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Casa del Caracol - Cute as a Button

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 4 Sleeps

Casa Del Caracol- House of the Spiral

The spiral holds great meaning in Mayan culture. Start your Mayan experience from our Casa del Caracol; so named to honour this Mayan symbol and recognize the spiral-inspirations that have been included in our home.

From the unique two-dimensional wrought iron spiral window inset to the whimsical wheel hub coffee table and local artwork, we hope that you will feel as comfortable and relaxed as we do in Mérida.

Our home is ideally located in Centro, one block away from Plaza de Santiago where you can join locals and tourists alike dancing under the stars to live big-band music every Tuesday evening.

We are a short walk from Plaza Grande – the Sunday market and family hotspot - and a slightly longer walk from the Paseo Montejo, where you can view the spectacular architecture of the henequen mansions and visit the Museum of Anthropology. The house is also an easy walk to and from the zoo and in close proximity to health care facilities and local markets.

The house was completely renovated in the spring of 2011 and, unlike many houses in Centro whose doors exit directly onto a busy street, our house offers the safety of a covered front porch accessed by its own iron gate leading from the generous sidewalk. The original pasta tiles greet you when you enter the living room and continue to be featured in the dining room and master bedroom. The mahogany furniture has been custom made by the talented craftsmen of Yucatan Furniture. Air conditioning is installed throughout the house and separate casita and there are ceiling fans in all rooms.

Our favourite place is the cheerful kitchen; designed to allow interaction between the chef and any guests via a pass-through window and polished cement bar that looks out into the dining room. The bar is flanked on either side by two bar chairs. The kitchen is well appointed with a four burner stove and oven, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker and full-sized refrigerator. A complete set of Wolfgang Puck pots is included with all the necessary utensils, cutlery, glasses and crockery to cater for six people. Kitchen counter tops and open shelving are all of polished cement, as is the kitchen floor.

Tucked behind the kitchen is the office nook which also features a polished cement work surface and shelving. The nook is connected to the kitchen by the wrought iron 'caracol grande', facilitating light and air flow. Additional local artwork echoes the caracol theme.

The sunflower-accented main bathroom is appointed with a wrought iron vanity and hardware; and there is a glass block and polished cement shower wall with a niche for toiletries.

Cuban artwork brightens the master bedroom wall and the polished cement built-in shelving provides ample and tasteful storage space in addition to the hanging closet. Customized wrought iron folding doors open onto the deliciously private patio where you will find our refreshing plunge pool, two terracota tiled awnings and a breakfast corner with outdoor ceiling fan. If you are in luck you will find a daily offering donated by the overhanging sour orange tree. At times there is a visiting humming bird, or colibri, busily collecting nectar from the papaya blooms peeking through the decorator blocks that cap our wall.

Most exhilerating is the double water feature of the plunge pool. Decide whether you prefer to sit on the submerged wrap-around pool bench or dunk your entire body under the unique water fall. How heavenly it is as you sit sipping a freshly-frothed margarita made moments ago!

Out back, discover the guest casita which has its own large bathroom and two sturdy single beds that can be pushed together to make a king sized sleeping arrangement. Polished cement shelving is repeated in the casita and in the bathroom.The patio and casita can be accessed from the main house by a separate hallway door or from the master bedroom.

Although small, there is a utility room that houses a washing machine, new gas hotwater heater and utility sink. We use mother nature to dry our clothes on the retractable line, but if you need the services, there is a lavandaria conveniently located less than half a block away.

Our Neighbourhood: Santiago park is only one block away. There you will find:

AKI grocery store

OXXO convenience store (get phone top ups here)

Movie Theatre - recent releases shown

Beer/water - turn right out the front door and there at the end of the block is the beer and water tienda.

Taxi Stand – located on the south side of the park, across the street from the OXXO.

Bank - HSBC is the nearlest bank. Walk along 59th street heading east towards Gran Plaza. The HSBC with an ATM machine is on the right side of 59th street. About a 4 min walk from our front door.

Farther Affield

Plaza Grande - on 60th and 61st. A Sunday must. There you'll also find the beautiful Mérida Cathedral.

WalMart on Paseo Montejo. Taxi ride home from Walmart is about 40pesos. Walk to the paseo and take in the fabulous architecture of the henequen mansions (make sure you stop at el Colon for the best ice-cream around.)

