Playa Sonrisa Xcalak, Mexico_EN

Confirmation - Playa Sonrisa Xcalak, Mexico_EN


Reservation Confirmation
Thank you for choosing Playa Sonrisa for your holiday vacation.
Here's some helpful advice for smooth travels and driving directionsto print out.

(You will not have cell service at all times, so printing is recommended before you leave - click link above for printable version of directions)

Driving Directions:

Short version: exit airport & turn right, then left, right, left, left

GPS Coordinates: 18* 20' N Latitude, 87* 49' W Longitude
*BUT - you may get LOST if you rely on your GPS gizmo / Map app to get here.


Please follow these directions:

Detailed version:

As you exit the Cancun airport turn south on the modern divided Highway 307 towards Playa del Carmen & Tulum.  

This is the busy tourist corridor - you'll notice a decrease in traffic, and pace of life, upon leaving Tulum.  

Continue on Hwy 307 through "butterfly alley" towards Chetumal, the Capital of Quintana Roo. 

100 km (62 miles) south of Tulum is the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto.  

We recommend taking the new "cuota" (toll road) that is a bypass around FCP.
The toll is about 30 pesos (~$1.50 US) but avoids the traffic and traffic cops in FCP

Continue south on 307 about another hour, then 3 km past the village of Limones is a well marked* left turn (east) to Mahahual & Xcalak .  (You won't go to Bacalar or Chetumal unless you miss this turn).

* The turnoff to Mahahual & Xcalak is currently well marked, but if your arrival is following a major hurricane
the road signs may be down, so note the distance - 3 km - to the only paved road east to the coast.

You may encounter a military checkpoint* near this junction or the next - don't be alarmed - unless you are smuggling kilos or guns, in which case please email us at earliest convenience & cancel your reservation.  

Just tell them you are going to Xcalak for "vacacione" (vah-cah-cee-oh-nay).  They may ask you to step out of the car
for a "revision" (inspection) and may wish to open the trunk, a suitcase, or especially the beer cooler
(ever hopeful for donations - just politely say no) - but most tourists just get waived through.
*This checkpoint has not been in operation for a few years now, but don't be alarmed if  a temporary operation is underway.

** Unlike the TSA in the USA there are never body searches or pat-downs - cash & valuables in your pockets are perfectly safe.

Continue east 55 km (34 miles) on the Mahahual road.  Approx. 4 kilometers before you reach the coast is a right turn to Xcalak - the ONLY right turn onto a paved road that you encounter.

Approximately 250 meters past the turn is a PEMEX gas station - open 24 hrs / 7 days a week.

We recommend you top off your tank before proceeding to Xcalak.



THAT YOU HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR!  +52-983-980-0533 ***

It may be the last time you have cell service until you get to our resort and connect to wifi.  

And it also give us plenty us notice to be on-standby for your arrival!


Follow the paved "jungle road" south another 55 km (34 miles) to the tee in the road, turn left and
proceed ~2 km into Xcalak. As you enter the village the road tee's at the soccer field- go north (left)  
around to the far end of the soccer field then continue north thru town, meander around the playground  
and past the lighthouse, and continue over the bridge to the only "beach road" going north.  
(The bridge is 1 block away from the waterfront, jog left at the Capitania del Puerto office).

Continue 7 kilometers north of the bridge to Playa Sonrisa - our little slice of Secluded Tropical Paradise!

Look for the TEAL Wood Fence - Entrance to Playa Sonrisa


And YES - it is worth the trip!

Playa Sonrisa - Not Easy To Get To ... But Harder To Leave!



Bienvenidos,  Steve & Blaney

PLEASE observe Check In Time between 2:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Early arrivals will incur the $35 US per person Day Use fee.  Gate closes at 10:00 pm

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Food & Beverage consumption is CASH ONLY - US Dollars or Mx Pesos
Our "average" guest ticket for meals & bar is ~$75 US per day per couple (not per person). Additional amounts will be needed for your activities & meals out.
Bring extra cash - you can take it home if not needed!

5% service fee for settling restaurant/bar tab with electronic payment.

There is no bank or ATM in Xcalak
Best source of cash is from your home bank.   Pesos can usually be obtained at home if ordered in advance.  If not, bring $US. The best source for pesos in Mexico is ATM machines at any bank or big grocery store. Avoid money exchange at the airport or small shops (very poor exchange rate)

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Continental Breakfast Buffet is included with rooms and is available 

7 days per week from 8:00-10:00 am

Lunch is offered 7 days per week @ 12:00 noon-2:00 pm 

(note the kitchen is closed when Check-In begins)

Dinner is served Mondays thu Friday for our guests only. 

@ 7:00 pm (winter) or 7:30 pm (summer)

👉 Dinner nights are subject to change for circumstances or current events. We are open most Saturdays to the public and you are welcome to join us for a lite dinner menu or go to town and get dinner. Note: Sunday there is NO DINNER on site. 👈

During off-nights the bar closes at 9:00 pm
If you wish to provide your own beer & liquor for your room you must provide your own ice as well.  (We have Igloo coolers to loan - no charge - and bags of purified ice are usually available to purchase in the village)
Our liquor license does not permit bringing your own beer/liquor into Tiki Teal's.

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Playa Sonrisa is completely "Off Grid" - conservation is expected.
No hair dryers, curling irons, hot plates or coffee/tea heaters allowed
Disposal of toilet paper & feminine products in the trash basket, not the toilet.
Rainfall is our primary source of water, please keep showers reasonably brief.

Our High-Speed Wi-Fi internet service is free and is available in Tiki Teals and surrounding areas.

Please - no streaming of music or downloading of movies.
E-mail & normal web surfing is no problem, but please keep your device on 'airplane mode' when not in use. We do permit live streaming for business as needed. 

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