Playa Sonrisa   ~  "Smile Beach"
Where All You Need Is Your Smile!

A Casual   ~ Clothing Optional ~
Paradise for Couples

Costa Maya where Mexico merges with the Caribbean
Tropical Beauty   ~  Sunshine  ~    Vibrant Reefs
No Crowds ... No Vendors ... No Gawkers ...
No Jet Skis ... No Disco ... No Twitter ...

Log off & Relax !

Peace   &   Quiet   ~  Privacy   ~  Casual Comfort
And the world's most beautiful Nude Beach

Let Playa Sonrisa  put a smile on your  face!

Accommodations are beachfront kings and include free Wi-Fi and our 'barefoot'   Cont'l Breakfast Buffet

Loco~Nutz Apres Ski Bar & Grill   offers top quality 'In-Elegant'  Fine Dining & Drinking at Casual Prices

Activities include Snorkel, Scuba, Kayak, Bird Watching, Bocce, Mayan Ruins, Flyfishing . . .  and More!

Inactivities   include . . .  erasing tan lines . . .  devouring novels . . .  happy hour(s). . .  and LESS!

Not everyone makes it to the remote destinations   . . .

            . . .  which is exactly why some people do!


~ Beachfront, Non-Smoking
~ Private Bath w/ Hot~Cold Shower
~ 120V power  ~  Fans  ~  Safe Lockbox
~ Soap, shampoo, beach towels
   & purified drinking water provided
~ Maid service daily (ex Sunday)

January      -10%
Feb-Mar-April:   0% (High Season)
May-June-July    -25%
Aug-Sept-Oct    -33%
November         -25%
December         -10%

Member of any "N" Club: 10% off
Return Guests:     20% off!
Frequent Smilers*:   25% off!
(*min of 2 past visits totaling 30+ nights)
Thank You for Your Support!
*Discounts Limited to 21 nights

2 Private Beachfront Bungalows
"El Sol" - King Bed
"Arrecife" - King Bed

Room Base Rate:
$180 US plus taxes
($3000* mn mas impuestos)
*conversion subject to change

2 Spacious Upper Level Rooms
"La Selva" (upper right) - King Bed
"El Mar" (upper left) - 2 Double Beds

Room Base Rate:
$160 US plus taxes
($2700* mn mas impuestos)
*conversion subject to change

2 Modern Villa Accommodations
"Tortuga" (Beach level)
Private king bedroom &
small sitting room w futon

"Suite Linda Vista"
2nd Level Apartment - King Bed
~ Available to Frequent Smilers Only ~

Room Base Rate:
$180 US plus taxes
($3000* mn mas impuestos)
*conversion subject to change

$250 US plus taxes
($4250* mn mas impuestos)
*conversion subject to change


Our activities revolve around the sparkling Caribbean sea
. . . Naturally !

Vibrant Reef
Colorful Tropical Fish

Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak
(Reefs of Xcalak National Marine Park)
a few steps from your room !

This is your brain
at Playa Sonrisa

Kayak Rentals*
(aka Sit-Down Paddle Boards )
$7 US  . . .  per WEEK!
... even our prices are casual !

*Requires admission fee to
Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak

Bracelettas available onsite:
$61 pesos ~ about $4 US

World Class Snorkeling
Self-Guided or Boat Tour w/ Escort

World Class Scuba Diving
See: for info

World Class Bird Watching
Roseate Spoonbill, Ibis, Storks,
Greater Egrets, Lesser Egrets,
50 Shades of Grey Heron,
Pelicans, Frigates, Terns
Parrots, Woodpeckers,
Pygmy Owls & MORE !

World Class Flyfishing
Grand Slams available: Bonefish,
Tarpon, Permit, Snook and more!
National Marine Park Rules:
Guide Required ~ Catch & Release Only

Beach Class Bicycles
Rent $4 US per Day

World Class
Mayan Heritage

Self guided day-trips or
"Immersion Tours" on an
extended Yucatan holiday.


