February 2014We LOVE Casa Roca Caribe! We loved it all - the house, the people, the golf carts, the surf, the wind, the sun, the food, the beauty, the snorkeling. It just couldn't have been better. We rented the whole house for a week for four couples. It was the perfect place for a group to chill and entertain. The house was even more beautiful than we expected, with authentic Mexican touches throughout. It is located in a unique neighborhood, with the Caribbean sparkling in front and a quiet dead-end street in back. It is very safe and conveniently located. You can walk to La Ronco mini-store (fresh squeezed OJ!) and Mango Cafe, and you can drive your golf cart to Chedraui (supermarket) and the 50 peso snorkeling beach in no time. Lorenzo Sousa, a friend of Jimbo and our friend now, took us on a private snorkeling tour, cooked an amazing fresh lobster and shrimp dinner for us, and gave us many island tips. Lidia, the housekeeper, took great care of us and the house. Although Jimbo was in Colorado during our stay, he was just an email or phone call away. If you want to have a memorable visit to Isla Mujeres, hop in your golf cart and go to Casa Roca Caribe. We'll be back! With many many thanks to Jimbo for being such a terrific host - Ruth M
April 2013 "We just finished our 10 day vacation at Casa Roca Caribe and are a little sad to be back in Maine already. This year we were a group of 3 adult couples and one party-crashing surprise guest (a friend from last years trip) and were all more than comfortable due to Jimbo and Karen's doting on us.
Casa Roca Caribe has to be owned by two of the nicest people and I highly recommend staying here to ANYONE that is looking for a house a little out of town but still close to some great restaurants and stores.
I also STRONGLY recommend using Jimbo's golf cart rental service so you have some wheels during your stay on la Isla - it's much more fun than riding in taxis!
What can I say about Casa Roca Caribe that I haven't already....the ocean is beautiful, the scenery is amazing, the breeze is intoxicating, and the location is absolute heavenly. If given a choice of being able to stay anywhere on the island I would choose this quiet little street 100% of the time - it's perfect!" -Hollie from ME
March 2013 "Our vacation consisted of 2 families with a total of 5 kids.... Casa Roca Caribe was PERFERCT for our stay....from the moment we walked through the door.....
we were greeted with Mexican music playing in the background and drinks sitting on ice! The place was very clean and the view was amazing!! Karen was in the US so we didn't get the chance to meet her, but Jimbo made sure our stay was perfect! He provided us with everything we needed!
He checked on us almost daily (he was never a bother!!) to make sure we were doing well and to see if we needed anything! Jimbo was very willing to answer any questions we had and gave us a lot of advice on where to eat, best beaches to go to, and other beautiful sights to see! He also made us feel very safe! This was my families first visit Mexico and I was a little nervous.... Jimbo took all anxiety away!
The residents of Isla Mujeres are so kind and friendly!! Jimbo also arranged for our golf carts! We started with one but decided right away we needed two..... within a couple of hours we had another one sitting in front of our door!" -Anne & Josh, Jodi & Dale from MN
February 2013 "Jimbo owns this house and makes it his mission to ensure you have a wonderful experience: rent a golf cart through him and not only is it delivered & picked up (and gas topped off for you) but then Jimbo gives you tips for the best beaches, restaurants, and sights -- as a local he knows the place inside and out.
You can borrow the cooler & beach chairs from the house, grab a few beers from the fridge, and the day is yours. Perfect place for adventure, relaxation, and freedom from the tourist-packed downtown area in Punta Norte.
Our 5 y/o daughter had a blast feeding bananas to the iguanas that live in the bushes below our balcony. It's a very kid-friendly place, with a heated pool on the Main Level and a jacuzzi on the Upper Level. Use the (steep) ladder to get down to the small beach below and collect those amazing conch shells. If Jimbo's place is booked, he can help you find another place to stay. He's American but has lived there for years.
This was our 3rd trip to Isla M. but by far our very best, and we plan on staying at Casa Roca Caribe again many times." -Jennifer & Scott from NJ
December 2012 "For my partner and I, the best way to survive the holiday season is to veg-out the week before in a place that is beautiful, serene and warm. Jimbo and his family understand this mindset in spades. They welcomed us with a bucket of cold ones and encouraged us to live as the friendly locals do: simply and slowly. Casa Roca Caribe ticked every box on our list and offered a LOT more than we ever expected. Highly recommended." -Trevor, Manchester, England
November 2012 "We loved our stay at Casa Roca Caribe and hope to return next November. You are a wonderful host and so sorry we did not get to meet Karen this trip.
I can not think of a thing to tell you that you would need to change. I was so impressed with the little things. We have never stayed at a hotel on isla have always rented private. I know these do not seem like much but I have gotten to a point where I stick extra garbage bags in my suit case because there is always only the one and no extras. We have always had to go buy more toilet paper and paper towel because there is only the one roll there to start with. I know it might seem silly but it was wonderful not having to deal with those kind of little things this time while on vacation.
Having the clean towels all the time and the sheets changed in the middle of the week in a private rental so impressed me, things can get pretty sandy and salty by the end of a week.
You dealing with and taking care of the golf cart for us and being able to have it paid for ahead of time was a huge plus in my book all so.
Already miss you and the island.
Hope to see you next November.
Take Care and once again thank you for a wonderful vacation." -Patti & Gary, Clinton, WI
October, 2012 "Great time at Casa Roca Caribe. Jimbo and Karen were great hosts with very helpful information and advice about the island. Comfortable home with awesome views. House has everything you need for a great getaway on the isla. We will definitely go back. Thanks again!!"- Lisa & David, Cypress, TX
September, 2012 "First of all Jimbo thank you for sharing your home! You are a great host and I appreciated your help when needed.
Thanks for the lift to the Ferry and making the transition from the "busy life" to Island time easy and ENCOURAGING it. I choose to stay away from the big Hotels and while I understand that is not for everyone, it is for me.
So...Casa Roca Caribe was a perfect fit. Isla Mujure is unique if you want to experience the people and culture. The beauty of the island is pure magic. I will long remember the view of sunrise from the deck and sparkling water from the full moon -stamped in my memory.
