Casa Cangrejo has three cabins, all of them up on stilts, spacious and with a full, private bath, sitting area, and a veranda overlooking the water. Two of the cabins are furnished with a queen-size bed and a pair of singles, while the third and largest cabin has a queen plus three single beds. Thanks to the cabins’ elevation, their ceiling fans and screened, plantation-shutter-style windows on every wall (to let in the breeze from any direction), ventilation is maximized and the temperature inside remains comfortable.
In addition to the cabins, the lodge also offers a 2-bedroom, air-conditioned house next door, well suited for single anglers, couples, and small groups or families. It has a full bath, separate living and dining areas, and a modern, fully-equipped kitchen ideal for those who feel like preparing a meal or two.
At Casa Cangrejo, the wonderful cook locally sources the best available ingredients to prepare delicious meals inspired by traditional Mayan dishes and cuisine from various Mexican regions, the Caribbean and more. In the morning, guests can start with juice and coffee, and opt for typical Mexican fare, fresh fruit or a more traditional American breakfast, including eggs to taste, bacon and toast. Lunches are freshly prepared and packed in the boat coolers before going fishing. They include sandwiches, chips, fruit, and a sweet treat of some kind, as well as purified water and soft drinks. Beer may also be added upon request (a day ahead) so anglers and guides can toast to a great catch. Ceviche, guacamole and chips, and other tasty hors d’oeuvres are served after guests get back from fishing. Fresh fish and seafood are frequently featured on the dinner menu, which changes nightly and also includes pork, beef and chicken dishes, along with delicious sides that make great use of regional vegetables and fruit. Of course, meals may be customized to meet most dietary restrictions, just be sure your needs are conveyed to the lodge at least two weeks prior to your arrival.
The bar at the lodge is stocked with rum and tequila (guests are welcome to bring their favorite wine or spirits), and a cooler is refilled daily with Mexican beers, sodas and mixers. The manager will tally each guest’s tab, which can be settled prior to departure.
Some U.S. cell phones may work in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and even in Mahahual, but service will be spotty or nonexistent well before you reach Xcalak. Once in a while, you may get a strong enough signal from Belize while fishing in Chetumal Bay, but you can’t rely on it. Nevertheless, Casa Cangrejo offers complimentary Wi-Fi to help guests stay connected.