THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE YOU
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and Del Coolidge Whitefish, MT
"If you are
here--reading this-- you already know the extremely attractive
aspects. We enjoyed Sin Duda tremendously. Hope to
return. We are very fortunate to have the ancient conections
and parallels with Margo and Robert: Whitefish and Polebridge--hope
to return with Gary/Erin/Charles/Susan and etc."
Breton & Eric LeBel Quebec City,
perfect! What a treat ... The MOST relaxing vacation we've
ever had. Margo and Robert are just soooo nice, the dogs are
fun to be around, the kayaking, the snorkeling just so fine.
Our teenagers loved to snorkel and play with the fish on the
Reef. We had a wonderful time. Gotta' come back!
We had a super good dinner at the Leaky Palapa."
and Mac McEldowney Evergreen, CO
"We loved our stay in Bailando! Thank
you so much for your kind generosities. We are charmed once
again by the wonderful setting and accommodations. To awaken
to the expanse of sea and sand makes for a perfect vacation.
Until next time ... love Barbara & Mac."
Mike and Kathy Fouhy,
and Robert and Corgis, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and
especially appreciated the lunar show you arranged! You have
created a most pleasant and relaxing place--without a doubt!
(Kathy) Full moon, lunar eclipse, clear nights, my birthday
and a lesson on the night skies--now that's style! So back
to winter we go, but will see you next year! (Mike)"
Dan, Cade Wollenhaupt
never know what you’re in for when you jab your finger on a map
and say, “Let’s go there.”
But, what a treat Sin Duda has been!!
We can’t sum it up with all of the obvious … the great
snorkeling, kayaks through the “Mangles”..
but all I know is we shared
great times as a family with Margo
Lyda and the
Boys. Sorry we missed
Robert!! We gained
great perspective on each other and the world around us.
Sin Duda. P.S. The
Leaky Palapa is some of the best food we’ve had anywhere!!!”
and Laura New York, NY "Serious relaxation coupled with snorkeling,
biking and kayaking--WONDERFUL. We loved waking up to the
sunrise and making big batches of guacamole. Margo, Robert,
all the staff and all the locals we met were nothing but smiles
and sincerely nice. P.S. Ian saw a bird with a big beak
while kayaking in the lagoon! :)"
Samuchov Family Vilnius, Lithuania,
Europe "Our family travels quite a lot. We always stay in
small apartment houses or inns like Sin Duda. Two weeks ago
our favorite place was Sorolinia in Italy, but since we are here,
Sin Duda and hosts, Margo and Robert are the champions. This
has been the best vacation for our family. Thank you."
& Paul, two friends Eugene, OR
"I give Xcalak and Sin Duda two thumbs up.
An uncommon coincidence of natural beauty, hospitality and
fishing. I will recommend this place to all my
friends. Oh, Paul came with me .... but never mind."
Goldberg & Alison Diviney Sunnyside,
"Margo-Robert, you have built a wonderful community at Sin
Duda and we thank you for including us in it for a short
time. I had a feeling about Sin Duda and it was even better
than I expected. I haven't been in a rhythm in life this
nice for a long time. Please keep in touch and ask me about
those Spanish iPodcasts (Chris); M & R -- Sin Duda answered my
prayers of relaxation more than I could have imagined. This
is truly the way to live and your kindness and ability to welcome
us with open arms was a big part of why I loved it here. I
hope to one day become a neighbor so these feelings can be
permanent (after the "potholes" are filled, of
course). With lots of love and thanks, Alison."
Gottfried & Family Portland
OR "Had a great time with our two kids, loved the quiet, the
snorkeling and the stars. Great hosts, Margo and Robert,
made everything even better. Loved the masks and other
NH to Portland OR
"Que Bueno! (from our first trip-- What a great place for our Honeymoon!)
(Another visit) We continue to come back (twice this year)
-- And Feliz Navidad .
(Another visit) This time with even more of the family! Fishing,
snorkeling, sunbathing cannot be better.
We’re sure those bonefish are happy to see us go.
Thank you for the wonderful time, Love, Dr. Luke/Bobbi
James & Judy Carr Calgary
What a wonderful relaxing time. Exciting astronomy
talk! Thank you for the comfortable, clean and lovely quiet
holiday and with the chance to discover and explore birds, fish
and the stars."
Garduno-Jeff Schwartzberg Santa
Fe, NM "Robert
and Margo, along with their caring staff make Sin Duda feel like
your "home away from home." Comfortable, relaxed
and charming. We love it here and will continue to
Blomquist and Sam Robbins Bozeman,
will never forget the astronomy lesson from Robert! Thank
you. Thanks also for all your help with arranging the best
rides. Thoroughly enjoyed my time here, so glad we
came. GO Bobcats!
Cunningham and Dan Black New
Westminster, BC Canada "We came for 10 days and our level of
relaxation feels like we've been here 3 weeks! Beautiful,
welcoming, wonderfully fascinating hosts and guests.
Stunningly beautiful scenery, beautiful warm water. So glad
we came to visit and likely will return."
Ken, Dee and Steve Whitebird
& Cherrylane, Idaho
"Helpful and hospitable, always greeting
interruptions and questions with a smile, so generous with the
Margo-ritas and conversation--that's our Margo and Robert.
The Idaho bunch (K and K's third visit) is already talking about
next year. Meanwhile, we'll talk about the fishing:
Big bone caught right in front of the Villa, the snorkeling (a
turtle, nurse shark and rays) were highlights, and of course the
toothy grin of Barry the Barracuda. Paddling in the Lagoons
(the wetlands are a slog, but ohhhh, the birds). Until next
year's adventures, thank you Margo and Robert and your whole crew
for taking such good care of us! The Idaho Bunch.