Stayed on the first floor and loved it. Walking distance to Mango Cafe was awesome! We had so much fun there and best fish tacos, I have ever eaten. After a long day I always felt like I was returning home and I found that to be comforting. I have traveled quite a bit and have many good memories.
This is one- I would like to repeat and I do not say that often. To anyone who is open minded and not "suffering" cookie cutter thinking- visit Casa Roca Caribe." -Carol, OH
August 2012 “Splendid Time in Caribbean Thanks to Casa Roca Caribe”
We came down for a few days in late August. It was much more relaxing than I had anticipated because I was concerned about the culture shock. How glad am I that we stayed at Jimbo and Karen's and not some random hotel! Jimbo was such a wonderful host. We rented the lower level while Jimbo stayed in the upper apartment--he was always there when we needed him for advice and suggestions. He showed us the map in the living room and gave us tips on where to go for meals, where to park, which beaches were good for which activities, how much the cabs should cost (some cabbies will up the price for us gringo tourists), as well as talking about Mexican culture and the friends he's met on the island. So lovely! Everyone we met those days were so kind, and were very helpful when I tried to use my college Spanish. Some people even tried to teach me Mayan!
In our lower apartment, we had breakfast on the patio everyday with the waves and beach right there to watch the sunrise. The cross breeze was wonderful and we never had to use the air conditioner. That was crazy awesome! : ) We were so comfortable. The kitchen was a good size with supplies and those huge bottled water jugs that Jimbo stocked fresh for us--we did not nearly go through it. A short walk from the house...literally, a minute, is the Mango Cafe (DELISH) and a convenience store that I believe was called Ronco's where we got some pasta and ice cream for dinner one night and some cereal and milk for breakfast, though most meals we ate out. Significantly cheaper than the States and the food just made me want to melt into my seat.... Mango Cafe, Compadres, and Lola Valentina.
There is a ladder to the side of the property to access the beach below. I strongly recommend going down at least once! The waves were a little high while we were there because of Isaac's rotation in the North, but I'd say you could certainly swim there on calmer days...even snorkel! The beach itself is gorgeous because there are conch shells all over the place and wave weathered stones with little snails all over them. When you come back up from the beach, there is an outside shower on the patio to rinse off sand.
We had fresh towels delivered to us during our stay and a bucket of Dos Equis and Sol awaiting our arrival. The maid came through once, and Jimbo made sure the pool was running smoothly for us. How fun to come home from the beach and just be able to hop right into the pool overlooking the ocean.
I specifically went to Isla to swim with the whale sharks. Because of Isaac's choppiness, the tours were canceled for several days in a row. The day we went out, our tour company ( the AMAZING "On Isla Mujeres" by Jorge de la O and Dianne) had simply postponed our departure to wait out the weather, whereas the other companies flat out canceled. So we still got out on the water for a day, and saw dolphins, sword fish, and sea turtles. No sharks...but we went toward the end of the season, we were the only boat out there looking for them, and they very well may have dove below the surface because of the waves. "On Isla Mujeres" came recommended by Jimbo, of course, and he was right on. The whole crew...Jorge, Dianne, Luis, and Mario were superbly helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. We caught a fish that they prepared for us on the boat with lemon juice and shrimp and onions and something salsa-y. Right from the sea! So neat. Then they took us snorkeling at a reef with our guide Mario and I saw some amazing fish.
More props to our host of Casa Roca Caribe! He stayed in contact with our tour company during the first two days while we waited to see if we were going to be able to go or not, and took that pressure off of us. :)
In the end, I would not have had the experience that I did had I not stayed at Casa Roca Caribe. Our host was fantastic. We felt at ease and cared for and were given the knowhow to navigate the island and meet the locals and explore the Mexican culture and the Caribbean scenery. So lovely! -Christine, Dublin, OH
August 2012 “5 days in paradise....” Casa Roca Caribe was the place I had been looking for on previous trips to Isla. I met Jimbo last year in August, and got the tour of the place.
I instantly knew I wanted to stay there during my next trip. Actually, I didn't want to leave at all once I was there, but we already had a hotel on Playa Norte. Jimbo was so nice, and showed us parts of Isla I had never seen, or even knew existed! He soon became a GREAT friend when I had a "lost traveling companion emergency" on our 2nd day there. :) No worries...we found her safe and sound, and a little hung over.
My sister, brother-in-law, and I stayed for 5 days last week, and although 5 days is not NEAR long enough to stay on Isla, we had a GREAT time. There was nothing about the house that I could say needed improvement. We even got a bonus....the crabs seeking the moon via our shower drain (ok, just one small crab...but gosh he was cute! ). The iguanas in the morning that LOVE cheese...or anything you feed them, but especially cheese.
The pool...OHHHH the pool. We pretty much lived in it while at the house. The beds are very comfortable, and we only needed the AC during the hottest parts of the day, as there is a niceeee breeze off the Caribbean. Especially while lying in the hammock on the back patio at night...not to mention the sound of the waves.
The fully stocked kitchen was really nice for breakfast and coffee in the mornings, while we soaked in the sunrise from the patio. Words do it no justice. We chose to rent a golf cart for the week, but next time I think I will just use the taxi. They come by every 5 minutes or so.
The neighbors were so friendly...always waving and speaking as we walked the neighborhood, or took off on the cart. This is the perfect location and a beautiful house/apt to stay in. Can't wait to book next trip! :) -Kodi, Denton, TX
Staying in el Centro close to the North Beach is amazing, but it can also get loud and crowded. If you are feeling like you need to step back and feel like you are in Mexico and enjoy the authentic feel of the country, you should try Casa Roca Caribe.
We have stayed all over the island and enjoy trying new places but this is one place where we will definitely stay again and probably again! Jimbo and Karen do so much to make your stay comfortable and they are so helpful. Walk down the hill to Monchi's or Mango Cafe and it just doesn't get any better than that!
The perfect send off (if you just have to leave the island!) is Jimbo driving you to the ferry and asking to please let him know when you are safely home. -Barbie & Gary, TX
July 2012 "We loved our recent visit to Casa Roca Caribe. Jimbo, the owner, made us feel welcome at his property. He was able to provide us with valuable information as this was our first time on the island. Jimbo made himself available in case we needed anything.
