The Seashell House ~ Casa Caracol

House - Entire home/apt · Isla Mujeres, Mexico

World famous Seashell house has been featured in most unusual homes and HGTV :)

The Space

A brilliant architect (Eduardo) and his lovely wife (Raquel) constructed this incredibly unique property to enhance your stay on this tropical quiet island . I fell in love with them and The Seashell House or " Casa Caracol " after my first visit...I live nearby and am excited to be able to help them as they will be your hosts on this island paradise.

If busy pools with loud music and crowds is not your style then the SEASHELL HOUSES may be the perfect place for you and your family or loved one !

Nearest airport : Cancun International

Nearest port :. Puerto Juarez or Playa Tortugas
Ferry across to Isla Mujeres

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)


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.

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.



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


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.

Guest Access

Guests have access to the BBQ by the entrance gate as well .

Interaction with Guests

I bring the experience to the world with appearances on HGTV and travel magazines but 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 .

The Neighborhood

The neighborhood is beautifully peaceful and quiet . At night it is very dark and very serene .

Getting around

A golf cart is necessary as the Seashell House is located in a residential area.

Other Things to Note

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

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1500 /week
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We really enjoyed our stay here! The house is one-of-a-kind, and the owners are right next door in case of any issues. As long as you have your own transportation ( a golf cart is recommended), being on this, the quiet end of the island, is the place to be. A truly unique getaway!

    April 2014
  • Michele, un encanto de mujer y pura amabilidad. Nos trajo hasta el desayuno y se preocupó de que no nos faltara de nada. La casa es preciosa y el lugar transmite una paz increíble.

    February 2014
  • We stayed two nights at the Seashell House in january. It's a nice house who gets a lot of attention by people driving by. It's a little outdated inside, and could really need a bit of upgrading! Low water-preasure, and tired kitchen. A bit overpriced cuz of this I think, but it works ok. The older lady/owner next door is the sweetest thing on earth, and was there to help/answer questions 24/7. You DO need a car her(at least a golfcar), 100% for sure. The sea is across the road, but its rocky and high level over the sea. Great for walks though. Not possible to swim from there, so you need to drive to get the nice beaches!
    Overall a nice experience :-)

    January 2014
  • My friend and I stayed at the sea shell house recently for 3 nights, it was wonderful! The owner Raquel could not have been any sweeter or helpful. When we arrived our golf cart had broken down up the street from the house and Raquel did not hesitate to call the company speak with the gentleman and arrange for a new golf cart to be brought up to the house! The house itself was beautiful and very private. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend this place to anyone. Thanks again Raquel for your wonderful hospitality and the nice welcome bottle of tequila!

    January 2014
  • Our stay in the seashell house was spectacular!! The hosts where amazing and very helpful. They offered to give us ride to downtown or even to the super market any time. The house is very unique and everyone on the island knows it.

    January 2014
  • We had an excellent stay at the Seashell house! The owner Raquel was so sweet and helpful. She drove us to the supermarket the first night, helped us rent a golf cart, and introduced us to her son who works at a hotel and rented us sun beds for free. The house was just as beautiful as in the pictures, it was clean and had all the necessary equipments. Our stay could not have been better, highly recommended!

    December 2013
  • Casa Caracol was a blast to stay at. The owner Raquel lives nextdoor and was more than helpful with anything we needed. The house is about a 20 minute ride from town on your rented golf cart. Or less than 10 by taxi. Great location away from the busy downtown area. Tourists stop by several times a day to take photos of the house. Nice little pool too.

    November 2013
  • Casa Caracol is simply amazing! It's a paradise, even better than in the pictures!

    The communication was great, easy check-in with pick up at the airport included, and then a personal welcome by Raquel and Eduardo. Lovely couple!

    Living next to the owner (and architect of the house) makes the experience even more authentic.

    I would definitely come back!

    November 2013
  • We have a lovely stay in this wonderful house. The architects live just nearby the property and are very nice, always there to give advice. I highly recommend staying them if you have the chance to. Don't miss to go see the whale sharks if you're there between May and September!

    August 2013
  • Casa Caracol is quite literally Paradise on earth. The photos are wonderful but the reality surpasses all expectations. The house, swimming pool and gardens are all exquisitely designed, the beds dreamily comfortable and the a/c made sleeping at night in this hot Caribbean climate a joy. All contact, apart from the initial booking, was with the owners Raquel and Eduardo who live next door. They are wonderful, kind people who bent over backwards to help us, especially when our younger daughter got sick. There's lots to do on the island but frankly, we were happy to be at the house for over half the time, it is such a lovely place.

    July 2013
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We are at present moment #1 in Cancun on review sites for the quality of our rooms and attention to our 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 .
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