kitesurfinging and kayaking
Mayan ruins and cenotes
What are some animals I can hope to see?
Flamingoes, jaguarundis, raccoons, foxes, monkeys, dolphins, and many rare birds. The reserve is a bird sanctuary and has 395 inhabitant bird species, one of the highest species densities in the world. Their beautiful singing will accompany you throughout your visit, and wake you in the mornings.
Is your house friendly to diverse travelers?
I am dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of my guests. LGBTQ travelers, travelers with disabilities (though the house is not wheelchair accessible) and travelers of all ethnicities are more than welcome at my home.
Can you see the sunrise or the sunset from the house?
The house faces north-northeast and is located on the very northern-most point of the Yucatan peninsula, so there is ocean to the east, to the north and to the west. Depending of the time of the year, you can often see the sun rise out of the ocean in the morning and set back into the ocean in the evening. It’s very romantic. At night, the sky is brilliant with stars. The views during both the day and night are breathtaking.Get the full listing »