The property was in good condition and we loved the pool and hot tub. The view is spectacular from the back patio. We thoroughly enjoyed going down to the beach directly behind the house and searching for sand glass to take home as souveniers.
Next time we visit Isla Mujeres, we will be staying here." -Jesse & Rhonni, Sabetha, KS June, 2012 “A little slice of heaven ...”
"In July 2011, we stayed at a little casa in Colonia La Gloria. We enjoyed it there, but one afternoon, having strolled down to Casa Roca Caribe to check out the accommodations for a future trip, we were completely WOWed by what we found there, and actually sorry that we hadn't chosen it for our inaugural Isla trip.
We went home and immediately booked, and have now just returned from two glorious weeks (June 2012) at Jimbo & Karen's place. We could not have been more pleased with the house, which has absolutely all of the comforts of home. But unlike home, the view - oh! the view! - We rented the lower pool level and can't even begin to describe how wonderful it was to gaze out at the Caribbean countless times each day, and to just listen to the waves rush in. It was heavenly!
The house is clean and spacious, beds are very comfy, bathroom is large and unlike a lot of Mexican rentals, water pressure in the shower was perfect. It was also nice to have a washer and dryer on premises. The pool was sparkling and refreshing, and Jimbo made sure that it was tended perfectly. He also routinely checked to make sure that we had fresh beach and bath towels, which was really nice. Lidia, the maid, did a beautiful job cleaning after our first week (please do tip her!), and we appreciated Jimbo arranging for her to come in.
It's swelteringly hot on Isla during the summer months, but even though the house has A/C, we rarely needed to use it as the cross-breeze coming off the ocean cools the house nicely. The location itself is ideal, tucked away down a short residential street so that you're not in the thick of things, but still very much a part of a real Mexican neighborhood. We went to the beach most days, and found it very easy to catch taxis by walking a short way down the hill. Also really enjoyed having a convenience store a short stroll away.
Back at the house, we loved the rooster crowing next door and the sights and sounds of people going about their daily lives up and down the lane. Mango Cafe, just about a 30-second stroll away, is one of the BEST restaurants on Isla, and we ate there several times. Also enjoyed Monchi's, which is about a 35-second walk away!
Jimbo and Karen have truly thought of everything, but more so, they are the consummate hosts and truly made us feel that their home was OUR home. They were attentive and responsive without being intrusive - I believe this is a fine art that they have mastered! We could not have asked for a more enjoyable two week holiday, and I will admit that I shed a few tears upon our return home. I missed Isla and Casa Roca Caribe THAT much!
Before we left on our final day, we made sure to give Jimbo our deposit for 2013. We simply could not walk out of there without knowing for certain that we WILL return ... and now we have something to look forward to! We feel privileged to have been able to stay at Casa Roca Caribe, and to now count Karen and Jimbo (and their sweet little dog, Leo) as not merely folks we've rented from - but as our FRIENDS!" -Jen & Rocky, Fort Worth, TX
April, 2012 “unique and wonderful! cant wait to return!” There is NOTHING like sleeping with the breezes coming in from the ocean , and the sound of the waves crashing in on the rocks all night! We just loved Casa Roca from the moment we walked in the door! Also enjoyed the crowing of the rooster that lives next door. Wonderful house. Spectacular views of the ocean. The pool and hammock on the first floor deck are great, the hot tub jaqcuzzi on the second level deck is great; both with the wind and the view and the sound of the crashing surf.
The area is populated with locals and is very calming and relaxing. You really get a "local" feel for this wonderful island, one that is different than the other areas; one we think is not to be missed. And being that close to the ocean on the more natural and rugged eastern side of the island is a must in our opinion. Also, it's a one minute walk to the mango Cafe, our absolute favorite place to eat all 3 meals on the island!
We took Jimbo's tour in his pickup truck right when we arrived and it was the smartest thing we did; gave us a great feel for the entire island and where we wanted to go.
It's in a perfect location on the island, sort of right in he middle. So you can get away from the throngs of people and the noise of the more touristy end of the island, but close enough to easily visit all parts of the island with a golf cart or by cab. The golf cart we rented for the week is perfect and strongly recommended.
My wife and I also had massages by a woman who comes to the house. What a way to get a massage, on the deck in the warmth from the sun and with those lovely breezes off the ocean and the relaxing surf sounds. We highly recommend this.
We visited some fancy hotels near the big beaches with their sterile, modern rooms that felt like you were in Las Vegas or New York -- not our cup of tea. Casa Roca Caribe is all it's advertised to be and more! -Tom & Nora, Minneapolis, MN
March 2012: A Beautiful place, a great host” We spent a week on Isle and it was great. When checking out places to stay we stumbled on Jimbo and Karen place. I had email Jimbo and found out the the place was rented for our first 3 days, but was open for the last 4 days. Jimbo was great, he helped me find a condo to stay in for the first 3 days on north beach area and took care of booking it. He is a great resource for anything about Isle and emails you back, It gives you a great feeling of having a friend and resource on your travel.
After our 3 day stay at the condo Jimbo's son picked us up in his truck and delivered us to casa roca caribe. the place was great. It's located in the middle of Isle on the coast. A beautiful view of the ocean. We had a grocery store down the street, and several place to eat were close. Jimbo gave us the tour of the house, and showed the steps to get down to the ocean. We had a great time. When we had to leave Jimbo took us to the ferry in town. If you need a place to stay this is it. If it is booked still use Jimbo as a reference to help you find a place. -Steve & Angie, Kansas City, MO
March 2012 "We took a gamble, and sent money ahead of time to secure our upstairs portion of the building without knowing anything about this location. When we arrived, Jimbo was a gracious host even though we arrived on the last ferry due to problems beyond our control. My wife and I (and our three boys, 9 year old twins and 11 year old son) were graciously welcomed and taken to our wonderful level of this great location at midnight.
I would highly recommend Jimbo and Karen's Casa Roca Caribe! I have been traveling to Isla Mujeres since 1989, and have never felt as welcomed at any location in Isla Mujeres as I did here. I don't want to say much more, as I don't want to be bumped out of having the ability to rent this location, but I have to be honest as I have trusted "tripadvisor" in the past and will in the future. Keep another thing in mind...If Jimbo and Karen don't have room at Casa Roca Caribe available for your dates, they have many other rental locations that they know about, and can point you in the right direction.