& Aimee Lee Cheek San Diego, CA
sea breezes, sometimes stunning beauty, tasteful decor, convenient
sleeping and dining arrangements, reliable cleaning service, a
plethora of visual treats and aquatic adventures, prompt,
efficient and charming innkeepers. As our male host is fond
of saying, "very good." And to paraphrase Paul
Newman's "Hustler," .. "You shoot a great game of
Schmidt (Marine Biologist) & Diego Ibarra
"This place is heaven!! Such an amazing setting: blue
skies and even blu-er water. Although the corals have taken
a beating from [Hurricane Dean 2007] they are recovering
nicely. Lots of fish and coral variety. We loved it so
much we snorkeled at least 3 times/day. Saving the best for
last-- the service is incredible. Robert & Margo are
stars!! They took us in and accommodated us, which was no
small feat because there were 6 of us-- after our reservation at
another place nearby fell through. After such a stressful
event (we drove 5 hours from Cancun to have no place to stay), we
were welcomed with 'Margoritas' and smiles. We were shown to
our beautifully decorated rooms. The Mexicano in the group
commented on the authenticity of the decor. We spent such a
wonderful time with gracious hosts doing everything in their power
to make us comfortable--we'll definitely be back. Thank you
for all you did. Warm wishes, Ali & Diego."
Stephen, Katy Tosh & Elena Dugan,
Brooklyn, NY "It's such a big world, and I spend
so much time looking for special places to visit--some for natural
beauty, for history, culture, company, comfort, atmosphere-- some
just for fun. No matter how much research you do, when a
little hotel is this remote, you just get a feeling and trust your
instincts. I am so happy we did! Sin Duda Villas has
all the things on my list above, plus Margo and Robert, whom I
could easily mistake for my siblings (if they'd claim me!); plus
Jennifer and Jamison, who are so lovely. The setting and
every design detail are amazing, but as always, it's the people
who give Sin Duda such loving care--making it so interesting and
even more fun!! (Diane). "What a beautiful place!
Despite the barracuda, who doubtless still wish they'd gotten a
hold on me, I felt at home, calm and more relaxed here than I can
remember having been before. Plus the laser pointer was
terrific! (Elena). "I second Elena on how beautiful and
relaxing it is here! (despite the stress of helping Elena through
her emotional struggle of seeing a barracuda!) Life is so
wonderful here with the snorkeling, the remote atmosphere, the
cute dogs, the lunar eclipse (did you plan that?) and most of all
the laser pointer. I'm so sad to leave, but don't worry,
I'll definitely be back (Katy)." "Okay, I know I
already had my own comment box, plus some others, but I felt that
my comment was missing an important point: I forgot to
mention that above everything else--including the laser pointer,
the most incredible part of Sin Duda Villas is you two, Margo
& Robert. So great to meet you all, Margo and Robert,
Jennifer and Jamison. Okay, I'm done. Promise.
Dan Welander and Jessa Canfield, Skane, Sweden
night on the Laguna Room balcony with a sky bursting with stars
was the back-drop of Dan's proposal! Such a very romantic
setting--sand, sea, sun and friends. It was the PERFECT
day! Thank you Sin Duda for everything, (Love, Jessa)
/ After months of search, we found the perfect place: Sin Duda.
The starry night (under the sign of the Scorpion) marked our first
happy step toward the future. The atmosphere, the
beach--everything made us feel welcome and at home. We will
definitely be back. Thanks for everything! (Dan)"
Newton, MA A letter January 09 from Newton: "Hi
Margo and Robert, Thank you again for our wonderful visit to
Xcalak. We had such a great time enjoying the rooms, the
beach, relaxing and getting to know you both. You were
perfect hosts who accommodated our every need and helped us strike
the perfect balance between eco-living and vacationing. I
hope we can return some day. In the meantime, we had an
unexpected negative consequence of visiting -- we found we were
all addicted to your granola and have been in withdrawal since we
got back. We ate it with yogurt each morning, you know our
kids loved the yogurt. Is there any way you could share your
recipe? We would be most grateful. Hugs, Bette."
Ryan and Erin Park,
Bellevue WA "Robert
and Margo, Wow! Without a doubt Sin Duda was exactly what we
needed! Relaxing end-of-the-road, paradise. You are
all great: Margoritas, Robert's astro lessons, Jamison's
culinary creations, and Jenny's stunning silver jewelry--all
reasons to come back soon. So we'll not say goodbye, but 'hasta
luego' --Maybe even in Seattle!"
Carpio Washington, D.C. "M & R, you just made us
feel at home, spoiled, in a beautiful setting and we couldn't
enjoy more, the cocina area playing Dominos w/Andrew, Deborah and
Josh. We'll definitely miss this and hope to come back
soon. Loved the beach, riding bicycles and chatting with
Phil & Liesbeth Robison,
Seattle WA "Stickbugs,
geckos, hermit crabs, turtles, shooting stars, puffer fish, tiny
hummingbirds, barracuda, sting rays, squeaky cats, Corgis, Frigate
Birds, and a waaay wonderful hostess. Me encanta este lugar,
muchas gracias! Hasta luego y nos vamos! Oh yes,
handsome gulls with their serious eyebrows!"
Victoria S. & David J.,
New York, NY
you, Margo and Robert for a truly relaxing few days. It's
the small things, like watching hermit crabs and the stars come
into view that can restore New Yorkers. I'm so impressed
with the corner of paradise you've created, V. Thank you for
a wonderful time. Next vacation I hope to play horseshoes
and throw the ball with the dogs. D.
and Plants of the Ancient Maya: A Guide
Jim, Jill & Emily Harris, Seattle, WA
returning to the daily cycle of the sun since time became
irrelevant. Sin Duda provided a wonderful place to relax and
recharge. It was great to see Robert and Margo again after
so many years. Also .... don't forget --I'm leaving as the
current 'Shoe Champ'.
Don Brubeck & Lynn Shimamoto,
Seattle WA "Muchissimos gracias! Como una luna de miel.