World Class Bocce
Obstacle Course

Nekkid Tournaments Weekly

3rd World Library
Trade-Ins Welcome


Apres Ski Bar & Grill
In-Elegant Fine Dining & Drinking

Continental Breakfast Buffet
Included with room

Dark roast coffee & hot tea selection
homemade bread & muffins,
fresh tropical fruits & juice
and juevos del dia.

Lunch Deli
Tuna Wraps
Turkey Sandwich
Shrimp Quesadillas
Roast Beef Sandwich
Fresh Guacamole & Chips

$4 ~ $7 US

Even our prices are casual !

Honor Bar
Pour your own ... hangover

  Vino ~ $3 US
Cold Beer ~ $1.75
Cuba Libre ~ $3.50
Rum Punch ~ $4.25
Grande Margaritas ~ $4.25
Reposado Sippin'  Tequila ~ $2.25
Body Shots ~ Priceless!

Cocktail~Dinner Parties
Offered Mon-Tue-Th-Sat
Chef's Choice Daily

Bisteak Ranchero
Flame Grilled Arrachera
Forking tender!
$17 us

Menu Samples
Includes Sopa del Dia
& Homemade Bread

Cochinita Pibil
Traditional Mayan Style
BBQ pulled pork
$14 us

Filete de Pescado
Grilled Local Snapper
cilantro-pine nut pesto
$16 us

Seafood Pasta
Campeche Shrimp & Local Lobster
with mild poblano cream sauce
$19 us

Aztec~Asian Fusion
Grilled Chilean Salmon
on ginger-chipotle pasta
$19 us

Coconut Shrimp
Free Range Coconuts
harvested from our beach
$19 us

Costa Maya Langosta
Flame Grilled Lobster
served w/ garlic butter & envy
$22 us


A. Amenities, Activities , Communications & Cash

What electric power & amenities are available in the rooms?

ALL ROOMS are BEACHFRONT w/ patios, private bathrooms, hot showers,
fans, safe lock-box, purified drinking water, soap, shampoo,
bedding, bath towels and beach towels provided,
with maid service daily (ex Sunday).
Reading lights next to all beds.

Prices include Continental Breakfast Buffet
and purified bottled drinking water
in guest rooms and with meals.

Free Wi-Fi is available
in Loco~Nutz.

Electric power is standard 120 V with 2-prong outlets
Power is available 24/7 for Lights & Fans

~ However ~
Our solar & battery system requires some basic Conservation Practices

Please - NO hair dryers, curling irons, coffee makers or hot plates.
No problem with battery chargers for cameras, laptops, etc.
but anything w/ a heating element is prohibited.

Will my cell phone connect?   What about internet Wi-Fi?

Currently there is NO phone service in Xcalak, no land-lines or cellular service.
The closest cell signal is in Mahahual, about a 1 hr drive.
(Beware roaming fees & international call rates).

Please feel free to leave our email address
- -
with your boss or family for emergency contact.

We do offer free internet Wi-Fi in Loco~Nutz so you should be able to connect your portable device. But please keep in mind our internet connection can be very slow at times, and is capacity limited.   E-mail & general surfing is usually not a problem but NO movie downloads and NO music streaming (which includes NPR / talk radio).

When is rainy season?   What's the weather like in ___ ?

Weather is unpredictable, but you'll NEVER be shoveling snow or scraping ice from your windshield at Playa Sonrisa !

January - Feb - March
Commonly referred to as "High Season" it's most popular not because the weather is perfect  here, but because it is far from perfect up north and many snowbirds want to escape from the cold. We are located in the tropics, but at latitude of 18° North it is our "winter" also, so us "tropical wimps" can sometimes get chilly. But 'chilly' is a relative term - Canadians laugh   (albeit politely). Our overnight lows in "winter" only dip down to the 60s, or on rare occasions into the upper 50s. But then daytime highs typically get into the mid-70s to low-80s with plenty of sunshine, so it is certainly pleasant enough to enjoy the beach & water activities.

April - May - June
The best weather of the year is late spring & early summer, which curiously enough coincides with a low number of visitors. These months truly enjoy more days of "perfect" weather than 'not quite perfect'.

