Daytrips from Xcalak - Butterfly farm

Tags: Day-trips How to Xcalak. Butterflies

Written by Rob Mukai on Jun. 29, 2017

Overview

I have been driving by this sign that says “Butterfly Farm” on the Cafetal road just 4 KM after the turn from 307 for a long time. I've always wondered what it was about. It is before the [Rancho 5KM](...

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Recycling comes to the Costa Maya

Tags: Upgrades Acocote Eco Inn Recycling

Written by Rob Mukai on Jun. 16, 2017

One of the challenges of running an off-grid Inn is what to do with your garbage, especially your recyclables. There really are no government services here. Our garbage is collected once a week by one of our neighbors...

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Daytrips from Xcalak – El Palmar Balneario

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips

Written by Rob Mukai on Jun. 16, 2017

Overview

Palmar is an interesting little place that is not in your normal tourist literature. This is not sparkling white elegance on the beach. It is way off the beaten track, but if you are going to [Kohunlich](...

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I just caught 52 permit and 600 bonefish in two days

Tags: Xcalak Saltwater Fly Fishing Permit Bonefish Bonefish and Tarpon Trust

Written by Rob Mukai on Jun. 08, 2017

Ok, sorry the title is a little click baity, but had an incredible experience over the last couple of days with Addiel Perez here in Xcalak. Addiel is a doctoral candidate at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur - Ecosur in...

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Quest for a Grand Slam - A Year Later

Tags: Xcalak Saltwater Fly Fishing Grand Slam

Written by Rob Mukai on May. 16, 2017

So today was nearly perfect. Absolutely epic, but not quite perfect. Came thiiiiis close.

Friend of the Inn Holden, invited me to go out with Capt. Victor to fish in Chetumal Bay. I had some time so of course I said...

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Los Rapidos – Day Trips from Xcalak, Mexico

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Bacalar

Written by Rob Mukai on Apr. 30, 2017

Located at mile marker 8 KM on route 307 between Chetumal and Bacalar is the restaurant at Los Rapidos. It is located on a creek that connects the Xul-ha Lagoon and Bacalar lagoon. The difference in elevation is enough to...

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Acocote Drum Majorette Permit Fly Tying Instructions

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Written by Rob Mukai on Apr. 01, 2017

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This is my first fly tying video. Click on the link to go to the video. The Acocote Drum Majorette was inspired from seeing swimming crabs in Chetumal...

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2016 Updates and upgrades at Acocote Eco Inn

Tags: Xcalak Upgrades Acocote Eco Inn Xcalak Hotel

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 29, 2017

So in year two we did a lot more improvements to the place. Hope you can come see them. Here is a list that is in no particular order.

  1. New Entry doors.

  2. Added 1500 watts of solar panel capacity

  3. Doubled...

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San Pedro, Belize - Day Trips from Xcalak, Mexico

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips San Pedro Belize

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 28, 2017

Overview

So Xcalak is only 7 miles from the border with Belize. You can take a panga from Xcalak and an hour and a half later you are in San Pedro.

San Pedro, is a hopping town and one of the biggest tourist...

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Restaurant Review - Porque No Gelato

Tags: Restaurant Review How to Xcalak Day-trips Getting Here Bacalar

Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 31, 2016

Right on the main square in Bacalar, there is a small gelato shop called Porque No (means Why Not?). And indeed why not get a hand made gelato or sorebeto made with fresh fruit, on a hot day in Bacalar. If you are in...

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Restaurant Review - Savora Bakhalal

Tags: Restaurant Review How to Xcalak Day-trips Getting Here Bacalar

Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 30, 2016

If you are on a daytrip to Bacalar, or to the ruins at Dzibanche and you want to get some good food. Give Savora Bakhalal a try. It is an Italian...

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Day trips - Pedro Santos

Tags: Day-trips Groceries Fruit

Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 01, 2016

The little town of Pedro Santos is just a few Kilometers south of the Cafetal Road turnoff to Mahahual and Xcalak. It is on 307 heading toward Chetumal. So if you are going on a day trip to the Mayan ruins at...

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Day trips - Rancho 5KM

Tags: Day-trips Groceries

Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 01, 2016

This is one that you can come to on the way to the Inn as well as on a day-trip. Rancho 5KM, is surprise, 5KM from the turn off of 307. So as you pass Limones on 307 and make the turn west on the Cafetal Road, at the 5KM...