AKI on Calle 59 y 82, left hand side, is a much larger supermarket than the AKI on Santiago square.

Merida Zoo - continue walking west along 59 past the big AKI store about four blocks, then left on Ave Itzáez. See the white tigers and baby hippo.

Panadaria - take a walk to corner of C.72 and 61. Friendly service and yummy goodies!

Merida English Library - C.53 between 66 y 68. Popular meeting place for English speaking expats.

More Details

Property Manager
Susan Outerbridge
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017


Barrio de Santiago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital


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Casa del Caracol - Cute as a Button
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Your home in Merida

  • 5 of 5

La Caracol is very comfortable and well appointed. For people like us who like to eat in, grocery store and traditional market two easy 2 blocks walk. For dining and sightseeing 20 minute walk to Main Plaza. Uber makes taxi riding easy and reasonable.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so very much for the review and your helpful advice/suggestions along the way. It makes us happy to have guests that enjoy their stay! Susan
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Casa del Caracol is close to markets, grocery stores, parks and is within walking distance of the central plaza, several Spanish language schools and downtown attractions. The house is nicely decorated and the queen bed in the master bedroom is very comfy. Our guests loved their stay in the casita, which offered lots of privacy. Susan and Neil (her agent) were friendly and helpful and were a delight to deal with. We had a wonderful time in Casa del Caracol and we hope you do, too!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barbara & Jim, I am so pleased that you stay in Mérida was enjoyable and we certainly hope all our future guests have an equally memorable stay. Sincerely, Susan Outerbridge
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Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Centre of the Spiral

  • 5 of 5

Susan's description of her holiday home is accurate. Casa del Caracol is clean, comfy, attractive home, well situated in Centro to markets, entertainment, galleries, churches, parks, and transportation. Having the second bedroom (casita) just beyond the patio is beneficial to singles travelling together or families with teens in tow. We travelled on foot, by bus, with a tour guide, to visit the many attractions. The house comes with wifi and cable, plenty of drinking water, and clean linens and towels. The pool was a delicious necessity when the temperature soared to over 100F. A few tips: the English Library is worth a visit and their garden tour is worthwhile. Get up early (7-8am) and go inside the market at Parque de Santiago to buy the freshest fruit and veg and corn tortillas. Susan suggests a personal tour with Scott and I second that. He's knowledgeable and an excellent guide. The horse-draw cart to the underground cenotes at Cuzama and local mayan villages were a highlight, as was mass at the Cathedral on Palm Sunday. The people in Merida are amazingly friendly and tolerant of Spanglish! Susan and Neil (her property manager) are both trustworthy and helpful. Casa del Caracol is an excellent location from which to journey in the Yucatan. I appreciated doing day trips and being able to sleep in the same bed every night. This place has it all. It is the centre of the spiral.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased to be able to facilitate a good experience for our guests. It means a great deal to us when others enjoy our home and Merida/ the Yucatan as much as we do. My wish is that Merida stays as friendly and as welcoming as we have come to know it.
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Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

my base of operations....

  • 5 of 5

My advice to any considering renting this property is: DO IT!! I rented for the period of March 1-8, 2013, and it was great!! Clean, modernized and very comfortable, it is centrally located in Merida within easy walking distance of the Centro colleague and I were able to do 1,400 km. of touring by car using this house as our base...

Many thanks to Neil (the property manager) for his friendly and helpful manner, and to Susan for letting us have the house!!

Great times @ Casa Caracol!!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is very gratifying to be able to provide a base for visitors' Mérida experiences! Being able to provide a comfortable sojourn for visitors is our goal and we are happy that our home can do that.
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Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

My Base of Operations....

  • 5 of 5

My advice to anyone considering renting this property is: DO IT!! It is a very comfortable, modernized house located in Central Merida, Yucatan. My colleague and I rented it for the week of March 1 - 7, 2013, and were very happy with it. We were able to do 1,400 km of touring by car, operating from this location....the one-way streets are a bit bewildering at first, but that's 16th Century Town Planning for you!! Easy walking distance to the Centro attractions, too.

Thanks to Neil for his friendly and helpful manner, and to Susan for letting us have it!! Great time @ Casa Caracol!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $200

Weekly Rate: $550 - $580

Monthly Rate: $1500 - $1700

Rates are variable depending on high season (Nov. 1 through Apr. 30) and low season (May 1 through Oct. 31).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.