August - September - October
"Low Season" is also known as rainy season - but that does NOT mean steady rain - even in rainy season MOST days are predominately sunny with only occasional showers. Tropical storms or hurricanes are the only times where it pours for days on end, and typically pass in 36~72 hrs. Statistically there is less than a 5% chance of a tropical storm or hurricane disrupting your particular week

Obviously late summer in the Tropics can be hot & humid, although it is quite tolerable if you stay casual while enjoying the refreshing breeze coming off the Caribbean Sea. And what better time for a beach vacation than summer? Summer also is the best time to snorkel &/or scuba dive with (normally) flat water for maximum visibility conditions. October is the least pleasant weather, the wettest month of the year, and so the mosquitoes & chiquistes (no-see-ums) can be bothersome. Fortunately we usually enjoy a fresh offshore breeze which keeps the insects seeking refuge in the jungle not on the beach (at least until around sunset). During autumn months you will enjoy lower rates and good deals on airfare & rental cars, and almost no other people. Just bring a lightweight pair of long pants to cover your legs in the evenings, and insect repellent if you are one of those people who mosquitos prefer most.

November - December
When the rains go away, so do the bugs. And these months bring the return of cooler nights to go along with pleasant days, and continued off-peak pricing.

Can I arrange for a massage on the beach?

Yes ... maybe.
Xcalak is a very tiny "fishing village" with a seasonal tourist influx. It is too small to support a "spa" but as an unspoiled beach town does attract wandering souls with various skills who tend to come & go with the seasons.

Currently (since Jan 2015) we are blessed with a resident masseuse with excellent skills - by unanimous consensus - and a portable massage table. Nataly is a multi-lingual Canadian with an impressive resume (physical therapist for Cirque du Soleil, followed by several years plying her trade in the Tulum area) and is now living full time in Xcalak. She has those "magic hands" that seem to find your trouble spots on their own, and manage to apply "Goldilocks" pressure. We are thrilled to have her, and her skills, in the community!

And ~ bonus ~ she says Playa Sonrisa is her very favorite place to set up her travelling table
because our beach is so beautiful & peaceful, and our guests are so relaxed to start with!
Cost is $70 US /hour (payment in pesos prefered = $1000 m.n. at current exchange rate).
Please note: we do not collect a commission or accept kick-backs from 3rd party service providers.
Our only motivation is to have our guests thoroughly enjoy their visit to Playa Sonrisa.

Questions about SCUBA and Fishing

For specifics on these topics it's best to consult the experts:

Please note: we do not collect a commission or accept kick-backs from 3rd party service providers.
Our only motivation is to have our guests thoroughly enjoy their visit to Playa Sonrisa.

Are credit cards accepted?

VISA ~ MASTERCARD ~ PayPal ~ Telecomm
For details on making payments refer to Section E below

ALL MEALS & DRINKS are CASH ONLY - Pesos or US Dollars
Loco~Nutz   does not accept credit cards for meals or drinks
nor are cards accepted in the village.
Please bring cash.

There is NO Bank, ATM or Casa de Cambio in Xcalak so BRING cash.
Remember to bring adequate cash for meals, drinks*,
massages, excursions*, shopping and expenses*
*even the ones you didn't plan on

US Dollars are widely accepted but most shops, Pemex gas stations & restaurants give a VERY poor exchange rate. So if you convert part of your cash to Pesos you will in effect get a 15% ~ 30% "discount". Contact your bank before leaving home to advise them you are travelling to Mexico - so don't freeze your card for security - and possibly consider raising your daily withdrawal limit temporarily until your return to "infrastructure". Your own bank may also be a "good" source to exchange pesos.

The BEST EXCHANGE RATE is from Banks
or ATM's at banks & "big box" stores.