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New Doors at the Inn

Tags: Upgrades Acocote Eco Inn Wood

Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 29, 2016

One of the updates we have been waiting to do is upgrade the exterior doors of the Inn. The old doors were hollow and used the weird Mexican locks that are really hard to use. There were also the aluminum screen doors that...

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Leaky Palapa Restaurant 2016/17

Tags: Restaurant Review Leaky Palapa Xcalak

Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 29, 2016

Last year Linda and Marla the talent behind the Leaky Palapa ran it as a “Supper Club” where they would have a set menu and only a certain number of seats. It was...

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Reef Restoration in the Xcalak Reef National Park

Tags: Xcalak Scuba diving Xcalak National Reef Park Snorkeling Great Mayan Reef

Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 11, 2016

Last week we went to a presentation for a reef restoration project that is happening in Xcalak. It is being conducted by a non-governmental organization (NGO) called Oceanus. The founders Gabriela and Miguel were on hand to...

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Xcalak Guide Profiles - Nick Denbow

Tags: Xcalak Guides Saltwater Fly Fishing Nick Denbow

Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 29, 2016

We have a lot of great independent fly fishing guides here in Xcalak. I am putting up profiles of the guides in this space. I have personally been out fishing with every one that is highlighted here so I can personally vouch...

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Xcalak Guide Profiles – Filipe Miravete

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Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 25, 2016

We have a lot of great independent fly fishing guides here in Xcalak. I am putting up profiles of the guides in this space. I have personally been out fishing with every one that is highlighted here so I can personally vouch...

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Xcalak Guide Profiles - Chucho Jesus Tolentino Hernandez

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Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 25, 2016

We have a lot of great independent fly fishing guides here in Xcalak. I am putting up profiles of the guides in this space. I have personally been out fishing with every one that is highlighted here so I can personally vouch...

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Xcalak Guide Profile - Jose Efrain Gomez Perez

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Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 25, 2016

We have a lot of great independent fly fishing guides here in Xcalak. I am putting up profiles of the guides in this space. I have personally been out fishing with every one that is highlighted here so I can personally vouch...

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Xcalak Guide Profile - Andres Isai Castro Arreola

Tags: Xcalak Guides Saltwater Fly Fishing Andres Castro

Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 25, 2016

We have a lot of great independent fly fishing guides here in Xcalak. I am putting up profiles of the guides in this space. I have personally been out fishing with every one that is highlighted here so I can personally vouch...

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Xcalak Guide Profile - Victor Manuel Castro Gutierres

Tags: Xcalak Guides Saltwater Fly Fishing Victor Castro

Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 25, 2016

We have a lot of great independent fly fishing guides here in Xcalak. I am putting up profiles of the guides in this space. I have personally been out fishing with every one that is highlighted here so I can personally vouch...

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Frequently Asked Questions Coming to Xcalak, Mexico

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Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 07, 2016

What is your check-in/checkout time?

Checkin time is anytime after 2:00 pm. Although we do request that you don’t arrive too late. And if you are planning to, please let us know in advance. Checkout time is 11:00 am....

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Where to stay on the way to Xcalak

Tags: Acocote Eco Inn Xcalak Hotel How to Xcalak FAQ Where to Stay Tulum Hotels Cancun Hotels

Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 02, 2016

If your flight into Cancun arrives much after 12:00 pm, you may be better off spending the night in either Cancun or Tulum. So assume you have an hour to hour and a half to get through immigration and customs at the...

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The Cenote Report

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Cenotes Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Sep. 18, 2016

Cenotes are sink holes. The geology of the Yucatan is of a lot of limestone, with all flowing fresh water underground in systems of caves and underground rivers. The caves contain stalactites and stalagmites as water filters...

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Restaurant Review - El Pocito

Tags: Restaurant Review How to Xcalak Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Sep. 18, 2016

When coming to Xcalak, sometimes flights force you to spend a night or two in Cancun. If you are like me and the thought of going to a Señor Frogs or Coco Bongo for dinner makes your skin crawl, I have a different type of...

