others have said about Casa Roca Caribe:
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
"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,
"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,
"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
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."
“Splendid Time in Caribbean Thanks
to Casa Roca Caribe”
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
Christine, Dublin, OH
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
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
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
Barbie & Gary, TX
"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
“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
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
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
“unique and wonderful! cant wait to
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
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;
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
get a "local" feel for this wonderful island, one that is different than
other areas; one we think is not to be missed. And being that close to
ocean on the more natural and rugged eastern side of the island is a
in our opinion. Also, it's a one minute walk to the mango Cafe, our
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
the smartest thing we did; gave us a great feel for the entire island
where we wanted to go.
It's in a perfect location on the island, sort of right in he middle.
can get away from the throngs of people and the noise of the more
end of the island, but close enough to easily visit all parts of the
a golf cart or by cab. The golf cart we rented for the week is perfect
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
We visited some fancy hotels near the big beaches with their sterile,
rooms that felt like you were in Las Vegas or New York -- not our cup of
Casa Roca Caribe is all it's advertised to be and more!
Tom & Nora, Minneapolis, MN
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
"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
welcomed and taken to our wonderful level of this great location at
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
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
location, but I have to be honest as I have trusted "tripadvisor" in the
and will in the future. Keep another thing in mind...If Jimbo and Karen
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
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
Kraig & Janine, MN
"Your own private ocean views and breezes (shell hunting too)
with swimming pool on one level and jacuzzi on the other, this central
allows for enjoying local neighborhood activities and excellent eateries
(including the famous Mango Cafe) while still being close to both Playa
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
& Shelley, NM
"Found Casa Roca Caribe on Home Away website and it looked
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
who lived there. And then the really best part were all of the bicycle
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
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
Annie & Jim, VT
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
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
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
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
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
possible. The patio mere feet from the Caribbean can not be beat - we
and ended each day here!"
Dan & Nicole, Glen
"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
"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
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
They are there whenever you need anything and are truly gracious and
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 sound of waves crashing on the rocks below, the beautiful sunrises
and watching the moon over the water on the terrace at night in the
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
Roca Caribe was the perfect Honeymoon getaway from my wife and myself.
The hosts Jimbo & Karen were the ultimate - and exceeded our every
The Jimbo tour was well worth the time, and I highly recommend it to
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
"Our vacation to Casa Roca Caribe was more than we could have hoped
and Karen made our experience special and treated us like family. They
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
on one of the best spots on the island. Pictures cannot do this place
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."
Gary, Jefferson, Iowa
"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
as we are NOT resort type people at all. ( Not that there is anything
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
that day or night is a feast for your senses!! From the moment you awake
the sunrise from the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in, in all
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
the water, and the big black wing span of the frigates that fly over
smelling the salty air mixing with whatever the locals next door are
their families, and tasting an ice cold cervesa, or possibly a nice
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
That, is MY ISLA,
and I would stay no where else when I return!!!"
Sue & Bill, New York
"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
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
"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,
returned from a six-night stay on the main floor of Casa Roca Caribe. I
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
of the balcony area is big enough for about four people to sit
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!"
"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,
"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
Annette & Patrick,
Sedro Wolley, WA
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
Thank you again Jimbo, your hospitality is the BEST! You are truly
Judy & Ron, Chicago, IL
"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!"
"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,
"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!"
"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
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
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
I can't wait to
Tyler & Carleigh,
"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
The view from the back deck overlooking the ocean was to die
and the pool a delight. And the location perfect....in a quiet area
very close to restaurants, shopping and night life. I will be
at Casa Roca Caribe every time from now on which is usually once
or twice a year. Owners, Jimbo and Karen, were incredible and
accommodating. I just cant say enough about this wonderful place!!"
"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
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."
"Jimbo and Karen,
I just want to say how wonderful it was to stay at your house. It
beautiful and comfortable. The sounds of the ocean rocked
us to sleep
Your kindness and being so helpful made us feel right at home
We will always know where to come when we visit Isla again and
recommend your place to everyone.
Thanks again for your hospitality and generosity for making our
Bill & Cassie, Austin, TX
"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
On a quiet, truly rustic Mexican street on a truly rustic Mexican
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!!!"
"We just returned
from a two week stay on Isla.
The first week we stayed at Jimbo’s Casa
Roca Caribe. The house
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
The master bedroom has a huge window which opens up to the
ocean side – the bed was super comfy and I loved the locking
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
just hanging out.
The beach below the house seemed like a long way down at first.
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
We sponsor one of the students on Isla who’s in college now and
Jimbo if it would be ok to have the family over for a
Of course he said it wouldn’t be any problem.
The kids loved the pool –
and our pizza came from Sesoloco’s
We ate at Mango Café – my son loved their West Indies Chicken
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
Jimbo and Karen are two of the nicest people – we didn’t notice
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
buddy to lay out at the pool with. On the mornings we made
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.
location was great – the pool, relaxing and the beach – amazing!!
you Jimbo and Karen, for sharing your house with us - we
cant wait to
Mark & Carolyn,
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
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
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
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
"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
reflected in this very special home."
Tony, Marin County, CA
"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)
the best and friendliest and most helpful and most Isla-enchanted people
will encounter. Well, you will encounter many other Isla-enchanted
you may become one yourself. It happened to me 33 years ago and I've
coming back to Isla Mujeres ever since. My time at Casa Roca Caribe were
pinnacle of my Isla experiences."