Convenient "good" ATM's can be found in
Bancomer Bank (adjacent to Super San Fran grocery store)
Cheddraui (supermarket on the road to the hotel zone)
HSBC Bank (center of town)

Felipe Carrillo Puerto
HSBC Bank (@ Pemex in center of town)

AVOID   changing money at the Airport - you'll get a better exchange rate anywhere else.   If possible also avoid "private" ATM's located at small shops, convenience stores, Pemex, etc, as these usually come with exorbitant fees.   In Mahahual private ATM's spring up in high season, but charge very high fees with low transaction amount limits.

What about all the violence in Mexico - is it safe there?

Short answer: Absolutely!   probably safer than where you live.

Long Answer:   See Travel Advisory

As for carrying cash, just use an ounce of common sense and nobody will bother you. This area of Mexico is very safe & accommodating of tourists, and the people are generally very friendly, helpful & respectful. Of course there are a few bad apples anywhere you go, and poverty does invite petty pilfering, so keep your cash on your person while in transit, don't leave it unattended in your luggage even in a locked car.

B. Food & Beverage Options

What nights is Loco~Nutz closed?   And is lunch available on those days?

Complimentary Continental Breakfast Buffet
Daily 7:30 ~ 10:00 am

Lunch is available 7 days per week
12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

Dinner is offered to hotel guests only
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
(not open to the public)
Cocktail party begins about 6:00 pm (winter months)
7:00-ish when the days are longer (after sunset)
Group seating and "Chef's Choice" menu
1st course served ~6:30 (winter)
7:30-ish (summer)

Loco~Nutz Bar is open on the Honor System from 7:30 am ~ 10:00 pm
Rum Punch - it's not just for pirate's breakfast when you are on vacation !

Please Note:
The kitchen is closed 10:00 am-12:00 noon and 2:00-6:00 pm.
Soft drinks & a snack box are available in Loco~Nutz
assorted cookies, chips, nuts & granola bars
$10 pesos per item = about $0.65 US

Dress code in Loco~Nutz  is super-casual but not fully nude at meals
Barefoot &/or topless is OK but modest coverage below the waist is required during meal times

Do you accommodate vegetarians or special diets?

Of course we adjust offerings for food allergies such as shellfish or nuts.
And we can also accommodate vegetarian diets provided you accept
some dairy ingredients such as cheese, milk, butter & eggs.
True Vegans - absolutely no animal products tolerated -
should choose a destination with more resources.

Meal variety of any special diet requests will depend on the amount of

as monthly trips to the nearest supermaket (2.5 hrs one-way)
greatly limits adaptability on short notice.

What other restaurant options are in the area?

We encourage our guests to support all the local establishments
anytime  not just when our Loco~Nutz  is closed.

Current options include:

Costa de Cocos Resort's "Reel Inn"

Hotel Tierra Maya's "Maya Grill"

XTC Dive Center's "Coral Grill"

"Toby's Restaurant "

"Sylvia's Loncheria"

"Leaky Palapa"

Can we bring our own food & drinks?

You are certainly welcome to bring whatever you want, just give consideration to the following:

A) There are no kitchenettes or mini-fridges in the guest rooms, so if you plan to make lunches, etc. you will also need to bring your own utensils, condiments, etc.   Please do not expect to borrow kitchen cutlery, plates, etc.

B) This is the tropics - food in unsealed containers & spilled crumbs are an open invitation to insects into your room.

C) We do have a few Igloo coolers to loan (no charge) but for power & culinary reasons there is no ice machine here

you will have to provide your own ice

We make ice cubes the old fashioned way, in small trays (with purified water), and is intended only for drinks purchased in the bar - coolers cannot be filled.   Bags of ice are usually available at a tienda in the village, but no guarantee.

D) If you provide your own drinks you are welcome to enjoy them in your room, patio and out on the beach, but restrictions in our liquor license do not allow you to bring them into Loco~Nutz.

Also realize that our food & drink prices are available at very reasonable prices.
Considering location, logistics, time & trouble your savings may be modest.

How much cash will I need?   Can I pre-pay my bar tab with a credit card?

The "average" guest ticket for lunch, dinner, drinks & kayak/bike rentals all combined is only about $55 US per day  (per room/couple not per person).   Of course your results may vary, and that also understates your total cash needs to account for offsite meals, excursions, massages, etc.