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Restaurant Review - Asadero El Pollo

Tags: Restaurant Review How to Xcalak Day-trips Getting Here Bacalar

Written by Rob Mukai on Sep. 18, 2016

So I am a bit of a foody, and one of the things I like is finding out of the way eateries that are punching way above their weight class. Sometimes it’s a pastry cart in Bangkok, or an Oden cart in Tokyo on a winter’s day that...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Mayan Cultural Museum

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Mayan Museum Chetumal

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 17, 2016

Overview

The Mayan Cultural Museum is located in downtown Chetumal. Its right off the main drag or Avenida Heroes right next to the market. It has two floors and air conditioning, which is a godsend if you have been...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Kohunlich

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Mayan Ruins Activities Kohunlich

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

Kohunlich (koh-Hoon-litch), is a Mayan derivation of Cohune Ridge. It was so named because of the Cohune palms that grew there. The original name of the site is unknown. The site was initially settled as...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Dzibanche

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Mayan Ruins Activities Dzibanche

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

Dzibanche (jih-Bahn-chay), means “writing on wood”. It was so named because of the large wooden lintels that were found in one of the pyramids. Dzibanche was inhabited during the classic Mayan period, and...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Muyil

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Getting Here Mayan Ruins Activities Muyil

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

A bit of a misnomer as this is a ruin that is just south of Tulum. So it is more of a stop on the way driving from Cancun, or on your way back than a day trip. It is a smaller site. Compared to Tulum, or...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Coba

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Getting Here Mayan Ruins Activities Coba

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

Again not quite a day trip. This is a ruin that is just west of Tulum. So it is more of a stop on the way driving from Cancun, or on your way back. Coba has the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan. It is also...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Tulum Ruins1

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Getting Here Mayan Ruins Activities Tulum

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

After Chichen Itza, Tulum is probably the most visited ruin in the Yucatan. You will likely see 30-40 tour buses in the parking lot but it is a very large site and can handle the crowds. There is a large...

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Cenotes - Cenote Azul

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Cenotes Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Cenote Azul is right next door to Jardin del Eden on 307 near Puerto Aventuras. We actually didn’t go into the water there, although I am sure it is similar to Jardin del Eden. The reason was we couldn’t...

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Cenotes - Jardin del Eden (Garden of Eden)

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Cenotes Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Jardin del Eden is in a group of four cenotes just south of Puerto Aventuras across from the Barcelo Maya Hotel. It has a couple of smaller pools and one main pool. The main cenote has two areas to do some...

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Cenotes - 7 Bocas

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Cenotes Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

7 Bocas is on the Ruta de los cenotes. You pick it up heading west from Puerto Morelos. This one is a cavern cenote that goes up to 500 feet deep. Definitely try going close to mid-day as most of the bocas...

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Cenotes - Yax Kin

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Cenotes Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

We actually didn’t get to swim here because we couldn’t find anyone taking money. But we were able to take some pictures. It is a pretty large surface cenote with crystal clear water. Looks like it would...

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Cenotes - Jaguar Cenote

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Cenotes Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Jaguar is on the bumpy road to Dos Ojos. We didn’t actually go in but were able to take some pictures. It had a couple of platforms to jump in as well as a zip line. If I had to guess, it is about the same...

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Cenotes - Casa Cenote

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Cenotes Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Casa Cenote is a few minutes north of Tulum off of 307 on Tankah bay. It is a surface cenote and because it is on the east side it is very close to the ocean and the water definitely has some salt in it....

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Cenotes - Dos Ojos

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Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

About mid-way between Akumal and Tulum on highway 307 on the west side of the road is a clump of cenotes centered on Dos Ojos (or two eyes). It is a bit confusing, since when you come off of the highway...

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Cenotes - Car Wash

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Cenotes Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Located on the road to Coba out of Tulum. We actually didn’t go in to this one. It is a surface cenote that taxi driver’s used to use to wash their cars. When we arrived, the water was a murky green that...

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Cenotes - Zacil Ha

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Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

This is on the road to Coba out of Tulum. We actually didn’t go into this one. Just checked it out and took some pictures, so I can’t tell you about the water temp. Though a good guess would be around 70...

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Cenotes - Cenote Calavera/Temple of Doom

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Cenotes Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

This cenote is very close to Tulum (walking distance from the San Francisco grocery store) on the road to Coba. Calavera means skull and it's obvious why. It has a large opening and two small openings....