Great to hear stories, see what you have built and that you're
still going 15 directions at once and still grounded by the
dogs. A most beautiful, relaxing place."
Allison and Bryan Jones
Atlanta, GA "We saved a link to your web page
for years! Not disappointed. Looking forward to
additions; see you next time with the kids."
Claire Romero and
David Bomse, Santa Fe, NM
"The relaxing breezes
of Sin Duda permeated my whole body. Margo and Roberto are
good role models for enjoying the beautiful place in which they
live. Hospitality and warmth are wonderful!"
Greg and Sue Carlson,
has been very relaxing--just what we needed! We loved the
lagoon out back, the beach, the social hour. We hope to see
you again, this part of Mexico is our type of place."
Bill and Pam Frank,
MI (Read for 4th visit
"Wow, w)hat a wonderfully beautiful place! Sin Duda has everything--sun, beautiful views, snorkeling, walks on
the beach, Corgis, wildlife--any and everything one would want
while on vacation. M and R have taken such great care of
us--answering all our many questions, setting up tours and making
dinner reservations. We feel we have had the perfect
vacation. Thank you. P.S. Tell Petey to take it easy
until his stitches are out!" --- "Our second visit to Sin Duda and yet again a wonderful
experience. The view from our room was stunning and every
day was a delight. During many of our snorkeling adventures
we saw barracuda, rays, cuttle fish--well, every type of
fish. We love it here and love the warm welcome extended by
Margo and Robert. Thank you for everything and we'll be back
Abramski & Owen Hay Seattle WA
cannot express how much we love / ed SDV. You two were a
wealth of information; we loved talking to and learning from
you. The amenities were excellent; thank you for letting us
use so many books from the Library. The snorkeling was
amazing. We shall definitely be back and will be sure to
make a stop by Pete's Market before we come!"
Los Angeles, CA "Thank you
so much for the incredible hospitality. Though we were away
from home on Christmas, you made us feel as though we were
family! Hope to come back and experience the magic
again. Tom Petty is au naturel!!!"
Cooper, Oakland, CA
our trip here! You have created a truly special place.
Thank you for the gracious and warm hospitality and all the
helpful information--even us city girls were able to experience
magical snorkeling and kayak trips! I'm guessing we'll be
back as it seems no one can visit just once. Tom Petty
rocks!!! Ask about the "Yeti Crab!"
& Greg Boise,
-- "Our trips here are becoming a tradition; looking forward
to this time next year when we return .... with a bambino in
Here's Ayla!, and amazing, Kristy & Tony again."
in the Life of Ayla
Seattle, WA -- "What a tough
vacation. The choices are difficult--to sit in a lounge
chair and read or to move over to the hammock for a nap? To
pet the Corgis or the kitties? To swim or to snorkel?
Kayak or take a boat trip courtesy of XTC? This can be
really rugged! We have never been anywhere that has
transformed us like this. Evenings spent talking to
wonderful people are followed by lovely nights of sleep listening
to the wind and the ocean. Robert and Margo--you are
evil! Do you think we want to go home? Hardly!
No, we want to live here forever. We'll be cussing you next
week as we reaquaint ourselves with the real world. Thanks
so much to Margo, Robert, Lyda, Bubba, Mochie, Petey, Callie, Spot
Phoebe & Phil Newman
Alaska (now OR)
--"Why did we choose Sin Duda? "Sin duda" was
the only phrase my husband, Phil, knew in Spanish; so when I saw
the listings (Fodors & MoonPublishing & Lonely Planet),
I figured there was "a message" . And it was SUCH
a message!! What we loved: The raucous gekko, Robert's
fanciful doo-dahs and sublime architecture; Margo's
ever-thoughtful, laughing, helpful nature; Ruth and Jose and the
sparkling child; the doggies; being able to walk into the sea, lie
down in the warm, clear water, to see the most dazzling fishes and
If you are very, very good, Ruth might put the
Teddy-Bear sheets on your bed!
If you are very, very good, Margo may give you
a snazzy crew cut!
If you are very, very good, Robert may let you
guess what are those millions of plastic spheres!
If you are very, very, VERY good, you may get
to return to Sin Duda! Always and often!"
Jim and Orly
Vancouver, BC CA "This was
truly a week in paradise!! and just what we needed so far away
from Canadian winter, and oh so peaceful and relaxing. Thank
you, Robert and Margo for being such warm and welcoming
hosts. We are already planning for a return visit to this
place which heals the soul."
Price & Jen Walling California &
New York -- "Two girls named Sasha & Jen,
Will return to Sin Duda again, they'll lie on the beach, for
Tequila they'll reach and exclaim, what a good trip it's
San Diego, CA "Ask
Robert about: (1) Chachalacas and Yucatan Jays. (2)
The constellations. (3) The alignment of the building.
(4) Everisto. (5) The Burned out Bridge (go see it)!
(6) (to be announced) (7) Shoes (ladies shoes) and Barbys.