If you are going to Isla Mujeres for the first time, you are going to the greatest place in the Caribbean portion of Mexico. Have a great time!!!!" -Kraig & Janine, MN January, 2012 "Your own private ocean views and breezes (shell hunting too) complete with swimming pool on one level and jacuzzi on the other, this central location allows for enjoying local neighborhood activities and excellent eateries (including the famous Mango Cafe) while still being close to both Playa Norte and the centro and Punta Sur. We rented the downstairs for five days and didn't want to leave. Jim is a wonderful host, helpful and nearby but not hovering, full of great tips on enjoying the whole island. Every day was a rewarding adventure whether we were walking, renting a golf cart to go further afield, such as to the Zama Beach resort, or taking an inexpensive cab to the centro with its beaches, great restaurants and shopping promenade on Hidalgo Street. Highly recommended for a real sense of island life." Deb & Shelley, NM
"Found Casa Roca Caribe on Home Away website and it looked like everything I like in a travel destination and so I was really happy to find out that reality matched the website. Jimbo and Karen are lovely and as everyone has said and they provide wonderful concierge service. The house has a great lay out upstairs and down. we were there for ten days and originally were going to stay upstairs for 5 nights and then switch to downstairs but we loved the upstairs patio overlooking the street. Every night we made salsa and cocktails and watched the sunset and chatted with people. One of the best things we loved about being mid island was being in a neighborhood and observing the daily lives of all of the people who lived there. And then the really best part were all of the bicycle vendors who honk and drive by with everything from pastries and breads to fruits and/or gas. Of course the setting iitself is fantastic and the crashing waves against the coral are very sleep inducing! Beaches are beautiful. Cabs are cheap and very plentiful...The food everywhere is excellent. I highly recommend a ceviche and tequila diet and of course I would love to go back." -Annie & Jim, VT
November, 2011 "I echo all of the sentiments of the reviews prior to ours and they were part of the reason why we booked a weeks stay at Casa Roca Caribe. We were not disappointed! Enough can't be said about the value of the rental and how hard Jimbo works to make sure you have everything you need. Towels and water are replaced before you even have to ask, but unlike a hotel, someone is not knocking on your door first thing in the morning to do it! My favorite thing was being able to spend every morning enjoying a cup of coffee on the patio watching the rising sun and ending the day by watching the moon rise. Not to mention the sounds of the waves as you fell asleep each night! One thing to note is that because of the steady breeze over the ocean, we did not have any mosquitos!!
A truly wonderful place to stay with unbelievable value. Enough can not be said about the care that the owners have for making sure guests have the best stay possible. The patio mere feet from the Caribbean can not be beat - we started and ended each day here!" -Dan & Nicole, Glen Allen, VA
October, 2011 "Great value! Stayed in the lower level with pool. Any place on the ocean side of the island is a treat and this was one was exceptional. Home with amenities you find at your own house. Cook in or eat out. Favorite moments were chilling on the back deck and watching the surf. Jimbo and Karen were close when we needed them but not bothersome - and they were truly nice people to just hang with.
Home was clean and well stocked with what we needed including filtered water and coffee maker. Store and eateries nearby. Catching a taxi to Playa Norte, La Gloria or Centro was easy.
Would come back in a heartbeat and probably will." -Cindy, Tulsa, OK
September 2011: "I just returned from my beautiful Isla and stayed for the first time (and most certainly NOT the last time) at Casa Roca Caribe. OMG! What can I say that hasn't been said before - not much.
It is truly paradise! From the moment I stepped inside this beautiful house I felt like I was at home! Jimbo and Karen are incredible hosts and treat you like family. They are there whenever you need anything and are truly gracious and caring people.
The house itself (I rented the main pool level) far exceeded my expectations. Pictures just can not do it justice. It is just beautiful! The view of the Caribbean, the sound of waves crashing on the rocks below, the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and watching the moon over the water on the terrace at night in the lighted pool are just of few of the many luxuries to be enjoyed at Casa Roca Caribe.
I am going back in May, 2012 and renting the entire house and I cant wait!!"
Diana, Toledo, OH
September, 2011: "Casa Roca Caribe was the perfect Honeymoon getaway from my wife and myself.
The hosts Jimbo & Karen were the ultimate - and exceeded our every whim! The Jimbo tour was well worth the time, and I highly recommend it to people staying on the island ( and not only with Jimbo) as it gives a great "lay of the land".
On our vacations, we tend to stay away from the highly touted resorts - and go for the relaxing, real life type place exactly like Casa Roca Caribe. If you work in a stressful environment or are looking to relax and enjoy a simpler life - Casa Roca Caribe is for you!
We will be back..." -Tod & Stephanie, San Antonio, Texas
July 2011: "Our vacation to Casa Roca Caribe was more than we could have hoped for. Jimbo and Karen made our experience special and treated us like family. They were helpful, informative and the condo was one of the best places to stay on the island. We don't like the "hotel" scene and this was perfect. It was like we moved in and made it our home. The condo had everything we could possibly need and is located on one of the best spots on the island. Pictures cannot do this place justice. There is nothing like sitting in the hot tub listening to the ocean waves crash on the shore. The only downfall was that we couldn't stay longer." -Sheila & Gary, Jefferson, Iowa
July 2011: "I just need to say a few words about our stay at Jimbo's this past week. My husband and I always like to stay in small cottage type places or rental properties, as we are NOT resort type people at all. ( Not that there is anything wrong with that....just not for us!!)
In looking at Casa Roca Caribe for any of you contemplating staying there, DO IT!!! Book right NOW!!! The house sits on a little local road with families, dogs, cats & roosters, all up and down it. The back of the house sits over a rocky shore line that day or night is a feast for your senses!! From the moment you awake to the sunrise from the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in, in all my life, you feel "IT".
