I've never written a mediocre review. We are very easy going people and have rented directly from owners for many years in Mexico and in the States and truly have never had a problem. There were ten of us total two couples and our teenagers. We rented all three units over New Years week.
We were looking for walk-to town square and you actually couldn't get much closer. It is very convenient to restaurants, grocery, shops, etc. the main pier in Puerto Morelos is literally twenty steps down the beach from the property. The units are well equipped,quaint, and for the most part clean and up to date. As described and photos are accurate.
The issues we had were with the owners being on sight. We rented three of the four units. The fourth one is occupied by the owner and his wife. Jon the owner was very polite and helpful with information on places to visit, restaurants, excursions, everything! He kept to himself and though always "working" on his property while we were there, he was friendly, always exchanged pleasantries and overall gave us our privacy.
Unfortunately, we didn't get the impression that his wife was very excited about renting the property out since they live there. We felt our every move was being observed and on more then one occasion she rudely spoke her mind. One point in the lease was that there was no one allowed on property besides the lesees which we totally understood, but when a friend walked up to say hello and come onto the property, they were met rudely and told that they would have to leave. Could have easily been remedied politely.
Yet, and this is the part that was so disappointing, that during our week stay, there were many locals on property that we did not know nor invite. Neighbors, local adults, local children climbing up on balconies to see in our windows. We were renting the property though feeling very much like we were intruding on their vacation...seemed hypercritical.
The cats. We love animals and have three dogs and a cat between the two families. But there was nowhere in the lease that stated there are two cats on premise at all times and a stray that comes and goes. If you leave your sliding door open to catch a breeze, you will have a cat in your unit which again, we are fine with animals. We just didn't know about them.
Overall, great location, well equipped units, nice pool, small but nice. Great communication with Jon. We will be back to Puerto Morelos since we love the authenticity of this little fishing village, but we won't stay at Casa Toucan(s).
It's almost impossible to describe how fabulous Casa Toucan is. It is literally right on the beach. We spent every morning sitting on the pool deck with our coffee, watching the pelicans die for fish. It was beautiful. All the comforts of home were inside. Comfy beds, fully stocked kitchen, plenty of space to spread out, even the water pressure was impressive. You don't have to sacrifice anything to spend time in this paradise. We got a welcome packet before we came to stay, with more information in it than I could've even thought to ask. We were very grateful for that. And any questions that we had, John the owner was happy to answer. We were a little nervous about being in Mexico and not on an Americanized resort, but this was by far the better option. I have never had a vacation as amazing as this one.I cannot wait to get back here. My husband and I are literally already planning our next trip. If you are at all considering Casa Toucan, book it. You will not be sorry.
Within a hour of being there, I was already dreading the fact that I was going to have to leave. I not so secretly wished that my flight would be canceled and I would be forced to stay a few more days. If you're looking for a mega-touristy resort, this is not the place for you. However, if you want feel of stepping out of the front door to your own home into a little piece of paradise, this is absolutely the place for you. You are still just a 20 minute trip from Cancun or Playa if you want to make a day trip. There are three "apartments" on the property, but it's laid out so that everyone has their own personal space. You can step through the back gate and directly onto the beach with the ocean about 15 yards away. It's private and peaceful, yet less than half a block from the town square with many shops and restaurants available. Great place. I can't wait to get back.
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We (2 couples) stayed in Casa Toucan 1 for only a couple of nights but wished we could've stayed longer. The location of the unit was fantastic! Easy to walk to the grocery store and the many restaurants and cafes in Puerto Morelos. Quick taxi ride to the ADO terminal. The house was perfect size and had everything we needed: kitchen, WiFi, beach access, music/movies for downtime or rainy days, pool/hot tub. Jon the owner was very friendly and helpful. Definitely the perfect spot to stay in Puerto Morelos!
We loved this place. We stayed in the 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Very nice place, very friendly people, great location. Friendly little village with great snorkeling, great restaurants and amazing sunsets. We hope to return for a more romantic get away in a year or two.