(8) Jaguars and Tapirs and Gators. (9) God, Hillary and
first trip south of
continental US and we didn't want to leave! So many
memories--snorkeling, beach walks, kayaking, sunsets & moon
rises, so much more. Margo, Robt, Mariano, Ruth, Jose, dogs
& kittens. It was like being home. We will be
back!" P.S. and we've returned--almost every year! "This
is our 4th visit and already we have tickets to return in
August. Thoughts of SDV help us to get through the long
Michigan winters. Peace, beauty and always new
friendships. It can't get any better than this -- this
little corner of Mexico is truly a paradise, can't wait to see you
in August! " (8 yrs
of visiting to 2011)
& Bob Fray Greenville, SC
Duda--so appropriately named because this is without a doubt the
ultimate in romantic get-aways. The solitude, remoteness and
beauty are all stunning; yet we felt among friends. Though
the getting here is not for the faint-of-heart-- the heart and
soul are refreshed, nourished and nurtured by being so close to
and participating in the natural world--the way every place should
be. Thank you for establishing such a refuge from our hectic
lives and sharing it so graciously. We look forward to a
return visit now that we've found the river . . . and are
comfortable with snorkeling. We got the relaxing part right
Roy & Michael Roy Portland
OR "Thank you for having the vision and perseverance to
create Sin Duda. We have had a wonderful, relaxing time as
well as learning about the stars and reefs, etc. Many thanks
also for letting Michael hang out with you while we went out--he
really enjoyed being with you, away from us. To find a place
so welcoming and "low tech" with such gracious people
has made this a vacation we'll always remember. Thank you
for your kindness and thoughtfulness; come see us when you are in
Portland. [Michael: I think this place is awesome and if I
can come here again--I will!--and I did! ] "
& Kristy Nice Bellevue, WA
We always say you and Robt are the best hosts in the
hemisphere! On arrival, we feel we're the one couple
you've been waiting to see again--feels like a
homecoming! Our favorite coffee was awaiting us, ran
upstairs and made a cup! And to our great surprise and
happiness, we found Deniz & Greg here with Ayla -- it doesn't
get much better. Thank you M and R for a wonderful couple of
weeks. We leave here happy and refreshed. By the way,
how DID you manage that Lunar Eclipse just for us--you're
amazing! See you again! With great affections, K &
Ashida & Manny Kazan Glendale
NY -- "We
enjoyed our stay here so much, we extended our visit! We
snorkeled & dived the beautiful reefs every day, and would
have liked to snorkel more days, weeks and months. The
people of Xcalak are amazing; the food at Leaky Palapa is world
class! We're excited to come back."
& Dean Eugene,
"We just had the best time here! Truly nature at its
best! We could hardly leave the beach to bird-watch; it was
that relaxing. Looking forward to returning.
Thanks, Robert for all the info about the natural world!"
Wiley & Drew Colenbrander Midland,
have never visited the same place twice between one Spring Break
and the next, but Sin Duda is forcing us to break that rule.
M and R and Corgis, you have created a place that has everything,
including your wonderful selves and we plan to be back here (if
you will have us), December 2007 and Spring Break 2008--in our
beloved Bailando--the most perfect kitchen we've traveled
to. Hugs to you two and your dear Corgis!
& Drew's Tours--traveling through history
and Peter Putney, VT to
Savannah GA --
"After 10 years of visiting,
it's probably time to make a comment. Every March we escape
cabin fever and the first coming of mud season to relax in the sun
and be warmed by the cloudless skies. Retreating to Sin Duda
is about making an annual trek to catch up with Margo and
Robert. (Though, Robert, Peter will never forgive you for
being away this time --without
forewarning, no less). You two have a way of bringing people
into your family, whether through blood ties of Perry and Barb, or
the bonds of family friends like Susan and Debby --we have become
attached to your extended family, as well as to you. Thank
you for everything you do to make us feel welcomed, cared for, and
Marchak & David Genter Bozeman
& Helena, MT "Robert & Margo are gracious, lovely and attentive
hosts; this is also a great fishing spot, according to
David. A wonderful, isolated location to explore a new
relationship. Thanks to Greg & Deniz for making this
memorable visit happen."
Daunt & Chris Mortensen
OR --"It played out just as we had imagined; a vacation where we
could take in the ocean views while sipping a cerveza and cooling
off with a little snorkel whenever we needed-- We left a
number of things 'undone,' so we'll surely need to return.
Thank you M and R for treating us like old friends. We are
grateful for the inspiring conversations!"
Dick & MaryBeth Spears Spokane, WA
wonderful experience--you made my dreams a reality and one week
isn't long enough to take it all in! I don't know what was
my favorite moment--the reef with its amazing life, your lecture,
Robert, as we watched the heavens come alive, the fresh lobster --
but it is all seasoned with your humor, wisdom and unsurpassed
hospitality. Thank you so very much for everything, Love,
Dick & MaryBeth. P.S. Next time I need a lesson on
launching a kayak from the lagoon dock, so I don't have to swim
yrs visiting) "Without a doubt
the most wonderful (3) week family holiday we have ever spent.
Our family of five had an
vacation never to be forgotten. Margo and Robert (YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC
HOSTS) are the warmest,
most authentically caring individuals we have ever had the
to encounter in our travels around the globe. Margo, the creme de
la creme of hosts and the greatest mixologist in Mexico to boot,
specializing in her award winning special secret recipe for Margoritas--
Xcalak can be fully
appreciated after partaking in her wonderful libations and company
on a breezy moonlit evening on the beach at Sin Duda. Robert, the
ingenious architect and designer of this tropical paradise lodging
was available to cater to our every want and need nearly 24 hours
a day. After spending our long holiday at Sin Duda both of our
sons want to grow up and in their words "be just like
Robert". We should be so lucky !! The accommodations,
their masterful design, wonderful ambiance and functionality--
with attention to every conceivable detail were absolutely
awesome. The area is a virtual nature preserve and the bay and
reef out in front of Sin Duda are unbelievably fantastic.
Swimming, snorkeling and diving of the first order are at your
doorstep each and every morning you awaken to this Costa Maya
Paradise. All in all fantastic hosts,
accommodations and surrounds. We'll be back !!
Marlowe & Roger Swagler, Athens, GA (With
apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge; --and Kubla Khan, for that
matter!) In Xcalak did Rob & Marg / An eco-pleasure dome
decree/ Where gentle trade winds cool the land/ And tropic
currents wash the sand/ There by the sunlit Sea!
& Isabelle Forbes New
Rochelle, NY -- "You've done it
again! Why do we have to do anything except pass the cycles
reading, reflecting, relaxing, and enjoying at this paradise of
yours? Between Robert's Yellowtail astronomy and Margo's
motherly hospitality, the quirky guests and assuaging
breezes--there is so much to MISS about this place and these
people. Thank you for the best "alternative spring
break" conceivable. We can't wait to come back!