Now, I can tell you that sitting out on the patio listening to the waves crash along the shore, seeing the different colors of blue roll through the water, and the big black wing span of the frigates that fly over head, smelling the salty air mixing with whatever the locals next door are cooking for their families, and tasting an ice cold cervesa, or possibly a nice blended drink from the very supplied full kitchen, and a plate full of conchinita pibil that we picked up from the mercado with soft warm tortillas and hot sauce, is "IT" for me.
That, is MY ISLA, and I would stay no where else when I return!!!" -Sue & Bill, New York
June 2011: "We just returned from a fantastic trip to Isla Mujeres. Casa Roca Caribe was a fantastic place to stay, right on the water with the whole ocean crashing outside your bedroom window. Jimbo's tour was excellent and gave us a good idea of what we wanted to do while we were in Isla. The accommodations were very comfortable - loved the bed.
Jimbo is right...you will sleep well here. We also appreciated how well-stocked the apartment was. Some of our favorite things were eating at the Mango Cafe, hiking down to Punta Sur, exploring on the beach, and swimming with the whale sharks (a must!). We loved eating at the Mango Cafe, our walk to Punta Sur, and swimming with the whale sharks. Getting around the island is quite easy- the cabs are plentiful and reasonable. The local people on Isla Mujeres are very friendly.
On our first day, Jimbo gave us an excellent tour of the island and helped us appreciate the local culture. The accommodations were very comfortable, especially the beds. We had everything we needed!
It was wonderful to wake up to the sound of crashing waves. We really enjoyed our stay at the Casa Roca Caribe!
We thank Jimbo for a great stay on Isla Mujeres!" -Amy & Alex, Chapel Hill, NC
June 2011: "My family and I stayed for a week this June. Jimbo is a wonderful host and maintains a beautiful property. The patio is by far the best That I have ever had to sit and relax on. The beds are better than what I sleep on at home. The kitchen has everything you need not only to make a great meal but a cocktail as well. You are only a block away from one of the "must go" restaurants Mango Cafe. In that same block is a little grocery store that has everything you need to make a great meal with mom and pop service that is lost here in the USA.
We have stayed at several places on Isla as well many more in Mexico. Casa Roca Caribe is the best. They have raised the bar for service and accommodations. Hope to have the opportunity to stay there again." -Brad & Sheri, Minnesota
"We recently returned from a six-night stay on the main floor of Casa Roca Caribe. I cannot speak highly enough about how fantastic this place and its owners are. For such an affordable rate, we had almost every amenity we could have asked for and loved not feeling like another old tourist in an impersonal hotel. Let's start with the main draw -- the balcony/pool. The pictures don't even do it justice (although I will try, as others have).
The pool is a good size, plenty of room to wade around while looking at the blue sea. The rest of the balcony area is big enough for about four people to sit comfortably.
The master bedroom is wonderful -- I don't think I've slept so well in years. The bed is big and comfy (a surprise considering other Mexican beds I've experienced) and the sound of the waves as we went to sleep and woke up was amazing. The bathroom is a good size too and I really enjoyed the big shower area. The spacious kitchen has everything you need to cook, plus a water cooler for fresh water.
The living room area is also decent, although it could get a bit uncomfortably sitting on cement couches (granted they do have cushions, but definitely something to get used to!).
The location of the house is a bit of a ways from Centro, the main tourist area on Isla, but we actually preferred the quieter, much more local vibe. The neighbors were all very kind and said hello whenever we'd pass them, and if you hear a guy on a bike yelling "panero!!", you better run outside and get some of the best bread and pastries. The house is in walking distance of a few restaurants, our favorites being Mango Cafe and Monchies, and a little store if you need some alcohol, drinks, or snacks. We even walked to Punta Sur, which isn't necessarily a quick little jaunt, but it's a nice 40 minute walk and you get to see some amazing houses. If you want to go anywhere on the island, taxis are constantly driving up and down and you can go anywhere for pretty cheap (30-60 pesos).
Jimbo and Karen are the owners of the house and live upstairs when no one is renting it. Their hospitality and kindness is unmatched -- when you stay here, you know you have owners who really care about your comfort and enjoyment.
Jimbo offers tours of the island to those who want it, and it was the most informative couple hours! We learned some really neat areas and restaurants to go to and also heard some great stories. Jimbo also hooked us up with a great guy, Lorenzo, who took us out snorkeling and caught us a fish for lunch. This was a highlight of the trip for us and we wouldn't have experienced it without Jimbo's suggestion.
Jimbo was beyond willing to do anything for us that would improve our stay (which wasn't even possible, because it was perfect).
I cannot say it enough -- if you're going to Isla, do yourself a favor and truly relax by staying at this hidden gem. You will not regret it, and you will be dying to go back!" -Beth, Utah
May 2011: "Just spent two wonderful weeks at Casa Roca Caribe. What a great place. The sunrises were spectacular. We also enjoyed the heat lightening show one night over the ocean -- truly spectacular!! Jimbo was a great host -- music blaring when we arrived, frosted glasses in the freezer, a warm welcome from Jimbo and Leo. Anything you needed, Jimbo was there to help. His tour of the island was also great. I did not realize how big the island was until that tour. I cannot wait to go back. It was home away from home and I was very sad to leave. A great time. Now counting the days until next May." -Joan & Lorraine, Philadelphia, PA
March 2011: "We have just returned from our 3rd visit to Isla. When we planned this trip I really wanted to step outside the comfort zone of North Beach that has been our locale the first visits. A bit of research led me to Casa Roca Caribe.
From the first email inquiring about availability until we bid Isla & Jimbo farewell, this choice was perfect. Although we only spent 3 of our 10 nights at CRC it was superb. Everything we needed to be comfortable was provided. The view from the balcony and the bedroom was amazing.
Hopefully the memory of the sound of the waves will last until our next trip. The location in a neighborhood made for fun people watching and everyone on the street responded with smiles to our holas. Jim and Karen have created and maintain a wonderful experience. Their web site has great information & the pics found there are “the true story”. We will definitely stay again." -Annette & Patrick, Sedro Wolley, WA
March 2011 "Some friends and I had a wonderful eleven night stay in the upper level of Casa Roca Caribe in late March of 2011. Isla Mujeres has been a yearly vacation for us for a number of years, so we were familiar with the island. Making home base mid-island though was a first for us, quite different from the hustle and bustle down town area of El Centro we were used to. Another first was being ocean side with the continuous fresh sea breeze and constant waves rolling in just outside our window. We all were anticipating a quiet, peaceful, relaxing get-away and Casa Roca Caribe delivered just that.
