Cue Sebastian’s “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid…
Casa Caracol is a sea shell house situated in Isla Mujeres, a 3.5 mile long sliver of land just off the coast of Cancún, Mexico. Listed at $275 a night on Airbnb, you can enjoy an entire house that includes a private pool, a fully furnished kitchen, BBQ grill, and four bedrooms with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. Rent a golf cart to access the beautiful beaches throughout the island, which are only minutes away.
A history in a (nut)shell: Casa Caracol was built by architect Eduardo Ocampo, who first visited Isla Mujeres in 1994. Moved by the vibrant aquatic life surrounding the island, Ocampo sought to recreate the underwater environment by incorporating sea shells in all parts of the house.
The exterior portion of Casa Caracol literally mimics the sea shell shape and includes the spiraled, pointed end of the shell as the highest point of the house. Ceilings of the ground floor are curved and rounded rather than flat and squared to emulate the insides of a shell. Every bit of interior decoration – from faucet handles, tiles, to shower heads – are accented with real shell pieces like conch, cockles, and whelk. Even bedposts come in the shape of shells.
Today, Ocampo’s wife Raquel and daughter Vanessa manage the house to make available as a rental home for Airbnb customers. Many have left raving reviews about their paradise-like experiences, citing the home’s unique architecture, family-friendly vacation environment, and good weather. Here’s just a sample of the plethora of positive reviews:
“You were embraced by the art and sculpture of nature in the entire sea shell home. Each corner you turned told a story and it was magical to hear the rain at night and wake up to sunshine every morning… 5 stars!”
And another one:
“The sea shell house is the most magical place on earth. We saw the house years ago and when we saw it was available to rent we knew we must go! Everything was beyond perfect and we were taken care of like family. Best vacation ever.”
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Convinced that Casa Caracol is your next vacation spot? Hurry on and make your Caribbean paradise dreams come to reality!