A dream vacation does not have to mean staying in a huge resort or luxury hotel,and if Airbnb’s latest list of its top 10 most sought-after rental properties is any indication, most people are looking for something a bit more private. This year, an eclectic “Seashell House” located in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, snagged the number two spot on Airbnb, beating out homes in Tuscany and San Salvatore Monferrato, Italy; Mayne Island, British Columbia; Aptos and Pioneertown, California; Bali and Rome.
Known as Casa Caracol, the so-called “Seashell House” is a private gated property and the owners-slash-architects live next door. Guests enjoy access to a private pool, two king beds, a kitchenette and a barbecue, as well as free WiFi, air conditioning and free parking on the premises. The property is currently renting for $299 per night and can easily sleep up to four adults.
The home was originally designed by Raquel and Eduardo Ocampo and is divided into two “conch-like” apartments, which gives guests a great amount of privacy.
“Enjoy one-of-a-kind architecture while lying poolside, or take a golf cart to the nearby beach to soak up some sun and sand,” wrote the Daily Mail. “The residence is on a cliff side, to allow privacy.”
The home is designed with a variety of shell accents, such as swirling floors and conch-shaped seating, including a circular sofa and a shell-shaped headboard above one of the property’s two king beds. In the bath, unique water fixtures made from actual shells and custom designed tile work continues the theme. A balcony overlooks the pool and the Caribbean Sea in the distance, while the largest “shell” downstairs has a sitting area complete with satellite TV and the fully-functional kitchenette.
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“The best beach on the island is just 15 minutes away by cart,and El Garrafon,which is a snorkel park,is a short distance in the opposite direction,” wrote the Daily Mail.
The name “isla Mujeres” translates to “Island of Women” and it is located just 15 kilometers offshore from downtown Cancun in the Caribbean Sea. Actually an atoll, Isla Mujeres is popular among day trippers from the coast and travelers who desire a more laid-back vibe. A quick 20-minute boat ride will have you back in Cancun any time and most of the hotels are located on the northern end of the Isla, which is only 7 kilometers long and 650 meters wide.
“Venturing along the coastline,you can enjoy the view looking back to Cancun,” wrote TravelPulse. “Visit the turtle sanctuary, or go zip-lining across the sea.”
Other popular activities include checking out the colorful local cemetery and the ancient Mayan temple at the southernmost point of Isla Mujeres. As for dining options,the local taco stands are amazing, but standard western fare is also readily available, along with Hebrew, Italian, Caribbean, Mexican, French, Thai, Cuban and more. Of course, the fresh seafood is to die for, so don’t pass it up!
Scuba diving around Isla Mujeres is also an incredible experience and there are more than 50 dive sites offshore with visibility averaging 25 meters. The local coral is healthy and very colorful and there are several shipwrecks to explore, while the eagle rays, turtles, eels and other underwater life will leave you mesmerized.
“For views of the water, definitely wander around the Malecon – a cement promenade [on Isla’s north end] which extends from the main plaza to the south,” wrote TravelPulse. “Isla Mujeres is a fun island with the perfect mix of authenticity, relaxation and activities.”
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