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Sin Duda Villas
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Proviso: If you are frightened by driving four miles of heavily rutted road, don't come - (or hire a cheap taxi out of Felipe Carillo Puerto and hold onto your teeth). If you must have a/c, definitely do NOT come. The days for us - first week of August 2012 - were hot and humid (upper 80's) and the nights were a bit tough when the breeze died. Sin Duda is 'off the grid' (as are all villas, hotels and private homes) on the beach road north of the Mayan fishing village of Xcalak. Electricity is generated by solar power and supplemented by generators, so you've got a cold fridge 24/7, ceiling fans set on one-hour timers to conserve precious juice and all other electrical essentials (no TV!) in a lovely and perfectly utilitarian apartment with multi-burner propane stove right on the beach. Your own place. Think of it that way. But, again, no a/c. A cold shower, quick towel-off and you're set for sleep, hopefully. And, if you're freaked out by cute little iguanas skittering during the day or small armies of adorable hermit crabs migrating across your lovely stone patio at dusk, don't come.

But if you're reasonably self-sufficient, can embrace the heat and the realities offered up by sea/jungle and seek a remote and stunningly quiet beach holiday, you have no choice but to show up at Sin Duda. None. Nirvana? Pretty damn close.

A brilliantly architectured concrete building, it offers practical luxury at every turn. Enough has been said in previous posts about the beauty, solitude and fun offered by the beach - it's all perfectly true - daily groomed by Jose (his lovely wife, Ruth, cleans and prepares your suite each morning, as well).

Two bikes for use - fat-tire cruisers - if you want to explore the beach road north to Mahahual (the map says it goes there, but it only runs about 7 miles past SDV to a burned out bridge, the back-story reminiscent of the Hatfield’s & McCoys) - mangrove jungle on your left, beach on your right - or run at low tide along a gorgeous deserted beach accompanied always by beautiful but very warm breezes.

The restaurants in town - Toby's and Sylvia's - were open for business - we were the only customers....quite good enough. The village is charming but pobre....there's a playground where our daughter had fun with local kids. The Reel Inn at Costa de Cocos (the original “resort” on this coast) only a mile or two down the road - was a great place.....ice-cold Superiors, a fully-stocked bar, delicious pizza (for real!) and other fish and practical fare. And....another great convenience: a truck laden with very decent fruit, vegetables, milk, fresh-ground pork, chicken fillets, etc. beeped its horn each late morning. Cheap and consistently fine stuff. Cook your own hearty lunches and dinners. Sin Duda provides delicious granola, yogurt and coffee for breakfast.

Our 3-year-old daughter - kids are only allowed in the 'off-season', if then - was in a bit of heaven. She tolerated the heat as if it didn't exist.....the water, quite gentle, Fiona, the doggie, loving and fun, the caretakers, Barb and Mike (in place of Margo/Robert) especially accommodating and kept the flame of the Margoritas quite alive.....

Enough said. Go.

Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

I was in the area in May 2012 and spent a couple of days visiting Sin Duda. Still gorgeous, still relaxed. Robert was full of interesting tidbits of information and even shared my bewilderment over a water critter we spotted while hanging out by the lagoon. A fantastic place to have a breather and enjoy things.

Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

My husband and I just love Mexico and try to visit this great country twice a year. We have had our share of “all inclusive” and are now looking for something different. We have found Sin Duda on the internet and decided to give it a try this July. The five hour drive from Cancun is an experience of its own. The road is good all the way and you can see the real Mexico, not the fake resort atmosphere. You can stop for a bite at a local restaurant; buy home-grown fruit from local farmers and really enjoy every minute of the drive without being rushed.
I can say that our visit to Sin Duda was one of the best holidays my husband and I ever went on. It is truly remote, relaxing, and away from it all. We have enjoyed every moment of our stay from spectacular sunrises on the beach, a cup of excellent hot coffee (provided by Sin Duda) taken under the beach palapa, to long walks along the coast. We sometimes walked for 2 hours without meeting a soul and felt like we were on a deserted island. One afternoon we have met two young fishermen and bought fresh lobsters from them. My husband grilled them that night using wood he gathered on the beach and we shared the most delicious dinner ever with two wonderful ladies; Jean and Barb, who were house -sitting for Margo and Robert (owners of Sin Duda)
But don’t worry; if you are not into cooking your own meals while on vacation, there are quite a few small restaurants in the village (8 miles away) that serve excellent and fresh food at a very reasonable price. Sylvia’s Restaurant serves incredible ceviche for $200 pesos. Café Caribe, run by an interesting man from Belgium, has fresh lobster for also 200 per person or fresh fish for about 150 pesos. Toby’s restaurant is another option in town that we have tried but there is many more to choose from.
However, I must say it is not a place for everyone. It is eco-luxury, not 6-apples resort luxury. Sin Duda is for these who love nature and a quite vacation away from the crowds. You cook your own food, or some of it, get your own beers and wine (that you purchase on your way there), and you provide your own entertainment. There are kayaks and snorkeling equipment available with no charge. There are also plenty of books and board games. The rooms are great and have everything you need. We stayed in the first floor apartment with a large patio a few steps from the water. There is no air-condition but it was breezy all the time and we were very comfortable at night.
The beach is breathtaking and the water is crystal clear and snorkeling is excellent just steps from the shore.
If you want to have a vacation in paradise go to Sin Duda and the only problem you will have is that you will not want to leave and go back to real life!

Room Tip: ground floor appartment with kitchen and patio, can be for 2 or 4 people studio on ground floor looked nice too but kitchen on second floor to be shared.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank evaszczygiel
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

Each time I visit Sin Duda, I love it more. We stayed in the lovely ground floor apartment, Bailando, where the ocean breezes keep us nice and cool. The kitchen is complete and so very handy. The grocery trucks, which came every other day kept our meals interesting! The ocean is only steps away from our room and we snorkelled for hours.. literally HOURS.. every day.

I feel so at peace when I stay here. It is so relaxing to just ...be... under a palapa on Sin Duda's quiet beach... reading, napping, gazing or sipping a cold one. No computer. No cell phone. No television. No interruptions.

Robert kindly gave us one of his Star Tours on the rooftop, and Margo, of course, served her delish Margoitas, and both kept us entertained with their stories during "Margoita Time".

Thank you, once again, for a lovely peaceful holiday. See you very soon!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

My husband and I found out about Sin Duda from a friend and passed it onto friends who decided to visit with us. What can I say. Our 2 couples rented the 2 apartments available and we had a fantastic, laid back, Margorita time. Not only is the place friendly to a myriad of people including many Canadians, but also dogs. We had a wonderful little dog called Fiona adopt us...and we adopted her. She stayed on our patio with us the entire 2 weeks and we had many other dogs visit as well as guests felt free to bring their mutts. But it was never a problem as all guests including the canine variety were more than gracious. Do stay at Sin Duda if you want a carefree relaxing holiday. Margo and Robert have planned everything to make your stay wonderful Robert is well read and can give you fabulous book reviews of the wonderful books in the library they have as well as read the stars for you. Margo is a charm and always willing to help with bookings at restaurants, or for dive excursions. They have lovely corgis which walk the beach everyday...you will be lucky to have a walk with them.

The apartments are charming and the sea breeze is so wonderful at night, we didn't even need the fan, So much to do there if you are willing to go into to town and if not, people come to you...fresh truck daily...who would have guessed cheesecake from a lovely Mormon lady and children...or how about buying fabulous fresh fish off the back of a motorbike???? You will not regret a holiday here. Throw your cell phone away and go back to the days when we could enjoy life. But if you can't be completely disconnected...you can still get internet :)

Room Tip: The apartments were wonderful but there are only 2 so book early! We loved the main floor.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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