Our unit had two bedrooms, two baths (one full & one 3/4), a full kitchen with additional room for dining, all connected to a large living area with a grand view of the colorful Caribbean waters through a patio door onto the rear deck. The deck itself was small, but large enough to hold a big jacuzzi tub and a couple of tables with seating for six. The unit was tastefully decorated and included a number of amenities like TV, DVD player, stereo, microwave, a safe, wi-fi, and free bottled water. Each room had a king size bed. We also made use of a washer & dryer available in a common area of the lower level. The owner, Jimbo was an excellent host making sure we had everything we needed and that all was in working order.
The house is located on a residential street and is surrounded by homes on all sides except the back. So though it didn't have the traffic noise of Centro, there were other sounds visitors should be aware of. These included roosters crowing, turkeys gobbling, dogs barking and street vendors calling out their arrival. Our favorite of the street vendors was the “bread man” with his fresh tasty breads and baked goods. Some great dining nearby included the Mango Cafe, the Blue Iguana and Monchies restaurant. Ronco mini super is across from the Mango Cafe, nice for picking up necessities - orange juice was a favorite of ours. Also taxi's could be easily hailed on that corner for a short ride to other island destinations.
Casa Roca Caribe allowed us to “disconnect” (no electronics except music) and totally kick back and relax. We spent much of our time reading our favorite books, searching for shells and sea glass, and sipping cocktails while solving the worlds problems over great conversation. Oh, one last thing, the sunrises were awesome!" -Mike, Madison, WI
“Great Casa Mid Island!
We were welcomed with 2 frosty glasses in the freezer and music in the background, and after a long travel day from Xcalak, well this was a perfect way to start our stay at Jimbos comfortable casa. We felt right at home, Jimbo is nearby and always available for anything you may need! You really can say he is quite the concierge, especially when it comes to eating....he knows the best restaurants on the island!
We stayed pool level, very roomy for the 2 of us! The beds were quite cozy and the giant poofy pillows, AWESOME! Not to mention the view from the bed in the morning as well as the pool! I enjoyed my breakfast poolside watching the sunrise! Ahh to be back there right now!
Thank you again Jimbo, your hospitality is the BEST! You are truly a GEM! Cheers" -Judy & Ron, Chicago, IL
January 2011: "we really enjoyed our time a lot at casa roca....we enjoy the big space of the room and the living area....access internet for us it was very important to get contact with our family in Canada.....the pool was perfect nice size, and so warm with your new heating system. the master bed so comfortable...and the view....wow!" -Martin, Quebec
January, 2011: "Just returned from Isla and really enjoyed our stay at Casa Roca Caribe.
Jimbo is an excellent host and the house is really nice. This is the closest that we have ever stayed to the water. The waves break on the rocks just out in front of the house. The view is incredible. The house has everything you need and is in easy walking distance of restaurants and groceries.
It’s nice to have the homeowner on the Island to check on things and let you know about places to see and eat. We didn’t take Jimbo’s tour because this was our fifth trip to the Island but if you are new to Isla I would recommend it. He is very knowledgeable about the Island and will let you in on some places that a lot of the tourists don’t usually get to. We really enjoyed eating where the locals eat and it really saved us a lot of money over eating at the better known spots.
We stayed at two different places on this trip. The first part was at Jimbo and Karen’s place and then we went to the other side of the Island and stayed at one of the more upscale resorts on the Island. We much preferred Jimbo and Karen’s house.
The house is located in a section where you get a better feel for life on the Island. We really enjoyed interacting with the locals despite our limited Spanish. The residents and merchants in the neighborhood couldn’t have been nicer. We will definitely go back." -Steve & Johnita, Missouri
December 2010: "As I sit here in Central NY, having shoveled my driveway of snow yet again, I long to be back at Casa Roca Caribe.
If you long for a stay in paradise, in a home on the ocean, whose reality is better even than the pictures depict, this is the place for you! I appreciated the warmth and comfort of a house (not just another resort), with the amenities and character of a real home, and the bonus of an unlimited, free internet connection. (My son was taking his final exams remotely, and the connection proved to be invaluable and reliable!) The view from the deck was breath-taking, and it was a true delight to fall asleep in the king-size bed, to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore below. A trip down to the beach afforded us with all the sea-glass and shells we could carry.
The house is located at a mid-point on the island, convenient to the wonderful Cafe Mango where we enjoyed many wonderful meals (owners Lori and Palo made us feel like family!), and a little store where we could get fresh-squeezed fruit juice most mornings. It is on a quiet street which made us feel a part of the real Mexico! We happened to arrive on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a huge feast for the Mexican people, so there was much celebrating on our first night on the island.
And then there is Jimbo, the owner of the house. His genuine love and enthusiasm for the island is contagious! We took his tour of the island on the second day of our stay, which gave us an abundant amount of useful information about where to go, what to do, and where to eat while on the island. Anything you need to know before or during your stay, Jimbo is there for you.
So I give Casa Roca Caribe a total thumbs up and hope to get back there sometime soon!" -Pat, New York
December, 2010: "The 4 of us (2 couples) started off our New Year at Casa Roca Caribe on Isla Mujeres. As soon as we arrived at the condo we felt instantly at home.
I had an idea on what the condo looked like from the pictures on the internet but in person the place was even better. The owner was there to meet us and to show us around the property. He already had the jacuzzi warmed up for us which was a nice treat after a long day of traveling.
The owner happily answered any questions we had and provided us with tons of ideas on what to do and where to go. We arrived after dark so were unable to enjoy the view from the patio until the next morning but when the sun came up the view ocean is spectacular.
The kitchen is fully stocked with appliances, utensils and dishes. You would easily be able to cook a full meal at home if you wanted but we ate most of our dinners down on Hidalgo St. in town. Even though we didn't cook anything elaborate in the kitchen, it was really nice to be able to have a quick breakfast in the morning before we started out daily adventures. Everything we needed was really close to the condo.