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Cenotes - Grand Cenote

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Cenotes Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Located just outside of Tulum on the road to Coba, Gran Cenote has probably the nicest facilities of any of the cenotes we have been to. They have clean changing rooms, and lockers. The grass is manicured....

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Day Trips from Xcalak - San Filipe Museum Bacalar

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Mayan Museum Bacalar

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 07, 2016

Overview

San Filipe Museum in Bacalar is located in San Filipe Fort on the main square of the Pueblo Magico. It overlooks Bacalar lagoon, the lagoon of 7 colors. The fort itself was built in 1733 to defend the town...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Chacchoben Ruins

Tags: How to Xcalak Day-trips Mayan Ruins Activities Chacchoben

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 07, 2016

Overview

Chacchoben (Chalk-Choe Ben), was discovered by a Yucatec Mayan man named Serviliano Cohuo. in 1942. Serviliano built his home at the base of the Basamento and lived there as the honorary guard of the ruins...

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What groceries to buy when coming to Xcalak

Tags: Xcalak Acocote Eco Inn Xcalak Hotel How to Xcalak FAQ Groceries Shopping Meals Food

Written by Rob Mukai on Jul. 07, 2016

Because our Xcalak hotel has full kitchens in each suite, many of our guests like to cook their own meals for at least some of their stay. One issue we have is that there are no grocery stores here in Xcalak. We have a few...

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Quest for a grand slam in Xcalak - Take 5 plus

Tags: Saltwater Fly Fishing DIY Grand Slam

Written by Rob Mukai on Jul. 06, 2016

UPDATE (Aug 29, 2016) Three more attempts. Try number 10 was pretty uneventful, saw 3 schools of permit. The first one within 5 minutes of stepping out into the flat. I was thinking this is going to be a great day. Got a couple...

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Wood

Tags: Acocote Eco Inn Wood

Written by Leisa Mukai on Jun. 27, 2016

Update July 6, 2016 So we had the door installed on the new battery enclosure. The chakte viga is as pretty as advertised. The trim around both the door and the vent to the right are Tzalam. The vent vanes are made of...

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How to pronounce Xcalak

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Written by Leisa Mukai on Jun. 17, 2016

So this is always a difficulty for people new to the Yucatan. Driving down from Cancun to Xcalak and our hotel, one sees numerous places with names that include multiple X’s. Places like Xel-ha, Xcaret, and Xahuayxol are...

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Baby Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Tags: Xcalak Acocote Eco Inn Wildlife

Written by Leisa Mukai on Jun. 06, 2016

Baby anything is cute. A baby Ferruginous Pygmy Owl is really, really, cute. Six hardworking adults on a Monday morning were briefly overcome by the cuteness of this little bird. I was inspecting the flower garden when I...

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Quest for a grand slam in Xcalak - Take 4 and DIY SWFF rule number 143

Tags: Saltwater Fly Fishing DIY Grand Slam

Written by Rob Mukai on May. 31, 2016

So the 4th attempt at the Grand Slam, was a bit of a comedy of errors. The sun was out, the tide was in, but the wind was really gusty making casting a bit of a challenge. I blew up more schools of fish, bones as well as...

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Our Pet Permit

Tags: Acocote Eco Inn Snorkeling Saltwater Fly Fishing Wildlife

Written by Rob Mukai on May. 31, 2016

So when we bought Sandwood Villas last year, we knew that it came with 2 dogs, Maya and Blanca. What we didn't know is that it came with 3 pet permit and a school of bonefish. These guys have been hanging around our place just...

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A Cautionary Message

Tags: Xcalak Acocote Eco Inn Xcalak Hotel

Written by Leisa Mukai on May. 28, 2016

All kinds of things wash up on the beach of our hotel in Xcalak, shoes, toys, kitchen utensils. plastic bottles, plastic bottles. Oh, and plastic bottles. At long last. a glass bottle washed up with a message in it. I've been...

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A little Indiana Jones (Video)

Tags: Saltwater Fly Fishing DIY Grand Slam Kayak Stand up Paddleboard

Written by Rob Mukai on May. 16, 2016

So I was out chasing tarpon in the back lagoons going for grand slam try number 3 and went through the mangrove tunnel and shot some gopro footage. It...