Love Jason & Isabelle"
& Lainey Cole
Cody, WY "What
a great time here! Our room and the shared kitchen were both
so pleasant. We loved the beach, the trip to Belize and the
fishing trip with Vidal & Rodrigo. Both of you are very
easy to be around, and helpful with questions we had ... thanks so
Forsythe & Family
IA "Being at Sin Duda is like visiting your favorite aunt and
uncle. Margo and Robert make you feel right at home,
immediately --complete with Corgis. From your first few
hours you know all the other guests and your vacation becomes one
extraordinary facial products!
Welpton & Liz Buck, Douglas, AK
slips away--thief that it is ... birds and fish and time above and
below H2O were magnificent. Made many new friends here,
sitting in the Cocina until all hours sipping Margoritas, good
conversations. Only gripe, no Margo--we think she might be
merely a myth. Until next time, thank you!"
& Kristen David
Durango, CO -- "We really enjoyed our visit with
you--you guys are inspiring! Our time has been peaceful and
quiet and relaxing. We loved the diving, snorkeling and
kayaking; and horseshoes were fun too! We're going to miss
SDV--can't wait to come back. We wish we had more time to
spend here, you've been wonderful and pleasant! See you next
& Tricia Frazee
Gettysburg, PA "Hospitality that big money can't buy. Mexico
like the old days. Perfect! and we hate to
Hinman & Pete McHugh
were here for a double birthday and a honeymoon ... a coral-rich
Sea, tranquil lagoon, peaceful Caribbean winds, abundant bird and
fish life, and the two most gracious and accommodating hosts in
all the Yucatan. What's there not to like? Thanks much
for creating this amazing place and for sharing it with us."
Santa Rosa, CA " I have to say,
I was a little nervous about being away from my family for the
first time on Christmas--but Sin Duda set me at ease. We
felt very much at home here and the Christmas spread was the best I've ever had! Great company and a fabulous
schedule of run, coffee, delicious granola! stretching on the
roof, bird-watching, kayaking and snorkeling, petting the kittens,
Corgis, naming Mr. Squirrel, laughing with the geckos, reading,
reading and READING!!! I have devoured books here and it is
the first time in so long I don't feel guilty in the slightest for
not planning or reading some teaching philosophy book. YES!
Finally, practicing what I preach to my students. Read for
fun. A lot. Ideally on a fabulous beach with amazing
hosts and a snorkeling break or two. We're sad to go, but
already anticipating our next trip down to check out the new
restaurant (Rubirosa), can't wait! Thank you, Margo, Robert,
Jaime and Jennifer for all that you did--even letting us help
'play restaurant' making homemade pasta! I agree about
keeping the Beach Road bumpy-- My dad's philosophy, more bumps/
further away = less solicitors and city folk. Mas
tranquilidades, better gente! Scott & Sarah"
Simpson, Arlene Boop, Adam Simpson
NY -- "Margo
& Robert, this has to be one of the world's great "end of
the road" places--and we hope it stays that way. So,
keep 'burning those bridges!' We had a lovely time, lovely
family atmosphere, and we hope to be back to explore more of
Yucatan and just plain relax."
& Tom Marshall
Seattle WA "We so
love what you have created here and your ceaseless
generosity. The drinks and dinners were great, Corgis great
fun and you delivered perfect weather, a LUNAR ECLIPSE and NO
BUGS! Truly amazing. We loved the beach and the
snorkeling, every unique piece of art and perhaps next time, Tom
will have practiced his "horseshoeing"! You two
are the best, I cannot imagine better hosts. M & R,
thank you from the bottom of our hearts, with love."
& Melinda Turner
PA -- "We
absolutely love it here! M and R have been wonderful.
Our visit has been renewing for the soul. The breezes and
sunshine, the snorkeling, the fishing, the food--everything has
been great. Oh! and I can't forget the octopus during a
night snorkel on the Reef. Thanks to Deniz and Greg for
recommending wqhat has been one of our favorite
destinations. We will be back! Thanks so much, Greg
& Melinda. P.S. Watch out for the Margo-ritas!
Thompson & Ken Meyers, White Bird,
ID -- (Fishing each spring for 7
yrs to 2012) "Had a great time with fishing, relaxing, snorkeling,
etc. Big thank you to Ruth, Maria, Jose and Evaristo, and
all the wonderful people of Xcalak. I would wish the United
States could be as good and welcoming to you!
& Margie Rosenthal Lake Oswego,
OR "DO NOT PLAY HORSESHOES with Robert for $$! Wonderful
& Jan DesMoines IA --
"Once is not sufficient!
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Ann Shafer Ashland OR
"Awesome place and people! M and R, thank you so much
for sharing your home, your wisdom and your Margoritas!
Being the "celestial stalker" I finally figured out how
to dance around the motion sensor light that surprised me the
first night as I stride out to the beach 'au natural'.
Looking forward to a return trip and playing with the pups!
/ Erika Fairman / Mike & Mary Louise Rust
padres' second visit! So much love! We're already planning
next year's trip--maybe even bringing a few new faces! (4th, 5th to
Wes & Cole Shugart, Brentwood, TN
-- "We could
never have chosen a more perfect place to spend our vacation--our
time here was special and will never be forgotten! Peace
& beauty, the magical sea, the sun, moon &
stars--Paradise! Thank you, Robert for your incredible
knowledge and thank you Margo for your beautiful color! We
can't wait to come back. [Cole: I had a wonderful
time. It was great when Robert told us about the stars; and
I know my mom and dad loved your margaritas, they were talking
about it all night.]"