Most people assume we ask for onsite payments in cash because we are trying to avoid taxes, which I assure you is not the case.  The situation - given that it is a 2.5 hour drive to the nearest Bank or "good" ATM - is that 100% of commerce in Xcalak is conducted in cash.  Virtually all our fresh fruit & produce, fish, lobster, beer, payroll and even taxes (yes we pay our "fair share")  are all settled in cash.  Unfortunately, given the distance to a bank and the fact that as Americans our overlords deem that any withdrawal of more than $1000/day could only be for criminal purposes, the result is that we are perpetually short of cash.

Guests often ask what can they bring us (like good chocolate, magazines, parts we might need) ... and the answer is almost always the same: you'll pass approximately 250 banks/ATM's in the week preceding your arrival - please bring a sufficient amount of cash.   And chocolate! (just kidding).   All we ask is that you cover your consumption in order that we can replace those supplies for the next guest.  (And you can always take it home with you if you don't need it.)

C. Directions, Car Rentals, Airport Shuttle & Bus Service

Where in the World is Playa Sonrisa - is it as Remote as it sounds?

Playa Sonrisa  is on the Caribbean Sea
Located within Mexico's Costa Maya and
"Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak"
(Reefs of Xcalak National Marine Park)

Playa Sonrisa  is ~230 miles south of Cancun - but a world apart!

We are 7 kilometers (~4 miles) north of the tiny fishing village of Xcalak (Shh-kah-lac) which is located on the peninsula that separates the Caribbean Sea from the Bay of Chetumal. Xcalak is about 8 km north of the channel separating Mexico from the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. You can see the geography here: Google Maps.

Yes it is remote - and that's the allure of it!

If the hustle & bustle of high rise hotels, condos, mega resorts and timeshare vendors & franchise restaurants & discos & tee shirt shops & para-gliders & banana tubes & crowds of noisy tourists are your thing - we suggest a vacation in Cancun. But if that sounds just like the everyday Rat Race  that you need a break from - the peaceful tranquility & solitude at Playa Sonrisa  is just what the Doctor ordered.

Should we fly into Cancun or is Belize City closer?

Although we are not far from the border, flying to Belize City is no closer than Cancun - with the added complication of a border crossing - so not a practical option unless your agenda already takes you there.

The best access is to fly into Cancun. From there you can rent a car and travel the modern highways and good roads to Playa Sonrisa  in under 5 hours. Depending on how late your flight arrives in Cancun, it might be wise to plan an overnight stay in Playa del Carmen or Tulum, as it's a more enjoyable drive in daylight.

Commercial air service is also available to Chetumal connecting through Mexico City. Chetumal is approximately 2.5 hours from Playa Sonrisa, but will probably be more costly for both flights & car rentals as Cancun provides the efficiency of large volume tourism.

Car Rentals & Driving Directions

You do NOT need a 4WD vehicle for travel to Playa Sonrisa.
Yes the beach road can be rough, but is passable
in small cars even in rainy conditions.

Most major rental companies like Avis, National & Budget have
agencies in Cancun, but there are also a number of small companies
that may (or may not) be more economical on a given day and
usually provide better service than the majors.

Some Independent Car Rental Agencies in Cancun:
Advantage         American        Avicar
Caribetur         Econo        Elite
Euoropcar       Executive         VIP

Warning > Do NOT rent from Hertz
They have a contract clause prohibiting travel "off pavement"
and used that excuse to Royally Screw a guest who's car broke down
for mechanical reasons completely unrelated to our beach road.

Here's a map: Airport to Playa Sonrisa
to give a general idea of the trip but please rely on the detailed Driving Directions below
which will also be emailed to you for printing out along with your Reservation Confirmation.