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Quest for a grand slam in Xcalak - Take 3

Tags: Saltwater Fly Fishing DIY Grand Slam

Written by Rob Mukai on May. 16, 2016

Got a lot closer today. Got the bone and the permit on an outgoing tide in ankle deep water just north of us. I ended up paddling all three lagoons behind our place chasing tarpon. Got one strike, but he came right off, and I...

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Quest for a grand slam in Xcalak - Take 2

Tags: Saltwater Fly Fishing DIY Grand Slam

Written by Rob Mukai on May. 13, 2016

Quick update. Went out for try number two, walked up the beach from our hotel in Xcalak, Mexico. Tough conditions, Wind was kicking at 20 knots, churning up a lot of the flats, and pushing a lot of water. The high tide was...

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Quest for a grand slam in Xcalak and DIY Saltwater Fly Fishing Rule Number 1

Written by Rob Mukai on May. 08, 2016

We just had a guest get two DIY grand slams in 3 days. All the fish were caught near our hotel, Acocote Eco Inn, in Xcalak, Mexico. That is great for us, because there really aren’t that many places you can get a flats grand...

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Accidental Garden

Tags: Xcalak Acocote Eco Inn Xcalak Hotel

Written by Leisa Mukai on Apr. 17, 2016

How did this tomato and pepper plant come to grow, here in Xcalak, in Mexico's Costa Maya? For those who know me, I can't grow anything that isn't a large acreage crop grown in rows. Even then, it's been 40 years since I was...

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Reel Recovery

Tags: Acocote Eco Inn Xcalak Hotel Reel Recovery Charity

Written by Leisa Mukai on Apr. 17, 2016

For nearly a decade Rob and I have been attending the Reel Recovery Spring Bash, the primary fundraiser for Reel Recovery's Utah Chapter, an...

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DIY Saltwater Fly Fishing Rule Number 342

Tags: Saltwater Fly Fishing DIY Grand Slam Saltwater Fly Fishing Rules

Written by Rob Mukai on Apr. 07, 2016

I escaped the business of running an Xcalak lodging and went fishing again for a couple of hours. Yeah, I should make a habit of this ;). Went back to my favorite DIY permit flat. This time, I did have the right fly on as...

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DIY Saltwater Fly Fishing Rule Number 326

Tags: Saltwater Fly Fishing DIY Grand Slam Saltwater Fly Fishing Rules

Written by Rob Mukai on Mar. 20, 2016

So I had a couple of hours free today to go out fishing. Headed out to a rocky point just north of the Xcalak lodgings that line the beach road where there have been good numbers of permit. I tied on an Acocote Drum Majorette...

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Mayan Grill at Tierra Maya

Tags: Restaurant Review Xcalak How to Xcalak

Written by Rob Mukai on Feb. 09, 2016

Update April 13, 2017: Added image of Mayan Grill Menu

Located in the Tierra Maya hotel. The restaurant is in a palapa roofed building with nice wooden furniture. With the Leaky Palapa closed, this is the upper end...

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Restaurant review - Costa de Cocos

Tags: Restaurant Review Xcalak How to Xcalak

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 30, 2016

Located inside the Costa de Cocos resort, they brew their own craft beer and distill their own moonshine. The restaurant has Pizza, as well as other traditional dishes, like tacos and even chicken fingers. Their signature pizza...

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The Repentance of a Water Glutton

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Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 26, 2016
                              “Water, water every where,
                               And all the boards shall shrink,
                               Water, water every where,
                              ...
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Silvia's Restaurant

Tags: Restaurant Review Xcalak How to Xcalak

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 26, 2016

Silvia’s is right next to Toby’s on the main drag of Xcalak, but set back a few yards from the road. Silvia serves fresh seafood and Mexican dishes. All are made to order, so this is not fast food. During the lobster season you...

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Toby's Restaurant

Tags: Restaurant Review Xcalak How to Xcalak

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 20, 2016

Toby’s is in the middle of Xcalak town and serves fresh seafood and more traditional Mexican fare such as tacos and quesadilla as well. Toby’s also has complementary wifi for those that need to stay connected. Although he...