"This place is truly amazing! Margo & Robert &
Mariano are kind, generous, fabulous people. I am in love
w/this Village, the Sea, the sky the Veggie-Truck, little old
Margarita, the weather, the architecture, and the calm
atmosphere. Plan on coming back & back & back!
Love you guys!
San Francisco CA "Oh, it is so
hard to leave--what a wonderful, tranquil spot of paradise.
Margo, I feel we have a second "home" down here
now--thank you for your warmth and for creating such a little
Barry & Christian
(8 yrs visiting to
husband and son stumbled quite by chance upon this oasis perched
right on the Belize Reef. Never have we experienced warmer hosts,
or a more dazzling snorkel experience. We have been all over the
Yucatan and nothing compares. It's like a big fish bowl.. great
for kids.. and although you are quite removed from any city
annoyances, comfort is not compromised. We will be returning to
this spot again and again.. in it we have found the pinnacle of
vacation experiences. --
Our 5th visit- SDV has
once again shown me the unexpected hues of paradise. It's
never easy to say goodbye, but I know that after this visit every
breeze will be a trade-wind to me. We love you, Margo &
It just gets better … every trip down here (our 9th
); this time a butterfly migration – the COLORS of which I
cannot begin to describe.
Guitar music in the moonlight, Rhain’s beautiful voice;
crystal clear snorkeling, Christian caught a tarpon in the laguna!
Oh, and the day in Belize
…. on and on. We
love you, M&R.
Barb Baldwin, Jean Wylie,
yrs visiting to
must be the most relaxing spot on the planet. Thank you, Margo
and Robt for all you do to make a vacation special. The
scenery is more spectacular than ever, the Margoritas wonderful, and
the Corgis x3, now 4, so fun to watch. This is our 5th trip,
see you next year!"
Monthie, Ball + Weaver Families
Margo & Robert for a super reunion week in one of the world's
most beautiful spots. Great snorkeling right off the
beach! What a find, as yet totally unspoiled by development,
this spot is magical and your hotelito is perfect. Thank
you, thank you, thank you (Margo-ritas -- si!)
Knudsen & Meg Courtnage Portland
"We had an absolutely superb time. Aside from the
awsome location & great room it was so much fun staying up
late and talking with Margo & Robert. Had a fantastic
time at the season opening of the Leaky Palapa. You two are
Withers/ Hilary Wogan & Zander Vashon
"The comment box is too small to adequately express our
gratitude, awe, wonder, wow and the absolutely delightfulness of
our time here. Only missing ... Margo & Roberto!
Thank you, Mariano, you're a great host! Loved those four-leggeds
too. Kisses to you and of course we'll be back--Zander
says--next time for 7 weeks!"
& Denny Sturgis, Allegan, MI
memories of Sin Duda will last forever; terrific friendships,
endless beach, stars, fish and food. Sin
Duda speaks for itself; thanks for sharing the beauty!
& Tony Spence Belcarra
A little piece of turquoise sea to rest the mind
Sin Duda exceeded our expectations.
How DO you do it, Robert and Margo … remain so very
pleasant when being asked the same questions for the 100th
time? Oh, and for ALL
the rest of you … if the SHRIMP MAN comes by in his truck –
BUY THEM!!! Until next
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& Jon Poffenberger,
Margo and Robert for making our vacation the best. Beautiful
place, great people and extremely relaxing; Margoritas are the
coolest though one too many can be dangerous.
PS Sometimes, the mosquitoes suck.
That said, I’m sure we’ll be back, Thanks."
Travaglia & Chuck Hugo S.
"This is our 2nd trip to SDV and we have had a wonderful
time! Our spirits lifted as we entered to say "Hi"
to Margo & Robert-- to walk to the ocean and into our
beautiful room--truly better than coming home! We look
forward to coming back next year, whether to lay on the beach or
visit some of the interesting and beautiful spots to the north and
Steven Kirby (BBC)
England-Vancouver, British Columbia, CA--
"Sin Duda Villas-- A jewel in the eye of a lotus. All
power to Margo and Robert. Let's hope we will all learn from
their example about the true value of a place so precious, and yet
sadly, so rare. Dear Margo and Robert, you have truly been
the perfect hosts and so much more. It breaks my heart to
have to leave, but I hope to come back soon."
Tom and Lee Anne Godfrey,
Tucson AZ Good times! Good times! We
enjoyed every aspect of this marvelous place--even the drive down
the awful Beach Road during a torrential downpour. Thanks
for the amazing hospitality, the great coffee! the tasty 'Margo-ritas'
and the horse shoes! I just wish I could have beaten Jaimes
at least once! Truly, the ideal place for our
honeymoon. We will be back!
Isabelle and Jason,
New York -- "Thank you, thank you for another
incredible vacation. We have had such fun chatting with you
about life over those spectacular Margoritas, and meeting all of
your lovely friends. It's hard to leave (always), but we are
already scheming about ways to return for visit #4. Can't
wait, but hopefully, memories of Sin Duda sunshine can get us
through the nasty Northeast winter. Much love!!"
Du Flambeau WI
"For once Robin and Bill can't come back home and say,
"Mom, you would have LOVED it." It's been a great
experience and I'd celebrate my birthday here any year!
Brenda Crane & Jim
"Dearest Margo and Robert, once
again the healing and comforting spirit of Sin Duda has recharged
my batteries and given me the space to dream, walk in the sun and
simply rest. Mucho grasias. Love and light,
Paul and Colleen Korpi, Sequim, WA --
it cannot possibly get any better than this! Kudos to Margo
and Robert for living their dream and helping us live ours.
Soooo enjoyed the Maya community kitchen, met some great
people!! Thanks for all and loved the "Margoritas."
