Sandwood Villas in Xcalak Mexico
Sandwood Villas Xcalak Costa Maya Mexico Oceanfront Eco-Tourist Resort Lodgings Accommodations


Hosts: Andrew and Ruth Sanders

Accommodations: 4 Villas

Address: Andy and Ruth Sanders, Box 443 Chetumal, Q. Roo, Mexico 77500

Telephone: Vonage 1 952 223 4202 (Free from USA, Canada and most of Europe),
Cell: 011 52 1 983 839 9524
USA Only: 952-898-1667

Fax: 011 52 983 831 0034

Activities/Attractions: Xcalak has the look and feel of Mexico and Belize all rolled into one; so close to Belize that English is spoken fluently by many, but Spanish is still the predominant language. This is a great place for those who are seeking the remote, less refined areas of the Caribbean Coast, with all its natural beauty above and below the waterline.

Xcalak is one of the top saltwater fly fishing, flats fishing and bonefishing areas in the world, and a less traveled but much revered scuba diving destination as well. Scuba divers and snorkelers can enjoy diving on part of the world's second longest barrier reef, and when conditions are good, even take a boat ride to the Chinchorro Bank (a large coral atoll that lies offshore with a virtual graveyard of shipwrecks that have sunk over the centuries).

The mangrove waterways of Bacalar Chico, just south of Xcalak between Mexico and Belize, are home to many varieties of birds and fish. Bird Island is a popular destination for bird watchers visiting this area, and anglers will seldom see any competition from others for coveted fish like permit, tarpon and bonefish.

  • Diving, snorkeling, swimming and fishing are only minutes from our sandy beach with numerous coral heads and beautiful tropical fish in no more than 8 feet of water out in front of the villas
  • Stingrays, lobsters, eels, turtles, octopus, groupers and barracuda are abundant. Night snorkeling is spectacular
  • There is excellent fishing in the lagoon behind us, and inside and outside the barrier reef in front of Sandwood
  • We have a canoe, and  4 single and 1 double kayaks and 5 bikes for your use at no extra charge. Snorkel equipment is available for rent
  • For spectacular diving the Chincorro Banks is only 2 hours off the coast of Xcalak. The Chincorro banks are one of the four true coral atolls in the world. If you're interested we can arrange a day trip to the Chinchorro reefs which includes a 3 tank dives lunch and beverages
  • Nature walks can be spectacular large flocks of green parrots can sometimes be seen. Bird watching for parrots, egrets, reseated spoonbills, pelicans, white ibis, jabirus storks and many more

"This vacation makes our hearts sing! Next time we'll stay longer. All of you Andy, Ruth, Carla, Walter and his family, are so gracious and caring that it restores our spirit! The food is fabulous and the snorkeling is great. Thanks for the clean beautiful villa and all the memories we'll cherish. See you next time!"

"You have a wonderful place! Thanks for the beautiful memories of your home that I'll have. It's nice to see beautiful people go 100% to make your vacation wonderful."

"We had a nice stay! We liked the warm familiar atmosphere! Thanks for all, especially the evenings with you."


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"Thanks for making us feel so welcome! We had a perfectly wonderful time relaxing and snorkeling. One of our favorite stops."

"All I can say the trip down the road late at night with many challenges was worth it! A paradise at the end of the World! You are very special people. Carla the peppers were a little Hot!! We hope to see you next year."

"Great Place!"

"The sun warms the body, the setting, the spirit, the hospitality warms the soul. I have immensely enjoyed our brief visit to your special home. Many thanks. We hope to return very soon."

"What a wonderful relaxing time! Great friendly, helpful host and hostess. Beautiful waters and beach. Thanks for the great time."

"We've been to lots of places but this tops them all! We will see you again."

General Information: Andy and Ruth welcome you to Sandwood Villas ... an adventure in Xcalak, Mexico. Enjoy your own private 2 bedroom, 2 bath villa with kitchenette overlooking the second largest barrier reef in the world. Xcalak is great place to scuba dive, snorkel, fish, swim, kayak, and just relax and unwind.

Xcalak, in southern Quintana Roo, is part of what is known as La Costa Maya - a rustic but beautiful part of the Mexican Caribbean, south of the Riviera Maya. Xcalak is just 7 miles by water from the Central American country of Belize. 

Villa #1 has one queen, double and single bed.
Villa #2 on our second floor has double bed and two twins.
Villa #3 on our second floor has a: one queen, two twin or one king size bed.

  • each villa has 900 square feet
  • with a 23 foot by 14 foot living room
  • dining area
  • kitchen with stove, refrigerator and dishes
  • there are 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in each villa with hot water showers
  • ceiling fans and regular fans are located in each room
  • maid service is provided daily
  • we are an eco-tourist resort - no hair dryers or high wattage appliances please
  • our 24 hour electricity is provided by solar energy backed up by a generator
  • limited free internet mail access thru our satellite communication system for our guests
  • you may cook your own meals, eat in our new Palapa restaurant or eat in one of the fine restaurants in Xcalak which is only 15 minutes away

Meals at Sandwood in consist of delicious local and American fare. Breakfast features fresh tropical fruits and juices with homemade breads and tortillas in the Palapa. The dinner menu offers fresh seafood, chicken, pork, fish, conch, and lobster (our specialty). Lunch and snacks are available. All meals are served in the Palapa or your villa. Our Palapa restaurant bar offers an assortment of local beers, sodas, wines and spirits at low prices.

If you plan to cook your meals, bring groceries, snacks, etc. We have 5 small grocery stores in Xcalak and we have a grocery truck at our door 4 times a week. Purified water is provided in each villa. Staple groceries, pop, and beer are provided at low prices.

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover, Bank Transfer, Travelers Checks, Cash and PayPal.

Rates: (Prices quoted in US Dollars).

$89-149/night

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"Our home away from home! To Andy, Ruth, Francisco and Carla. Thank you for making everything so easy; and treating us so special."

"I am writing for a couple of reasons. First of all, I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay with you in Feb. It was terribly hard to come home. Your place was outstanding! The ocean was so beautiful! The snorkeling was good and so convenient. It was wonderful to have the dive boat pick us up right out front on our beach. And your hospitality was the best part of the trip. You are both incredible people. Thank you for making our vacation so enjoyable!  Hopefully we'll be able to come back again soon."