My dear friends Raquel and Eduardo Ocampo designed the built the Seashell House and too many years no one knew it was possible to stay there and fewer knew how to arrange a stay. I decided it was too special to keep to myself and I invited the world via AIRBNB !!! Raquel and Eduardo are your hosts at this unique island paradise .
If crowded pools, lobby's and the "tourist bubble" are not your idea of an escape then the SEASHELL HOUSE may be the perfect place for your stay in ISLA MUJERES.
Nearest airport : Cancun International
Nearest port :. Puerto Juarez (downtown Cancun adjacent) or Playa Tortugas (Cancun hotel zone)
Nearest beach : we face the rocky north side of the island and the best beach is north beach which is 15 minutes away by golf cart. El Garrafon snorkel park is a short distance in the opposite direction.
Isla Mujeres is 7 km long and 650 meters wide.
Arrive by convenient taxi (6USD)or by golf cart(35 USD PER DAY) to THE SEASHELL HOUSE(S)
PRIVATE GATED PROPERTY IN RESIDENTIAL ISLA MUJERES ISLAND ~ PRIVATE POOL ~ ONE KING BED IN EACH HOUSE
The residential area is on a cliff side of the tiny island to allow privacy. You are not right in the middle of all the tourists but getting to the most beautiful beaches is easy with a golf cart or taxi.
Of course, privacy is sometimes lost as tourists on golf carts notice the spectacular architecture and stop to gawk over the fence making you suddenly understand how celebrities feel.
The smaller rounder shell has an immaculate KING BED and private bath with shower and a tv with a wide array of channels in English and in Spanish. The private bath with shower is made of tile and shells .
The taller shell has a sitting area downstairs and MINOR KITCHENETTE with a large fridge, microwave, gas stovetop and sink with a variety of dishes. The round sitting area also has a tv with satellite channels.
There is also a half bath off the sitting area.
Up a rounded staircase is the master bedroom with a KING BED and private bath with shower. There is a balcony over looking the pool and across the street , the Caribbean Sea.
Wifi is provided for free in the QUEEN CONCH
Every room in the house has a remote controlled air conditioner.
Towels - linens and soap are provided of course :)
Ample parking for your golf cart or scooter.
Tiny geckos make there home in and around the property, and all over Mexico, so if cute little geckos freak you out and will disturb your stay then do not come to the Seashell house.
Come to Isla Mujeres for a vacation that you will never forget, one that you will have fond memories of all year long...until you come .
The houses sleep FOUR PEOPLE TOTAL.
There is one king bed in each house.
THE HISTORY :
In 1994 architect Eduardo Ocampo arrived in Isla Mujeres and built a house for himself (and later met his wife Maria Raquel) His brother Octavio Ocampo visited frequently, Eduardo had two pieces of land in a quaint residential area with caribbean sea views....and wished to build on his lot for his brother.
Of course, this could not be any house. Octavio, a famous painter and needed something unique. Eduardo at first wanted a palala...but this was not allowed...having been very influenced by the "mountains" of seashells all around, he was inspired to actually construct a seashell. This would be the vacation home of his brother (in Cuernavaca) , it would be rounded on the inside, the spiral staircase... just inside the shell, a door where there was the mouth of the shell and windows with the form of shells
THE LEGEND :
Years later Eduardo would be tickled to learn that the islanders had created a sort of legend which goes like this ...
The fisherman of Isla Holbox met with the fisherman of Isla Mujeres to boast of their individual islands...Isla Holbox sounded "Our island is where you find the biggest fish in the world !"
The fisherman of Isla Mujeres responded "We are proud to have the biggest shell in the world !"
The biggest shell ?
Yes the biggest shell !!!
When we found it we made ceviche for all of the islanders...and then we sold it to a gringo that lives in it now !"
Though the owners are not gringos...they still laugh when they hear the legend.