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Leaky Palapa Supper Club - Closed for the season as of May 8, 2016

Tags: Restaurant Review Xcalak How to Xcalak

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 12, 2016

When I first started coming to Xcalak, going to eat at the Leaky Palapa was always the highlight (Unless you happen to catch a permit ;). Who would expect a fine dining establishment in this remote part of the world? But...

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Restaurant Review - Gringo Dave - Closed for the season as of Mar 6, 2016

Tags: Restaurant Review Xcalak How to Xcalak

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 12, 2016

Located right at the entrance to town, Gringo Dave’s sign says International and Wild Seafood. That sounds kind of weird but it is surprisingly delicious. Gringo Dave’s is run by a Japanese man, Go Nakamura, He takes local...

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10 Things to bring for fly fishing in Xcalak, Mexico

Tags: Xcalak Acocote Eco Inn Saltwater Fly Fishing Xcalak Hotel How to Xcalak FAQ Fxcalak Outfitters Things to Bring

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 04, 2016

You are finally making that salt water fly fishing "Trip of a lifetime" to Xcalak, Mexico. You have your flights and your hotel accommodations set. The last thing you want to do is forget something important while you are...

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What is Wellness?

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Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 03, 2016

Wellness is often confused with health, for good reason. The dictionary considers the words “well” and “healthy” synonymous. My 1976 American Heritage Dictionary doesn't even include an entry or sub entry for this word that is...

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2015 at Acocote Eco Inn

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Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 30, 2015

Since we purchased Sandwood Villas and renamed it, Acocote Eco Inn, we have been very busy upgrading and renovating this Xcalak hotel to make it a cozy sanctuary on the beach for our guests. Here is a list in no particular...

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Top 10 things to bring to Acocote Eco Inn

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Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 29, 2015

A question that often comes up when people are coming down to Xcalak for the first time is “what should I bring?” I’ll try to answer that question here.

  1. ID
    • Passport (of course) but also bring your driver’s...
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The only fish every fisherman knows exactly how many they’ve caught

Tags: Saltwater Fly Fishing DIY Grand Slam Permit

Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 17, 2015

As a trout fisherman, I have long since lost count of how many trout I have caught. Any more, a lot of times, I don't even remember how many I catch in a day much less ever. A friend of the Inn, Dustin Carlson of Fishwest, made...

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Getting Here - Through Xcalak

Tags: Xcalak Acocote Eco Inn Xcalak Hotel How to Xcalak FAQ Getting Here

Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 26, 2015

UPDATE: June 14, 2017 - Just put in new signs. And added a couple. One right at the bridge says "Ahead 8KM" and there is one on the beach road that says ahead 700M. Seems like people feel like they have gone too far when they...

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Top 10 non-fishing things to do at Acocote Eco Inn

Tags: How to Xcalak FAQ Day-trips Mayan Ruins Activities

Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 25, 2015

So if you know me, the first thing I would want to do on a trip to Xcalak, Mexico would be to go out fly fishing for permit. Now I know that not everyone that comes down here wants to do that, or has a spouse or family that...

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Spooky Garbage During the Days of the Dead, by Leisa Mukai

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Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 02, 2015

It's a spooky time of year. Up north, Halloween just passed. Yesterday and today are the Days of the Dead here in Mexico. This season of the dead is spooky but not for the traditional reasons, which was well illustrated at...

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Acocote Wellness

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Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 31, 2015

Wellness services here at Acocote Eco Inn was always part of the plan but a few other details needed to be shored up before implementing this. First, we had to update our solar, fix the palapa roof, build a cistern, freshen up...

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The first Grand Slam at Acocote Eco Inn

Tags: Saltwater Fly Fishing DIY Grand Slam

Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 27, 2015

Xcalak, Mexico October 2015

Since this was a work trip we didn’t get as many days to fish as would have liked however, we were able to have some fun and one of us nailed a flats grand slam in the process.

Fishery:...

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Make the Salt Water Fly Fishing Trip of a Lifetime, Every Year.

Tags: Saltwater Fly Fishing DIY Grand Slam

Written by Admin on Aug. 09, 2015

You are sitting in a darkened theater with your friends, waiting for the films to begin. It’s spring and the fly fishing film festivals are coming to town. You already caught a logo’d T-shirt they threw into the crowd, and...

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