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...
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...
Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 26, 2015
UPDATE: July 15, 2019 - Put up new signs again. Replaced some posts etc. that were falling apart.
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...
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.
- Passport (of course) but also bring your driver’s...
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...
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...
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...
Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 26, 2016
“Water, water every where,
And all the boards shall shrink,
Water, water every where,
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 07, 2016
What is your check-in/checkout time?
Check-in 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...
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...
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.
New Entry doors.
Added 1500 watts of solar panel capacity
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...
Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 01, 2018
Here are some of the improvements we did in year 3. Hope you can some see them. Here is a list in no particular order.
1. DIY Solar Battery Room Fan
2. Two new beach loungers
3. Two new...
Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 02, 2019
Here are some of the new things we have added or improved at the Inn in 2018. In no particular order.
1. New Acocote Eco Inn Fishing Shirts
2. 2 new refrigerators
3. 1 new stove
Written by Rob Mukai on Feb. 18, 2019
Although it is possible to get to Xcalak via bus, the preferred method to get to Acocote Eco Inn from the airport is renting a car and driving down. This has a number of advantages. You can get to our [restaurants in...
Written by Rob Mukai on Apr. 01, 2019
This is a day-trip that you can make from the Inn. If you need a break from standing in the front of a boat, or to get out of the sun for a bit, this is a great way to spend a day. This is a full day excursion. A couple of...
Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 30, 2019
Dr. Ryan Mickelson is a Pediatric Dentist from Durango, CO who came to Xcalak for a week of fly fishing over the holidays. On Christmas Eve 2019, Ryan held a free pediatric dental clinic for the kids of Xcalak. Although...
Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 01, 2020
Here are the improvements we did for the Inn this year! In no particular order:
1. New hoodie fishing shirts with artwork by Elias at Tailers Art
2. New Battery bank
3. New cushions...
Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 26, 2020
As we welcome you back to our little corner of paradise, we are committed to providing a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols to eliminate COVID-19. Here are some of the additional measures we are taking to...
Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 17, 2021
LAST UPDATED Mar 2, 2021
On Jan 12, 2021 the CDC announced that as of Jan 26, 2021, travelers from Mexico, including Xcalak, would require a "qualified test" for COVID-19 within 3 days of departure in order to enter the...