Driving Directions
Short version: exit airport & turn right, then left, right, left, left

Detailed version: As you exit the Cancun airport turn south on the modern divided Highway 307 towards Playa del Carmen & Tulum. This is the busy tourist corridor - you'll notice a decrease in traffic, and pace of life, upon leaving Tulum. Continue on Hwy 307 through "butterfly alley" towards Chetumal, the Capital of Quintana Roo. 100 km (62 miles) south of Tulum is Felipe Carrillo Puerto. In the center of town, located at the PEMEX gas station is an HSBC Bank with an ATM machine, so it would be wise to top off your wallet as well as your gas tank.

Continue south on 307 about another hour, then 3 km past the village of Limones is a well marked left turn (east) to Mahahual & Xcalak. (You won't go all the way to Chetumal unless you miss this turn. If you get to Bacalar you went oo far). Note: you may encounter a military checkpoint near this junction or the next. Don't be alarmed; just tell them you are going to Xcalak for vacation. They may ask you to step out of the car for an inspection and may wish to open the trunk, a suitcase, or beer cooler (hopeful for donations - just politely say no) but most tourists just get waived through.

Continue east 55 km (~36 miles) on the new Mahahual road. 3 kilometers before you reach the coast is a right turn to Xcalak which will be the only available turn onto a paved road that you encounter. If you see the PEMEX gas station, you went too far, but this is 'last chance' for gasoline.

Follow the road south another 55km to the T in the road, turn left and proceed 2 km into Xcalak. As you enter the village, turn left (north) at the T in the road with the soccer field and continue to the waterfront. Continue north through town, past the lighthouse and over the bridge to the beach road. (XTC Dive Center will be on your right). Continue 7 km north of the bridge to Playa Sonrisa ... and unpack your smile!

Is an airport shuttle available? Is public bus an option?

Door-to-Door Airport Transfers click here: AGI TOURS
Cost is $350 US each way (per trip not per person)

Bus / Taxi
There is 2nd Class ("chicken bus" ) service to Xcalak
Once daily ... except when there isn't

There is reliable 1st Class bus service to Limones or Mahahual
where a taxi can bring you the rest of the way.
The same taxi will reliably return on your departure day
provided you arrange it when he drops you off.
(No taxis are available in Xcalak)

Note: Getting to Playa Sonrisa by bus/taxi is an economical option for experienced travelers who speak some basic Spanish. But keep in mind that Playa Sonrisa is 7 km north of the village and there is no taxi available locally. A rental car will allow you the freedom to explore the coast, take day trips to Mayan ruins, or just run into town on a whim to sample a local restaurant.

From the airport in Cancun you will first need to get to a bus station. Take the airport bus (it's 1st Class) to the bus terminal in Playa del Carmen (~$18 US per person). Optionally a taxi to/from the station in PdC is around $50 US.

From the bus station you have two options - 1st Class or "Chicken Class"
1st Class service on ADO Bus Line is strongly recommended.

For brevity (and comfort) only this option is described.

There are multiple departures daily on the ADO Bus Line to Limones or Mahahual. Service is 1st Class (A/C, reclining seats, TV's) and will run about $18 per person. Then take a taxi directly to Playa Sonrisa. Since cab fare is basically the same (about $75 one way) from either Limones or Mahahual, choosing to exit the bus at Limones will save time vs. choosing the latter. You will need to arrange for return pick up on your day of departure.

2nd Class "Chicken bus" service on MAYAB Bus Line will only save a few dollars, for comfort & convenience it is not recommended.

What hotels do you recommend for in-transit layovers?

Playa Sonrisa is about a 5 hour drive from the airport. Don't forget to factor in about 2 hours for baggage claim, clearing Customs & Immigration, and car rental. Since travel days are stressful anyway many guests choose to break the journey up their first &/or last day in Mexico , depending on flight times.

Marriott Courtyard
Located about 1 km north of the airport on Highway 307.
The rooms are very nice and there is a free shuttle from the airport.

Kin Mayab
In downtown Cancun, near the bus station, and is a short walk to "restaurant row" on Avenida Yaxchilan.

Playa del Carmen
Paraiso Azul
Located on 2nd St & 10th Ave, it's 1 block off the "5th Ave" pedestrian promenade.
Clean, charming, economical, and close to the heart of Playa Del Carmen.