Krista and Bill Cowan, North Vancouver, BC Canada
peaceful escape from reality. The best snorkeling. Met
the greatest people. Can't wait to return and try out the
restaurant!!! Adieu, Kris and Bill"
Dave & Kyler Hay River,
Northwest Territories - (9 yrs
of visiting to 2012) "Peaceful. Pristine. Magnificent
Margo. Laughter. Bonding. Puppies, puppies,
puppies. Yummy. Blues & Greens. FUN!
Beautiful. Music. Sharing. Spiritual.
Sweet. Paradaiso. We adored our stay and mixing
our lives with yours. It was fantastic. Kisses, Les,
Kyler and Dave."
Pace Gooseberry Hill, UT
-- " This was,
in short, the best trip of my life. I so appreciated having
the two of you smooth the way on everything from the Travel
Instructions to recommendations of "food & the Spanish
words for them off the grocery truck," to which way to
snorkel FIRST. I've never had the luxury of personal guides
like you, who took care of every detail, as you did. I've
always wished for a local person to ask the many little questions
I have. You were FULL of information -- and kind and patient
and helpful in your answers. You were so dear to [my niece],
Vannie, and enthusiastic about her arts, hats and painted shells,
etc. I loved my diving trips; your gorgeous and artsy home
with so many books and beachcomber collections. I loved your
friends and family with whom we shared beach chairs.
Snorkeling was pristine and full of wonder. Thanks for all
these pieces of your lives: The kayaks -- they spoiled me;
the recipes for everything from cactus to guacamole; for your
contribution of wine, no less, for our "Chicken Marsala;"
for the map to a far village for church, and the arrangements for
Belize trips. You are the best of hosts in my travels.
I am wearing my Sin Duda tee shirt, as I write this, another of
your gracious kindnesses. I thrilled to seeing the stars
through Robert's knowledgeable eyes. I have seen the
planets' steady light every night since. I hope in my old
age I can hang on to the memories of this trip, to always keep
things bright. A highlight of my life. The 'sisters'
week at Sin Duda (4 sets of sisters) was a curiously powerful and
unique experience. My appreciation for creating a wonderful
and relaxing time by all the "extras."
& Pete Oakland
"Maravillosa! This simply isn't
enough space to do justice. Email us. We'll miss you,
Margo, Corgis x3 and the Kittys."
& Caryatis Oakland, CA
"Thanks for being so welcoming and helpful; in addition to
the fun stuff--hammocks and hideaways, we appreciate the attention
to environment--ecological uses of power and water. A lovely
combination of hospitality and
and Judith St Helena, CA
"The rave review you received in the "Yucatan," Lonely
Planet was not exaggerated. Your patience with our
questions and our conversations was amazing. You've done a
wonderful job enhancing the natural beauty of your beach property
in such creative ways. We enjoyed our relaxing visit . . .
and you. Your generosity, the appeal of your extensive
library was especially appreciated. Buen suerte and
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Dean, Cindy, Dustin & Cheridan
Rocky River, OH
-- Cancun, Quintana Roo, MX
-- (12 yrs of visiting) "As
always it is marvelous here. IAlways feels like we have come home.
You both do such a wonderful job in letting everyone do his/her own thing while
including each in your lives & hospitality." -Dustin/Cheridan
"We love it here and love spending Christmas with you. You two are
so nice and you work hard, you are funny and fun. We are always sad we
have to leave. Here's a drawing of us on the beach."] Note:
(2006) The Smiths have "come home." Their house is finished, they're our neighbors
on the beach. (2008)
Living in Cancun full time.
& David El Cerrito, CA
--"The fact that neither I nor anyone else knows today's
correct date says it all! Sin Duda helped put everything in
perspective -- simply perfect."
Kendrick & Krista
Kansas City, MO
"The struggle seems to be to find something to
write that has not already been written. We arrived dusty
& hot from our forays on Mayan rocks & found a welcoming
breeze, a hypnotic ocean and patent alcoholic concoctions served
in severed beer bottles -- a paradise, really, but of course,
that's been said. Thanks for all. Ahhhh- Robert, your patience amazes me, each question asked
and answered, and
then some. How do they makes roofs here? What are the
pipes sticking out? How does solar energy work? Tell
me again, which one is Leo? Thanks to you and Margo for such
Kristy, John, Jodie & Scott
"Paradise found at the end of the road, made all the more
sweet by Margo's welcoming smile, the reassurance that at last
we'd made it -- Feliz Navidad! Loved Robert's quick and
efficient tour. Margaritas never tasted so good. We
loved your dogs and will all chuckle with our fond memories of
romping with "Mocha" (corgi #3). Thank you for
giving us warmth, hospitality, great company and time to just
relax and be ourselves. So glad we found you, can't wait to
come again. You're always welcome to stay with us in
Sitka. With affections."
-- "I haven't enough
words which begin to tell what a lovely, relaxing, amazing time
our family has had. I have to say the best part of Sin Duda
are the hosts--Margo and Robert! The setting is, of course,
simply gorgeous, and the remoteness, though initially surprising
(probably because we arrived in the middle of the bloody night
after a horrendous day) was the next best part (after you
two). Of course, we're used to the whole rural life in Maine
anyway. We loved the San Pedro snorkeling trip (do this!),
but be warned about the totally bumping, butt-numbing boat ride it
takes to get there and back. We adored beachcombing,
especially further up the coast where we found "Chucky,"
and various other dolly parts for Robert's collections. We loved the
Corgis--what cuties! We appreciate we were taken in and made
part of your Sin Duda family. We haven't had such a relaxing
vacation which felt as if we were with family, only without the
"headaches" of family. This was superb."
-- "As I sit here with
a tummy full of lobster, bought off the truck and cooked myself;
and after an unbelievable day of scuba diving: rays, rays and more
rays! -- I know this is without a doubt the best vacation
we've ever had. Neither one of us can even entertain the
thought of leaving. Thank you, M and R, Corgis and cats for
creating this paradise and for sharing it! A word of warning
for future divers -- the Margoritas are irresistible, so best not
to schedule a dive for the morning after! Thank you, M, for
sharing the recipe. Robert, I am amazed by your creativity;
your collections are brilliant and contribute to Sin Duda's
playful feel. Spot-the-Cat, thank you for the long,
meaningful conversations. I would never have guessed one
little kitty had so much to say! In all, we've had a perfect
time and hope to be back again. Hasta luego!"