Ronco's Market is barely a block away (most groceries, selection of beer, liquor and wine, household items) the people there were very pleasant and even helped me with counting in Spanish.
The Mango Cafe is across the street to Ronco's and we had an amazing breakfast there (try the stuffed poblano pepper). The late night take out place, on the opposite side of the street of Mango. Arriving late we decided to pick up our first Mexican meal here. I am so happy we did because we had time to eat there two more times. The food was authentic and amazing, make sure you try the hot sauce in the bag they give you. The ladies there were so friendly and the price of our meal was even better. I think that we will be talking about this place for years to come.
We were easily able to catch taxis from the corner 1 block west of the Mango. I don't think that we wait for a taxi more than 5 minutes once.
Playa Norte, Awesome beach. The water was nice and shallow and the sand was perfect. 30 pesos taxi
Hidalgo St. Walking street with tons of street vendors and restaurants. Good place to do some bartering and have a beer. If you want to watch a hockey there is a pub there that has games. taxi 20-30 pesos
We rented a golf cart one day and that was a fun way to tour the island. Two of us walked to centro one morning and it took less than 40mins.
I can't wait to return." -Tyler & Carleigh, Ontario, Canada
November, 2010 "I just spent three weeks at Jimbo and Karen's Casa Roca Caribe and it was the BEST vacation I have ever had!!! The place was wonderful...way larger that I thought it was going to be. The bedrooms were very large and the beds comfortable. The kitchen had everything you need which was essential for my three week stay. Dining room was wonder and the living room was fabulous. The view from the back deck overlooking the ocean was to die for and the pool a delight. And the location perfect....in a quiet area but very close to restaurants, shopping and night life. I will be staying at Casa Roca Caribe every time from now on which is usually once or twice a year. Owners, Jimbo and Karen, were incredible and so accommodating. I just cant say enough about this wonderful place!!" -Susan, Parker, Colorado
October, 2010 "I have been traveling to Isla Mujeres for 20 years now and have stayed in many places around the island.
Isla Mujeres is truly one of our favorite destinations. The island has a certain magic that only those who have spent time there and connected with it, can really understand. I have returned from other vacations to other destinations and felt I had to recover from my trips. When returning from Isla Mujeres, all I feel is a longing to return there. Casa Roca Caribe is truly an amazing spot on this wonderful island. I have stayed there twice now and will stay again in 2011. Jimbo and Karen have created a truly amazing place to unwind and enjoy the Caribbean. Casa Roca Caribe is a 2 bedroom, full kitchen, living room, dining room, pool downstairs and almost identical upstairs, except for an additional bathroom upstairs and a Jacuzzi instead of a pool.
Jimbo and Karen’s unique experiences of actually living on the island help to know what your needs will be. There is a full size washer and drier on the property to save you from having to lug clothes to the Laundromat, or allow you to pack less for longer trips. Located in an actual peaceful Mexican neighborhood, Casa Roca Caribe allows you to have the true mexico AND the resort/villa experience on your trip. It is directly on the shore, nothing between you and your and fabulous view, except an occasional pelican. Jimbo has a local (Mexican Cell) phone and also a US number that rings to him there as well if you need anything at all. Make sure to get some recommendations on great out of the way spots for food and exploring from Jimbo and Karen." -Tony, California
September, 2010 "Jimbo and Karen, I just want to say how wonderful it was to stay at your house. It was so beautiful and comfortable. The sounds of the ocean rocked us to sleep every night.
Your kindness and being so helpful made us feel right at home on the island.
We will always know where to come when we visit Isla again and will recommend your place to everyone.
Thanks again for your hospitality and generosity for making our stay worthwhile." -Bill & Cassie, Austin, TX
August, 2010 "I extended my stay on Isle Mujeres because I was having such an amazing time on the island and staying at Casa Roca Caribe.
Jim and his wife made me feel totally at home and taken care of.
The house is a gem, (house, pool, ocean. wow!). The amenities like washer and dryer, Jimbo's great CD collection, the hammock all wonderful touches.
On a quiet, truly rustic Mexican street on a truly rustic Mexican island just minutes from the glamour of Cancun by ferry, there's is a very special property and I felt really lucky to find it!
Check it out and remember to listen for the man on his bike balancing the steaming pot of fresh corn who comes by their street every afternoon around 4:30pm!!!" -Christopher, Brooklyn, NY
July, 2010 "We just returned from a two week stay on Isla.
The first week we stayed at Jimbo’s Casa Roca Caribe. The house was fantastic.
When you walk inside the house you have this beautiful view of the Caribbean and the swimming pool on the back terrace . The kitchen has a regular size gas stove and new refrigerator. We found plenty of dishes and cookware. The kitchen has tons of counter space - has a coffee maker, toaster, blender ... all the usual stuff.
The master bedroom has a huge window which opens up to the ocean side – the bed was super comfy and I loved the locking closet with the extra safe inside for even more security .
The 2nd bedroom was perfect for our son – 2 twin beds and a cold AC. The living room was comfy and the wi-fi kept my son occupied at night. He found an app for his ipod that allowed him to text all his friends back home thru the internet. The bathroom was huge –
The house was decorated in local décor – I loved the color on the master bedroom walls….The pool was great for us – we spent most mornings in the pool playing water basketball and just hanging out.
The beach below the house seemed like a long way down at first. You have to go to the neighbor’s backyard and use a built in ladder to get down to the beach. After the 2nd day I was on the beach about 3 times a day gathering all the sea glass – yes, I said ALL the sea glass I could carry! I found tons of shells and a couple of really nice unusual shells too. I’ll post photos later… The neighbor’s house was being rented by a husband/wife/young child who I think were from Mexico City – on vacation. I talked with the wife – I believe her name is “Jeanie;” she wanted to know what I was picking up down on the beach. So I showed her and every day after that I would see her down on the beach picking up sea glass!
We sponsor one of the students on Isla who’s in college now and asked Jimbo if it would be ok to have the family over for a pizza/pool night. Of course he said it wouldn’t be any problem. The kids loved the pool – and our pizza came from Sesoloco’s (who delivers!)