Hacienda del Caribe
Similar to Paraiso Azul, but is a half block closer to 5th Ave.

Holiday Inn Express
Located on the east side of Highway 307 near the south end of PdC
(not near the beach or 5th Ave)

Casa Amor del Sol
Zona Hotelera south, on the east side of road - not beachfront.
The owners are Playa Sonrisa alumni and have a clothing-optional hot tub on the roof.

Intima Resort
Up-scale nudist condo-hotel a few blocks east of the highway.

Don Diego de La Selva
Boutique hotel a few blocks west of the highway.

D. Naturism, Children & Singles Policy

What exactly does "clothing optional" mean?

Playa Sonrisa is a casual clothing-optional paradise for adult couples who enjoy the freedom to be naked in the fresh air & sunshine. Unlike many dedicated Nudist Resorts where nudity is expected or even required at the pool, we are a Clothing Optional resort which means that YOU decide to wear as much or as little as you want - your comfort and relaxation are all that count.

~ The vast majority of our guests do 'exercise their options' to get an all-over tan, so if you would be offended by nudity please choose another destination ~

Playa Sonrisa's spacious & uncrowded beach is perfect for 'first-timers' who may be a little shy on arrival, and after a day or two of relaxing discover that "au natural" really is 'natural'. (Warning - you'll never want to swim with clothing again!). And with a wonderfully deserted beach and only six guest rooms (rarely full) it brings up that puzzling philosophical question ...
If a tree sunbathes in the forest without it's trunks, but nobody is there to see it ... do it's cheeks still get red?

Also be advised it is required that all "plumbing" below the waist be covered up in the dining palapa during meal times - shorts, a towel, or pareo beach wrap must be worn when food service is available. Nor can we condone sexual activity in public. If hot tub "action" or anything-goes sexy parties are what you are looking for we suggest you visit Desires near Cancun or Hedonism in Jamaica. That's not to say we don't like to have fun, or that we've never had 'body shots' in the bar after meal hours, but if orgies are on your agenda please bring your own play partners as our hospitality doesn't extend quite that far.

Do you accept Day Visitors?

Naturist Couples Only*
*In order to maintain a private & tranquil atmosphere for our hotel guests
we do not admit lone individuals or textiled "gawkers" for day use.

Day Use Fee:   $25 US per person

Hours:   10:00 am - sunset

Day use includes:
Use of public areas, beach loungers, beach baño/shower
and access to Loco~Nutz w/ Lunch & beverages available a la carte.

Please let us know in advance what date you are planning to visit
so that we are sure to be here to greet you and have extra beverages chilled!

What about families with children?

Playa Sonrisa is promoted as a Couples Paradise.   We are "Family Oriented" in terms of appropriate public behavior, but our guests are almost exclusively Naturist couples seeking tranquility & total relaxation, both of which are compromised by the presence of children.

We do occasionally accept Naturist families* in summertime, but only during slow times with no pre-existing reservations by couples who reasonably expect Playa Sonrisa to be an adults only venue. In that situation the charge is $25/day for each extra occupant sharing a room.

*Playa Sonrisa is not 'child-proofed' therefore all guests must have completed 1st Grade and be capable of following simple guidelines.

What is your policy regarding Singles &/or Gay?

We are NOT concerned with guest's marital status, sexual orientation or intimate activities w/ consenting partner(s) in the privacy of your room.
But we are very much concerned with preserving a comfortable atmosphere for our core guests - Naturist couples.

Playa Sonrisa is a very small & intimate facility. We are "Family Oriented" in terms of appropriate public behavior, but in practice our guests are almost exclusively Naturist couples seeking tranquility & relaxation, not hoping for a hook-up. Although we have plenty of secluded areas on our beach & dock to spread out & enjoy your own space, in such a small venue it's difficult for solo travelers not to feel out of place around the few other couples. Our policy, which is to encourage singles to find a travel companion, is a result of past experience with single men who have a tendency to evolve from friendly conversation with another couple to shadowing them like an annoying little brother - which obviously infringes upon their vacation enjoyment.