Karen, Elise & Andres
--"An incredible time. We thank you for your generous
hospitality, advice and friendship. The setting is
magnificent. The rooms are luxuriously simple and simply
luxurious. Fabulous library. First-time snorkeling was
perfect. Kayaks! Stars! -- (thanks, Robert for showing us
Scorpio) -- Beachcombing and dinners with the group at Costa de
Cocos. Andres loved playing horseshoes with Robert &
Herbert. Ten lovely, long days, and our almost-13-year-old
was never bored. We want to come back. We love all
this: The trip to San Pedro and snorkeling in the Hol Chan
Reserve, absolutely unbelievable." [Andres-
"Wow. Everything was perfect. Snorkeling was
amazing ~ we saw 4 Barracuda and 2 lesser electric rays. I
am so sad we are leaving. How great, not keeping track of
the time or the date. Margo and Robert are wonderful.
The two little doggies were funny and I loved throwing things for
them. One day we went to Belize for snorkeling in Hol
Chan. It was unbelievable and well worth the money. We
saw a couple of Eagle rays and 2 green Moray eels. One moray
came out of his hole and bit at my knee! We thought our tour
guide was simply the best because he would hold the Nurse sharks
and rays for us. This was so exciting for me that I want to
do it again! Next time, we should drive from Belize to see
all the Mayan sites then head up to Xcalak and Sin Duda.
Everything we wanted is here--especially books in the library [for
young people too]. We saw two woodpeckers (golden-breasted)
one morning along the edge of the selva; we watched the Frigate
birds. Barry (& Amy Volk) made up a new song dedicated
to Herb, and sang it at Costa de Cocos. Amazing. The
dogs swam with Margo, Bubba riding on her back when she
snorkeled. I have to come back!"]
Gary & Amanda
American Embassy, Jakarta
--"Eternal thanks for
letting us share a piece of paradise & a part of your lives
w/us. Here's to "Ginger Tuckers," save a room for
us next year."
"Exactly what we needed. A restful, quiet
vacation. SDV is the place of dreams. Snorkeling was
excellent! (Mariano found an eel) Enjoyed horseshoes,
evening cocktails and Margo's stories; Robert's telescope was
great. Barry, Amy, Christian & friend, Griffin
(fishermen) were fun to hang around. We hope to return soon
-- "I hoped to write an
eloquent entry describing Margo & Robert as the perfect hosts
& what a piece of paradise they've found. However, the 'Margoritas'
have left my head a little fuzzy, so it's just a rambling entry
instead. Arriving the day after Hurricane Iris, we weren't
sure if the road was a river or if Sin Duda had been washed
away. However, our luck was on & we've had 5 perfect
days. I wish we could take "Spot" home as a
memento. Thank you for a lovely holiday."
& Jan Des Moines, IA
"Now that I'm just starting to relax, it's time to leave this
beautiful place and your warm hospitality. Your very
detailed planning has made this a prime destination, not to
mention the killer "Margoritas," the Gemini meteor
showers and Neptune's azure waters. If there were more space
here to write, I'd gush, love, Jan G."
--"Wonderful site, wonderful building, wonderful hosts,
wonderful time, Jan B."Jeannette
and Hajo Cologne Germany/Madrid Spain
--"Feeling home in a lost
paradise, J" "Not only a place for making holiday,
but the "best" of all for relaxing, snorkeling and
fun. I'm sure we'll come back. Thank you."
--"The five days we spent here in early January
2001 had just one thing wrong with them - they went too quickly.
With sun, silence, blue sky and sea (and a few Mayan ruins) in mind,
we had found Sin Duda in the pages of the Lonely Planet Guide,
visited the website, and were delighted by Margo's welcoming, chatty
e-mails from the start. And once we were there - delayed by a day
due to the last gas station en route being closed (don't forget to
fill up at every opportunity!) - our expectations were exceeded. We
were the first guests to stay in the beautiful Querencia apartment,
which must make us the first to be awakened each morning by the sun
stealing up over the balcony (who wants to shut the shutters when
you're so close to the sea?) The beach ingredients at Sin Duda are
without fault - almost empty sands curving into the distance on each
side of you, a lagoon of ever-changing blues, sensational
snorkelling (better than my Great Barrier Reef snorkel experiences),
conch shells and coral more common than rocks, and a palm tree
curving at EXACTLY the right angle just by our balcony (we accused
Margo and Robert of achieving that angle by artificial means...) -
but what makes Sin Duda special, without a doubt, is the couple who
have created it. Margo and Robert have designed and built a haven
that reflects their own warmth, intelligence and creativity. If
you're an avid reader: come here and devour the first-class
collection of modern fiction. If you're a star-gazer: persuade
Robert to share his knowledge and telescope, or simply stand on the
roof with one of Margo's justly famous margaritas in your hand and
enjoy the spread of stars above you. If you're an early riser: make
a cafetiere of coffee and sit out on the balcony to watch the sun
rise in total solitude. If you're a dog-lover: cuddle the Corgis. If
you're a keen cook: experiment with whatever the grocery truck has
to offer and make the pork chops a must. And, if you're lucky enough
to have more time than we did - you could always visit Belize, or
take diving and sea fishing trips. We were too busy catching up on
nothing. We will definitely be back and, when we do, will spend less
time in the rest of the Yucatan (although the Mayan sites are
magical) and as much as possible at Sin Duda.
Maria Isabel Macungie, PA
-- "We came
empty and left full. Our love to Margo & Robert for
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