We ate at Mango Café – my son loved their West Indies Chicken Tacos. Also tried Dona Maria loncheria – great salbutes…and I almost forgot to mention La Bruja. We found ‘baseball tacos’ which is called something else now – and is not at the ball field. Still – the tacos are awesome there.
Jimbo and Karen are two of the nicest people – we didn’t notice them being there, yet if we needed something all we had to do was ask. If we needed a cab – Jimbo would call a taxi ( #44 - Plu) and within minutes we had our ride. We did our laundry before we left which was a huge bonus since we had another week left on the island.
And Leo – the Italian Greyhound – resident dog was a perfect little buddy to lay out at the pool with. On the mornings we made pancakes he would come down to visit as soon as the aroma wafted from our kitchen. He’s such a cute little dog – and we missed ours terribly so Leo kinda took our minds off worrying about our dog back home.
At the end of our 1st week I didn’t want to leave Casa Roca Caribe. The location was great – the pool, relaxing and the beach – amazing!!
Thank you Jimbo and Karen, for sharing your house with us - we cant wait to come back!" -Mark & Carolyn, Paquoson, VA
June 22, 2010 Review from VRBO: *** Review Information ************************************* Property/Unit : 295753 - "Isla Mujeres Best Deal on an Ocean Front Home!" Property Location: mexico, yucatan-mayan-riviera, quintana-roo, isla-mujeres, colonia-meteorologic Reviewer NickName: Steve & Anita Reviewer Location: North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA Date of Arrival : Jun 22, 2010 Name on Contract : Steve & Anita Review Rating : 5/5 Review Title : 993752 - "Perfect, relaxing anniversary trip at Jimbo & Karen's place" "My wife loves the beach, and we wanted to spend our 20th anniversary someplace beautiful and low-key. Boy, did we find the right place!
Casa Roca Caribe is a very clean & comfortable rental at a great price. We stayed 9 nights in June, and easily could have stayed much longer.
The owner & his wife live upstairs, and were accessible and helpful, but never intrusive.
The house is on a quiet dead-end street in a small Mexican neighborhood. If you want a convenient mid-island location [which turned out great for us], and a master bedroom and patio overlooking a rocky beach [interspersed with sandy areas] that produces great surf sounds 24/7, read on. We had been to Mexican border towns before, but never inland.
Isla Mujeres is very Mexican -- if you want glitz, it’s not the right place for you.
The people there are very friendly [though beware the hawkers in Centro!],
and there was easily enough to do on the island to keep us occupied at our leisurely pace.
We didn’t have a car and it worked great. Jimbo called us a cab a few times,
but we often just walked a block to catch one – they are everywhere.
We rented a golf cart for one day, and it was useful to get the lay of the land and fun to tool around in. But the island is so small we didn’t feel the need for a 2nd day, and just taking cabs was both convenient and much more economical. Because we wanted to relax, we spent a LOT of time on the patio watching the surf,
reading, sunning, and dozing. A quick dip in the pool was welcome in the afternoon.
We bought a few groceries at the local store, and had breakfast in [Café Mango has great breakfasts just down the street – we just don’t like to get out in the morning].
We’d eat lunch and/or dinner out, and typically have leftovers that we’d bring back to eat surf-side. Man, that ocean is nice any time day or night! Centro [north end of the island, where the ferry arrives] is the main hub of activity,
and has plenty of shopping and restaurants. Punta Sur [south end] has spectacular views – not to be missed – and a nice restaurant with a gazillion dollar view.
Other parts of the island are regular Mexican neighborhoods, and quite interesting to stroll around in. We had very good food everywhere we went, and it was all very inexpensive. But it’s not Tex-Mex, so don’t try to order a burrito like I did . . . All in all, we had an awesome time. Highly recommended for a couple seeking relaxation time together. We can’t wait until we can return!"
May, 2010 "A truly wonderful home that epitomizes the magic of Isla itself. Literally steps to many 'off the beaten path' incredible places to eat in mid island, yet only a three minute cab ride to centro if the downtown life is your thing.
A spectacular view of the eastern horizon and the Caribbean sea with a virtually on the cliff view from the back patio of the turquoise waters. Jimbo's special love of the island is truly reflected in this very special home." -Tony, Marin County, CA
November, 2009 "Casa Roca Caribe. House Rock Caribbean. Yeah, the house on a rocky cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The sound of the surf pounding on the rocky shore is a constant companion. The sea is a mulitfaceted gem that changes all day, from steely blue-grey to deep blue to bright turquoise, and all blue-green hues in between. The sea changes the shoreline daily. Has there been a storm from the north? Rocky shore. Has there been weather coming from the south or east? Look for sandy beach. Sometimes the sea grass and seaweed will form a green serpent along the shore, and the next day it's gone. If you are really patient and lucky you may see pods of dolphins cavorting offshore. Pelicans and frigates patrol the area regularly. To see a fabulous dawn and/or sunrise, all you have to do is open your eyes at first light. The master bedroom is all window and you can keep the drapes open because there's no way for someone to see in, unless they're on a ship offshore and using powerful binoculars. You may feel compelled to venture out on the patio to see the sky in all its glory. The shore is made of sand, coral pieces, shells, and rocks. You can find sea glass there after a storm when the tide is out. The house is in a Mexican colonia on a quiet dead-end street, with friendly neighbors and vendors who come by on a daily basis selling tortillas, fruits and vegetables, bread and pastries, propane, herbs, honey, and elote. Thy guy next door sells elote, and he ventures out every evening - he has one of the best calls of anyone. You get to know their distinctive calls and signals. You can shop nearby for everything except tourist trap stuff which is found downtown in plentiful quantities. The corner grocery carries most stuff you need for your kitchen and bathroom, including cervesa, great Chilean wines, tequilas, rums, even the occasional Bailey's Irish Creme. And Dove soap. The Mango Cafe and Blue Iguana deli are just around the corner. The house is spacious and comfortable. The upstairs owners (Jimbo y familia) are the best and friendliest and most helpful and most Isla-enchanted people you will encounter. Well, you will encounter many other Isla-enchanted people, and you may become one yourself. It happened to me 33 years ago and I've been coming back to Isla Mujeres ever since. My time at Casa Roca Caribe were the pinnacle of my Isla experiences." -Lynn, Albuquerque, NM