Casual Resort & Seaside Grill
Caribbean Costa Maya, Xcalak, Mexico
All You Need Is Your Smile !
|F. A. Q. 's
Friday Afternoon Quencher's?
Of Course! Every Hour is Happy Hour at Playa Sonrisa!
Frequently Asked Questions
|Where in the World are you, and how do we get there?
Playa Sonrisa is about 240 miles south of Cancun - but a world apart!
We are about 7 kilometers (4.2 miles) north of the tiny fishing village of Xcalak (Ish-ka-lac) which is located on the
peninsula that separates the Caribbean Sea from the Bay of Chetumal, and is only about 7 km north of the channel
separating Mexico from Ambergris Caye, Belize.
The best access is to fly in to Cancun. From there you can rent a car and travel the modern highways & new roads
to Playa Sonrisa in a little under 5 hours. Depending on how late your flight arrives we often recommend an
overnight in Playa del Carmen or Tulum to break up the drive. See the Map link below for detailed driving directions.
Commercial service is also available thru Mexico City to Chetumal (2.5 hour drive), and private planes can fly
directly to Xcalak.
Is Playa Sonrisa as remote as it sounds?
Yes - and that's the allure of it. If the hustle & bustle of high rise hotel-condo mega resorts with discos & tee shirt
shops & franchise restaurants & para-gliders & persistent beach vendors & crowds of tourists are your thing - we
suggest a vacation in Cancun. But if that sounds too much like the everyday Rat Race that you really need a break
from, the peaceful tranquility and solitude at Playa Sonrisa should be just what the Doctor ordered.
I'm nervous about renting a car & driving in Mexico, is it safe?
If you are driving in Tijuana or Mexico City, you should be nervous! But the main roads and highways in the
Yucatan are very well constructed to modern standards, normally carry light traffic, and the other drivers are generally
far more courteous than the average American driver. Keep an eye out for bicycles sharing the road, and it's a good
idea to plan your trip to arrive before dark, otherwise it's no different than driving in the States. And what a great
way to explore "off the beaten path" areas away from the Americanized tourist zones and learn about the true culture.