Guests can use the BBQ and parking lot . We also offer the beach club at NA BALAM which includes your palapa and beach towel on the best beach in Isla Mujeres on the opposite side of the island
Raquel is the on site owner on the adjacent property . If you cannot find her for your needs you may interact with cleaning or pool staff or leave a message .
You can also email me and I will call her .
The neighborhood is beautifully peaceful and quiet . At night it is very dark and very serene .
A golf cart is necessary as the Seashell House is located in a residential area.
I serve to make your stay possible as I wanted to share it with the world but Raquel is the owner ... Please treat the homes with respect so that she continues to enjoy renting
You need a golf cart or a taxi
Other Things to Note
If you are scared of the 1" adorable geckos that are inside and out do not come ... They are not vermin they are part of life in the Caribbean
Please DO NOT flush toilet paper , please use trash cans.
(Isla Mujeres has a very delicate drainage system)
Please turn off air conditioning when you depart the house for long periods.
Please have no loud music outside after 10pm.
Please don't hesitate to ask for what you need .
Had a wonderful time at the seashell house. This unique property at the south end of the island is exactly like pictured. Our host generously helped us try to find alternative transportation. Would stay again.
We had a nice time at the Shell House. Raquel is a great host. She picked us up at the ferry and took us to rent a golf cart, and drove us back to the ferry when our week was over. The shell house is a unique vacation experience. The pool was nice and cleaned several times during our week there. The house could use some updating inside (especially the main house) but other than that it was as described. No wifi in the baby shell. Don’t plan on doing much cooking in the kitchen. Not much water pressure. All in all we had a good time though.
Had a great week at the shell house. Did not meet Michelle but all went well so had no questions. House and grounds were kept need and tidy pool cleaned every second day. We rented a golf cart for the week we were there and found that to be helpful being down the south end of Isla. All in all had a great week and would not hesitate to rebook or recommend to anyone.
very easy to find, incredibly unique listing
Had a lovely time in Mexico at the Seashell House :) Didn't have a chance to meet Michelle, but the experience went without a hitch. It was like taking a vacation inside of a giant dollhouse :)
The is still my dream house! Amazing how the concept of the sea shell is included in every detail of this house and garden.
The communication before was very good organized and the hosting of the owner Raquel during our stay was just perfect.
We had a great time and love to come back soon.
It's true - the house has seen better days but it is such a fun and special place and we had a blast staying there.
Sure, it could use some paint/fresh caulking/better kitchen equipment/hot water for showers BUT it was clean, filtered water was provided and the owners were really lovely folks.
I would advise people to not rely on meeting up with the house keeper or owners next door upon arrival though. A lot of the reviews on Airbnb said guests took a cab to the house and had someone help them get a golf cart so that's what we did but no one was around.
We did get the owner on the phone and she graciously called Prima Golf Carts ahead for us and made a reservation, but we didn't meet anyone at the house until the last night of our stay.
Not a big deal because it all worked out, just wouldn't depend on having them around to get the lay of the land.
We stayed for two nights which was perfect for us - ending both days on that second floor balcony looking up at the stars, hearing the ocean and enjoying some good tequila.
Please print your itinerary for arrival instructions to the house and the key will not be provided to you by the house keeper or owners next door upon arrival.
Thank you for your stay. Nothing is perfect but the Seashell house has qualities that makes it better than so many other experiences :)
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I love what I do here in Cancun and I have held the #1 position on Tripadvisor for the quality of my rooms and attention to my guests.
I traded Canada for Cancun when I was 24 because I had a desire to never have to return to " reality" after vacation again. Mexico proved to be a wonderful place to live.
For ten years I worked in all the top luxury hotels in front end service and I learned so many things that can help you have a fabulous experience. I'm here full time, not an absentee owner.
The desire to vacation never went away and we enjoy it more than ever. Every four months we head overseas to major world cities to open our minds and have new experiences .... and are always looking for ways to serve you better ~ we love what we do .
Sincerely , Michelle