Playa Sonrisa : An affordable Nudist Resort In Mexico
Nudist Resort Mexico- For those who hate winter and dearly miss being nude outdoors in the sun, Mexico is certainly a destination to consider in late December (and almost any other month of the year). Beautiful beaches on the ocean, gulf, and sea with warm tropical weather all year round, and there you have one option for escaping a winter ugly-land.
After some desperate searching for an inexpensive last-minute deal at a nudist resort abroad (not so easy to find this year), we finally found Playa Sonrisa, a clothing optional resort on the Caribbean Sea coast of Mexico. Getting there is about a 4 to 5 hour drive from Cancun. However, don’t let the additional travel time discourage you because I can assure that it is well worth the trip.
Playa Sonrisa is small and secluded, the perfect place to get away from it all. With six beachfront guest rooms on the property, you can always find quiet and never feel overcrowded. We stayed in a “Beachfront Bungalow,” a bed and bath in our own private hut, situated on the sand and close enough to the water for a constant sea breeze. We had the chance to tour their “Villa Sonrisa” next door made up of small apartments fully furnished with a kitchen and living room and reserved for returning guests only. The Villa also has a patio and bar on the rooftop with a great view. These apartments are gorgeous, so I wouldn’t hesitate to return.
A few steps away from our door, the sea could easily occupy an entire day with skinny-dipping, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, or simply curling up in the sun with a book. Just beyond their dock are miniature coral reefs to discover with angel fish, lobsters, and a slew of other kinds of little tropical sea creatures.
With the use of your rental car, it’s a quick trip to the dive shop in the nearby fishing village of Xcalak for scuba divers who want to explore the coral reefs off the coast. These reefs, protected within a marine reserve, are especially healthy and colorful. I took their introductory course as a first-time diver, and had a surreal new experience in my first 40-foot dive. Another day-trip option is to visit the Mayan ruins in Chacchoben (a 1.5 hour drive from the resort), an unforgettable and magnificent site of ancient Mayan temples.
Mealtimes at the resort were scheduled for 2-3 hour increments in the morning, afternoon and night, and the food was excellent. Continental breakfast was included with the room, while lunch and dinner were at an additional, but very reasonable cost. Highlights were the delicious homemade muffins and bread, Mexican lunch fare like quesadillas, and the creative, inventive soups served at dinner. Food was served in their charming bar and restaurant with tables inside and outside on the porch. The bar is open all day and operates on the “honor system,” so guests can help themselves to drinks between mealtimes and just keep a tab.
Overall, Playa Sonrisa had more of a bed-and-breakfast vibe than a resort, but this is not a bad thing. Over the course of our stay we had the pleasure of getting to know the owners, Donn and Cindy Murphy who are such warm, down-to-earth people and make you feel right at home. Plus, one of its best features is how affordable it is. To my pleasant surprise, the guests staying there with us turned out to be other young couples, who would likely find these rates more attractive than at other resorts like Hidden Beach.
What it comes down to is that if you are looking for a glitzy resort with five swimming pools, this isn’t it. If you are looking to fully kick back, relish the simple joys of sand and sea with no clothes or worries, Playa Sonrisa might be the perfect choice.
Read the resort restaurant review: “A Satisfied Palette at Playa Sonrisa”