Of course our guests (and Naturists in general) are almost universally very friendly, and our guests enjoy the opportunity provided by our small venue to make new friends, but please realize that our guests have chosen Playa Sonrisa specifically because we are small & quiet, not crowded & socially hyperactive. Xcalak is also a very small community (population ~300, over half of which are children), therefore singles lacking companionship should choose a venue where they can blend in rather than stand out.

E. Payment, Deposit & Cancellation Policy

Do you offer discounts for ____ ?

January: 10%
Feb-Mar-Apr: 0
May-June-July: 20%
Aug-Sept-Oct: 30%
November: 20%
December: 10%


10% Off to Members of any Nudist Club or Organization.
Thank you for your financial support of Naturism

~ or ~
20% Discount for Returning Guests
(past visit of 3 nights or more)

~ or ~
25% off for "Frequent Smilers"
(minimum of 2 prior visits totaling 30+ days)
Thank you for your support through the years !

3 Week Limit on ALL discounts

Payments, Deposit & Cancellation policy?

Deposit of 3 night min. is due at time of booking.
(*50% for visits of 8 nights or more)

Due to the unreliable communication infrastructure
Payment of the lodging balance by card or e-transfers is due in advance of arrival
unless paying your lodging balance onsite in cash


PayPal:   Go to  and "send money" to

Visa / MC:   Please email us your account number, expiration date & country of issue.
Although we maintain up to date virus protection & firewalls, for a margin of security you may prefer using "poor boy encryption":
3 separate e-mails for first 8 numbers > second 8 numbers > exp. date (we do not need your security code)

also country of issue if a non-USA based card is used.
All credit card payments are processed by PayPal in the name of our USA based agent SRVC, LLC (a Colorado Corporation).

Telecomm:   Pide los datos por correo electronico:

Cancellation 120+ days in advance receives a refund minus $25 Cancellation Fee
Cancellation 90-119 days in advance receives a refund minus 1 night Cancellation Fee
Cancellation 45 - 89 days in advance receives a refund minus a 2 night Cancellation Fee
Cancellations 44 days or less in advance receives a CREDIT* minus 3 night Cancellation Fee

The Fine Print
*Future reservations will require a new 3 night Confirmation Deposit
Credit is applied to subsequent lodging balance only
and expires 24 months from the originally scheduled arrival date.

Cancellation Fees may be waived in the event of Force Majuere.
Force Majuere includes major system wide travel disruptions due to Tropical Storm or winter blizzard
but not 'routine' late arrivals or personal circumstances such as 'my boss ate my ticket'
Fees may be waived for "rescheduling" vs. "cancellation"
depending on lead time & seasonal factors.

~ IMPORTANT INFO Re: TIME ZONE ~ Check In & Check Out Times

~ Important ~
We are on Eastern Standard Time all 12 months of the year.
The State of Quintana Roo (Cancun, Cozumel, Tulum, Xcalak)
does NOT observe Daylight Savings Time

Please observe Check-In Time between 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Early arrivals will incur the
'Day Use' fee of $25 US per person.
Late arrivals will find the gate closed and locked.

* Note:  The Kitchen is CLOSED 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
~ which means lunch is not available upon arrival ~

Check-Out Time: 11:00 am
Late departures subject to
'Day Use' fee of $25 US per person.


There is NO phone service in Xcalak (no land lines or cellular)
although we do have Wi-Fi internet via microwave tower relays.
To check availability please contact us by

For faster service use the contact form below.
Please include dates of interest & room preference

The the most common questions are answered here: FAQs
plus mucho helpful info for planning your vacation.
For more pictures you may wish to visit
the'legacy' Playa Sonrisa website:
(best viewed on a bigger screen)

Advance reservations are STRONGLY recommended
not only because our capacity is small but also to
allow us to plan ahead for food & labor needs
as resources in Xcalak are quite limited.
Playa Sonrisa also closes occasionally
for projects or our own travels.